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Adalia Rose, 6-Year-Old With Premature Aging, Promotes Fundraiser For Progeria Cure
 
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Adalia Rose is 6-years-young, but she has a condition that makes her look much older. She suffers from a rare genetic disorder called progeria, which causes premature aging in children. But instead of allowing that to conquer her life, Adalia has become an inspiration to millions and a beacon of hope for other children who struggle with the condition. According to Gawker, Adalia first came into the spotlight last year after a video of her dancing to 'Ice Ice Baby' went viral on YouTube. Her story and incredible spirit drew more than 6 million followers to her Facebook page. She's now in the news to promote a fundraiser for the Progeria Research Foundation. On August 4, the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In in Austin, Texas, will feature Adalia's favorite movie, 'Grease,' and raise money and awareness in the hope of finding a cure.
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Hispanic Idiot With Ten Kids Insults The Judge, U.S.
 
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Hispanic Idiot with 10 kids insults the Judge
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'Jeopardy!' Misspelling From Thomas Hurley Sparks Backlash
 
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"Jeopardy!" fans are buzzing in outrage over the show's treatment of an 8th-grade contestant who got the Final Jeopardy! question right Wednesday night but spelled it slightly wrong. The show's Facebook fan page was flooded with support for player Thomas Hurley of Newtown, Conn., and brickbats for host Alex Trebek and the judges. "Shame on you Jeopardy & Alex!!" wrote one visitor. Watch above as Thomas and his opponents in the Kids Week episode field the Final Jeopardy! answer: "Abraham Lincoln called this document, which took effect in 1863, 'a fit and necessary war measure.'" Thomas writes, "What is the Emanciptation Proclamation," adding an extra "t" after the "p." But his intent is abundantly clear. Trebek lets Thomas know the judges are ruling against him because he "misspelled it badly." "...That's unfortunate," says Trebek. When eventual champ and record-setter Skyler Hornback reveals that he has the correct question, Trebek notes, "It is spelled correctly also." The video shows Thomas trying to keep his composure. It should be noted that giving him credit would not have changed the outcome. But that didn't stop watchers from lambasting the host and producers for shaming the kid and for being persnickety. "Come on Jeopardy, this is a quiz show NOT! a SPELLING BEE," wrote another on the Facebook page. In an interview posted before the broadcast, Thomas, who attends Newtown Middle School, told the Newtown Bee that playing "Jeopardy!" had been a "neat experience." At the time, however, he was sworn not to reveal what happened.
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Reza Aslan On MSNBC :Most Embrassing Interview With Fox News Anchor Lauren Green
 
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Religious scholar Reza Aslan's much-discussed interview with Fox News Channel host Lauren Green is still being discussed. In the interview, Green expressed incredulity that a Muslim could write a book about the founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ, in spite of his years of scholarship and accomplishments. On Monday, Aslan appeared on MSNBC where he absolved Green of fault for the offensive insinuation in that interview that a Muslim could not write a scholarly work about Christ. He blamed the producers of the program and charged that any Fox News viewer knows that the network as a whole has an "anti-Muslim bias." RELATED: Fox Anchor Stuns Guest: Muslim Writing Book About Jesus Like 'Democrat Writing About Reagan' "Let's talk about the fox news interview," MSNBC host Alex Wagner began. "It's gotten obviously a huge amount of play and Fox has revealed two biases; anti-Muslim and also anti-fact." "Anybody who watches Fox News knows that there is an inherent anti-Muslim bias in their reporting and has been for quite some time," Aslan charged. "I don't actually blame them for it. They're a commercial enterprise. They know how to sell a product and, frankly, fear sells a product." Aslan said he felt "really bad" for Green, saying that it was his belief that she asked the questions she did because her program's producers were telling her to do so. "What I liked about what's happened is this is not even about me anymore," Aslan concluded. "That it's become this larger discussion in this country about media, journalism, politics, faith. As a writer, I mean, that's just great."
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Teenager Ran Over By Float At Caribana Investigated By Police
 
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TORONTO - Toronto police were appealing for information Sunday as they investigated the death of a young man who fell from a parade float at the city's Caribbean Carnival. The 18-year-old had been riding on the float Saturday night when he fell and was run over by the vehicle just before 9 p.m.. Police said the young man suffered life-threatening injuries and was rushed to hospital, where he later died. As part of their investigation, officials were examining a video posted on the Internet which appears to show the immediate aftermath of the incident. The clip appears to show confusion on the crowded parade route, with the crowd yelling for the float to stop when it slowly starts moving after a brief pause. "If the video is in fact of the float involved, there's got to be thousands of people all around that float," said Sgt. Lawrence Zimmerman. "We're just hoping that if someone actually saw what happened, they would contact us." Police said they had spoken to the driver of the float involved and were working Sunday on a "reconstructive investigation" in an attempt to figure out just what had happened. Organizers of the parade expressed their "heartfelt sympathies" to those who knew the young man. "We are deeply saddened by this loss," spokeswoman Denise Herrera-Jackson said in a statement.
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Hillary Clinton's 1992 Wellesley Commencement Speech Tackles Issues Relevant Decades Later
 
