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Hitchhiking Robot Lasts Just Two Weeks in US Because Humans Are Terrible

When hitchBOT the hitchhiking robot started his journey in Boston two weeks ago he wanted to see the entire country. Unfortunately, he never made it out of the Northeast. The researchers who built hitchBOT announced today that they need to stop the experiment because hitchBOT was vandalized in Philadelphia. » 8/02/15 8:45am 19 minutes ago

Hakeem Olajuwon Was Something Else In College, Man

Today the NBA played the league’s first-ever game in Africa, pitting “Team World” against “Team Africa” in Johannesburg. The game—which managed to be largely boring, yet still a breath of fresh air in the final dog days of summer—was won by Team World, 101-97, and featured one nostalgic and genuinely cool moment when… » 8/01/15 4:35pm Yesterday 4:35pm

Cop in Sandra Bland Case Was Once Warned for 'Unprofessional Conduct'

Recently released documents show that Brian Encinia, the Texas state trooper who arrested Sandra Bland after pulling her over for failing to signal during a lane change, was once given a warning for “unprofessional conduct.” The disciplinary citation occurred last year, when Encinia was still a probationary trooper. » 8/01/15 3:45pm Yesterday 3:45pm

To Live and Die in LA

It’s late July. There is a helicopter circling. A “ghetto bird” on this clear, dark blue night. I’m in my bed, staring at the ceiling fan, trying to sleep. It’s 1:30 a.m. It’s 2:00 a.m. I’m struggling. I’m tired. It’s hot. Someone’s dog is barking. I am now on Facebook, seeing post after post about rumors, or fact, of… » 8/01/15 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm

Democrats Now Consider Donald Trump a 'Serious' Republican Candidate 

Donald Trump’s presidential candidacy might seem like a joke—a dark, sad performance piece meant to reveal the ugly id of American voters—but the Democratic National Committee is taking the bid seriously. Trump is, after all, leading the current GOP field by an impressive margin.
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Bankrupt Bitcoin Kingpin Mark Karpeles Arrested in Tokyo

On Saturday, Mark Karpeles, CEO of bankrupt bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, which collapsed spectacularly last year, was arrested in Tokyo on suspicion of illicitly stealing $1 million from the online financial platform, the New York Times reports.http://valleywag.gawker.com/mt-gox-died-an... » 8/01/15 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's Ex-Nanny Loves All of the Attention

Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner’s ex-nanny might or might not (or might) be the primary reason that the couple split. Who knows why they split? Maybe it was the memories of making Daredevil! What everyone does know: the ex-nanny is surely evil because she loves all of the attention she’s been getting. Page Six notes… » 8/01/15 11:15am Yesterday 11:15am

Report: Subway Jared Claimed He Paid For Sex With a Teenager

Business Insider has acquired an affidavit containing text messages apparently sent between former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle and a former female subway franchisee. In them, Fogle reportedly asks her to advertise herself for sex on Craigslist and claims he paid for sex with a 16-year-old girl. » 8/01/15 10:40am Yesterday 10:40am

Atlantic Dead Quiet as Hawaii Cautiously Watches Hurricane Guillermo

Hurricane activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans really begins to pick up intensity at the beginning of August, building up to the peak of the seasons in the middle of September. Right on cue, we have our seventh named storm in the eastern Pacific—possibly threatening Hawaii—while the Atlantic Ocean is dead… » 7/31/15 6:17pm Friday 6:17pm