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Now They’re Crucifying People in Syria

The jihadist group so radical it got kicked out of al Qaeda has apparently hit a new and shocking low: It’s allegedly crucifying its enemies.

Fame at All Costs—Including Abortion

When a U.K. woman announced her plan to get an abortion in pursuit of a stint on ‘Big Brother,’ the Twitterverse was horrified—even pro-choicers. So can you be selectively pro-choice?

Dancing With the (Fembot) Stars

Olympian Amy Purdy might win this season of ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and she’s a double amputee. The technology that keeps her twirling and dipping is nothing short of incredible.

Why ‘Mean Girls’ Is Still So Fetch

Why, a decade later, we are still obsessed with Tina Fey’s crackling script, the Plastics, Lindsay Lohan’s star-making performance, and whether or not butter is a carb.

Britain’s Tea Party Tantrum

Britain, meet your very own Sarah Palin—Ukip leader Nigel Farage, who is upending British politics and outraging the moderate center with his rag-tag ultra-right-wing party.

The Lifetime Ban Club

The Clippers’ racist owner is out of the NBA for good. So who’s he joining in the hall of shame? From Tonya Harding to Pete Rose, five notorious names banned from their sport for life.

CIA keeps a tight grip on its own secrets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CIA does not give up its secrets easily. Under pressure from a Senate committee to declassify parts of a congressional report on harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists, the CIA is shadowed by its reluctance to open up about its operations and its past.

Kerry to promote peace, sanctions in South Sudan

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is bringing his two main tools of diplomacy — peace talks and threatened sanctions — to Africa this week to help find a way to end months of killing that is threatening to rip apart the world's newest nation, South Sudan.

Senate ready to sink effort to boost minimum wage

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hemmed in by solid Republican opposition, the Senate seems ready to hand a fresh defeat to President Barack Obama by blocking an election-year bill increasing the federal minimum wage.

Toyota move gives Perry win for possible '16 run

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — With eight months left in office, Gov. Rick Perry is away from Texas almost as much as he's home — hitting the road hard to tout his state as America's best place to do business.

US auditor: Corruption threatens Afghan progress

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a decade of work financed with American tax dollars is at stake if bribery and theft are left unabated in Afghanistan, according to a quarterly report released Wednesday by the top auditor of U.S. reconstruction spending in the impoverished nation.

Boehner tries to quell Republican anger over immigration remarks

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Speaker John Boehner tried to ease tensions with fellow Republican lawmakers on Tuesday after chiding them last week for their reluctance to pass an immigration reform bill. "You tease the ones you love, but some people misunderstood what I had to say and some members misunderstood," Boehner said after a closed-door meeting with Republican House members. He was referring to comments he made at a Rotary Club luncheon in his Ohio district last Thursday, in which he described the attitude of other House Republicans on immigration reform as: "Don't make me do this." Some congressional aides and immigration reform advocates viewed those remarks as a possible signal of a renewed drive to pass an immigration bill in the House. But Republican House members emerging from Tuesday's meeting said the speaker played down that prospect during the closed-door Republican meeting.

Lao activist missing 500 days, wife seeks answers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Five hundred days after Laos' most prominent civil rights advocate went missing at a traffic police checkpoint in the capital Vientiane, his wife said Tuesday she remains completely in the dark about what happened to him.

The Heroin Hearing That Wasn’t

Tuesday’s subcommittee hearing on America’s out-of-control opioid epidemic began with hope and ended the same old way—without results. Why the lawmakers and panelists missed the point.

Senator Reid opens door to Keystone pipeline vote

By Timothy Gardner and Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in an abrupt election-year shift in strategy, opened the possibility on Tuesday of allowing a vote on congressional approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline. "I'm open to anything that will move energy efficiency," Reid, a long-time foe of the project, told reporters. He was referring to a bill that would save energy through tougher building codes sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, and Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican, that the Senate is expected to consider as early as next week. Details were unclear, but in exchange for Republicans supporting the efficiency bill, Reid could permit a vote on a measure that would allow Congress to approve the bill of the pipeline.

Senator presses Kerry on safety of journalists

WASHINGTON (AP) — Journalists risk their lives to provide information that shapes U.S. policy, says a Democratic senator who is pressing Secretary of State John Kerry on ensuring the safety of foreign reporters and determining the fate of U.S. freelancers missing and believe kidnapped in Syria.

Enviro group's ad criticizes Gardner in Colo. race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Groups independent of the likely nominees in Colorado's Senate race are running ads that question the motives of the candidates, adding millions to what outside groups are already spending on negative television spots six months before Election Day.

Biden offers reassurance to Latvian prime minister

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden has reassured the prime minister of Latvia that in the face of Russian assertiveness in Ukraine, the United States is committed to the collective defense of NATO allies.

Georgia governor signs law to drug test some welfare recipients

By David Beasley ATLANTA (Reuters) - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed legislation on Tuesday requiring some applicants for food stamps and welfare benefits to undergo a drug test. Under the bill, testing could be required if authorities have a "reasonable suspicion" of drug use. Drug use is a barrier to finding and keeping a job, Deal spokesman Brian Robinson said. Debbie Seagraves, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, called the legislation "shameful" and said it violated the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches.