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Early nights in Bangkok as coup tames tourist party

Foreign tourists navigating Bangkok's temples lamented the taming effect of a military coup on the city's rowdy nightlife but otherwise shrugged off any safety fears despite warnings by foreign governments. As a junta closed its grip on power over the kingdom and soldiers keep watch in the capital, its historic heart was still busy with foreign holiday-makers ambling nonchalantly in Thailand's famed sunshine.

Shaq, Year One

First, came Dr. J, then Bird and Magic, and finally Jordan as the league went from near disaster to a Golden Age. Shaq was next in line, and boy did he deliver.

Boy Scouts leader Gates won't press gay adult membership issue

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Friday he would not press during his term as Boy Scouts of America president for an end to the group's ban on gay adult leaders for fear of causing permanent damage to the century old organization. Gates, who helped end the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy that barred gays from serving openly in the U.S. military while he was defense secretary, said he strongly supported the Boy Scouts vote last year to lift its ban on gay youth members.

U.S. Republican seeks private health care for waiting veterans

By David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican congressman overseeing a U.S. House panel investigation into delays in veterans' treatment demanded on Friday that Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki allow patients to seek emergency private health care. The VA's Inspector General's office is also investigating allegations that long waiting times were covered up at some 26 locations across the United States, including claims by VA doctors in Phoenix that 40 veterans died while waiting months for appointments. Representative Jeff Miller, chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, asked Shinseki in a letter to allow veterans waiting more than 30 days for an appointment to seek care from private practitioners paid for by the department. "That's why I'm calling on Secretary Shinseki to take emergency steps to ensure veterans who may have fallen victim to appointment wait time schemes or delays in care get the medical treatment they need." A VA spokesman said in a statement that its health care division has redoubled its efforts to ensure that veterans have timely access to care at Shinseki's request.

Reading Prison Novels In Prison

An ex-convict looks back on the books he read, from Dostoevsky to Malcolm X, during the decade he spent behind bars.

Hannibal’s Brilliantly Batsh*t Finale

Season 2 ends with a few twists… and lots and lots of blood. Dancy, who plays FBI special investigator Will Graham, discusses Hannibal's ending and what’s next. [Warning: SPOILERS]

The True Story Behind “The Normal Heart”

There was a sense of standing together on the precipice, but holding each other aloft by sheer will, conjoined by rage. A giant rollerball was decimating us. We had to push back.

The Week in Viral Videos

From Brad Pitt’s beer toss to Matthew McConaughey to drones that walk dogs, WATCH our countdown of this week’s buzziest videos.

Iran's Fight to Keep Its Beaches Unsexy

“Operation Wholesome Sea” makes sure Iran’s beautiful beaches remain for men only. On most of them women, even those covered from head to toe, are forbidden to swim at all.

Screw You, Class of 2014

On this big day, what’s the use in listening to someone you agree with? Not a rhetorical question.

The Hamptons Hot List

Summer is officially here…which means it's time to flee the city and head to the shore. For New Yorkers, the mass exodus tends to have one destination in mind: The Hamptons.

The Rape Case Haunting Claire McCaskill

The Senator from Missouri’s career has been defined, again and again, by sexual assault. Which makes sense; she’s still haunted by the cases she lost as a sex crimes prosecutor.

The Drug That Could Reverse Alzheimer's

Another step towards the cure for Alzheimer’s happened at Saint Louis University, where researchers were able to reverse symptoms in mice. What does this mean for 5 million Americans with the disease?

Former Thai PM Yingluck 'detained by military'

Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has been detained by the military junta that seized power in a coup, a source in her Puea Thai party said on Saturday. "It is confirmed that she was detained by the military since she reported to the junta yesterday," said the source, who was present when Yingluck answered a call by the junta to present herself to the army on Friday.

Harleys blessed ahead of US motorbike rally for POWs

Holy water fell on Harleys when the Washington National Cathedral for the first time blessed motorcycles converging on the US capital for the 27th annual Rolling Thunder run. Tens of thousands of motorcycles -- many ridden by US military veterans -- will roll Sunday into the National Mall, the nation's symbolic front yard, in a bold show of support for American prisoners of war and those missing in action. More than 50 participating Harley-Davidsons came together Friday outside the neo-Gothic National Cathedral for an inaugural "Blessing of the Bikes" by its Episcopalian dean Gary Hall. And there remains a US prisoner of war from the Afghan conflict -- Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a 28-year-old Idaho native held by Taliban forces since June 2009.

Brazil mobilizes 157,000 security force for World Cup

Brasília (AFP) - Brazil said Friday it is mobilizing 157,000 soldiers and police to ensure security during the World Cup, which opens in 20 days against a backdrop of violent protests and strikes. Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said he did not believe the recent string of demonstrations and strikes across Brazil would escalate to the level of protests that gripped the country last year during the Confederations Cup, a World Cup dress rehearsal. The protesters are angry over the more than $11 billion being spent to host the World Cup in a country with glaring inequality and pressing needs in education, health care, housing and transport. The security forces will be spread among the 12 host cities and state capitals Vitoria, Aracaju and Maceio, which will all have base camps for teams playing in the tournament.

Cochran says unauthorized photo incident 'bizarre'

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi said Friday that it's "unfortunate" and "sort of bizarre" that somebody photographed his ailing wife in a nursing home and posted her image online in a political video against him.

U.S. Judge allows Michigan Rep. Conyers to appear on ballot

By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A federal judge ruled on Friday that longtime Detroit-area Democratic U.S. Representative John Conyers should appear on an August primary ballot, saying Michigan registration rules that had disqualified him may violate his constitutional rights. Conyers' bid for re-election had suffered a blow on Friday when state officials said errors in his nominating petitions left the 85-year-old politician without enough valid signatures to appear on the primary ballot. He had been required to submit at least 1,000 valid signatures.

Does Dementia Drive Sterling?

Donald Sterling’s shocking comments and unexpected decision to give in to NBA demands raises a question: Is something else behind the Clippers owner’s behavior?

Judge allows US Rep. Conyers to be on ballot

DETROIT (AP) — A judge on Friday ordered U.S. Rep. John Conyers' name placed on the August primary ballot, trumping Michigan election officials who said the Democrat was ineligible because of problems with his nominating petitions.