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Over two decades ago, Hillary Clinton lay out the "rules" for women struggling to balance family and work, many of which still resonate today. In the midst of her husband's presidential campaign in 1992, Clinton delivered the commencement address to Wellesley College's graduating class. The New York Times reported at the time that some students were upset by the choice to have a candidate's wife speak. According to one student, Clinton was reportedly chosen last minute after dozens of other speakers were difficult to schedule. Clinton addressed topics ranging from the Cold War to losing her clothes swimming, and then addressed the challenges of advocating for policies that "nurture our nation's children" amid the many responsibilities facing women at the time.
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Kevin Roy Gladue Tried To Sexually Assault Woman Who Fled Into Woods
 
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A woman who ran into the Canadian forest to escape a sex attack became lost in the wilderness for 12 days. The 25-year-old, a member of the O'Chiese First Nation, was rescued near a wooded area in west-central Alberta on July 26, the Canadian Press reported. Kevin Roy Gladue, 36, has been charged with sexual assault and aggravated assault in the incident, according to the Edmonton Journal. Investigators say the victim was riding in a truck with four other people on July 14 when the vehicle broke down. Three people went for help, and when the woman and Gladue were left alone, he allegedly struck her in the face and tried to sexually assault her before she ran away into the surrounding woods. She was reported missing a few days later, but Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials gave up the search on July 19. On Friday, the woman emerged from the forest and was spotted by a passersby on a dirt road. She has been hospitalized with a broken jaw and infected cuts, but is now recovering, according to Beacon News.
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Venice Beach Car Crash Strikes Pedestrians In California
 
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LOS ANGELES — A car drove into a crowd of people walking along the famed Venice Beach boardwalk early Saturday, injuring a dozen people before the driver fled the busy Los Angeles tourist site. The driver and sedan had yet to be located more than two hours after the 6 p.m. crash, police Officer Jorge Torres. Police were looking for a dark-colored Dodge Charger or Avenger. The driver was a man described as having sandy blond hair and estimated to be in his mid-20s, authorities said. Multiple witnesses reported that the driver appeared to be "moving purposefully" and in control of the car as it plowed through the crowd, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Firefighters were surveying the sprawling crowd looking for injured, Humphrey said. Twelve injured had been counted, with 10 of them hospitalized. Two were hurt seriously and two critically, Humphrey said. He had no details on the identities of the victims or their injuries. The car was still moving as it drove out of sight of firefighters and the people who were hit. The Venice boardwalk is a cultural hub in a part of Los Angeles known for its eccentricities. It is home to galleries, restaurants, tattoo shops, skateboard parks and the famous outdoor weight room known as Muscle Beach. Jogger Daniel Regidor was a short distance from the crash when it happened and as he approached he saw "people screaming, running." "When I came upon the scene, there were a bunch of people on the ground, bloodied," he told the Los Angeles Times. "Some looked pretty mangled, head injuries, just a lot of blood."
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CIA Pressuring Agents With Knowledge Of Benghazi To Keep Silent
 
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CNN's Jake Tapper broadcast a report on Thursday in which the network's reporters alleged that the Central Intelligence Agency is pressuring agents who were on the ground on the night of the deadly 2012 attack on an American consulate in Benghazi from talking to Congress or the media. The agents in question have been subjected, according to the report, to an inordinate amount of polygraph testing in order to ensure that they are not talking about the Benghazi attacks. "Sources now tell CNN dozens of CIA agents were on the ground that night," Tapper revealed about the night of the attack, "and the CIA is going to great lengths to make sure whatever they were doing and what happened that night remains a secret." "Since January, some CIA operatives involved in the agency's missions in Libya have been subjected to frequent, even monthly, polygraph examinations," CNN reporter Drew Griffin revealed. "The goal of the questioning, according to sources, is to find out if anyone is talking to the media or Congress." "It's being described as pure intimidation with the threat that any unauthorized CIA employees who leaks information could face the end of his or her career," Griffin continued. RELATED: CNN Interviews Accused Benghazi Attack Perpetrator: Not In Hiding, Claims FBI Not Looking For Him In one communication obtained by CNN, a CIA source revealed that the threats are having the effect of preventing agents with knowledge of what happened on the night of the attack from coming forward. "You don't jeopardize yourself, you jeopardize your family as well," an anonymous source wrote. "You have no idea the amount of pressure being brought to bear on anyone with knowledge of this operation," another source added. "[A] source tells CNN that 21 Americans were working in the building known as the annex, believed to be run by the agency," a CNN.com report reads. "In the aftermath of the attack, [Rep. Frank] Wolf (R-VA) said he was contacted by people closely tied with CIA operatives and contractors who wanted to talk. Then suddenly, there was silence." The CIA has denied the claims of sources CNN spoke with, and said that they have made all officers who were involved in Libyan operations available to members of Congress for interviews.
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Huge Explosions Rock Propane Plant In Central Florida,
 
