Dozens Killed in Battle Between Ukrainian Soldiers, Pro-Russian Rebels

According to a report from the Associated Press, at least 34 civilians and nine Ukrainian troops died yesterday fighting pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine. The troops were trying to take over Donestk, which is still held by the rebels. » 8/20/14 10:46am 5 minutes ago

Benedict Cumberbatch to Voice Shere Khan in the Other New Jungle Book

Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the voice of Shere Khan in an upcoming adaptation of the Jungle Book. You might be thinking, "Hasn't Idris Elba already been cast as the voice of Shere Khan in the upcoming adaptation of the Jungle Book?" And the answer is yes! This is another one! » 8/20/14 10:34am 16 minutes ago

We're Compiling Every Police-Involved Shooting In America. Help Us.

The United States has no database of police shootings. There is no standardized process by which officers log when they've discharged their weapons and why. There is no central infrastructure for handling that information and making it public. Researchers, confronted with the reality that there are over 17,000 law… » 8/20/14 9:38am Today 9:38am

A Hurricane Is Coming

How do you know when to trust someone when they say "a hurricane is coming?" Should you only trust the NWS? Television weatherpeople? Your favorite Gawker weather blogger? All too often, people don't care where they get their weather information, and that's a huge problem. » 8/20/14 8:28am Today 8:28am

Israel Launches Series of Airstrikes, Kills Hamas Chief's Wife and Son

Just hours after rockets fired from Gaza broke Israel and Palestine's cease-fire agreement, the Israeli military has claimed to have killed the wife and young son of Hamas military commander Mohammed Deif in a torrent of airstrikes on Gaza. Reuters is reporting Israel has launched 60 airstrikes on Gaza and Hamas has… » 8/20/14 8:10am Today 8:10am

James Foley's Mother Speaks Out: "We Have Never Been Prouder of Our Son"

The mother of American photojournalist James Foley—reportedly the subject of a brutal beheading video released today by the militant group ISIS—spoke out Tuesday night to praise her son and request mercy for the remaining hostages. » 8/19/14 10:58pm Yesterday 10:58pm

Techie Apartment Complex Declares San Francisco the "Promised Land"

NEMA hadn't even opened before the luxury apartment complex became the recipient of San Francisco's collective scorn. The complex, which is conveniently nuzzled between the headquarters of Twitter, Square, and Uber, attempted to rename the poverty-stricken Mid-Market neighborhood "New Market"—ostensibly to help its… » 8/19/14 8:18pm Yesterday 8:18pm

Uber Launches Corner Store Delivery In D.C.'s Whitest Neighborhoods

It's been a busy day for Uber. In addition to adding a presidential mastermind to the payroll, the company also began an "experimental" delivery service called Corner Store "rolling out first to DC area customers." According to ThinkProgress, those customers all have something in common. (Spoiler: they're white.) » 8/19/14 7:06pm Yesterday 7:06pm

Farrah Abraham's Stripping "Research" Just Made Her $500,000

When we last checked in on Backdoor Teen Mom Farrah Abraham, she had started working at an Austin, Tex. strip club as "research" for some unannounced book or movie she may participate in at some point in the theoretical future—just like Jennifer Aniston! Well, it's apparently not just research anymore: Both Farrah and… » 8/19/14 7:00pm Yesterday 7:00pm