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U.S. Military Has Spent $424 Million in Campaign Against ISIS

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:56pm

WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has spent $424 million so far in its military campaign against the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

The Pentagon's press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said the cost has averaged about $7.6 million a day since the bombing began in Iraq on Aug. 8. President Barack Obama expanded the campaign by authorizing airstrikes in Syria in late September.

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The U.S. military also is flying large numbers of aerial refueling and surveillance and reconnaissance missions over Iraq and Syria, and it has about 1,400 U.S. military personnel on the ground in Iraq. There are no U.S. troops in Syria. Read more...

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3 Colorado Teens May Have Run Away to Join ISIS

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:54pm

Three teenage girls from the Denver, Colorado, area were stopped in Europe while possibly en route to join the Islamic State, the FBI said on Tuesday.

An FBI spokeswoman says agents helped bring the girls back home after agents stopped them in Germany. "The juveniles are safe and reunited with their families," said spokeswoman Suzie Payne.

She didn't reveal the identity of the girls or any other details.

Relatives told VOA News' Somali Service that the three girls left the Denver area late last week and flew to Frankfurt

According to VOA, two of the girls, ages 15 and 16, are sisters of ethnic Somali origin. The third girl is reportedly from Sudan, and her age is unknown; one of the girls told German authorities that they were going to Turkey "to study.” Read more...

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Bloomberg Hires Business Insider Executive Editor Joseph Weisenthal

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:51pm

Joe Weisenthal, the executive editor of Business Insider, is leaving the digital media publication he helped build.

Weisenthal will join Bloomberg on Nov. 10, where he will launch a new business site and host a TV show. He had been with Business Insider for six years, helping to grow the company from relative obscurity into a destination that has disrupted the business media establishment.

Weisenthal commented on the move on his Twitter account.

After 5 amazing years, tomorrow will be my last day at Business Insider.

— Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) October 21, 2014

Well known among the business and media circles on Twitter, Weisenthal gained a greater profile after a New York Times Magazine piece that detailed his 16-hour work days Read more...

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ESPN's Skip Bayless: Rape Charge Gave Kobe Bryant 'Sizzle'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:49pm

And now a moment for the "Facepalm Hall of Fame."

ESPN talking head Skip Bayless is no stranger to outlandish statements and extreme bloviation. But he appears to have exceeded even his own lofty standards on an episode of ESPN's First Take, by saying that a sexual assault charge against NBA star Kobe Bryant essentially made him a more effective sneaker pitchman

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The clip above references Bryant's 2003 sexual assault charge stemming from an encounter with a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado. Charges were eventually dropped and the two settled out of court Read more...

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What the World Looked Like the Last Time the Royals Made the World Series

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:35pm

The Kansas City Royals face off against the San Francisco Giants for the 2014 Major League Baseball World Series on Tuesday — finally.

The last time the Royals made it to the World Series was 1985, a simpler time before Taylor Swift existed, before everyone carried the Internet in their pocket and when people watched music videos on their television.

See also: 'Royals' Banned by San Francisco Radio Stations During the World Series

To celebrate the Royals finally reclaiming their former glory, we looked back at what the world looked like the last time the Royals made it to the World Series.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments. Read more...

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‘Dawson's Creek’ Is Infinitely Better With Dachshunds

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:24pm

I don't wanna wait for every single '90s guilty-pleasure TV show to be recast with dogs

So luckily, filmmaker Michael Immerman has reimagined Dawson's Creek as "Dachshund's Creek," using short-legged, furry versions of James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams. They kiss, giggle about sex and stare longingly into each other's eyes, just like in the original series — and the romantic tension remains surprisingly in tact

Sorry, James Van Der Beek. You've been replaced.

Image: Tumblr

Teddy the Dog Desperately Tries to Retrieve Ball From Evil Chair

'Internet Trolls' Musical Gives Upbeat Tune to World's Worst People

If 'The Shining' Took Place in IKEA

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Man Tells Obama: 'Don't Touch My Girlfriend'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:24pm

Obama was the punchline of a bystander's joke while casting an early ballot Monday in Chicago. But the president managed to smoothly turn the tables on the jokester

A young woman, Aia Cooper, was voting next to Obama when her boyfriend, Mike Jones, decided to crack wise: "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend."

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Obama, laughing, replied: "There's an example of a brother just embarrassing me for no reason."

Cooper apologized. But Obama imagined how she would retell the encounter: "I can't believe Mike, he is such a fool. I was just mortified...But fortunately, the president was nice about it, so it's all right." Read more...

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Go Behind the Set of CW's 'The Flash'

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:15pm

VANCOUVER, CANADA — It's true what they say: Everything is bigger on TV. That is, unless you're on the set of CW's The Flash.

If it looks massive on the small screen, that's because it is.

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In the police station, a 40-foot mural-adorned wall towers over the two-story set. The coffee shop, also two stories, has metal columns along the bar as giant lighting fixtures hang above in the room that could host a party of 50. The set of S.T.A.R. Labs is so cavernous, that your footsteps echo slightly upon entrance

Yeah, it's cool and quite clear no expense was spared on the set — and this was before the show delivered recording ratings for the network, becoming the most-watched series premiere in its history, with 6.1 million viewers in Live+3 Day Nielsen ratings. (No surprise, it seems, that it was on Tuesday given a full season order.) Read more...

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San Francisco Airport First in the U.S. to Reach Deals With Uber, Lyft

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:02pm

Uber, Lyft and Sidecar drivers will now be legally allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at San Francisco International Airport, thanks to deals the airport just signed with the three companies.

The airport announced that it had entered into a permit agreement with Sidecar last week, and Uber and Lyft revealed similar deals on Monday. The authorization deals make the airport the first in the country to permit both Uber and Lyft.

“We are committed to be an industry leader, creating a roadmap for innovative business models like Lyft and UberX to operate legally in an airport,” airport director John L. Martin said in a press release. Read more...

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The iPad's Glory Days Are Over. Where Does It Go Now?

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 5:01pm

Apple reported its fiscal 2014 fourth quarter results on Monday, and in a surprise to absolutely no one, iPad sales are down again.

For the third consecutive quarter, iPad sales have declined year-over-year. On a call with analysts, Apple CEO Tim Cook positioned the decline in sales as "a speed bump, not a huge issue." Still, Cook conceded that this isn't where Apple wants to be. "We want to grow. We don't like negative numbers on these things."

See also: The iPad Mini Is the New iPod Touch

That need for future growth is probably one of the reasons Apple realigned its iPad offerings last week. Read more...

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First Openly Gay NFL Player Michael Sam Released by Cowboys

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:49pm

Michael Sam is a Cowboy no more.

The defensive end, who made headlines for being the first openly gay player to be drafted by the NFL, was released from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad on Tuesday.

His short-lived career with the Cowboys began on Sept. 3 after he was cut from the St. Louis Rams

Sam immediately reacted on Twitter, thanking fans for the support. Sam also spoke of his determination to play in the NFL, thanking Dallas for lessons learned and vowing to "continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that [he] can play every Sunday."

I want to thank the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for this opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, (1/3)

— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) October 21, 2014

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7 Daily Tasks You Can Put on Autopilot

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:18pm

Putting your daily tasks on autopilot isn't just an efficient way to conduct your life: It’s the smart way

We're all triple-taskers nowadays, and it’s sometimes impossible to take a moment to catch your bearings and recall the laundry list of things you have to get done. That’s where technology comes in — and it’s time to embrace it. Welcome to the age of automation

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Here are some tools and technologies to help put your daily tasks on autopilot, so you'll never have to worry about them again

1. Setting reminders

While you're completely capable of re-setting reminders daily or weekly to ensure your workflow is balanced and your appointments are set, you can never think too far ahead. There are certain tools you can use to set reminders in stone so that you don't have to constantly think about upcoming tasks Read more...

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Scientists Resurrect Treasure Trove of Satellite Data From the 1960s

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:17pm

A group of climate scientists has brought satellite imagery from the 1960s back from the dead, not only extending the record of Arctic and Antarctic sea ice by at least another decade compared to what researchers had previously known, but also providing new opportunities for studying the planet to a wide range of researchers.

The restoration of imagery from the Nimbus satellite program, which ended in the 1970s, is an example of an experiment in obtaining access to so-called “dark data,” which refers to data that exists in some form, such as a ship’s logbook or old satellite data tapes, but is not currently accessible to present-day researchers. Read more...

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Yahoo(!): Profit Easily Beats Expectations for Third Quarter

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:13pm

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer sent a message to activist investors and analysts on Tuesday, stressing the company's growth in mobile and native advertising as evidence that the company's fortunes are improving.