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The series of fiery blasts began in the town of Tavares around 11 p.m. at Blue Rhino, a company that describes itself as "America's #1 propane tank exchange brand." There were no reports of fatalities, but seven people were taken to area hospitals. Two workers escaped the plant unharmed.Residents within a 1-mile radius of the plant were evacuated, The Orlando Sentinel reported, but that order was lifted at 3 a.m. on Tuesday after the fire was contained. Blue Rhino is a subsidiary of Ferrellgas Partners, the second-largest distributor of propane in the U.S., NBC News reported. In a news conference, Lake County Sheriff's Office spokesman John Herrell said the plant had about 53,000 20-pound propane cylinders on site. It is unknown at this time what started the fire and explosions.
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Lululemon Admits Plus-Size Clothing Is Not Part Of Its 'Formula'
 
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Lululemon Athletica, the retailer famous for its $98 yoga pants and other athletic wear, explained this week that it doesn't offer plus-size clothing because focusing on sizes 12 and below is an integral part of its business strategy -- one that is based on a "design, capacity and operational perspective." "Our product and design strategy is built around creating products for our target guest in our size range of 2-12," the company wrote on its Facebook page Wednesday in response to complaints from the public. "While we know that doesn't work for everyone and recognize fitness and health come in all shapes and sizes, we've built our business, brand and relationship with our guests on this formula." The company, which enjoys a cult-like following among its customers, declined to comment for The Huffington Post's story earlier this week about its marketing strategy. However, Lululemon representatives later joined the conversation by answering Facebook commenters who accused the retailer of shunning plus-size shoppers and discriminating against certain body types. Lululemon admitted that its size range limits the type of customers who are able to shop at its stores, and added that the plus-size consumer is not a focus right now. "We agree that a beautiful healthy life is not measured by the size you wear. We want to be excellent at what we do, so this means that we can't be everything to everybody and need to focus on specific areas," one Lululemon representative wrote on the Facebook page. "Our current focuses are in innovating our women's design, men's brand and building our international market. "
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Cold Lake Bitumen Leak: Animal Rescuers In Edmonton To Help Soaked Oilsands
 
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Experts from across the continent, armed with bottles of Dawn dish washing soap, have descended on Edmonton to rescue birds and animals soaked in leaking bitumen at an oilsands operation in northern Alberta. Wildlife rescuers from the Oiled Wildlife Society of British Columbia, as well as Bird Rescue, have been hired on by Canadian Natural Resources Limited, after a leak at its Primrose operation inside CFB Cold Lake's air weapons range coated animals and birds in bitumen, the Edmonton Journal reports. Workers set up a rescue centre in Edmonton and have already treated muskrats, ducks and a beaver, the Journal reports. Just as the ads claim, rescuers used Dawn dish soap and a salon-quality sprayer in order to get the oily goo off the animals. Bitumen can have catastrophic effects on the birds and small animals, ending up in their intestinal track or causing skin burns, Coleen Doucette with Oiled Wildlife Society of British Columbia, told Global News Edmonton. "And one of the biggest problems with it is it completely disrupts the waterproofing," she told Global. Although not as dramatic an effect as poisoning or skin burns, loss of waterproofing may be one of the most significant problems the bitumen-covered animals face, she explained to CBC Edmonton.
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Bob Costas On The Latest Baseball Suspension Scandal
 
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NBC's Bob Costas updates David Gregory on the latest developments in the current biogenesis suspensions surrounding the MLB.
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StandOnBieber: Chicago Blackhawks Fans Exacting Revenge On Pop Star
 
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On July 9th before a Chicago gig, Justin Bieber walked on the logo of the NHL's Chicago Blackhawks inside their dressing room. The gesture in sporting circles is equivalent to walking on or setting ablaze a country's flag. But now some people have decided to have some fun by creating a series of "Stand On Bieber" photos, namely Blackhawks fans taking photos where they are stepping on Bieber's face. And according to Mashable, a Twitter account @StandOnBieber has been created for the phenomenon. The site was created last weekend and is already closing in on 2,000 followers. The photos show fans standing on his face outside a fan convention, inside the team's locker room and with a Zamboni about to run over his head. WGN reports that the trio behind the idea -- Chris Wilkerson, Mark Wegener and Josh Kaye -- brought an enlarged cutout of the pop idol's face, putting it in various areas around the convention floor. The twitter account has gathered momentum with other NHL fans praising the idea. "I think fans from all teams should follow @StandOnBieber," one fan Talia tweeted, "As a Kings fan I am sick of seeing him at LA games, so payback! The account is GOLD!" There's no word if Bieber fans are considering some semblance of revenge for the slight towards their hero. Bieber's tour continues tomorrow night at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.
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Alex Rodriguez Talks PEDs, MLB Suspensions, Future Plans After Minor League Game,N.Y.
 
