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Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 08/29/2013

U.S. intel ‘black budget’ concedes ‘critical’ ignorance on North Korea, other crucial threats

China's next-generation fighter jet progress, how Russia would react to a crisis and other things we don't know.

By Max Fisher  |  02:55 PM ET, 08/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security, North Korea

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Edward Snowden, patriot?

Three points on Obama's comment that he does not consider the NSA leaker a patriot.

By Max Fisher  |  04:58 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 08/09/2013

Is this $8,500 wire transfer really the NSA's best case for tracking Americans' phone records?

The intelligence community is citing a five-year-old case against a Somali cab driver to justify NSA programs.

By Max Fisher  |  11:37 AM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 08/07/2013

Read and watch: Obama talks about Putin, Snowden and terror threats on Jay Leno

Transcript and video highlights from an interview with lots of foreign policy and national security talk.

By Max Fisher  |  08:46 AM ET, 08/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Cyber Security, National Security, Russia, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 08/05/2013

This map of U.S. embassy and consulate closures raises more questions than it answers

Why would so many Mideast diplomatic buildings stay open, while four in sub-Saharan Africa be closed?

By Max Fisher  |  04:16 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Burundi, National Security, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Yemen

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 08/01/2013

Is XKEYSCORE still active? Defense contractor posted a job listing for it 2 weeks ago

The latest NSA program to be unveiled appears to involve lots of database work and Linux experience.

By Max Fisher  |  12:36 PM ET, 08/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 07/30/2013

The free Web program that got Bradley Manning convicted of computer fraud

Wget, which dates to 1996, has a function so simple you probably didn't realize you needed a program to do it.

By Max Fisher  |  02:12 PM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 06/12/2013

Top secret clearance holders so numerous they include 'packers/craters'

As many as 4 million people hold top secret clearance. Is that information really still secret?

By Max Fisher  |  04:02 PM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Why Iceland might not be willing to shelter Edward Snowden

The NSA leaker has said the country would be his first choice, but it's not clear they would take him.

By Max Fisher  |  11:11 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iceland, National Security

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Could Bradley Manning help Edward Snowden win political asylum?

The NSA leaker has a difficult case to make for political asylum, but he could cite Manning's mistreatment as evidence of persecution.

By Max Fisher  |  03:49 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/10/2013

'This is the definition of heroism': Snowden lauded in China

Web users in the country seem to see him as both a fellow activists against corruption and a repudiation of Western lecturing.

By Max Fisher  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, National Security

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 06/10/2013

Edward Snowden could strain to qualify for asylum under international law

The 29-year-old NSA leaker says he will seek asylum, but would he be able to?

By Max Fisher  |  01:05 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Iceland, National Security

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 06/06/2013

What the NSA can and can't learn about your calls from its Verizon court order

The U.S. intelligence agency can see who you called and for how long but not what you said.

By Max Fisher  |  12:22 PM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 11:09 AM ET, 06/06/2013

NSA chief, two weeks ago: 'We're the only ones not spying on the American people'

General Keith Alexander made some awkwardly timed comments in the agency's defense.

By Max Fisher  |  11:09 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 10:29 AM ET, 06/06/2013

Expert: NSA phone data collection has likely been ongoing since 2006

The just-leaked order appears to be renewable every 90 days.

By Max Fisher  |  10:29 AM ET, 06/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 05/23/2013

Obama's case for drones

The president's speech on counterterrorism laid out a "just war" rationale for using drones.

By Max Fisher  |  04:32 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Pentagon finally releases some pre-trial documents from Bradley Manning case

The partial release is a symbolic but important step toward transparency in the case.

By Julie Tate  |  12:05 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National Security

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 11/01/2012

Almost all Greeks think their economy is terrible

Most Europeans don't trust the Commission to help them figure out the euro crisis

By Olga Khazan  |  03:05 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  europe, national sentiment, unemployment

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 10/20/2012

Meet Europe’s far-right groups

Greece isn't the only country where anti-immigrationist groups are seeing a renaissance

By Olga Khazan  |  03:31 PM ET, 10/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  british national party, Extremists, jobbik, marine le pen

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 04/13/2012

Report: NASA’s Viking robots may have found life on Mars in 1976

A new study reanalyzed results from a life-detection experiment conducted by NASA's Viking Mars robots.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:31 AM ET, 04/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, NASA, Viking robots, Mars

Posted at 02:09 PM ET, 04/12/2012

George Zimmerman appears in court; next court hearing May 29

The judge said the next court hearing will be May 29 .

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:09 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, trial

Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/12/2012

World Financial Center in New York evacuated because of toy grenade

A private security guard said he thought he saw something suspicious. It turned out to be a toy grenade.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:50 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, World Financial Center, NYPD

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 04/09/2012

Tulsa killings: Read the Facebook posts of suspected shooter Jake England

Read the Facebook posts of suspected shooter Jake England.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:27 AM ET, 04/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Tulsa, shootings, Jacob England, Alvin Watts

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 04/05/2012

U.S. Forest Service employee under fire for photographing wounded gray wolf before killing it

A U.S. Forest Service employee has come under fire for trapping a wolf in Idaho and snapping a photo of the wounded animal before killing it.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  11:57 AM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, gray wolf

Posted at 08:53 AM ET, 04/04/2012

Texas tornadoes: 6 citizen videos that capture the twisters’ destructive path

As a string of tornadoes tore through the Dallas region Tuesday, dozens of Texans became citizen journalists.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:53 AM ET, 04/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Texas, tornado, citizen journalism

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Dallas-area tornadoes leave trail of damage (photos, video)

Two “large and extremely dangerous” tornadoes ripped through the Dallas region on Tuesday.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:30 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Texas, tornado

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 04/03/2012

The flying car is coming (photos, video)

The prototype flying car has completed its first flight.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:44 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Terrafugia, flying car

Posted at 01:23 PM ET, 04/03/2012

Oaksterdam University raided as part of DEA criminal investigation

Students openly smoked marijuana as federal agents carried out the raid.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:23 PM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Oaksterdam University, raids, medical marijuana

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Who is One Goh, Oakland school shooting suspect?

