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    Tony Kim: What to know about the US citizen detained in North Korea

    Tony Kim: What to know about the US citizen detained in North Korea


    As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to mount, a U.S. citizen was detained at Pyongyang International Airport on Saturday morning for "unknown reasons," CNN reported. Kim Sang Duk, who also goes by the name Tony Kim, had...


    As tensions between the United States and North Korea continue to mount, a U.S. citizen was detained at Pyongyang International Airport on Saturday morning for "unknown reasons," CNN reported. 

    Kim Sang Duk, who also goes by the name Tony Kim, had completed "several weeks of service" teaching at Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, the school said in a statement.

    "We understand this detention is related to an investigation into matters not connected in any way with the work of PUST," the statement read. "We cannot comment on anything that Mr. Kim may be alleged to have done that is not related to his teaching work on the PUST campus."

    The statement also said campus life is "continuing as normal" at PUST moving forward.

    North Korea arrests U.S. citizen, university professor Tony Kim, adding another potential flashpoint with Washington https://t.co/Tu3HQEc41S

    Kim makes the third U.S. Read More
    'Overwatch' LC-202 Error Message: What to do when your PS4 or Xbox One won't connect

    'Overwatch' LC-202 Error Message: What to do when your PS4 or Xbox One won't connect


    Are you getting the Overwatch LC-202 error message? You're not alone. Here's what's going on: Overwatch error message LC-202 is one of the many codes displayed when your console or PC is having difficulty connecting to the Overwatch servers....


    Are you getting the Overwatch LC-202 error message? You're not alone. Here's what's going on: Overwatch error message LC-202 is one of the many codes displayed when your console or PC is having difficulty connecting to the Overwatch servers. PlayStation 4 owners are most frequently affected by error code LC-202, but Xbox One gamers can be struck with it as well. 

    If you're having issues with LC-202 when trying to play Overwatch, you can follow the steps below to help diagnose and fix the problem.

    Overwatch LC-202 error message: How to fix connection problemsUpon receiving an error code LC-202 in Overwatch, there are a few steps you can follow that can help solve your issue, according to Metabomb. The instructions below aren't a guaranteed fix, but if the connection problem is on your end, they're the best way to make sure you've done everything you can to solve the issue.

    LC-202 error in 'Overwatch'Source: TechFAQs1. Read More
    Obama's first speech since leaving office ripped out his supporters' hearts all over again

    Obama's first speech since leaving office ripped out his supporters' hearts all over again


    At long last, former President Barack Obama has made his triumphant return to the public eye.After taking off a few months post-presidency to just sort of lounge around on island time and kitesurf with Richard Branson, Obama turned up at the University...


    At long last, former President Barack Obama has made his triumphant return to the public eye.

    After taking off a few months post-presidency to just sort of lounge around on island time and kitesurf with Richard Branson, Obama turned up at the University of Chicago on Monday to deliver a speech on "community organizing and civic engagement," according to CNN. 

    "So, uh, what's been going on while I've been gone?" Obama joked with the crowd.

    Obama: "So, uh, what's been going on while I've been gone?" https://t.co/p9f76nNF42

    The relieved laughter that rippled through the audience also spread to Twitter, where users rejoiced at the prospect of having the 44th president back in the continental United States.

    Just have to say, we miss you in the White House @BarackObama.

    Hearing President Obama speak right now is reminding me of how much I miss having a president who I love and respect...

    Former U.S. Read More
    Serena Williams shares message with her baby,

    Serena Williams shares message with her baby, "the world's youngest No. 1," on Instagram


    Serena Williams, mom-to-be and one of the greatest athletes of all time, shared a nice message to her future child Monday on Instagram, in which she generously offered to "share being No. 1 in the world" with said baby. Williams' fiancé, Reddit...


    Serena Williams, mom-to-be and one of the greatest athletes of all time, shared a nice message to her future child Monday on Instagram, in which she generously offered to "share being No. 1 in the world" with said baby. Williams' fiancé, Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian, also got a shout-out. 

    You gave me the strength I didn't know I had. You taught me the true meaning of serenity and peace. I can't wait to meet you. I can't wait for you to join the players' box next year. But most importantly, I am so happy to share being No. 1 in the world with you ... once again today. On @alexisohanian bday. [Winking-face emoji] from the world's oldest No. 1 to the world's youngest No. 1. The World Tennis Association confirmed Williams, who announced her pregnancy Wednesday on Snapchat, as its No. Read More
    Nancy Pelosi says it's possible to be an anti-abortion rights Democrat

    Nancy Pelosi says it's possible to be an anti-abortion rights Democrat


    Nancy Pelosi has just become many progressives' new problematic fave.On Sunday morning's Meet the Press, the House Minority Leader told host Chuck Todd "of course" someone who identifies as "pro-life" could be considered a Democrat."I have served many...


    Nancy Pelosi has just become many progressives' new problematic fave.

    On Sunday morning's Meet the Press, the House Minority Leader told host Chuck Todd "of course" someone who identifies as "pro-life" could be considered a Democrat.

    "I have served many years in Congress with members who have not shared my very positive — what my family would say — aggressive position on promoting a woman's right to choose," Pelosi said. 

    Nancy PelosiSource: Mark Wilson/Getty ImagesPelosi's remarks were in response to Todd's prodding about Heath Mello, a Democratic mayoral candidate in Omaha, Nebraska, with a history of supporting anti-abortion legislation. Mello has since revised his stance on abortion rights to align with the Democratic party's, but the candidate's track record on the issue garnered attention when Sen. Read More
    Prince successors Bilal, King, Xavier Omär and ChestnuTT discuss the Purple One's legacy

    Prince successors Bilal, King, Xavier Omär and ChestnuTT discuss the Purple One's legacy


    When you change music as many times as Prince did in his 57 years on Earth, you're going to leave a void when you breathe your last. The world felt it in the past year since Prince's untimely death on April 21, 2016. Read...


    When you change music as many times as Prince did in his 57 years on Earth, you're going to leave a void when you breathe your last. The world felt it in the past year since Prince's untimely death on April 21, 2016. Read More
    Brooklyn Broadway Islamic Center fire marks 5th mosque to burn down in 2017

    Brooklyn Broadway Islamic Center fire marks 5th mosque to burn down in 2017


    A fire destroyed a Brooklyn mosque and deli in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in New York City on Saturday early morning.There were worshippers inside the Brooklyn Broadway Jame Masjid and Islamic Center when the fire began around 6 a.m., but...


    A fire destroyed a Brooklyn mosque and deli in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in New York City on Saturday early morning.

    There were worshippers inside the Brooklyn Broadway Jame Masjid and Islamic Center when the fire began around 6 a.m., but everyone rushed out of the building without any serious injuries. The mosque's furniture, books and copies of the Qu'ran were destroyed in the fire.

    The New York Fire Department is currently investigating the cause of the fire incident. The New York Police Department said in an email that, at this time, there are no signs or reason to believe the fire was intentionally started as part of a hate-motivated crime. 

    A Brooklyn Mosque burned down this weekend. Help them rebuild at https://t.co/AQRYgAQGmG and RT/Share to encourage others to help as well

    The Brooklyn Broadway Islamic Center is the fifth mosque to have burned down since the start of the new year. Read More
    'Pokémon Go' Metal Scale: Avoid waiting for a special item that doesn't exist

    'Pokémon Go' Metal Scale: Avoid waiting for a special item that doesn't exist


    Special evolutionary items were introduced into Pokémon Go with the Gen 2 update in order to evolve some Gen 1 Pokémon into their Johto forms. For a while, these evolutionary items were entirely determined by the whims of caprice and the random number...


    Special evolutionary items were introduced into Pokémon Go with the Gen 2 update in order to evolve some Gen 1 Pokémon into their Johto forms. For a while, these evolutionary items were entirely determined by the whims of caprice and the random number generator, and for the most part they still are. But the good news is that now the game has to give you a random evolutionary item every time you reach a seven-day streak for PokéStops.

    If you've been wondering why you haven't been getting any metal scales though, there's a much simpler explanation than you're unlucky: That item doesn't actually exist. Read More
    Uber's CEO doesn't even take Ubers anymore

    Uber's CEO doesn't even take Ubers anymore


    What should one make of a company whose CEO doesn't use its product? In a recent article about ride-hailing app Uber, the New York Times reported that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has a private driver in lieu of using the transportation app he created....


    What should one make of a company whose CEO doesn't use its product? In a recent article about ride-hailing app Uber, the New York Times reported that Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has a private driver in lieu of using the transportation app he created. Though it has little to do with Uber's service and more to do with Kalanick. In February, an Uber driver leaked footage of his interaction with Kalanick in which they get into a shouting argument over Uber's falling prices.


    The Times also brought to light a practice the app allegedly used to engage in: Uber used a secret "fingerprint" code to tag iPhones after users deleted the app. Read More
    South Korean presidential front-runner releases custom 'StarCraft' maps

    South Korean presidential front-runner releases custom 'StarCraft' maps


    Many Americans are, understandably, still exhausted by just about everything that came from the 2016 presidential election cycle. Whether it was the increasingly ridiculous campaigning, broken friendships or the end result, it took a lot out of us.After...


    Many Americans are, understandably, still exhausted by just about everything that came from the 2016 presidential election cycle. Whether it was the increasingly ridiculous campaigning, broken friendships or the end result, it took a lot out of us.

    After the impeachment and removal of President Park Guen-hye earlier this year, South Korea is going through its own contentious campaign to elect her replacement. Moderate Moon Jae-in of the center-left Minjoo Party has a decent lead in the polls right now, but that's not the most important part of this campaign.

    South Korean presidential candidate releases custom StarCraft mapsThe overwhelmingly popular real-time strategy game StarCraft just became free in anticipation of its upcoming HD remaster. To commemorate this momentous occasion, Moon made and released two custom StarCraft maps. Read More
    Kendrick Lamar Tour Dates 2017: Locations and how to get tickets

    Kendrick Lamar Tour Dates 2017: Locations and how to get tickets


    On Monday, Kendrick Lamar showed his loyalty to his fans by announcing The Damn. Tour. The "Humble" rapper shared the dates for the tour on Twitter. He'll be joined by Travis Scott and D.R.A.M., which will make for one epic show. The rapper will hit...


    On Monday, Kendrick Lamar showed his loyalty to his fans by announcing The Damn. Tour. 