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NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez feels singled out - by Major League Baseball in its drug investigation and by his New York Yankees. "There are a lot of layers," he said after homering Friday night for the Double-A Trenton Thunder in his return from a leg injury. "I will say this: There is more than one party that benefits from me not ever stepping back on the field. And that's not my teammates and it's not the Yankee fans." With a lengthy suspension looming, the New York Yankees star hit a two-run homer to left in the third inning of a 6-2 win over the Reading Fightin Phils. Rodriguez is among 14 players facing discipline in MLB's Biogenesis drug investigation, and suspensions are expected on Monday. While others are expected to receive 50-game bans, Rodriguez's penalty figures to be far harsher - perhaps through the 2014 season or even a lifetime ban. "I think it is pretty self-explanatory. I think that is the pink elephant in the room," he said. "I think we all agree that we want to get rid of PEDs. That's a must. I think all the players, we feel that way. But when all this stuff is going on in the background and people are finding creative ways to cancel your contract and stuff like that, I think that's concerning for me, it's concerning for present - and I think it should be concerning for future players, as well." Coming back from hip surgery and a quadriceps injury, A-Rod hopes to rejoin the Yankees for Monday's series opener at the Chicago White Sox, what would be his first time back in the major leagues since last October. "I think it's possible," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said in San Diego. Rodriguez is counting on it. "Unless I get hit by lightning, and these days you never know," he said. "I am mentally prepared to play for five more years," he said, later adding, "It's not time for me to hang it up. I have a lot more fight in me."
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Newspaper To Bill O'Reilly: We Regret Likening Fox News To KKK,
 
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he New Haven Register issued a lengthy statement on Thursday afternoon in response to Fox News host Bill O'Reilly's calls for the paper to apologize for likening his network's rhetoric on race to that of the Klu Klux Klan. Monday's edition of the Register included an editorial titled "The KKK, Ted Nugent and 'mainstream' racism," which lambasted Fox News and some of its more famous guests for promoting "the same basic message" as the KKK's: "black people being an inferior race ..., a fear of and opposition to immigration and expressions of disgust and hatred toward gay people." In a fiery "Talking Points Memo" on Wednesday evening, O'Reilly demanded the "cowardly" newspaper apologize for the "vile, libelous piece of garbage" editorial by the end of this week. Thursday morning's response from the newspaper didn't go as far as outright apologize, but instead issued regrets and further clarifications: We did not intend to compare Fox News specifically to the KKK and we should have done a better job clarifying that when we said that the "same basic message that the KKK has promoted for 148 years is embraced by the likes of Ted Nugent, Fox News, Ann Coulter, a burgeoning array of fringe 'conservative' media." It was a poor choice of words that created an unfortunate comparison between Fox News and the KKK. We're sorry for that. We did not intend to make any such comparison. This comparison should have been more specific to Nugent's and Coulter's views and statements about people of color, immigrants and gay people, and to be clear, was relating that to the ideology of the KKK, not its abhorrent history of violence.
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President Obama Proposes 'Grand Bargain' From Chattanooga, Tennessee
 
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — President Barack Obama on Tuesday offered congressional Republicans a new corporate tax cut and jobs spending package he said might "help break through some of the political logjam in Washington," only to have GOP lawmakers immediately throw cold water on the idea. The announcement and quick rejection underscored how elusive common ground is between the Democratic White House and Republicans in Congress on fiscal issues. The divide was particularly stark on the corporate tax proposal given that both parties generally have supported overhauling the code for businesses, though the White House and Republicans have differed on specifics. Obama outlined his proposal in a speech at a massive Amazon.com plant in Chattanooga, his latest stop on a summertime campaign to refocus his agenda on the economy. He said "serious people" in both parties should accept his offer. "I'm willing to work with Republicans on reforming our corporate tax code, as long as we use the money from transitioning to a simpler tax system for a significant investment in creating middle-class jobs," Obama said. "That's the deal." But the office of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, complained that Obama's plan was simply a repackaging of proposals the White House has always supported. "It's the opposite of a concession," said spokesman Brendan Buck, noting that Republicans want to link a corporate tax overhaul with changes in the individual tax code. In another sign of their sour relationship, Boehner and the White House also dueled over the proposal's rollout, with the speaker's office saying officials there first learned about the plan from media reports. An Obama spokesman said the White House tried to tell Boehner's staff about the plan a day in advance but the call was not returned. Like Republicans, the president previously has called for corporate tax reform to be coupled with an individual tax overhaul. But his new offer drops that demand and calls only for lowering the corporate rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, with an even lower effective tax rate of 25 percent for manufacturers. The White House also said the president will continue to seek changes to the individual tax rate as part of a larger "grand bargain" he wants with the GOP. But with the prospects of such a deal growing increasingly slim, Obama advisers say they've opted to isolate an area on taxes where they believe they have more agreement with Republicans. Obama also wants lawmakers to pour one-time revenue generated from the tax overhaul into jobs programs, including infrastructure, manufacturing and community colleges. "If we're going to give businesses a better deal, we're going to give workers a better deal too," the president said.
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Girl Shot On Street While Walking Rockaway, Queens NYC
 
