In January, moderate Syrian rebels discovered an ISIS hideout in the province of Idlib, close to the border with Turkey.
According to an analysis of America’s top high schools across the nation by the Daily Beast, North Allegheny Senior in Wexford ranks 153, the highest in Western Pa. Continue reading
If you had to pick just one dessert to represent each state, what would Pa.’s be? Continue reading
A potential security breach of everyone in Arizona’s driver’s license database has been kept quiet for seven years, reports ProPublica.
“That really is outrageous,” says Mikel Longman, the former criminal investigations chief at the Arizona Department of Public Safety. “Every Arizona resident who had a driver’s license or state-issued ID card and all that identifying stuff is potentially compromised. That’s a huge breach.”
How did it happen and why didn’t Longman or other Arizona officials know about it? Continue reading
It looks like the company sold about three tickets in coach/biz. You think at the very least the airline would have moved them into First Class as happened here:
Well, at least you don’t have to worry about your plane being diverted because passengers are bickering about reclining the seat, as happened on a United flight to Denver on Sunday.
Such blundering Nazis not only existed, they were purposely cast in important roles in a real-life spy mission, according to a book published in Germany by historian Monika Siedentopf.
As a prelude to invasion of the British Isles, Nazi Germany launched an espionage offensive in 1940. But the 12 spies who were slipped into England and Scotland quickly blew their cover, the Guardian reports. A British official at the time blamed it on “their own stupidity.”
For decades, it was a mystery: Why would the Nazis send incompetents on such an important mission? Continue reading
Robert Cornelius of Philadelphia captured his own image in 1839, in the first selfie.
He used a cumbersome camera. It wasn’t until the Kodak came out in 1888 that the snapshot was born.
“A game even emerged called ‘snapshooting,’ a sort of photographic version of tag: You tried to escape while someone raced around trying to catch you on film, Clive Thompson writes.
Read more about how snapshots changed the way we see the world here.
This Just In looked at why smiles are so rare in the oldest photos here.
European governments regularly pay ransom for hostages, notes James Traub in Foreign Policy. And rumors have been rampant that Western companies pay millions when their employees are abducted in war zones.
Now comes word from the New York Times that the terrorists who beheaded American James Foley — and promoted his execution in a gruesome propaganda video — first asked the U.S. for $100 million in exchange for the photographer’s life, according to a Foley family representative and someone once held captive alongside Foley. Continue reading