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Squares in Cubes: A History of Offices

White-collar office culture has changed a lot since it emerged in the 19th century, but one thing has remained constant: It’s the bosses’ world. You just work there.

Military Turns On Rape ‘Victim’

The Air Force is going after one of its own for falsifying a rape charge. But it's the military brass, not the young woman, who may soon be under fire.

Genitalia: Tools, Toys, and Even Weapons

The sex organs of animals and insects are sources of infinite mystery and controversy—are they more about courtship or sexual warfare? The jury is still out.

Inside the Bizarre World of ‘Bronies’

They build motorcycles. They drink beer. And they love ‘My Little Pony.’ And—would you believe—there’s not anything wrong with that.

Supreme Court Won’t Kill Death Penalty

Capital punishment is constitutional, but the way its performed may never be. Only the public can shut down the machinery of death—if it sees it killing.

GOP Turns Firehose on Virginia Tea Party

Turning the insurgents’ own tactics against them, the party used a ‘firehose primary’ of rabid voters to give the congressional nomination to an insider’s insider.

Couples Who Sizzle and Fizzle Onscreen

While Andrew Garfield is merely pretending to have superhero strength in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2,’ he and Emma Stone are actually dating IRL.

Blood and Mud: The Horror of WWI

Finally available in English, Poilu, a classic battlefield memoir by a World War I French infantryman, reveals as much as any book can about the ugly realities of war.

Palermo Has an Underground Mummy City

Beneath the Sicilian streets are rooms filled with monks, lawyers, babies, and virgins. Enter if you dare: Palermo’s catacombs are teeming with centuries of the city’s dead.

Assad’s Secret WMD

Syria’s ‘declared’ arsenal of chemical weapons is almost gone—but what was left undeclared? And what about his biological weapons? Those have not been acknowledged or inspected at all.

The Japanese Go All ‘Footloose’

Police enforcing an archaic law have decimated the country’s nightclubs—and unhappy clubbers have responded with dance protests. But a court verdict might end the crackdown.

May Primaries Will Decide Election 2014

Could Mitch McConnell be thrown off the ballot? That’s one of the huge political questions that will be settled in the next four weeks.

APNewsBreak: Military sex assault claims up 50 pct

WASHINGTON (AP) — Reports of sexual assaults by members of the military rose 50 percent after the Pentagon began a vigorous campaign to get more victims to come forward, prompting defense officials to order a greater focus on prevention programs, including plans to review alcohol sales and policies.

Scalia gets his facts wrong in EPA dissent

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court opinions are rarely susceptible to the kind of fact-checking that reporters usually employ on politics. But Justice Antonin Scalia's hearty dissent in an environmental case this week contained such a glaring error of fact — misreporting an earlier case in which Scalia himself wrote the majority opinion — that the justice changed the opinion. The court quietly posted the corrected version on its website without notice.

Senate Republicans block Obama bid to hike minimum wage

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama blasted Senate Republicans on Wednesday just hours after they blocked one of his top legislative priorities, a bid to increase the federal minimum wage for the first time since 2009. "They (Republicans) prevented a raise for 28 million hard-working Americans. They said no to helping millions work their way out of poverty," Obama said at the White House, backed up by low-wage workers. On a nearly party-line vote of 54-42, Obama's Democrats fell short of the needed 60 Senate votes to end a procedural roadblock against a White House-backed bill.

Republicans to push anti-Obamacare message in U.S. Senate hearings

By David Morgan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans are relishing the chance to use confirmation hearings for Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's nominee as U.S. health secretary, to re-energize their election-year attacks on his signature healthcare initiative. Republicans, who are seeking to take control of the Senate in the November 4 congressional elections, view a pair of Senate hearings for Burwell as their best chance to put a spotlight on Obamacare since the program's botched rollout in October. Burwell's first hearing is scheduled for May 8 before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

White House denies memo was about Benghazi attack

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Wednesday denied that a staff member's email three days after the deadly attack on the U.S. mission at Benghazi, Libya, was actually about the attack. Critics have branded the electronic missive as evidence that the Obama administration sought to deceive the public about the true circumstances surrounding the deaths of four Americans during the final months of the 2012 presidential campaign.