    The "Humble" rapper shared the dates for the tour on Twitter. He'll be joined by Travis Scott and D.R.A.M., which will make for one epic show. The rapper will hit the road starting on July 12, kicking off the tour in Phoenix, Arizona.  

    THE DAMN. TOUR

    This announcement comes just after Kendrick Lamar headlined both weekends of Coachella. The Damn. Tour is, of course, in support of the rapper's most recent album, Damn., which dropped on April 14. 

    Tour datesThe rapper will be touring throughout the summer from July to August. Tickets for the tour go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 28. Eastern. The American Express presale starts on Tuesday, April 25. Eastern. Read More
    Get 'Kentucky Route Zero' for free with Amazon Prime

    Get 'Kentucky Route Zero' for free with Amazon Prime


    The monthly free games offered on PlayStation and Xbox have elevated indie games like Rocket League to unbelievable heights. It turns out that people will play free video games if you offer them. Amazon is jumping into the ring with a (very) temporary...


    The monthly free games offered on PlayStation and Xbox have elevated indie games like Rocket League to unbelievable heights. It turns out that people will play free video games if you offer them. Amazon is jumping into the ring with a (very) temporary way to get the gorgeous indie darling Kentucky Route Zero for free. You better act quickly before it's gone.

    Get Kentucky Route Zero for free with Amazon PrimeTwitch is still primarily a streaming service, but now that it's part of Amazon's corporate empire, it has a gaming storefront too. Twitch Prime is an extension of Amazon Prime, which is how you can get Kentucky Route Zero for free. Read More
    'The Handmaid's Tale' cast says story isn't feminist, unwittingly defines feminism

    'The Handmaid's Tale' cast says story isn't feminist, unwittingly defines feminism


    The women of Hulu's Handmaid's Tale sure are frightened of the F word. At an advance screening of the series' first episode on Friday, cast members were asked whether or not the central story is feminist. Their responses betrayed a fundamental...


    The women of Hulu's Handmaid's Tale sure are frightened of the F word. At an advance screening of the series' first episode on Friday, cast members were asked whether or not the central story is feminist. Their responses betrayed a fundamental misunderstanding of what feminism actually is. 

    "I think that any story, if it is a story being told by a strong, powerful woman... any story that's just a powerful woman owning herself in any way is automatically deemed 'feminist,'" Madeline Brewer, who plays Janine, mused. "But it's just a story about a woman. I don't think that this is any sort of feminist propaganda. I think that it's a story about women and about humans... Read More
    Why Donald Trump is planning an all-out blitz at the end of his first 100 days

    Why Donald Trump is planning an all-out blitz at the end of his first 100 days


    The notion of a president's first 100 days as a marker for a new administration's progress was first raised by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he rallied Congress to support an agenda to fight the Great Depression. Roosevelt moved aggressively to prop...


    The notion of a president's first 100 days as a marker for a new administration's progress was first raised by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as he rallied Congress to support an agenda to fight the Great Depression. Roosevelt moved aggressively to prop up the American economy. More than 80 years later, we still apply Roosevelt's arbitrary parameter to the beginning of a presidency — a metric President Donald Trump is keenly aware of.

    In recent days, Trump and his advisers have doubled down on the idea that Trump's first 100 days must be considered a success. Given Trump's failure to live up to the promise of passing health insurance reform, for example, you might think the president would shy away from Saturday — the end of his own first 100 days. Read More
    'Persona 5' Tower Confidant Guide: How to max out your relationship with Shinya Oda

    'Persona 5' Tower Confidant Guide: How to max out your relationship with Shinya Oda


    In Persona 5, each friend you can make is attached to a different arcana, or category, of Persona. Maxing out those friendships will allow you to make more powerful Personas in their respective arcanas. These arcanas include Strength, Sun and Justice,...


    In Persona 5, each friend you can make is attached to a different arcana, or category, of Persona. Maxing out those friendships will allow you to make more powerful Personas in their respective arcanas. These arcanas include Strength, Sun and Justice, among many others. 

    Some of these friendships will simply level up over the course of the game regardless of your choices, but others require much more direct involvement. Tower confidant Shinya Oda is in the latter category.

    Persona 5 Tower confidant guide: How to max out your relationship with Shinya OdaShinya Oda in 'Persona 5'Source: Mulder/The Video Game Gallery
    Twinfinite has a detailed guide of every dialogue choice you should make to max out your relationship with Shinya. On 9/4, Mishima will give you a Mementos request called "Winners Don't Use Cheats." Pursue this and get to the Mementos boss, whom you'll find you can't damage at all. Read More
    'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Timeline: When does the game take place?

    'Mass Effect: Andromeda' Timeline: When does the game take place?


    Although Mass Effect: Andromeda has a number of nods to BioWare's original series — like Alec Ryder being part of N7, a voice cameo from Dr. Liara T'Soni and a turian on Havarl who knew Mass Effect 1's villain Saren Arterius before he went rogue — we...


    Although Mass Effect: Andromeda has a number of nods to BioWare's original series — like Alec Ryder being part of N7, a voice cameo from Dr. Liara T'Soni and a turian on Havarl who knew Mass Effect 1's villain Saren Arterius before he went rogue — we shouldn't expect to see any characters from the original series showing up in any Andromeda media.

    The reason for this is, barring something really ridiculous, the events of the original Mass Effect trilogy have long since been resolved by the time Ryder and his Pathfinder team emerge in the Heleus cluster.

    Mass Effect: Andromeda timeline: Roughly 600 years have passed According to a Eurogamer article from November, the Andromeda Initiative leaves the Milky Way in 2185 CE at the conclusion of Mass Effect 2's campaign. Read More
    This teen used her prom dress to honor Trayvon Martin and the Black Lives Matter movement

    This teen used her prom dress to honor Trayvon Martin and the Black Lives Matter movement


    Florida high schooler Milan Morris and designer Terrence Torrence knew they wanted to make a statement at the Pahokee High School prom in Pahokee, Florida. But rather than go for just some extra glitz and glam, the two worked on a dress armed with a...


    Florida high schooler Milan Morris and designer Terrence Torrence knew they wanted to make a statement at the Pahokee High School prom in Pahokee, Florida. But rather than go for just some extra glitz and glam, the two worked on a dress armed with a powerful statement on police brutality, its victims and the Black Lives Matter Movement. 

    To prom this year, Morris, 17, arrived in a black lace dress covered with a collage of faces of just some of the most famous victims of police brutality, including Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland and Michael Brown. 

    "Yes I'm black. Yes I'm 17," Morris wrote on Instagram. Read More
    RuPaul's DragCon 2017 changes for families — and to rebuke Trump

    RuPaul's DragCon 2017 changes for families — and to rebuke Trump


    RuPaul's DragCon, now in its third year, could easily have returned in 2017 relatively unchanged. The format, which sees drag queens and queer stars congregate for panels and meet-and-greets under the watchful eye of mother RuPaul, is an easy sell for...


    RuPaul's DragCon, now in its third year, could easily have returned in 2017 relatively unchanged. The format, which sees drag queens and queer stars congregate for panels and meet-and-greets under the watchful eye of mother RuPaul, is an easy sell for fans of both RuPaul's Drag Race and drag in general. The third iteration already drew over double the amount of ticket sales over the previous year, as the founders of Drag Race production company World of Wonder Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey told Mic.

    But Barbato and Bailey weren't interested in turning out the same exact convention for a third year. They wanted to make changes in order to respond to what they saw in the past and better fit the mood of the moment. Read More
    What is a government shutdown? Here's what happens if Congress can't pass a funding bill.

    What is a government shutdown? Here's what happens if Congress can't pass a funding bill.


    The U.S. government could be heading toward a potential shutdown on Friday if legislators from both sides of the aisle and the White House aren't able to successfully pass a new appropriations bill to fund the federal government.Such a shutdown would be...


    The U.S. government could be heading toward a potential shutdown on Friday if legislators from both sides of the aisle and the White House aren't able to successfully pass a new appropriations bill to fund the federal government.

    Such a shutdown would be the first since 2013, when Republican legislators forced a 16-day shutdown over objections to the Affordable Care Act. Read More
    These 7 photos show the controversial New Orleans Confederate monument removal

    These 7 photos show the controversial New Orleans Confederate monument removal


    New Orleans demolition workers began a controversial scheduled removal of Confederate memorials from the city early Monday morning, a decision that has been met with intense outrage from some segments of the community.According to the Times-Picayune,...


    New Orleans demolition workers began a controversial scheduled removal of Confederate memorials from the city early Monday morning, a decision that has been met with intense outrage from some segments of the community.

    According to the Times-Picayune, cleanup crews began hauling away parts of the Liberty Place monument just after 2 a.m., working under the cover of darkness and covering the name of the removal company's trucks with tape and cardboard so as to avoid provoking the ire of protesters. Police stood guard as they worked.

    "This should be a celebration, but instead this is done clandestinely," one person there told CNN affiliate WVUE-TV. "They got the workers who are taking it down dressed in black jackets, helmets and their faces are covered, to us that's cowardice."

    While some protesters say that the Liberty Place obelisk and the three others slated for removal in New Orleans — likenesses of Gen. Robert E. Lee, Gen. Read More
    World's first malaria vaccine to be introduced in three countries in 2018

    World's first malaria vaccine to be introduced in three countries in 2018


    In a major step forward in the global fight against malaria, the World Health Organization will begin pilot programs in three countries for the world's first malaria vaccine, the BBC reported.The WHO will begin introducing the vaccine through pilot...


    In a major step forward in the global fight against malaria, the World Health Organization will begin pilot programs in three countries for the world's first malaria vaccine, the BBC reported.

    The WHO will begin introducing the vaccine through pilot programs 2018 in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi — three countries that were chosen in part because they have established anti-malaria programs as well as high rates of the disease, according to the BBC.

    What is malaria?Malaria is a disease caused by parasites transmitted through infected mosquitoes, and it's currently found in 91 countries and areas around the world, according to the WHO. Initial symptoms, which include a fever, headache and chills, usually show up between 10 to 15 days after the infective bite. Read More
    'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' Gliding Control Tips: How to soar through the air like a damn angel

    'Mario Kart 8 Deluxe' Gliding Control Tips: How to soar through the air like a damn angel


    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn't your grandpa's Mario Kart. Or more accurately, it isn't the Mario Kart you remember playing as a kid. The updated version of the latest installment in the series still has moments where you need to drive upside down in your...


    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe isn't your grandpa's Mario Kart. Or more accurately, it isn't the Mario Kart you remember playing as a kid. 

