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YouTube Comment Seen as Early Warning in Shooting Left Little for F.B.I. to Investigate

A commenter who shared a name with the suspect in the Florida school vowed to become a “professional school shooter” in a disturbing post that the authorities examined last fall.

Opioids and Opiates

On Medicine: A Doctor’s Painful Struggle With an Opioid-Addicted Patient

What happens when the therapeutic alliance turns into a disturbing dance of deception?


China's securities watchdog fines blogger over $31,000 for inaccurate information

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top securities watchdog said it had fined a blogger 200,000 yuan ($31,650) for producing and spreading information that was inaccurate and market-disturbing, the harshest penalty for such behavior.

First they were burned and whipped, then their families were sent the videos

Disturbing video clips shared on social media by their desperate families have revealed the ordeal of Sudanese migrants kidnapped and tortured for ransom in Libya.

Disturbing part about Amazon's HQ2 competition

Amazon's short list of contenders for its much ballyhooed HQ2 reads like a who's who of the most economically vibrant and dynamic cities in North America.

The disturbing part about Amazon's HQ2 contest

WH: Trump finds DOJ actions disturbing

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Trump finds some Department of Justice actions disturbing.

YouTube star sorry for gruesome video

YouTube star Logan Paul apologized after he posted a disturbing video that showed a body hanging from a tree in Japan after an apparent suicide. Paul tweeted an apology saying he had been "misguided by shock and awe."

Rep. Castro: Surprising, disturbing things will come out in Russia investigation

Rep. Joaquin Castro says he believes some of the things that will come out in regard to the Russia investigation will be surprising and disturbing to the American people.


YouTube to expand teams reviewing extremist content

(Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's YouTube said on Monday it plans to add more people next year to identify inappropriate content as the company responds to criticism over extremist, violent and disturbing videos and comments.


UPDATE 1-YouTube to expand teams reviewing extremist content

Dec 4 (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's YouTube said on Monday it plans to add more people next year to identify inappropriate content as the company responds to criticism over extremist, violent and disturbing videos and comments.


Charlie Rose Ousted by CBS and PBS After Harassment Allegations

David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, noted allegations of “extremely disturbing and intolerable behavior.” Bloomberg also cut ties with the host.

Gayle King: This is deeply disturbing and painful

CBS News host Gayle King reacts after eight women accuse journalist Charlie Rose of sexual harassment.


Just as in 1980, Zimbabwe’s Celebration May Be Short-Lived

A veteran reporter who was in the country when Robert Mugabe first took power sees disturbing parallels with the current moment of hope and joy.

Google cracks down on disturbing cartoons on YouTube Kids

Children and Childhood

On YouTube Kids, Startling Videos Slip Past Filters

The app has more than 11 million weekly viewers. But some disturbing knockoff videos have reached children, upsetting parents.

Virtual Reality (Computers)

Virtual Reality Gets Naughty

With 240-degree views, headsets and “sweet, musty scents,” a new kind of pornography offers a realism that is exciting to some, disturbing to others.

Social Media

The Shift: Forget Washington. Facebook’s Problems Abroad Are Far More Disturbing.

As the social media giant grows in the developing world, its platform is being used to spread misinformation and incite violence.

NAACP issues warning about airline

The NAACP cited "a pattern of disturbing incidents" in which it claims black passengers were mistreated by American Airlines.

Organizations, Societies and Clubs

Inside a Secretive Group Where Women Are Branded

A self-help organization in Albany called Nxivm has begun to unravel as members reveal disturbing practices and fears of blackmail.

North Korea and our past foreign policy fiascoes

The powerful recent PBS documentary on the Vietnam War offers a timely lesson about the sources of foreign policy disasters. They often follow a common, tragic script, built around two fundamental mistakes: untested assumptions about the need to act, and wishful thinking about magical schemes to act without consequences. And what's so disturbing today is that the US seems to be following the same script in the unfolding Korea crisis.


As Argentine Elections Approach, Two Disturbing Mysteries Loom

A report says that a prosecutor investigating a 1994 bombing was murdered, and the disappearance of an activist stirs memories of the dictatorship.

