Feds Want Oversight Of L.A. County Jails

The Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles. (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)

The Sheriff's Department continues its long slide into scandal and gross negligence.



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Seattle Pacific Gunman Obsessed With Mass Shootings And Celebrity

Aaron Rey Ybarra, 26, was reportedly obsessed with mass shootings. (@NormGregory/Twitter)

"Hellbent on killing," say cops.



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Tracy Morgan Critically Injured In Crash

racy Morgan attends the Ghetto Film School Annual Benefit Gala Celebrating Cinematic Education. (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)

Fatal six-vehicle accident along New Jersey Turnpike puts former '30 Rock' star in intensive care.



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Watch Dr. Maya Angelou's Memorial Service

Prolific poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou passed away at age 86 on May 28. (Photo courtesy of Creative Commons)

Fomer President Bill Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey were just a handful of attendees at the thoughtful and moving memorial service.



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Uber Driver Arrested After Allegedly Kidnapping Woman In West Hollywood

A user scans for an available vehicle using the Uber app on an iPhone 5. (Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg)

Your worst ride-sharing nightmare.



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John Oliver Pulls The Plug On The FCC

John Oliver during his flappy hair phase, at the peak of Occupy Wall Street. (Photo/Wikimedia)

Faux news anchor's bit on net neutrality may have crashed the FCC's public-comment system.



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NSA Collecting Millions Of Images To Build Facial Recognition Database

Graffiti sympathetic to NSA leaker Edward Snowden is seen stenciled on a San Francisco sidewalk. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Edward Snowden reveals endless Internet narcissism has created a vast trove of facial images for the intelligence agency to mine.



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U.S. Trades 5 Guantanamo Detainees For American POW

Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal is finally in American custody after being imprisoned for nearly five years by the Taliban. (Photo/Wikimedia)

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is free after being imprisoned for five years by Afghan insurgents.



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Philadelphia Inquirer Co-Owner Killed With 6 Others In Plane Crash

Katz, 72, addresses staff employers to inform them why he bought out the Inquirer's other partners. (Michael Bryant/Inquirer)

Lewis Katz' death comes days after co-owner wrestled control of daily paper from other partners.



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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Resigns

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney responds to a question regarding flight MH370 (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will replace Carney.



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Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki Resigns

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki addresses the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Obama accepts Shinseki's resignation amidst growing scandal.



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Maya Angelou Dead At 86

Dr. Maya Angelou speaks at Congregation B nai Israel on January 16, 2014 in Boca Raton, Florida. (Larry Marano/Getty Images)

Legendary poet and civil rights activist was a defining voice of the 20th century.



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Median CEO Pay Exceeds $10 Million In 2013

Median CEO pay exceeded absurdist levels, rising above $10 million in 2013. (Phillip Taylor/Flickr)

It's good to be the boss.



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U.S. Prepares To Leave Afghanistan By 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama makes a statement about military troop pullout from Afghanistan. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Following 12 years of war, Obama plans to to cut combat troops to 9,800 after 2014.



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Israeli and Palestinian Leaders Will Meet Pope Francis At Vatican

Pope Francis visits the Holy Land on a three-day trip designed to inspire peace. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images News)

Leaders from both sides of long-standing Middle East conflict will meet with the pontiff to discuss peace.



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Murder Spree Near UCSB Kills 7

Authorities are now analyzing a YouTube video threatening to kill women for rejecting his sexual advances. (Photo/YouTube)

Authorities now analyzing bizarre YouTube video from suspected gunman.



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Obama Administration To Reveal Memo Justifying Drone Strikes Against U.S. Citizens

Secret memo outlines justification of using Predator drones against American citizens. (Photo/Wikimedia)

After endless Freedom of Information Act requests, the Justice Department can no longer withhold secret memo.



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'The Shield' Actor Michael Jace Confesses To Wife's Murder

Michael Jace, 51, reportedly confessed to fatally shooting his wife, April Jace. (Photo/BlackNaija)

Actor told 911 operator that he shot his wife of 10 years.



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Pennsylvania Strikes Down Gay Marriage Ban

With today's ruling, the Northeast corridor is now free from same-sex marriage bans. (Photo/Wikimedia)

Entire Northeast corridor now free from stupid bans on same-sex marriages.



