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Construction crew drills too far, scrapes side of subway train

Disaster almost struck in New York City on Thursday, when a construction crew working on a commuter rail expansion project drilled too far down — and right into an active subway tunnel, scraping the side of an occupied subway train.

Obama's midterm losses could be historically bad

That prediction comes from Roll Call, which crunched the numbers and found that President Obama is actually on track to have the worst midterm record for a two-term president since Harry S.

Your reaction to a gross photo can predict your politics

A study published by Virginia Tech professor P. Read Montague in Current Biology indicates that brain scans taken while people look at disturbing images can accurately predict their political leanings.

Girls on Film: 4 female filmmakers who pioneered horror movies


If you're looking for a good new horror movie, there are plenty of directors whose works fit the bill.

Americans' biggest fears explained by ideology, education -- and TV habits

Clowns are scarier than ghosts and a bumpy flight is scarier than a stranger on a dark street — but public speaking is the most terrifying thing of all.

EPA threatens to fine man $75k per day for homemade pond

A Wyoming man named Andy Johnson got all the required state permits when he built a stock pond on his land a couple years ago.

Quarantine theater


What level of risk to Ebola infections can Americans be expected to tolerate? "Zero" is a comforting answer, especially when an exotic disease has a cinematic impact on the collective imagination.

Archaeologists discover 'vampire' skeletons buried in gruesome Medieval ritual

Just in time for Halloween comes some more vampire news from Bulgaria. Earlier this month, researchers found a skeleton with a stake through its heart in southern Buglaria.

Here's what happens when a strip mall cafe impersonates a fancy hipster restaurant for Halloween

Real Kitchen, a casual Chicago cafe, is spending its second Halloween doing its best Portlandia impression, and the result is a well-produced and hilarious video that anyone who's spent any time at a gastropub or dabbling in foodiedom will appreciate.

Here's what happens when a strip mall cafe impersonates a fancy hipster restaurant for Halloween

Real Kitchen, a casual Chicago cafe, is spending its second Halloween doing its best Portlandiaimpression, and the result is a well-produced and hilarious video that anyone who's spent any time at a gastropub or dabbling in foodiedom will appreciate.

Archaeologists perplexed by huge stone circles in mideast

The eleven "Big Circles" in Jordan are each about 1,300 feet in diameter. Researcher David Kennedy, who has led the Aerial Archaeology in Jordan Project since 1997, told Live Science that the circles' similarity is "too close to be a coincidence." The archaeologists are studying high-resolution aerial images of the stone circles, which provide details about structures that have been "shrouded in mystery for decades," Live Science notes.

Why North Korea is so freaked out about Ebola

Whatever you think of the U.S.'s response to Ebola, we can all agree that North Korea has probably gone a tad too far.

J.K. Rowling wrote a new Halloween-themed Harry Potter story, and you can read it right now

Though the final Harry Potter book was published more than seven years ago, J.K. Rowling has kept fans happy with a string of short stories that elaborate on the magical world she created.

If Bill Gates spent $1 million a day, he would blow his fortune in 218 years

I'm fairly certain it would take just one particularly vigorous shopping spree to spend away my "fortune." But it would take Bill Gates a lot more than that.

If Bill Gates spent $1 million a day, he would blow his fortune in 218 years

I'm fairly certain it would take just one particularly vigorous shopping spree to spend away my "fortune." But it would take Bill Gates a lot more than that.

Fall movie guide: All the films you should see in November


November 7: Interstellar What it is: Christopher Nolan's latest ambitious blockbuster is set in a world ravaged by climate change, with an astronaut (Matthew McConaughey) who leads a team on a journey to the far edges of outer space.

Blaise Compaore, embattled president of Burkina Faso, steps down

Blaise Compaore, the longtime president of Burkina Faso, said on Friday that he is stepping down, following violent protests against his regime that began when Compaore proposed changes to the constitution to extend his 27-year reign.

Starbucks will roll out a delivery service next year

If you can't spend the morning without a $4 latte, your caffeine habit is about to get a little bit easier.

Russian action star fires machine gun at Ukraine

Meeting with pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, Russian movie star Mikhail Porechenkov got a little overzealous.

How Duck Dynasty is getting out the conservative vote in the 2014 midterms

Control of the Senate could very well come down to voter turnout on Election Day, which means both Republicans and Democrats are revving up massive get-out-the-vote operations to push voters to the polls.


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