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Rap Video Parodies Australian Prime Minister Ahead of G20 Summit

1 hour 31 min ago

Warning: Video above is NSFW

MELBOURNE — Stimulating growth and creating jobs will be high on the agenda at next month's G20 summit in Brisbane

But some aren't entirely convinced Australia has its house in order as it prepares to welcome the world's leaders on November 15.

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In this installment of Juice Rap News, in which Melbourne duo Giordano Nanni and Hugo Farrant present the latest happenings through the art of rap, Prime Minister Tony Abbott is parodied as he guides us through some of the hot-button issues facing the country Read more...

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Everywhere the NYC Ebola Patient Went During His 'Self-Isolation'

2 hours 19 min ago

Between Oct. 17, when he arrived back in New York City from West Africa, and Oct. 23, when he tested positive for Ebola, Dr. Craig Spencer "did attempt to self-isolate," officials said at a press conference Thursday.

"He was being mindful about contact with people," said Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, the city's health commissioner. "Our impression is that he spent most of his time inside his apartment."

But not all of it

Over that week, Spencer also rode three subway lines, took an Uber car, visited a park and attended a bowling party with friends. He wasn't exhibiting symptoms at the time — except for fatigue — so it's not likely he put anyone in danger, because Ebola can't spread if symptoms aren't present. But here's a look at Dr. Spencer's travels while he was carrying the virus: Read more...

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New York Doctor With Ebola Followed Guidelines and Went About Normal Life

2 hours 25 min ago

A person returning from an Ebola-affected area is not required to self quarantine and can continue living a normal life, Doctors Without Borders said Thursday, following an announcement that a doctor who worked with the medical organization in West Africa had become the first person to test positive for Ebola in New York City.

Dr. Craig Spencer, 33, returned to New York from Guinea on Oct. 17. Upon his return, he went on with his normal life—catching an Uber, taking the subway and going to a bowling alley in Brooklyn— before being diagnosed with the deadly disease at New York City's Bellevue Hospital, after having a fever Thursday morning. Read more...

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Why GamerGate Can't Continue

2 hours 44 min ago

GamerGate is growing from a battle inside gaming to a larger culture war

In case you're one of the millions who don't know what this term means — first of all, don't feel bad, because it's a complex movement with shifting goals. But here's a quick primer

GamerGate kicked off when an independent game developer's ex-boyfriend wrote a 9,000-word screed about their relationship, accusing her of trading sex for favorable press coverage and other career boosts. This was false. But the rage around it coalesced into a hashtag, created by actor and conservative commentator Adam Baldwin. That hashtag attracted a brigade who felt — they said — that the media was using its power to promote progressive agendas in video games coverage. Read more...

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Latest 'Grey's Anatomy' Episode Sent Fans Into Meltdown Mode

3 hours 24 min ago

Well, that was heartbreaking

In Thursday's episode of Grey's Anatomy, the show lived up to its reputation as a soul-crushingly honest exploration of modern relationships by breaking up one of the series most beloved couples

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Of course, we should have seen this coming

Callie and Arizona are clearly meant to be together, but recent weeks have seen the couple struggle like never before. And we're talking about a couple that has dealt with a lot together — near-death experiences, the loss of friends, the loss of limbs Read more...

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University of Oregon Quarterback Invades Super Mario

3 hours 28 min ago

It’s-a me-a Super Mariota!

The sports-comedy brain trust at Fox Sports Live thinks that Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota is really good at Football. They may even go as far as to say he’s “super” good at it, hence the nickname “Super Mariota.” #Punz4Dayz

Get your Throwback Thursday quota filled with this this super clever Super Mario/Marcus Mariota 8-bit mashup.

25 Celebrity Impressions Crammed Into 1 'Forget You' Cover

Kids Cry Tears of Joy When Mom Finds Their Lost Cat

Duffy the Dog Can't Play Fetch, Still Adorable

Jessica Lange Sings Lana Del Rey in Spooky 'American Horror Story' Clip Read more...

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Dead Heart Transplanted into Patients in Huge Medical Breakthrough

3 hours 36 min ago

SYDNEY — In what has been described as the biggest breakthrough in a decade, surgeons at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney have transplanted hearts from dead bodies into patients.

The world-first procedure, which uses hearts that are no longer beating, will allow more lives to be saved. Previously, the hearts used for transplants were beating and from brain-dead patients.

Doctors at Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute announced on Friday they had performed the operation on three patients using hearts that had stopped beating for 20 minutes.