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AT&T Purchases DirectTV For $49 Billion

AT&T announces it will buy DirecTV for $49 billion. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

Because what oligarchy is complete without communication duopolies?



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Brazil Cannot Clean Up Poop-Filled Bay Ahead Of 2016 Olympics

Athletes can look forward to wading through poop in the 2016 Olympic Games. (Charlie Phillips/Flickr)

Something stinks about state promises to clean Guanabara Bay ahead of 2016 Olympic Games.



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New York Times Upholds Abramson Firing

The New York Times has been water cooler gossip for media types after the firing of Jill Abramson. (Alexander Torrenegra/Flickr)

The ouster of former editor Jill Abramson has turned the 'The Grey Lady' into a gossip rag.



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Wildfires Leave 15 Square Miles Of Scorched Earth

Sunrise from Escondido neighborhood devastated by the Cocos Fire. (@JacobNBCLA/Twitter)

STORIFY: Dramatic images appear on social media as San Diego County wildfires enter third day.



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The Passing Of The Guard

Former Editor-in-Chief Brianna Sacks will be joining the Los Angeles Times as a business reporting fellow. (Brianna Sacks/Photo)

Two years and over 180 stories later, Editor-in-Chief Brianna Sacks is leaving Neon Tommy for the Los Angeles Times.



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Wildfires Tear Through Southern California

A wildfire that erupted in San Marcos has forced CSU San Marcos to evacuate. (@NBCLA/Twitter)

Thousands are being evacuated as wildfires threaten multiple regions throughout San Diego County.



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Hundreds Dead In Turkish Mine Explosion

Relatives mourn their trapped loved ones on May 14, 2014 in Soma, Turkey. (Photo by Ahmet Sik/Getty Images)

Angry protestors have taken to the streets to condemn the Turkish government.



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Antarctic Ice Melt Crosses 'Point Of No Return'

An ice shelf collapses in West Antarctica, captured by NASA in October 2012. (NASA/Flickr)

Time to sell your beachfront property.



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Update: Donald Sterling Still Racist

Donald Sterling apologizes for racist remarks with all-new racist remarks on CNN's AC360. (CNN/Twitter)

Donald Sterling apologizes for racist remarks by trashing Magic Johnson on television.



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Beyonce's Sister Beats Up Jay-Z In An Elevator

Solange Knowles, pictured above, before it was fashionable to beat up Jay-Z in elevators. (Photo/Wikimedia)

STORIFY: The best Twitter reactions to an elevator fight between hip hop royalty.



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Pro-Russian Insurgents Declare 'Sovereign State' In Eastern Ukraine

The latest installment in a crisis many Americans have forgotten about due to short attention spans. (Neon Tommy/Maggi Yang)

News of secession will probably not deescalate crisis.



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Donald Sterling Apologizes For Racist Comments

Donald Sterling in the earlier, more blissful days of his extramarital affair. (Twitter/@RTNBA)

Still a terrible human being.



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Students, Teachers March To Demand Changes To L.A. Public Schools

Students and teachers marched side-by-side to advocate for changes to L.A. public schools. (Will Federman/Neon Tommy)

VIDEO: Nearly 100 protestors marched down Wilshire to advocate for better school funding and community involvement.



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Daniel Ellsberg On The Republic We Couldn’t Keep

Daniel Ellsberg at USC Annenberg. (Alan Mittelstaedt/Neon Tommy)

America's first whistleblower on patriotism and Obama's overly secretive administration.



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New Last Words From Missing Plane Spark Criticism

USS Pinckney assists with Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 recovery efforts. (Flickr/U.S. Navy)

Malaysian officials withheld actual sign-off from MH370 for over three weeks.



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Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Lost In Southern Indian Ocean

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak informs the press flight MH370 "ended" in the Indian Ocean. (Screen/Press Conference)

Malaysia Airlines tells families via text message that "none of those on board survived."



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Russia Allows International Monitors While Storming Crimea

Unidentified soldiers at Simferopol airport in Crimea. (VOA/Elizabeth Arrott)

Russia allows entrance of 100 international observers as special forces capture Crimean airbase.



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Chinese Satellites Discover Object In Hunt For Missing Jet

Object in satellite photo might floating debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. (Photo/Chinese Dept. of Science)

Chinese officials discover an object in the same search area of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.



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