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Study: No, you can’t tell if someone is a good hire from their Facebook profile

The conventional management wisdom for the last 18 months — based on earlier studies — has held that a job candidate’s social media profile can tell a smart personnel manager which person will be a good employee and which will not. Well … not so fast. Researchers at three universities…

Wyoming law creates perverse incentive to drive high when coming from Colorado

ThinkProgress took a look at the legal penalties a cannabis tourist in Colorado faces when coming over the border to Wyoming, after the state patrol in Wyoming posted a stern Facebook message warning people to leave their weed behind. “Individuals who have in their possession 3 ounces or less may…

‘Polar vortex’ descends — the freeze is on

Much of the United States’ Midwest was braced on Sunday for a blast of Arctic air that could bring some of the coldest temperatures in two decades before heading to the Northeast. A so-called “polar vortex” will affect more than half of the continental US over the next couple of…

Report: Robert Mugabe has collapsed

A mysterious Zimbabwean party insider with a bounty on his head for anonymous postings within the country wrote yesterday that President Robert Mugabe had collapsed in illness, and that security around the capitol had been tightened. Post by Baba Jukwa. The post from the person known only as Baba Jukwa,…

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker doesn’t know how to make Republicans more appealing

On CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, host Candy Crowley asked Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) why unemployed Americans, or workers making minimum wage, would become Republicans. “If I am an unemployed American and or if I am a minimum wage worker and I hear from Republicans that, ‘You…

Spanish doctors to attempt the world’s most complex, comprehensive face transplant

A former stock exchange worker suffering from a rare arterio-venous malformation will soon be the subject of the world’s most complex full face transplant ever. Dr. Joan Pere Barret, who oversaw the world’s first full face transplant, likened the surgery to be performed on Luis Casaramona as a “head transplant,”…

Alabama preacher arrested for his wife’s murder as he boarded overseas flight

A Baptist preacher from Homewood, Alabama was arrested for his wife’s murder minutes before he was to board a plane bound for Germany. Richard Shahan was attempting to board a flight out of Nashville when customs officials, who had been alerted by Homeland Security to watch for his passport, pulled…

Author Armistead Maupin ends San Francisco ‘Tales of the City’ saga with ninth volume

His Tales of the City have delighted readers for four decades and brought gay life into the mainstream. Now the landmark series is coming to an end as the ninth volume is published In 1974, when Armistead Maupin began writing what became Tales of the City, he thought of it…

Mountain climbers face down the Taliban on the Himalayas’ killer Nanga Parbat

Last June, 11 climbers were shot on one of the world’s highest mountains. So why is Simone Moro now chancing a winter ascent of Nanga Parbat? When climber Zhang Jingchuan saw the gunmen breaking laptops and phones they’d grabbed from the tents, he knew he was about to die. The…

Looted 1,000 year-old Viking treasure discovered in British Museum storage room

Curator spots 1,000-year-old brooch in lump taken from 18th century excavation A Celtic treasure looted by the Vikings more than 1,000 years ago has been discovered in the British Museum’s storerooms. An ornate, gilded disc brooch dating from the eighth or ninth century was found by chance and is being…

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