A shooting at Oikos University on Monday left seven people dead. Here’s more about the suspected shooter.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:48 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Oikos University, school shooting, One Goh

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Oakland school shooting, Oaksterdam University and Occupy San Francisco: Morning roundup

Oakland school shooting, Oaksterdam University and Occupy San Francisco.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:42 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Morning rounup

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Planned Parenthood clinic in Wisconsin fire-bombed; officials say damage was minimal

Eastern Wisconsin clinic sustained minimal damage.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  05:06 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Planned Parenthood, abortion

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 04/02/2012

1940 Census released: A look at what has changed

After 72 years, the American public gets a look at the 1940 census.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:20 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Census, 1940, infographics

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/02/2012

Trayvon Martin death has echoes

In the wake of the death of Trayvon Martin, similar cases have been brought to light.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Trayvon Martin, police

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 03/30/2012

Birth-control pill access contributed to women’s wage increases, study says

Early availability of the birth control pill is responsible for about a third of women’s wage increases relative to men since the 1960’s, Live Science reports.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:21 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, birth control, glass ceiling, women

Posted at 03:05 PM ET, 03/29/2012

The new pink slime? Beetles in Starbucks frappuccinos anger consumers

The discovery that beetles are used as food coloring for Starbucks frappuccinos are similarly angering consumers.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:05 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Starbucks, cochineal beetles, pink slime

Posted at 12:58 PM ET, 03/28/2012

In Trayvon Martin case, plenty of misinformation

The shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida has sparked a lot of online conversation — but much of it is filled with misinformation.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:58 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, misinformation

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Colorado wildfires still raging

A wildfire that reportedly caused two deaths outside Denver was still not contained today.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Colorado, wildfires

Posted at 10:14 AM ET, 03/28/2012

The Park Slope Food Coop boycott, explained

A primer on the proposed boycott of Israeli-made goods at a co-op in Brooklyn.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:14 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Israel, Park Slope Food co-op, boycotts

Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Health care, Trayvon Martin and Sandra Fluke: This month, an impassioned America

Post stories about health care, Trayvon Martin and Sandra Fluke have drawn emotional responses from our readers.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:30 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Supreme Court, health care law, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Fluke

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Geraldo Rivera hoodie comments spark prominent people to wear hoodies

Politicians, celebrities and athletes have all donned hoodies in the wake of controversial comments by news personality Geraldo Rivera.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:14 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Geraldo Rivera, hoodie

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 03/26/2012

George Zimmerman told police that Trayvon Martin attacked him, report says

The Orlando Sentinel reports today that Zimmerman told police that Trayvon Martin attacked him.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:30 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Pink slime boycotted by grocers: Here’s where you can eat slime-free

Here’s a list of places where you can eat or buy a burger slime-free.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  05:55 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, pink slime, grocery stores, lists

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Clintonville, Wis. mysterious loud booms caused by fracking?

Some people think the mysterious Clintonville booms could be caused by fracking. But experts say it seems unlikely.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:11 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Clintonville, fracking, myterious noises

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Trayvon Martin ‘Million Hoodie March’: A short history of the hoodie

A short history of the hoodie.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:21 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Trayvon Martin, Million Hoodie March, hoodie

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Sanford, Fla., explains why George Zimmerman was not arrested

The city said Zimmerman “provided a statement claiming he acted in self defense, which at the time was supported by physical evidence and testimony.”

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:55 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin, shooting, Sanford

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 03/21/2012

Who is George Zimmerman? More information emerges about the shooter of Trayvon Martin

Details emerge about the neighborhood watch captain who shot an unarmed black teenager in Florida late last month.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:19 AM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, shooting, race relations

Posted at 01:15 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Amelia Earhart search continues with support from Hillary Clinton — and possible help from an old photo

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with historians and scientists to discuss the search — and an old photo that might provide clues to what happened to the aviator.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:15 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Amelia Earhart, Hillary Clinton, unsolved mysteries, photos

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Space X, Virgin Galactic ships to launch; space to become more commercialized

Both companies represent the increasing commercialization of space.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:17 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Space X, Elon Musk

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Trayvon Martin was on phone with friend before death

Martin was on the phone with a teenage girl in the moments just before George Zimmerman, 28, shot him.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:44 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman, shooting

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Mike Daisey vs. Jason Russell: When the storymakers overtake the story

When the storymakers overtake the story.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Mike Daisey, Jason Russell, This American Life, Invisible Children, Kony 2012

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Occupy protesters kicking up for spring

On the six-month anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, protesters once again filled Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park. But will they be able to accomplish anything?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:07 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Trump, Gaddafi and Sarkozy sons: When rich people’s children misbehave

Donald Trump, Moammar Gaddafi and Nicolas Sarkozy’s sons have all gotten into trouble this week.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:21 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Donald Trump, Moammar Gaddafi, Nicolas Sarkozy, rich children

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/16/2012

Michigan tornado: Twister, hail and then destruction (videos)

