The Week: Most Recent Home Page Postshttp://theweek.com/homeMost recent posts.en-usSat, 22 Nov 2014 15:23:00 -0500http://theweek.comhttp://theweek.com/images/logo_theweek.pngMost Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKSat, 22 Nov 2014 15:23:00 -0500China reportedly building island big enough for airstrip in South China Seahttp://theweek.com/article/index/272483/speedreads-china-reportedly-building-island-big-enough-for-airstrip-in-south-china-seahttp://theweek.com/article/index/272483/speedreads-china-reportedly-building-island-big-enough-for-airstrip-in-south-china-sea</P><p>Satellite images purportedly showing Chinese construction of an island in the South China Sea have raised new concerns about the disputed waters, <em>Reuters</em> reports.</p><p>Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei all also claim the area, and the new construction could derail negotiations between the claimants. Defense publication <em>IHS Jane's</em> said the images show that China has built an island on the Fiery Cross Reef that is nearly two miles long and "large enough to construct a runway and apron," while an attached harbor is "large enough to receive tankers and major surface combatants."</p><p>Beijing...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272483/speedreads-china-reportedly-building-island-big-enough-for-airstrip-in-south-china-sea">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:23:00 -0500A watercolor painted by Adolf Hitler sold for $162,000 at auctionhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272482/speedreads-a-watercolor-painted-by-adolf-hitler-sold-for-162000-at-auctionhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272482/speedreads-a-watercolor-painted-by-adolf-hitler-sold-for-162000-at-auction</P><p>Paintings by Adolf Hitler regularly appear, but a watercolor of the old city hall in Munich included an original bill of sale, along with a signed letter from the dictator's adjutant, <em>The Associated Press</em> reports.</p><p> </p><center><p><br />(<em>AP Photo/Michael Probst</em>)</p><p> </p></center><p>Sold by two sisters whose grandfather bought the painting in 1916, the watercolor reportedly went to a buyer from the Middle East, although the director of a Nuremberg auction house that handled the sale did not share more details on the buyer's identity.</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272482/speedreads-a-watercolor-painted-by-adolf-hitler-sold-for-162000-at-auction">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:52:00 -0500Why we gossip, according to sciencehttp://theweek.com/article/index/270788/why-we-gossip-according-to-sciencehttp://theweek.com/article/index/270788/why-we-gossip-according-to-science<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0127/63816_article_main/w/240/h/300/whats-the-scoop.jpg?209" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Did you hear what happened at yesterday's meeting? Can you believe it?</p><p>If you find those sort of quietly whispered questions about your co-workers irresistible, you're hardly alone. But why are we drawn to gossip?</p><p>A new study suggests it's because the rumors, innuendo, and hearsay are ultimately all about us &mdash; where we rate in the unofficial local hierarchy, and how we might improve our standing.</p><p>"Gossip recipients tend to use positive and negative group information to improve, promote, and protect the self," writes a research team led by Elena Martinescu of the University of Groningen...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/270788/why-we-gossip-according-to-science">More</a>By Tom JacobsSat, 22 Nov 2014 14:00:00 -0500President Obama speaks to Ferguson: 'Keep protests peaceful.'http://theweek.com/article/index/272481/speedreads-president-obama-speaks-to-ferguson-keep-protests-peacefulhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272481/speedreads-president-obama-speaks-to-ferguson-keep-protests-peaceful</P><p>Echoing the calls for peace made by Michael Brown's family, President Barack Obama sent his own message to the people of Ferguson, Missouri, ahead of a grand jury's decision on the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.</p><p>"I think first and foremost, keep protests peaceful," Obama said in an interview with <em>ABC News</em>, which will air on Sunday. "This is a country that allows everybody to express their views, allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust. But using any event as an excuse for violence is contrary to the rule of law, contrary to who we...