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The humble chair J.K. Rowling sat on while writing the first two books of the Harry Potter series was auctioned in New York City on Wednesday for $394,000. An anonymous private collector made the winning bid. Read more on Newser…READ MORE »


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What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? Per theInternational Labor Organization, they’re the only two countries out of 185 that don’t have national paid parental leave. Read more on Newser…READ MORE »


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First San Francisco banned non-essential travel to the Tar Heel State. Now TV and movie production companies are continuing their exodus out of North Carolina over a new law preventing local governments from passing anti-discrimination rules. Filming for the Hulu comedy Crushed was to kick off in May in Charlotte. Read more on Newser…READ MORE »


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New York City officials are updating harassment rules to spell out exactly what taxi and hire car drivers can’t do—like make sexual suggestions, touch, be touched by, or ejaculate on passengers. Read more on Newser…READ MORE »


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Cara Delevingne took a break from modeling, and while many speculated she was quitting the business entirely so she could focus on her acting career, the British model revealed on Twitter that it was actually due to a struggle with depression. Read more on Newser…READ MORE »


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There are so many characters inGame of Thrones it’s hard to keep them straight, let alone identify the main character. Mathematicians Andrew Beveridge and a student from Macalester College turned to “network science” to sort it out, searching for instances in which two characters’ names appeared within 15 words of each other in A StormREAD MORE »


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Everyone loves Batman and Superman, just apparently not when they’re trying to rip each other’s heads off. While audiences give Batman v Superman a 74% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, critics are hovering at the 30% mark, calling the film, well, a disaster. Read more on Newser…READ MORE »


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If you were invited to Alexandra Godino’s May wedding, tune into TLC at 9pm Friday night and you can get a sneak peek of the bridal gown she’ll be wearing. That’s the issue at the heart of a lawsuit Godino filed against the network, in which she attempted to force TLC to delay airing the… READ MORE »


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Ex-CBC broadcaster Jian Ghomeshi on Thursday wrapped up the first of two sexual-assault trials he faces, and the verdict came back not guilty, the Globe and Mail reports. An Ontario judge issued the ruling, clearing Ghomeshi of four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcoming resistance by choking in incidents said to have taken… READ MORE »


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First, he voted for Ted Cruz. Now, Mitt Romney is “practically leading the anti-Donald Trump effort,” as Mediaite puts it. Case in point: While at the National Republican Congressional Committee dinner on Tuesday, Paul Ryan mentioned that Trump had questioned whether Romney was actually Mormon. “All he had to do was ask my wives,” Romney… READ MORE »


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Next time you make a dumb blonde joke you may be the true butt of it: Researchers at Ohio State University analyzed 10,878 Americans who took part in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979 (NLSY79), which surveyed those between ages 14 and 21 in that year; in 1980 participants took an IQ test, and… READ MORE »


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When the Natural Environment Research Council in the UK put the naming of its $300 million Antarctic survey vessel to a public vote online, well, the Internet had a little fun. NERC asked for “an inspirational name that exemplifies the work” the ship will do, and suggestions ranged from the, yes, inspirational (“Henry Worsley,” the former… READ MORE »



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