The Secret Story Of How Bubonic Plague Nearly Broke Out In New York City

This is the story — kept secret at the time, still largely unreported today — of how the most infamous disease in history broke into New York City in the midst of World War II. This is the story of the ominously-named “Wyoming matter,” and how it took me months to track down evidence it ever happened. »9/03/15 12:12pm3 minutes ago

Right-Wing Conspiracy Theorists Are in Love With Fall’s Hottest Benghazi Apparel

Over the course of the past few years, the Benghazi “scandal” has evolved from tragedy to right-wing conspiracy theory to internet sensation to even more insane right-wing conspiracy theory, and everywhere in between. But nowhere has the Benghazi phenomenon been quite so prolific (and profitable) as it has on one of… »9/03/15 11:12amToday 11:12am

New Orleans, Which Still Has a White League Monument, May Finally Remove Its White League Monument

Everyone knows that racism is over in America. We have a black president! Come on. Think about Oprah, and Jay Z is pretty famous too. What’s the problem, all those officially sanctioned monuments to violent white supremacist uprisings against the government? I mean, we’re working on taking them down. Baby steps. »9/03/15 10:52amToday 10:52am

Someone Appears To Be Trying To Hoax The Marlins President Out Of His Job

When the Miami Marlins sent Marcell Ozuna to the minors on July 5, there was more in play than just giving the slumping third-year outfielder a chance “to get his rhythm back,” as Ozuna’s agent Scott Boras said he was told. Whether Ozuna becomes eligible for arbitration after this season or next depends on how much… »9/03/15 10:40amToday 10:40am

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley Won't Say Whether He Fucked a Staffer

Last week, Dianne Bentley filed for divorce from her husband of 50 years, Robert Bentley, who has served as the Republican governor of Alabama since 2011. While Dianne Bentley’s initial petition refers to “an irretrievable breakdown” of her marriage, several Alabama media outlets—along with many local political… »9/03/15 9:55amToday 9:55am

Kentucky Clerk Who Refuses to Marry Gay Couples Is Headed to Federal Court

Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who stopped issuing marriage licenses after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage in June, is scheduled to appear in federal court this morning. If U.S. District Judge David Bunning holds Davis in contempt of court, she may face fines or jail time. »9/03/15 9:35amToday 9:35am

Remember Concussion Director Peter Landesman's Sketchy, Unprovable Sex Trafficking Exposé?

Emails released in the Sony hack reveal that Concussion director and screenwriter Peter Landesman altered his upcoming film, which seeks to shed light on the deathly consequences faced by NFL players after getting hit in the head repeatedly, to prevent possible legal action by the NFL. Landesman, a former journalist… »9/03/15 9:00amToday 9:00am

Reports: The Two Vice News Reporters Arrested in Turkey Have Been Released

Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, the two Vice News journalists arrested on terror charges in Turkey last week, have been released, according to Turkish officials who spoke with the Associated Press and CNN Turk. The journalists’ Iraqi fixer and translator, Mohammed Rasool, reportedly remains in prison.
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Here's the Mr. Robot Scene That Caused USA To Postpone Its Finale

Last Wednesday, the first season finale of USA’s cult hit and utterly enthralling show Mr. Robot was supposed to air. But after WDBJ’s Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot live on air by Vester Lee Flanagan last Wednesday morning, USA announced that it was delaying the finale. The network’s statement read: »9/02/15 10:48pmYesterday 10:48pm

Sheriff: Man Fatally Shot by Police With Arms Raised Held "Something" in His Hand

According to a Texas sheriff, investigators are reviewing a second video of a San Antonio man who was shot and killed by police while appearing to surrender on Friday, one that shows what they believe to be a knife in his hand. »9/02/15 8:00pmYesterday 8:00pm