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272481/speedreads-president-obama-speaks-to-ferguson-keep-protests-peaceful">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 14:00:00 -0500Colorado approves world's first marijuana credit unionhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272480/speedreads-colorado-approves-worlds-first-marijuana-credit-unionhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272480/speedreads-colorado-approves-worlds-first-marijuana-credit-union</P><p>Calling banking services "the end of the line" for Colorado's list of hurdles to legitimizing its marijuana industry, Gov. John Hickenlooper's office cheered Wednesday's state issuance of a pot credit-union charter. The world's first financial institution established specifically with weed in mind, the Fourth Corner Credit Union was approved by Colorado's Division of Financial Services, <em>The Denver Post</em> reports.</p><p>The credit union could open as early as Jan. 1, although it must still obtain insurance from the National Credit Union Administration, and there is no guarantee that organization will approve...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272480/speedreads-colorado-approves-worlds-first-marijuana-credit-union">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 13:38:00 -0500John Kerry on Iran nuclear talks: 'We are making careful progress, but we have big gaps'http://theweek.com/article/index/272479/speedreads-john-kerry-on-iran-nuclear-talks-we-are-making-careful-progress-but-we-have-big-gapshttp://theweek.com/article/index/272479/speedreads-john-kerry-on-iran-nuclear-talks-we-are-making-careful-progress-but-we-have-big-gaps</P><p>With Monday's deadline on talks between six major powers and Iran looming, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said a deal on Iran's nuclear program was still in progress.</p><p>"We hope we are making careful progress, but we have big gaps, we still have some serious gaps, which we're working to close," Kerry said on Saturday, as reported by <em>Al Jazeera English</em>. "We are working hard."</p><p>The meetings aim to curb Iran's nuclear program, in exchange for Western powers lifting sanctions on the country that have crippled its economy. Iran has refused to reduce the volume of uranium it is capable of enriching...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272479/speedreads-john-kerry-on-iran-nuclear-talks-we-are-making-careful-progress-but-we-have-big-gaps">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:44:00 -0500Study finds unhappy marriages put couples at higher risk of heart diseasehttp://theweek.com/article/index/272478/speedreads-study-finds-unhappy-marriages-put-couples-at-higher-risk-of-heart-diseasehttp://theweek.com/article/index/272478/speedreads-study-finds-unhappy-marriages-put-couples-at-higher-risk-of-heart-disease</P><p>Older couples, take note: Years of stress resulting from an unhappy marriage can put you at higher risk for heart disease.</p><p>"Marriage may promote (good) health, but it's not that every marriage is better than none," Hui Lui, a Michigan State University sociologist and lead author on a study published this week in the <em>Journal of Health and Social Behavior</em>, said. "The quality of marriage is really important."</p><p>Liu and her team studied 1,200 adults in their late 50s to 80s over five years, asking the husbands and wives about their marriages, how happy they were, how demanding and critical they felt...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272478/speedreads-study-finds-unhappy-marriages-put-couples-at-higher-risk-of-heart-disease">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 12:17:00 -0500Inside Turkey's shadow war with ISIShttp://theweek.com/article/index/271963/inside-turkeys-shadow-war-with-isishttp://theweek.com/article/index/271963/inside-turkeys-shadow-war-with-isis<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64282_article_main/w/240/h/300/fighters-taking-on-isis-are-receiving-help-from-an-unlikely-place.jpg?209" /></P><p><br /></p><p>On a warm night in August, not long after the end of Ramadan, a Syrian refugee named Abu Salma boarded a bus in the Turkish border town of Kilis wearing his best clothes &mdash; crisp new jeans and a collared shirt.</p><p>As far as his family knew, he was traveling to a nearby wedding. In reality, he was headed to Urfa, a conservative, middle-class town in southern Turkey, where he met three other Syrians for a secret, one-time mission: to kidnap a group of men smuggling foreign fighters into Syria for the Islamic State (ISIS).</p><p>As the United States and the West continue their war against the makeshift...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/271963/inside-turkeys-shadow-war-with-isis">More</a>By Jeff NeumannSat, 22 Nov 2014 12:00:00 -0500Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov: West trying to 'secure regime change'http://theweek.com/article/index/272477/speedreads-russian-foreign-minister-lavrov-west-trying-to-secure-regime-changehttp://theweek.com/article/index/272477/speedreads-russian-foreign-minister-lavrov-west-trying-to-secure-regime-change</P><p>Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov panned Western sanctions on Moscow during a Friday meeting with the advisory Foreign and Defense Policy Council, <em>Reuters</em> reports.