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Tony Awards: A 2015 Nominations Wish List
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:30:00 +0000
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Ahead of Tuesday's announcement, THR's chief theater critic outlines his choices for best of the Broadway season across the top categories.

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'Game of Thrones': Wedding Leaves Cersei Scrambling for Power
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000
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One of the Starks eyes their own wedding, while Tyrion faces a threat from the show's past in Sunday's episode.

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Daytime Emmys Pays Tribute to Joan Rivers, Paul Walker
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:48:36 +0000
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The awards were handed out Sunday night.

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Watch Native American Actors on 'Ridiculous Six' Set Told to Leave "If You Are Overly Sensitive"
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:23:27 +0000
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The cell phone video also shows representatives for the Adam Sandler Netflix film telling actors that the film is not meant to be disrespectful.

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Daytime Emmy Awards: 'Days of Our Lives,' 'Young and the Restless' Tie for Best Drama Series
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:28:27 +0000
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Wins by 'General Hospital,' Steve Harvey and Craig Ferguson and tributes to Joan Rivers, Betty White and Paul Walker were among the other highlights.

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aVeepa: Reid Scott on Danas New Journey and Playing a aTriple-A Assholea
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:00:00 +0000
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aDanas not going to be happy until he successfully runs for Senate and is assassinated,a the actor told THR, while chatting about his ruthless characteras path this season.

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Nepal Earthquake: Santa Monica-based Filmmaker Among the Dead
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:27:42 +0000
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News reports say that Tom Taplin was making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp when the devastating earthquake triggered the avalanche that took his life.

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U.K. Box Office: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Scores Biggest Superhero Movie Opening
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:12:13 +0000
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Joss Whedon's sequel smashed a collection of records in Britain on its journey to the top spot.

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Daytime Emmys: Matt Lauer "Strips" Down, Says He'll Donate $1,000 to Charity for Each Winner Who Thanks Him
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:21:32 +0000
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The duo also promised an end to their "prank war."

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Salma Hayek's 'The Prophet' to Open Annecy Animation Festival
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:09:45 +0000
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Hayek produced the film based on a book of poetry with Oscar winner Nina Paley and Oscar nominee Tomm Moore, among others.

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ArcLight Hollywood's 70mm Screening of '2001' Canceled by Striking Projectionists
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:06:44 +0000
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Ticket holders including director Eli Roth took to Twitter to express their frustration, as well as their support for the industrial action.

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'Game of Thrones': Is "Evil" Ramsay a Threat to Sansa?
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:00:00 +0000
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Iwan Rheon says his character will do anything to please his father, but he's still as bad as ever.

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aVeepa: Reid Scott on Danas New Journey and Playing a aTriple-A Assholea
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:00:00 +0000
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aDanas not going to be happy until he successfully runs for Senate and is assassinated,a the actor told THR, while chatting about his ruthless characteras path this season.

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'Game of Thrones': Wedding Leaves Cersei Scrambling for Power
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000
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One of the Starks eyes their own wedding, while Tyrion faces a threat from the show's past in Sunday's episode.

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'A.D. The Bible Continues' Postmortem: The Desire for Power and Comfort Results in Death
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000
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"Episode four goes at quite a pace and stretches you in all directions. It's extreme," Babou Ceesay, who plays disciple John, tells THR.

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'Last Man on Earth': Mel Rodriguez on New Phil "Stress" and Season 2
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 +0000
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aWe're starting to see possibly a chink in his good guy armor," the actor tells THR about the show's latest twist.

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German Theaters Threaten to Extend Disney Boycott
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:52:10 GMT
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Cinemas across the country, representing nearly 200 screens, refused to show 'The Avengers: Age of Ultron,a protesting rental fee hikes by Disney.

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Ukrainian Movie Festival Set for Beverly Hills
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:42:49 GMT
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Hollywood's first festival for Ukrainian films will showcase Soviet classics and more recent fare.

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Amy Winehouse Documentary "Contains Basic Untruths," Says Family
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:21:17 GMT
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Father Mitch Winehouse says he "felt sick" when he first saw 'Amy', which will premiere in Cannes, and said he would consider legal action.

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'Olive Kitteridge,' 'Deutschland 83' Win Awards at France's Series Mania Festival
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:26:01 GMT
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The HBO drama took home the top international prize, while Mathieu Kassovitz won the best actor prize for his role in 'The Bureau.'

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Salma Hayek's 'The Prophet' to Open Annecy Animation Festival
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 10:09:45 GMT
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Hayek produced the film based on a book of poetry with Oscar winner Nina Paley and Oscar nominee Tomm Moore, among others.

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Japan Box Office: 'Cinderella' Logs Hollywood's Biggest Opening of 2015
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:36:15 GMT
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Disney's strong run continues in Japan, the last international market for Kenneth Branagh's take on the classic fairytale, which debuted with $4.7 million.

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Nepal Earthquake: Santa Monica-based Filmmaker Among the Dead
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:27:42 GMT
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News reports say that Tom Taplin was making a documentary about the Mount Everest base camp when the devastating earthquake triggered the avalanche that took his life.

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U.K. Box Office: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Scores Biggest Superhero Movie Opening
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:12:13 GMT
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Joss Whedon's sequel smashed a collection of records in Britain on its journey to the top spot.

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'Penny Dreadful,' 'Sherlock' Top BAFTA TV Craft Awards Winners
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:36:20 GMT
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'Happy Valley' writer Sally Wainwright and 'Game of Thrones' star Mackenzie Crook were also among the winners as were 'X Factor' and 'Doctor Who.'

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'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Smashes Hong Kong Box-Office Records
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:22:16 GMT
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The film reaches the biggest opening day, opening weekend and highest-grossing single day in the territory's recorded history.

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Stephen Hawking Consoles One Direction Fans Saddened By Zayn Malik's Exit
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:21:29 GMT
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"It would not be beyond the realms of possibility that somewhere outside of our own universe lies another different universe. And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction."

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South Korea Box Office: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Monopolizes Cinemas
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:10:18 GMT
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The Marvel franchise accounted for over 90 percent of the market share over the opening weekend, breaking a string of local box-office records.

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Robert Downey Jr.'s 'Avengers' Interview Walkout: Journalist Defends Right to Ask "Serious" Questions
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:09:42 GMT
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Channel 4's Krishnan Guru-Murthy defends his line of questioning that led to RDJ cutting short his interview last week as well as his previous run-in with Quentin Tarantino.

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Chinese Director Wang Xiaoshuai to Head Busan's 2015 Asian Film Academy
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:51:58 GMT
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Singapore's Anthony Chen will teach about film directing during the workshop for young aspiring Asian filmmakers.

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Kate Hudson Was a "Hot Mess" at Her Birthday Party!
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:20:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Kate Hudson, Jennifer Meyer, Derek Blasberg, InstagramSo this is what 36 looks like. Kate Hudson celebrated her Apr. 19 birthday over the weekend with two birthday buddies: fashion writer Derek Blasberg, who turned 33 on Apr. 22, and jewelry...


Justin Bieber Crashes Chatsworth High School Prom!
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:06:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Justin BieberJustin Bieber didn't have the typical high school experience, but over the weekend, the 21-year-old singer finally got to experience a major teenage milestone: Prom! L.A.'s...


Take a Look at Our Favorite TV and Movie Horses in Honor of the 141st Kentucky Derby
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Famous Horses, SeabiscuitIt's time to start horsin' around! Some of the biggest household names are currently trotting over to Churchill Downs for the 141st Kentucky Derby. It's known that many stars...


Exclusive! Kelly Ripa to Be Honored By GLAAD, Anderson Cooper to Present the Award
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:00:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Kelly Ripa, Mark ConsuelosKelly Ripa has more than another Daytime Emmy Award to celebrate today. I can exclusively reveal that the morning talk show host will be honored with the Excellence in Media Award at the...


