The Week: Most Recent Speed Reads Posts recent posts.en-usTue, 02 Sep 2014 10:24:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Speed Reads Posts from THE WEEKTue, 02 Sep 2014 10:24:00 -0400Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's wedding photos reveal a festive family affair</P><p>Versace atelier-sewn dress decorated with charming kid's drawings? Check. Groom's suit unpretentiously pulled from the bedroom closet? Check. A beautiful brood of child wedding attendants? Check. Yes, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie had the wedding your cold, cynical heart wants to hate but can't help loving.</p><p>On Tuesday morning, People and Hello! magazines released the first photos of the Brangelina bridal brood from the August 23 wedding, revealing a quintessential family affair dusted with the Jolie-Pitt brand of down-to-earth glitz:</p><p><br /></p><p >(<em></em>)</p><p>Angelina's veil bore delicately-sewn sketches...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/mike-barry" ><span class="byline">Mike Barry</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:24:00 -0400FBI investigating source of stolen celebrity photos</P><p>In the wake of a hack that led to private nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and numerous other celebrities being disseminated over the internet this weekend, the FBI has confirmed that they are currently investigating the person or persons responsible for stealing and posting the pictures.</p><p>Lawrence herself contacted authorities when the images were posted on Sunday. "This is a flagrant violation of privacy," said her publicist in a statement. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."</p><p>The FBI didn't elaborate on...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/scott-meslow" ><span class="byline">Scott Meslow</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:12:00 -0400CeeLo Green: 'People who have really been raped remember'</P><p class="p1">CeeLo Green over the weekend tried to explain when rape is rape, and when it is not. His attempt did not go well, as the eccentric musician posted, then deleted, a series of tweets that seemed to suggest unconscious victims cannot be raped.</p><p class="p1">"People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" he wrote.</p><p class="p1">More tweets, saved before they could be scrubbed from the web:</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Here, @CeeLoGreen puts the onus on rape victims to prove they were raped, describes women as objects, like a house.</p>&mdash; Grumpy &amp; Lumpy (@omgLSP) August 31, 2014</blockquote></center><p class="p1">Green on Friday pleaded no contest...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:08:00 -0400Archaeologists discover Stonehenge was once a full circle</P><p>This summer's weather patterns have just yielded the answer to a centuries-old question: Archaeologists can now say with certainty that Stonehenge was once a full circle.</p><p>Historians have speculated whether or not the Neolithic stones at Stonehenge were purposely left incomplete. Now, the recent spell of dry weather has revealed the outlines of missing stones.</p><p>Susan Greaney of English Heritage &mdash; a.k.a. England's Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission &mdash; told <em>The Telegraph</em> that the finding was "really significant" and may not have occurred with an adequate hose. "It shows us just...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:04:00 -0400Study: College football coaches are worth their giant salaries -- just like CEOs</P><p class="p1">College football coaches and CEOs are alike in that both are often accused of being grossly overpaid. Yet the two are also alike in that they are actually worth those enormous salaries, according to a study from Vanderbilt University professors.</p><p class="p1">The study, which compared 947 coaching contracts from 2005 to 2013 against those of private sector CEOS, found "many commonalities between the structure and incentives of the employment contracts of CEOs and these football coaches." Namely, the researchers found that the value coaches returned to their schools &mdash; via increased ticket sales, bigger...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:45:00 -0400Study: Watching action films may cause overeating</P><p>A new study suggests that how much you eat at movie night may be related to what you're watching.</p><p>The study, published Monday in the <em>Journal</em><em> of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine</em>, looked at the effect of various movie genres on the eating habits undergraduate students. Ninety-four students were divided into three groups, each of which was shown 20 minutes of a movie or TV show. Those watching an action film consumed almost twice as much as those watching a talk show.</p><p>All three of the groups were offered M&amp;Ms, cookies, carrots, and grapes while watching the TV. One group was...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 09:08:00 -0400Germany bans Uber's cab service</P><p>A German court has ruled in a temporary injunction that Uber's car service does not have the necessary permits to operate in the country.</p><p>The ban comes after the national association of taxi drivers brought a lawsuit against Uber, the San Francisco-based taxi and car-sharing service, because its drivers don't have the necessary permits. The preliminary injunction is pending a full lawsuit that Taxi Deutschland, a German cab company that also offers a mobile app, brought against Uber.</p><p>Though the Frankfurt court's ruling bans Uber from operating in Germany, Uber stated that it would appeal the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:16:00 -040032 teens escape detention center in Tennessee</P><p>Thirty-two teenage boys escaped a detention center on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee, overnight. The teens left their dorms shortly before midnight and began running around a yard surrounded by a fence, then found a way under the enclosure and escaped. Fifteen promptly turned themselves in or were caught on nearby roads. As of early Tuesday, more than a dozen remained at large. Read more at CNN.</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/harold-maass" ><span class="byline">Harold Maass</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 08:15:00 -0400Putin aide: That 'taking Kiev in 2 weeks' line was 'taken out of context'</P><p>Over the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised some eyebrows for telling outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso that if he wanted to, "I can take Kiev in two weeks." That may well be true, but it was surprising that Putin would say it out loud to a senior Western official.</p><p>Well, on Tuesday, Putin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov said Putin <em>didn't</em> say that, exactly. "Irrespective of whether these words were pronounced or not, this quote was taken out of context and had a very different meaning," he is quoted as saying by Russia's <em>Itar-Tass</em> news service.</p><p>Ushakov seemed...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/peter-weber" ><span class="byline">Peter Weber</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:53:00 -0400The dollar store wars continue as Dollar General raises its bid for Family Dollar</P><p>Dollar General still wants to buy Family Dollar, and on Tuesday, it upped its bid for the struggling chain.</p><p>Dollar General Corp. raised its bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc. to roughly $9.1 billion. Dollar General added that it would more than double the number of stores divested, from 700 to 1500, "to avoid trouble with regulators" and antitrust laws, <em>The Associated Press</em> reports. Dollar General has also offered to fund a $500 million breakup fee to Family Dollar.</p><p>Dollar Tree Inc. had originally planned to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, but Dollar General was quick to follow with an original...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/meghan-demaria" ><span class="byline">Meghan DeMaria</span></a>Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:40:00 -0400