</p><p>"As for the concept behind the use of coercive measures, the West is making clear it does not want to force Russia to change policy but wants to secure regime change," Lavrov said.</p><p>The foreign minister's comments come a day after Vice President Joe Biden called Russia's behavior in Ukraine "unacceptable," during a visit to Kiev. Western sanctions have targeted Russia's largest banks and companies, and they have also imposed asset...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272477/speedreads-russian-foreign-minister-lavrov-west-trying-to-secure-regime-change">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:46:00 -0500Watch the Denver Nuggets' JaVale McGee fall into a courtside fan, plant a kiss on herhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272476/speedreads-watch-the-denver-nuggets-javale-mcgee-fall-into-a-courtside-fan-plant-a-kiss-on-herhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272476/speedreads-watch-the-denver-nuggets-javale-mcgee-fall-into-a-courtside-fan-plant-a-kiss-on-her</P><p>JaVale McGee had a good Friday night.</p><p>Not only did the Denver Nuggets center score 14 points in the team's 117-97 win over New Orleans, he found a brief moment of romance, too:</p><p> </p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>All the five-star moments from last night's NBA slate: http://t.co/dUGQw2ngNF Never change, JaVale McGee. pic.twitter.com/8GJucBmOvu</p>&mdash; CBS Sports (@CBSSports) November 22, 2014</blockquote></center><p> </p><p>Front-row fans do face the chance that a player will come toppling into them at some point during games, but receiving a peck on the cheek? Not so much. Watch the full play leading up to the meet-cute in the video, below. <em>--Sarah...</em></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272476/speedreads-watch-the-denver-nuggets-javale-mcgee-fall-into-a-courtside-fan-plant-a-kiss-on-her">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:20:00 -0500Tina Fey-produced comedy moves from NBC to Netflixhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272475/speedreads-tina-fey-produced-comedy-moves-from-nbc-to-netflixhttp://theweek.com/article/index/272475/speedreads-tina-fey-produced-comedy-moves-from-nbc-to-netflix</P><p>Get ready for your next Netflix binge.</p><p>Tina Fey's comedy <em>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</em>, originally developed for NBC, will now debut on Netflix in March 2015, <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em> notes.</p><p>Starring Ellie Kemper, the series was first claimed by NBC following a multi-network bidding war; it has already been renewed for a second season. But after announcing the comedy would premiere in its fall lineup, NBC left the show off its slate.</p><p>"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to debut <em>Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt</em> exclusively on Netflix, which has proven such an outstanding place for distinctive, original...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272475/speedreads-tina-fey-produced-comedy-moves-from-nbc-to-netflix">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 11:04:00 -0500How science is accelerating our search for alien lifehttp://theweek.com/article/index/272284/how-science-is-accelerating-our-search-for-alien-lifehttp://theweek.com/article/index/272284/how-science-is-accelerating-our-search-for-alien-life<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64394_article_main/w/240/h/300/the-kind-of-life-form-scientists-are-searching-for-would-probably-not-bear-much-resemblance-to-the.jpg?209" /></P><p class="p1"><span class="s1"><strong> Why are scientists so optimistic?</strong><br /> The Kepler space telescope gets much of the credit. Before it was launched into orbit in 2009, astronomers couldn't be sure whether planets existed outside our solar system. The search for extraterrestrial life was mostly focused on our own solar system &mdash; on Mars and a number of moons around Jupiter and Saturn &mdash; and on an intergalactic eavesdropping project known as SETI (the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence). For 50 years, SETI has been using radio telescopes to listen for signals from an alien civilization somewhere out there in the cosmos...