'Detroit' is intense and disturbing, flaws and all

Intense and disturbing, "Detroit" aspires to present-day relevance by chronicling a tale of racial injustice that's a half-century old. Yet the line drawn from those harrowing events to today is partially muddled by a misplaced focus, dwelling on a night of brutal police violence but shortchanging its equally significant aftermath.


Chinese police detain 67 after protest in Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Police in the Chinese capital have detained 67 people for disturbing social order after demonstrators gathered to stage a rare protest in Beijing, complaining that the government was unfairly targeting a charity.

Doctor dragged off overbooked United flight

Disturbing videos show a man being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight from Chicago O'Hare International Airport to Louisville, KY, on April 9.

The Incest Diary (Book)

Books of The Times: A Dive Into the Abyss in the Anonymous ‘Incest Diary’

In a disturbing new memoir, an unidentified writer tells the story of being raped by her father, starting when she was 3.

Charlie Gard case teaches us about life and death

One of the most disturbing places I've ever worked was a neonatal intensive care unit. Doctors fought valiantly to keep severely ill infants alive on high-tech machines, but often failed to do so. Babies, at the very beginning of their lives, faced their untimely ends.

Bernstein: President's stability called into question

Journalist Carl Bernstein tells CNN's Brian Stelter that the President's anti-CNN video tweet is very disturbing.

Senator describes 'most disturbing' moment from testimony

Sen. Angus King said he was most disturbed when fired FBI Director James Comey testified President Donald Trump showed no interest in Russia's hacking of US election.


Comey testimony disturbing, Trump appears to threaten job: Warner

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday that testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey showed President Donald Trump appeared to threaten his job and asked him to drop an investigation into a senior aide, violating clear guidelines designed to prevent political interference into FBI probes.

Girlfriend in texting suicide trial sent chilling message, friend says

More than a month after Conrad Roy III ended his young life in July 2014 by inhaling carbon monoxide in his pickup truck, Samantha Boardman said she got a disturbing text message.

Method: The disturbing trend of vehicles as weapons

There has been a disturbing trend of vehicles being driven into crowded areas.


U.S. raised concerns at 'highest levels' on incident involving Turkey security personnel

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department said on Friday the conduct of Turkish security personnel in Washington this week was "deeply disturbing".

Jail for laughing protester is an outrage

The news is abuzz with the unfortunate, disturbing, and misleading reports that a member of the group Code Pink was convicted of a crime for merely laughing at Jeff Sessions.

Where's the empathy for black poverty and pain?

In the 1890s, sociologist W.E.B. Du Bois noticed something disturbing about how Americans viewed the plight of blacks in Philadelphia who had suffered through unsanitary living conditions, high rates of consumption and back-breaking labor.

Gergen: Most divisive presidential speech I've ever heard

Former presidential adviser David Gergen called President Donald Trump's speech at a campaign-style rally in Pennsylvania "deeply disturbing."

Disturbing images of chemical attack

Disturbing images have emerged from Syria following a suspected chemical attack in the rebel-held city of Khan Sheikhoun.

Grotesque cartoons show the ugly side of politics

Sipping from a mug of tea in a dapper open-necked shirt, and speaking with an immaculate Radio 4 voice, Gerald Scarfe might not come across like a controversial psychedelic artist, but for the last 60 years the caricaturist has been putting out some of the most consistently disturbing, graphic and recognizable images of people in power.

Hate Crimes

This Week in Hate: When Your Commute Includes Hearing ‘You Don’t Belong in This Country’

For Rajpreet Heir, a ride to a friend’s birthday party turned into a disturbing incident of racist harassment.


Internet filters may fail to shield kids from disturbing content

(Reuters Health) - Parents often rely on filtering software to block children’s online contact with bullies, predators, pornography and other inappropriate material, but a new study casts doubt on the effectiveness of these tools.


Internet filters may fail to shield teens from disturbing content

(Reuters Health) - - Parents often rely on filtering software to block children’s online contact with bullies, predators, pornography and other troubling material, but a new study casts doubt on the effectiveness of these tools.