A tornado tore through Dexter, Mich., on Thursday, leaving a trail of hail and destruction in its wake.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Michigan, tornado, hail

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Watch CDC’s graphic ‘Tips from Former Smokers’ ads

The campaign was launched just weeks after a judge declared the FDA’s mandate for graphic cigarette labels unconstitutional.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:46 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, CDC: graphic smoking ads

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 03/15/2012

‘Bully’ movie’s ‘R’ rating protested

Bullied high school junior Katy Butler started a campaign to change the movie’s rating to PG-13.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:25 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, 'Bully', film ratings, bullying

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Goldman Sachs: 5 famous slams the bank has endured

Greg Smith, an executive director at Goldman Sachs, quit his job today in an op-ed in the New York Times.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:24 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Goldman Sachs, Greg Smith, op-ed, economic recession

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Encyclopedia Britannica: A glowing review from The Post in 1895

From The Washington Post archives, a glowing 1895 review of the reference book.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:44 AM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Encyclopedia Britannica, print

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 03/12/2012

‘Homeless Hotspots’ slammed at SXSW, but it’s not first attempt to pay homeless to market products

A company’s attempt to turn homeless people into 4G hot spots draws sharp reactions, but it’s hardly the first attempt to pay the homeless for marketing.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:58 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Homeless Hotspots, SXSW, homeless advertising

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Pink slime photo isn’t what it appears to be

The anonymous photo of pink slime, or beef cuts treated with ammonium hydroxide, has been floating around the Internet for years.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:26 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, pink slime, USDA, photos

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Space weather? As solar storm hits, a Martian mini-tornado is caught on camera

One is space weather, the other is not.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Mars, space weather, tornado, solar storm

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 03/07/2012

‘Pink slime’ in school lunches: Government is buying 7 million pounds worth

The government and schools plan to buy 7 million pounds of the beef cuts using “pink slime” in the coming months.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:02 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, pink slime, school lunches, USDA

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Green Beret died trying to save daughters from burning home

Edward Cantrell was a decorated Special Forces soldier.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:29 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Green Beret, Edward Cantrell

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Brothel madam or pig rescuer? Bizarre investigation continues in New York

Five years later, the court case of Anna Gristina, accused of being a Manhattan madam, gets more bizarre.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:40 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Anna Gristina, prostitution, investigations

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 03/06/2012

37 ‘Buckyballs’ swallowed by toddler in latest scary magnet incident

Buckyballs are popular magnets that are made for adults but often end up in the hands of children.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:36 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Buckyballs, magnets, health risks

Posted at 10:25 AM ET, 03/06/2012

California school protests: 5 reasons students are demonstrating

Five reasons students are protesting in California.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:25 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, higher education, protests, budget cuts

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 03/05/2012

TSA confiscates 4 guns a day — along with stun guns, snakes and other odd items

The Transportation Security Administration confiscated an average of four guns a day last year — and that’s just the routine stuff.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:57 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Transportation Security Administration, blogs, guns

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the most astounding fact in the universe (video)

The astrophysicist answers an important question to Time Magazine.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:06 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, interviews, astrophysics

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012

San Francisco earthquakes rattle Bay area residents, reporter

Most people were still asleep, though one reporter experienced the quake on-air.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, San Francisco, earthquake

Posted at 09:33 AM ET, 03/05/2012

Angel Babcock, Indiana toddler found after tornado, dies in hospital

A 15-month-old who initially survived a deadly tornado in Indiana that killed her parents and two siblings has died in the hospital.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:33 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, tornadoes, Angel Babcock

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Cellphone jammer and a Japanese silencing device: Comment of the week

The comment was written in response to a post on a cellphone jammer and Japanese silencing device.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:53 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Comment of the week

Posted at 03:16 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Quadrotor fails and bloopers, caught on video

A video from GRASP Lab shows a series of what one researcher calls “spectacularly unsuccessful experiments” performed at the lab.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:16 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, quadrotor, GRASP lab, University of Pennsylvania

Posted at 10:34 AM ET, 03/02/2012

James Q. Wilson, co-author of ‘broken window’ theory, dies at 80

Wilson famously co-authored the “Broken Windows” article, which made waves the law enforcement community.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:34 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, James Q. Wilson, deaths, Broken Window theory

Posted at 05:14 PM ET, 03/01/2012

UC Santa Cruz shut down by students protesting budget cuts

The protests were part of a nationwide “Occupy Education” action against budget cuts in higher education.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  05:14 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, UC Santa Cruz, Occupy

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Andrew Breitbart dies: Big Journalism founder was 43

Breitbart died unexpectedly shortly after midnight in Los Angeles, according to Big Journalism.

By Elizabeth Flock and David Beard  |  12:10 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Andrew Breitbart, deaths

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Quadrotors perform James Bond theme (Video)

The robots are a product of researchers at GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:43 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, quadrators, GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Railgun being developed for Navy warship — 5 cool things it will be able to do

A super-powerful, futuristic weapon called an “electromagnetic railgun” is being developed at long last for Navy warships

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:03 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, U.S. Navy, electromagnetic railgun, testing

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Branson, Mo. tornado, National Weather Service snow alerts and more Leap Year weather

Several states were plagued by tornados or sleet and snow today.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Weather, National Weather Service, tornado, snow

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 02/29/2012

Monsanto protested after class-action lawsuit is dismissed

The demonstrations came after a judge dismissed a class-action suit by farmers against the biotech giant.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:40 AM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Monsanto, class-action lawsuit, farmers

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Occupy Well Street: Anti-fracking groups meet Occupiers

Anti-fracking groups meet Occupiers.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:30 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy Well Street, Occupy protests, fracking

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Ohio school shooting may draw attention to state’s lax gun laws

The number of Ohioans who have licenses to legally carry concealed firearms is still rising.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:57 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Ohio, shooting, Chardon, gun laws

Posted at 12:47 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Leap Year ‘interests the international vamp,’ in 1920

A 1920 illustration depicts the Leap Year tradition in which women are allowed to propose marriage to a man.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:47 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Leap Year, From the Archives

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 02/27/2012

Chardon, Ohio students recount teachers’ bravery on Twitter

After a shooting at a high school in Charon, Ohio, students tell of teachers’ attempts to stop the violence.

