Teen Flying Around the World Dies in Plane Crash

Haris Suleman, 17, died after his single-engine plane crashed near American Samoa early Wednesday. His father, Babar, was also on the plane with his son, and remains missing at sea. The two were attempting to fly around the world in 30 days to break a record and to raise money for a nonprofit that builds schools in… » 7/23/14 11:44pm Yesterday 11:44pm

Southwest Kicks Dad and Kids Off Flight After Tweeting Complaint

Duff Watson claims that he and his two daughters were forced off their Southwest Airlines flight from Denver to Minneapolis after he tweeted a complaint about the agent at the gate. Only after all three had exited the plane and the agent watched Watson delete the tweet were they allowed back on the plane. The agent… » 7/23/14 9:32pm Yesterday 9:32pm

Joseph Wood's Execution in Arizona Lasted Nearly Two Hours

Joseph Rudolph Wood's execution in Arizona on Wednesday afternoon took nearly two hours after the lethal injection began. His lawyers, claiming that their client was gasping and snorting for an hour, filed an emergency appeal to have the execution stopped. Wood died before a court could act. » 7/23/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

Three Women Arrested in al Shabaab Financing Conspiracy

Three women were arrested and two more are being sought in connection to an alleged financing conspiracy for the extremist Muslim group al Shabaab, the Justice Department announced Wednesday. The women arrested today were allegedly the heads of a network of mostly women that would funnel money to the insurgents in… » 7/23/14 7:16pm Yesterday 7:16pm

Video Surfaces of NYPD Choking Another Handcuffed Black Man

The NYPD technically bans itself from using chokeholds on suspects, but in practice its officers have a demonstrated history of ignoring that rule. It became clear this past weekend when a Staten Island man named Eric Garner was killed after being choked by two officers, and now a new video has surfaced showing two… » 7/23/14 5:55pm Yesterday 5:55pm

Twitter Buries Pathetic Diversity Numbers Behind Facebook News

After initially dragging their feet, Twitter has finally released their diversity numbers, one minute before the industry's biggest financial news. It's easy to see why: the company is just as lily white as every other big tech player. » 7/23/14 5:47pm Yesterday 5:47pm

Associated Press Dutifully Reports Twitter Parody as Fact

In a place as strange and wonderful as the Internet, it can be tough even for web-native publications to get all the facts straight, but old media seems to have a special talent for fucking them completely sideways. Take, for example, the Associated Press and New York Daily News, who yesterday reported a brazen… » 7/23/14 5:11pm Yesterday 5:11pm

This Week in Tabloids: Kim's Failed Marriage Has Given Her 'Elbow Fat'

Welcome back to Midweek Madness, in which in which we gleefully wallow in the filth contained within the pages of Star, Us Weekly, OK!, Life & Style and InTouch. This week: Kim and Kanye are already falling apart, causing her to eat pasta on top of ice cream; Kate Middleton is pregnant again; and Charlize Theron was… » 7/23/14 4:26pm Yesterday 4:26pm

This Chris Pratt Interview Turned Into a French-Braiding Pop Quiz

Chris Pratt, the Guardians of the Galaxy star who will always be Parks and Rec's earnest Andy in our hearts, is probably sick to death of answering questions about his physical transformation into a superhero. But just when he's about to fall asleep mid-interview, someone brings him an intern's hair and asks him to… » 7/23/14 4:05pm Yesterday 4:05pm

Why Not Tell Us Your Theory About the Brooklyn Bridge's White Flags?

We've been getting a lot of tips lately, which makes sense because we are seemingly pleading for them. Some of them are good, and of course most are bad and you should be ashamed, but lately, what with the Brooklyn Bridge being adorned by two new white flags, you're showing a different side to you, friends of Gawker:… » 7/23/14 3:55pm Yesterday 3:55pm