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The Toxic Marriage That Killed Comedy Legend Phil Hartmann

Reading Mike Thomas' bio of Hartman, nothing will prepare you for the horrific ending you already know is coming.

Alabama Jailers Let Prisoners Die From Easily Treatable Illnesses to Save Money

A 19-year-old died in jail as the result of a gangrenous wound in his foot. Three lawsuits recently filed in federal court accuse the state of Alabama of denying prisoners with easily treatable illnesses or injuries proper medical care resulting in the prisoner’s death.

What If New Atheists Stopped Screaming About Muslims and Actually Talked to Some?

Blanket statements fall apart when you’re confronted with the diversity of religious and nonreligious experiences.

Big Challenges Ahead in Fighting Ebola

A vaccine may not be ready for commercial use until late 2016. The World Bank warned the fight to stop Ebola was being lost, as the UN pleaded for more money to combat the escalating epidemic and global travel fears mounted.

What Was the First Act of Sexual Intercourse In the World Like?

Fossils of point to bony, L-shaped male organs and female ‘cheese-grater’ genitals. The first act of copulation has been traced back to ancient animals that were endowed with such cumbersome sexual organs they had to mate side by side.

Indecision Is Essential: Why We’re Looking at Our Tough Choices All Wrong

An exciting new theory posits that our trouble making choices is actually essential to learning who we are.

Big Pharma Has An Interest in Rich People Being Sick

What profit is there in a healthy population? The giant pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline said yesterday that its work on a vaccine for Ebola will “come too late” to do anything about the current situation.

Ancient Siberian Mummy Had Breast Cancer and Self-Medicated with Marijuana

Russian scientists make an important discovery. A team of Russian scientists has determined that the Siberian “ice maiden” likely died of breast cancer and used marijuana to treat the pain, The Siberian Timesreports.

I'm a Hazmat-Trained Hospital Worker: Here's What No One Is Telling You About Ebola

Here's what everyone is failing to report. Ebola is brilliant. It is a superior virus that has evolved and fine-tuned its mechanism of transmission to be near-perfect.

6 Dumbest Right-Wing Moments This Week: Ebola Stupidity Rages On

Trump ups the ante with an insane tweet about the president. 1. Fox Newsian (Shep Smith) breaks rank, says something sensible.

Arrested for Peeing? What’s Really Behind NYPD’s “Public Lewdness” Crackdown

To stop minor infractions, police are monitoring gay hookup spots for public masturbation. Here's the bigger story.

This Week in Religion: Vatican Has Revolutionary Ideas about Homosexuality, Then Quickly Backtracks

'Let's not create the impression of a positive evaluation of same-sex relationships!' This week, things started off on a positive note as the Vatican released a preliminary document that was being heralded as “revolutionary” towards gay Christians by some LGBT groups.

8 Mistakes We're Making About Ebola That We Also Made When AIDS Appeared

We can learn a lot from missteps early in the AIDS crisis. Anyone who was alive in the 1980s will find these headlines familiar: “Rare cancer seen!

I Grew Up in a Family of Crack Addicts. So Why Did I Fear Being Taken Away?

Children the system fails often become adults involved with what they once despised: addiction, incarceration, neglect and abuse.

America’s Looming Freak Show: How GOP Control in 2015 Will Terrorize a Nation – With No Political Repercussion

Yes, Republicans will shame themselves if they run Congress—but here's why it'll be torture for the rest of us.

Brace Yourself America: The Polar Vortex Is Coming Back

East coasters, especially, are in for another brutal winter. Remember last year’s polar vortex? The record low temperatures?

WATCH: The GOP's Worst Race-baiting Ad Since Willie Horton

Republicans just hit another despicable low. In 1988, the “Willie Horton” ad was notorious for its use of racial dog whistles by Republicans to undermine the Democratic nominee for president, Michael Dukakis.

Why We Must Let Obama and CDC Head Thomas Frieden Do Their Jobs to Combat Ebola

Despite some missteps, they are doing it right. If the prospect of hanging concentrates the mind, then even the possibility of infection with Ebola should do the same -- for all of us.

Amazing Video: How to Be a Female Pop Star in Five Easy Steps

"If all else fails, fire rockets out of your bra." Women pop stars are dominating the charts these days.

Paul Krugman Reveals How Conservative Economists Are Like Superstitious Medieval Crusaders

The market is treated like a God, whose will only they can divine. In his Friday column, Paul Krugman delves into the irrationality of economists who have gotten everything wrong about austerity and the perceived threat of hyper-inflation in the past few years, and yet still cling to their quasi religious reverence for the wisdom of the markets.