Mariah Carey Releases New Song "Infinity"--Listen Now!
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:55:07 GMT
From eonline.com
Mariah Carey, Album, InstagramIs old school Mariah Carey back?! By the sound of her new single, "Infinity," it seems so! The new track, which will be released on her upcoming greatest-hits album, Mariah Carey...


Kim Kardashian Continues to Support Bruce Jenner's Transition on Today: "We Work Out Everything as a Family"
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:45:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Kim Kardashian, Matt LauerKim Kardashian fully supports her stepfather Bruce Jenner as he transitions to life as a woman. During Friday's interview with Diane Sawyer, Jenner said Kardashian was the "most...


Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent Share the First Photo of Poppy: "Our Daughter Continues to Be the Biggest Gift"
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:30:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Jeremiah Brent InstagramNate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are two proud papas! The first-time fathers shared the first photo of their daughter, Poppy Brent-Berkus, via Instagram Sunday. Brent posted the picture...


Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder Are Married!
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:55:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Nikki Reed, Ian Somerhalder, WeddingIan Somerhalder and Nikki Reed are officially husband and wife! The 36-year-old Vampire Diaries hunk and the 26-year-old Twilight actress got married Sunday at sunset in Santa Monica,...


2015 Daytime Emmy Awards: Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Ripa, Betty White, Bobby Flay and More Big Winners
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:12:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Betty WhiteRise and shine TV lovers! It's time to celebrate the best in daytime. From talk-show hosts to soap opera stars, so many familiar faces were in attendance for Sunday's 2015 Daytime...


Jay Z Is "Determined" to Defend Tidal App, Makes Promise That "We Are Here for the Long Haul"
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:13:27 GMT
From eonline.com
Jay Z, Kanye WestJay Z is nowhere close to calling his latest business venture a failure. In fact, he's ready to sing its praises. Just a few days after his Tidal App suffered a major fall on the...


The Good Wife's Emotional Punch to the Gut: Kalinda, Alicia and a Letter
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:07:36 GMT
From eonline.com
The Good Wife CastOh my Good Wife!!! That last scene. Take a minute and catch your breath because if you're anything like me you inadvertently held your breath the entire episode while sitting on the edge of...


Scott Disick Says There's a "50/50" Chance He'll Be There for Reign Disick's Birth--Get the KUWTK Recap!
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:01:00 GMT
From eonline.com
KUWTKOn the latest Keeping Up With the Kardashians, we immediately saw Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick clashing again. Kourtney strongly feels that her man isn't being...


Game of Thrones Recap: Another Terrible, Horrifying Wedding Approaches In "High Sparrow"
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Peter Dinklage, Game of ThronesWarning: major spoilers below! Do not read until you have watched Game of Thrones season five episode 3, "High Sparrow." Be careful what you wish for. That's the lesson Arya...


Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres End Their Prank War at Daytime Emmys After Someone Strips to Their Underwear
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 01:26:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Matt Lauer, Ellen DeGeneres Let there officially be peace in daytime! For more than two months, Ellen DeGeneres and Matt Lauer have not let up with their hilarious pranks on one another. Thanks to clever...


You Have to Watch Reese Witherspoon and Sof�a Vergara Belt Out Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift Classics
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:36:00 GMT
From eonline.com
Reese WitherspoonThese two know how to cause some serious trouble! Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara may be hard at work supporting their new movie Hot Pursuit. But in between traveling and...


Bruce Jenner Stopped Gender Transition After Falling for Kris Jenner
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:32:22 +0000
From radaronline.com
Bruce Jenner may have began his gender transition process back in the 80s but stopped after he fell in love with Kris Jenner.... READ ON

Chris Pratt Gushes About Wife Anna Faris on Reddit
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:32:18 +0000
From radaronline.com
Chris Pratt was having a question and answer session on Reddit when he decided to gush about his wife, Anna Faris.... READ ON

Khloe Kardashian Is Releasing Her Own Advice Book
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:32:16 +0000
From radaronline.com
Khloe Kardashian has put pen to paper, and will be releasing a book this fall. The publishing company says Khloe will tell readers how to create strength and true beauty... READ ON

It’s Official: Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder Tie The Knot — Get A First Look At Their Wedding Ceremony!
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:04:18 +0000
From radaronline.com
Nikki Reed & Ian Somerhalder Married -- Wedding Photos And they'll live happily ever after! Get a first look at Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder's romantic spring wedding in Santa Monica.... READ ON

Scott Falls Off The Wagon During Kourtney’s Pregnancy, Seeks Refuge With Khloe On ‘KUWTK’
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:52:12 +0000
From radaronline.com
aKeeping Up with the Kardashiansa Scott Disick Kourtney Kardashian's baby daddy Scott Disick once again let her down by getting drunk during the last days of her third pregnancy on Sunday's Keeping Up with the Kardashians. And... READ ON

Radar Told You First! Phaedra Says At ‘RHOA’ Reunion That She Hasn’t Filed For Divorce From Jailbird Apollo: ‘I’m Still Married’
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 12:29:02 +0000
From radaronline.com
Real Housewives Of Atlanta Reunion Phaedra Parks Still Married Phaedra Parks shocked host Andy Cohen on Sunday night's The Real Housewives of Atlanta reunion, telling him of her incarcerated husband Apollo Nida: "I'm still married." Of course, RadarOnline.com exclusively... READ ON

‘Kris Wants To Just Hide': The Drama Explodes! Jenner’s Gender Bender Tell-All Divides Family aa What Went On Behind Closed Doors
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:50:51 +0000
From radaronline.com
Bruce Jenner Interview Family Drama The tension between the Jenners and Kardashians exploded Friday night, after Bruce publicly revealed he would begin living his life as a womana. RadarOnline.com has exclusively learned that Kris Jenner... READ ON

Housewife ‘In Danger!’ ‘RHOC’ Newbie Katie Hamilton Reveals Her Drug Nightmare In Restraining Order Against MLB Star Husband Josh
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:30:39 +0000
From radaronline.com
RHOC Katie Hamilton Josh Cocaine Restraining Order The Real Housewives of Orange County newbies Josh Hamilton and his wife Katie didn't even make it to air before falling victim to the Bravo curse! Josh filed for... READ ON

Moving On: Demi Moore Sells $75 Million Pad She Once Shared With Exes Bruce & Ashton a 11 Must-See Pics
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:29:17 +0000
From radaronline.com
Demi Moore Manhattan Penthouse San Remo Ashton Kutcher Bruce Willis Demi Moore cuts the ties to her old life, selling the penthouse she once share with ex-husband Bruce Willis and later renovated it with Ashton Kutcher before he was caught... READ ON

The Truth Behind Amber Portwood & Farrah Abrahamas Twitter Feud: X-rated aTeen Moma Taunted She ‘Could Not Carry The Show On Her Own’
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 11:28:17 +0000
From radaronline.com
Amber Portwood Farrah Abraham Twitter Fight Amber Portwood is all about spreading the love a but knows when it's time to speak her mind. After her Teen Mom OG costar Farrah Abraham trashed the MTV reality... READ ON

What's Going On Around The World Today?
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:31:04 -0400
From buzzfeed.com

HERE ARE THE TOP STORIES

A devastating earthquake in Nepal has killed more than 3,600 people and left thousands more injured. Here's what we know so far:

Facebook allowed people in Nepal to quickly let their networks know if they're safe through its "Safety Check" feature. The feature was introduced last October, but this appears to be the first time it's been utilized on such a grand scale, according to BuzzFeed News' Stephanie McNeal.

And a little extra. Nepal is among the poorest and least developed countries in the world, according to the CIA's World Factbook, and Kathmandu sits in "one of the most seismically hazardous regions on Earth," the U.S. Geological Survey reports.

Saturday's earthquake came 81 years after the last major earthquake along Nepal's main fault line. "When a large earthquake occurs, it is common for the movement to transfer strain further along the earthquake fault," BBC News' Kate Ravilious writes. The 1934 and 2015 quakes appear to follow the pattern of a similar 89-year gap as strain accumulated between quakes in 1255 and 1344.

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Protests in Baltimore over Freddie Gray's death turned violent on Saturday, when a group of people started breaking windows, looting, and clashing with the police. Thirty-five people have been arrested. The demonstrators had been peacefully protesting the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal spinal cord injury at some point while in police custody. He died on April 19, a week after he was arrested. The specifics of his death are unclear, though authorities have said they believe Gray's injury happened while he was in a police transport van. The death of Gray has brought renewed attention to a police practice known as 'rough rides,' BuzzFeed News' Albert Samaha writes.

And a little extra. Since January 2011, the city of Baltimore has paid about $5.7 million over lawsuits claiming that police officers abused alleged suspects. The Baltimore Police Department's history with misconduct has a hidden cost: "The perception that officers are violent can poison the relationship between residents and police," according to a Baltimore Sun investigation last September.

WE'RE KEEPING AN EYE ON

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments tomorrow on a case that could legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states. "The Court will hear two-and-a-half hours of arguments about two questions," BuzzFeed News' Chris Geidner writes. "It sounds simple in practice -- 'Should same-sex couples be able to marry? Here are some reasons why or why not!' -- but the legal issues the court is facing quickly get complex," writes Geidner.

The case is known as "Obergefell v. Hodges," and it is a consolidation of six separate lawsuits from four states: Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee. The case's namesake, Jim Obergefell, is still fighting for the right to have his marriage recognized two years after the death of his husband. Obergefell's story is one of several that will presented to the Supreme Court throughout the hearing.

What's next? The Supreme Court decision will hinge on two justices: Justice Anthony Kennedy and Chief Justice John Roberts. "The four liberals, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, have signaled their opposition to state same-sex marriage bans," according to Reuters' Joan Biskupic. Meanwhile, the three conservative justices -- Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito -- are expected to maintain their belief that same-sex marriage is not supported by the Constitution. The court is expected to provide a ruling by the end of June.

Pro-LGBT protesters hold a rainbow flag outside the Supreme Court building in April.

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT THIS?

For-profit Corinthian Colleges is shutting down, two weeks after the Department of Education imposed the company's Heald College chain with one of the largest fines of any on a for-profit school -- $30 million for "substantial misrepresentations" to students about job placement rates. The company will immediately close its 28 campuses still in operation leaving some 16,000 students without a school to attend. "Those thousands of current students may now be eligible to have their loans discharged, an option the Department of Education provides to students whose schools abruptly close down," BuzzFeed News' Molly Hensley-Clancy writes.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris presenting on Corinthian College during a news conference in San Francisco on October 10, 2013.

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The new U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, wants to revolutionize American public health -- but he might be doomed by the increasing powerlessness on his office, BuzzFeed New's Dan Vergano writes. The 37-year-old physician is the youngest surgeon general in more than a century. The once prominent position of the "nation's top doctor" has had its power diluted by the rise of other medical voices that cater to the public, Howard Markel, a medical historian, told BuzzFeed News.

"I am a woman," Bruce Jenner announced in an interview that aired on Friday. The Olympic gold medalist-turned-reality TV star's transition into a woman had been the subject of media speculation for more than year. Jenner's interview covered his struggle with a double life and his mixed acceptance from the Kardashians, the stepfamily with whom he returned to the public spotlight in the popular reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians.

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Central European News is a small British news agency specializing in weird stories that often fill up your Facebook feed -- but are also often wrong. If you've read about the Russian fisherman whose Justin Bieber ringtone scared away a bear or the man in China who got a tapeworm from too much sashimi, you've encountered a story from CEN. A BuzzFeed News investigation takes a deep dive into the agency's questionable practices and found that only 9 of 41 CEN pieces evaluated appeared to be real or mostly real.

Quick things to know:

  • Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev won re-election with 97.7% of the vote, according to election officials. "I apologize if these numbers are unacceptable for the superdemocratic countries, but there was nothing I could do," Nazarbayev said. (New York Times)

  • South Korean Prime Minister Lee Wan Koo has resigned over bribery allegations. He's the second premier to quit in a year. (Bloomberg)

  • A new gender bias study found a surprising preference for female faculty members in the hiring practices of certain STEM fields. (Ars Technica)

  • Chipotle will no longer include genetically engineered ingredients in its food. (New York Times)

  • And here are the 10 best lines from the White House Correspondents' Dinner on Saturday night. (BuzzFeed News)

HAPPY MONDAY

After decades of exploring the universe's mysteries, Stephen Hawking took on his most important challenge yet: One Direction. During a talk Saturday, Hawking was asked about the cosmological effect of teen heartthrob Zayn Malik's recent departure from the boy band. "Finally, a question about something important," he said. His response: "My advice to any heartbroken young girl is to pay close attention to the study of theoretical physics. Because one day there may well be proof of multiple universes ... And in that universe, Zayn is still in One Direction." In theoretical physics One Direction fans trust.

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Selfie Sticks Have Now Been Banned At Wimbledon
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:16:06 -0400
From buzzfeed.com

The devices will not be allowed at the All England Lawn Tennis Club this summer.

If youare a tennis fan and love selfies, then you may be in for a bit of bad news, because the All England Lawn Tennis Club has announced that selfie sticks have been banned from the Wimbledon championships.

If youare a tennis fan and love selfies, then you may be in for a bit of bad news, because the All England Lawn Tennis Club has announced that selfie sticks have been banned from the Wimbledon championships.

As BuzzFeed has reported in the past, a number of UK venues are banning the devices over fears either that they could be used as weapons or that they could ruin the experience for other spectators.

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A spokesman for the club echoed those concerns while speaking to the Sunday Times.

A spokesman for the club echoed those concerns while speaking to the Sunday Times.

"It is in common with everyone else," he said. "It is partly the nuisance value but primarily so it doesn't interfere with spectators' enjoyment.

"There is the possibility that if you are wandering around with one of these things in a fairly tight environment, you might poke someone's eye out."

Carl Court / Getty

The announcement comes after other sporting venues, including the Etihad Stadium, the Millennium Stadium, and Stamford Bridge, announced that selfie sticks were not allowed.

The announcement comes after other sporting venues, including the Etihad Stadium, the Millennium Stadium, and Stamford Bridge, announced that selfie sticks were not allowed.

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This Is Why Streaking During A Rugby Match Is Never A Good Idea
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 09:01:06 -0400
From buzzfeed.com

London Welsh's Chris Halaaufia decided to help the stewards remove the naked gentleman from the pitch.

It didnat end well.

It didnat end well.

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In fact, it looked extremely painful.

In fact, it looked extremely painful.

The player involved was London Welsh's Chris Hala'ufia, and the picture of him tackling the streaker was one of the sporting highlights of the weekend.

The Tongan No. 8 didn't actually make it to the end of the game himself - he was sent off for illegally tackling Leicester's Laurence Pearce then shoving his head into the ground.

London Welsh went on to lose the game 38-17.

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Anyway, given how much attention the Hala'ufia pictures got, we thought we'd share some more images of streakers being tackled.

Anyway, given how much attention the Hala'ufia pictures got, we thought we'd share some more images of streakers being tackled.

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Lena Dunham Has Given A Speech About Being A Survivor Of Rape
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:46:07 -0400
From buzzfeed.com

"As a feminist and sexual assault survivor, my ultimate goal is to use my experience, my platform and yes, my privilege, to reverse stigma and give voice to other survivors."

Lena Dunham was one of the honorees at Variety's Power of Women event in New York this weekend.

Lena Dunham was one of the honorees at Variety's Power of Women event in New York this weekend.

The 28-year-old actress was handed an award for her work with GEMS, an organisation based in New York to empower young women who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.

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The Girls star took to the stage and used the opportunity to speak out about her alleged rape ordeal to help other sexual assault survivors.

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Lena, who has previously opened up about the attack in her book Not That Kind Of Girl, explained how "powerless" she had felt and that it took years for her to come to terms with it.

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She said:

She said:

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People Are Sharing This Banned Nando's Ad That Takes The Piss Out Of Anti-Immigration Laws
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:31:05 -0400
From buzzfeed.com

"You know what's wrong with South Africa a all your foreigners," the banned commercial begins.

This Nando's ad from 2012 is currently being shared on South African Facebook pages due to its mockery of anti-immigration laws.

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19 "Blue Jasmine" GIFs That Perfectly Depict Your Uni Life
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:16:06 -0400
From buzzfeed.com

"I really need to study."

When you're three weeks into the semester and everything has fallen apart.

When you're three weeks into the semester and everything has fallen apart.

Sony Pictures Classics

When you have an assignment due but your friend talks you into going to a party for "just one drink".

When you have an assignment due but your friend talks you into going to a party for

Sony Pictures Classics

When you're at a party stuck talking to a mutual acquaintance who you have literally no time for.

When you're at a party stuck talking to a mutual acquaintance who you have literally no time for.

Sony Pictures Classics

When your friend hooks up with someone who is categorically wrong for them and you have to remind them to love themselves.

When your friend hooks up with someone who is categorically wrong for them and you have to remind them to love themselves.

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Joss Whedon's Astonishing, Spine-Tingling, Soul-Crushing Marvel Adventure!
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:01:04 -0400
From buzzfeed.com

"Thor's dead!" Joss Whedon screamed. "I killed Thor!"

It was at the end of a long day on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Whedon's second turn as the writer and director of Marvel Studios' crown jewel franchise. The gargantuan production was in its final weeks last July on a converted back lot at a largely abandoned police training facility outside of London, doubling for the fictional Eastern European nation of Sokovia, home to the film's climactic battle. Whedon had dreamed up a bit of business in which a pack of robot "Ultrons" hurtle an ambulance at a crowd of civilians, and Thor (Chris Hemsworth), being a nearly indestructible Asgardian warrior, throws himself in its way, pivoting the vehicle in the air and hurling it at a fuel truck, where both vehicles blow up.

To pull this off, Hemsworth would first pretend to throw the ambulance onto the truck, and react to a nonexistent fireball. Then the set would be cleared, so the real explosion could be filmed and merged seamlessly into the same shot with the actor in postproduction. It was painstaking, time-sucking technical work, requiring absolutely none of Whedon's trademark witty dialogue for the actors to speak. But Whedon did not seem to mind. As he walked Hemsworth through the plan, the 50-year-old director grimaced and flexed as he transformed himself, if for a moment, into a rubber-limbed version of the hammer-wielding superhero.

Joss Whedon and Chris Evans on the set of Avengers: Age of Ultron

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"I'm glad you could see this dramatic and Oscar-worthy scene that will no doubt be quoted for generations," Whedon said minutes later in the director's tent as the crew went through the final preparations to shoot the explosion. "'Boom!' children will say. 'Boom!'"

Just then, Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios' president and creative impresario, and Age of Ultron's producer, stepped into the tent and sat behind Whedon. "Did you just get done telling him it's not just about big explosions?" Feige said to his director.

"But in a character way!" Whedon joked back. "This is totally going to change Thor's whole course. Thor 3 is going to be affected by this as well. I saw a truck blow up! I cannot live with that burden! I must go on a walkabout! I must have a journey!"

Finally, it came time to shoot the explosion. "There will be two bangs!" first assistant director Jamie Christopher said over a loudspeaker. "The one from the tanker is the big one!"

The cameras started rolling. The tent grew silent. Everyone leaned in for a good view of the monitors capturing every possible angle. Christopher called action. And the truck went boom, launching a massive fireball into the air -- and directly onto the patch of road where Hemsworth had been standing. The tent erupted into laughter.

"Oh man," Whedon said, shaking his head. "I told you it was going to affect Thor 3!"

"May he rest in peace," said Feige, smiling and turning to me. "That's a big spoiler."

"I super totally killed Thor," Whedon said, doubled over. "It's funny because he's dead."

Thor is not dead. The rig for the ambulance hadn't so much hurtled the vehicle as gently tossed it down the road, which made Hemsworth's Thor look more than a little silly dangling from its windshield. In the finished film, Whedon's scrapped it completely; Thor still causes the tanker to explode, just from a much safer distance.

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Three years ago, it was Marvel's mightiest superheroes who caused Whedon to blow up. The Avengers opened with the biggest debut weekend ever in the U.S. ($207.4 million), and became the third-highest grossing film of all time and the most successful comic book movie ever made (with $1.5 billion worldwide). That kind of astronomic success was brand new for Whedon. His original TV shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse had well established him as a cult TV auteur, but the same things that secured him such a devoted following -- his dedication to challenging storytelling and cultural conventions, matched with a pulpy and idiosyncratic creative sensibility -- also earned Whedon a reputation for being a perpetual underdog. Buffy and Angel were modest hits, but their niche audiences never crept past the bottom of the ratings charts. Firefly, meanwhile, was battered by its network (Fox), and brutally canceled before all of its initial order of 14 episodes had aired. Whedon's herculean efforts to resurrect the show with his 2005 feature film Serenity (his feature directing debut) had also flopped, grossing just $38.9 million globally. Before Marvel Studios came calling, Whedon's most recent major triumph had been the 2008 web series musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog.

The Avengers changed everything. In August 2012, Marvel Studios signed Whedon to a three-year deal to write and direct the sequel, as well as develop "a new live-action series for Marvel Television" and "contribute creatively to the next phase of Marvel's cinematic universe," according to the statement released by the studio. The deal confirmed Whedon's ascension to a pinnacle of professional success, recognition, and influence the likes of which he had never really known. It was as if the weird theater kid who liked playing Dungeons & Dragons and arguing about comic books with his buddies on Saturday nights had suddenly been elected student body president and prom king, and become captain of the football team -- and the entire school loved him for it.

And as Whedon made clear that day in July on the Age of Ultron set, he wanted to make the most of his newfound status as a true geek god. "With Avengers 2, it's like, I feel like I can do better," he said. "It can mean more. And I can work harder. And I can enjoy it more."

Scarlett Johansson and Whedon on the Avengers: Age of Ultron set

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As Whedon stood on the ridge of a ruined (fake) bridge, looking over the rubble-strewn carnage, he sounded deeply content with how well he'd been able to hit that target. "I've had the best time," he said. "Every detail has fascinated me. I feel differently about it than I did [before]. Hopefully, that will show."

Eight months later, however, as Whedon was close to completing Age of Ultron in time for its international debut on April 22, and U.S. debut May 1, he looked and sounded like he'd been hit by an exploding truck for real. His voice was choked into a ragged croak, and his lower lip sported a nasty-looking scab where it had split in half. "Well, I have been to the other side of the mountain," he said. "I gotta say, it's been dark. It's been weird. It's been horrible. About a month and a half ago, I said goodbye to my kids, and I've been living in Burbank next to the studio. I feel every day like, I didn't do enough, I didn't do enough, I didn't do enough. I wasn't ready. Here's failure. Here's failure. Here's compromise. Here's compromise."

In practically the same breath, Whedon added that the worst, he hoped, was behind him. "I'm now coming out the other side, realizing that once again, for all its many varied and soon to be heralded flaws, it's my movie," he said. "It's the movie I set out to make. And I have the honor of saying, it's fucking bonkers. So there's that."

Since he first signed on to make The Avengers, Whedon has spent the last five years with a prime seat for Marvel Studios' escalating popularity, as its vast, and lucrative, cinematic universe has transformed the slates of every studio in Hollywood. He's stood in the company of gods and titans, on screen and off, sometimes as their master, and sometimes at their mercy. There is simply no one better qualified for this experience, and it's clearly given him much personal joy. And yet, it has also brought him to the brink of an almost existential misery. Now that his time at the top of the Marvel Studios tower is nearing its end, the only question left to ask is, what could he possibly do next?

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A little over a month before The Avengers opened in May 2012, Whedon was asked by the British magazine SFX how he might try to top the spectacle of the first film if he were to direct the sequel. "By not trying to," he said. "By being smaller. More personal. More painful."

Three years later, Whedon had spent five months shooting Avengers: Age of Ultron in South Africa, South Korea, Bangladesh, Italy, and London. He'd added three major characters -- Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and the Vision (Paul Bettany) -- to the already teeming ensemble of Thor, Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). He'd slipped in cameos for several characters from other Marvel Studios movies, including Iron Man's Col. James Rhodes, aka War Machine (Don Cheadle), Captain America's Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and Sam Wilson, aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Thor's Heimdall (Idris Elba). And Ultron, the artificially intelligent genocidal villain of the title, was a computer-generated character voiced and performed via motion capture by James Spader, which added another demanding layer of VFX complexity.

What was that again about making the Avengers sequel smaller? "That has not gone my way," Whedon said with a laugh en route home from the set in July. "I totes failed to make it smaller. There is a lot of movie."

Both Whedon and Feige insist, however, that the precipitously expanding scope of Age of Ultron was never by design. "The truth is, whether anybody will ever believe it or not, we never sat down -- we being Joss and I and the team at Marvel -- and said, 'How do we make it even bigger?!'" Feige said on set. "It always was, 'Where do we want to take the characters?' That's the way Joss thinks."

And on that score, Whedon had much more success in his stated desire to bring a "more personal" and "more painful" approach to Age of Ultron -- to make it, in other words, more Whedon-y. He used Scarlet Witch's ability to read minds to create hallucinogenic fever dreams for the Avengers, excavating the private pain that was haunting each of them. "What I wanted to do is get into the souls of my characters," Whedon said with a knowing flourish. "Their hearts and minds and their real ills and what makes them tick."

Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr., and Evans in Avengers: Age of Ultron

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With so many divergent characters, Whedon also chose to load up the film with as many genres as it could handle. "It's science-fiction horror!" he said. "OK, it's really a Western. All right, there's ballet in it. I have genre ADD. Look, this is a hard, explode-y, testosterone-filled action movie for guys, so there's got to be ballet [and] swing dancing!" Stitching together disparate genres into something unexpectedly new is also what makes Joss Whedon Joss Whedon. With Buffy, he combined a teen high school melodrama with the tropes of B-movie horror, and then subverted both by casting a soap star as the show's demon-slaying heroine. With Firefly, he reimagined the swashbuckling sci-fi adventure show as a Western about hardscrabble outlaws eking out a life on the edge of space. With Dr. Horrible, he recast the comic book villain as the accidental antihero -- and he did it in song. Much like the characters who populate his stories, Whedon's obvious love for the spirit of each of these genres is matched by his eagerness to crack them open and remake them anew. And with Age of Ultron, he was getting to bring his character-driven, genre-mashing sensibility to life with a blockbuster budget.

"I'm doing, 'ARRRGGGG!'" said Ruffalo, bellowing like the Hulk. "And he's like, 'Yeah, maybe you should be in that moment like, Oh, what the fuck.' He's always bringing it down into these moments that are not superhero, and not grand, and not macho. Just the normal moments that we all experience every single day. I think that's probably the number one reason why this stuff works so well, because he takes superhuman people, and he just lets them be super human."

And there may not be superhumans dearer to Whedon's heart than the ones who live in the Marvel universe, characters he fell in love with as a young teenager. While talking about the malleability of comic book storylines in his trailer, Whedon said with absolute seriousness, "Nothing has ever made me angrier than the Gwen Stacy slept with Norman Osborn and had genetically enhanced twins [storyline]. Gwen Stacy is the bedrock of the Marvel universe. And that to me is unforgivable." (This storyline happened, by the way, in the mid-2000s, when Whedon was in his forties.)

Whedon's obvious devotion to Marvel's characters has made him an ideal director for wrangling so many of them in the Avengers movies. "He's our kind of compass," said Evans. "And if he's OK with it, if it makes sense to him and his understanding of these characters from the birth of their comic origins, we're OK with it."

It's also what drove Marvel Studios to sign Whedon to become a kind of creative consiglieri for the studio, or as Whedon once put it to BuzzFeed News, "the Tom Hagen of the Marvel Universe."

"Even at its most basic form, when you have Joss Whedon as a sounding board, or as somebody to go, 'Take a look at this cut,' or 'Take a look at this draft,' it's unbelievably valuable," said Feige. "It helped on every movie we've made." In practical terms, it's meant Whedon has done everything from give notes on rough cuts for Iron Man 3 and script drafts for Thor: The Dark World to doing a full dialogue pass on the screenplay for Guardians of the Galaxy. (That's another thing about Whedon: He has such a knack for dialogue that he often speaks in dialogue, sometimes even with himself.)

"Sometimes, you know, it's been fun, because they've actually taken my advice, certainly at the story level," Whedon said. "And then sometimes I feel like, Ergh, you missed the point entirely." When he wasn't consulting specifically on the movies themselves, Whedon said he would also consult with the other directors about the often highly collaborative process of making a movie with Marvel Studios. "You know, talking them off the ledge," he said. "'Cause there's a certain degree of madness. But there's always method."

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23 Ways To Eat Cookies For Breakfast
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:46:10 -0400
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Start strong.

Chia Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Chia Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies

Lots of good stuff happening here. Recipe here.

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No-Bake Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cookies

No-Bake Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Cookies

No oven? No problem. Recipe here.

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Pumpkin Breakfast Cookie

Pumpkin Breakfast Cookie

You could argue that this is just a spherical granola bar. I could argue that there's nothing wrong with that. Recipe here.

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Look At These Maps, Then Prepare For Decades Of Droughts And Floods
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:30:16 -0400
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As parched California battles an epic drought, and the Northeast U.S. braces for the spring flooding season, the long-term outlook is even worse. Welcome to the new normal of climate change.

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Prepare for a much drier future -- or a much wetter one. Climate change is likely to bring significantly warmer temperatures across the entire United States. But what that means for rain and snowfall will depend crucially on where in the country you live.

The far Southwest, currently in the grip of a historic drought, is likely to get significantly drier in the coming decades, according to the latest predictive climate data. The Northeast will get wetter by a similar proportion. If you're a farmer in Southern California, or own riverside property in upstate New York or New England, you should be preparing for life-changing drought and flood, respectively.

The animation above was made from data provided to BuzzFeed News by Jon Eischeid of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory in Boulder, Colorado. It reflects the averaged output of the world's leading climate models, given starting conditions in 1900 and then left to simulate how the atmosphere and oceans behave until 2100. Each frame shows precipitation over a five-year period.

The models assumed that carbon dioxide emissions will remain on their current upward trajectory, leveling out only toward the end of the century. This is a scenario that the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls RCP8.5. If this is what the world allows to happen, climate models indicate that average global temperatures are likely to rise by about five degrees Celsius by 2100. (Climatologists suggest that we should try to keep the increase to less than two degrees Celsius to avoid the worst effects of climate change.)

Predicting future precipitation is harder than estimating temperature changes because simulating how moist air will circulate on a regional scale is more complicated than calculating the warming effect of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.

Despite the greater uncertainties, climate models consistently predict an arid zone in the subtropics that will grow and intensify, while higher latitudes will see more rain and snow. The U.S. also gets split in two by meanders in the jet stream, a fast-flowing current of air high in the atmosphere, which is why the projections for the Southwest and Northeast are so different.

The total amount of precipitation is only one of several factors that help scientists predict the risk of future droughts and floods. Also important is how much of the water falls as snow, and the frequency and intensity of heavy storms.

