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Jul 24, 2012 11:46AM ET
An FBI expert's comparison of Aurora shooting suspect James Holmes' booby-trapped apartment to a "house bomb" refers to a technique popularized by Iraqi insurgents in the Diyala Province but apparently never before used in the United States.
Jul 24, 2012 11:34AM ET
Like Casey James Fury, we've all wanted to get out of work early. Unlike Fury however, we've never been alleged to have set a fire onboard a nuclear-powered submarine to do so.
Jul 24, 2012 11:24AM ET
Track and field are some of the most exciting events in the Olympic Games, but after the weeks of hype, the events themselves are so short -- less than 10 seconds in the men's 100-meter dash -- that it seems like they're over before a casual fan has time to get a vicarious adrenaline rush.
Jul 24, 2012 9:35AM ET
Mark Ragins on reacting to Aurora, Joe Nocera on the Penn State sanctions, Arthur Herman on modernizing the Pentagon, Charles Lane on European gun sales, and DeWayne Wickham on Michele Bachmann.
Jul 24, 2012 9:32AM ET
A summary of the best reads found behind the paywall of The New York Times.
Jul 24, 2012 9:31AM ET
Who is Ken Jennings?
Jul 24, 2012 9:03AM ET
It would have been so perfect to break the news of a solid discovery about the disappearance of Amelia Earhart today, on what would be her 115th birthday, but unfortunately the latest mission to her presumed crash site turned up only more frustration.
Jul 24, 2012 8:52AM ET
Jon Stewart went on "Gaywatch: Holdouts Editions" Monday night on The Daily Show, taking down two institutions that have recently reaffirmed discrimination against gay people: The Boy Scouts and Chick-Fil-A.
Jul 24, 2012 8:45AM ET
As we settle into the blurry and at times confusing aftermath of the Aurora tragedy, there's some good news of good will today as it's being reported that Warner Bros. is making a sizeable lump sum donation to charities caring for the victims of the shooting spree.
Jul 24, 2012 8:33AM ET
The aftermath of the Aurora movie theater shooting has seen more disturbing incidents related to screenings of The Dark Knight Rises, including the arrest of a man in Maine who told police he was on his way to kill his ex-boss after seeing the movie.
Jul 24, 2012 6:38AM ET
Prosecutors in Britain announced today that eight people, including former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, will face criminal charges for their role in the News International phone hacking case.
Jul 23, 2012 6:00PM ET
Obama's approval rating is creeping up, while he is blamed for the economy in another poll, and leads Minnesota in yet another. Meanwhile, Romney's time in business is seen as a plus for the economy. Here's our guide to today's polls and why they matter.
Jul 23, 2012 5:43PM ET
The first American woman to travel to space, physicist Sally Ride, died on Monday at the age of 61.
Jul 23, 2012 3:38PM ET
Wikipedia data shows that one of the first questions people had upon learning of Friday's shooting in Aurora, Colorado, was: what's that state's death penalty policy?
Jul 23, 2012 1:31PM ET
In your daily recap of Olympic news: A blind long jumper who flies far, how to create an Olympic stadium, and a history lesson from Berlin.
Jul 23, 2012 1:29PM ET
In the wake of last week's mass killing in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, along with discussions of what went wrong, there's a growing debate as to how the media should handle these sorts of news stories.
Jul 23, 2012 1:06PM ET
In the latest chapter of Michele Bachmann's dabbling in Muslim McCarthyism and failed attempt at connecting Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton aide and Anthony Weiner's wife, to the Muslim Brotherhood has a funny twist: The Muslim Brotherhood is calling the claims ridiculous.
Jul 23, 2012 11:44AM ET
On the first of what will likely be many appearances in an Arapahoe County courthouse, alleged Auroro, Colorado shooter James Holmes sported dyed orange-red hair and said nothing.
Jul 23, 2012 10:15AM ET
Tag this one for your next long-reads session: Frank Rich's latest New York magazine cover story explores the current state of declinist panic in the United States as nostalgia for something that never was.
Jul 23, 2012 9:40AM ET
Jul 23, 2012 9:31AM ET
The NCAA has given an unprecedented and harsh punishment to Penn State football, handing down a four-year postseason ban and a $60 million fine for covering up the sexual abuse crimes of former coach Jerry Sandsuky
Jul 23, 2012 9:27AM ET
Yes, it's basically the start of our and your work day, but we're already itching to procrastinate on The Guardian's latest and very nifty interactive feature: "Could You Be a Medallist?"
Jul 23, 2012 9:22AM ET
One thing that still continues to shock about Friday's massacre in Colorado is that the suspect, James Holmes, apparently bought his equipment legally, including 6,000 rounds of ammunition and a 100-round magazine.
Jul 23, 2012 9:06AM ET
The Syrian foreign ministry claims that the military would never use its stock of chemical weapons "inside Syria," but let the world know that it could definitely bring them out if a foreign country tries to interfere in its civil war.
Jul 23, 2012 9:06AM ET
Jill Lepore on the election, Jackson Diehl on the Olympics and the press, Josh Barro on Obama and the rich, Michael Gerson on AIDS prevention, and Seth Goldman on Bloomberg's soda ban
Jul 23, 2012 7:54AM ET
The 12 victims of Friday morning's movie theater shooting were honored at prayer vigil last night, as their families and survivors received a visit from President Obama
Jul 22, 2012 5:44PM ET
Huma Abedin's week got a bit scarier on Sunday when federal officials ordered extra security to her house after a New Jersey man threatened her.
Jul 22, 2012 5:06PM ET
Hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your grow op. Drones are flying across American skies and there's nothing we can do about it. The head of a drone company especially doesn't care about your privacy concerns because you don't have anything to hide, right?
Jul 22, 2012 11:11AM ET
Penn State officials finally bent to public pressure on Sunday and removed the Joe Paterno statue from outside their football stadium. While that was happening, the NCAA announced a press conference for Monday morning where they're expected to level the school with "unprecedented" penalties.
Jul 22, 2012 10:29AM ET
News broke Saturday night that Aurora police were sent a message electronically threatening more violence if James Holmes wasn't released from prison. Police found and interviewed him on Saturday, but he hasn't been charged with anything in connection with the crime.