20 years ago, gunbattle terrorized North Hollywood

Warning: Some of the images in this story may be disturbing.


In Films From France, Dark Answers to ‘What’s Eating Us?’

Disturbing provocations, including a movie about aimless terrorists, dominate the latest edition of Rendez-Vous With French Cinema series.


Trump's pick to lead health agency calls EpiPen issue 'disturbing'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's choice to lead an important health agency said on Thursday that the way pharmaceutical companies classify products as generic or branded needs to be reviewed in order to help hold down government spending, as she cited Mylan NV's EpiPen emergency allergy treatment.


Cute 'Dog's Purpose' movie turns disturbing after stunt video

(Reuters) - What was billed as a heart-warming comedy movie aimed at dog lovers turned into a marketing nightmare on Thursday after a video emerged of a frightened dog being forced into rushing water on the film set.

'A Dog's Purpose' faces backlash after 'disturbing' video

The producers and distributor of the upcoming film "A Dog's Purpose" are defending their on-set practices after a video from the movie's set appeared to show a dog in distress while filming a stunt.

Police release more details about disturbing Facebook Live video

Chicago police say four people are in custody in connection with a gruesome attack that was streamed on Facebook Live. CNN's Rosa Flores reports.

Child falls from moving car into busy road

Another disturbing video of a child falling out of a moving car in China has emerged. A 2014 study in China found that only 22 out of 3,333 (.6%) observed children were secured in child safety seats.

McConnell, Mitch

McConnell on Reported Hacking: ‘Disturbing’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell urged Republicans and Democrats to work together to investigate Russian efforts to influence the election. “This simply cannot be a partisan issue,” he said.

Mom fights back against anti-Clinton meme using daughter's picture

When a photo of her 4-year-old daughter posing with Hillary Clinton was turned into a disturbing meme, Jennifer Jones said she was in shock.


New York's Cuomo unveils rights initiative, says election spawned 'social crisis'

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday launched an initiative to combat hate crimes and protect civil rights, saying the divisive U.S. presidential campaign had prompted a wave of disturbing incidents across the state and the country.


Pressure growing in EU to halt Turkish membership talks but no decision yet

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers will on Monday consider shelving membership talks with Turkey over what they see as its disturbing lurch away from democracy after a botched coup there, though there is no consensus for such a tough step yet.

Why the Standing Rock Sioux are fighting hard against the Dakota Access Pipeline

Outside Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota (CNN) -- A prophecy warned that this time would come. A black snake would arrive to destroy the Earth. It is now slithering across this land, disturbing what's sacred and gearing up to poison the water.

Human shields: The new ISIS strategy in Mosul

The reports are disturbing: Tens of thousands of men, women and children snatched from their homes and forced into the center of Mosul as the battle intensifies to drive ISIS out of Iraq's second-largest city.

Animal Abuse, Rights and Welfare

Sinosphere: The ‘Saddest’ Polar Bear Lives in a Mall in China

The bear, named Pizza, is showing signs of distress, advocates say, adding that using wild animals to attract customers is a disturbing trend in China.

Obama: Donald Trump's comments are 'disturbing'

President Barack Obama said Sunday that Donald Trump's lewd and sexually aggressive comments about women he made a decade ago were "disturbing" examples of "unbelievable rhetoric."

Super Size: Farming in the 21st Century

From cranberry bogs to cattle feedlots, George Steinmetz captures the grand and disturbing nature of our expansive food system.

Racial disparity emerges in rare child suicide rates

There has been a disturbing increase in suicide rates among elementary school-age black children in recent years in the United States, and yet researchers aren't quite sure why.

Think twice before sharing drug overdose photos

It was a well-intentioned attempt to show the disturbing effects of drug addiction, a common strategy among law enforcement agencies.

Turbulence sends 12 to the hospital

Severe turbulence rocked a Houston-to-London flight over the Atlantic, forcing its pilots to make an emergency landing in Ireland early Wednesday and sending 12 people to a hospital -- a flight one passenger called the most disturbing he'd taken in decades.

