North Korea Releases NYU Student After Six Months of Detention

Gabrielle Bluestone · 10/05/15 08:30AM

Today North Korea freed a 21-year-old New York University student it arrested last May in what it’s calling a “humanitarian” measure and what everyone else is calling a “political” move to strengthen relations with South Korea.

Seventeen New Yorkers Will Win a Paltry $250,000

Louis Peitzman · 03/31/12 03:26PM

Sorry, New York: none of you won the $640 jackpot. However, 10 New York City tickets — and 7 more in the state — are second-place winners. That prize is $250,000, which is still a lot of money, even if it doesn't look very impressive next to the biggest lottery prize in history.

Let's Set Some Ludicrous Expectations for Mitt Romney Tonight

Jim Newell · 01/10/12 03:20PM

Mitt Romney is going to win the New Hampshire primary tonight — but is he going to WIN it? See, it's no fun for political writers to simply declare a Mitt Romney victory a victory. What are we supposed to write about for the next year, if he just keeps winning every primary? Policy? Yeesh. And so Mitt Romney must contend with the "expectations game," in which folks with a vested interest in not seeing this primary season end sans hyperdrama come up with a random number that Romney must "hit" tonight, lest his campaign collapse entirely.

School Does Really Lame Job of Pretending Lady Gaga Came to Visit

Seth Abramovitch · 06/02/11 08:21PM

A school employee from New Jersey promised students that Lady Gaga would give the kids a talk about bullying via the internet. So she did what any reasonable person with absolutely no access to Lady Gaga would do after making a promise she could not keep: She hired a Lady Gaga impersonator!

Natalie Portman Sparks New York Panic

Richard Lawson · 02/08/11 06:29PM

New York is full of actresses right now, some of them relaxing, others working. But all of them, as we've interpreted from these paparazzi photos, are thinking about Ashton Kutcher. First up is Natalie Portman who, while waiting for a cab, remembers what it was like filming No Strings Attached. [Splash]

The New First Date

Adrian Chen · 07/03/10 12:06PM

Is there anything worse than a first date? It's as if a condemned man was forced to eat his last meal with some random girl his friend knows from grad school. But first dates are getting worse! They're getting quirkier.

Born Rich: The Life and Death of Heiress Casey Johnson

Maureen O'Connor · 01/05/10 04:11AM

Born into the Johnson & Johnson clan's billions, Casey Johnson was among the first celebutantes to decamp to Hollywood in search of 21C fame. She died alone in a crumbling Mulholland Drive mansion, her body undiscovered for days.

DJ AM Report Reveals Sad Fact

Andrew Belonsky · 09/02/09 05:00AM

DJ AM took OxyContin the night he died. Spencer Pratt takes his absurdity to new levels. And Kate Hudson wants to take over A-Rod's apartment. All that and more in your Wednesday Gossip Roundup!

In Twist of Fate, Fat May Shrink Brains

Andrew Belonsky · 08/23/09 08:28PM

Fat: it's good for lewd and cruel jokes, but it's not so good for your health - including that of your brains. It eats them!

The Unemployed's Newest Enemy: Cheap Credit Reports

The Cajun Boy · 08/07/09 03:43AM

As if America's jobless weren't screwed enough — more employers are running credit checks on potential employees for jobs that involve no financial decisions, so you'd better pay your bills on time even if you don't have a job!