    The updated version of the latest installment in the series still has moments where you need to drive upside down in your hovercar or hang-glide safely across the track. Once you've got yourself a kart that can do both, it's important to know the best skills when gliding in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe. 

    If you didn't get the technique in the original version of Mario Kart 8, here are the best tips and tricks for controlling the gliding portions of MK8 Deluxe.

    Mario Kart 8 Deluxe gliding control tips: How to successfully glide every single timeAt first sight, gliding may appear the most daunting part of the new Mario Kart experience. Luckily these moments are usually brief, and very easy to get accustomed to. Driving over blue ramps will shift your kart or motorcycle into gliding mode. Read More
    Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna's December fight plays out on 'KUWTK'

    Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna's December fight plays out on 'KUWTK'


    Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna's tumultuous relationship played out on Sunday's episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Episode 13, titled "The Ex-Files," explained the couple's explosive social media fight from December. For those who haven't been...


    Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna's tumultuous relationship played out on Sunday's episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. 

    Episode 13, titled "The Ex-Files," explained the couple's explosive social media fight from December. For those who haven't been following along in real life, Blac Chyna's Instagram account was reportedly hacked at the end of 2016. The hacker posted intimate text conversations between the reality TV star and other men in an attempt to expose her infidelity. The hack also revealed her attempt to legally change her name to Angela Renee Kardashian. 

    Blac Chyna confirmed the conversations were real, and the hacker directed her followers to check out Snapchats from Rob claiming she left him. Read More
    Rihanna, Lupita Nyong'o, Issa Rae and Ava DuVernay may be making a movie together

    Rihanna, Lupita Nyong'o, Issa Rae and Ava DuVernay may be making a movie together


    It looks like Twitter's gone and accidentally made something magical happen. On Tuesday, a photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o from Paris Fashion Week's Fall/Winter 2014-2015 show resurfaced on Twitter — and unsurprisingly, Twitter had some fun with...


    It looks like Twitter's gone and accidentally made something magical happen. On Tuesday, a photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o from Paris Fashion Week's Fall/Winter 2014-2015 show resurfaced on Twitter — and unsurprisingly, Twitter had some fun with it, creating a fictional movie based on the image.

    It all started with this post from Twitter user @blaquepink.

    A picture for the history books

    Because it's clearly fabulous, the photo quickly nabbed a ton of responses, but that was only the beginning. Soon after, Twitter user @1800SADGAL responded with the basics of a pretty great film pitch. 

    Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://t.co/PhWs1xd3nj

    Soon, more and more users added their creative input to the idea, tagging Rihanna and Nyong'o along the way in hopes they'd jump on the bandwagon. Read More
    One teen's secret to making $1 million selling socks

    One teen's secret to making $1 million selling socks


    Few people are truly good at everything, which is why a fundamental rule among entrepreneurs is that you must hire folks with complementary skills to make up for your weaknesses. For the 17-year-old founder of HoopSwagg — an e-retailer that sold about...


    Few people are truly good at everything, which is why a fundamental rule among entrepreneurs is that you must hire folks with complementary skills to make up for your weaknesses. For the 17-year-old founder of HoopSwagg — an e-retailer that sold about $1 million worth of colorful customized socks in the last year — that meant seeking out people who could see in color. 

    "All the leaves fall in the fall [look] like a blob of brown," HoopSwagg founder and CEO Brennan Agranoff, who is color-blind, told Mic. "The biggest problem I encounter is when teams come, and sometimes I'll butcher the team colors, so I have to have my parents... or someone else on my team" double-check them.

    Like other teen entrepreneurs, high school junior Agranoff has gotten plenty of help from his folks — but he did start at an especially young age. Read More
    New Frank Ocean and the NBA playoffs: Breaking down the loudest hype

    New Frank Ocean and the NBA playoffs: Breaking down the loudest hype


    Any time an anticipated movie, TV show, album or other artistic product drops, one inevitable question lingers in the air: Does it live up to the hype? In our new weekly Hype Tracker column, the Hype staff will take a closer look at four pieces of pop...


    Any time an anticipated movie, TV show, album or other artistic product drops, one inevitable question lingers in the air: Does it live up to the hype? In our new weekly Hype Tracker column, the Hype staff will take a closer look at four pieces of pop culture from the past week. We'll break down how well each stacks up compared to expectations. This week, we're looking at the 'Hamilton'-inspired Kardashian musical episode of 'RuPaul's Drag Race,' the NBA playoffs, the History Channel special on the L.A. riots and new Frank Ocean. 

    RuPaul's Kardashian family musical misfires Source: TVMusic/YouTubeSince its seventh year, RuPaul's Drag Race has included a lip sync extravaganza challenge each season. These have ranged from an in-flight video to a herstory lesson about women like Marie Antoinette and Annie Oakley. Read More
    Trump brags about giving CBS show best ratings

    Trump brags about giving CBS show best ratings "since the World Trade Center came down"


    President Donald Trump has taken his chronic obsession with his own television ratings to a new low.On Monday, the Associated Press published its interview with Trump in which the president bragged that he helped give CBS' Sunday show Face the Nation...


    President Donald Trump has taken his chronic obsession with his own television ratings to a new low.

    On Monday, the Associated Press published its interview with Trump in which the president bragged that he helped give CBS' Sunday show Face the Nation its highest ratings "since the World Trade Center came down."

    "It's interesting, I have, seem to get very high ratings," Trump told the AP of his role in bringing viewers to television networks.

    Trump used his boast as an opportunity to take a dig at the CBS show, noting his participation garnered "the highest for Face the Nation or as I call it, 'Deface the Nation.'" 

    It's unclear what interview with Dickerson he's referring to. Trump is set to sit down with Dickerson in an interview that will correspond with Trump's 100th day in office. 

    "It's the highest for 'Deface the Nation' since the World Trade Center. Read More
    Anti-Semitic incidents jumped by 86% in the first quarter of 2017, report finds

    Anti-Semitic incidents jumped by 86% in the first quarter of 2017, report finds


    An annual report from the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, contains some disturbing revelations: Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States surged in 2016, and continued to increase dramatically in the first three months of...


    An annual report from the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights group, contains some disturbing revelations: Anti-Semitic incidents in the United States surged in 2016, and continued to increase dramatically in the first three months of 2017.

    The ADL's annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents, released Monday, found that anti-Semitic incidents, including assaults, harassment and vandalism, increased by 34% in 2016 over the previous year. The organization recorded a total of 1,266 incidents in 2016 — nearly 30% of which happened in November and December, the last two months of the year.

    The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. has only continued to surge in 2017, the report found. Read More
    Rape victims often pay nearly $1,000 for medical treatment

    Rape victims often pay nearly $1,000 for medical treatment


    In addition to the physical, emotional and mental costs of rape, many victims in the U.S. are shouldering the financial burden as well. A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health analyzed hospital billing records for 1,335 privately...


    In addition to the physical, emotional and mental costs of rape, many victims in the U.S. are shouldering the financial burden as well. 

    A new study published in the American Journal of Public Health analyzed hospital billing records for 1,335 privately insured women who were raped in 2013. On average, those women paid roughly 14% of the total cost of treatment, which doesn't sound too steep — except it translates to an average of $948. Insurance companies paid an average of $5,789. 

    "With other violent crimes, victims are not responsible for paying for the damage that results from the crime," Ashley Tennessee, the study's lead author and an assistant professor in the Medical University of South Carolina's Division of Healthcare studies, told Reuters Health. Read More
    After being bullied for wearing makeup, this 12-year-old boy got the best gift from Ellen

    After being bullied for wearing makeup, this 12-year-old boy got the best gift from Ellen


    For his debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 12-year-old Reuben de Maid wanted to look his best. So, for his powerhouse performance of "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going" and subsequent sit-down interview with DeGeneres, he slipped on a sharp suit and...


    For his debut on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 12-year-old Reuben de Maid wanted to look his best. So, for his powerhouse performance of "And I Am Telling You I Am Not Going" and subsequent sit-down interview with DeGeneres, he slipped on a sharp suit and coiffed his hair just so. However, unlike most other male performances, de Maid showed up with a full face of makeup. 

    After his performance, that's what DeGeneres wanted to talk about because, according to him, he loves makeup just as much as he loves signing. 

    "And there's something else that you love as much as singing. What is that?" DeGeneres asked, to which de Maid replied: "Makeup." 

    Reuben de Maid on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show'Source: Facebook"Ever since I was eight, I used to be so interested," he said. Read More
    Donald Trump took credit for military cost-cutting he had nothing to do with

    Donald Trump took credit for military cost-cutting he had nothing to do with


    President Donald Trump took credit for saving millions of dollars on an order of 90 F-35 fighter jets, telling the Associated Press he helped save "$725 million" on the purchase.The problem is, Trump had nothing to do with those cost reductions. In...


    President Donald Trump took credit for saving millions of dollars on an order of 90 F-35 fighter jets, telling the Associated Press he helped save "$725 million" on the purchase.

    The problem is, Trump had nothing to do with those cost reductions. 

    In fact, the money-saving agreement was struck by Pentagon officials and jet manufacturer Lockheed Martin prior to the presidential election.

    "We went from a company that wanted more money for the planes to a company that cut. And the reason they cut — same planes, same everything — was because of me," Trump told the Associated Press, according to a transcript of the interview published Sunday. "I mean, because that's what I do."

    Trump's $725 million figure has changed multiple times since he claims to have struck the deal. In January, the president pegged that number at $600 million, according to the Washington Post. In a Feb. Read More
    Government Shutdown 2017: Here's when the deadline for passing a budget expires

    Government Shutdown 2017: Here's when the deadline for passing a budget expires


    President Donald Trump wants lawmakers in Congress in their latest budget due midnight Friday to approve a down payment on the Mexico border wall he promised his supporters during the 2016 campaign.The New York Times reported the president may be...


    President Donald Trump wants lawmakers in Congress in their latest budget due midnight Friday to approve a down payment on the Mexico border wall he promised his supporters during the 2016 campaign.

    The New York Times reported the president may be willing to risk shutting down the federal government to get what he wants.

    "We expect the priorities of the president to be reflective in the [spending bill]," Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus told NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday. "We expect a massive increase in military spending. Read More
    Former Fox News guest walks back accusations against Sean Hannity

    Former Fox News guest walks back accusations against Sean Hannity


    In the wake of Bill O'Reilly's firing, another Fox News pundit has been accused of sexual harassment — sort of.In a Friday interview with local radio host Pat Campbell, former Fox News guest Debbie Schlussel recounted a troublesome incident involving...


