Twenty-two-year-old Rutgers student Darsh Patel was killed by a black bear in September while on a nature hike with friends. It was the first time a black bear had attacked and killed a person in New Jersey since 1852. Now authorities have released five photos they believe Patel snapped just moments before the deadly attack.
Congressional Republicans have found themselves completely stymied by President Obama’s executive action on immigration. There’s no bill for them to vote down, they lack the votes for impeachment, and shutting down the government never works. National Review editor Rich Lowry has suggested an innovative new way for Republicans to express their displeasure: ban President Obama from delivering the State of the Union Address:
“If I were John Boehner,” he said, referring to the House speaker, “I’d say to the president: ‘Send us your State of the Union in writing. You’re not welcome in our chamber.’ ”
The internet celebrity and Supreme Court justice had a stent placed in her right coronary artery on Wednesday morning after doctors discovered a blockage in her heart. According to a SCOTUS press release, Ginsburg decided to go to the hospital after "experincing discomfort" during her Tuesday night workout. She's now said to be "resting comfortably" and is expected to be discharged within 48 hours so she can get back to not retiring.
Exactly two New Yorkers voted for Taylor Swift for governor in this year's election, and I'm pretty sure it was me and the cat I dressed up as a human so he could go with me to vote for Taylor Swift. Other strange write-ins included votes for Derek Jeter, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, and House of Cards character Frank Underwood. No write-ins for subway condom guy? This city is becoming so bland.
Six of the Americans who contracted and recovered from Ebola gathered on the Today show Wednesday morning, where most of them met for the very first time. The emotional get-together, just a day before Thanksgiving, also gave them a chance to express their gratitude to the first survivor, Kent Brantly, who donated plasma to many of them.
In the latest installment of his interview with George Stephanopoulos, Darren Wilson revealed that his wife, fellow cop Barbara Spradling, is pregnant. (That probably explains why the couple decided to marry last month, despite the fact that Wilson was still in hiding and facing the possibility of indictment.) After confirming that he is going to be a father, Wilson said, "I'm just a simple guy. That's all I am."
Following the Ferguson Grand Jury decision on Wednesday and the subsequent protests that took place in the St. Louis suburb, Twitter user @red3blog decided to collect photos of all the times white people had rioted over issues way less important than racism, police violence, and grievances with the criminal justice system. Here, white people rioting for no reason.
A Staten Island gastropub named the Phunky Elephant is very sorry it offended some of its customers by naming a dessert drink the "Roofie Colada." Not only does the drink not actually have roofies in it — as the restaurant so helpfully pointed out on its Facebook page — but it was meant to be a callback to a tasteful and hilarious Family Guy joke that, clearly, you guys are too lame to even get. The drink has since been removed from the menu. God, it's almost like nobody has a sense of humor about rape anymore.
One of the strangest things about the immigration debate is the fervent belief by conservatives that President Obama is motivated only by devious partisan considerations. Immigration hawk David Frum notes, “the president’s political opponents almost unanimously believe that his act of nullification is motivated by the crassest kind of political calculation.” (Frum does not endorse this belief among conservatives, he merely passes it on.) Michael Gerson — like Frum, a former Bush speechwriter, and unlike Frum, a strong proponent of immigration reform — argues that Obama “uses undocumented workers in a vast political ploy.”
After watching Darren Wilson's first interview, it's easy to see why a grand jury found his account convincing. After months in hiding, the Ferguson police officer who killed Michael Brown broke his silence in an ABC News interview that aired Tuesday night. Wilson seemed younger than he did in the handful of photos and videos we've seen since the shooting (he's 28), and he remained completely calm, even as George Stephanopoulos asked if he would be forever haunted by Brown's death. "I don't think it's a haunting. It's always going to be something that happened," Wilson replied, adding, "The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right."