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Veep Recap: Children Are of No Value

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Veep ventures to some dark territory this week. First we get a glimmer of hope: Selina has values! She has, like, actual political priorities. There are things that she cares about, things of substance, of depth, things that affect the normals! One of those things is universal child care, which … More »

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Chance the Rapper Canceled His Coachella Set Due to Illness

Bad news for rap fans, bad news for fans of surprise Bieber camoes: Chance the Rapper has canceled his Sunday Coachella performance after being hospitalized for unknown reasons. On Friday evening, the Chicago MC tweeted that he had been feeling sick but expected to be better in time for his … More »

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Snowden Regrets Staged Putin Q&A

Even the NSA leaker’s closest advisers now say his appearance on a Kremlin call-in show, which touched off yet another international firestorm, was a mistake.

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BP claims mission accomplished in Gulf cleanup; Coast Guard begs to differ

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BP this week metaphorically hung a “mission accomplished” banner over the Gulf of Mexico ecosystems that it wrecked when the Deepwater Horizon oil well blew up and spewed 200 million gallons of oil in 2010. Funny thing, though: BP isn’t the commander of the cleanup operation. The Coast Guard is. And it’s calling bullshit. Here’s what BP said in a press statement on Tuesday, nearly four years after the blowout: “The U.S. Coast Guard today ended patrols and operations on the final three shoreline miles in Louisiana, bringing to a close the extensive four-year active cleanup of the Gulf Coast following the Deepwater Horizon accident. These operations ended in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi in June 2013.” Helpful though it may have seemed for BP to speak on behalf of the federal government, the Coast Guard took some umbrage. From The Washington Post: Coast Guard Capt. Thomas Sparks, the federal on-scene coordinator of the Deepwater Horizon response, sought to stress that the switch to what he called a “middle response” process “does not end cleanup operations.” “Our response posture has evolved to target re-oiling events on coastline segments that were previously cleaned,” said Sparks. “But let me be absolutely clear: This response is not over — not by a long shot.” The Gulf Restoration Network tried to explain the semantics behind BP’s deceptive statement. “When oil washes up on shore, BP is no longer automatically obliged to go out there and clean up the mess,” spokesperson Raleigh Hoke said. “Now the onus is on the public, and state and federal governments to find the oil and then call BP in.” We get why BP would wish that the cleanup were over. The efforts have already cost $14 billion — a fraction of the $42 billion that the company expects to pay out in fines, compensation claims, and other costs related to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. It’s a nightmare that we all wish were over — but wishes and rhetoric do not remove poisons from an ecosystem.Filed under: Business & Technology, Climate & Energy

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This velomobile is basically an electric car without the hassle

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If the words “recumbent trike” make your lip curl, we understand. Weird bikes often seem to perpetuate the myth that cyclists are fringey oddballs disconnected from reality. But the ELF deserves a second glance: A team from Durham, N.C., designed the semi-enclosed, three-wheeled contraption to marry the best aspect of bikes and cars. The result is a low-impact EV that gives you some protection from the elements and plenty of room for groceries. Pedal when you can, but let the solar-powered battery kick in if you’re hauling bags of kitty litter uphill. The ELF can go up to 30 mph and carry up to 350 pounds, but doesn’t need any of that pesky car stuff like a license plate, insurance, or actual gasoline. The battery’ll charge in 90 minutes when plugged in, carrying you up to 14 miles — farther if you put your thighs to work. The ELF’s main problem is its $5,495 price tag. Then again, if you’re basically getting 1,800 mpg, it could be worth it — more than 300 ELF owners seem to think so. If, like moi, your wimpiness forever prevents you from turning cyclist, velomobiles like the ELF just might be the gateway drug.Filed under: Business & Technology, Living

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The Game I Played When I Was Scared To Death of Being Deported

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Amidst the pushcart vendors selling bacon-wrapped hot-dogs, religious leaders blasting damning sermons over megaphones, and the homeless wandering around the city, there is one San Francisco fixture most people don’t know about—not even the locals. It’s not a bridge or a winding street or anything like that: I’m talking about certain folk who roam San Francisco streets. People who can give you the credentials that make your life actually matter.Read more…

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Search for Flight 370 Continues as Plane’s Blackbox Battery Life Dwindles

It’s been over three weeks since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down somewhere in the southern Indian Ocean and investigators have yet to locate any wreckage from the aircraft. On Saturday, Chinese and Australian ships picked up a few white, red and orange “objects in the ocean” that had been … More »