By Melissa Bell  |  01:33 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Chardon, Ohio, Frank Hall

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/27/2012

PETA and Humane Society attacked by reports – but are they real?

The study was funded by the Center for Consumer Freedom, a pro-business non-profit.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, PETA, Humane Society, Center for Consumer Freedom

Posted at 09:26 AM ET, 02/27/2012

WikiLeaks, Anonymous show off closer ties in Stratfor e-mail leak

Are the two groups getting closer?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:26 AM ET, 02/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Anonymous, Stratfor, hacks

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 02/24/2012

At Mardi Gras parade, autistic girl jeered by drunken reveler

An all-female night parade planned a special event today in the girl’s honor.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:57 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Mardi Gras, autism, Krewe of Muses, New Orleans

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Gay Texas judge refuses to wed straight couples

She said she wouldn’t perform marriage ceremonies until same-sex marriage was legal.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:07 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Texas, religion, homosexuality

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 02/24/2012

Tumblr, YouTube, others broadcast teen insecurity for all to see

Some teens and tweens are putting their “ugly duckling” phase on display for the whole Internet to see.

By Maura Judkis and Elizabeth Flock  |  09:58 AM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, YouTube, Tumblr, Formspring, Instagram, teen bullying, self-harm

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 02/23/2012

Bradley Manning defers plea as supporters warn ‘time is running out’

Social media lit up in support of the soldier Thursday, saying that “time is running out” for Manning.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:34 PM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Bradley Manning, Wikileaks

Posted at 09:42 AM ET, 02/23/2012

Neutrinos are not faster than light — why you should never doubt Einstein

CERN’s mistake reiterates why we shouldn’t doubt Einstein.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:42 AM ET, 02/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, CERN, theory of relativity, neutrino, speed of light

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 02/22/2012

What the Northern Lights look like when a rocket hits (photo)

A fisheye-view photo of a NASA-funded rocket shot into the Northern Lights.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:45 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, NASA, Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 02/22/2012

NYPD spying program targets Muslims: Reactions

Muslims at universities or in cities that were surveilled respond.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:23 PM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Muslims, spying

Posted at 10:02 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Anonymous attacks WSJ page hours after story warning group is getting more powerful

The attack came hours after the Journal reported the hacker group was getting more powerful.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:02 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Anonymous, hackers, NSA, WSJ, power grid, Greece

Posted at 09:03 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Is the shark fin ban culturally biased?

New York proposes a law to ban shark fins

By Juliet Eilperin  |  09:03 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Shark Fin, Sharks

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Drone journalism, businesses and policing — the pilotless aircraft could soon fill U.S. skies

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:18 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, drones, drone journalism, surveillance

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/21/2012

Occupy is back? Movement gets a TV show, issues concrete demands, begins new protests

A TV show, letter of concrete demands, and new protests suggest the movement may be gaining steam once again.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:43 PM ET, 02/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy Wall Street, protests

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Jeremy Lin and David Brooks in limerick: Comment of the Week

This week’s Comment of the Week was written in rhyme.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:24 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, David Brooks, Comment of the Week

Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 02/17/2012

Facebook and Twitter try to translate — but we still can’t understand

The social networks work with Web translation tools to translate foreign languages. The results are often hilarious.

By Bethonie Butler  |  03:56 PM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, online translation

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 02/17/2012

Jeremy Lin poses a problem for New York Times columnist David Brooks

A column saying Jeremy Lin’s religion is what sets him apart stirs up online anger against NYT journalist.

By Melissa Bell  |  10:52 AM ET, 02/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Media, Jeremy Lin

Posted at 01:53 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Birth control hearing on Capitol Hill had mostly male panel of witnesses (photo)

”Where are all the women?” one female representative asked.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:53 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, birth control, Darrel Issa, hearings, contraception, Catholic church

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 02/16/2012

Mardi Gras is coming — along with a mountain of mess

Environmental groups who want to clean up the festival have some work to do.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:04 PM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, New Orleans, Mardi Gras, environment

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 02/15/2012

Jeremy Lin and race: Bigotry in sports is nothing new

But bigotry in sports is nothing new.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:29 PM ET, 02/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Sports, Jeremy Lin, New York Knicks, racism, Floyd Mayweather

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 02/13/2012

Texans stuck on other side of the border fence grow anxious as gates go in

The first gates to fill in the new fence along the Mexican border are going in, leaving the few landowners on the other side feeling isolated.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:05 PM ET, 02/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Texas, Mexican border, illegal immigrants

Posted at 04:33 PM ET, 02/10/2012

Obama birth control compromise distracts from issue of whether the pill is safe, activists say

But doubts about the pill remain.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:33 PM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Obama, birth control, the pill

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 02/10/2012

Josh Powell’s sons’ funeral protest cancelled by Westboro Church in exchange for air time

Westboro Church cancels Powell funeral protest in exchange for segment on Catholic talk radio show.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:58 AM ET, 02/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Westboro Church, Occupy, Josh Powell

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Pine Ridge Indian reservation: Tribe sues beer makers for alcohol problems

The tribe claims the beer makers knowingly contributed to the alcohol problems at Pine Ridge Indian reservation.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:57 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Pine Ridge Indian reservation, Oglala Sioux tribe, American Indian, Anheuser-Busch

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 02/09/2012

No Child Left Behind: 10 states receive waivers — will D.C. be next?

