Al-Qaida benefiting from chaos of Yemen fighting, defense secretary says


An al-Qaida affiliate that intends to attack the U.S. and its allies is making “gains on the ground” amid the rebellion in Yemen, according to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter. The group, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula or AQAP, has capitalized on the collapse of Yemen’s government and is among several “warring parties” jostling for control of the impoverished country, Carter told reporters Wednesday in Tokyo. “AQAP is a group that we’re very concerned about,” Carter said. Read more [...]

US prepared to ‘walk away’ from Iran nuclear talks


The White House has said progress is still being made in crunch nuclear talks with Iran, but warned the US would walk away from the discussions in Switzerland if negotiations stall. The talks between Iran and six world powers in the city of Lausanne have now been extended into Thursday, despite what had originally been a Tuesday midnight deadline, in an effort to hammer out the outline of an agreement on curbing Tehran's nuclear programme. "The sense that we have is that, yes, the talks continue Read more [...]

Duke Band Member Giddy After Getting High-Five from Duke’s Quinn Cook


During the second half of Duke's Elite Eight matchup against the Gonzaga Bulldogs on Sunday, Blue Devils guard Quinn Cook high-fived a Duke band member after drawing a foul on Gonzaga's Kevin Pangos.Based on the band member's reaction, he may not wash his hand for a while.Cook and the Duke band member both have a date with Indianapolis this coming week, as the Blue Devils knocked off the Bulldogs, 66-52, to advance to the Final Four.[CBS] Bleacher Report - Front Page Read more [...]

Ronda Rousey on ‘Good Morning America’: Biggest Takeaways from Interview


UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey appeared on Thursday's Good Morning America for an interview with host Robin Roberts. She talked about the state of MMA in New York and some misconceptions about the sport.   Karim Zidan of Bloody Elbow passed along comments from Rousey about New York not allowing professional MMA events, including the UFC, to take place. She discussed the safety issues involved with the current approach taken by the state [sic]: MMA isn't actually banned. It Read more [...]

Anthony Weiner’s five takeaways from the Aaron Schock scandals


Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Illinois) announced his decision to resign at the end of the month on Tuesday. His star was rapidly rising in the GOP, but it fell thanks to a series of scandals involving his use of campaign cash and taxpayer money.While Schock's issues, especially his six figure "Downton Abbey" style office makeover might seem unique, the story does touch on a few larger lessons about campaign cash and ethics on Capitol Hill.I found five key points in my Schock post-mortem:1. Read more [...]

Arsenal vs. West Ham: Key Arsene Wenger Comments from Pre-Match Presser


Arsene Wenger confirmed he will rest a number of key players during Saturday's Premier League clash against West Ham United, with an eye on Arsenal's upcoming Champions League encounter against AS Monaco. As reported by the Daily Mirror's Joe Mewis and Adrian Kajumba, the manager emphasised during Friday's press conference he always rotates his squad and is focused on the task at hand but some players will be rested, regardless: I agree it is a very important game in the Champions League against Read more [...]

Sounds from Outer Space: The Moog at MoMA


View of the concert performed by Robert Moog and the Moog Synthesizer, part of the Jazz in the Garden series, The Museum of Modern Art, August 28, 1969. Photographer: Peter Moore. Photographic Archive. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York The exhibition Making Music Modern: Design for Ear and Eye explores the ways in which sound technologies have shaped the way we listen to musical culture. Highlighting both technical innovation and design aesthetics, the exhibition includes a number of modern Read more [...]