In California, precipitation is seasonal, with the vast majority falling between November and March. Historically, this has created a large snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, which melts slowly in the spring, providing a predictable and manageable supply of water. But as the region warms, more will fall as rain, running off rapidly from the mountains out to the sea.

It's a similar story across much of the Southwest. For this region, the main message from the National Climate Assessment, published in 2014, is to expect a decline in the snowpack and river flows. That will decrease the reliability of water supplies for cities, agriculture, and ecosystems.

To deal with the bigger droughts, California could try to catch more water during its wet season, but that might be risky. California's reservoirs are typically not kept at full capacity even in times of plenty, because they are also used to soak up storm water and prevent damaging floods. Holding more water in winter could, paradoxically, increase flood risk even as the region dries out and becomes more susceptible to drought.

"As climate warms, it's going to be more challenging to balance flood and storage requirements," Daniel Cayan, a climatologist at the University of California, San Diego, told BuzzFeed News.

In the Northeast, meanwhile, the extra rain and snow is also expected to come mainly in the winter months, and as increasingly heavy storms. Rising sea levels, as well as threatening coastal flooding, will make it harder for this rainfall to flow out to sea. Put all of this together, and increased flooding from the region's rivers seems inevitable.

We're already seeing heavier rainstorms and increased flood risk, Radley Horton, a climatologist at Columbia University and one of the lead authors of the Northeast chapter of the climate assessment, told BuzzFeed News. Between 1958 and 2010, there was a 70% increase in the amount of precipitation falling in the 1% of heaviest storms.

The models' predictions change, however, if our carbon emissions drop. Below is an animation for another IPCC scenario, called RCP4.5, which assumes that carbon dioxide emissions will peak by mid-century, and then rapidly decline. This would likely cause the globe to warm by about three degrees Celsius, on average, by 2100. There is still a trend toward less precipitation in the Southwest, and more in the Northeast, but it's less extreme.

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Whether the world's nations collectively agree to drastically reduce their carbon emissions, we are already locked into a certain amount of climate change. Even if the total amount of precipitation were to remain the same, increased temperatures mean more evaporation, drier soils, and less river flow. If summers warm by three degrees Celsius, for instance, annual flow in the Colorado River, the largest in the Southwest, could decrease by more than 13%.

Viewed from this perspective, California's epic drought is likely a harbinger of worse to come.

"We'll have to adapt -- we'll get the water we get," Peter Gleick of the Pacific Institute in Oakland, California, who studies the effect of climate change on water resources, told BuzzFeed News. But adapting to a drier future climate might be a painful experience for California and other parts of the Southwest, he said. "Farmers may go out of business and ecosystems may crash."


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Sweden's Eurovision Entry Is So Handsome It Hurts
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:16:07 -0400
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MAY=ns ZelmerlAPw is off to Eurovision on behalf of Sweden with his catchy song "Heroes".

MAY=ns ZelmerlAPw is this year's Eurovision entry for Sweden, and it's safe to say he's rather hunky.

MAY=ns ZelmerlAPw is this year's Eurovision entry for Sweden, and it's safe to say he's rather hunky.

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He took part in Melodifestivalen, which is a contest that determines who will represent Sweden at Eurovision.

He took part in Melodifestivalen, which is a contest that determines who will represent Sweden at Eurovision.

He entered the competition in 2007 and 2009, but finally won in 2015.

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21 Lies All Irish People Tell
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:00:14 -0400
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We may be known as the country of saints and scholars, but we're also a nation full of fibbers.

"I'm nipping out for a smoke. I'll be back in a second."

Ah, the aul sneak-off. When an Irish person tells you they'll be back in a sec, you're guaranteed not to see them again for the rest of the night. And by the time anyone realises they've gone, they'll be in a taxi on the way to bed.

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"It's not too far away."

For some reason, Irish people seem to get the "speed x time = distance" formula wrong. There must have been a misprint in a maths book along the way. So if someone tells you it's not too far, it almost certainly is.

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"Ah! It was grand."

If you go out for a walk and the weather turns out to be miserable, you won't let anybody know about it. "Ah," you say, "it was grand. Bit nippy, but it was good to get out of the house, you know?"

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"Sure, this is grand now."

On the other end of the spectrum, "Sure, this is grand now" means that it's absolutely brilliant.

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Northern Ireland Minister Resigns Following Gay Abuse Comments
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:45:10 -0400
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Jim Wells stepped down after linking gay relationships with child abuse.

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Wells said in a statement posted to the DUP website that he was stepping down to be with his wife, who has suffered recent health problems.

"As many people are aware, I have been focused on helping my wife during her fight for life," he wrote.

"Those who know my family and I, know the last three months have been the toughest of our lives as we watched my wife, Grace, suffer two successive strokes and battle through major heart surgery."

Questions over his position were raised when a video appeared showing Wells talking about same-sex marriage in his constituency of South Down.

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"The facts shows that certainly if you bring a child up in a homosexual relationship that a child is more likely to be abused and neglected," he can be heard saying. Hecklers then appear to immediately condemn the remarks.


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Joss Whedon's Updates For 5 Big Projects
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:31:04 -0400
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There are several projects Whedonas been attached to since joining the Marvel Studios fold, directing 2012as The Avengers and the upcoming sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron. The filmmaker gives BuzzFeed News his updates for all of them.

Big Giant Me EP

Big Giant Me EP

BuzzFeed News broke the story last August that Whedon was collaborating with singer-songwriter Shawnee Kilgore on a six-song EP. The two met via Kickstarter when Whedon helped fund Kilgore's own second full-length album.

"Shawnee and I have written a couple more songs. But she got kicked to the curb along with everything else in my life when I realized, Oh, I literally can't think about anything else [but Age of Ultron]. So she's been very sweet, and she's putting out the album that I helped Kickstart. That's something that I will pick up again in May. We're pretty close."

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Dr. Horrible 2

Dr. Horrible 2

It's been seven years since Whedon's DIY musical broke the internet, and pretty much everyone involved with it has been hard at work elsewhere: Nathan Fillion on ABC's Castle, Felicia Day with her YouTube channel Geek & Sundry, Simon Helberg on CBS' The Big Bang Theory, collaborators Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen on Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and star Neil Patrick Harris with his upcoming NBC variety special (as well as possibly going for his awards ceremony host EGOT). Still, fans have dearly hoped for a sequel -- and they aren't alone.

"We've done a lot of work on it, including a bunch of songs. But I was starting to feel like, I don't know if that's [possible]. Everybody's so busy, and we've all changed. I saw Neil do Hedwig [on Broadway], and went backstage, and the first thing he said was, 'When are we doing a sequel?!' I'm like, OK! Maybe that's still on! So it'll be interesting to see when we come up for air on it. Not sure. But god knows, we have the people. We have the technology. We can rebuild it."

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Wastelanders

Wastelanders

After Dr. Horrible's success, Whedon spoke openly of creating another web series with writer Warren Ellis (pictured) that Ellis has called "a funny horrible story about the end of the world," but that's about as far as things have progressed.

"I still talk to Warren about it. I still think it's interesting. It was built around a sort of internet paradigm that probably is a little old-fashioned. It was built in my mind when still nobody was doing anything. So I sort of need to look at the landscape."

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Firefly star Alan Tudyk launched a wildly successful crowdfunding campaign for this web series, based on Tudyk's experience as an actor on a beloved cult favorite sci-fi TV show that was canceled well before its time. (Sound familiar?) Fellow Browncoat Nathan Fillion will also star and produce. Whedon has endorsed the project, but he's got to be on it, right?

"Well, I hope I'm involved! I think I'd rather play the guy who canceled it. I think that would be hilarious. Just, like, bitter. Constantly justifying himself. 'This is a business! I had to do it!'"

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Live Out Your Bollywood Dream With This Hilarious New App
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 06:01:04 -0400
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Have you been mouthing Bollywood dialogues for as long as you can remember?

