Tracy Morgan: "Walmart Is Blaming Me for an Accident That They Caused"

Tracy Morgan hasn't made many public statements since the six-car accident that critically injured him and killed one of his friends, but he decided today to weigh in on his legal battle against Walmart, the company whose truck crashed into his limo bus. » 9/30/14 5:07pm 19 minutes ago

CDC Confirms First Case of Ebola in U.S.

The CDC just confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States, according to Reuters. The patient was placed in "strict isolation" at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas earlier today. » 9/30/14 4:51pm 35 minutes ago

Report: Zappos CEO's Las Vegas Dreamland Is Imploding

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh's deeply sad plan to transform Downtown Las Vegas—the bleakest part of a bleak town—into a startup enclave is dying, Las Vegas Weekly reports. Huge layoffs just arrived, and one of the $350 million project's leaders is already publicly blasting Hsieh. » 9/30/14 4:38pm 47 minutes ago

Hip Alt-Lit Editor Quits Public Writing Career After Rape Accusations

For all its gestures toward radicalism and openness, Brooklyn's hip young "alt lit" scene might not be any less toxic for women than...well, anywhere else, according to a series of essays published this week accusing a prominent young editor of sexual assault. » 9/30/14 4:32pm 54 minutes ago

All the Best New Stuff on Netflix This October

Call it Hallowe'en, call it All Hallows', Werewolf Bar Mitzvah or even Sinéadoconnor, as the Celts did, the Autumnal Equinox means just one thing: Rebirth and Renewal. Now is the time that we, like our ancestors, must take a long hard look at our Netflix queues and decide what goes and what stays, to make way for a… » 9/30/14 4:06pm Today 4:06pm

Reddit Placates "Volatile Users" With Promise to Share Its New $50 M.

If female celebrities break into a cold sweat over Reddit users, just image how investors feel after throwing down $50 million in the hopes of profiting off the crowd-sourced site. But lead investor Sam Altman and CEO Yishan Wong appear to have come up with a plan to appease "the often volatile Reddit community." » 9/30/14 3:32pm Today 3:32pm

Porsche Owning Comic Gets Best Revenge Ever On Email Scammer

When you put a classified ad in a magazine or on Craigslist you open yourself up to both helpful people and opportunistic scammers that claim they're millionaire reverends with long lost Porsche engines. This is the correct way to give those scammers more than a taste of their own medicine. » 9/30/14 3:31pm Today 3:31pm

Steve Carrell's Terrifying Performance in Foxcatcher: NYFF Dispatch One

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As they did for the Toronto Film Festival, film writers Fariha Roísín and Sara Black McCulloch are covering the New York Film Festival this year as a series of conversations about the festival and its programming. The first dispatch includes Foxcatcher, starring Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, and Steve Carrell in a… » 9/30/14 3:20pm Today 3:20pm

YouTube Community Scrambles to Address Its Creep Problem

Last week, popular YouTube prankster Sam Pepper was justifiably raked over the coals over a video that depicted him forcibly grabbing women's butts and laughing at it like a stoned child after a dental appointment. Days later, news reports raised some serious allegations against Pepper: that he also sexually abused… » 9/30/14 3:11pm Today 3:11pm

Radio Host: Amber Rose Caught Wiz Khalifa Having Threesome With Twins

When Amber Rose filed for divorce from Wiz Khalifa, it was immediately chalked up to infidelity—unnamed women for him, and Nick Cannon (why?) for her. The details were vague until this morning, when radio host Peter Rosenberg said on the air that Amber walked in on Wiz having a threesome with twins. » 9/30/14 2:55pm Today 2:55pm

Diaper-Changing Dad Mad at Chipotle for Saying No to Shit on Tables

A family dining at a Midwest Chipotle location discovered that the restaurant's bathrooms didn't come equipped with baby-changing tables, so they decided to swap out their 1-year-old's soiled diaper right there on the dining room table. After a manager asked them to take it to their car instead, the father sent the… » 9/30/14 2:47pm Today 2:47pm

Are You Better Off Kicking a Cat or Killing a Pedestrian in New York?

Here are two stories from today's New York Times about law-enforcement priorities and matters of public outrage in New York City. The first is a front-page news story, describing the prosecution of a 22-year-man in Brooklyn who violently kicked a cat and posted a video of the kicking to Facebook: » 9/30/14 2:40pm Today 2:40pm

Tech's Push to Help Schools Looks Like a Campaign Ad For Ed Lee

Just two weeks before San Francisco's 2011 mayoral election, billionaire angel investor Ron Conway pushed out a viral campaign ad for Mayor Ed Lee that featured cameos from local sports stars and Silicon Valley tech celebs. Now, 13 months before Lee's next election, Conway's techie advocacy group has released another… » 9/30/14 2:34pm Today 2:34pm

One Person Rushed to Hospital in Reported Shooting at Louisville HS

One person has been taken to the hospital after reported gunshots erupted at Fern Creek High School in Louisville, Ken. Just before 2 p.m. local time, students walked out of the building single-file with their hands clasped over the heads. The elementary school next door has been placed on lockdown, WAVE reports. » 9/30/14 2:23pm Today 2:23pm

White House Intruder Was Only Tackled Thanks to an Off-Duty Agent

The Secret Service agent who eventually stopped Omar Jose Gonzalez, the man arrested earlier this month for running into the East Room of the White House with a knife, was off-duty and just happened to be leaving as Gonzalez was running through the building, the Washington Post reports. » 9/30/14 2:16pm Today 2:16pm

What Were Those Horrifying Death Clouds Over NYC This Morning?

Social media lit up around 7:30 this morning with hundreds of pictures of an incredibly dramatic sky over New York City, with layers of dark, intense clouds swirling over Manhattan. Clouds this ominous usually signal the approach of a horrible storm or Tammy Swanson. What kind of clouds were they? » 9/30/14 2:00pm Today 2:00pm

Rikers Guards Who Hogtied, Beat Mentally Ill Man May Actually Be Fired

The guards at Rikers Island are notoriously violent toward inmates—especially mentally ill ones—and it's relatively rare that even documented beatings result in punishment for those responsible. That's why it's a surprising, encouraging development that a judge recommended the termination of six employees this week. » 9/30/14 1:47pm Today 1:47pm

Your Guide to Binge-Watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix

Gilmore Girls, the perfect series that continues to bring together girls who thought they were smart in high school, is coming to Netflix tomorrow. Every episode, every pop culture reference, and every town event will soon be more accessible than coffee at Luke's Diner, when Luke and Lorelai are not in a fight. Here's… » 9/30/14 9:00am Today 9:00am