Politics

Detroit Lost a $1 Million Check in a Desk Drawer

Add forgetfulness to the city's many woes.

The Most Bizarre Contraband Items Being Confiscated Around the World

Rhino horns in Vietnam, elephant tusks in Africa, turtles in Thailand, and drugs and dirty money just about everywhere.

Eco-Friendly Trend of the Day: Using Goats to Graze D.C. Cemetery Grounds

Their task? Chew down an acre worth of poison ivy and other plants invading trees and gravestones.

This Recycling Bin Is Stalking You

London's trash cans are monitoring the phones of passers-by, so advertisers can target messages at people.

Amazingly, Greek Unemployment Is Getting Worse

The generalized collapse of the country’s economy continues.

Gropes and Sloppy Kisses: 13 Women's Accusations Against Bob Filner

What began with the complaints of three women against the San Diego mayor has snowballed into allegations of crude come-ons from more than a dozen.

Videos

Meet the Town That's Being Swallowed by a Sinkhole

Bayou Corne is the biggest ongoing disaster in the United States you haven't heard of.

Videos

Watch Anthony Weiner Almost Get in a Fight

In GIFs!

Where 60 Million People in the U.S. Don't Speak English at Home

The number is on the rise.

Why You Don't Want Your Local Sports Team to Own Your Local Newspaper

Red Sox owner John Henry just bought the Boston Globe, and it could spell trouble.

CityFixer

A Lot of Civic Leaders Need to Listen to This Painfully Obvious Advice

Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley are on a mission to get cities and metros talking to each other.

Hotter Weather Actually Makes Us Want to Kill Each Other

A new meta-analysis finds that extreme changes in temperature increase the likelihood of inter-group conflict.

Russia to Back Off on Anti-Gay Laws During the Sochi Olympics

The concession is not about actually respecting gay rights, but "to be as politically correct and tolerant as we can be."

Photos

How North Korea Commissions Architects

Meet the Hong Kong architecture firm currently in favor with Kim Jong Un.

Bob Filner's Lawyer Says San Diego Is Partially to Blame for Sex Scandal

Because they never offered him sexual harassment training, obviously.

The U.K. Doesn't Want Motorists Using Google Glass, Obviously

Also, New York updates its list of offensive license plates, and one rebellious bureaucrat thwarts Pennsylvania's anti-gay-marriage laws.

Meet the Aborigine Military Unit That Patrols the Most Dangerous Areas of Australia

NORFORCE surveils the country's sparsely populated northern coast and territories.

Dissecting the Weiner Campaign's Spectacular PR Meltdown

Communications Director Barbara Morgan went on a long, kind of unbelievable rant to Talking Points Memo on a former intern.

Richard M. Daley Wants to Make Your City More Sustainable

The former Chicago mayor is launching The Sustainability Exchange to help cities innovate for the future.