mark-emmert-ncaa-650x409The NCAA decided today that all of its senior executives will go without paychecks for four years in a sign of solidarity with the student-athletes they regulate.

Beginning on the first of next month. 74 existing employees of the Indianapolis-based college athletics organization, including its president Mark Emmert, will be stop being paid and work exclusively on a voluntary basis. Any new employee will have to go four years before being compensated. ... Read More →

 

Illinois-State-Capitol-SpringfieldThe state of Illinois announced today that it has lost track of $1.7 billion in income tax payments made during this year’s tax season.

In a stunning statement this afternoon on local television, the state’s treasurer said authorities noticed the large sum of money was missing yesterday and fears that it may be gone forever.... Read More →

 

pongopeteScientists at Harvard University have successfully taught a monkey to understand the theory of evolution.

According to a new paper published today in Nature, a team of primatologists used basic sign language and symbols to teach an orangutan named “Pongo Pete” that humans and other primates shared a common ancestor.... Read More →

 

paltrowdivorceGwyneth Paltrow announced today she is writing a self-help book for people going through a divorce.

In a blog post on Goop, her personal website, the 41-year-old actress said she has signed a deal with a major publisher to write "Conscious Uncoupling: How to Survive Divorce With Style, Grace and Class,” which will draw from her recent experience separating from longtime partner Chris Martin.... Read More →

 

NSApulitzerThe National Security Agency has won a prestigious Pulitzer Prize for its domestic surveillance program.

According to prize judges the NSA was recognized because it has “collected more information and broke more news stories than any newspaper, magazine or website in existence.”... Read More →

 

softballstrightA college softball player from the University of Texas shocked the sports world today by coming out as a heterosexual.

In an emotional press conference this morning, Jennifer Ryan, 23, announced that she was a “proud member” of the opposite-sex community. The senior shortstop is believed to be the first and only openly straight women’s softball player in the history of NCAA athletics.... Read More →

 

Militia-ManA band of self-described American patriots has taken over the community of Crimea, Louisiana, in order to defend it from Russian invasion.

The eight heavily-armed Americans drove into the community on motorcycles and in trucks around 10:45 a.m. today and declared it occupied by the United States at around 10:52 a.m., according to witnesses.... Read More →

 

cnn370Malaysian investigators now believe the American news network CNN may have ordered the downing of Malaysia Air Flight 370 in an effort to boost its flagging ratings.

At a press conference today in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that police were looking into the theory that executives at world’s first cable news channel may have somehow influenced someone on board the aircraft during its fateful flight.... Read More →

 

HobbyLobbyStowOhioHobby Lobby fired an employee yesterday for divorcing her husband without company approval.

33-year old Jennifer Silverton of Scottsdale, Ariz., spent seven years as a cashier at the arts and crafts retail giant and was promoted to assistant manager just two weeks ago.... Read More →

 

turkeytwitterThe son of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan launched a new social media startup today that hopes to compete with Twitter, which was recently blocked in the country.

Cıvıltı, which means “chirp” in Turkish, looks and functions almost exactly like Twitter. It allows users to post messages of up to 140 characters in length, share photos and videos, and follow other users’ activity in their home feeds.... Read More →

 

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The Mozilla Foundation released a new version of their flagship Firefox web browser today that automatically blocks access to all websites affiliated with the gay rights movement.

Firefox Family, which is still in beta testing, was developed for the "traditional values" market in the United States as well as for use in emerging markets such as Saudi Arabia and Uganda, which have strict laws against homosexuality.... Read More →

 

VodkabanAs the United States tightens economic sanctions against Russia, the Obama administration announced today an import ban on Russian vodka effective immediately.

In a press conference today, Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters that he decided on the move to punish Moscow for its invasion of Crimea.... Read More →