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A 10-year old girl walking with some friends was shot early Saturday morning on a street in Queens. Brianna Palmer was walking with her mother around 1:30am when bullets started flying in the courtyard of the Piknfern Apartments on Dix Avenue in Far Rockaway. Police say two men were firing shots at two other men. "I heard three shots exactly, it's getting worse and worse," said Far Rockaway resident, Daphne Ducrepin. Quintina Portlock says her daughter and granddaughter were walking the friend back home when she was shot in the hip. She ran out afterwards to find the gunman fleeing and Brianna Palmer covered in blood. "It went straight through and came out," said Portlock. On Saturday, detectives from multiple precincts worked the nearby area to look for evidence and witnesses, hoping to find anything that will lead them to the person who put a bullet in the young girl. "My prayers are with that little girl and her family," said Far Rockaway resident Lissette Stennett. So far, several suspects have been questioned at the 101st Precinct, but no arrests have been made.
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Tiger Woods' 61 Ties Career Low, Course Record In WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 2nd Round
 
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KRON, Ohio -- Tiger Woods made a run at 59, one of the last items missing from his resume. Instead, he had to be content by tying his career best with a 9-under 61 and building a seven-shot lead Friday through 36 holes at the Bridgestone Invitational. Pursuing his eighth victory at Firestone Country Club, Woods opened birdie-eagle. He had two more birdies on the front nine, then had four in a row to start the back nine in light rain. Needing to go only 2 under over his last five holes, he missed birdie putts inside 10 feet at 15 and 17, but saved par on the last with a 25-footer.
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Sydney Leathers: Host Anthony Weiner 'Too Busy Jacking Off' To Be Mayor
 
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The woman behind Anthony Weiner's latest lewd online conversations told Howard Stern on Tuesday that the embattled mayoral candidate is "too busy jacking off" to run New York City. Sydney Leathers weighed in on the sexting scandal, telling Stern she became "pissed off" upon watching Weiner on the campaign trail insisting he had changed. "The hypocrisy got to me," Leathers, 23, said. "I am proof you have not changed...I was flattered that he trusted me enough to send [his naked photos] in the moment. And also just completely baffled that someone so book smart could be so stupid in life." Leathers also provided rather cringeworthy details behind their sexting relationship, commenting on his penis size and various fetishes. When asked if she would consider doing a porn, Leathers told Stern she was open-minded and keeping her "options open." The radio appearance follows several public comments Leathers has made since the scandal broke, including Thursday's interview on "Inside Edition," in which she likened her relationship to Weiner to that of two characters on the political drama "House of Cards." Since admitting he had continued to sext "six to ten" women after his resignation from Congress, Weiner has plummeted in the polls, with a slew of politicians calling upon him to withdraw his campaign for mayor.
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Katie Vyktoriah : What Happened When My Son Wore A Pink Headband To Walmart
 
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This is Dexter. He is 2 years old. He loves to be Batman and Superman and Spiderman. He's a real boys' boy. He pretends he is flying, and he captures the baddies who threaten us. 2013-08-02-dexter2.jpg He is the sweetest little troublemaker you'll ever meet. Some other things you might like to know about Dexter: He is a fabulous big brother. He was a later bloomer vocabulary-wise. He used to be terribly shy but has recently begun to come out of his shell. He loves new people and enjoys greeting them with a big "HI!" when he meets them. His favorite color is pink. He loves Dora the Explorer. He has been known to wear my skirt as a dress, and he delights in cuddling with his mama. 2013-08-02-dexter1.jpg Last night, I took my two boys out to pick up a couple of things from Walmart. Mark had to catch up on some work, so I ventured out on my own, which is something I don't do very often. It takes a lot of work to get the kids ready, get them in and out of the car, find a shopping cart, keep them happy while I shop and get them home in one piece. You parents will understand this. After struggling to get him dressed and get his shoes on, I had to pry an overlarge teddy bear out of Dexter's arms, as he was set on taking him with us. This brought on tears and tantrums, which I somehow managed to calm very quickly. But when I attempted to remove my discarded lace flower headband from his head (which he'd been wearing all day), I saw him getting ready to fight, so I left him to it. Who was he hurting? We got to the store, and amazingly I managed to get him to sit in the shopping cart with no issues. The fact that he was wearing a cute girly headband made him feel good, and he was charming all the old ladies by waving like a little pageant prince. I snapped his photo after two old birds came up to tell me just how adorable he was.
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Baby Jasleen, Born At 13.47 Pounds, Is Germany's Heaviest Baby Born Vaginally
 
