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How you judge politicians' attractiveness, according to science

Beauty, they say, is in the eyes of the beholdee's in-group. At least, that's what they say if "they" means researchers interested in how we perceive political leaders.

Here comes the Pentagon's newest space plane

We're entering a new era of space flight. The result — if all the new toys in development work — will be cheaper, lighter, and more frequent travels into space.

Al Qaeda's next target: American oil tankers

Al Qaeda discusses strategic attacks on chokepoints of oil shipments from the Middle East to the West in its first issue of Resurgence, an English-language propaganda magazine posted to al Qaeda online forum

Why the government should pay every American child an allowance

Good news, America: child poverty is declining! A Census Bureau report last week showed that 1.2 million fewer children were in poverty last year than the year before, a reduction that more than accounts for the entire drop in the overall poverty rate last year.

Iraq says ISIS used chemical weapon against police

Iraqi officials on Thursday accused ISIS of attacking police with chlorine gas. Eleven police officers were taken to a hospital 50 miles north of Baghdad last month with dizziness, vomiting, and severe breathing trouble.

Archaeologists crack the code on a 4,000-year-old clay disk

For more than 100 years, archaeologists have been baffled by the markings on the clay "Phaistos disk," which dates to roughly 1,700 B.C.E.

10 things you need to know today: October 24, 2014

1. New York doctor diagnosed as city's first Ebola case A New York City doctor tested positive for Ebola on Thursday, becoming the city's first case.

Gov. Scott Walker's bald spot has become a campaign issue

Wisconsin's Republican govern is caught in a tight re-election race against Democratic challenger Mary Burke, but it wasn't Burke who brought Scott Walker's bald spot into the race.

How foreign aid screwed up Liberia's ability to fight Ebola

President Obama is sending military personnel and $750 million to Liberia and other Ebola-afflicted countries in West Africa.

Extreme haunted houses: Inside Halloween's most terrifying new trend

Your typical haunted house might make your heart race, your skin shiver, and your knees go weak — but all in all, they tend to be pretty predictable.

Let us now praise Billy Joel

Twenty-one years after releasing his last pop album, 15 years removed from his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, nearly a decade since his last stint in rehab for alcohol abuse, four years after undergoing double-hip-replacement surgery, Billy Joel, at age 65, is enjoying an exceedingly rare moment of critical adulation and respect.

How did Rick Perry escape blame for the Texas Ebola outbreak?

Republicans have been blaming President Obama and Dr. Thomas Frieden, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for allowing Ebola to gain a foothold in the United States.

NYPD cops fatally shoot ax-wielding attacker

On Thursday afternoon, a man wielding a hatchet attacked four rookie New York Police Department officers posing for a photo on a busy commercial street in Queens.

Authorities searching for rogue artist vandalizing national parks

For some inexplicable reason, a woman who thinks she can improve upon the beauty of nature is traveling around the United States, defacing rocks in national parks with strange portraits.

New York quarantines 3 people in contact with Ebola-carrying doctor

After Dr. Craig Spencer tested positive for Ebola on Thursday, New York City quarantined his fiancée and two friends, city health commissioner Mary Bassett said, adding that none of the three is exhibiting any symptoms.

Mexico-U.S. border-crossing deaths are at a 15-year low

A total of 307 people died trying to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal year 2014, which ended in September, The Associated Press reports, citing U.S.

European Union sets goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions

On Thursday, European Union leaders announced that they've reached an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

Should this new book be called 50 Shades of One Direction?

With the help of Harry Styles, a writer has turned her fan fiction into four books and a six-figure paycheck.

Breaking Bad co-star responds to Toys R Us: No to our toys -- but yes to Barbie?

After a Florida mom succeeded in getting Toys R Us to pull Breaking Bad action figures off its shelves, the move by the toy chain has now gotten a pointed response — from Jesse Pinkman himself.

In Mali, 2-year-old girl is the country's first Ebola patient

The first case of Ebola in Mali was reported late Thursday, with Health Minister Ousmane Kone making the announcement on television.