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Ferry Disaster Has Traumatized, Shamed South Korea

Ferry Disaster Has Traumatized, Shamed South Korea

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) — The entire country of South Korea, which watched a ferry filled with high school students sink on live TV and has followed the futile search for survivors with 24/7 TV coverage, appears to be have been…

Report: Divorced, Remarried Woman Can Have Communion, Pope Says

Report: Divorced, Remarried Woman Can Have Communion, Pope Says

iStock / 360/Thinkstock(ROME) — Could there be a switch in Catholic doctrine?Pope Francis has reportedly phoned a divorced and remarried Catholic woman in Argentina to tell her that she could “safely receive Communion.” 
Italian news media report…

Colbert Appears on “Late Show,” Presents His Own Top Ten List

Colbert Appears on “Late Show,” Presents His Own Top Ten List

Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS(NEW YORK) — David Letterman welcomed his future Late Show successor, Stephen Colbert, onto his CBS program on Tuesday night.
The Colbert Report host said he’s “obviously thrilled” that he will take over the Late Show in 2015. Lett…

Disney Theme Parks Reimagining the Wait in Line

Disney Theme Parks Reimagining the Wait in Line

Disney(ORLANDO, Fla.) — Amid all the instant gratification of today’s world, people still have to endure waiting in lines.According to Dr. Richard Larson, a renowned expert in the physics and psychology of lines at Massachusetts Institute of Tec…

Bashar al-Assad’s Deadly Loophole in Syria Deal

Bashar al-Assad’s Deadly Loophole in Syria Deal

JOSEPH EID/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Obama administration’s top accomplishment on Syria — a deal in which President Bashar al-Assad would surrender his chemical weapons — risks being undermined by substantial, potentially deadly looph…

Kentucky’s Randle Declares for NBA Draft

Kentucky’s Randle Declares for NBA Draft

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.)  –  After just one season at Kentucky, forward Julius Randle announced he is leaving the school to declare for the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-9 Randle announced his decision with just five days left be…

Lupita Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2014

Lupita Nyong’o Is People’s Most Beautiful Woman for 2014

Steve Granitz/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Lupita Nyong’o is having a very good year. After winning the Oscar for her role in 12 Years a Slave, the actress has now been named People magazine’s “Most Beautiful.”
“It was exciting and just a major, major compli…

Drones, Phones and Mind Maps Make MIT List of Technology Breakthroughs

Drones, Phones and Mind Maps Make MIT List of Technology Breakthroughs

iStock/360/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Cool ideas to power the future: Drones for farmers, brain mapping for neuroscientists and super-private smartphones are among the 10 breakthrough technologies highlighted in the new annual list by MIT Technology Revie…

Employment Outlook Brighter for College Grads

Employment Outlook Brighter for College Grads

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s good to be a college graduate. Or, at the very least, it’s better than it was last year.An update of the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ job outlook finds that employers will hire …

Ryan Lewis’s Mom Opens Up on Living Decades with HIV

Ryan Lewis’s Mom Opens Up on Living Decades with HIV

Michael Kovac/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Musician Ryan Lewis is spearheading a fundraising effort to build medical centers around the world to provide comprehensive health care and specialized HIV/AIDS treatment for the needy, and it’s all because of…

Stowaway Spent 7 Hours Undetected Before Plane Took Off

Stowaway Spent 7 Hours Undetected Before Plane Took Off

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — A 15-year-old stowaway who survived a flight over the Pacific in a jet’s wheel well spent seven hours undetected in the plane before the jetliner took off.The teen, the son of a California cab driver, is a junio…

Obama Dines on Sushi at Tokyo “Jiro Dreams” Shop

Obama Dines on Sushi at Tokyo “Jiro Dreams” Shop

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(TOKYO) — President Obama stepped off Air Force One in Japan apparently with an appetite for sushi.After a quick refresh at the Hotel Okura near the U.S. Embassy, Obama joined Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe …

Family Raises $500K in 15 Days to Research Daughter’s Deadly Disease

Family Raises $500K in 15 Days to Research Daughter’s Deadly Disease

Courtesy ONeill Family(NEW YORK) — When the O’Neill family threw themselves into fundraising to save 4-year-old Eliza from the fatal disease she was born with, they never guessed their viral video would reach people all over the world.They certa…

White House Mulls Leaving Less than 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan

White House Mulls Leaving Less than 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Although the Obama administration is still considering how many U.S. troops to leave in Afghanistan after 2014, there are reports that the residual force could fall well under 10,000.Some of the factors going into the d…

Democrats Greatly Outnumber Republicans as Commencement Day Speakers

Democrats Greatly Outnumber Republicans as Commencement Day Speakers

Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — A conservative watchdog of the nation’s higher education system says that Democratic politicians easily outnumber Republicans when it comes to being invited to give college commencement addresses in May.Campus Ref…

Go Behind the Scenes of Beyoncé’s Toyota Commercials

Go Behind the Scenes of Beyoncé’s Toyota Commercials

Samir Hussein/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Last month Beyonce shot a Toyota commercial for the auto maker’s new campaign titled “Get Going.” Now, a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot has surfaced on Tuesday.In the two-minute clip, posted on o…

How “Will & Grace” Actress Debra Messing Lost 20 Pounds

How “Will & Grace” Actress Debra Messing Lost 20 Pounds

Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) — Debra Messing has never looked anything less than drop-dead gorgeous.You would never know it, but the Will & Grace icon, 45, recently made an effort to eat better for her health and it’s definitely paid off big t…

Low-Fat Doughnuts Really Do Exist

Low-Fat Doughnuts Really Do Exist

File photo. iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you could eat doughnuts without the guilt, would you?Turns out, you can, almost. And there’s still a pinch of guilt, but only about one-fourth of the guilt you would experience after eating a typical doughn…

Online ‘Dating’ Site for Dogs or Cats

Online ‘Dating’ Site for Dogs or Cats

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — It’s like online dating — except for people seeking dogs or cats or chinchillas or whatever else may be the perfect pet for them.“It’s exactly like using Match.com,” says Darrell Lerner, who ought…

Discovery Channel Planning Documentary on Mount Everest Avalanche

Discovery Channel Planning Documentary on Mount Everest Avalanche

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — After cancelling its Everest Jump Live special in light of Friday’s avalanche at Mount Everest that killed 13 people, Discovery Channel is instead planning a documentary on the tragedy.According to Deadline.com, Discovery…

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