On Thursday, the Obama administration announced it would free 10 states from the requirements of No Child Left Behind. Will D.C. be next?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:32 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, No Child Left Behind, Obama, education

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 02/09/2012

Iran begins blocking access to Gmail, other sites

The Post’s Thomas Erdbrink reports what it’s like to not be able to access Web sites in Iran.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:06 PM ET, 02/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  World, Iran, web censorship, Google, National Internet

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 02/08/2012

Carina Nebula revealed in spectacular new infrared photos

New photos from the European Southern Observatory show the Carina Nebula in a new way.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:21 PM ET, 02/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Science, Carina Nebula, nebula, European Southern Observatory, stars

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/07/2012

Foreclosed houses in U.S. squatted, occupied and sold on the cheap

Millions of American have seen their homes foreclosed since the financial crisis began.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, foreclosure, Occupy Our HOmes

Posted at 06:36 PM ET, 02/06/2012

Atlanta hate crime caught on videotape

A hate crime caught on camera worries LGBT communities.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  06:36 PM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Atlanta, hate crimes, gay bullying

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Chrysler Super Bowl commercial pulled from company’s YouTube page for copyright infringement

The wide net of copyright infringement caught Chrysler’s popular Super Bowl ad

By Melissa Bell  |  11:40 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Super Bowl, Chrysler, Clint Eastwood

Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 02/06/2012

Super Bowl: CNN’s Roland Martin tweets jokes seen as anti-gay

A series of tweets has landed the CNN commentator in hot water.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:55 AM ET, 02/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, homophobia

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 02/03/2012

Eddie Long crowned ‘king’; religious leaders aren’t impressed

Religious leaders are not impressed with the coronation of the controversial megachurch pastor.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:45 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Eddie Long, megachurch

Posted at 10:39 AM ET, 02/03/2012

‘Jack Sparrow’ pepper-sprayed by ‘Catwoman:’ only in Hollywood

In a battle of the fake movie stars, people dressed in Hollywood costumes brawled in the streets of Los Angeles

By Melissa Bell  |  10:39 AM ET, 02/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Hollywood

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 02/02/2012

Susan G. Komen denies censoring message boards

A number of people on Komen message boards said their comments about Planned Parenthood were deleted.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:54 AM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, breast cancer

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Nano quadrotors: Watch a swarm of tiny robots fly in formation (video)

These nano quadrotors were developed by researchers of the GRASP Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  05:01 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Nano Quadrotors, drones, GRASP Lab

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 02/01/2012

Pink slime removed from McDonald’s burgers — but other food additives remain

But there are many other food additives inside.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:19 PM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Health, pink slime, McDonald's, food additives

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Pfizer recall the newest troubling development around birth control

The announcement comes on the heels of other troubling developments around birth control.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:21 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Pfizer, birth control, Yaz, Yasmin

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 02/01/2012

Susan G. Komen’s funding cut to Planned Parenthood only latest in string of controversies

When the nation’s leading breast cancer charity pulled its grants from Planned Parenthood, the reaction from critics was furious — not for the first time.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:05 AM ET, 02/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 01/31/2012

The Occupy conundrum: Evicted, scattered, but still one?

Is the Occupation over?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy DC, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Oakland, McPherson Square, Zuccotti Park, Adbusters, occupation

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Burmese pythons: Could the snakes move north?

How far north could the Burmese pythons slither?

By Darryl Fears  |  01:48 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Burmese Python, Florida Everglades

Posted at 08:18 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Stephen Colbert Super PAC filings state more than $1 million raised (Video)

Stephen Colbert chases Jon Stewart down for his Super PAC

By Melissa Bell  |  08:18 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Politics, Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 01/30/2012

Twitter joke to ‘destroy America’ gets two Brits deported from U.S.

Homeland Security detained two Brits who joked about ‘destroying America,’ and then sent them on a flight home.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:25 PM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Monsanto petition tells Obama: ‘Cease FDA ties to Monsanto’

A new petition is calling for the ouster of a former vice president and lobbyist for Monsanto who is a senior adviser at the FDA.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:27 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National

Posted at 09:48 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Girl Scout Cookies: A battle brewing over the boxes

Supporters are imploring people to buy Girl Scout Cookies

By Melissa Bell  |  09:48 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Cookies, Catholic ChurchGirl Scout Cookies: a battle brewing over the boxes

Posted at 09:23 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Occupy protests gear up after violent weekend

Hundreds were arrested at protests in Oakland Saturday.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:23 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy Oakland, Occupy DC, police

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 01/26/2012

Newt Gingrich’s lunar colony has us looking at the moon

Lunar colonys on the moon

By Melissa Bell  |  04:27 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Politics, Newt Gingrich, Moon

Posted at 01:13 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Solar storm passes Earth: ‘A taste of what’s going to come’ next year

Today’s storm is only the beginning of a phase of major solar activity.

By Melissa Bell  |  01:13 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Solar storm, NASA: Doug Biesecker

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Julian Assange starts Wikileaks TV show

Wikileaks leader Julian Assange will start a new talk show.

