Texas Parents Angered by Fourth-Graders' Bizarre Adult-Themed Homework

The parents of El Paso elementary schoolers are still trying to figure out why their kids got a strange take-home assignment that involved reading several bleak passages in which a child possibly gets abused, a wife discovers her husband is cheating, and a mother learns of her son's death at war. » 4/17/14 2:07pm 43 minutes ago

What Is a Supercell Thunderstorm?

One of the most commonly used weather terms during the spring and summer months is "supercell thunderstorm." Most weather enthusiasts (myself included) use the term with the assumption that people know what a supercell is, but many people don't. Supercells are the miniature engines of Earth's atmosphere. They're… » 4/17/14 1:54pm 55 minutes ago

Panicked Investors Insist Tech Stock Nosedive Is Just a Phase

The "pounding" tech stocks have been taking in the public market has forced Silicon Valley to wonder if a startup's ability to make a profit really does matter after all. But don't expect a moment of reckoning. » 4/17/14 1:31pm Today 1:31pm

U.S., Russia Reach a Tentative Deal to Calm Tensions Over Ukraine

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met and agreed on a plan this afternoon that aims at de-escalating the rising war of words over Ukraine, backing off of military options, and letting the nation determine its own destiny. » 4/17/14 1:19pm Today 1:19pm

Marissa Mayer's Sidekick Made $58 Million Just by Getting Fired

A new SEC filing out of Yahoo! confirms two sad things we already knew: it's tremendously easy for a man to make more than a woman, and it's stupid simple to be filthy rich and also be bad at your job. Where do the rest of us sign up? » 4/17/14 12:51pm Today 12:51pm

Rapper Who Severed Own Penis "Not Affiliated With Wutang," Says The Wu

In a classic case of adding insult to injury, the Wu-Tang Clan's official clothing brand says that rapper Andre Johnson, who cut off his own penis and then jumped off a second-story balcony early Wednesday morning, is "not affiliated with the Wutang Brand." » 4/17/14 11:50am Today 11:50am

This Infographic Shows Why Driving is Safer With a Second Set of Eyes

Focusing on the road ahead when you're driving can be a real challenge. Whether it's an urgent text message, a crying baby in the backseat, or a biker weaving through traffic, something's always clamoring for your attention. But what if you had an extra set of eyes and ears to keep you alert and aware behind the wheel? … » 4/08/14 8:59am 4/08/14 8:59am

20 Feet from Stardom Brings Backup Singers into the Spotlight

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In this year's Oscar winner for Best Documentary, we watch Darlene Love recount the first time she heard, "He's Sure the Boy I Love," a song that she recorded after signing with Phil Spector as a solo artist, on the radio. "I'm tootling down the street and I hear the DJ on the radio and he said, 'the new song by The… » 4/17/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm