The Week: Most Recent Speed Reads Posts recent posts.en-usFri, 18 Apr 2014 02:08:00 -0400http://theweek.com Recent Speed Reads Posts from THE WEEKFri, 18 Apr 2014 02:08:00 -0400You could own the world's most haunted island</P><p>If you've always wanted to own an island, have a ton of extra cash, and love ghosts, then today is your lucky day.</p><p><em>Reuters</em> reports that Italy is putting several buildings and pieces of land up on an online auction to pay down its public debt and comply with European Union budget guidelines. One of those properties, Poveglia, is a 17-acre island off the coast of Venice. Despite its lovely location, Poveglia has a horrific past and is viewed by many as the "most haunted island" in the world.</p><p><em>Parade</em> broke down the island's greatest hits of horror: in the 18th century, it was used to quarantine dying...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaFri, 18 Apr 2014 02:08:00 -04006 Nepalese guides dead, 9 missing after Mt. Everest avalanche</P><p>A Nepal tourism official told the <em>Associated Press </em>that six Nepalese guides are dead and nine are missing after an avalanche took place Friday on Mt. Everest. The avalanche hit just above base camp in the Khumbu Ice Fall.</p><p>According to the <em>Associated Press</em>, Nepal Tourism Ministry official Madhu Sudan Burlakoti said the avalanche happened at around 6:30 a.m. Gordon Janow with Alpine Ascents International told CNN that climbers and guides had been in the area setting up the ropes for the route, preparing camps, and acclimating to the climate. They had planned to make their trek to the top once conditions...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaFri, 18 Apr 2014 01:00:00 -0400'Party Monster' Michael Alig to be released from prison</P><p>Michael Alig, the Club Kid turned convicted murderer, will be released from prison May 5, <em>New York </em>reports. Alig was portrayed by Macaulay Culkin in 2003's <em>Party Monster</em>, which chronicled Alig's rise in the New York club scene as well as his fall after killing roommate and drug dealer Angel Melendez in 1996.</p><p>The news was broken by Alig's friend, Steve Lewis, at BlackBook. "Michael has never used a computer or cell phone but he has remained keenly aware of the world we live in," he wrote. "There is no chance that he will return to clubs as a way of life, but he will paint and write, and as always...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 17 Apr 2014 23:27:00 -0400Flyer telling Ukrainian Jews to register, pay fine is likely a hoax or extortion scheme</P><p>Flyers in Donetsk, Ukraine telling Jewish residents they need to register and pay a fee to pro-Russian separatists are likely a hoax or extortion scheme, <em>Time </em>reports.</p><p>The news spread on Wednesday via a small local website based in eastern Ukraine. The site claimed that three masked men were passing out anti-Semitic flyers outside of a synagogue, which ordered Jewish residents to register with a militia, show proof of property they own, and pay a fee of $50 in U.S. currency. Eventually, the story made its way to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who told reporters in Geneva, "In the year 2014...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Catherine GarciaThu, 17 Apr 2014 22:00:00 -0400Fox News poll: 6 in 10 American voters think President Obama frequently lies to the country</P><p>Trust in Obama has fallen to new lows, a new poll suggests.</p><p>Around six in 10 American voters think Barack Obama lies to the country on important matters some or most of the time, according to a recent poll commissioned by Fox News. Thirty-seven percent think Obama lies "most of the time," while another 24 percent say he lies "some of the time."</p><p>In case you're skeptical of the source, know that it was an actual poll of 1,012 registered voters conducted by Anderson Robbins Research and Shaw &amp; Company Research, and not a phone-in poll on <em>Hannity </em>or <em>The O'Reilly Factor</em>.</p><p>Its findings are supported...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:50:00 -0400Chelsea Clinton is pregnant</P><p>Can you say dynasty? Chelsea Clinton, the famous daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, announced on Thursday that she is pregnant. In a statement, she said, "I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child and hopefully children as my mom was to me."</p><p>Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010.</p> <a href="">More</a>By The Week StaffThu, 17 Apr 2014 16:29:00 -0400Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87</P><p class="p1">Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died, according to multiple reports. The Colombian author was 87.</p><p class="p3">Garcia Marquez was a pioneer of magical realism, blending beautiful prose and fantastical elements in some of the most revered works of literature in the past century. He won the Nobel Prize in 1982, in large part for his opus, O<em>ne Hundred Years of Solitude, </em>which has sold 50 million copies worldwide.</p><p class="p3">Years ago, Garcia Marquez summed up his own work best in an interview with <em>The Paris Review, </em>saying, "A novelist can do anything he wants so long as he makes people believe in...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:20:00 -0400Obama on ObamaCare: 'This thing is working'</P><p class="p1">President Obama on Thursday announced that 8 million people have signed up for health insurance through ObamaCare's exchanges since they went live in October. That's a significant uptick from the end of March, when just over 7 million people had obtained coverage, which indicates that people are still signing up in droves.</p><p class="p1">And the president noted that 35 percent of all enrollees were under the age of 35, the demographic most crucial to the law's success. Since younger people tend to be healthier and have lower health-care costs, ObamaCare needs their participation to offset the costs of adding...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/jon-terbush" ><span class="byline">Jon Terbush</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:57:00 -0400Vladimir Putin has no interest in invading Alaska because it's too cold</P><p>First Crimea, now Alaska? Not so fast, insists Russian President Vladimir Putin. During his annual question-and-answer session shown on state TV, a caller asked if annexing Alaska was the power-craving leader's next goal. The northern state's chilly climate, however, is apparently a turn-off for Putin.</p><p>"We have a northern country &mdash; 70 percent of our territory are in the north and the far north," said Putin, per a Russian news agency. "Is Alaska really in the Southern Hemisphere? It's cold there, too. Let's not get hot-headed." The state was a Russian territory until 1867, when it was sold...</p> <a href="">More</a>By Jordan ValinskyThu, 17 Apr 2014 15:07:00 -0400NASA discovers Earth-sized planet in habitable zone</P><p>It was only a matter of time.</p><p><br /></p><p >[NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-CalTech]</p><p>Today, researchers at NASA pinpointed the best candidate for life elsewhere in the universe: an Earth-sized planet &mdash; Kepler-186f, orbiting a dwarf star. The star, Kepler 18, is 6,500 lightyears from Earth in the constellation Cygnus.</p><p>The planet is closer to its star than Earth is to the Sun, but because Kepler 186 is a smaller star, the habitable zone &mdash; where water on its surface would be liquid &mdash; is closer in.</p><p></p><p >[NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-CalTech]</p><p >Scientists don't yet know its composition, and so can...</p> <a href="">More</a>By <a href="/author/john-aziz" ><span class="byline">John Aziz</span></a>Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:40:00 -0400