See also: DNA Shows Humans First Mated With Neanderthals 60,000 Years Ago Read more...

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New York Ebola Patient Took Uber Ride

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 11:46pm

The New York City doctor who has tested positive for Ebola took an Uber ride Wednesday evening, the ride-share company announced on its blog.

Public health officials have said neither the Uber driver, nor the subsequent passengers are at risk, according to the blog post

See also: Ebola Arrives in New York. How Prepared Is the City to Handle It?

Dr. Craig Spencer is the first man in New York City to test positive for Ebola.

Image: Craig Spencer Linkedin

"We have communicated this to the driver, and the [New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene] medical team met with the driver in person, assuring him that he is not at risk. Our thoughts are with the patient and his loved ones," the blog states. Read more...

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Video Shows Hatchet-Wielding Man Charge at NYPD Officers

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:57pm

A video featuring a hatchet-wielding man, who attacked four New York Police Department officers before he was gunned down in a busy commercial district in Queens on Thursday, has surfaced

The now deceased man can be seen in the security camera footage above running while swinging an axe. He is yet to be officially identified by authorities.

However, an unnamed law enforcement official told CNN the man had been identified by police as Zale H. Thompson, who had a criminal record in California and had been discharged from the Navy for misconduct.

See also: New Video Shows Chaotic Scene in Parliament During Ottawa Attack Read more...

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White House Guard Dogs Cleared For Duty After Fence Jumper Assault

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:15pm

The two Secret Service dogs that were injured in the line of duty while taking down a man who jumped the White House fence on Wednesday suffered only minor bruises and have been cleared to return to their posts.

See also: White House Fence Jumper Caught After Kicking Secret Service Dogs

The dogs, named Hurricane and Jordon, were taken to the veterinarian and treated for minor injuries after they were kicked and punched by Dominic Adesanya, who jumped the White House fence before he was apprehended with the help of the K-9s, the New York Times reported. The Secret Service gave the dogs the day off as a reward for their service. Read more...

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Hyundai Genesis Is the Safest Car in Australian History

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 9:51pm

SYDNEY — The Hyundai Genesis is the safest car in Australian history. In 21 years of the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP), no other car has been rated as highly as the South Korean sedan.

It seems the folks at Hyundai have finally cracked the luxury car market, using a strategic move: Safety first.

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The Genesis scored 36.88 points out of 37, earning a maximum five-star rating. Hyundai beat out luxury European car makers for this prize, with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class coming in at 36.46 and the Volvo S60 at 36.34.

In the 64 kilometers per hour frontal offset test the Genesis achieved 15.88 out of 16, it received full marks in the 29 kilometers per hour pole test and also in the 50 kilometers per hour side impact test. Read more...

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Hey Now, Here Comes a Documentary About the Grateful Dead

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:37pm

LOS ANGELES — If The Grateful Dead told you about all that went down, it would burn off both your ears. And we're about to get a lot of it on the big screen.

Just in time for the Dead's 50th anniversary, an officially blessed-by-the-band documentary feature film is in the works from director Amir Bar-Lev, with Martin Scorsese onboard as an executive producer. The project has no distribution plan or release date, but with financing in place, it's definitely getting made.

SEE ALSO: Grateful Dead Guitarist Bob Weir Cancels RatDog Tour Dates: Is He OK?

Expect a lot of performance footage that's never been featured before, vintage interviews, and other good stuff from the Dead’s vaults, with longtime archivist David Lemieux serving as music supervisor. Read more...

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Bromantic Soldiers From America's Civil War

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 8:30pm

During the American Civil War, many soldiers on both sides of the conflict had their photograph taken. For many of these combatants, this might be the first, the only or the very last time their face would ever be recorded.

What is very striking today is how many of these men chose to be photographed with a friend or brother. Especially touching is the way in which they emphatically displayed the affection they felt for one another, with arms on shoulders, linked arms, and even held hands

The people of the mid-19th century, it seems, were more comfortable with men showing affection for each other than subsequent generations were. Read more...

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Collaborating With Influencers: It’s Not as Terrifying as You Think

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:39pm

This article is part of SWOT Team, a new series on Mashable that features insights from leaders in marketing, brand-building and public relations.

To appreciate the power of video influencers, one needs to experience the pandemonium at Vidcon. Inside the web's premiere video event, the fan hysteria swirls around creators like Jenna Marbles, Jacks Gap or Glozell , making the meet-up feel more like a One Direction concert. The online star may not make TMZ headlines, but — to their adoring community of fans on YouTube, Vine and Instagram at least — they’re the only celebrities who matter

See also: 5 Tips for Creating Content People Actually Want to Read Read more...