Bush: Trump shifts 'Disturbing'

Jeb Bush hammered Donald Trump Thursday after the Republican presidential nominee appeared open to major shifts on his immigration platform -- several of which echoed the former Florida governor's during the GOP primary fight.

Chicago likely to top 2015 in number of shootings

Chicago is on track to cross a disturbing threshold and top the number of shootings and homicides in the city in 2015. It's not a war zone, but it helps explain why some people who live there call it Chi-raq, a name that draws an analogy between the city and Iraq.

Fallen officers: 38 shot dead in 2016

Shooting deaths of police officers in the US are on the rise this year. It's a disturbing trend in itself, but perhaps more disturbing is the most common manner in which these officers were shot: ambushes.

Indirect 9/11 link to Saudi royal found

When the United States caught its first big al Qaeda operative, six months after the 9/11 terror attacks, it found a disturbing clue: phone numbers linked to the United States.

Shooter killed by a robot: Disturbing questions

The use of a robot to kill the man who authorities say fatally shot five Dallas police officers has drawn attention in part because it's the first time police have used robots in such a manner.


American Muslims see Trump rhetoric fueling prejudice, hate incidents

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - About three months ago, Sarah Ibrahim's son came home from his fourth-grade class at a Maryland school with a disturbing question.

Disturbing art from 'Britain's most violent prisoner'

Over 40 years in prison has had an unexpected effect on Charles Salvador, formerly known as Charles Bronson. Now, he says, he is a "born again artist."Podcast favorites: Bernie gets the Axe | Radical Islam in America | Graham Opposes GOP Leader

7 stark findings

A disturbing revelation hits you early in the scathing, 183-page report of a Chicago task force investigation into the culture and practices of America's second-largest police department. Sponsored: Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Read This Do NOT pay your next car insurance bill until you try this.

Last moments

The final moments of EgyptAir Flight 804 are as perplexing as they are disturbing. Sponsored: Drivers With No Tickets In 3 Years Read This Do NOT pay your next car insurance bill until you try this.


Philippines' Poe vows to thwart 'executioner' Duterte, won't quit race

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine Senator Grace Poe moved to quell rumors on Thursday of her withdrawal from the country's presidential race and vowed to win next week's election and stop the "disturbing" rise of front runner Rodrigo Duterte.


Rowing chief to lead investigation into British cycling

(Reuters) - Annamarie Phelps, Britain's rowing chief, will head the independent review into the "extremely disturbing" claims of discrimination and bullying that have rocked British cycling, it was announced on Friday.

7 disturbing findings on Chicago PD

A disturbing revelation hits you early in the scathing, 183-page report of a Chicago task force investigation into the culture and practices of America's second-largest police department.

Video shows child fall from moving car

Another disturbing video of a child falling out of a moving car in China has emerged. A 2014 study in China found that only 22 out of 3,333 (.6%) observed children were secured with child safety seats and only 8.7% were wearing seat belts.

Arrest in disturbing hotel assault

A man has been arrested in the alleged assault of a woman in a Beijing hotel that was captured on video and posted online, stirring outrage.

Clooney: Fake interview 'disturbing'

UK-based publication Hello! magazine has apologized to George Clooney for using old material and quotes he never made and implying the result was an exclusive interview.

Opinion: The cause of violence at Trump rallies?

With the cancellation of a Trump rally in Chicago due to protests, and a slew of recent violent encounters between protesters and supporters of Donald Trump -- one of whom assaulted a protester as the police lead him away, and later threatened to kill him -- we are finally seeing the culmination of the Trump campaign's combative, reckless and downright disturbing rhetoric.

Review: ‘Blackbird’: The Past Returns, Taunting

David Harrower’s disturbing drama of criminal love returns in a Broadway staging starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams.

Did school cop slap kid on video?

It's five seconds, but it's disturbing.

White supremacists stump for Trump

New Hampshire voters may be stunned to hear the latest robocall asking for their vote; it's from white nationalists with a simple, disturbing message.


Anti-Mexico rhetoric in U.S. presidential race 'disturbing': Biden

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday described as "disturbing" the attitudes toward Mexico coming from the U.S. presidential election campaign, in which Republican frontrunner Donald Trump has labeled Mexicans as rapists and drug runners.