Yahoo announced a big beat on third quarter profit, with $0.52 per share coming in well above estimates of around $0.30. The company also beat revenue projections with $1.09 billion against predictions of $1.04 billion, a slight increase over the third quarter of 2013, when Yahoo brought in 1.081 billion.

See also: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Marissa Mayer

The positive financial news sent Yahoo shares up 2% in after-hours trading, having risen 2.3% during the day. Read more...

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Teacher Fired For Nudity in Old French Erotic Films Regrets Nothing

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 4:04pm

A 73-year-old drama teacher fired by a private school for appearing in erotic French films some 40 years ago says she doesn't regret the performances — but she's furious she lost her job after male students discovered them

Canadian newspaper The Globe And Mail reported that Jacqueline Laurent-Auger was fired after male students discovered she'd acted in films like Le Journal Intime d’une Nymphomane (The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac) in the '60s and '70s

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When the administration at the elite Jesuit school Collège Brébeuf found out, Laurent-Auger was abruptly fired after 15 years of teaching. The school's director, Michel April, told La Presse that Laurent-Auger was no longer an appropriate role model, and her past threatened class atmosphere. Read more...

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ISIS Claims to Have Intercepted Supplies From U.S. Airdrop

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:59pm

Islamic State (ISIS) militants claim to have captured a supply bundle dropped by U.S. forces near the northern Syrian town of Kobani. Video posted to a YouTube channel associated with ISIS shows them rifling through packages containing dozens of grenades.

The supply package was apparently one of many intended for Kurdish fighters who have been battling ISIS militants for control of the strategically important town for weeks. The footage has not been independently verified.

See also: My Childhood Friend, the ISIS Jihadist

According to Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby, the majority of supplies were safely delivered to Kurdish forces, which have been supported by a U.S.-led coalition as they defend the town. However, Kirby said that at least one supply package may have fallen into the hands of the Islamic State. Read more...

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Digital Media's Trust Problem: It's Still a Legacy World

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:54pm

The future of media may belong to digital startups, but a study published Tuesday highlights that it's still a legacy world.

Digital media outlets trailed far behind their older brethren in overall recognition and trust, according to the Pew Research Center's "Political Polarization & Media Habits."

See also: Why Every Media Website Redesign Looks the Same

Established news outlets including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC all logged total awareness near 90%, with overall trust levels hovering around 50%

Digital media ran quite the gamut in terms of recognition. News aggregators from Google and Yahoo scored high (80% and 71%, respectively), while The Huffington Post was the most recognized digital outlet (66%) Read more...

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If 'The Shining' Took Place in IKEA

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:46pm

By day, IKEA is the cheery backdrop for two lovebirds in 500 Days of Summer. By night, it's a desolate maze for Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

Just in time for Halloween, IKEA Singapore has released its very own homage to the classic horror film. The ad serves as part of Ikea's holiday "Spot & Win" contest

"Come and pay with us, Danny... Come pay with us."

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Modern Horror Villains Crash the Party in Updated 'Monster Mash'

No One Can Serve Up an Insult Like Ice Cube Can

A Useless Guide to Using Apple Pay

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Aziz Ansari Takes Vocab Lessons Very Seriously

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:16pm

Aziz Ansari and Grover make quite a dynamic duo.

Ansari doesn't mess around when it comes to vocabulary lessons, which is something of a problem when Sesame Street's word of the day is "ridiculous."

See also: Kid President and Grover Give the Pep Talk You Need to Hear

Luckily, his fuzzy pal Grove, who is an expert in silliness, was on hand to demonstrate the meaning of the word. Colorful stove pipe hats, handstands and chicken suits help to drive the goofy point home.

BONUS: W-ORD Channel 7 News With John Oliver & Cookie Monster


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Kelly Clarkson Slays Sam Smith's 'Stay With Me' — and Now We Want a Duet

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:12pm

Kelly Clarkson just put her spin on the ballad of the year a.k.aSam Smith's "Stay With Me" at Symphony Park in Charlotte during her first solo concert since giving birth in June.

"I love this song. I know you've probably heard it bunch so just bear with me," Clarkson, who earned the first American Idol title in 2002, told the audience Saturday. "I just like the word 'stay' in songs. I'm going to sing every song with 'stay.'"

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The 32-year-old was referencing her "Don't You Wanna Stay" duet with Jason Aldean.

Clarkson is currently preparing for the holiday blitz by re-promoting her 2013 Christmas album, Wrapped in Red, with a music video for the title track. On Instagram this month, she teased the video with a photo of herself holding to daughter River Rose. Read more...

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