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Syrian Group Frees Kidnapped Spanish Journalists

After six months of being held captive by a rogue Al Qaeda-linked group in Syria, Spanish journalists Javier Espinosa (a reporter), and Ricardo Garcia Vilanova (a photographer) have been released. The two men called their employer, Spain’s El Mundo newspaper, on Saturday to say they were in the care of … More »

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This Is What It Looks Like When Times Square Turns Off the Lights

Saturday night marked the seventh annual Earth Hour, an international event intended encourage people to think about energy conservation and the environment. Between 8:30 and 9: 30 p.m. local time, landmarks all over the world — including the Great Wall of China, Egypt’s Great Pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower, … More »

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Three Tourists Arrested for Reporting Fake Robberies

Gothamist (via A Walk in the Park) reports that, in the month of March, three out-of-towners told the NYPD that they were robbed in Central Park, only to have the cops figure out that their stories were made up. An Australian woman, Larisa Ryan, admitted that she had lied in … More »

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Speed Cameras Are Making the City Lots of Money

Bad news for lead-footed drivers: that new speed camera program launched at the beginning of the year seems to be working. Since the January 16 launch of the program, which is intended to cut down on speeding near city schools, the Department of Transportation has handed out 11,715 $50 tickets … More »

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Octogenarian Shoots Grandson and Grandson’s Girlfriend in Murder-Suicide

At around 6 p.m. on Friday, 86-year-old Brooklyn resident Heriberto Pagan shot his grandson, 47-year-old Michael Feliciano, and Feliciano’s girlfriend, 28-year-old Claritle Christina Huerta, on Staten Island before turning the gun on himself. Both Pagan and Huerta died, while Feliciano remains in critical condition, according to CBS New York. The … More »

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New York Lawmakers Reach Deal on Universal Pre-K and Charter Schools [Updated]

On Saturday morning, officials announced that Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers have agreed on a deal to fund universal pre-kindergarten in New York. As had been predicted, Mayor Bill de Blasio will not get to follow through on his big campaign promise to tax the city’s wealthiest residents in … More »

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Same-Sex Marriage Is Now a Reality in England and Wales

Eight months after passing a bill to allow gay marriage, same-sex couples in England and Wales were finally able to tie the knot at midnight on Friday. Prime Minister David Cameron showed his support for the change with an op-ed in the Pink News, then sealed the deal with a … More »

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Los Angeles Got a Bigger Earthquake on Friday Night

Los Angeles residents who were disappointed when their last earthquake was downgraded from a 4.7 to a 4.4 on the Richter scale got the adventure they craved when a 5.1-magnitude shaker hit the city Friday night. The earthquake, the epicenter of which was one mile east of La Habra — … More »

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World Trade Center Security Chief Resigns

The head of security at the World Trade Center, David Velazquez, has given up his post following the revelations that a trio of BASE jumpers and an adventurous 16-year-old — but not a pair of CNN producers! — were able to sneak into the tower undetected. Velazquez’s now former employer, … More »

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Players Maneuver Before Ranking of Long Island College Hospital Proposals

It was a signature image of the mayoral campaign, and a turning point: Bill de Blasio in handcuffs, intentionally getting arrested to protest the planned closing of Long Island College Hospital. De Blasio and his strategists had hotly debated the move, worried that it wouldn’t look “mayoral.”Things worked out pretty … More »

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Putin and Obama Are Talking Again

The Russian president picked up the phone and called Obama today “to discuss the U.S. proposal for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis in Ukraine, which Secretary Kerry had again presented to Foreign Minister Lavrov at the meeting at the Hague earlier this week,” the White House said in a … More »

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Chris Christie, Bouncing Back, Refuses to Play ‘Dodgeball’ With Reporters

Suddenly energized by his self-proclaimed innocence, Chris Christie was back to his old tricks at a press conference today. “Why don’t you just get to the question and cut the commentary back a little?” the governor said at one point, firing up the long-dormant insult machine. The questions, which he’d … More »

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CNN Tried to Rent Its Own Plane for Flight 370 Coverage

The AP reports that the network “initially sought to rent a real 777 airplane for its coverage, but found it impossible.” Instead, CNN settled for a flight simulator in Canada, which it has rented every day since March 17. “In a horrible tragedy, I’m at least blessed with a good … More »

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