    In the wake of Bill O'Reilly's firing, another Fox News pundit has been accused of sexual harassment — sort of.

    In a Friday interview with local radio host Pat Campbell, former Fox News guest Debbie Schlussel recounted a troublesome incident involving Sean Hannity inviting her to his hotel room when the two were attending an event in Detroit. Schlussel said that when she spurned his advances, Hannity retaliated against her by never inviting her to be on his show again.

    "After that, I wasn't booked on his show again. And he called me and yelled at me," Schlussel told Campbell. "I got a very weird feeling about the whole thing, and I kind of knew I wouldn't be back on his show."

    Schlussel, however, walked back her allegations on Monday after many outlets termed them sexual harassment.

    "Sexual harassment has a special meaning under the law, and I would never accuse him of that," Schlussel, an attorney, told LawNewz.com. Read More
    Nintendo Switch Stock: Target and Best Buy restock the console in time for 'Mario Kart 8'

    Nintendo Switch Stock: Target and Best Buy restock the console in time for 'Mario Kart 8'


    Nintendo Switch stock is so limited that as we come to the end of April, almost a full two months after the console's initial release, supply of the Switch remains hard to find at stores like Walmart and Amazon. When a retailer finally does have the...


    Nintendo Switch stock is so limited that as we come to the end of April, almost a full two months after the console's initial release, supply of the Switch remains hard to find at stores like Walmart and Amazon. When a retailer finally does have the Switch, it's included in pricey bundles, like those at GameStop and Target. 

    Fortunately, supply is about to refresh in the best way possible: not in a bundle and just in time for Mario Kart 8 Deluxe.

    Nintendo Switch stock: Target and Best Buy will have non-bundled units in time for Mario Kart 8 DeluxeOn Sunday, NinMobileNews confirmed on Twitter that Target and Best Buy would once again offer the hard-to-find Switch. Read More
    Amber Heard, Elon Musk are Instagram official months after Johnny Depp divorce finalized

    Amber Heard, Elon Musk are Instagram official months after Johnny Depp divorce finalized


    It's only real if it's official on Instagram. Amber Heard set straight the rumors about her love life on Sunday with one simple Instagram post.Heard, who has reportedly been dating Elon Musk, posted a picture of her with the Tesla CEO on the social...


    It's only real if it's official on Instagram. Amber Heard set straight the rumors about her love life on Sunday with one simple Instagram post.

    Heard, who has reportedly been dating Elon Musk, posted a picture of her with the Tesla CEO on the social media site. She captioned the image: "cheeky." The two appear to be at dinner and Musk has lipstick on his cheek, which explains the caption. 



    According to E! News, the two have been together since July. When rumors about their relationship began circulating, it was revealed the billionaire first had his eye on the actress when they both appeared in the 2013 film Machete Kills.

    A source on set told the Hollywood Reporter that although they had no scenes together, the Tesla CEO actively pursued Heard. Read More
    Donald Trump may have lied in 'AP' interview about having

    Donald Trump may have lied in 'AP' interview about having "never heard" of WikiLeaks


    President Donald Trump appeared to flat out lie about what he knew about online leak publishing platform WikiLeaks prior to its role in the 2016 presidential election.In an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Trump was asked about his...


    President Donald Trump appeared to flat out lie about what he knew about online leak publishing platform WikiLeaks prior to its role in the 2016 presidential election.

    In an interview with the Associated Press on Friday, Trump was asked about his administration's "tougher line" on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, as the Department of Justice is now seeking to arrest Assange.

    Trump answered by saying he had "never heard of WikiLeaks" until the site began dumping stolen emails from Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta in order to hamstring her campaign in the final days of the race.

    "When WikiLeaks came out ... never heard of WikiLeaks, never heard of it," Trump told the AP.

    That, however, flies in the face of Trump's past on-the-record comments about WikiLeaks.

    Trump told AP he'd never heard of WikiLeaks until 2016. @KFILE found stories about him denouncing WikiLeaks in 2010. Read More
    NES Classic Edition Best Buy Locations: These stores will have final inventory

    NES Classic Edition Best Buy Locations: These stores will have final inventory


    Nintendo announced that their NES Classic Edition's last wave of inventory would go on sale during April. Which means that before the mythical SNES Mini is announced, your last chance to buy the $60 NES console, complete with 30 games, is right now....


    Nintendo announced that their NES Classic Edition's last wave of inventory would go on sale during April. Which means that before the mythical SNES Mini is announced, your last chance to buy the $60 NES console, complete with 30 games, is right now. As usual, Nintendo was vague about their supply — stating that April's shipment would be the last but not how many units or which specific stores would receive it. But luckily one retailer has spoken up about where you can get the NES Classic Edition before final sales run out. 



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    NES Classic buyers should pay very close attention to Best Buy Monday.

    NES Classic Best Buy locations: Stores will have final stock of the retro console MondayAccording to Best Buy's official Twitter account, the NES Classic console will be available in stores. Read More
    French Election: 3 key things to know about Sunday's results

    French Election: 3 key things to know about Sunday's results


    The first round of the French presidential election has come to a close, and only far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and center-left candidate Emmanuel Macron remain.From a crowded field of 11 candidates, French voters whittled down their options and...


    The first round of the French presidential election has come to a close, and only far-right candidate Marine Le Pen and center-left candidate Emmanuel Macron remain.

    From a crowded field of 11 candidates, French voters whittled down their options and eliminated other popular would-be contenders, like conservative Francois Fillon and far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Macron, who shored up 23.7% of the vote, and Le Pen, who earned 21.7%, will now head to a runoff election on May 7.

    Below are three key takeaways from the election results that will continues to shape the future of France.

    Far-right leader and French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen.Source: Frank Augstein/APThe upcoming May election will be a showdown between a populist and a globalistLe Pen is a member of France's far-right National Front party, which has been built up over the years upon a foundation of isolationism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia. Read More
    Jeff Sessions: If Mexico doesn't pay for wall, US could investigate Mexicans' taxes

    Jeff Sessions: If Mexico doesn't pay for wall, US could investigate Mexicans' taxes


    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sunday said President Donald Trump's administration will be building its promised wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, and will have Mexico pay for it "one way or the other"  — even if they have to pursue individual...


    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Sunday said President Donald Trump's administration will be building its promised wall on the U.S. border with Mexico, and will have Mexico pay for it "one way or the other"  — even if they have to pursue individual Mexicans living in the U.S. to foot the bill.

    "We're going to get paid for it one way or the other," Sessions said on ABC's This Week. "I know there's $4 billion a year in excess payments, according to the Department of the Treasury's own inspector general several years ago, that are going to payments to people — tax credits that they shouldn't get.

    "Now, these are mostly Mexicans," he continued. "And those kind of things add up — $4 billion a year for 10 years is $40 billion. Read More
    Donald Trump awards veteran Purple Heart, says

    Donald Trump awards veteran Purple Heart, says "congratulations" and "tremendous job"


    President Donald Trump, a man who secured five separate deferments during the Vietnam War, paid a visit on Saturday to Sgt. First Class Alvaro Barrientos, a man who lost a leg while serving in Afghanistan. During a brief ceremony at Walter Reed...


    President Donald Trump, a man who secured five separate deferments during the Vietnam War, paid a visit on Saturday to Sgt. First Class Alvaro Barrientos, a man who lost a leg while serving in Afghanistan. 

    During a brief ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Trump awarded Barrientos a Purple Heart and, oddly, offered his congratulations.

    "So I heard about this, I wanted to do this myself," Trump told Barrientos, according to CNN. "Congratulations on behalf of Melania and myself and the entire nation. Tremendous, tremendous job, congratulations."

    While it is among the military's highest honors, the Purple Heart is not exactly enviable. The medal is awarded to those who are killed or wounded in battle, which — as many people pointed out on social media — are less-than-"tremendous" circumstances. 

    There are certainly more appropriate words Trump could have chosen. Read More
    French Election Results 2017: Macron and Le Pen advance to runoff election

    French Election Results 2017: Macron and Le Pen advance to runoff election


    The results of France's presidential election are in. Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen will advance to a head-to-head runoff election on May 7, the Associated Press reports.BREAKING: Centrist Macron, far-right leader Le Pen...


    The results of France's presidential election are in. Centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right candidate Marine Le Pen will advance to a head-to-head runoff election on May 7, the Associated Press reports.

    BREAKING: Centrist Macron, far-right leader Le Pen advance to French presidential runoff after major opponents concede defeat.



    Macron, whose views are sometimes described as neoliberal, came in first with 23.7% of the vote in Ipsos estimates, according to the Economist. Le Pen came in second, with 21.9%. Read More
    Topless feminist activists from Femen protest Marine Le Pen on French Election Day

    Topless feminist activists from Femen protest Marine Le Pen on French Election Day


    The world is watching Sunday's French presidential election, where candidate Marine Le Pen could potentially lead France down the road of far-right populism.But Le Pen's trip to the polls on Sunday morning was met with resistance, as activists from the...


    The world is watching Sunday's French presidential election, where candidate Marine Le Pen could potentially lead France down the road of far-right populism.

    But Le Pen's trip to the polls on Sunday morning was met with resistance, as activists from the feminist group Femen arrived at Le Pen's polling place in Hénin-Beaumont, France, shortly before the candidate arrived.

    Six topless female protesters arrived at the polling place Sunday morning, ABC News reported, where they jumped out of an SUV limo wearing masks of Le Pen and President Donald Trump.

    A Femen protester in front of Marine Le Pen's polling place on April 23.Source: Francois Lo Prestif/Getty ImagesThe protesters' arrival caused a commotion, but they were quickly ushered into police vans and had their signs confiscated, ABC News reported. Read More
    CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota says Roger Ailes harassed her while she was at Fox

    CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota says Roger Ailes harassed her while she was at Fox


    Fox News' sexual harassment scandal just keeps spiraling. On Sunday, former Fox anchor Alisyn Camerota sat down with Brian Stelter on CNN's Reliable Sources and confirmed she had been targeted by Roger Ailes, Fox's former CEO and chairman, during her...


    Fox News' sexual harassment scandal just keeps spiraling. 

    On Sunday, former Fox anchor Alisyn Camerota sat down with Brian Stelter on CNN's Reliable Sources and confirmed she had been targeted by Roger Ailes, Fox's former CEO and chairman, during her time there. 