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Germany has a new holder for the title of "heaviest baby." Jasleen was born at University Hospital in Leipzig on July 26, weighing in at 13.47 pounds, and measuring 22.6 inches long -- and she was delivered without the help of a C-section, reports the New York Daily News.The medical term for babies born weighing more than 8 pounds, 13 ounces is "fetal macrosomia," and heavy babies are often attributed to maternal obesity and diabetes, among other factors. In Jasleen's case, doctors said her size is due to an undiagnosed case of gestational diabetes, reports the German paper Der Spiegel, which adds that both baby and Mom are doing well, though Jasleen remains in the hospital. Until Jasleen's birth last week the title of Germany's "heaviest" or "largest" baby belonged to one named Jihad, who was born in November 2011 and weighed in at 13 pounds. Jasleen, however, is not the heaviest baby born this year. We can't forget about about George King, who was born in March to a British couple and weighed in at 15 pounds, 7 ounces -- and again, yes, he was delivered vaginally. And on July 11, Pittsburgh-area woman Michelle Cessna gave birth to Addyson Gale Cessna, who was born at 13 pounds, 12 ounces, and measured 25 inches via C-section. While big babies seem to be on the rise, the Guinness Book of World Records says the heaviest baby ever born weighed 23 pounds, born to Anna Bates in 1879. No other newborn has tipped that scale yet, but here are seven who have come close.
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Fox Guest Slams Reza Aslan's 'Aloof Arrogance':'He's Not A Very Good Muslim'
 
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President of the Media Research Center Brent Bozell appeared on Fox News Wednesday afternoon to rebut days of criticism over Lauren Green's recent interview with author Reza Aslan, in which the Fox anchor repeatedly questioned Aslan's motives for writing a text on Jesus when he himself is a Muslim. "It was the exact correct question that needed to be asked," Bozell said. "She had every right to ask him, 'Do you have a bias? Are you being influenced by your faith to write what you're writing?' He should have said, first and foremost, said, 'Yes I am.' To deny it shows the aloof arrogance of 'How dare she even ask that question?'" Listing multiple points at which he felt the Muslim faith contradicted Christianity's interpretation of Jesus, Bozell said, "If he is going to take the attitude, 'Well, he's just a scholar, he just happens to be Muslim, that he didn't really care about this issue'—he's not a very good Muslim.'" RELATED: Muslim Author Reza Aslan: I Knew 'What I Was Getting Into' By Going On Fox News Bozell cited what he said were numerous historical mistakes and misinterpretations of Christianity in Aslan's text, scoffed at the alleged quantity of his sources, and pointed out that that Aslan does not have a degree, as he'd claimed, in the History of Religion (it's in the Sociology of Religion). Earlier on Wednesday Aslan told MSNBC that Fox had an "inherent anti-Muslim bias," but that he felt "really bad" for Green, whom he thought was just asking the questions she'd been told to by her producers.
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Fox News Thinks Its Infamous Reza Aslan Interview Was Just Fine
 
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Fox News tackled its infamous interview with Reza Aslan on Wednesday. Not surprisingly, the network saw nothing wrong with it. "America Live" fill-in host Shannon Bream largely dismissed the controversy that emerged after religion correspondent Lauren Green repeatedly questioned Aslan about why he, as a Muslim, was writing a book about Jesus. Saying it had been churned up by "liberal" and "far-left" media outlets, she brought on conservative media critic Brent Bozell to agree with her. (Fox News has a media critic on its payroll, but Howard Kurtz was apparently unavailable.) Bozell said he wanted to "applaud" Green for asking whether Aslan was biased, that Aslan couldn't be a "very good Muslim" if he was defending himself as a mere scholar, and that he was misrepresenting his academic credentials and couldn't have read all the books he said he'd read. Also, he said Green was a great person. Bream agreed with that too, and plugged her upcoming story on people who were attacking Christians.
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Okinawa Helicopter Crash: U.S. Military Chopper Crashes On American Base
 
