lifestyles

Hugh Hefner throughout the years

Hugh Hefner died Wednesday. He was 91. Hefner founded Playboy in 1953 and built the magazine into a multimillion-dollar entertainment empire that at its 1970s peak included TV shows, a jazz festival and a string of Playboy Clubs whose cocktail waitresses wore bunny ears and cottontails.

Merkel hints at same-sex marriage vote in Germany

German lawmakers will decide Friday whether to legalize same-sex marriage, according to CNN affiliate NTV. The snap vote comes after Chancellor Angela Merkel said Monday that she would like to see parliament move towards a "vote of conscience" on the issue.