    "Yes, Roger Ailes did sexually harass me," Camerota, who now works for CNN, said. 

    "Roger Ailes was — could be charming," she continued. "He could be quite charismatic. He could be uproariously funny. He could also be a bit of a bully, and mean. And he also was often kind of grossly inappropriate with things that he would say, and I think that many of us experienced that.

    "He would talk about body parts," Camerota added. Read More
    Nearly 100 days in, Donald Trump's poll numbers are still terrible

    Nearly 100 days in, Donald Trump's poll numbers are still terrible


    Forty-five percent of Americans think Donald Trump is off to a crummy start on his presidency, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.Just 35% of respondents believed the president was off to a "great" or "good" start, with an additional...


    Forty-five percent of Americans think Donald Trump is off to a crummy start on his presidency, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.

    Just 35% of respondents believed the president was off to a "great" or "good" start, with an additional 19% saying Trump has had "only a fair start" to his presidency. 

    The poll additionally found just 40% approve of his performance, with a majority, 54%, saying he is doing a bad job.

    Virtually all demographic groups polled had a distaste for the president, with the exception of whites without a college degree, Republicans and Trump voters, the latter group skewing 82% in favor of his administration.

    The poll is yet further evidence that Trump's nascent presidency has already begun to derail. Read More
    Lawyer successfully defends accused rapist, arguing women are

    Lawyer successfully defends accused rapist, arguing women are "especially good" liars


    In a moment of very brazen sexism, a lawyer in Memphis, Tennessee, defended an accused rapist by arguing that women are naturally superior liars. More astounding, his tactics worked. "People can be very good at lying," attorney Steve Farese said...


    In a moment of very brazen sexism, a lawyer in Memphis, Tennessee, defended an accused rapist by arguing that women are naturally superior liars. 

    More astounding, his tactics worked. 

    "People can be very good at lying," attorney Steve Farese said Thursday, according to WFXT Fox 25. "Women can be especially good at it because they're the weaker sex."

    A jury comprised of 11 women and three men acquitted Farese's client, wealthy Tennessee businessman Mark Giannini. Read More
    Pope Francis criticized for comparing refugee centers to concentration camps

    Pope Francis criticized for comparing refugee centers to concentration camps


    Less than two weeks after press secretary Sean Spicer's unfortunate claims about Hitler and chemical weapons, another public figure is coming under fire for Holocaust insensitivity: Pope Francis.During an address on Saturday to a crowd of migrants at the...


    Less than two weeks after press secretary Sean Spicer's unfortunate claims about Hitler and chemical weapons, another public figure is coming under fire for Holocaust insensitivity: Pope Francis.

    During an address on Saturday to a crowd of migrants at the Basilica of St. Read More
    Fox News: 7 employees join racial discrimination suit against network

    Fox News: 7 employees join racial discrimination suit against network


    The problems at Fox News allegedly don't stop at sexism. According to the Daily Intelligencer, a total of nine employees are bringing a joint lawsuit against the network, alleging years of racial abuse by comptroller Judy Slater.Unnamed sources told the...


    The problems at Fox News allegedly don't stop at sexism. According to the Daily Intelligencer, a total of nine employees are bringing a joint lawsuit against the network, alleging years of racial abuse by comptroller Judy Slater.

    Unnamed sources told the Intelligencer that seven black employees will join the suit two black women filed in March. The original claimants said that, thanks to Slater, they experienced "top-down racial discrimination" while working in the payroll department. Read More
    North Korea detains US citizens, bringing total to 3

    North Korea detains US citizens, bringing total to 3


    A United States citizen was detained in North Korea Friday, according to the Washington Post. The U.S. does not have an embassy in the country, but the Swedish embassy confirmed that authorities had arrested a man with the last name Kim, a professor in...


    A United States citizen was detained in North Korea Friday, according to the Washington Post. 

    The U.S. does not have an embassy in the country, but the Swedish embassy confirmed that authorities had arrested a man with the last name Kim, a professor in his 50s who was reportedly doing aid work in North Korea, at Pyongyang International Airport. 

    According to the Post, Kim was formerly a professor at China's Yanbian University of Science and Technology and was on his way out of the country at the time of his arrest.

    "He was prevented from getting on the flight out of Pyongyang," Martina Aberg, deputy chief of mission at Sweden's North Korea embassy, told CNN. "We don't comment further than this."

    Kim is one of three U.S. citizens currently held in North Korea. Read More
    French election: 3 key things to know about Sunday's vote

    French election: 3 key things to know about Sunday's vote


    The French are heading to the polls on Sunday to decide on President François Hollande's successor.In the wake of Brexit and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, many around the world are watching the election closely to see if France, too,...


    The French are heading to the polls on Sunday to decide on President François Hollande's successor.

    In the wake of Brexit and the election of U.S. President Donald Trump, many around the world are watching the election closely to see if France, too, will give rise to far-right populism by electing National Front candidate Marine Le Pen. 

    Those watching the election apparently now include Trump himself, who took to Twitter Sunday morning to proclaim the election "very interesting" — after previously suggesting in an interview earlier this month that he didn't even know who Le Pen was.

    Very interesting election currently taking place in France.

    As of midday Sunday, French voter turnout was already slightly higher than the previous election in 2012, the Telegraph noted, with 28.54% of eligible voters having already cast a ballot, compared with 28.29% in 2012. Read More
    Meet the everyday scientists, doctors and engineers of NYC's March for Science

    Meet the everyday scientists, doctors and engineers of NYC's March for Science


    NEW YORK — Tens of thousands marched from Manhattan's Upper West Side to Times Square on Saturday in support of science, research and STEM fields after President Donald Trump's administration proposed cutting billions of dollars from...


    NEW YORK — Tens of thousands marched from Manhattan's Upper West Side to Times Square on Saturday in support of science, research and STEM fields after President Donald Trump's administration proposed cutting billions of dollars from environmental and health agencies, research grants and earth science.

    With those cuts set to eliminate dozens of programs, lower the number of working experts in federal agencies like the CDC, EPA or FDA, and force research programs to survive on slimmer budgets, March for Science protesters working in science, medicine and engineering told Mic they were concerned they could be pushed out of their field or lose the funding that allows them to do their jobs. Others expressed concerns the administration's assaults on climate regulations, or flirtation with unfounded theories like the erroneous idea vaccines are unsafe, were regressive and could harm the U.S. and the environment.

    Demonstrator M. Read More
    Kendrick Lamar's mom just reviewed 'DAMN.' in one perfect text message

    Kendrick Lamar's mom just reviewed 'DAMN.' in one perfect text message


    The enthusiasm around Kendrick Lamar's 4th studio album DAMN. has been fierce. In no uncertain terms, it's one of his best, thought-provoking, transcendent albums to date. And to hear Lamar's fans tell it, he might be on his way to G.O.A.T.But one fan is...


    The enthusiasm around Kendrick Lamar's 4th studio album DAMN. has been fierce. In no uncertain terms, it's one of his best, thought-provoking, transcendent albums to date. And to hear Lamar's fans tell it, he might be on his way to G.O.A.T.

    But one fan is especially enthusiastic — Lamar's mother, Paula Oliver. In a lengthy text that he screen-grabbed and posted to Twitter, she pretty much sums up how we all feel about a legend in the making. 

    "OMG. This cd is the bombbbbb!" she wrote, followed by three crying face emojis. We're right there with you, Paula. 

    "OMG. This cd is the bombbbbb!" —Kendrick Lamar's mom, channeling everyoneShe continued, "This is your best one to me, no bullshit" — and finishes the line with the perfect use of a "100."

    Remember, this text is from his mother, so naturally she has to mention that dad thinks he looks stressed out on the cover. Read More
    Paul Ryan says avoiding government shutdown, not repealing Obamacare is current priority

    Paul Ryan says avoiding government shutdown, not repealing Obamacare is current priority


    In yet more unwelcome news for the Republican Party and President Donald Trump's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said health care reform was off the table until it had the necessary votes and he would be focusing on...


    In yet more unwelcome news for the Republican Party and President Donald Trump's plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said health care reform was off the table until it had the necessary votes and he would be focusing on averting a government shutdown this week, CBS News reported.

    According to CBS, a "GOP source" on a conference call with Ryan and party officials confirmed Ryan contradicted Trump's claim Republicans may be able to propose and pass an Obamacare repeal bill as early as this upcoming week. Read More
    In one tweet, actor Kumail Nanjiani nails why the world is marching for science

    In one tweet, actor Kumail Nanjiani nails why the world is marching for science


    Hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., and around the world on Saturday marked Earth Day by marching in support of science. The cause would seem uncontroversial, except we live in an age of "alternative facts" — when President Donald Trump has...


    Hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C., and around the world on Saturday marked Earth Day by marching in support of science. 

    The cause would seem uncontroversial, except we live in an age of "alternative facts" — when President Donald Trump has installed a fellow climate change-denier to the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, proposed drastic funding cuts to the sciences and reversed key Obama-era environmental initiatives.

    It's not just science that's under attack — it's reality itself, as actor Kumail Nanjiani of HBO's Silicon Valley pointed out on Twitter.

    We live in an age where a pro-science march is considered a political statement. Read More
    Bernie Sanders: Not allowing Ann Coulter to speak at Berkeley is

    Bernie Sanders: Not allowing Ann Coulter to speak at Berkeley is "intellectual weakness"


    Bernie Sanders says that right wing troll Ann Coulter is "outrageous" and "off the wall" — but, the senator told the Huffington Post on Thursday, she should be able to speak at University of California, Berkeley "without fear of violence and...


    Bernie Sanders says that right wing troll Ann Coulter is "outrageous" and "off the wall" — but, the senator told the Huffington Post on Thursday, she should be able to speak at University of California, Berkeley "without fear of violence and intimidation."

    "To me, it's a sign of intellectual weakness," Sanders said after a rally in Omaha. Read More
    Trump will hold a

    Trump will hold a "BIG" rally rather than attend the White House Correspondents' Dinner


    Instead of attending a night of light ribbing, Trump will be adored by his biggest fans. Though he previously announced that he would not be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, Donald Trump announced Saturday on Twitter that he...


    Instead of attending a night of light ribbing, Trump will be adored by his biggest fans. 

    Though he previously announced that he would not be attending the annual White House Correspondents' Dinner, Donald Trump announced Saturday on Twitter that he will be in Pennsylvania attending one of his infamous rallies — in this case, to celebrate his 100th day in office. 

