Leaflets found this week around the Marine Corps base and FBI Academy in Qauntico, Virginia, look an awful lot like ISIS propaganda. That is, except for one weird detail: Typed out below the familiar logo in Arabic script is a message reading, "We are here from Mexico and came by train."
The door of an armored vehicle flew open on I-270 in Maryland this morning, sending thousands of dollars fluttering out into the road. "Traffic came to a stop when all the motorists stopped to pick up the cash," a police spokesperson said, according to the Washington Post. "The cash was so quickly picked up by numerous motorists" that by the time police arrived, "there wasn't much to pick up."
For perhaps the first time in 2014, the incident was not documented on social media, probably because "people were too busy collecting cash to take a picture," police said.
When it comes to women voters in Tuesday’s midterm elections, the metaphors are all mixed up. In some headlines, it’s a war. Democrats are still referencing the Republican “war on women,” while GOP candidates say there’s no war at all — it was all a liberal meme. In other headlines, it’s a political dating game. “Women are big this election season,” wrote New York Times columnist Gail Collins last week. “No group is more courted. It’s great!”
Some poor folks sorting through trash at a Connecticut waste transfer station came across a pair of skulls belonging to an old man and woman on Friday, just in time for Halloween. The heads were found amid books and videos on witchcraft and satanism belonging to a recently deceased man, who was apparently really into the occult. Now cops just have to figure out whether the skulls were procured legally (apparently this is a thing) or if they were acquired via grave-robbing (or worse, Jeffrey Dahmer–ing).
At least one pilot is dead and another seriously injured after Virgin’s commercial spaceship experienced an “in-flight anomaly” on Friday afternoon over Mojave, California. SpaceShipTwo took off attached to its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo, and was released at 50,000 feet, where it’s supposed to accelerate, eventually hitting Mach 3.5.
The long-delayed project, courtesy of eccentric billionaire Richard Branson, is supposed to take six passengers and two pilots into space as soon as 2015, but had not been flight-tested in nine months before today.
Philip Banks III, the NYPD chief of department who was set to become first deputy commissioner on Monday, has instead stepped down, according to reports. "He came in and indicated that after careful consideration and discussion with his family he was going to respectfully not accept the promotion and instead submit his resignation," said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton at a press conference this morning. "He was gonna be my right hand man."
"He indicated that it was a personal decision as much as professional," said Bratton of Banks, the highest-ranking black officer at the department, but speculation about the reasons is already rampant.
Even after granting a temporary court order on Thursday that required she stay three feet away from everyone, a Maine judge ruled Friday afternoon that rebel nurse Kaci Hickox cannot be forced into quarantine by the state, because science. Judge Charles LaVerdiere said that because Kaci Hickox is not showing any symptoms of Ebola — she's already tested negative at least twice — she's not infectious and therefore poses no threat to the panicked public.
A suit filed on behalf of two young boys, ages 11 and 13, whose father disappeared in March aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is believed to be the first of its kind. More will surely follow: The still-missing plane vanished with 239 people onboard.
Amar’e Stoudemire, professional fashionista and occasional power forward for the New York Knickerbockers, knows how to live well. So when the NBA’s highest-paid sixth man took to Instagram to share a photo of himself submerged in a tub full of red wine — and told reporters that the wine baths helped improve his circulation — I was curious. Could wine baths help me? Might they stop the crippling charley-horse cramps that plague me at inopportune times? (Like during sex, for example?)