Two French Teens Busted Trying to Join "Terrorist Enterprise" in Syria

Two French girls, ages 15 and 17, were caught by authorities after allegedly planning to fly to Syria and become jihadis. Not much information has been released about the teens or their motives, but at face value, the case isn't unusual—French authorities say they've caught 900 citizens participating in jihad or… » 8/22/14 4:10pm 8 minutes ago

Here's How to Make a Map for Those of Us Who Can't Draw a Line

I suck at drawing, and odds are you do, too. One of the great things about computers is that they do the work for us. We have spell check to save us from those embarrassing tyops and calculators for hassle-free math. For those of us who love maps but can't draw, there are programs that create great maps with little… » 8/22/14 4:00pm 18 minutes ago

Are 'Pain Ray' Cannons The Next Must Have Toy For Commando Cops?

A decade ago, the Active Denial System was lauded as America's less-than-lethal 'holy grail' that could control hoards of unruly Iraqis and Afghans at great distances. Well, that never happened. Now, America's experimental 'pain ray' has become smaller and cheaper, and it may be coming to a police force near you. » 8/22/14 3:49pm 29 minutes ago

Strangers Moved Into a Man's House and Changed the Locks

Rod Nylund recently closed on a home in northeast Portland. He hired a contractor to do some work on the house. But when the contractor arrived at the home, he found people were already living there. Confused, Nylund called his realtor, who had come to discover that the people living in his home had changed the locks… » 8/22/14 3:36pm 42 minutes ago

Even a Cofounder of Y Combinator Doesn't Feel Comfortable Naming Names

Less than a month ago, Sam Altman, the new President of Y Combinator, officially declared that "Sexism in tech is real." That was the first sentence of his post on diversity. Sadly, there is now more proof of sexism in tech for those that still need convincing. Right before meeting a reporter from Re/code, Y… » 8/22/14 3:26pm 52 minutes ago

"Alien Thigh Bone" Found on Mars Is Just a Rock

On Thursday, media outlets across the English-speaking world creamed their collective space-jeans over a possible "alien thigh bone" recently photographed by the Mars rover Curiosity. Citing the basement-renowned astronomists at Ufo-blogger.com, the Huffington Post, The Independent and the Daily Mirror all published… » 8/22/14 3:16pm Today 3:16pm

Farrah Abraham's Strip Club Contract Just Bought Her a $100,000 Car

Former Teen Mom Farrah Abraham, fresh from landing what she claims is a $544,000 contract to dance at an Austin, Tex. strip club, has wisely reinvested the money in her burgeoning frozen yogurt business. Just kidding: She bought a very expensive new car. » 8/22/14 3:10pm Today 3:10pm

Gaming CEO Says Politics Is a Game He Can Fix With More Money

Dark money has been plaguing politics even since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The subsequent Super PACs, fueled by shadowy donations from millionaires and billionaires, have brought unwelcome influence into elections and made political parties more polarized. And Silicon Valley's elite know just how… » 8/22/14 3:02pm Today 3:02pm

Celebrity Gift Bag Peddlers Use Robin Williams for (Bad) PR

Robin Williams' death—like many celebrity deaths—was marked by an outpouring of clumsy attempts to use it as a way to get PR for something other than Robin Williams. Today: we honor Robin Williams by using his name as a way to peddle celebrity gift bags. » 8/22/14 2:48pm Today 2:48pm

How To Fix The Police: A Former Chief Is Here To Take Your Questions

Norm Stamper is a retired Seattle police chief, columnist, advisory board member of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and the author of Breaking Rank: A Top Cop's Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing. He is in the comments below and ready to take your questions about Ferguson, militarization of police… » 8/22/14 2:05pm Today 2:05pm

Eight Things That Should Get You Banned From Dating Naked

VH1's Dating Naked is a reality dating show where two naked-ass people go on a date with each other. Then they each date two more naked people, and all of them hang out between dates in a resort that's presumably lousy with butt prints. At the end of three days, the two contestants must decide who they want to… » 8/22/14 1:42pm Today 1:42pm

What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

A few days ago, Deadspin's Kyle Wagner began to compile a list of all police-involved shootings in the U.S. He's not the only one to undertake such a project: D. Brian Burghart, editor of the RenoNews & Review, has been attempting a crowdsourced national database of deadly police violence. We asked Brian to write… » 8/22/14 1:25pm Today 1:25pm

Harry Reid Makes Fun of Asians at Asian Chamber of Commerce Meeting

At a meeting of the Las Vegas Asian Chamber of Commerce yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thought he'd try out a couple of jokes. About Asians. "I don't think you're smarter than anybody else, but you've convinced a lot of us you are," he said at the end of his speech. The audience laughed politely. » 8/22/14 1:10pm Today 1:10pm