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TOKYO -- A U.S. military helicopter crashed Monday at an American base on the southern island of Okinawa, and all four crew members are believed to have survived, Japanese and U.S. officials said. The HH-60 rescue helicopter, which belongs to Okinawa's Kadena Air Base, was on an unspecified training mission when it crashed at Camp Hansen, a U.S. Air Force statement said. Television footage showed smoke rising from a spot in the forest, with a mangled object that appeared to be the frame of the helicopter ablaze. The U.S. statement said the cause of the crash was not known, and did not elaborate on the condition of the four crew members on board. However, Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters, citing information he had received, that three crew members ejected from the helicopter and the fourth was apparently injured and taken to hospital. Onodera said the accident was "regrettable" and that he was asking the U.S. to provide information promptly, conduct a thorough investigation and take preventive measures. Okinawan prefectural police said there were no reports of injuries or damage outside the base. The crash comes amid strong local opposition to the U.S. Marine Corps' additional deployment of 12 MV-22 Osprey transport aircraft on the island. About half of the 50,000 U.S. troops in Japan are based on Okinawa under a Japan-U.S. security pact. Anti-U.S. military sentiment on the island is a longstanding issue, and many residents have complained about base-related crime, noise and accidents. Local media said the crash revived memories of an accident in 2004, when a CH-53 helicopter from Marine Corps Air Station Futenma crashed into a nearby university building, triggering a huge anti-base uproar although there were no civilian injuries and the crew survived. "We knew it was going to happen sooner or later," said Kadena Mayor Hiroshi Toyama, referring to Monday's crash.
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Michelle Knight To Ariel Casto: You Will Face Hell For Eternity
 
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Michelle Knight faced the man who kidnapped her and held her in captivity for 11 years on Thursday. A visibly upset Knight read her statement aloud in the courtroom. At times, she spoke directly to Ariel Castro, telling him the death penalty would be too good for him. Her statement, in part: I would like to tell you what 11 years was like for me. I missed my son every day. I wondered if i was ever going to see him again. He was only two and a half years old when I was taken. I look inside my heart and I see my son. I cried every night. I was so alone. I worried about what would happen to me and the other girls every day. Days never got shorter. Days turned into nights, nights turned into days. The years turned into eternity. I knew nobody cared about me. He told me that my family didn't care.
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Jamella Tisdale, Pennsylvania Mom, And 2 Sons Dead In Highway Truck Crash
 
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LAWRENCE, N.J. -- A truck driver accused of making an illegal U-turn on a New Jersey highway before crashing his vehicle into an SUV carrying a Pennsylvania family was charged Saturday in the deaths of a woman and her two young sons. The crash between the truck and the SUV carrying five people happened at around 6:30 p.m. Friday on Route 1 in Lawrence, Mercer County prosecutors told The Times of Trenton (http://bit.ly/18Uempv). Killed in the crash were 25-year-old Jamella Tisdale, her infant son, Jaden, and her 9-year-old son, Jaevon Durante, all of Levittown. The infant's father, Shaqwan Tisdale, and the woman's 8-year-old daughter, Mellady Durante, remained hospitalized Saturday in stable condition. Emergency responders found the SUV wedged under the bed of the tractor-trailer, and crews had to stabilize the truck's bed before they could extricate the passengers. It took several hours to free the victims from the wreckage, Trenton Battalion Chief Robert Tharp said. The truck driver, 45-year-old Richard Williams, of New York City's Brooklyn borough, was charged with three counts of death by auto and was being held on $100,000 bail. It wasn't immediately clear if he had retained an attorney.
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An Armed George Zimmerman Pulled Over For Speeding In Texas
 
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Less than a month after being acquitted of second-degree murder charges related to his killing of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin, George Zimmerman was reportedly caught speeding Wednesday, with a gun in the glove compartment of his vehicle. The incident took place in the town of Forney, Tex., TMZ reports. Zimmerman, who informed police that the weapon was in the car shortly after being pulled over, was asked where he was going, to which he responded, "nowhere in particular," according to the site. CBS News reports that, during the traffic stop, which occurred at 12:54 p.m., Zimmerman also asked the officer if he recognized him from television. This is the second time Zimmerman has been in the news since his trial ended on July 13. Three days later, Zimmerman reportedly came to the aid of a family trapped under an overturned SUV on a Florida highway, pulling two children and their parents to safety. The Huffington Post reached out to the Forney Police Department for comment, but they were not immediately available.
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Oprah To NBC:Trayvon Martin's Killing 'In My Mind, Same Thing' As Emmett Till's
 
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In an exclusive interview for The Grio, NBCUniversal's African-American news and opinion website, Oprah Winfrey weighed in with her unvarnished thoughts on the killing of Trayvon Martin and the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Winfrey said that, in her mind, Martin's murder and that of Emmett Till in 1955 -- whose killers were also acquitted -- were the "same thing." However, she added that it is important to keep in mind how much race relations in America have progressed over the last half-century. In a clip of the interview which aired on NBC's Today, Oprah told The Grio's Chris Witherspoon that she saw an undeniable "parallel" in the murders of Martin and Till. RELATED: NY Daily News Insincerely Links Trayvon To Emmett Till On Racially Inflammatory Front Page "Let me just tell you: in my mind, same thing," Winfrey said. "But, you can stuck in that and not allow yourself to move forward and to see how far we've come." The 14-year-old Till was murdered by a group of white men in 1955 after he was reportedly "flirting" with a white woman. Till's killers were acquitted for their role in the teen's slaying, though they later admitted to their involvement in the murder.
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News Anchor Announce: 'Tonight, I'm Going To Sound Like A Drunk'?
 
