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Mar 29, 2013 4:02PM ET
The Human Rights Campaign's social media blitz was so effective that Facebook engineers decided to map the portions of the United States, county by county, where users were most likely to change their avatar.
Mar 29, 2013 3:57PM ET
Student fees have been something of a known irritant for years, often criticized as a kind of stealth, second tuition imposed on unsuspecting families. But such fees are still on the rise on many campuses. And though their names can border on the comical — i.e., the "student success fee" — there's nothing funny about how they can add up.
Mar 29, 2013 3:19PM ET
This Sunday is Easter, which brings up all sorts of important religious, metaphysical, emotional, whimsical, rhetorical, and candy-based questions to mind. For the purposes of this piece, we will focus on questions of Peeps.
Mar 29, 2013 3:14PM ET
The Des Moines Register is in a bit of hot water after they published an interactive Google Map revealing the level of security in most Iowa's school districts. As you might imagine, the NRA crowd was not pleased, and the map has been taken down.
Mar 29, 2013 2:18PM ET
This Sunday is Easter. If you live in Mississippi, you're probably going to church. If you're Mormon, you're most likely to know what the holiday represents. If you're evangelical, you're most likely to think you'll live to see the next resurrection.
Mar 29, 2013 1:52PM ET
Sasha and Malia's trip to the Bahamas or Idaho or wherever they are is expensive, lavish, and depending on who you ask perhaps a bit wasteful—just like Bush daughters' trip to Argentina and the Carters, Fords, and Eisenhowers' trips to Europe, or any other First Family member moves with a full retinue of security.
Mar 29, 2013 1:03PM ET
Princeton alumna and parent Susan A. Patton has some advice for the ladies on the letters-to-the-editor page of today's Daily Princetonian, and it's terrible advice, since there are much better elitist institutions in which to go rich husband hunting — and right in the Ivy League!
Mar 29, 2013 12:38PM ET
Chinese state media has reported that 83 workers have been buried in a massive landslide in Tibet, but that efforts are being made to bring them out alive. Those efforts aren't looking too good.
Mar 29, 2013 11:58AM ET
Many of us are desk-eating experts, eating at our desks not once or twice or thrice a week, but every single day. Some of us even prefer it that way. But how do you desk-lunch better? Like so.
Mar 29, 2013 11:43AM ET
Though the N.C.A.A. remains immensely popular, its older brother has recently lost ground to the 20-year-old MLS. Yes. soccer. The inevitable New York Times trend piece almost writes itself.
Mar 29, 2013 10:21AM ET
Camille Standen on China's population control, Claire Vaye Watkins on Ivy League recruitment, Patrick J. Buchanan on American morality, Paul Ford on the hilarity of Bitcoin, and Jonathan Chait on the GOP's need for immigration reform.
Mar 29, 2013 9:37AM ET
The new, new state of retirement, Dawn Wotapka writes in the Wall Street Journal, sounds more like a dream vacation, or heaven-on-earth, than it does the old-world retirement communities, with boring food and more boring aesthetics.
Mar 29, 2013 8:30AM ET
Old Congressman Donald Young has half-apologized for using the term "wetback" to describe Latino migrant workers, insisting that he knows "that this term is not used in the same way nowadays" — as if the term wasn't always considered a slur.
Mar 29, 2013 8:17AM ET
Accusing the Colorado movie theater shooter's defense team of drumming up publicity and seeking a plea deal bargain that takes advantage of his potential insanity, state attorneys prosecuting the movie James Holmes have rejected an offer by his attorneys earlier this week to plead guilty. But it may not work.
Mar 29, 2013 7:14AM ET
An oral surgeon in Tulsa has set off a local health panic after the health department discovered his disgusting office practices may have infected thousands of patients.
Mar 28, 2013 10:37PM ET
This week was a big week for Chief Justice John Roberts. The two days of oral arguments tied to marriage equality are arguably the most important Roberts has heard yet. The last thing he needed was someone ripping him off.
Mar 28, 2013 6:18PM ET
Discovered: Get used to Bieber and Kardashian; a human/Neanderthal love child; DNA tests could predict cancer risks; the intuition of rats.
Mar 28, 2013 5:41PM ET
There aren't a lot of rebels fighting against the Assad regime in Syria who update Facebook regularly. There are fewer still who were born in Phoenix, Arizona, and are U.S. Army veterans. But that's not why Eric Harroun faces federal charges. The FBI arrested him because he fought alongside Al Qaeda, employing a "weapon of mass destruction."
Mar 28, 2013 5:19PM ET
Updates to dictionaries take place regularly enough that it seems like someone is always grumbling over this word or that phrase being included in the most esteemed place we think of words existing. But sometimes the lexicographers themselves are surprised by what they find.
Mar 28, 2013 4:30PM ET
The biggest story of the NCAA tournament so far is the shocking run to the Sweet 16 pulled off by little-known Florida Gulf Coast University. Everybody loves when a plucky David comes out of nowhere to take down an overhyped Goliath. But if some fans had their way, they'd change college sports so dramatically that we might never see the likes of the Eagles this deep into March ever again.
Mar 28, 2013 2:52PM ET
The ABC News icon, who broke barriers for women in broadcast journalism and became one of the most revered interviewers and relaxing presences in television history over the course of more than a half-century on the air, is set to retire next May.
Mar 28, 2013 2:39PM ET
No, it's not your imagination: Almost half of the country is getting pounded with snow — even though we're a week into Spring.
Mar 28, 2013 2:22PM ET
The locals facing house arrest for threatening the victim online now have company in public shame — a prominent figure in town is calling into question the verdict and the victim's consent, while fans of Big Red continue to support a coach who may have known about the whole thing.
Mar 28, 2013 10:47AM ET
Time's new covers are great, but that we need them, regardless of the progress that's been made, means gay marriage hasn't, in fact, quite "won" yet. It won't have won until marriage is legal for same-sex couples throughout the U.S., and recognized federally, too. It won't have won until "gay marriage" is no different than any marriage.
Mar 28, 2013 10:30AM ET
New police documents were released today from the ongoing investigation into the Sandy Hook school shooting, including search records that reveal shooter Adam Lanza had amassed a gigantic home arsenal. Here's what they found.
Mar 28, 2013 10:18AM ET
Daniel Gross on the consequences of tax hikes, Jeffrey Toobin on the fight for gay marriage, Bob Garfield on the golden age of journalism, Jonathan Mahler on Florida Gulf Coast University, and Avik Roy on the right to health care.
Mar 28, 2013 8:39AM ET
This week, the news cycles has been consumed by the Supreme Court's oral arguments on two closely-watched legal battles in recent history, but unlike virtually every other news story on the planet these days, there were no images or videos because cameras are not allowed in Supreme Court proceedings.
Mar 28, 2013 8:03AM ET
Since the morning of Dec. 14 last year authorities have kept a tight lid on how much information was made public during the investigation into the Sandy Hook massacre. Thursday morning that will change. A court order to seal several documents related to the case is set to expire and when it does, the documents will be released.
Mar 27, 2013 6:55PM ET
Discovered: We may come from microscopic worms after all; men and women tell stories differently; having fewer children tied to living longer; we feel in 3D.
Mar 27, 2013 6:01PM ET
Lawyers for the Aurora shooter filed a motion in court Wednesday offering a guilty plea deal — acknowledging that Holmes is willing to spend life in prison without a chance for parole if it means avoiding the death penalty. Whether he can really avoid it will be determined very soon.