The Week: Most Recent Speed Reads Posts recent posts.en-usThu, 31 Jul 2014 03:58:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Speed Reads Posts from THE WEEKThu, 31 Jul 2014 03:58:00 -0400Unbeweavable: Robbers make off with thousands of dollars worth of fake hair</P><p>It took less than two minutes for a gang to tear through a beauty supply store in Houston and steal thousands of dollars worth of expensive wigs, hair extensions, and cash.</p><p>At about 2 a.m. Wednesday, security cameras caught a white truck backing into the shop, called Beauty Sensation. Once the window glass was shattered, several men jumped from the truck, and were joined by others who came running from a different car parked outside. Police believe as many as eight people could have participated in the robbery, which left the store a total mess.</p><p>"They knew exactly where it was," Kevin Kim, the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 31 Jul 2014 03:58:00 -0400Airline apologizes after flight attendant warns passengers about drug-sniffing dogs</P><p>Please make sure your seat backs and tray tables are in their full upright position, your seatbelt is securely fastened, and any drugs you're carrying are flushed down the toilet.</p><p>Australian airliner Jetstar apologized on Wednesday for a crew member who warned passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast that drug-sniffing dogs were waiting at the Sydney Airport, and they should discard "anything you shouldn't have" prior to landing. Several of the passengers had been at the Splendour in the Grass music festival, NBC News reports, and many took the opportunity to race to the plane's bathrooms.</p>... <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 31 Jul 2014 03:27:00 -0400In the Arctic Ocean, researchers find big waves where there once was ice</P><p>For the first time, researchers were able to measure waves in the Arctic's Beaufort Sea due to melting ice caused by global warming.</p><p>"Waves could accelerate the ice retreat," Jim Thomson of the University of Washington told <em>The Washington Post</em>. "We don't have much direct evidence of this, or knowledge of the relative importance compared with melting, but the process is real. We are conducting a large project this summer to answer just that question."</p><p>The waves are measured by sensors under the surface, which transmit their recordings to satellites. Thomson and W. Erick Rogers of the Naval Research...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 31 Jul 2014 02:45:00 -0400Study: There's a link between depression and rapid cognitive decline</P><p>A new study found that older adults with dementia and depression are more likely to have a faster cognitive decline.</p><p>"Later life dementia is a very complex disorder and there are many factors that contribute to it, and depression is one of those factors," Robert S. Wilson with the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago told <em>Reuters. </em>Researchers studied more than 1,700 people over the age of 50 for eight years. None of the participants suffered from memory problems, and each year they were tested on thinking and memory skills and evaluated on depression symptoms. Close to 50 percent of the...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 31 Jul 2014 01:52:00 -0400Authorities trying to determine what an American suicide bomber did in the U.S. between trips to Syria</P><p>Moner Mohammad Abusalha went from a basketball playing teen in Florida to a suicide bomber in Syria, and authorities are trying to figure out how it happened.</p><p>Abusalha, 22, trained with the Nusra Front extremist group in Syria, and in May drove a truck filled with explosives into a restaurant in the northern part of the country. <em>The New York Times </em>reports that investigators discovered that after going to training, he returned to the United States for several months before going back to Syria for the suicide bombing.</p><p>Counterterrorism officials in the U.S. and Europe view the return of "radicalized...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 31 Jul 2014 00:42:00 -0400What a catch: Fisherman finds extremely rare calico lobster</P><p>A New Hampshire fisherman made the quite the catch when he pulled an exceptionally rare calico lobster out of a trap last week.</p><center><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>This lobster isn't for eating.</p>&mdash; U.S. News (@usnews) July 31, 2014</blockquote></center><p>The lobster is bright orange with dark blue spots, and Josiah Beringer, 27, named it Blue after the color of his trap, he told <em>Seacoast Online</em>. The lobster's spots are caused by a genetic pigmentation mutation that happens in 1 out of every 30 million to 50 million lobsters.</p><p>The lobster is estimated to be around five years old and weighs...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaWed, 30 Jul 2014 23:40:00 -0400Penelope Cruz clarifies comments made on Israel and Gaza</P><p>After being called anti-Semitic for signing a letter condemning "the Israeli occupation army in the Gaza Strip," actress Penelope Cruz is clarifying her position on the matter.</p><p>"I don't want to be misunderstood on this important subject," she said in a statement. "I'm not an expert on the situation and I'm aware of the complexity of it. My only wish and intention in signing that group letter is the hope that there will be peace in both Israel and Gaza. I am hopeful all parties can agree to a cease fire and there are no more innocent victims on either side of the border. I wish for unity, and peace...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaWed, 30 Jul 2014 22:32:00 -0400Sen. Pat Roberts' Republican primary challenger confronts him during campaign stop, challenges him to debate</P><p>Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., encountered an interesting person Wednesday during a local campaign stop in Emporia: His opponent in next week's Republican primary, Tea Party candidate Milton Wolf, who was there with a group of his own supporters to directly confront Roberts, <em>The Emporia Gazette reports</em>.</p><p>"We know you've told Kansans, you've given your word you would give a debate," said Wolf, right after a friendly handshake. "You've said it multiple times, in multiple places. You tell us that you're tough and tested and trusted. And I want you to keep your word, I want you to debate. I think Kansans...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Eric KleefeldWed, 30 Jul 2014 20:33:00 -0400An ax flew into a car's windshield on the highway and miraculously no one was hurt</P><p>I get really nervous driving behind trucks carrying cargo. What if that 8-foot wide pipe comes loose? Is that double-wide trailer <em>really</em> secure? Is that ax even tied down?</p><p>Horrifyingly, that ax was <em>not</em> tied down, as one driver discovered Wednesday morning while driving behind a landscape truck on a Massachusetts highway. An unsecured ax went flying from the truck's load, crashing through the trailing car's passenger-side windshield.</p><center><p><br /></p><p>(<em></em>)</p></center><p> </p><p>That photo <em>alone</em> is a heart-stopper. I can't imagine being that poor passenger! Thankfully, the ax stopped halfway through...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/lauren-hansen" ><span class="byline">Lauren Hansen</span></a>Wed, 30 Jul 2014 17:05:00 -0400This is the perfect antidote to all that scary news out of North Korea</P><p>Recent news out of North Korea has mostly been of the scary sort: It's threatening to nuke the White House! It's firing missiles into the sea! It's opening up a summer camp!</p><p>But here's the thing: The North Korean military is not in great shape. Despite its bluster, it's actually quite decrepit, plagued by "antiquated" and "outdated" equipment, according to a 22-page report released by the Pentagon in March. For the latest illustration, you need look back no further than today.</p><p>South Korea's <em>Yonhap News Agency</em> reports that the North has had to ground half its fighter jet drills after three of...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/nico-lauricella" ><span class="byline">Nico Lauricella</span></a>Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:34:00 -0400