Jack Bauer is back in action.
After four years of laying low, everyone's favorite Counter Terrorist Unit agent is in London. Evidently, Bauer is the only one who can save the U.S. president from assassination (a plan that, according to Bauer in the trailer, turns into a "full-scale attack"), and the majority of the season will take place across the pond, rather than on Bauer's home turf.
The action-packed, one-minute trailer provides a glimpse of what we can expect from Fox's reboot of the series, Live Another Day, which premieres May 5. The new season's cast will include old favorites Mary Lynn Rajskub, William Devane and Kim Raver (and, of course, Kiefer Sutherland), in addition to new characters played by Yvonne Strahovski, Benjamin Bratt, and Michelle Fairley.
Watch the full trailer below. --Meghan DeMaria
Following the news that he would not seek re-election next year, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) endorsed Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) to take his place. Reid made the comment to The Washington Post during an interview in his home Friday morning.
Reid's endorsement of Schumer means he is leapfrogging Senate Minority Whip Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), who is the second-highest Democrat in the upper chamber. (Schumer is third in line.) Reid said Durbin would likely not oppose Schumer and predicted Schumer would win the post uncontested. The Post reports that Reid and Durbin spoke via phone Friday morning.
Of all the repercussions global warming could level on the planet — and there are many — this fear from California Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D) is pretty unique.
Lee presented House Concurrent Resolution 29 to the House of Representatives on Wednesday, in which she warns that "women will disproportionately face harmful impacts from climate change." How, you ask?
"Food-insecure women with limited socioeconomic resources may be vulnerable to situations such as sex work, transactional sex, and early marriage," in order to obtain food and water, the resolution reads.
While Lee's take on the dangers of global warming may seem strangely specific, she does represent a state that just entered its fourth-straight year of a record-breaking drought, so California lawmakers are — clearly — looking at every possible effect.
Even in our current golden age of mini-campers, the Sealander (from $17,000) "beats them all," writes Outside Magazine. This "curious hybrid" is part personal yacht, part pop-up camper. You can hitch it to your SUV and tow it down the highway, then plop it in calm water and motor out to the horizon. Fold-down beds and "sleek" cabinetry create a home away from home, while the roll-back roof can open to the heavens. "It's perfect for largemouth casting or sipping margaritas in the moonlight."
Former Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl was charged with desertion by the Army this week, nearly a year after he was returned to the United States in a controversial prisoner swap. Now, Bergdahl's lawyer is claiming that his client was not deserting his post so much as he was "absent without official leave," temporarily leaving the base to "bring what he thought were disturbing circumstances to the attention of the nearest general officer."
Bergdahl's lawyer Eugene Fidell told Bloomberg View that Bergdahl "had concerns about certain conditions in the unit" and that the soldier left the base to find an officer in charge to whom he could report these concerns. Bergdahl did not simply tell one of his supervising officers, Fidell says, because some of them were party to the "disturbing" behavior in question. Fidell also says Bergdahl fully intended to return to the base, but was instead captured by the Taliban shortly after leaving.
The Army charged Bergdahl with one count of desertion and one count of misbehavior before the enemy this week, the latter of which carries a potential life imprisonment sentence. If Fidell is successful in proving Bergdahl was simply AWOL, his client could instead only face one month of confinement.
Clinton the Musical will debut off-Broadway this spring in New York, featuring dancing reporters and Lewinsky scandal prosecutor Kenneth Starr singing a number called "Sexual Relations."
The show includes plenty of jokes about Hillary Clinton's then-future political career. "That's part of the fun of doing something that's set in the past where people know what's going to happen in the future but the characters in the past don't know what's going to happen," said writer and composer Paul Hodge. "That's an opportunity for comedy."
But perhaps the most interesting feature of the 1990s retrospective musical is its inclusion of two different actors playing Bill Clinton, "one a wholesome, intelligent Clinton, and another a randy, rogue one." Hillary Clinton is the only character who can see both.
Plenty of churches contain relics of saints, but not many of those relics were found in excavations from sixth-century churches.
Archaeologists at a medieval fortress site in Burgas, Bulgaria, found a lead vessel, which contains some of the ashes from the alleged grave of John the Apostle, in a reliquary that dates to the sixth century C.E. The reliquary, which was once part of an early Christian basilica, is named for Saint John the Theologian, who is considered one of Jesus' apostles. The vessel, which is less than an inch long, is decorated with crosses.
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Milen Nikolov, director of the Burgas Regional Museum of History, said that early Christians would have believed the relic had healing properties. John the Apostle's grave in Turkey was also a pilgrimage site for early Christians seeking healing, Ancient Origins reports. Nikolov said the reliquary was "one of the most important discoveries" in the museum's history.
In addition to the relic, the archaeologists also uncovered a 10th century Bulgarian royal seal at the fortress site.
The father of an inmate at a San Francisco jail blew the whistle on four guards who were forcing prisoners to fight each other on threat of torture while the guards placed bets on their performance. At this point it is unknown how long the fight club continued, but investigators suspect other prison employees were aware of it even if they did not directly participate.
"Deputy's betting against me and forcing me to fight and if I don't fight, then he's basically telling me that he was going to beat me up, cuff me, Tase me all at once," said one prisoner, Ricardo Palikiko Garcia, who was required to fight a man more than twice his weight.
The public defender involved in the case has noted that Garcia and all of the other prisoners made to fight are minorities, while the four guards are all white.