By Melissa Bell  |  09:58 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Julian Assange, Wikileaks

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 01/24/2012

State of the Union: NOAA addresses salmon joke a year later

A year after President Obama got big laughs for a salmon joke, NOAA responds

By Juliet Eilperin  |  09:16 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, State of the Union, President Obama

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Gabrielle Giffords finishes ‘Congress On Your Corner’ meeting

Giffords finished the Congress On Your Corner meeting as one of her last duties as a U.S. congresswoman.

By Melissa Bell  |  04:21 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Politics, Gabrielle Giffords, Congress on your Corner

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Roe v. Wade 39th anniversary brings out marchers (Photos)

On the 39th anniversary, supporters and protesters of Roe v. Wade march in Washington.

By Melissa Bell  |  03:15 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Abortion, Roe v. Wade, March for Life

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Birmingham hit by deadly round of storms (video)

A possible tornado killed two people and injured a 100 more in Alamaba on Monday morning.

By Melissa Bell  |  11:49 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Alabama, Tornado

Posted at 12:02 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Megaupload’s wealthy, anonymous executives in spotlight

The founders of Megaupload are put in the spotlight after a federal indictment

By Melissa Bell  |  12:02 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Tech, Department of Justice, Megaupload, Kim Dotcom

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 01/19/2012

What are SOPA and PIPA? Education about the bills continues after online protests

Education about the bills continues after online protests.

By Melissa Bell  |  12:41 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, SOPA, PIPA

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Kodak declares bankruptcy: The company that captured the 20th century (Photos)

The company that defined America in the 20th century could not make it in the 21st-century digital world.

By Melissa Bell  |  12:37 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Kodak, Bankruptcy

Posted at 08:21 AM ET, 01/19/2012

SOPA and the ‘angry nerds’: Jon Stewart weighs in (Video)

After an outpouring of Internet protests, Jon Stewart wades into the SOPA debates

By Melissa Bell  |  08:21 AM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, SOPA, PIPA, Jon Stewart, The Daily Show

Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Chicago teens charged in beating after video spreads on YouTube

Chicago police charged seven teens after a video of them beating another teen went viral.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:44 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Chicago, beating, YouTube

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Seattle weather: Less snow in the city, but a storm in other parts of the state

Seattle will get less than 6 inches of snow, but other parts of western Washington won’t be so lucky.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:29 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Seattle, Portland, weather, snowstorm

Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 01/18/2012

SOPA blackout: As Wikipedia goes dark for a day, #altwiki has answers

As Wikipedia goes dark, #altwiki takes its place for a day.

By Elizabeth Flock and Mark Luckie  |  10:50 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Wikipedia, SOPA, PIPA, #altwiki

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Meteorite from Mars fell in Morocco, scientists say

The meteorite fireball was first seen in the sky six months ago, but not discovered until December.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:17 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Space, meteorite, Mars, NASA

Posted at 02:27 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Wikipedia Blackout: An #altwiki Band-Aid

When Wikipedia goes dark on Wednesday, a few media organizations are trying a one-day crowdsourcing alternative: #altwiki.

By David Beard  |  02:27 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Wikipedia, SOPA, PIPA, Stop Online Piracy Act, Protect IP Act

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Burger King tests out delivery service: What other businesses should deliver?

What other businesses should deliver?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:42 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Burger King, delivery

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Occupy Wall Street could go broke within a month

The Occupy movement is running out of money.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:26 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy Wall Street, donations

Posted at 08:57 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Seattle weather: Heaviest snowfall in decades heading northwest

A blizzard is headed to Seattle Wednesday. It is expected to dump more than 12 inches of snow.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:57 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Seattle, snow

Posted at 05:38 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Huntington’s disease kills nine-year-old Kathleen Edward, bullied girl (Video)

Huntington’s disease kills nine-year-old Kathleen Edward, bullied girl

By Melissa Bell  |  05:38 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Kathleen Edwards, Facebook, Reddit

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 01/13/2012

A Facebook girlfriend can be yours, for just $5

A new post on the Web site Fiverr suggests you can get yourself a Facebook girlfriend for just a few dollars.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:07 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Facebook, relationships, Cloud Girlfriend

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Do Gulf tiger sharks walk on land?

Study prompted by findings that some tiger sharks had consumed land birds such as woodpeckers, swallows, tanagers and meadowlarks.

By Juliet Eilperin  |  04:04 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, tiger sharks

Posted at 02:39 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Alaska snowstorm: Winter is coming (video)

Alaska is on pace for its snowiest winter yet. The rest of the country may be next.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:39 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Alaska, Anchorage, snowstorms

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Super Bowl antiabortion ads, Web site ramps up as Roe vs. Wade anniversary approaches

The site and ads are out as the 39th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade approaches.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, abortion, Roe vs. Wade, Super Bowl

Posted at 05:12 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Girl Scout Cookies boycott sought by teen after organization admits transgender child

A teenaged girl scout is calling for the boycott because the organization has included a transgender child.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  05:12 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Girl Scouts, Girl Scout cookies, transgender

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 01/11/2012

Where memes begin: An interview with Josh Fonner, whose photo was used for two popular memes

An interview with Josh Fonner, whose photo was used for two popular memes.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:25 PM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Internet culture, memes, Josh Fronner

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Sharia law ban: Is Oklahoma’s proposal discriminatory or needed?

