Darren Wilson No-Show Threatens to Derail Year-Old Drug Bust

In February 2013—over a year before he killed Michael Brown—Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson arrested Christopher A. Brooks for marijuana possession, a case for which he was given an official commendation. Unsurprisingly, at a preliminary court hearing in Brooks' case yesterday, Wilson was a no-show. » 9/30/14 1:38pm 7 minutes ago

Uber Used Private Location Data for Party Amusement

The reasons to dislike Uber are as large and numerous as its paper valuation, but they all revolve around one central free market conceit: Uber never hides its contempt for you. The latest example comes from venture capitalist Peter Sims, whose ride was tracked to entertain guests at an Uber party. » 9/30/14 1:29pm 15 minutes ago

Epidemics Are Not Natural

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Now that Ebola is ravaging parts of West Africa, a nasty meme is once again rearing its ugly head — the suggestion that epidemics are "nature's way" of dealing with overpopulation. But it's an assertion that's as false as it is dangerous. Here's why. » 9/30/14 12:58pm 47 minutes ago

Aretha Franklin Annihilated Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on Letterman

Audio of the purse-carrying gift from heaven Aretha Franklin's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (with a twist of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough") made the rounds on the internet yesterday. Later, she tore the roof off David Letterman's studio when she performed the medley on the Late Show (it's the first… » 9/30/14 12:20pm Today 12:20pm

America's Ugliest Accent: Scranton vs. NOLA; Tallahassee vs. Minneapolis

Welcome to another edition of America's Ugliest Accent, where we as a country gather together to determine which of us in this great nation of disgusting vocal squalor has the least listenable accent. Every day this week, Round One of the Tournament, we'll be presenting two face-offs between cities. You, humble… » 9/30/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

School Says Horny Teens Can't Focus If Girls Wear Jeggings

A North Dakota high school has banned female students from wearing leggings, jeggings, or tight jeans, citing concerns that such attire can be distracting to their male classmates, and also makes girls look too much like a pre-bathtub-scene Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. » 9/30/14 11:50am Today 11:50am

Oozing Nine-Pound Hairball Removed From Teen's Stomach

Earlier this month, doctors reportedly performed life-saving surgery to remove a nine-pound hairball from an 18-year-old girl's stomach. The huge hairball was apparently the result of the teen compulsively eating bits of her own hair and wool chunks from a carpet. Fair warning: Pictures of the bloody hunk of hair and… » 9/30/14 11:15am Today 11:15am

Cop Indicted in Killing of Black Man Parked in His Own Driveway

Last week, Levar Jones, an unarmed black man, was shot by a South Carolina police officer during a routine traffic stop. Fortunately, Jones survived the encounter. In February, however, Ernest Satterwhite, another unarmed black man who encountered a similarly trigger-happy S.C. cop, wasn't so lucky— the cop shot and… » 9/30/14 11:08am Today 11:08am

Pastor's Son Denies Gwen Stefani His Delicious Package on The Voice

John Martin is a 25-year old pastor's son, forklift operator, skilled whistler, and rather attractive human. And in a three-way bidding war, he is ogled outwardly by Blake and subliminally by Gwen, who gets very descriptive in explaining why she wants him on her team. » 9/30/14 10:53am Today 10:53am

Amanda Bynes on Adderall, Likely Extremely Focused During Arrest: Report

Amanda Bynes was having a relatively quiet 2014 until yesterday, when she was arrested for driving under the influence of a "controlled substance." Today, TMZ reports that the substance was a stimulant: Adderall. She may have also been smoking weed. » 9/30/14 10:15am Today 10:15am

Number One Singles of the Past Decade, Ranked

The Billboard Hot 100 has tracked the most popular songs in the U.S. since 1958, compiled from weekly from sales, radio airplay, and (starting in 2005) streaming data. The Hot 100 is popular music's analog to the box office or Nielsen ratings; ostensibly, these are the songs Americans spent the most money and time… » 9/30/14 10:06am Today 10:06am

Are Anti-Vaccinators Stupid or Disingenuous? A Q&A With Eula Biss

It's not often that you find a literary essayist wandering into contemporary political debates, these days. But in her new book On Immunity: An Innoculation, Eula Biss wades calmly, lucidly into a subject that has most people screaming in under 15 seconds on talk shows: vaccination. » 9/30/14 9:58am Today 9:58am

Ben Affleck's Kids Give as Much of a Shit as You Do That He's Batman

Last summer, the world reeled at the news that Ben Affleck had been cast as an especially sad version of beloved DC Comics superhero Batman. But with Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice pushed back to 2016, everyone eventually stopped giving a shit. Also not giving a shit: Affleck's three kids. » 9/30/14 9:46am Today 9:46am

Jealous Principal Snakes Her Way into Teen's Amazing Laser Cat Photo

Schenectady High School teen hero Draven Rodriguez petitioned to have a highly stylized photo of himself and his cat, Mr. Bigglesworth, be included as his senior portrait in the school's yearbook. Instead, he took a second photo at the behest of the school principal that will run on her page and also include her dog,… » 9/30/14 9:26am Today 9:26am

America's Ugliest Accent: Scranton vs. NOLA; Tallahassee vs. Minneapolis

Welcome to another edition of America's Ugliest Accent, where we as a country gather together to determine which of us in this great nation of disgusting vocal squalor has the least listenable accent. Every day this week, Round One of the Tournament, we'll be presenting two face-offs between cities. You, humble… » 9/30/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm