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Powerful photos capture chaotic moments after East Village blast — Nathan Blaney had just walked into the East Village bar Bull McCabe's on Friday when he heard the blast. The photographer, who shot the events of September 11 and says he hasn't left home without a camera since then, ran around the corner and right into the aftermath of a gas-related explosion that tore through the Sushi Park restaurant.

World's luckiest fan of 'The Wire' interviews its showrunner at the White House — President Barack Obama got the opportunity of a lifetime on Thursday when he sat down for a chat with David Simon, creator of The Wire, at the White House. America's geek-in-chief says the Baltimore crime saga is "one of the greatest not just television shows, but pieces of art, in the last couple of decades."

Islamist gunmen take hostages at Somali hotel popular with foreigners — Islamist militants stormed a hotel popular with westerners and government officials in the Somali capital on Friday, killing at least seven people, officials and the militants said. The attack, which appeared well-planned and is still ongoing, began when a suicide bomber detonated a car filled with explosives near the gate of Maka Al-Mukarramah Hotel in Mogadishu, police said.

German airlines say 2 people must be in cockpit at all times after Germanwings crash — Four days after a 27-year-old co-pilot locked his pilot out of the cockpit and smashed a Germanwings passenger plane into an Alpine mountain, killing 150, Germany's aviation authority says it will now require two people to remain in a plane's cockpit at all times.

Massive explosion rocks New York's East Village — An explosion rocked a building in Manhattan's East Village Thursday afternoon, sending debris into the street and a grey plume of smoke into the sky. Police quickly cordoned off the scene as a fire raged inside the buildings. First responders treated at least one person in the back of an ambulance.

Mitt Romney joins Meerkat — He isn't running for president - that much we know - but that won't stop Mitt Romney from joining the hot new live streaming app Meerkat. The 2012 presidential contender exploded onto the Meerkat scene on Wednesday with a notification to those who had the app installed and already followed Mitt on Twitter: "@mittromney just joined Meerkat."

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to be charged with desertion — Nearly one year after he was freed from the Taliban in a high-stakes prisoner exchange, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will charged with desertion, according to his lawyer and a U.S. official. The soldier with face an additional charge of "misbehavior before the enemy," according to the Associated Press and two reporters briefed on the matter.

Ford recalls more than 6,000 ambulances over defect that shuts down engines — Ford announced that it wants to pull more than 6,000 ambulances off the road to fix a defect that causes their engines to spontaneously shut down and refuse to restart. "The exhaust gas temperature sensors may not function properly, causing the vehicle to incorrectly identify a high temperature condition," Ford said in statement.

How Ted Cruz's campaign speech played out on Yik Yak — Sen. Ted Cruz took to the stage of Liberty University's arena to officially throw his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential campaign as thousands of students from the notoriously conservative university packed the seats Monday. While the senator played to the crowd, students anonymously chatted amongst themselves on the app Yik Yak, weighing in on the conservative hopeful's big speech.

Students were required to attend Ted Cruz's campaign announcement — To casual viewers of Ted Cruz's 2016 campaign announcement, the youthful faces suggested the senator had tapped into a broad base of support amongst the newest generation of conservatives. The speech, which Cruz delivered to thousands of students at Liberty University, was broadcast live by at least two networks and streamed in real time on the web, marking the Republican's first official foray into the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Mar 29, 2015

Twitter wants to know if I'd put up with autoplay videos in my stream. Spoiler: I told @TwitterSurveys I would.

Mar 29, 2015

RT @jonronson: Sheesh I hate selfies as much as any right thinking human but there's a bit of a brutal epidemic of "let's get them" at the moment.

Mar 29, 2015

@GeorgeLeClaire @explicitmemory @mashable don't think so. he appears to be filming/shooting and saying something to someone off camera.

Mar 29, 2015

RT @VivianHYee: After hearing a body was found, one tells the others, "That doesn't mean he's dead. That doesn't mean he's our brother. Stay strong."

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