Have you been mouthing Bollywood dialogues for as long as you can remember?

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Do you get called "dramebaaz," "filmy," and "nautanki"?

Do you get called

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Did you love it when you were told, "Isko toh Bollywood mein hona chahiye!"?

Did you love it when you were told,

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Well, congratulations! The gods of technology have blessed your filmy heart with an app that gives you the stage to act out your favourite scenes, called "Dubsmash."

Well, congratulations! The gods of technology have blessed your filmy heart with an app that gives you the stage to act out your favourite scenes, called

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19 Things You Need To Eat In Liverpool Right Now
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:46:06 -0400
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Because there's more to this great city than football and tracksuits.

Fish and chips from the Bridewell.

Fish and chips from the Bridewell.

We all know northern fish and chips is better than what you can get in the south, but this effort really does need sampling ASAP when you're next knocking around Liverpool One. The Bridewell's also a former prison, which is a rather unique talking point on top of the great food.

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Any pizza from TriBeCa.

TriBeCa is renowned for serving great pizzas, so the only question that remains is which topping will you choose? And if you really can't decide, you can go half-and-half.

(N.B. They're all amazing.)

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The Triple Nom burger from Almost Famous.

TheTriple Nom (double cheeseburgers, pulled pork, coleslaw, redneck BBQ sauce) is to die for. Well, not literally, but it's pretty darn nice.

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Pan Asian cuisine at Matou.

Only opened since 2010 and located on Liverpool's scenic waterfront, the views from the restaurant are especially pleasant, as are the many meals on offer.

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This Video Shows How Society's Sexism Affects Indian Men, Too
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:31:04 -0400
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Here's why "be a man" are the three most harmful words you can say to a man.

YouTube channel Old Delhi Films has put up a video highlighting how society's gender norms affect how men can and cannot behave.

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They highlight the various rigid rules for what is and isn't "manly".

They highlight the various rigid rules for what is and isn't

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And they discuss the inherent problems with a culture where men are required to prove their manhood time and time again.

And they discuss the inherent problems with a culture where men are required to prove their manhood time and time again.

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And finally, they take a vow to break the cycle of sexism that keeps these expectations alive.

And finally, they take a vow to break the cycle of sexism that keeps these expectations alive.

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The King Of Bullsh*t News
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:16:09 -0400
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Last November, within a few hours of each other, some of the planet's biggest news websites published an irresistible story. An attractive Argentinian teacher called Lucita Sandoval, from Santiago del Estero, had been having sex with her 16-year-old student, and the video of their tryst had made its way to a porn website. With its heady blend of titillation and depravity, it was the perfect tabloid scandal.

Websites including the Daily Mirror and Metro in the UK and the New York Daily News in the US duly published the story, alongside an image showing the teacher posing poolside in her bikini. "Teacher suspended after sex session with teen pupil ends up on hardcore porn website," read the Mirror's headline. The Daily Mail - the most successful English-language newspaper website in the world - even went so far as to claim that there would be a criminal investigation, and that this wasn't the first time that the teacher in question had sexual relations with a student.

There was just one problem: It wasn't true.

As BuzzFeed News has previously reported, the story had already been debunked by a local paper in Argentina a full two weeks before the English-language press picked it up. The video didn't show an underage boy. Although the woman in the video was a teacher, she was from Corrientes, rather than Santiago del Estero, as had been claimed in the incorrect articles. She probably wasn't even called Lucita Sandoval. Some of the sites have updated their articles, but others remain unchanged (at the time of this story's publication).

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So how did this fake story make the leap from South America to the English-language press? The answer is tucked away in the bottom right-hand corner of the photo of the woman in her bikini: a credit labelled "CEN".

Central European News (CEN) and its sister outfit EuroPics are small news agencies, largely unknown outside certain sections of the media, whose headquarters are in Canterbury in the UK (although they claim to have 35 staff based in offices across central and eastern Europe). In recent years, CEN has become one of the Western media's primary sources of tantalising and attention-grabbing stories. They're often bizarre, salacious, gruesome, or ideally all three: If you've read a story about someone in a strange country cutting off their own penis, the chances are it came from CEN.

The firm's business model, like that of many other news agencies, is to sell a regular stream of stories and pictures to other media companies, which publish them under the bylines of their own reporters. In CEN's case, these include a string of stories from relatively remote parts of China, India, Russia, and other non-Western countries. They tend to depict the inhabitants of those countries as barbaric, sex-crazed, or just plain weird. And often they are inaccurate or downright false.

Austrian Times

The Chinese woman offering to sleep with men to fund her cross-country road trip? That was CEN. The Russian fisherman who was saved from a bear attack by a Justin Bieber ringtone? CEN. The Macedonian man who chopped his own penis off after his girlfriend told him it wasn't big enough? Also CEN.

CEN's "weird news" stories and images appeal to news organisations precisely because they fall into the category of "too good to check". They also appeal because they are perfectly tailored to the current media ecosystem, in which the holy grail is to have content go viral on Facebook and other social media platforms, delivering a surge of traffic.

One tried and tested method for gaining those viral clicks is running precisely the kind of oddball human interest pieces in which CEN specialises: stories that are so intriguing or horrifying or just plain weird that you can't help but share them with your friends.

CEN also publishes many unremarkable, genuine news stories - in a statement to BuzzFeed News, the company estimated its total output at 8,000 stories since January 2014. But after growing suspicious of the weird, wonderful, and exotic stories CEN has made a name for itself with - including a few picked up by BuzzFeed News - we decided to investigate, with the help of Craig Silverman, whose website Emergent tracks and evaluates online rumours (since writing this article, Silverman has been appointed as the founding editor of BuzzFeed Canada).

In all, we evaluated 41 CEN pieces that struck us as particularly attention-grabbing. Of those, 11 proved to be completely false or to be based on images that did not match the stories; eight more contained suspicious details such as perfect quotes that appeared in no other coverage; 13 we were unable to verify either way; and nine appeared to be real or mostly real.

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In other words, whether it was the story of Bieber and the bear, the Chinese backpacker offering sex in return for help funding her vacation, a man who got a tapeworm after eating sashimi, or the teacher accused of sleeping with her student, the evidence assembled by BuzzFeed News suggests that an alarming proportion of CEN's "weird news" stories are based on exaggeration, embellishment, and outright fabrication - and that the company has scant regard either for the accuracy of its content or for what happens to the people, such as the woman in the bikini, whose names and images are spread across the world.

In a letter to BuzzFeed News, CEN's legal representatives said the firm "denies absolutely that it makes up false stories or fabricates quotes". They claimed that the firm "relies on trusted contributors to source content", that there is "no evidence of a 'pattern' of behavior of fabricating stories", and that the fact that "a tiny minority" of its stories "might raise questions is not indicative" of such.

They insisted that since CEN "is BuzzFeed's main competitor for viral news content in the UK market" - something BuzzFeed would dispute given our completely different business models - they would not be answering questions about its journalistic methods because it would "involve giving information about its sources and practices to a competitor". We have made the full letter available online, but have redacted one section dealing with matters outside the scope of the current story.

Because BuzzFeed News - contrary to the claim made in the legal letter - is no longer one of CEN's clients, it has sometimes proved impossible for us to verify absolutely that a particular story has been circulated by CEN, as opposed to just the pictures on which its credit sits, although we believe that selling both picture and story together is the firm's invariable practice. Instead, we have relied on similarities between the copy on the company's sites and other published versions of the story, or on the fact that competing news organisations have produced near-identical stories, featuring matching quotes and details, accompanied by pictures credited to CEN. We have also asked CEN to verify whether it was responsible for the details and quotes we have concerns over. It has, as mentioned above, refused to do so.

Going Viral

To illustrate why we became concerned in the first place, let's take the example of a CEN story that swept across the internet last August. The premise was simple, dramatic, and delightful: A Russian man on a fishing trip was attacked by a bear. As it mauled him, the man's phone played a ringtone that startled the animal so badly it ran off, saving the fisherman's life. The ringtone was the song "Baby" by Justin Bieber.

