Canny Investors Wager on No Disasters Happening

It is widely understood within the insurance industry that some forms of insurance are merely polite window dressing; if a $100 billion hurricane hits Florida, for example, homeowners are fucked. Now, investors are increasingly betting on no disasters happening. What could go wrong? » 4/24/14 4:37pm 16 minutes ago

Ex-Elmo Voice Actor Kevin Clash Cleared of Sexual Abuse Charges

Another chapter is closed in the long, strange tale of the Elmo sex scandal. Kevin Clash, the puppeteer and voice behind Sesame Street's beloved red monster, has been cleared of three charges of improper sexual relations with teenage boys. » 4/24/14 4:20pm 33 minutes ago

There's a Huge Difference Between a Tornado Watch and Tornado Warning

Two of the most important terms that weathermen use are also the two terms that people mix up the most, and the confusion could prove lethal. When the atmosphere is ripe for tornadoes, meteorologists will bat around the terms "tornado watch" and "tornado warning" almost every other sentence, but people often get the two… » 4/24/14 4:10pm 43 minutes ago

The Best Restaurant in New York Is: Grand Central's Campbell Apartment

Rich: I always recall Grand Central Terminal fondly because it's old and feels that way, like an elderly neighbor who's going to give you a butterscotch candy without any threat of poison or violation. But the reality of it is that it's a diarrhea explosion of people and sounds and diarrhea smells. » 4/24/14 3:35pm Today 3:35pm

So... conservatives are distancing themselves from that grumpy racist Nevada rancher after his "negroes" rant, right? Not the dim-witted self-important overpaid violent maniac who compared him to Gandhi and Thoreau and now compares him to the dead guys at the Alamo in a new non-apology. But other conservatives, sure. » 4/24/14 2:45pm Today 2:45pm

IMs and Emails Support Allegations About the Toxic Culture at GitHub

Advocates for gender equality in the tech industry were not impressed by GitHub's internal investigation into claims of institutionalized hostility towards women and harassment in the workplace. Least of all the female engineer who brought those claims to light. » 4/24/14 2:20pm Today 2:20pm

Terry Richardson Didn't Ask a Model to Trade Sex for a Vogue Shoot

Good news for sleazeball celebrity photographer Terry Richardson: He didn't do at least one of the sketchy, sexually harassing things he's been accused of. A Facebook message offering a model a high-profile shoot in exchange for sex actually originated from a fake account. » 4/24/14 1:59pm Today 1:59pm

Today, the Maryland Transportation Authority added a platform to its Bay Bridge traffic-camera gantry, so ospreys may nest there without blocking the cameras. At noon four days a week, a camera will pivot to show the ospreys for 15 minutes. The ospreys appear to find the MDTA's terms of surrender acceptable. » 4/24/14 1:12pm Today 1:12pm

Shingy Just Spent 20 Minutes Yelling Insane Gibberish on a Stage

If you're wondering what a Digital Prophet at AOL does to justify his existence (and salary), here is video documentation. Today, David Shing, everyone's favorite tech clown stood before a rapt audience at the TNW Europe Conference 2014, and made up a lot of words. » 4/24/14 1:10pm Today 1:10pm

Idaho Bigots Won't Let Elderly Gay Veteran Be Buried With Her Wife

Madelynn Taylor, 74, served six years in the Navy. Madelynn Taylor grew up with the woman she would eventually marry in Oregon, in 1995. Madelynn Taylor is welcome to be buried in the veterans' cemetery in Idaho, where she now lives. But not with her now-deceased spouse, thanks to an anti-gay state law. » 4/24/14 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

Vice News Journalist Captured in Eastern Ukraine Now "Free and Safe"

Simon Ostrovsky, the Vice News journalist captured in eastern Ukraine on Tuesday, was just released. He told a BBC reporter that he's "free and safe" and on his way to Donetsk, Ukraine. » 4/24/14 12:46pm Today 12:46pm

Watch This Spontaneous LA Chef Make Oreo Bread Pudding on the Fly

Playing with your food can be fun, but what about hacking your food? Oreo thinks that's even better. That's why they've launched their Snack Hack initiative by asking Nguyen Tran, founder of Starry Kitchen, for his spin on Oreo cookies: they wanted to see how the intuitive chef might work his magic on a snack that's… » 4/23/14 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm