The Week: Most Recent Home Page Posts recent posts.en-usWed, 22 Oct 2014 21:59:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Home Page Posts from THE WEEKWed, 22 Oct 2014 21:59:00 -0400Here's the first look at Avengers: Age of Ultron</P><p>Marvel released the trailer for <em>Avengers: Age of Ultron </em>online Wednesday, featuring James Spader's Ultron and the rest of the gang: Tony Stark, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, and Black Widow, as well as newbies Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The movie will hit theaters May 1, 2015. Watch the trailer below, and see if you can't get that haunting rendition of "I've Got No Strings" out your head.. <em>--Catherine Garcia</em></p><center><iframe width="600" height="360" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></center> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaWed, 22 Oct 2014 21:59:00 -0400Stephen Harper delivers address on terrorist attacks: 'Canada will never be intimidated'</P><p>Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper addressed his nation Wednesday night, in response to the shooting on Parliament Hill that was reportedly carried out by a radical Islamist convert.</p><p>The shooting in Ottawa followed a separate attack Monday evening in the province of Qu&eacute;bec, by another radicalized Islamist convert who used a car to run over two soldiers, one of whom died, before the attacker himself was killed.</p><p >This week's events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world. We are also reminded that attacks...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric KleefeldWed, 22 Oct 2014 21:44:00 -0400Family of nurse Amber Vinson says she is free of Ebola virus</P><p>Amber Vinson, the 29-year-old nurse who contracted the Ebola virus while aiding Thomas Eric Duncan in a Dallas hospital, no longer has Ebola, her family said Wednesday.</p><p>Hours after Vinson's mother, Debra Berry, spoke with her daughter, the family released a statement, saying, "We are overjoyed to announce that, as of yesterday evening, officials at Emory University Hospital and the Centers for Disease Control [and Prevention] are no longer able to detect virus in her body."</p><p>While Vinson has been cleared to move out of isolation, she is still being treated in a unit for serious communicable diseases...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaWed, 22 Oct 2014 21:30:00 -0400Suspected Canadian Parliament shooter identified</P><p>Canadian federal sources have identified the suspected gunman from Wednesday's shooting at Parliament Hill's Centre Block and National War Memorial as Michael Zehaf-Bibeau.</p><p>Zehaf-Bibeau was in his early 30s and known to authorities, <em>The Globe and Mail </em>reports. He was marked as a "high-risk traveler" by the government, and his passport was seized. A U.S. law enforcement official told <em>CNN</em> his passport was confiscated when authorities learned he planned to fight overseas. CNN also reports he was a convert to Islam, and the <em>CBC</em> says he had a record of drug arrests going back a decade in Quebec.</p>... <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaWed, 22 Oct 2014 20:37:00 -0400We have another White House fence jumper</P><p>A man jumped the fence of the White House on Wednesday night, before he was subdued by guard dogs and Secret Service agents on the North Lawn.</p><p>The attempted intrusion comes weeks after another man, Omar Gonzalez, jumped the fence and made it deep into the White House's interior, exposing embarrassing holes in the security surrounding the president. The incident was followed by a series of damaging revelations about other lapses by the Secret Service, suggesting the organization is badly in need of reform.</p><p>Fox News has a video of the latest perpetrator fighting a guard dog on the North Lawn. Watch...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:04:00 -0400Stop hating on cyclists<img src="" /></P><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src=";color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false"></iframe></p><p>Read more on this story.</p><p><strong>Listen to more of</strong> <strong><em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts</strong>:</p><ul><li>Why do fake numbers start with 555?</li><li>Your weekly streaming recommendation: <em>The Machine</em></li><li>This week I learned why toothpaste and OJ don't mix, and more</li></ul><p > </p><p ><strong>*You can also find <em>The Week</em>'s mini podcasts on iTunes, SoundCloud, and TuneIn.*</strong></p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:00:00 -0400Goodfellas actor files $250 million lawsuit against The Simpsons for allegedly stealing his likeness</P><p class="p1">Actor Frank Sivero has filed a $250 million lawsuit claiming a mob stooge on the TV show <em>The Simpsons</em> is a ripoff of his iconic character from <em>Goodfellas.</em></p><p class="p1">In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Sivero says he used to live in the same apartment complex as some <em>Simpsons</em> writers, and that the show was therefore "highly aware" he was developing the character Frankie Carbone for <em>Goodfellas.</em> One year after the film's release, <em>The Simpsons</em> debuted a mafia lackey, Louie, whose "appearance and mannerisms are strongly evocative" of Sivero's character, the suit states.</p><p class="p1">The lawsuit names...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:14:00 -040010 breakfast dishes fit for a crowd<img src="" /></P><p><br /></p><p>Having a breakfast with eight or more of your nearest and dearest always seems like a good idea. You get to eat, socialize, and maybe even enjoy a delicious cocktail. The logistics, however, are tricky &mdash; no matter how delicious your breakfast burritos are, it won't be easy to make them for a large group. And do you really expect that many people to wait in line for waffles? In order to help you avoid a disastrous hunger riot, <strong>here are 10 recipes that will satisfy the hungry horde.</strong></p><p>Orange scented olive oil sticky buns by fiveandspice</p><center><br /></center><p> </p><p>Breakfast fried rice by Kathleen @HapaNom</p><center><br /></center><p> ...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Charlotte GreenbaumWed, 22 Oct 2014 16:43:00 -0400Scientists figure out why this dinosaur was so ugly</P><p>Scientists have long wondered about Deinocheirus mirificus, an oddball, 70 million-year-old dinosaur with a duckbill, a camel-like hump, and ostrich-like neck (in fact, it's an ancestor of the modern ostrich). A study published today in the journal <em>Nature</em> finally explains the dinosaur's mutant appearance.</p><p>Researchers at the Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources and the Mongolian Academy of Sciences were able to create an image of the dinosaur after studying bones that had been missing for years, <em>Bloomberg</em> reports. The missing bones had been sold on the black market to private collectors...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:50:00 -0400Chinese woman gets dumped by her boyfriend, spends an entire week moping at a KFC restaurant</P><p>Tan Shen, we get it, we do.</p><p>Breaking up is hard, getting dumped is harder still, and sometimes the only answer is an order of chicken wings with a side of extra large fries. The difference is most people grab their bag of fast-food feelings and head for home to sob, <em>Bridget-Jones</em> style, on the couch. Shen, 26, walked into a KFC in Chengdu, China, and proceeded to mope in the restaurant for an entire week, <em>Yahoo News UK</em> reports.</p><p>Shen even called in sick to work so she could keep hanging out at what has to be one of the cheaper alternatives to therapy. Employees eventually noticed that even as...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/sarah-eberspacher" ><span class="byline">Sarah Eberspacher</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:26:00 -0400Poll: Colorado Senate race slipping from Democrats</P><p>Bad news for Democrats from Colorado: Sen. Mark Udall (D) is trailing Rep. Cory Gardner (R) by seven points in the state's Senate race, according to a Suffolk University poll.</p><p>That's a big jump from the last poll conducted by Suffolk. "Back in mid-September, Suffolk gave Gardner just a one-point advantage, 43 percent to 42 percent," writes <em>Talking Points Memo</em>.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 15:20:00 -0400850 voters in NYC are registered as 164 years old</P><p>The <em>New York Post</em> reported last week that the birth date of a 73-year-old voter who has been living and voting in The Bronx since the 1970s was recorded as Jan. 1, 1850 on official voting records. The revelation led the Board of Elections officials to review their files and discover something curious &mdash; "another 849 New Yorkers who were supposedly alive when Abe Lincoln was president."</p><p>Board officials say that these 850 supposed centenarians are the result of a glitch that happened because of a "leftover vestige from a bygone age." New York City residents weren't always required to provide...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Teresa MullWed, 22 Oct 2014 15:11:00 -0400Democrats haven't given up on beating Mitch McConnell yet, buying new ads in Kentucky</P><p>Last week it appeared that national Democrats had all but given up hope that Alison Lundergan Grimes could unseat Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in Kentucky's Senate race, with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee declining to buy television ads on her behalf in the last weeks of the campaign. This week, the DSCC has a new message: Psych!</p><p><em>Politico</em> reports that the DSCC is buying $650,000 in television spots on behalf of Grimes, giving a jolt to her campaign:</p><p >The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee plans to go back on the air in Kentucky after the party has been encouraged by new...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/ryu-spaeth" ><span class="byline">Ryu Spaeth</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:35:00 -0400Illinois voting machine changes Republican votes to Democratic ones</P><div dir="ltr"><p>Early voting has gotten off to a rocky start in Illinois.</p><p>Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan told that he tried to cast a vote for himself, but that his voting machine cast a vote for his opponent instead.</p><p>"You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat," Moynihan said.</p><p>The Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti said the machine's failure was "a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine," and...</p></div> <a href="">More</a>By Teresa MullWed, 22 Oct 2014 14:32:00 -04003,100 University of North Carolina students implicated in 'shadow curriculum' scandal</P><p class="p1">A scathing report into a massive academic fraud scandal at the University of North Carolina has concluded that 3,100 students &mdash; about half of them athletes &mdash; were involved in a "shadow curriculum" of bogus classes.</p><p class="p1">Released Wednesday, the 136-page report found that teachers, academic advisers, and members of the athletics department were in on the scam, which ran from 1993 through 2011. Though students never had to attend any of the hundreds of phony classes they enrolled in, they were still ensured good grades. This was particularly beneficial for student-athletes, many of whom were...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:32:00 -0400Man fakes coma for 2 years to avoid going to court</P><p>If you're trying to get out of a court date, faking a coma probably isn't the best idea.</p><p>Alan Knight, 47, of Swansea, Wales, pretended to be quadriplegic and comatose for two years to avoid appearing in court for stealing more than 40,000 pounds (roughly $64,000) from his neighbor. Prosecutors claimed that Knight had stolen the money from the bank account of the neighbor, who is elderly and has Alzheimer's disease.</p><p>Knight claimed that he was "so sick he sometimes fell into a coma," according to <em>The Associated Press</em>. He apparently checked himself into a hospital to avoid court, claiming he suffered...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:22:00 -0400