Caitlin Mahon

They Want Gun Control, And They Want It Now

Initiative 59, a gun control campaign in the state of Washington calls for background checks for all gun transfers and sales. Now, it's picking up steam, because Bill and Melinda Gates just donated $1 million to Initiative 59. The Gates' made the…
By Caitlin Mahon

A DQ Milkshake Gone Horribly Wrong

One little guy and his mom got a lot more than they asked for at a Dairy Queen in Colorado on Thursday. After taking the first sip of his vanilla milkshake, 7-year-old Riley Chase told ABC News that "something was, like, bubbling on my tongue."…
By Caitlin Mahon

This Is ISIS The Band, Not... The Other One

If you're in a band, careful what name you pick — it could come back to haunt you. Just ask the metal rock band formerly known as "ISIS," whose five musicians are receiving a ton of (misdirected) criticism on the group's Facebook page. Apparently,…
By Caitlin Mahon

Obama's Sending Spy Planes To Syria After ISIS

On Monday, U.S. officials told The New York Times that President Barack Obama is sending American military surveillance aircraft to Syria — a move that could eventually lead to airstrikes against ISIS militants. Apparently, Obama won't move toward…
By Caitlin Mahon

Exactly How The Ice Bucket Challenge Happened

Ah, the Ice Bucket Challenge. If you've been living under a rock, here's how it plays out: The person challenged dumps a bucket of icy water over his or her head, and nominates others to do the same within 24 hours. If you don't complete the…
By Caitlin Mahon

These Solar Towers Are Killing So, So Many Birds

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California's Mojave Desert may be the world's largest solar thermal plant, supporting the environment with sustainable energy — but it's wreaking havoc on the wildlife population in the area. According…
By Caitlin Mahon

Congress Works Half The Days You Do

It's that time of year again — when Congress takes the August recess to get some rest and relaxation, and leaves a huge pile of issues for September. The 113th Congress is quickly becoming known as one of the least productive Congresses in history,…
By Caitlin Mahon

The Booming Asbestos Industry Abroad

Asbestos may be able to provide heat-resistant, durable insulation, among other things — but the risks of exposure far, far outweigh the benefits. That's why the mineral, which can lead to mesothelioma, scarring of the lungs, and lung cancer, has…
By Caitlin Mahon

Apple Wants To Be Your New Doctor

You've probably heard about Apple's much-anticipated iOS 8, expected to be released with the next iPhone this September. But you might not have realized that the latest software includes a handy app called HealthKit, which Apple says will gather…
By Caitlin Mahon

NBA Has Its Second-Ever Female Assistant Coach

Fantastic, if overdue, news: Women may soon have a more prominent role on the NBA court. Becky Hammon, previously a top WNBA player with the San Antonio Stars, has been hired as the assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. The news was announced…
By Caitlin Mahon

U.S. General In Afghanistan Killed

During an attack at Camp Qargha in Kabul on Tuesday, an United States military officer was killed and more than a dozen other NATO soldiers wounded. While the identity of the officer has not been released, U.S. officials confirmed that the deceased…
By Caitlin Mahon

Mississippi's Only Abortion Clinic Will Stay Open

Thankfully, Mississippi women still have access to an abortion clinic in their home state, thanks to a decision made Tuesday by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. In the 2-1 ruling, the court declares that the 2012 ruling that abortion doctors need…
By Caitlin Mahon

A Solution For Always Losing Your Room Key Is Here

First, we moved from actual keys to card keys that fit in your wallet like a credit card. Now, Hilton has dreamed up a whole new way for you to get into your hotel room using your smartphone. That's right — in 2015, you'll be able to access your…
By Caitlin Mahon

The Bizarre Case Of The Long-Buried NYC Ship

As construction workers at the World Trade Center location in Manhattan worked to rebuild the site in 2010, they discovered something 22 feet under the ground, to the south of where the Twin Towers were erected — an old, wooden sail boat. It took a…
By Caitlin Mahon

What The Virginia Gay Marriage Ruling Really Means

On Monday, an appeals court based in Virginia overturned the state's gay marriage ban in a 2-1 decision, which could pave the way for legal same-sex marriages in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and West Virginia in the near future. The 4th…
By Caitlin Mahon

You Definitely Want This Indiegogo Product

In the U.S., someone is a victim of sexual assault every two minutes, and roughly one out of four women between her late teens and early twenties will become a victim of date rape, or attempted date rape. Which is why a team of Canadian developers…
By Caitlin Mahon

Ready For The Giant New iPhones?

If you're an iPhone lover, you'll dig this: Apple is anticipating major demand ahead of the September launch of the new iPhone and they're planning ahead, calling for suppliers to make anywhere from 70 to 80 million gadgets. This is the biggest…
By Caitlin Mahon

This Coach Wouldn't Have Drafted Michael Sam, Ugh

In May, the St. Louis Rams made history by drafting Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL. While this is a step forward for the league, we're only just hearing from Tony Dungy, the former head coach of the Tampa…
By Caitlin Mahon

Kansas Girl Dies From 'Brain-Eating Amoeba'

It's summertime, meaning lots of sunshine, high temperatures, and swimming. But in Kansas, a fatal "brain-eating amoeba" lurks in warm freshwater, and has already claimed the life of a 9-year-old girl. The rare microscopic amoeba, Naegleria fowleri,…
By Caitlin Mahon

Jay Carney: Apple's New Head Of PR?

So you used to be the press secretary for President Barack Obama. How could you possibly find a gig to top that one? Well, for Jay Carney, who resigned from his position in late May, he may soon land another stellar position, and one not perhaps…
By Caitlin Mahon