Degrading viral video leads to arrest

The viral video is disturbing: A woman is forced to walk a New York City sidewalk wearing only a towel before being stripped naked, all while enduring a stream of verbal abuse hurled by the man filming her.


Polish economy minister says not worried about zloty after S&P downgrade

WARSAW, Jan 16 (Reuters) - Poland's economy minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Standard & Poor's (S&P) rating downgrade was not a disturbing signal and that he was not worried about the zloty, which,...


Man gets 18 months' probation in Arizona bestiality case

(Editor's note: Please be advised that this story contains content that some readers may find disturbing)

Senator: New Clinton email 'disturbing'

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee released a scathing statement Friday, calling on Hillary Clinton to "come clean" after the State Department released an email in which she asked an aide to send information on a non-secure system after attempts to send the document securely failed.


North Korea's announcement that it successfully conducted a hydrogen bomb test caught the world by surprise -- and raised a slew of questions about what this disturbing development means.

Sex Crimes

Feature: To Catch a Rapist

A special-victims unit fights the hidden epidemic of sexual assault that is disturbingly difficult to investigate.

Smith, Will

Review: In ‘Concussion,’ a Doctor’s Cri de Coeur Against Football’s Risks

Bennet Omalu, a doctor troubled by findings in an autopsy of a former pro-football player, discovers a disturbing trend and a type of encephalopathy.


Chinese state media accuse detained labor activists of incitement

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese state media have accused seven detained labor activists of "inciting workers to go on strike", accepting foreign funding and "disturbing social order", sparking criticism from rights groups.


Chinese state media accuse detained labour activists of incitement

BEIJING, Dec 23 (Reuters) - Chinese state media have accused seven detained labour activists of "inciting workers to go on strike", accepting foreign funding and "disturbing social order", sparking criticism from rights groups.

ISIS images 'disturbing'

CNN's Brian Todd reports on the challenges of bombing Raqqa, ISIS's stronghold, since ISIS leaders mix with civilians.


Global migration chief 'disturbed' at dangers of xenophobia

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The anti-migrant sentiment taking hold in a slew of nations facing an influx of refugees is disturbing, dangerous and puts people's lives at risk, said the head of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).


Chicago mayor, community leaders to discuss police shooting video

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel was scheduled to meet on Monday with community and religious leaders to prepare them for the release of a disturbing video of an October 2014 fatal police shooting of a black teenager.


Chicago braces for release of graphic police shooting video

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago city officials, police and community activists were carefully planning on Friday for release in the coming days of a video of an October 2014 fatal police shooting of a black teenager that is said to be graphic and disturbing.


Michigan Tech student to appear in court for threats against black students

DETROIT (Reuters) - A male student was scheduled to appear in court on Monday to face a charge of disturbing the peace by making threats through social media against black students at Michigan Technological University.


Student charged with threats against Michigan Tech black students

DETROIT (Reuters) - A male student has been charged with disturbing the peace by making threats through the social media messaging app Yik Yak against black students at Michigan Technological University, officials said on Friday.

Boy, 6, 'didn't deserve to die like that'

Nearly a week after two officers allegedly killed a 6-year-old boy while pursuing his father's car in Louisiana, disturbing questions remain.

'He didn't deserve to die like that'

The head of Louisiana's state police said "disturbing" body camera footage helped build the case against two officers in the shooting death of a 6-year-old boy.


'Disturbing schools' law criticized after South Carolina student's arrest

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Reuters) - A South Carolina law that landed a black high school student in handcuffs after she was thrown across a classroom by a white deputy is too broad and needs to be changed, a sheriff and local leaders said following outrage over the girl's arrest.

Morgan, Glen

‘X-Files’ Writers Recall the Show’s Most Disturbing Episode

Glen Morgan and James Wong discuss their 1996 “X-Files” episode “Home.”


'Disturbing' arrest of black S. Carolina student sparks federal, local probes

(This October 27 story has been corrected in paragraph 2 to change girl's age to 16 from 18 after sheriff's office corrected information)