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Feb 8, 2013 1:53PM ET
Amid a crisis that's gripping the United Kingdom and frightening eaters everywhere, here's how to tell if you've accidentally tastes horse meat — and, relax, turns out it's not that bad, and that you probably haven't anyway.
Feb 8, 2013 11:03AM ET
The Manhattan private school that got caught sending a list of rejected and pending applicants, has suddenly side-stepped the leak — and a lot of people seem to be accepting it, despite a potential "domino effect" of pay-for-acceptance in exclusive schools.
Feb 8, 2013 8:42AM ET
Until the white-out begins — and as it continues to hammer the Northeast all weekend — here are the weather experts you should be reading and/or following on Twitter and beyond, plus what they can already teach you about this "Nemo" storm.
Feb 8, 2013 7:17AM ET
Police are still on the hunt for Christopher Dorner, the ex-cop accused of killing at least three people who published a manifesto promising to kill more. They've locked down the mountain resort town of Big Bear, California, but there's a new problem: He's allegedly been spotted some 200 miles away near San Diego this morning.
Feb 7, 2013 3:11PM ET
Today in viral videos: Ellen DeGeneres gets the giggles, the cure for Hipsterism, and Ryan Seacrest enjoys being pick-pocketed a little too much.
Feb 7, 2013 12:52PM ET
After a truly bizarre day that stretched from a cop killing in Los Angeles to a manhunt from San Diego to the San Bernardino Mountains, night fell on Big Bear ski resort as authorities were still going to door-to-door and checking vehicles for the Chris Dorner, the ex-LAPD officer who shot at least five people and is still on the lam. Get the best updates right here.
Feb 7, 2013 10:47AM ET
The cover of a self-published new anthology edition of Lucy Maud Montgomery's classic orphan tale has Amazon commenters reaching peak dye-job hysteria right now. Since when is Anne of Green Gables supposed to look like an Abercrombie & Fitch model?
Feb 7, 2013 9:32AM ET
Dalton sent out a list of rejected applicants and parents of kids with pending applications, all in an apparent effort to get alumni to push said parents into donating money to the already very well-off school.
Feb 7, 2013 8:07AM ET
For the second time in one week, Japan's foreign ministry has had to lodge an international complaint after a neighboring military power got a little too close for comfort.
Feb 7, 2013 7:09AM ET
Russian President Vladimir Putin wants the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi to be perfect, so when he found out who was behind the delays of the site's ski jumping complex, he did the understandable thing and axed the Russian Olympics Committee deputy chief.
Feb 6, 2013 4:56PM ET
The United States leveled sanctions on Wednesday against the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, a gigantic umbrella group that controls Press TV, which has given the world some truly absurd versions of news stories in the past year.
Feb 6, 2013 10:58AM ET
After a week of speculation, from across America and including the president, the group has pushed off a decision on lifting its national ban on gay scouts and scout leaders until a national meeting in May.
Feb 6, 2013 9:42AM ET
Between Croatia's economic troubles and the rogue stories about Nora Situm's treatment costs skyrocketing at the last minute, the public shaming of Children's Hospital escalated quickly, from Zagreb to Philly and social media in between. Maybe too quickly.
Feb 6, 2013 8:28AM ET
On the day of the FBI raid on Jimmy Lee Dykes's bunker, he may have been very close to detonating one of his crude, home-made bombs.
Feb 6, 2013 8:21AM ET
The feline token has beat out fellow newcomers like the robot and the guitar, and will be replacing the unloved iron as the newest game piece in the classic board game, Monopoly.
Feb 6, 2013 6:47AM ET
This morning's 8.0-magnitude earthquake in the South Pacific generated a 3-foot tsunami which struck the Santa Cruz Islands — a remote part of the Solomon Islands — killing four elderly people and one child.
Feb 5, 2013 2:53PM ET
Today in viral videos: Conan O'Brien goes there with the baby Clydesdale, a YOLO gone wrong, and the next Larry Bird.
Feb 5, 2013 2:07PM ET
Soccer aficionados love to bludgeon American troglodytes: We don't understand the beauty of soccer, they say, and today's anointment of human sports bullhorn Gus Johnson as the voice of the World Cup won't change that. They may be wrong, but they're not giving in.
Feb 5, 2013 11:42AM ET
Had he not been killed, Trayvon Martin would have turned 18 today. And had George Zimmerman not shot Martin to death, we wouldn't have to report that a Florida judge just denied the defense's motion to delay the second-degree murder trial past June 10.
Feb 5, 2013 10:32AM ET
Yes, little old Iceland made the list. So did the Hague's neighbors in Belgium, and Sweden and Finland. Why?
Feb 5, 2013 9:33AM ET
Someone took Sheriff Joe Arpaio's credit-card information and went on a supermarket sweep, and unlike his obsession with Obama's birth certificate, it sounds like he might actually take it easy on this slightly less important fraudster.
Feb 5, 2013 8:25AM ET
Japan's Ministry of Defense is upset with the Chinese navy frigate that locked onto a Japanese navy ship with radar usually used to shoot missiles.
Feb 5, 2013 8:06AM ET
The likable New Jersey governor swung by Letterman last night (with doughnut in hand) and poked fun at himself, Letterman, and his favorite fat jokes that the late night host has unleashed. Not that this was in doubt, but Chris Christie is a fantastic sport.
Feb 5, 2013 7:19AM ET
North Korea likes to drop hints about wanting to annihilate the United States, but just to make it clear, they've produced a helpful propaganda film to show exactly how that's going to go down.
Feb 4, 2013 3:32PM ET
Today in viral videos: Shaq really enjoyed the halftime show, the YouTube clip that inspired Dodge's farmer ad, and Community gets even more epic.
Feb 4, 2013 2:57PM ET
It's a made-in-Iran, "super advanced," radar "evading" military jet, prepared to unleash hell upon the regime's many enemies. Only there's now one major problem: Aviation experts say this plane can't even fly.
Feb 4, 2013 12:44PM ET
Iran's president wants to be the first Iranian in space, which might be open to jokes considering his country's mostly debunked claim about sending a monkey into orbit. But actually referring to Ahmadinejad as a "monkey" is a terrible idea, which McCain found out today as he went on the defensive on Twitter.
Feb 4, 2013 11:12AM ET
After speaking publicly for the first time since her attack at the hands of the Taliban, the 15-year-old Pakistani shooting victim had two surgical procedures to repair her skull and restore her hearing.
Feb 4, 2013 9:58AM ET
With Dianne Feinstein's assault-weapons ban on the table before Congress, Reid's team has chosen a curious time to delete a section of his semi-defunct campaign website touting just how much the NRA approved of his gun-policy beliefs.
Feb 4, 2013 8:10AM ET
For the first time in three years Fidel Castro appeared in public, voting in Cuba's general election on Sunday and looking good for a guy everyone thought was pretty much dead just a year ago.