A federal appeals court says that the state’s move to ban Sharia law in its courtrooms discriminates against Islam.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:55 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Oklahoma, Sharia law

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Doomsday Clock kicks off more conspiracy theories

The Doomsday Clock moved a minute closer to midnight. Are we doomed?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:08 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Doomsday Clock, apocalypse

Posted at 08:47 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Occupy Wall Street reclaims Zuccotti Park

Police removed barricades to the park Tuesday night.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:47 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy Wall Street, Zuccotti Park, NYCLU

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Dark matter of the universe, in three giant maps

A side of the universe largely unknown to us became just a little bit clearer today after scientists released the largest scale renderings of dark matter yet.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:02 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Science, dark matter, maps

Posted at 03:09 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Twinkie’s twilight? Hostess Brands files for bankruptcy

Irving, Texas-based Hostess again filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:09 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Hostess Brands, Chapter11, Twinkies

Posted at 10:18 AM ET, 01/10/2012

Martin Luther King Jr. Day: A holiday that almost never was

If some politicians had had their way, we would not be honoring Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday this Monday.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  10:18 AM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, histories

Posted at 02:43 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Occupy New Hampshire stages die-in

Protesters participating in “Occupy New Hampshire Primaries” are staging a “die-in” outside President Obama’s New Hampshire headquarters.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:43 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy New Hampshire, die-in

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Dog owned by Florida woman, killed by alleged drunk driver, is rescued swimming in Gulf of Mexico (video)

A day after a Florida woman was killed by a drunk driver while walking her dog, Barney, the frightened canine was found swimming in the Gulf of Mexico.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:05 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, drunk driving, dogs

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Pennsylvania cops do not have immunity from charges of urine, pepper spray torture

A woman accusing police of urinating on her can move forward with her case, a Pennsylvania judge rules

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:30 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Pennsylvania, sovereign immunity, lawsuits

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 01/06/2012

As Stephen Hawking turns 70, six life lessons you should learn from him

Six lessons Hawking has taught us in his 70 years on Earth.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:41 PM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Stephen Hawking

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 01/05/2012

A pellet gun mistaken by police for a real gun led to death of 15-year-old (Video)

Police mistook a pellet gun for a real gun and shot and killed the 15-year-old who wielded it (Video)

By Melissa Bell  |  12:34 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Jamie Gonzalez, Brownsville, Pellet Gun

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Tex. teen mistakenly deported to Colombia assumed false identity

U.S. Immigration and Customs says the Texas teen was deported because she assumed a false identity as a Colombian woman.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:05 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Texas, deportation, Colombia

Posted at 08:59 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Casey Anthony resurfaces for first time in video diary

Casey Anthony has spoken out for the first time since she was acquitted of murdering her daughter.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:59 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Casey Anthony, video diary, YouTube

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Quadrantid meteor shower thrills and chills viewers; still visible Thursday morning

Though the peak hit Wednesday morning, the Quadrantid meteor shower will still be visible early Thursday morning.

By Melissa Bell  |  12:59 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Quadrantid meteor shower, NASA

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Quadrantid meteor shower thrills and chills viewers; still visible Thursday morning

Though the peak hit Wednesday morning, the Quadrantid meteor shower will still be visible early Thursday morning.

By Melissa Bell  |  12:59 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Quadrantid meteor shower, NASA

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 01/04/2012

Edith and Carolyn celebrities of Iowa caucus after solving mystery of missing votes

Edith Pfeffer and Carolyn Tallet became the late-night stars of the Iowa caucuses last night after CNN woke them up to help solve the mystery of missing votes.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:21 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Iowa caucuses, CNN After Dark, Edith and Carolyn

Posted at 09:43 AM ET, 01/04/2012

PostSecret iPhone app shut down due to 'threatening' and 'pornographic' content

The app version of the popular PostSecret blog was shut down this week because ‘threatening’ and ‘pornographic’ content was being submitted.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:43 AM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Frank Warren, PostSecret, iPhone app

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Mt. Rainier killing sparks concern for war veterans

By Melissa Bell  |  01:26 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Mt. Rainier, Benjamin Colton Barnes, PTSD

Posted at 12:29 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Quadrantid meteor shower, first of the year, peaks tonight

The Quadrantid meteor shower will peak tonight. Skygazers say it could be this year’s best shower.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:29 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, meteor shower, Quadrantid

Posted at 10:06 AM ET, 01/03/2012

Wendi Deng’s Twitter account a fake

After a few days of headline-making tweeting, the Twitter account “Wendi Deng” admits to being a joke.

By Elizabeth Flock and Melissa Bell  |  10:06 AM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Twitter, Rupert Murdoch, Wendi Deng

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 12/30/2011

New Year’s Eve drops around the nation — what object should D.C. drop?

Dozens of cities and towns across the U.S. have their own creative versions of the Times Square midnight ball drop.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  11:55 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, New Year's Eve, midnight drops

Posted at 08:51 AM ET, 12/30/2011

Ben Breedlove’s YouTube video before death joins the autobiographical videos of many other teens

Breedlove’s video joins the ranks of the many autobiographical, or confessional, videos posted to YouTube by teens or young people before him.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:51 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, YouTube, Ben Breedlove, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Butterball turkey farm raided after allegations of abuse

Officials in North Carolina have raided a Butterball facility after a disturbing video showed workers abusing turkeys.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:52 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Butterball, animal abuse

Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Occupy London protester detained at airport after distributing anarchist leaflets

An Occupy protester was detained Christmas Eve at the airport because he was distributing leaflets. He missed his flight.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:45 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy London, Ryanair, Crimethinc

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 12/28/2011

New York Times accidentically sent out mass e-mail on home delivery

The New York Times accidentically sent out mass e-mail about home delivery today.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:21 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, New York Times, spam email

