• 9 Feature Stories We’re Reading This Week: A Spaceport, The Gig Economy And The Wu-Tang Clan
  • ‘Welcome to Hell’: Rio police protest financial disaster ahead of Olympics
  • 14 Words That Carry A Coded Meaning For Black People
  • Car set on fire outside Perth mosque as hundreds pray inside
  • What The Hell Is Inside That Assorted Box Of Chocolates?
9 Feature Stories We're Reading This Week: A Spaceport, The Gig Economy And The Wu-Tang Clan

9 Feature Stories We’re Reading This Week: A Spaceport, The Gig Economy And The Wu-Tang Clan

This week for BuzzReads, Joshua Wheeler heads to the tiny town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to investigate the future of space tourism. Read that and these other stories from around BuzzFeed and the web. 1. Failure To Launch: How New Mexico Is Paying For Richard Branson’s Space Tourism Fantasy — BuzzFeed View this image › One of the poorest states in the nation has invested nearly a quarter…

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‘Welcome to Hell’: Rio police protest financial disaster ahead of Olympics

Rio de Janeiro has cut budgets across the board, delaying officers salaries, halting patrols and fueling worries about safety at the worlds premier sporting event Just weeks ahead of the declared a state of financial disaster this month, largely to bolster spending on security as the worlds spotlight turns to the city. How are people going to feel protected in a city without security, Gov Francisco Dornelles told Rios O…

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14 Words That Carry A Coded Meaning For Black People

14 Words That Carry A Coded Meaning For Black People

You don’t hear overtly racist language very often these days. Here are some words with a subtler implication. View this image › Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed 2. Not every black person considers these words coded, nor are they coded in every context. But in some cases, this is how they are perceived. View this image › Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed What you say: “He is such a thug.” What we…

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Car set on fire outside Perth mosque as hundreds pray inside

No one injured in attack, which included anti-Islamic graffiti being sprayed on the fence outside the mosque in Thornlie in Perths southern suburbs A car was set on fire outside a Perth mosque on Tuesday night as hundreds of worshippers attended a prayer service inside. No one inside the Thornlie mosque was injured when the white four-wheel drive exploded shortly after 8pm near the Australian Islamic College in Perths southern…

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What The Hell Is Inside That Assorted Box Of Chocolates?

What The Hell Is Inside That Assorted Box Of Chocolates?

What is this filling? Nightmares? View this image › Joanna Borns / BuzzFeed This particular box of chocolates (Russell Stover) doesn’t come with any kind of chart or guidance as to what possible pleasures or horrors lay within each chocolate encasing. You have to go in BLIND. With your MOUTH. And the stakes are high when one of them contains some sort of pink nougat. 2. Worst-case scenario View this…

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Remain in love a new dating app for the 48 percenters

The platform will avoid in or out arguments by letting remain voters hook up with each other for a proper European union Fear not, Europhiles, for love is not lost. If youre downbeat about website asks: Voted to Remain, and looking for love? What better way to recover than hooking up with someone who shares your sense of existential dread? In a press release, the team behind Remainder explained: We…

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Clinton hails Texas abortion decision a ‘victory for women’, Trump stays silent

A womans control over her body will be a defining issue for female voters in November, Planned Parenthood says after landmark supreme court ruling Elated cheers rang out from steps of the supreme court on Monday morning as the justices handed down a decision that overturned a slate of restrictions that would have closed all but a handful of abortion providers in Texas. The landmark ruling is considered one of…

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Dale From Top Chef Will Make Dumplings At Newark Airport

Dale From Top Chef Will Make Dumplings At Newark Airport

It’s all part of the $120 million facelift United Airlines is giving its terminal at Newark, which Bloomberg has proclaimed will be a “foodie theme park.” Showing up two hours early never sounded so good. View this image › Chef Dale Talde, and his famous dumplings. Brian Ach / Getty Images The year is 2016. Worn down by the soul-draining experience that is modern air travel, you begin hallucinating, imagining…

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Volkswagen to pay owners hit by emissions scandal total of $15bn

German automakers to pay 500,000 US diesel owners $5000 each on average and a series of emissions fines Volkswagens settlement with nearly 500,000 US diesel owners and government regulators over polluting vehicles is valued at more than $15bn (11.3bn) cash, a source briefed on the matter said on Monday. The settlement, to be announced on Tuesday in Washington, includes $10.03bn to offer buybacks to owners of about 475,000 polluting vehicles…

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Former Chilean military official found liable for killing of Victor Jara

Florida jury awards $28m in verdict that could lead to Pedro Pablo Barrientos Nuezs extradition to face criminal charges over 1973 killing of folk singer A Florida jury on Monday found a former Chilean army officer liable for the 1973 torture and murder of the folk singer and political activist Victor Jara, awarding $28m in damages to his widow and daughters in one of the biggest and most significant legal…

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Most Dogs Play Fetch This One Does Laundry!

When you adopt a dog, you do it for the companionship and love they bring into your life. Sure, sometimes they also come with tons of shedding and bad habits (like eating your favorite shoes), but those things can be overlooked. This family, though, got something much more than a friend when they took Champis home. While most pups would chew on socks and other smelly laundry items, Champis does…

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Nearly 6 in 10 white Republicans think America pays too much attention to race

Black and white Americans remain deeply divided on race issues, according to Pew data, despite Obamas historic tenure and the rise of Black Lives Matter Nearly six in 10 white Republicans think there is too much attention paid to race in the US these days, according to a speech to the NAACP last year. Meanwhile, national tragedies such as the killings of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and other unarmed black…

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When An Adorable Dog Crashed A Soccer Game, Everyone Fell In Love With Him

When An Adorable Dog Crashed A Soccer Game, Everyone Fell In Love With Him

Interrupting a soccer game can be serious (and violent) business for both athletes and fans alike. Thankfully, when the Paulistão championships were interrupted, fights didn’t erupt in the stands. Even though the teams were tied 0-0, when a frightened dog ran onto the field, everyone was on the dog’s side. Learning he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, he ran away from the players and security trying…

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Pope Francis says Christians should apologise to gay people

The pontiff says Church teachings dictate that gay people should not be discriminated against, but respected Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from gay people for the way they had treated them. In an hour-long conversation with reporters on the plane taking him back to Rome Who am I to judge? comment he made about gay people on the first foreign…

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Why Hasn't California Legalized Marijuana Yet?

Why Hasn’t California Legalized Marijuana Yet?

After decades of being at the forefront of the marijuana legalization movement, California has been left in the dust by other states. Infighting between activists may turn 2016 another losing year. Over the past few years, as Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, and Washington, D.C., have all successfully legalized recreational weed, the Golden State has been left awkwardly behind. The first state to legalize pot for medical use since the federal…

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