The Online Legacy of a Suicide Cult and the Webmasters Who Stayed Behind

Every month, the bills get paid on time. The emails get answered, and any orders filled. Which, for HeavensGate.com, is positively extraordinary. Because as far as the public is aware, every last member of the suicide cult died 17 years ago from a cocktail of arsenic and apple sauce. A few stayed behind, though.… » 9/17/14 9:45am 8 minutes ago

ISIS Releases New Video Threatening to Kill U.S. Forces in Iraq

In a bizarre new video reportedly released by ISIS late Tuesday that resembles a Hollywood movie trailer, the Sunni militant group appears to threaten to kill American troops in Iraq. The short clip, apparently a preview of a longer video called "Flames of War," ends with the message, "fighting has just begun" and… » 9/17/14 8:18am Today 8:18am

Philly Hate Crime Suspects Tracked Down by Anonymous Twitter Hero

The suspects in a violent gang assault on two gay men in Philadelphia have apparently been located by an anonymous Twitter sleuth from Jersey. The victims, who haven't been publicly identified, were walking in Center City around 10:45 p.m. on September 11 when they came face-to-face with a large, clean-cut-looking… » 9/16/14 11:46pm Yesterday 11:46pm

Adrian Peterson Just "Overdid It" A Little, Columnist Argues

The super-smart takes on the Adrian Peterson debacle just keep coming. Almost as soon as the Minnesota Vikings running back was indicted for child abuse, people started chiming in with all sorts of opinions they should probably have kept to themselves: Charles Barkley called beating a child just a black, Southern… » 9/16/14 10:45pm Yesterday 10:45pm

Gay Fashion Photographer Blinded With Gasoline in Suspected Hate Crime

Tyler Maddick's vision was already ailing, and as a fashion photographer, his vision is key to his art and his profession. Unfortunately, he says his vision in one eye is now unlikely to ever recover because of an alleged hate crime in which he was doused by gasoline. » 9/16/14 10:02pm Yesterday 10:02pm

CNN: Doctor Took Mid-Surgery Selfie with Unconscious Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers' doctor took a selfie with the unconscious comedian in the operating room before her endoscopy, according to a new report from CNN. The ear, nose and throat specialist, who hasn't been publicly identified, was also allowed to perform a biopsy on her vocal cords, a procedure that Rivers hadn't previously… » 9/16/14 9:35pm Yesterday 9:35pm

Reports: Possibly Pregnant Teens Who Joined ISIS Killed in Syria

A pair of Austrian teenagers who apparently fled to Syria to support ISIS may be pregnant by a pair of Chechen fighters, according to a probably-fake report in the New York Post. Several more reputable news outlets, meanwhile, are reporting that either Samra Kesinovic, 16, or her friend Sabina Selimovic, 15, may have… » 9/16/14 8:36pm Yesterday 8:36pm

Glenn Beck Thinks Nigerian Prison Guards Are Going to Give Us All Ebola

By now, the oh-my-God-we're-all-going-to-get-Ebola fever that gripped much of the United Sates this summer has pretty much subsided. Although one study suggests that the virus could reach the U.S. by late September, we all pretty much know that any outbreak here would likely be a relatively small cluster and more… » 9/16/14 7:05pm Yesterday 7:05pm

Reviewer Slams New Fashion Book as an "Exercise in Narcissism"

A new book called Women In Clothes is in bookstores. Edited by Sheila Heti, Leanne Shapton, and Heidi Julavits, the book comes with a good literary pedigree and is, by all reports, gorgeously designed. Today, however, a review appeared in The Guardian by Rebecca Carroll which deemed the book, well... » 9/16/14 6:25pm Yesterday 6:25pm

New TV Finally Arrives Tonight

Like the crocuses blossoming when Aslan returned to Narnia, we all have those little signs of our favorite season that we look forward to: Pumpkin Spice flavoring (if you are a figure of modern misogynistic folklore) or the Golden Globes (if you think that the Oscars are a real thing). For some, it might be the… » 9/16/14 6:21pm Yesterday 6:21pm

The LA School District Has Grenade Launchers

In all the hullabaloo over the past few days about the San Diego School District's new MRAP, we missed the most wonderful news of all. Not only is the Los Angeles Unified School District getting an MRAP, too, they also casually disclosed that they've had three grenade launchers since 2001. » 9/16/14 6:13pm Yesterday 6:13pm

Foreign Countries Sure Are Donating a Lot to America's Think Tanks

If this New York Times website is to be believed, foreign governments have found the generous funding of U.S. policy institutes to be a handy way of covertly lobbying in Washington. But: Could multimillion-dollar donations, sometimes with explicit contractual stipulations, actually sway these great thinkers? » 9/16/14 5:25pm Yesterday 5:25pm