Posted at 04:11 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Mall of America brawl caused by rumors of Drake and Lil’ Wayne visit? (video)

Rumors rappers Drake and Lil’ Wayne were visiting the mall may have sparked the melee instead.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:11 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Mall of America, shopping, Lil' Wayne, Drake

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Christmas Comet Lovejoy caps off a year full of time-lapse videos

Comet Lovejoy has only recently been discovered, and it already has its own time-lapse video.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:58 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Comet Lovejoy, ESO, time-lapse videos

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Lamborghini won and lost: Utah trucker crashes prize car after six hours

Dave Dopp crashes his prize-winning Lambroghini after six hours

By Melissa Bell  |  08:39 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Dave Dobbs, Lamborghini

Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Winter solstice ushers in the dark — and the depression

It’s the shortest day of the year — winter solstice.

By Melissa Bell  |  05:20 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Winter Solstice, December 21, Seasonal Affection Disorder

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Navy kiss seals the year of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal (video)

Two Navy girlfriends win the coveted first-of-the-ship kiss — a reality unimaginable just a few years ago

By Melissa Bell  |  03:52 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, DADT, First Kiss, Navy

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Dec. 21, 2012: The countdown to the end of the Mayan calendar begins

The countdown to the end of the Mayan calendar (and our own?) begins today

By Melissa Bell  |  12:09 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Mayan Calendar, Winter Solstice

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Plane crash in New Jersey marks third fatal U.S. crash in two days (Video)

Three small-engine planes crashed Monday and Tuesday in the U.S., killing nine people in total.

By Melissa Bell  |  04:04 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Plane crash

Posted at 03:18 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Occupy D.C.’s newest hunger striker: Congressman Keith Ellison

A week after three Occupy D.C. protesters began a hunger strike for District of Columbia voting rights in Congress, Rep. Keith Ellison has joined their ranks.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  03:18 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy DC, hunger strikes, DC representation

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/15/2011

On National Bill of Rights Day, “Free to Tweet” campaign offers a $5,000 scholarship

On National Bill of Rights Day, “Free to Tweet” campaign offers a $5,000 scholarship.

By Melissa Bell  |  12:31 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Twitter, First Amendment, Bill of Rights

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 12/15/2011

Unclaimed money in U.S. totals $32 billion: Do you have missing cash?

Unclaimed money totals $32 billion in the U.S., Missouri offers up $6.1 million payout

By Melissa Bell  |  08:49 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Unclaimed Money

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 12/14/2011

SOPA denounced by newspaper journalists, too

Wednesday, the American Newspaper Editors Association sent Congress a letter to ask that it stop SOPA.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  05:57 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, SOPA, internet freedom, newspapers

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Utah birds die after mistaking Wal-Mart parking lot for water

Birds crash land in a Utah town after mistaking asphalt for water

By Melissa Bell  |  03:53 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Utah, Aflockalypse

Posted at 09:27 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Meteor shower Tuesday gave spectacular light show (video)

The Geminid meteor shower was visible Tuesday night as it is every December, and it was a spectacular display.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:27 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Geminid meteor shower, meteor showers, 3200 Phaethon

Posted at 08:37 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Time Person of the Year 2011: ‘The protester’

In its annual award for person of the year, Time this year simply chose “the protester.”

By Elizabeth Flock  |  08:37 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Time Magazine, person of the year, protests

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Was 2011 the year of disasters?

With 12 natural disasters causing $1 billion or more in damage this year, will 2011 be remembered as the year of disasters?

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:03 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, natural disasters, year in review

Posted at 04:36 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Occupy Wall Street is bad PR for police (videos)

The Occupy protests have been nothing but bad PR for police, as two new videos show.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  04:36 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy Wall Street, NYPD

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Father’s open letter to Google: ‘Thanks for making my daughter cry’

A father’s online rant says a lot about how children can or can’t use Google services.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  02:51 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Google, COPPA: Reddit, Google+

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Jonah Peretti, founder of BuzzFeed: Can social sharing save journalism?

With the hiring of Ben Smith of Politico, BuzzFeed hopes to create a new model of journalism.

By Melissa Bell  |  02:07 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Media, Buzzfeed, Ben Smith

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Occupy protesters ‘squidding’ Goldman Sachs

Occupy Wall Street protesters marched on the investment bank Monday morning holding giant squids.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  09:22 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy Wall Street, Occupy Goldman Sachs, Matt Taibbi

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Va. Tech shooting: A question asked and answered

Echoes of 2007, but with profound differences.

By Melissa Bell  |  01:49 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Virginia Tech, Virginia Tech shooting

Posted at 01:25 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Occupy protesters try to stop foreclosures; man bulldozed home to avoid the same fate

As Occupy protesters “occupy” foreclosed homes, a man in Moscow, Ohio has bulldozed a home in danger of foreclosure.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  01:25 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Occupy Wall Street, foreclosure

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Wal-Mart heirs net worth equals total of bottom 30 percent of Americans

The Wal-Mart heirs have amassed a fortune equal to that of the combined net worth of the bottom 30 percent of Americans. It wasn’t always that way.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:10 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Wal-mart, Walton family, income inequality, Sam Walton

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Rod Blagojevich is 4th Illinois governor jailed in four decades

Rod Blagojevich is the fourth Illinois governor jailed in four decades. But this time, there are signs Illinois’s corruption problem could change.

By Elizabeth Flock  |  12:27 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  National, Rod Blagojevich, Illinois, political corruption