DONALD TRUMP CALLS GOP NOMINATION PROCESS A 'SCAM' The Republican front-runner spoke out about his unhappiness with the GOP nominating process. Here's a look at the current delegate count, along with Ted Cruz's potential path to the presidency through a second ballot at the convention. [The Hill]
OVER 36,000 VERIZON WIRELESS EMPLOYEES GO ON STRIKE "Tens of thousands of Verizon workers on the East Coast walked off the job on Wednesday after the company and two labor unions failed to reach a new agreement by a 6 a.m. deadline set by the unions, more than eight months after their contracts expired." The strike is one of the largest in several years. Verizon is the parent company of AOL, which owns The Huffington Post. [NYT]
U.S. STRIKES HAVE KILLED 25,000 ISIS FIGHTERS But the State Department stressed that hasn't stopped the spread of extremism, with ISIS militants in Europe, North Africa and Afghanistan. [NYT]
PAUL RYAN: 'COUNT ME OUT' "About 15 months ago, in January 2015, Paul Ryan announced he wouldn’t seek the presidency in 2016. On Tuesday, he said it again, using his strongest phrase to date: 'I do not want, nor will I accept, the nomination for our party.'” [Matt Fuller, HuffPost]
YELLOW FEVER OUTBREAK MOVES TO CONGO The World Health Organization said that the movement of the outbreak from Angola to the Congo highlights the potential risk of a global spread. There is no treatment for yellow fever. [CNN]
HOW THE FBI HACKED THE SAN BERNARDINO PHONE "The people who helped the U.S. government come from the sometimes shadowy world of hackers and security researchers who profit from finding flaws in companies’ software or systems." [WaPo]
THAT PAINTING IN YOUR GRANDMA'S ATTIC Might be a $137 million Caravaggio masterpiece, so get that checked out. [Reuters]
LIFE ON THE KILL LIST "This is what it feels like to be hunted by drones." [The Independent]
HILLARY CLINTON'S UFO HISTORY This is not a drill. [HuffPost]
STREAMING MAY FINALLY BE KILLING THE CD Yes, we were surprised the CD wasn't dead yet, too. [HuffPost]
FACEBOOK CAN'T BEAT FAKE NEWS Even the social media giant can't stop the proliferation of the untrue. [Buzzfeed]
THE BOX OFFICE NUMBERS FOR LAST YEAR LOOK GOOD They went up 5 percent to $38.3 billion. But the number of frequent moviegoers dropped 10 percent and the overall numbers are a tad propped up by China's box office jumping 49 percent. [Variety]
WHAT THE GUARDIAN UNCOVERED IN THEIR COMMENTS "The Guardian commissioned research into the 70 [million] comments left on its site since 2006 and discovered that of the 10 most abused writers eight are women, and the two men are black." [The Guardian]
THE APP THAT CONNECTS SURPLUS FOOD WITH THE HUNGRY "In a country where billions of pounds of food get wasted every year, one app is connecting the dots between those who have excess food and those who need it." [HuffPost]
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BEFORE YOU GO
~ How China's fishermen could "trigger even bigger diplomatic and security tensions between China and regional countries."
~ A fascinating look at female Civil War re-enactors with a twist -- they dress as male soldiers.
~ If you would like to worry about these appearing out of nowhere for the rest of your life, check out this sinkhole materializing.
~ The odds are against your health if you're sleeping under five hours a night.
~ Tiger Woods talks turning 40 this year.
~ Former Napster and Facebook founder Sean Parker donated $250 million to cancer immunotherapy research.
~ Only The Atlantic can write a title like "The Absurd Primacy of the Automobile in American Life," and we'll still click on it.
~ Turns out a happy marriage may help you beat cancer.
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