As with the Lucita Sandoval story, it resulted in articles on some of the world's biggest newspaper websites - including the Daily Mail, the New York Post, the Sydney Morning Herald, the New York Daily News, the Daily Express, the Daily Mirror, and indeed BuzzFeed News. (We estimate that BuzzFeed News has run approximately a dozen stories based on CEN's content, which have now been updated to alert our readers to our doubts over their credibility. A full list is at the bottom of this article.)

New York Daily News

"Even bears can't stand Justin Bieber's music," reported the New York Post. "Finally proof that Justin Bieber IS unbearable," chortled the Daily Mail. The story was shared more than 20,000 times on social media (counting only the articles mentioned above). The Bear vs Bieber tale even made it into a Seth Myers monologue for his late-night show on NBC.

Yet the original story about the bear attack, which was published in Russia's Komsomolskaya Pravda, said nothing about a Bieber ringtone. Instead, it reported that the man's phone had a setting that caused it to speak the current time. That's what actually scared off the bear.

Komsomolskaya Pravda published its story about Igor Vorozhbitsyn, the Russian man who survived the bear attack, on 31 July. Five days later, the story appeared on the Austrian Times, a website run by CEN's owner and co-founder, Michael Leidig, with a photo of the fisherman (properly credited to KP) and the new detail about Justin Bieber.

That same day, CEN sold the story and images to the Daily Mail, whose story credits the images taken from Pravda to CEN instead. The agency never takes a byline on its stories: They are always credited to in-house reporters. But the emails the firm sends to its clients every day with a lengthy list of stories to pick from offer packages of pictures and text that are often published virtually unchanged. The copy also often appears on sites owned by Leidig, making it clear where the stories have originated. In this instance, the Mail's story included the same key quotes and details, and many similar phrases, as the one published on Leidig's Austrian Times site. (All told, more than half of the suspect CEN stories cited in this article had identical or nearly identical versions published on a site owned by Leidig.)

With the story taking off online, one of the authors of this article, Craig Silverman, attempted to verify its veracity by speaking to Leidig. A woman who answered the phone at the Austrian Times said he was on vacation in Romania. When asked how the agency would find and cover such a story, she said: "A lot of stories are found on the wire or in local media but also from local interviews on the ground, or we speak to the reporters who wrote them; we speak to police to get things confirmed."

She promised to check with the company's freelance agent in Russia and follow up. From that point, Austrian Times/CEN/EuroPics stopped providing information or responding to emails.

More recently, CEN sold another Russian story. The agency's copy, purchased and published by the Daily Mirror, claimed that two Russian women from Khabarovsk, near Vladivostok, had been fired from their jobs at a department store after they spent an afternoon participating in a nude photo shoot.

BuzzFeed News tracked down the images and found they originated with a Russian news outlet from the area. That piece identified the photographer as Gene Oryx, whose online portfolio includes nudes. The Mirror story credited the images to a "Dimitry Kulishenko, 30" - but online searches for that name return no mentions apart from those linking back to the Mirror piece.

In an email, Oryx confirmed to BuzzFeed News that he was the original photographer and attached an high-resolution, uncensored copy of one of the photos to prove his claim. He also said that the women in the picture do not work in a department store, and that the names listed for them in the CEN/Mirror story are false. By implication, that also means the quotes attributed to four different people in the story - one of the women, a "shocked" onlooker, a police spokesperson, and a spokesperson from the department store - are fabricated.

In other words, it appears that CEN took the photos, invented a newsworthy narrative, inserted false names for the women, credited a nonexistent photographer, and fabricated four sets of quotes to fill out the text. Then it sold the story and images. (Oryx said no one from CEN contacted him to license his images for resale.) BuzzFeed News asked CEN to explain how this happened but received no specific response beyond the more general denial.

The Man From CEN

In a 2013 op-ed for the British trade magazine Press Gazette, Michael Leidig proudly described the kind of traffic CEN could drive to large websites:

"Most of our regular content is also for the tabloid market. Not the celebrity stuff, but the quirky bizarre news designed to get people talking - today they call it viral news.

"Our content is often frequently in the Most Read section on the Mail Online."

Leidig is the owner and co-founder of CEN. He is also runs a charity called Journalists Without Borders, which claims to provide money to the needy sources featured in CEN's stories. It solicits donations on CEN's site via PayPal that it says it redirects to people featured in the articles who may be in need of medical care or financial support.

Journalism Without Borders



19 Life Struggles Only Disney Villains Understand
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 05:01:05 -0400
From buzzfeed.com

You poor unfortunate soul.

Whenever there is a party, your invitation seems to have been conveniently lost in the mail.

Whenever there is a party, your invitation seems to have been conveniently lost in the mail.

The king and queen invited the ENTIRE kingdom to the christening and somehow thought this wouldn't get back to you. That's just plain shady. SHADY.

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You're constantly being humiliated, harassed, attacked, and mutilated by your tween neighbors.

You're constantly being humiliated, harassed, attacked, and mutilated by your tween neighbors.

Let's be honest, you need to protect yourself from the notorious Neverland gang known as the Lost Boys.

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You're annoyingly reminded that you're an outsider to your own family and play NO important role.

You're annoyingly reminded that you're an outsider to your own family and play NO important role.

Could really use some advice from Prince Harry on how to deal with this.

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Matt Lauer Raised Nearly $70,000* For Charity After Agreeing To Donate Whenever Someone Thanked Him At The Daytime Emmys
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:45:07 -0400
From buzzfeed.com

*It depends on how he counts, but we're dreaming big.

Matt Lauer and Ellen DeGeneres kicked off the 2015 Daytime Emmys with a very important announcement.

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5 Thoughts That Led To Daniel Berehulak's Pulitzer Prize-Winning Photo
Date: Mon, 27 Apr 2015 04:31:05 -0400
From buzzfeed.com

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Photojournalist Daniel Berehulak

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For a period of 14 weeks in September 2014, photojournalist Daniel Berehulak documented how the Ebola epidemic was affecting communities in West Africa.

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning photo (above), medical staff carry 8-year-old James Dorbor into the JFK Ebola treatment centre in Liberia after he showed symptoms for four days. Dorbor was one of 10,000 cases in Liberia, and in the days shortly after this photo was taken, became among the 4,500 to die from the Ebola virus.

Berehulak shared with BuzzFeed News some of his thoughts about the work that led to the Pulitzer Prize recognition, as well as some of his other well-known photos.

1. On expectations versus reality:

"I expected [covering the Ebola epidemic] to be extremely difficult, and it was. But the emotional and physical toll was unexpected. I was shocked just by how widespread the epidemic had become and how it had crippled the city."

The bathing day of Makar Sankranti , the start of the Maha Kumbh Mela, in Allahabad, India, on January 14, 2013.

Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

2. On photographing difficult situations:

"I have to force myself to remember that if I can't do my job, people's stories won't get told and that helps me to focus on the task at hand."

Hindu pilgrims on their way to Amarnath Cave near Baltal, Kashmir, India, 28 June 2012.

Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

3. On covering social issues:

"You are sharing stories and information about issues that affect everyone, and also hopefully bring the attention needed to improve a situation or even someone's life."

A fire at the LDA Plaza in Lahore, Pakistan, on 9 May 2013.

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4. On covering the Ebola epidemic:

"Heartwrenching."

An election rally in Lahore, Pakistan, on 9 May 2013.

Daniel Berehulak / Getty Images

5. On snapping that Pulitzer Prize-winning photo:

"When you're in the field you just focus on the task at hand. ... We don't do this kind of work for awards or to be recognised. We do this to share stories with the world."

A Lathmaar Holi celebration in the village of Barsana, near Mathura, India, on 21 March 2013.

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