Originally published on Sun December 28, 2014 2:31 pm
U.S. troops and their NATO allies in Afghanistan have formally ended what became America's longest war, furling their flag 13 years after a 2001 invasion to topple the country's Taliban regime in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Over the past few weeks, thousands of people have protested after grand juries failed to indict police officers in the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. What they wanted was to have the officers tried in an open court before a jury of their peers. But the notion of a jury of your peers isn't so straightforward.
Take, for example, 21-year-old Roderick Giles' experience. When he got a jury summons in the mail, he reacted the way a lot of people do.
"I did not want to go to jury duty," he says. "That was the last thing on my mind to do."
Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 3:37 pm
Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET
Police from around the country are gathering at the Christ Tabernacle Church in Queens today to honor a fallen comrade, Officer Rafael Ramos, who was fatally shot in an unprovoked attack one week ago along with his partner, Wenjian Liu.
Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 9:10 am
Like Cuban-American families throughout the diaspora, the Garcias of Key West, Fla., gather on NocheBuena, or Christmas Eve, to catch up on news and eat a traditional meal of lechΓ³n, or roast pig.
Wayne Garcia, a local building contractor and artist, prepared the pork for the family feast this year. He smokes it for seven hours in a hole dug in his backyard, in a style he says was passed down from his great-grandparents.
Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 4:49 pm
Top al-Shabab leader Zakariye Ismail Ahmed Hersi, for whose capture the U.S. has offered $3 million, has turned himself in, an intelligence official in Somalia says, according to The Associated Press.
The AP says: "The intelligence officer says he turned himself in to Somali police in the Gedo region. The officer said Hersi may have surrendered because he had a falling out with those loyal to Ahmed Abdi Godane, al-Shabab's top leader who was killed in a U.S. airstrike earlier this year."
Originally published on Sat December 27, 2014 2:12 am
E-readers may make it particularly hard to get a good night's sleep, according to research out this week.
A study that followed every nightly twitch, turn and snore of 12 volunteers for a couple weeks found that those who read from an iPad before hitting the sack had a harder time falling asleep, spent less time in a crucial phase of sleep, and were less alert the next day.
Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 6:14 pm
Updated at 7:50 p.m. ET
Hundreds of police officers gathered in New York Friday for the wake of officer Rafael Ramos, one of two patrolmen who were killed last weekend. The gunman's motive may have included revenge for the deaths of two unarmed black men at the hands of authorities.
Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 11:00 pm
It is, perhaps, the worst nightmare for those of us constantly trying to get a white-dominated Hollywood to widen its doors of opportunity for people of color: All those executives who say the right things in public and give to the right causes, just might think something much less admirable about diversity behind closed doors.
Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 11:02 pm
The state government and the marijuana industry in Colorado are working to educate people about how to use pot safely. But in the high Rockies, one community is taking matters into its own hands.
The local sheriff in Aspen is leading an education effort that targets skiers and snowboarders flocking to the winter resort. And the sheriff isn't waiting until visitors hit the slopes β their education starts at the airport with pamphlets on marijuana.
Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 1:12 pm
Perhaps no single company has stirred so many emotions this year β across so many continents β as Uber.
In 2014 Uber became more β much more β than a car service: The Silicon Valley startup became a symbol for capitalism itself.
The company's value soared from under a billion to about $40 billion, making it one of the most valuable private companies on Earth. But it also has become mired in turf wars, legal battles and scandal.
Originally published on Fri December 26, 2014 10:29 pm
Lawyer Derek Karpel thought The Interview would be a horrible movie after reading some of the reviews, but told reporter Julie Walker that his opinion was a bit different after he saw the film on Thursday at Cinema Village in New York City.
"It's not a great movie β this is not Kubrick, this is a stupid Seth Rogen/James Franco movie," he said. "With that said, they were still very funny. I thought it was well done."
Web developer Nick Doiron, who was at the same screening, said he thought that the film lived up to the hype, and that the audience seemed to agree.