Today's Five Best Columns
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Oct 18, 2012 8:54AM ET
Weekly unemployment claims rose to 388,000 last week, but everyone is still so confused about last week's report, that no one really knows what to believe.
Oct 18, 2012 7:13AM ET
In a momentous (though not totally unforeseen) development, Newsweek editor Tina Brown announced this morning that the magazine will move to an all-digital format and shutter the print edition just shy of its 80th birthday.
Oct 18, 2012 6:38AM ET
A UK court has handed Apple another defeat in one of its many legal fights with Samsung, forcing the iPad maker to prepare ads admitting that their rival did not copy their designs.
Oct 17, 2012 1:19PM ET
There are more reports out England today that 14-year-old Taliban shooting victim Malala Yousufzai is responding well to treatment and has a good chance of fully recovering without any brain damage.
Oct 17, 2012 12:21PM ET
A report from Human Rights Watch claims there is evidence that militia groups executed dozens of supporters of former Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi following his capture last year, and that Qaddafi himself may have been among those murdered while in custody.
Oct 17, 2012 10:01AM ET
Economy watchers were delightfully surprised by the surge in new homes and housing permits in September to levels that haven't been seen since before the 2008 financial crisis.
Oct 17, 2012 8:44AM ET
The walls continue to close in on Lance Armstrong as his biggest sponsor has ended their contract with him and he's stepping down as the head of the charitable foundation that bears his name.
Oct 17, 2012 7:24AM ET
Everyone is having a good at laugh over Mitt Romney's "binders full of women" line from last night's debate, but given our current obsession with fact checking it's no surprise that there are also questions about whether the binder story is even true.
Oct 16, 2012 1:07PM ET
The Supreme Court just issued a ruling on early voting in the state of Ohio that should help Democrats in their fight for the key battleground state of this election.
Oct 16, 2012 10:59AM ET
Rep. Joe Wilson made a name for himself by calling the President a liar right in the middle of a Congressional address, which we suppose makes him an expert on when it is and isn't appropriate to call someone out on dishonesty.
Oct 16, 2012 7:48AM ET
A new study connects a lack of sleep to increased obesity and diabetes by showing how sleep deprivation can hurt people on a cellular level.
Oct 16, 2012 5:54AM ET
Cuba is easing travel restrictions for Cubans who want to visit other countries, in a move that makes the country slightly more open for travelers, but creates the risk of an exodus of people seeking better opportunities elsewhere.
Oct 15, 2012 12:32PM ET
A Danish spy claims that the third marriage of terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki was actually part of a CIA plot to set up the al-Qaeda leader for a CIA assassination attempt.
Oct 15, 2012 7:49AM ET
The Nobel Prize for Economics has been awarded to Americans Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley for work that has helped to craft more efficient and stable markets.
Oct 15, 2012 6:30AM ET
A new study shoots big holes in one of the major criticisms of the HPV vaccine, by showing that young girls don't become more promiscuous after getting shots to protect against the sexually transmitted disease.
Oct 15, 2012 5:41AM ET
The 14-year-old activist who was shot in the head by Taliban gunman has been airlifted to Birmingham, England, to get more advanced medical care.
Oct 12, 2012 12:24PM ET
The science of unemployment claims has never been more heated. The reaction to this week's report has morphed from confusion to disbelief into an email war between the State of California and Henry Blodget.
Oct 12, 2012 7:45AM ET
Pakistan has arrested three suspects in the remote Swat Valley for the shooting of 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai.
Oct 12, 2012 7:06AM ET
The Syrian military suffered its largest one day death toll on Thursday, as rebel fighters are using larger and more sophisticated bomb attacks to strike back at the regime.
Oct 12, 2012 5:04AM ET
In what may be the most bizarre decision in the history of the award, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to the European Union. All 27 nations and 500 million citizens.
Oct 11, 2012 2:59PM ET
In the economics world, Thursdays means initial jobless claims, and that means yet another favorable statistic that has naturally suspicious people scratching their heads.
Oct 11, 2012 7:17AM ET
Mo Yan, a Chinese author known for "hallucinatory realism" has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Prize in Literature.
Oct 11, 2012 6:00AM ET
A Yemeni citizen on his way to work at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa today was shot and killed by masked gunmen riding motorcycles.
Oct 9, 2012 11:42AM ET
Daredevil parachutist Felix Baumgartner will not be attempting to break the record for the highest sky dive ever today. The winds were too dangerous and they had to call off the jump.
Oct 9, 2012 10:17AM ET
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has been given a sentence of not less than 30 years, but not more than 60 years in prison, essentially guarantee that 68-year-old convicted child abuser will stay in jail for the rest of his life.
Oct 9, 2012 9:14AM ET
A new Pew Research polls taken after the first presidential debate reveal an unthinkable 12-point swing in favor of Mitt Romney, which caused Andrew Sullivan to unleash a torrent of liberal angst on his blog.
Oct 9, 2012 7:35AM ET
German Chancellor Angela Merkel flew in the lion's den on Tuesday, visting Greek leaders in Athens where protesters came out in force to tell her exactly what they think of Germany's role in the eurozone.
Oct 9, 2012 6:38AM ET
The Nobel Prize for Physics was awarded to Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland of the United States, who both made unique advances in quantum optics, allowing scientists the first chance observe quantum particles in the physical world.
Oct 9, 2012 6:16AM ET
Hours before he is to be sentenced for his child sexual abuse conviction, former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky has released a bizarre jailhouse audio tape where he professes his innocence and blames his victims for orchestrating a conspiracy against him.
Oct 8, 2012 1:48PM ET
Here's a 21st Century story about the speed with which an innocent joke becomes a roaring Twitter meme and just as quickly dies in the GIF wastelands of Tumblr.