</span></p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272284/how-science-is-accelerating-our-search-for-alien-life">More</a>By The Week StaffSat, 22 Nov 2014 11:00:00 -050010 things you need to know today: November 22, 2014http://theweek.com/article/index/272474/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-november-22-2014http://theweek.com/article/index/272474/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-november-22-2014<img src="https://7e8c.https.cdn.softlayer.net/807E8C/origin.theweek.com/img/dir_0128/64483_article_main/w/240/h/300/obamas-orders-will-not-affect-the-number-of-us-troops-remaining-in-afghanistan.jpg?209" /></P><p><strong>1. Obama quietly approves expanded U.S. role in Afghanistan</strong><br />Over the past few weeks, President Barack Obama reportedly gave the go-ahead on new guidelines for U.S. missions in Afghanistan. The new orders will not affect the number of U.S. troops stationed in the country &mdash; total American forces in Afghanistan are expected to be lowered to 9,800 by the end of 2014 &mdash; but they will impact the scope of the remaining troops' missions. Previous plans had limited troops to counterterrorism missions against al Qaeda, but the new guidelines will allow U.S. forces to provide air support to Afghan...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272474/10-things-you-need-to-know-today-november-22-2014">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:38:00 -0500Republican-led House panel dismisses allegations of intelligence failure in Benghazi attackshttp://theweek.com/article/index/272473/speedreads-republican-led-house-panel-dismisses-allegations-of-intelligence-failure-in-benghazi-attackshttp://theweek.com/article/index/272473/speedreads-republican-led-house-panel-dismisses-allegations-of-intelligence-failure-in-benghazi-attacks</P><p>Two years, thousands of pages of classified documents, and scores of interviews with intelligence officials later, a Republican-led House Intelligence Committee concluded that both the CIA and U.S. military carried out appropriate responses during the 2012 attack on U.S. diplomatic quarters in Benghazi, Libya, <em>The Washington Post</em> reports. </p><p>"We concluded that all the CIA officers in Benghazi were heroes," a joint statement from Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) and Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.), the ranking committee members, said. "Their actions saved lives."</p><p>While the committee did find that...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272473/speedreads-republican-led-house-panel-dismisses-allegations-of-intelligence-failure-in-benghazi-attacks">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:52:00 -0500Watch a paralyzed Marine walk to receive his Bronze Star with help from robotic braceshttp://theweek.com/article/index/272472/speedreads-watch-a-paralyzed-marine-walk-to-receive-his-bronze-star-with-help-from-robotic-braceshttp://theweek.com/article/index/272472/speedreads-watch-a-paralyzed-marine-walk-to-receive-his-bronze-star-with-help-from-robotic-braces</P><p>Captain Derek Herrera fulfilled a promise on Friday that he made to himself, leaving the Marines after eight-and-a-half years the same way he entered: Walking tall.</p><p>Herrera was paralyzed in 2012 when a sniper's bullet struck him while he was serving in Afghanistan; since then, he has become a strong advocate for veterans' rights, while also attending the University of California, Los Angeles, as he works on a master's degree in business administration, <em>CBS News</em> reports.</p><p>On Friday, Herrera received a Bronze Star for his actions in Afghanistan. With the help of his ReWalk robotic leg braces, the...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272472/speedreads-watch-a-paralyzed-marine-walk-to-receive-his-bronze-star-with-help-from-robotic-braces">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:13:00 -0500U.S. stock markets close with fifth straight week of gainshttp://theweek.com/article/index/272471/speedreads-us-stock-markets-close-with-fifth-straight-week-of-gainshttp://theweek.com/article/index/272471/speedreads-us-stock-markets-close-with-fifth-straight-week-of-gains</P><p>Helped by boosts from the People's Bank of China and the European Central Bank, U.S. stock markets closed on Friday with a fifth week of positive performance &mdash; the best stretch since 2011, <em>Fortune</em> notes.</p><p>The People's Bank of China announced an interest rate cut on Friday that nudged international markets higher, while the European Central Bank's president, Mario Draghi, made comments about the bank's plans to double down on boosting the eurozone economy. The Dow Jones Industrial average closed at a record 17,810, while the S&amp;P 500 rose nearly 11 points, to 2,064. The U.S. stock markets...</p> <a href="http://theweek.com/article/index/272471/speedreads-us-stock-markets-close-with-fifth-straight-week-of-gains">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Sat, 22 Nov 2014 08:52:00 -0500