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Authorities Investigating Blogger for Painting on Rocks in National Parks

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:22pm

A series of colorful, eerie faces painted on rocks in some of the West's most pristine, well-known national parks has sparked an investigation by authorities and a furor online.

National Park Service agents have found the images at five parks in California, Utah and Oregon so far, and Park Service spokesman Jeffrey Olson said the vandalism could lead to felony charges for the person responsible.

See also: 14 Gorgeous Posters to Celebrate National Park Week

The images appear to come from a New York state woman traveling across the West this summer and documenting her work on Instagram and Tumblr, said Casey Schreiner of modernhiker.com, whose blog post tipped off authorities. Read more...

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Spanish Ebola Patient: Why Did They Kill My Dog?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:17pm

The Spanish nurse who became Europe's first confirmed case of Ebola is improving and on her way to being cured, but something weighs on her: the death of her dog Exalibur.

Teresa Romero, 44, is "very happy" that she tested negative for Ebola earlier this week, but she's "sad" because of Excalibur's death, Romero's husband, Javier Limon, told the Spanish daily El Pais on Wednesday.

See also: Dressing for Ebola: The 30 Steps Nurses Have to Take

"I just told her about the dog," Limon said. "She is asking herself why they killed the dog, who wasn’t to blame for anything."

Excalibur grabbed headlines around the world in early October when Spanish health authorities announced they were going to euthanize him to avoid any risk that he had contracted Ebola and could spread it to humans — even though the science around whether canines can get Ebola is disputed. Despite protests and a viral Change.org campaign that collected more than 400,000 signatures, Excalibur was killed Read more...

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Canada Laments 'Loss of Innocence,' Even After a Decade of War

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 7:02pm

TORONTO — The shooting in Ottawa on Wednesday thrust Canada into the spotlight, leaving some wondering how a country that typically assumes a supporting role on the world's stage could be a target of "terrorist" attacks.

One Canadian politician lamented "a loss of innocence for our country," while another said she "never thought this kind of thing could happen here."

See also: The Ottawa Parliament Shooting: As It Happened

But Canada's reputation as a "peaceful nation" is more of a testament to its ability to fly under the radar, rather than its record of military intervention

For the past 13 years, Canada has been at war. Read more...

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Fallen Canadian Soldier's Dogs Spotted Waiting for His Return

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:50pm

Warning: These photos are completely heartbreaking.

Two dogs owned by Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, the Canadian soldier who was killed in Ottawa on Thursday, were spotted peeking out from under a fence at his home.

See also: Photographer Captures the Old-Soul Beauty of Senior Dogs

Molly Hayes, a reporter at The Hamilton Spectator, tweeted a photo of this "sad sight" on Thursday.

Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's dogs are seen Oct. 23, 2014 by Molly Hayes, Hamilton Spectator reporter.

Image: Molly Hayes

Peter Power, a photographer with The Canadian Press, took a photo of the dogs too.

PHOTO: Emotional image of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo's dogs at family home in Hamilton by @CdnPress photographer Peter Power pic.twitter.com/j2CaNHmh0q

— The Canadian Press (@CdnPress) October 23, 2014 Read more...

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Ebola Arrives in New York. How Prepared Is the City to Handle It?

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:42pm

Dr. Craig Spencer, the health care worker who recently returned from Guinea and tested positive for the Ebola virus, is now the first patient to be treated at New York's Bellevue Hospital.

But the hospital, as well as city, state and federal officials, have been working for weeks or more to ensure the city is ready to identify and treat Ebola cases

This preparation reflects the now-proven fact that the longer the outbreak rages on in West Africa, the more likely it was that a patient would wind up in Western cities, including New York

See also: Ebola in NYC: Doctor Tests Positive After Returning From West Africa Read more...

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'Radicalized' Ottawa Shooter Hoped to Travel to Syria

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 6:42pm

Canadian citizen Michael Zehaf-Bibeau has been identified by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) as the shooter who killed Canadian reservist Cpl. Nathan Cirillo before storming Parliament on Wednesday.

Zehaf-Bibeau, a Canadian citizen, may have had dual Libyan citizenship, and was hoping to travel to Syria in the near future, the RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson announced during a briefing Thursday.

See also: Canadians Show Pride in Their Capital With #MyOttawa Campaign

The RCMP believes the 32-year-old was "radicalized" and associated with individuals who were being investigated on terror offenses, Paulson said. Read more...

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