    "Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania," he wrote. "Look forward to it!"

    Next Saturday night I will be holding a BIG rally in Pennsylvania. Look forward to it!

    The White House Correspondents' Dinner is usually a jovial night of light roasting. Read More
    Trump urges “rigorous science

    Trump urges “rigorous science" as world marches in protest of his anti-science policies


    As hundreds of thousands protested his anti-science policies across the world in the March for Science, President Donald Trump marked Earth Day by touting the importance of "rigorous science.""Rigorous science is critical to my administration's efforts...


    As hundreds of thousands protested his anti-science policies across the world in the March for Science, President Donald Trump marked Earth Day by touting the importance of "rigorous science."

    "Rigorous science is critical to my administration's efforts to achieve the twin goals of economic growth and environmental protection," Trump said in a statement Saturday. "My administration is committed to advancing scientific research that leads to a better understanding of our environment and of environmental risks."

    Trump — who has repeatedly denied the existence of climate change — has proposed devastating budget cuts to science funding, with the Environmental Protection Agency hardest hit by his so-called "skinny budget." That budget would also cripple scientific research at the National Institutes of Health and sharply cut funding to public education. Read More
    These are the best protest signs from today's March for Science

    These are the best protest signs from today's March for Science


    The March for Science got underway in Washington, D.C., as well as across the nation and around the world Saturday. Thousands of protesters, in about 500 cities worldwide, were expected to turn out to celebrate science and protest President Donald Trump,...


    The March for Science got underway in Washington, D.C., as well as across the nation and around the world Saturday. Thousands of protesters, in about 500 cities worldwide, were expected to turn out to celebrate science and protest President Donald Trump, a climate-change denier who recently reversed Obama-era environmental initiatives and installed an anti-Environmental Protection Agency crusader, Scott Pruitt, as head of the EPA — among other anti-science measures. 




    Here are some of the best signs from the marches challenging Trump to embrace science.




    "You can't comb over facts!" reads a sign during the March for Science.Source: David Zalubowski/AP"Act now or swim later," reads a sign at the March for Science in New York.Source: BRYAN R. Read More
    Transgender woman Chay Reed shot and killed in Miami

    Transgender woman Chay Reed shot and killed in Miami


    Miami has lost a member of its transgender community. On Friday, transgender woman Chay Reed, 28, was shot and killed in Miami, Florida, WPLG reported. An earlier report, which misgendered Reed, said that she was shot while running across the street....


    Miami has lost a member of its transgender community. 

    On Friday, transgender woman Chay Reed, 28, was shot and killed in Miami, Florida, WPLG reported. An earlier report, which misgendered Reed, said that she was shot while running across the street. Her attacker fled the scene. 

    In a phone interview with Mic, Patina Peterson, Reed's longtime friend, became emotional when speaking about their friendship. The two met at Job Corps, an education and job readiness program, in 2008 and lived on campus together in Homestead, Florida.

    Peterson said the two would sit up and eat snacks in the middle of the night long after other members of their Job Corps cohort had gone to bed. 

    Peterson said everyone called Reed "Juicy," but while at Job Corps, some people called her "Mama," to which she would respond "Daughter!" 

    "She was a light, always trying to make everyone around her happy," Peterson said. Read More
    Bill Maher says Berkeley is a

    Bill Maher says Berkeley is a "cradle for f*cking babies" on 'Real Time'


    Bill Maher blasted Berkeley as a "cradle for fucking babies" while defending conservative troll Ann Coulter on Real Time Friday night. "Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech," Maher said to the panel. "And now it's just the cradle for fucking...


    Bill Maher blasted Berkeley as a "cradle for fucking babies" while defending conservative troll Ann Coulter on Real Time Friday night. 

    "Berkeley used to be the cradle of free speech," Maher said to the panel. "And now it's just the cradle for fucking babies."

    The remarks came after Coulter's scheduled speaking engagement at the university was canceled after safety concerns. Protests turned violent at the school ahead of a scheduled appearance by another right-wing provocateur, Milo Yiannopoulos, back in February. 

    That didn't sit well with Maher, who called Coulter's cancellation "the liberals' version of book burning."

    "This goes on all over the country on campuses," Maher said. Read More
    West Virginia teacher under fire for tweeting

    West Virginia teacher under fire for tweeting "ban Islam"


    One West Virginia teacher is learning the real meaning of "delete your account." Nitro, West Virginia, foreign language teacher Sheri Sapp is facing some backlash after tweeting, "Ban Islam. Imagine how much more peaceful the Middle East and the entire...


    One West Virginia teacher is learning the real meaning of "delete your account." 

    Nitro, West Virginia, foreign language teacher Sheri Sapp is facing some backlash after tweeting, "Ban Islam. Imagine how much more peaceful the Middle East and the entire world would be with no Muslims," WSAZ reports. 

    According to high school senior Grant McVicker, Sapp has made her conservative views known among her students, though she has never said anything this vitriolic in class. 

    Sheri Sapp's TwitterSource: WSAZ/Twitter"Everyone knows she's a die-hard Republican; she voted Trump. But she never said anything like that against anyone in class," McVicker told WSAZ. Read More
    Caitlyn Jenner won't play golf with Trump because of his trans policies

    Caitlyn Jenner won't play golf with Trump because of his trans policies


    Don't expect Caitlyn Jenner to tee off with Trump anytime soon. On Friday night, transgender former athlete Caitlyn Jenner sat down with Diane Sawyer for a two-year retrospective on the time since she first came out as transgender to Sawyer. During...


    Don't expect Caitlyn Jenner to tee off with Trump anytime soon. 

    On Friday night, transgender former athlete Caitlyn Jenner sat down with Diane Sawyer for a two-year retrospective on the time since she first came out as transgender to Sawyer. During the interview, Sawyer grilled Jenner on her personal life and her politics, including her well-documented, lifelong affiliation with the Republican Party. 

    Jenner admitted to voting for Donald Trump in November, believing his presidency would focus on small government and jobs. However, Jenner said Trump lost her support when he lifted Obama's historic Title IX interpretation protecting transgender students from discrimination in regards to access to public facilities in schools. 

    Gender neutral restroomSource: Elaine Thompson/AP"Here's the deal-breaker with the Republican Party," Jenner said. "'You mess with my community. ... Read More
    Uber employees spray #Undelete Uber artwork on the tail of sexual harassment accusations

    Uber employees spray #Undelete Uber artwork on the tail of sexual harassment accusations


    To put it simply, it's been a rough year for Uber... and it's only April.The ride sharing service repeatedly found itself in hot water over the last few months as scandal after scandal unfolded. Things all kicked off in January after President Donald...


    To put it simply, it's been a rough year for Uber... and it's only April.

    The ride sharing service repeatedly found itself in hot water over the last few months as scandal after scandal unfolded. Things all kicked off in January after President Donald Trump signed the now infamous travel ban in an attempt to block travelers from seven Muslim-majority nations.

    In response to the ban, taxi drivers in New York enacted a temporary strike as a show of solidarity with protesters. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance additionally called for all drivers, including those working for ride sharing apps, to join the protest. Read More
    'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' Blupee: How to catch the glowing blue spirit rabbit

    'Zelda: Breath of the Wild' Blupee: How to catch the glowing blue spirit rabbit


    Chances are you've seen a blupee in your adventures in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Blupees are glowing blue rabbits that appear at random; they're the essential part of the "Legendary Rabbit Trail" side quest. Blupees are found in the wooded areas of...


    Chances are you've seen a blupee in your adventures in Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Blupees are glowing blue rabbits that appear at random; they're the essential part of the "Legendary Rabbit Trail" side quest. Blupees are found in the wooded areas of Hyrule, and you'll probably find yourself chasing their blue glow as one hops away from you multiple times before you even realize what they are. 

    Below we'll tell you the best places in Breath of the Wild to find blupees and how you can finally catch up to one.

    Zelda: Breath of the Wild Blupee: Where to find the rabbitBlupees like to hang out in wooded areas, though you'll sometimes locate the spirit rabbit along the grassy plains of Hyrule. Though blupees appear at random, you can ensure they'll pop up more often if you travel wooded paths. The area north of Kakariko Village where the Great Fairy Fountain is located is a good and relatively enemy-free place to search. Read More
    'NBA Playgrounds' full roster revealed

    'NBA Playgrounds' full roster revealed


    The roster for the upcoming NBA Playground, which is set for release in May, game has been released. It's a new street arcade hoops title from Saber Interactive that features NBA players of the past and present and 200 are featured. Read...


    The roster for the upcoming NBA Playground, which is set for release in May, game has been released. It's a new street arcade hoops title from Saber Interactive that features NBA players of the past and present and 200 are featured. Read More
    Bill O'Reilly reveled in tearing women down and his audience loved it

    Bill O'Reilly reveled in tearing women down and his audience loved it


    As I rode the Q train to Midtown Manhattan, I looked over my notes nervously. I tried to recall my media training: Just focus on three things that you really want to get across. Don't say "I think" or "I believe"; launch right in with confidence. Don't...


    As I rode the Q train to Midtown Manhattan, I looked over my notes nervously. I tried to recall my media training: Just focus on three things that you really want to get across. Don't say "I think" or "I believe"; launch right in with confidence. Don't just dutifully answer his questions; bridge to the points I want to make. Was my secondhand blazer clean? Were my earrings "appropriate"? Would the makeup artist think my eyebrows were out of control?   

    I was in my late 20s and headed to The O'Reilly Factor to defend now-deceased journalist Helen Thomas. O'Reilly had referred to her as the "Wicked Witch of the East," and I was joining the show to argue that the most veteran White House correspondent (she covered 10 presidencies) should be evaluated on the basis of her reporting — not on her appearance or age. Read More
    Justice Department calls NYC

    Justice Department calls NYC "soft on crime." Crime stats tell a different story.


    The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday specifically threatened to withhold grant money from nine jurisdictions it deems "sanctuary cities," demanding the cities release proof they are in compliance with a law that requires them to share...


    The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday specifically threatened to withhold grant money from nine jurisdictions it deems "sanctuary cities," demanding the cities release proof they are in compliance with a law that requires them to share information with federal authorities, including immigration officials.

    In the process, the DoJ singled out New York City as a haven for crime, saying the city "continues to see gang murder after gang murder" as a "consequence of the city's 'soft on crime' stance."

