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Playboy Mansion Sold; Hugh Hefner To Pay Rent To Live There

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 6:12am

Hefner's home went for $100 million — that's a hundred times the amount paid for the digs in 1971. The 90-year-old playboy can live there as long as he wants — as long as he pays $1 million a year.

French Mayor Moves To Ban Pokemon Characters From His Community

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 6:02am

Fabrice Beauvois, the mayor of a French village near Lyon, sent a decree to The Pokemon Company, saying their creatures have created an "anarchical settlement."

For The 'Oscars Of Romance,' Representation Matters

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 6:00am

The RITA awards are the Oscars of romance writing — but of more than 90 RITA finalists this year, only a handful featured heroes and heroines of color. We have a roundup of the ones that did.

Building The Pedal-Powered Brain: Countdown To Race Day

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 5:05am

These middle schoolers have been working after school for six months building their giant human-powered brain sculpture. Will their ideas hold up or come crashing down?

The Clintons Wrote The Book On How Politicians Climb Out Of Middle Class

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 5:00am

Bill and Hillary Clinton moved into the White House in 1993 as a First Couple of modest means. If they return next January, it will be as millionaires.

'New Yorker': The Detectives Who Never Forget A Face

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

Scotland Yard has detectives considered "super-recognizers." Renee Montagne talks to Patrick Radden-Keefe, who writes in The New Yorker, on how they use facial recognition abilities to solve crimes.

China Celebrates Bronze-Winning Olympian Swimmer's Spirit

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

A Chinese Olympic swimmer with goofy facial expressions has captured the world's attention — if not the gold — and changed how Chinese think about the Olympics, and how athletes should speak and act.

Pregnant Women In Miami Take Extra Precautions Against Zika

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

There's only one place in the continental United States where mosquitoes are known to be transmitting the Zika virus — that's the trendy Wynwood neighborhood in Miami.

Pa. Attorney General Kathleen Kane To Step Down After Perjury Conviction

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

She was convicted of leaking grand jury material to embarrass a political rival, and then lying about it under oath. Kane, a Democrat, will be succeeded by Republican Bruce Castor.

American Charity Helps To Repair War-Ravaged Music School In Ukraine

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

It's part of an ongoing battle for the hearts and minds of a people whose ethnic ties are with Russia but whose military and leaders identify with the West.

On The Road Lately, Trump Sticks Mostly To Teleprompter's Message

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

Donald Trump appeared in Milwaukee Tuesdayas his campaign tries to keep the candidate on message. He met with law enforcement to show support after rioting erupting following a police shooting.

Transgender Athletes Raise Questions For Future Olympic Games

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

The Rio Olympics is the first to accept transgender athletes, but no known trans athletes are competing in the summer games. But the possibility of transgender Olympians got our commentator thinking.

ClintonKaine.com Pays Off For Domain Squatter

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

In 2011, Jeremy Green registered ClintonKaine.com on a hunch. After Hillary Clinton named Tim Kaine as her running mate, Greene offered the site to Clinton's campaign but they wouldn't meet his price.

Opposition In Florida Puts Tests Of Genetically Altered Mosquitoes On Hold

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

As Miami struggles to control Zika, the FDA approved a tool to fight the spread of the disease: genetically engineered mosquitoes. Will communities in Florida allow them to be used?

Trump Campaign Denies Ex-Fox Chief Ailes Is A Debate Adviser

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

Former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, badly tarnished by a sexual harassment scandal, is reportedly advising Donald Trump on the upcoming debates and the presidential campaign.

The Art Of Table Tennis: Tiny Details Matter A Lot

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 4:06am

Olympic table tennis wrap up Wednesday when China and Japan compete in the men's team final. Technical factors — such as lighting and air flow — can either delight or plague table tennis players.

Julian Assange Sees 'Incredible Double Standard' In Clinton Email Case

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:42am

The WikiLeaks founder argued that the Department of Justice decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton for breaching national security with her private email server is unfair.

Painter Romaine Brooks Challenged Conventions In Shades Of Gray

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:35am

A wealthy American living in Paris, Brooks had the freedom to paint whatever and however she wanted. In a subtle but powerful palette, she depicted androgynous women and melancholy nudes.

How To Catch The Biggest Wave In The Universe

Wed, 08/17/2016 - 3:33am

An L-shaped machine in Louisiana is hunting for some of the most powerful waves in existence: gravitational waves. This wave detector acts like a giant tape measure to capture bends in space and time.

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