Sarah Hedgecock
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Facebook Doesn't Get the Joke

Get ready for a major paradigm shift: Facebook is testing a "satire" tag for stories your friends may have thought were actually news. And the tag isn't a minor thing that can easily be missed. Instead of just the normal headline, Facebook will displ…
By Sarah Hedgecock

Missouri's Governor Wants to Explain Some Things

The tragedy in Ferguson, Missouri, might have more answers soon. The Justice Department authorized a second autopsy of Michael Brown's body on Sunday at the request of Brown's family. Although the St. Louis County medical examiner's office already co…
By Sarah Hedgecock

Talk About a Buzzkill

New England has a drug problem – but it's not the kind you think. Synthetic marijuana caused a state of emergency in New Hampshire this week after dozens of people overdosed on one brand of the drug. The 44 overdoses — none of which was lethal — were…
By Sarah Hedgecock

Police Find 35 People in Shipping Container

Police in the U.K. have launched a homicide investigation after a dead man was found among 35 people who were discovered in a shipping container at Tillbury Docks, Essex, on Saturday. The people in the container, who are now understood to be Sikhs fr…
By Sarah Hedgecock

Another Unarmed Black Teen Shot By Police

Hundreds of activists picketed a police department in Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday, protesting the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown. Brown was just 18 years old when he was shot by a police officer Saturday afternoon. The unnamed police offi…
By Sarah Hedgecock

This Bill Could Change Everything

This month, the state legislature is expected to debate SB-967, a bill to reduce college sexual assault. But rather than simply increasing punishment for people accused of rape and sexual assault on college campuses, the bill goes a step further. SB-…
By Sarah Hedgecock

New Hope for Stem Cell Treatment

Yep, we are definitely living in the future. A new study shows that stem cells may help stroke patients recover when the cells are injected directly into the brain. Therapy like this isn't new, and it has in fact been tried on stroke patients before.…
By Sarah Hedgecock

39 Dead in Iranian Plane Crash

Tragedy struck Sunday when a passenger plane crashed in Tehran, Iran, killing 39 of the people onboard. Of the 48 people on the plane – 40 passengers and eight crew members – the remaining nine were injured and taken to nearby hospitals for treatment…
By Sarah Hedgecock

You, Too, Can Sue Facebook

This could get interesting. An Austrian activist filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook on Friday for violating users' privacy. The suit is technically against the subsidiary Facebook Ireland, but since pretty much anyone outside of the U.S. a…
By Sarah Hedgecock

This is What Happens During a Hot, Dry Summer

Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency in California on Saturday night as several wildfires raged across the state. And you may be surprised where the fires are. Although many of the season's fires have occurred in Southern California, known …
By Sarah Hedgecock

This Is the Classiest Marijuana Ad We've Ever Seen

Leafly, the Yelp of weed, has made the ultimate move into the mainstream: a marijuana ad in the New York Times . The ad, which praises New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for signing the Compassionate Care act, may be the first-ever ad from a legal marij…
By Sarah Hedgecock

175 Dead in Chinese Earthquake

At least 175 people are dead after an earthquake struck Yunnan Province in southwestern China on Saturday. Another 1400 were injured, and the death toll is still rising as residents and rescue workers continue to search for both survivors and bodies …
By Sarah Hedgecock

No, You Aren't Going to Catch Ebola

On Saturday afternoon, the first of two American Ebola patients being flown into the U.S. from Liberia, landed in Atlanta to be treated at Emory University Hospital. Dr. Kent Brantley is believed to be the first patient ever to be treated for the dis…
By Sarah Hedgecock

Don't Drink the Water

There's never a good time for disaster to strike. But the beginning of August is surely an extra-awful time for Toldeo, Ohio, to have contaminated water. The water supply for the city and numerous surrounding communities was reported early Saturday m…
By Sarah Hedgecock

Well, That Was Blunt

During a surprise press conference on Friday, the president voiced what we all already knew: "We tortured some folks," Obama acknowledged. The wide-ranging press conference covered everything from the state of the economy to the situation in Gaza to …
By Sarah Hedgecock

8 Dead in Nepal Landslide

On Saturday, the heavy summer monsoon season led to a lethal landslide in Nepal that has killed at least eight people. A reported 40 more are injured (several of whom were airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment), many more are missing, and dozens of ho…
By Sarah Hedgecock

Boko Haram's Reign of Terror Continues

The militant Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram kidnapped a Cameroonian official's wife on Sunday from the town of Kolofata. A local religious leader and town mayor, Seini Boukar Lamine, was kidnapped in a separate but parallel attack nearby. Althoug…
By Sarah Hedgecock

Here's Why You Should Hug a Tree Today

Captain Planet was onto something. Trees save about 850 lives per year, according to a new study released this week by the National Forest Service. Although that may bring to mind images of large plants pulling humans out of harm's way at the very la…
By Sarah Hedgecock

Airport Security Issues Are Getting a Little Weird

In a new low for airport security, two intrepid kayakers breached JFK Airport's security perimeter early Saturday morning completely by accident. That doesn't mean two guys who just happen to enjoy kayaking: They actually washed up with their boat at…
By Sarah Hedgecock

More Delays to MH17 Crash Investigation

Clues about what happened to the downed Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 remained elusive on Sunday as Dutch-led investigators deemed the crash site too dangerous to enter. The 49 investigators, from the Netherlands and Australia, had intended to examin…
By Sarah Hedgecock