    The portrayal, however, flies in the face of actual crime statistics, which showed 2016 to be the "safest year ever in the history of New York City," New York Police Commissioner James O'Neill told USA Today back in January.

    The DOJ says the NYPD is "soft on crime" and crumbling amid violent crime. Read More
    Obama's photographer Pete Souza called out Sarah Palin for White House photo

    Obama's photographer Pete Souza called out Sarah Palin for White House photo


    Pete Souza, former White House photographer for Barack Obama, is calling out President Donald Trump and his friends in yet another Instagram photo.Since Obama transitioned out of power in January, Souza hasn't been shy about trolling Trump and his entire...


    Pete Souza, former White House photographer for Barack Obama, is calling out President Donald Trump and his friends in yet another Instagram photo.

    Since Obama transitioned out of power in January, Souza hasn't been shy about trolling Trump and his entire administration on his wildly popular social media accounts. As Mic previously reported, Souza's jabs began subtly enough with the below photo pointing out the different interior design aesthetics between Obama and Trump:

    The caption simply reads "I like these drapes better than the new ones. Don't you think?"

    Over time, more and more of Souza's posts were pointed at Trump and at comments made by members of his administration. Read More
    Xbox Live Games with Gold May 2017: All the free games you can download for Xbox

    Xbox Live Games with Gold May 2017: All the free games you can download for Xbox


    Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners can look forward to a rotating schedule of free games each month with the Xbox Live Games with Gold program. There's a new set of titles players can download for free each month, and the latest May releases have just been...


    Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners can look forward to a rotating schedule of free games each month with the Xbox Live Games with Gold program. There's a new set of titles players can download for free each month, and the latest May releases have just been announced via Major Nelson. 

    Though some are announced just for Xbox One and some for Xbox 360, the Xbox 360 titles are available to play as Backwards Compatible games for your Xbox One. Read More
    Kim Kardashian put her own face on top of the Virgin Mary's on a vela and it costs $18

    Kim Kardashian put her own face on top of the Virgin Mary's on a vela and it costs $18


    Kim Kardashian West announced on Twitter on Thursday that she's now selling a prayer candle with the image of the Virgin Mary — with Kardashian West's face superimposed on top — and some people are not thrilled with her new...


    Kim Kardashian West announced on Twitter on Thursday that she's now selling a prayer candle with the image of the Virgin Mary — with Kardashian West's face superimposed on top — and some people are not thrilled with her new merch.

    https://t.co/eiJ3Tfu6zn https://t.co/K0CGr41tmg

    Kardashian West tweeted a GIF of the candle, which retails for $18 on her online store, and was quickly flooded with a backlash of replies accusing the reality television star of cultural appropriation and trivializing a religious figure.

    @KimKardashian Disgusting! As a Christian I'm truly offended. If you knew who the Virgin MARY was and represented you would actually be embarrassed.

    @KimKardashian I'm Catholic we use candles with images of saints, the Virgin Mary etc. For prayer for healing and other reasons. Read More
    Kendrick Lamar reveals the key reason why Donald Trump was not the main focus of 'Damn.'

    Kendrick Lamar reveals the key reason why Donald Trump was not the main focus of 'Damn.'


    Kendrick Lamar's music makes waves in politics, more so than just about any other MC today. Former president Barack Obama named Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost" as being his favorite song of 2015. "Alright," a confrontational ode to black resilience and...


    Kendrick Lamar's music makes waves in politics, more so than just about any other MC today. Former president Barack Obama named Lamar's "How Much a Dollar Cost" as being his favorite song of 2015. "Alright," a confrontational ode to black resilience and self-love, became an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement. Read More
    This artist's photo series perfectly captures what it's like #BeingBlackAndMuslim

    This artist's photo series perfectly captures what it's like #BeingBlackAndMuslim


    It's no doubt that we're living in challenging times. Some black Muslims, however, feel as if they are facing an increasing struggle to live in a society plagued with numerous reports of anti-Muslim and anti-black violence.Visual artist Bobby...


    It's no doubt that we're living in challenging times. Some black Muslims, however, feel as if they are facing an increasing struggle to live in a society plagued with numerous reports of anti-Muslim and anti-black violence.

    Visual artist Bobby Rogers wanted to uplift the voices and faces of black Muslims. Rogers produced a powerful portrait series based off of the #BeingBlackAndMuslim hashtag, which launched in 2014 and has since been the go-to hashtag to engage in an online conversation about the struggles of black Muslims.

    For the past few months I've been creating a portrait series inspired by the #BeingBlackandMuslim hashtag. I'm ready to share it with ya'll.

    Rogers tweeted his portrait series in a thread on Wednesday and explained the impetus behind the artwork. Read More
    Nintendo Switch Target Bundle: Will a 'Mario Kart 8' option follow the 'Zelda' bundle?

    Nintendo Switch Target Bundle: Will a 'Mario Kart 8' option follow the 'Zelda' bundle?


    Sure, there are numerous Nintendo Switch bundles out there, but that doesn't mean it's easy to buy a console right now. Nintendo has had over a month to get its act together since the Switch's release and keep store shelves stocked — but even with...


    Sure, there are numerous Nintendo Switch bundles out there, but that doesn't mean it's easy to buy a console right now. Nintendo has had over a month to get its act together since the Switch's release and keep store shelves stocked — but even with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe on the horizon, the Japanese gaming company won't shut up and take customers' money. 

    As a result, retailers have swooped in with the Nintendo Switch bundle options, forcing customers to spend more money on add-ons or go home empty-handed.

    Case in point: Target.

    Nintendo Switch Target bundle: Zelda, 1-2 Switch, Pro Controller, oh myAs far as Nintendo Switch bundles go, Target's isn't too shabby. While it's $200 over the $299.99 you'd pay for the console alone, you get decent goodies for paying $499.99 upfront. Read More
    'Fate of the Furious': 4 pitches for the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham spinoff film

    'Fate of the Furious': 4 pitches for the Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham spinoff film


    The Fate of the Furious is still revving up box offices around the world, but Universal already has their eyes on another cornerstone of the beloved franchise about cars, Coronas, candy asses and family. As reported by Deadline, the studio is prepping a...


    The Fate of the Furious is still revving up box offices around the world, but Universal already has their eyes on another cornerstone of the beloved franchise about cars, Coronas, candy asses and family. As reported by Deadline, the studio is prepping a spinoff film around the characters Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Jason Statham, respectively. 

    For fans of the franchise (and there are clearly many of you out there, just admit it), this is pretty exciting news. The perplexing yet ever-growing bromance between Hobbs and Shaw was one of the best parts of Fate of the Furious, which saw Shaw turn from main antagonist in Furious 7 to likable antihero. Read More
    5 robots that are about to revolutionize the workforce — and put jobs at risk

    5 robots that are about to revolutionize the workforce — and put jobs at risk


    When it comes to productivity, humans don't come close to robots. Machines don't need sleep, won't slack off or ask for a raise and generally don't need vacation days so they can sunbathe in Bali. According to a study from Oxford University and the...


    When it comes to productivity, humans don't come close to robots. Machines don't need sleep, won't slack off or ask for a raise and generally don't need vacation days so they can sunbathe in Bali.

    According to a study from Oxford University and the Oxford Martin School, 47% of jobs in the United States are "at risk" of becoming "automated in the next 20 years." PwC has similar findings, estimating that 38% of U.S. jobs are at risk of being replaced by robots and artificial intelligence in the next 15 years. Read More
    Before the March for Science, scientists were already becoming a major political force

    Before the March for Science, scientists were already becoming a major political force


    The March for Science will bring thousands of people to the National Mall in Washington to demand politicians factor science and proven fact into their decision-making. The march, which coincides with Earth Day, was spurred by the ascendance of an...


    The March for Science will bring thousands of people to the National Mall in Washington to demand politicians factor science and proven fact into their decision-making. The march, which coincides with Earth Day, was spurred by the ascendance of an administration that is moving aggressively to reverse environmental regulations and cut science funding. More than 200 organizations have partnered to send a message that science is a critical part of good governing.

    The Washington march, with simultaneous protests planned nationwide, is the most recent high-profile political push by the scientific community. But it is only the latest major step in a movement of scientists becoming more outspoken and political in recent years. 

    As doubting climate change and cutting environmental protections have become the way of the new administration, scientists have countered with arguments for fighting global warming and protecting the planet. Read More
    Earth Day Quotes 2017: 23 quotes about the environment that ring true now more than ever

    Earth Day Quotes 2017: 23 quotes about the environment that ring true now more than ever


    Saturday, April 22 marks Earth Day 2017, the day that we all join together to celebrate the planet we share and its natural resources.Thanks to the threat of climate change, however, Earth currently faces a perilous future — and it's up to all of its...


    Saturday, April 22 marks Earth Day 2017, the day that we all join together to celebrate the planet we share and its natural resources.

    Thanks to the threat of climate change, however, Earth currently faces a perilous future — and it's up to all of its residents to help mitigate the effects.

    There's much to say about our planet and fortunately for us, some of history's greatest writers, thinkers and scientists have been commenting on the planet and our role in its survival since long before anyone worried about whether or not it could be destroyed. Some of those musings, from both past and present, are as relevant now — if not more — as they were in their own time. Read More
    7 secrets Kendrick Lamar revealed about 'Damn.' in first on-record interview since release

    7 secrets Kendrick Lamar revealed about 'Damn.' in first on-record interview since release


    It's been a week since Kendrick Lamar dropped Damn., his fourth studio album, and many listeners began dissecting the lyrics to uncover the various themes and his lyrical genius on the 14-track offering. Lamar took time to break down his process for...


    It's been a week since Kendrick Lamar dropped Damn., his fourth studio album, and many listeners began dissecting the lyrics to uncover the various themes and his lyrical genius on the 14-track offering. Lamar took time to break down his process for creating his latest, with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, in a video interview released today. Here are seven secrets about the making of Damn. that Kendrick revealed during their conversation. 

    Run back the full @kendricklamar x @zanelowe interview & hear #DAMN. on @AppleMusic: https://t.co/mRRujpuEBU #KendrickBeats1

    1. The influence of Tupac, Jay Z and EminemKendrick Lamar mentioned three rappers Tupac, Jay Z and Eminem remain his musical influences. He says because of their approach to rap, he always thinks deeply about the content of his own music. 

