The Pentagon Papers. Climategate. Wikileaks. The celebrity nude photo scandal. Confidential information stolen and leaked. News organizations have long used material, stolen by others, when they deem it newsworthy, whether it's from the files of the government or private companies and individuals. Lots of people have tried to stop them.
To many who saw the video of a New York police officer applying a chokehold to Eric Garner before he died, the decision about whether to charge the officer was an easy call. They were shocked that a grand jury in New York failed to indict officer Daniel Pantaleo, particularly since the officer was white and Garner was black.
As oral arguments get underway next week, lawyers on both sides will spin narratives so different you might not know they're talking about the same law.
The Doctors Without Borders nurse fighting state-imposed Ebola quarantines, first in New Jersey and now in Maine, has threatened to challenge the restrictions in court. "If the restrictions placed on me by the state of Maine are not lifted by Thursday morning, I will go to court to fight for my freedom," Kaci Hickox told Matt Lauer of the " Today " show via Skype.
Imagine you're in an airport en route to visit family abroad when suddenly you're surrounded. Then you are detained and interrogated. You not only miss your scheduled flight, but can't get on any other flight. Not to see your family. Not to travel for work. Not for any reason.
On Tuesday, a federal judge in Puerto Rico bucked the trend towards marriage equality, upholding a ban on same-sex marriage. The commonwealth romantically defined marriage in a 1999 law as a "civil contract whereby a man and woman mutually agree to become husband and wife."
BUSINESS & TECH
For security firms, a major online security breach is a potential marketing opportunity. The latest is legitimately scary: Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion unique username and password combinations - that's nearly the population of China - and more than 500 million e-mail addresses, according to a New York Times story published late Tuesday.
Some people speak in a creaky voice because they can't help it. Speaking with a creaky voice - also known as a "vocal fry" or "glottalization" - has been considered a disorder. A few years ago, researchers at Long Island University and elsewhere noted that increasing numbers of people, particularly young women whose voices were perfectly normal were starting to talk that way as well.
Alibaba is big. The sheer size of the Chinese e-commerce behemoth dominated headlines after the company filed plans Tuesday to offer shares in the United States, valuing itself at more than $100 billion. But how did Alibaba get so big?
People have noticed something curious about the way social media algorithms have filtered news about protests in Ferguson, Mo., over the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown.
SORDID SAGAS & TRAGIC TALES
Sometimes one of the migrants captains the boat. Whoever volunteers crosses for free. No experience required. They give him a compass, or if he's lucky, a GPS and satellite phone. Sometimes there's not enough fuel to make it all the way across.
The details uncovered by investigators portray Alix Catherine Tichelman as a callous, calculating killer. Her mugshot reveals piercing, haunting eyes. And her social media trail portrays a troubled soul who battled addiction and body image issues. The 26-year-old California call girl was indicted yesterday for allegedly leaving a Google executive for dead on his yacht after injecting him with a fatal dose of heroin.
Who would have thought an investigation into a disputed credit card charge would uncover a scheme like this? Zyad Younan, a cardiologist at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, had no idea how he'd racked up a $135,303 credit card bill at a Manhattan strip club. He didn't even remember being there.
POLITICS & CULTURE
It is driven to hunt and capture prey. It looks like a leaner, more agile German Shepherd. It has a 270-degree field of vision and the force of its bite equals 1,400 pounds per square inch. It can run 30 miles per hour.
After these messages, Saturday morning cartoons will not be right back. At least not the way some of you remember them. "The Smurfs," "Scooby Doo," "The Jetsons," "Ghostbusters," "Animaniacs," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and other cartoons of Gen X childhoods aren't gone, but their dedicated time slot is. So what?
First it was illegal immigrants coming to take our jobs. Then criminals. Then the threat of thousands of undocumented children. After that came claims from conservative politicians and pundits that Islamic State militants would mount attacks on the United States from its southern boundary.
On an August day in New York City, Shoshana B. Roberts was harassed 108 times - by her definition. The whole thing was caught on video by Hollaback, an anti-street harassment advocacy group, and edited into a two-minute public service announcement.
The CIA has been hiding something from us: It once had a sense of humor - not to mention Maurice Sendak-esque artistic skills, all before the unfunny news of the agency's role in the Iran-Contra scandal broke in 1986.
Kathleen Turner is the star of Arena Stage's "Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins," which chronicles the writer's journey. It was at the family dinner table that Molly Ivins first distinguished herself as a thorn in the saddle of authority.