    "When I listened to Jay Z as a kid. When I listen to Eminem, Tupac, there were things I couldn't understand. Read More
    Meet Lisa Bloom, the attorney who brought down Bill O'Reilly

    Meet Lisa Bloom, the attorney who brought down Bill O'Reilly


    With an alleged sexual predator occupying the nation's highest office, it initially seemed rather unlikely that anything particularly unsavory would befall Bill O'Reilly. Despite the multiple sexual harassment allegations against him that spanned his...


    With an alleged sexual predator occupying the nation's highest office, it initially seemed rather unlikely that anything particularly unsavory would befall Bill O'Reilly. 

    Despite the multiple sexual harassment allegations against him that spanned his 21-year career at Fox News, there was a sense that powerful men rarely got what they deserved. O'Reilly, many people guessed, would escape the allegations relatively unscathed.

    But attorney Lisa Bloom knew better.

    "I knew we were going to get Bill O'Reilly fired," Bloom said Friday in an interview. "I was 100% confident."

    Bloom, who's been handling sexual harassment cases for 30 years — following in the footsteps of her mother, Gloria Allred, the famous civil rights lawyer who defended several of President Donald Trump's accusers — said she was well aware of which buttons to press to get Fox News to bend to her will. Read More
    'Heroes of the Storm' Mega Hero Bundles:  The Nexus is looking mighty busy in 'HotS' 2.0

    'Heroes of the Storm' Mega Hero Bundles: The Nexus is looking mighty busy in 'HotS' 2.0


    Blizzard really, really, really wants you to play Heroes of the Storm 2.0. The Blizz-themed MOBA update (multiplayer online battle arena, for those not in the know) drops regionally on Tuesday, April 25, with a big promotion to get its hooks into...


    Blizzard really, really, really wants you to play Heroes of the Storm 2.0. The Blizz-themed MOBA update (multiplayer online battle arena, for those not in the know) drops regionally on Tuesday, April 25, with a big promotion to get its hooks into newbies and HotS vets alike. Read More
    March for Science: How one Reddit post launched 600 marches across the world

    March for Science: How one Reddit post launched 600 marches across the world


    It began with a simple declaration on Reddit: "There needs to be a Scientists' March on Washington."The Facebook page came only hours later. Then word started to metastasize. It spread among the Reddit forums, across Facebook and onto the Twitter...


    It began with a simple declaration on Reddit: "There needs to be a Scientists' March on Washington."

    The Facebook page came only hours later. 

    Then word started to metastasize. It spread among the Reddit forums, across Facebook and onto the Twitter feeds of science's most beloved public heroes, Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson among them.

    On Saturday, this spreading message will come to a head as hundreds of thousands of people will March for Science, not just in its most prominent iteration in Washington, D.C., but in around 600 cities worldwide. 

    It's hard not to see the march as political. President Donald Trump's administration has shown increasing hostility toward science and evidence-based policy; the president has failed to so much as appoint a science advisor. Moreover, government funds for research are dwindling. Read More
    'RuPaul's Drag Race' Episode 5 Recap: Who got sent home after the Kardashian challenge?

    'RuPaul's Drag Race' Episode 5 Recap: Who got sent home after the Kardashian challenge?


    RuPaul's Drag Race's ninth season is doing a lot of things right, correcting a few glaring problems — a lack of drama, repetitive challenges — from the past few seasons in a smart way. However, the season's fifth episode is proof that, in solving...


    RuPaul's Drag Race's ninth season is doing a lot of things right, correcting a few glaring problems — a lack of drama, repetitive challenges — from the past few seasons in a smart way. However, the season's fifth episode is proof that, in solving these other issues, another problem has arisen: Drag Race is having trouble pacing itself.

    The last episode had a complete lack of mini-challenges — previously a signature of basically every episode in a season — and a shortened runway show (To Logo's credit, they uploaded the full runway online). This episode does include a mini-challenge and edits the runway to be a little longer, if not quite its usual length. But including those requires cutting material elsewhere. Read More
    9 things to get rid of to simplify your life — and save money

    9 things to get rid of to simplify your life — and save money


    Imagine a world where you don't stumble over 10 pairs of shoes crowding your front door or frantically search for a single document hidden beneath 30 pieces of paper. Too much stuff can literally cost you if you can't find receipts at tax time, for...


    Imagine a world where you don't stumble over 10 pairs of shoes crowding your front door or frantically search for a single document hidden beneath 30 pieces of paper. Too much stuff can literally cost you if you can't find receipts at tax time, for example — or you need to pay to rent storage for all your old furniture and random boxes of knick-knacks.

    Paper, clothes and sentimental objects are top clutter offenders — and it's okay to start small and log a "win" first to gain momentum: "The best place to start is with the area that gives you the most pain," said organization expert Andrew Mellen. "Perhaps the garage is giving you the most stress, so if you are feeling strong, tackle it. Read More
    The March for Science isn't just for white lab geeks. It’s about social justice.

    The March for Science isn't just for white lab geeks. It’s about social justice.


    The March for Science on Saturday is set to be one of the largest interdisciplinary shows of force by biologists, chemists, mathematicians, medical doctors, climatologists and other scientists. If organizers have done their jobs right, it won't just be...


    The March for Science on Saturday is set to be one of the largest interdisciplinary shows of force by biologists, chemists, mathematicians, medical doctors, climatologists and other scientists. If organizers have done their jobs right, it won't just be white folks in lab coats.

    The march will take place in more than 600 locations in the U.S. and around the world on Earth Day. Organizers said it will be "an unprecedented gathering of people standing together to acknowledge and voice the critical role that science plays in each of our lives," according to an official website. No doubt, science is at the center of social and racial injustice issues that have sprung up in recent years.

    "I think it's so easy to forget how fundamental science is to validating people's existences."It was science that helped uncover the poisoning of the water supply in the majority-black city of Flint, Michigan. Read More
    Record Store Day: 3 indie record shops share the albums you must own on vinyl

    Record Store Day: 3 indie record shops share the albums you must own on vinyl


    Saturday is a holiday for independent record stores and music collectors across the country. Since 2008, Record Store Day has been a celebration of the record-store culture and the pastime of perusing for music when finding a new tune is as easy as...


    Saturday is a holiday for independent record stores and music collectors across the country. Since 2008, Record Store Day has been a celebration of the record-store culture and the pastime of perusing for music when finding a new tune is as easy as clicking a button — but not every song is available online.

    Each year on Record Store Day, many rarities are reissued on vinyl and music collectors flock to shops to get their hands on the limited supply. On Saturday, some may be looking for these re-pressed songs or just hoping to score any essential record to add to their collection. To help, we've asked three record-store owners and managers what to look for. Read More
    'El Chapo' crime drama reveals how the drug kingpin's reign nearly ended before it began

    'El Chapo' crime drama reveals how the drug kingpin's reign nearly ended before it began


    On Jan. 8, 2016, notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was recaptured after escaping prison through a mile-long tunnel several months earlier. It wasn't the first time El Chapo had pulled a disappearing act — in 2001 he bribed...


    On Jan. 8, 2016, notorious Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán was recaptured after escaping prison through a mile-long tunnel several months earlier. It wasn't the first time El Chapo had pulled a disappearing act — in 2001 he bribed his way out of another prison. But, according to Univision's new El Chapo, the drug trafficker was also arrested by the DEA in 1985. Just like in 2001, he was released after giving authorities a bribe — $15 million, to be exact.

    The first episode of El Chapo, a crime drama based on real events, begins with archival footage of Guzmán shortly after his arrest in 2016. The show then rewinds to 1985. Read More
    5 steps you can take to reduce workplace stress

    5 steps you can take to reduce workplace stress


    Do you feel daily dread about work? Or maybe each week starts well enough, but you're soon anxious for the weekend — and realize it's only Tuesday.If you feel stressed at least once a day at work, you are in good company: 33% of working Americans said...


    Do you feel daily dread about work? Or maybe each week starts well enough, but you're soon anxious for the weekend — and realize it's only Tuesday.

    If you feel stressed at least once a day at work, you are in good company: 33% of working Americans said they experience stress during a typical workday in a 2016 American Psychological Association survey. Primary stress triggers included long hours, unrealistic expectations and heavy workloads. 

    Millennials are more likely to experience stress during the workday than other generations, which includes dealing with both physical and mental symptoms. Physical symptoms include shortness of breath, dizziness and headaches, while mental symptoms present are depression and anxiety.

    Other key indicators of workplace stress can show up outside of office hours. Read More
    'The Boy Downstairs' review: Zosia Mamet shines in her post-'Girls' film

    'The Boy Downstairs' review: Zosia Mamet shines in her post-'Girls' film


    As the dust settles from Girls' final season, culture watchers will likely do as they did after Sex and the City: Follow the four leads through their next projects, tracking them against one another. There is, of course, some foolishness to this....


    As the dust settles from Girls' final season, culture watchers will likely do as they did after Sex and the City: Follow the four leads through their next projects, tracking them against one another. 

    There is, of course, some foolishness to this. Success and failure don't happen in such a bubble. Allison Williams getting projects doesn't mean Jemima Kirke won't. Plus, since Lena Dunham has so many nonacting ventures, it's already an uneven field. But it's also hard to ignore how, say, Cynthia Nixon thrives while Kristin Davis doesn't.

    One of the first post-Girls projects out of the gate is Zosia Mamet's The Boy Downstairs, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival Sunday. It's the kind of quiet indie dramedy that feels like pure festival fare: Boy and girl traverse difficult breakup trauma years after they split when girl accidentally moves into boy's apartment building. It's very New York and very quietly charming. Read More
    20 of the best Earth and space documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

    20 of the best Earth and space documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017


    Humans have been gazing up at the stars since before the dawn of civilization. We intrinsically seek to know the unknowable and discover the mysteries hiding in the great beyond, and also those closer to home. How did our planet and the universe as a...


    Humans have been gazing up at the stars since before the dawn of civilization. We intrinsically seek to know the unknowable and discover the mysteries hiding in the great beyond, and also those closer to home. How did our planet and the universe as a whole come into being, and what will be its fate? What lies in the vast expanse of space, waiting to be discovered? 

    Thankfully, Netflix is home to a trove of Earth and space documentaries that answer these questions and many more.

    This list of documentaries is listed in spatial order, starting with our own blue planet and finishing at the fringes of our universe. We'll start by listing documentaries that speak to the physics governing our weather and planetary movement, as well as those that tackle Earth's biological components. 

    From there we'll move to our oceans and then to Earth's core before shooting out toward the moon. Read More