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There's an old show business expression that goes "Well, it worked in rehearsal," but try telling that to Kerryn Johnston, news anchor for Australia's WIN News Canberra. She capped off her first month as WIN newsreader by making a joke during a rehearsal for the evening newscast, which was then broadcast in place of the midnight repeat, and promptly went viral. After struggling through a few news teases, Johnston perfectly deadpanned "Good evening. Tonight I'm going to sound like a drunk."
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'Sit Down And Shut Up!' Sen. Harry Reid Blows Up On The Senate Floor
 
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid let off a little steam earlier today when trying to get his colleagues to stop talking so Susan Collins could speak about an appropriations bill. Tammy Baldwin called for order on the Senate floor, and when it would not come to order, Reid interjected to shout out, "Sit down and shut up!" Reid has gotten rather testy with his colleagues recently, calling Ted Cruz a "schoolyard bully" and wryly saying Mitch McConnell "tried to make love to the tea party, and they didn't like it."
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Tour Bus Flips In Flooding Near Kingman; All 33 Passengers Escape Safely,Arizona
 
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Thirty-three passengers on their way back to Las Vegas were lucky to escape unscathed after their bus flipped over in a fast moving, eight-foot deep wash near Kingman, fire and bus company officials said. "It's astonishing that no one was hurt or injured because it had the makings of a terrible tragedy," said Patrick Moore, fire chief of the Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire District. All 33 passengers climbed through the large bus windows and jumped to the shore of the 100-foot wide, rapidly moving wash to safety, Moore said. "They had to escape through the windows. Everybody made it out safely," Moore said. The bus carrying passengers back from the Grand Canyon Skywalk was about 35 minutes outside of Kingman when heavy rains and flash floods hit the area at about 2 p.m. Sunday, officials said. "There was one storm that produced very heavy rainfall, and produced flash flooding conditions," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Chris Stumpf. "The bus driver attempted to cross a wash. The bus stalled. Then it started to float down the stream 300 yards," Moore said. Rhonda Ho, operations manager for Canyon Coach Lines, said the tour was headed back to Vegas when the driver noticed a rush of water and that smaller vehicle made it across the wash safely. So he kept driving through. Canyon Coach Lines is a division of CH Destination, which handles Las Vegas trips for tourists out of several Asian countries. The bus was pushed into the wash, she said, by the rushing water when a second current smashed into the bus, she said. Ho said the driver was able to manuver the bus into a nearby tree that kept the vehicle from going further down the wash. She said the driver and guide helped the passengers get out of the bus safely and wait for a second tour vehicle to arrive and finish the trip back to Vegas. She said the company is working to retrieve the bus and will conduct an internal investigation. "I'm just so happy that nobody got hurt," she said. "Not even a scratch."
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Moose Attack Norwegian Photographer Terrifying Caught On Camera
 
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The Norwegian photographer was biking through a forest near Fredrikstad Tuesday when he came upon a moose and its calf grazing on vegetation. When Strømnes got a bit too close for comfort, the animal charged at him in a terrifying moose attack the wildlife enthusiast managed to capture on video. "It was not that smart," Strømnes admitted to area newspaper Fredriksstad Blad, according to Norway's The Local. The photographer described how he approached the large animal, which may in fact be an elk, in an attempt to film it with its calf. But as soon as the camera started rolling, the territorial creature lunged toward him, in an apparent attempt to intimidate him, before backing off. While it probably would have been a good idea for Strømnes to back off himself at that point, he pressed his luck and edged closer to the moose once again. In a second video, which shows the actual moose attack, the animal knocks Strømnes to the ground before the clip cuts out. Fortunately, Strømnes was not seriously injured, only sustaining a bruise after the moose kicked him, local media outlets report. But the footage he shot will certainly serve as a warning to others traveling through the animal's territory.
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New Mystery At Richard III Burial Site In Leicester
 
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Archaeologists find another set of remains near the grave of King Richard III in Leicester. CNN's Dan Rivers reports.
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Deadly Crash During A Race Sandor Pohl TT Assen, Netherland
 
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During a race in Assen the wingman Sandor Pohl fell off his motorcycle and got hit by another contestant. RIP
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Allen Daniel Hicks Dead: Stroke Death Of Inmate Sparks State Investigation
 
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An inmate's death from an untreated stroke has prompted a $1 million settlement and a government investigation. The Tampa Bay Times reports on the circumstances surrounding Allen Daniel Hicks' last days: Hicks, 51, was arrested in May 2012 after veering off Interstate 275 in Tampa. He was booked into jail without a medical screening, rambling incoherently and dragging his left leg. More than a full day passed — during much of which Hicks lay on the floor of his cell or tried to crawl using only his right limbs — before he was taken to Tampa General Hospital and immediately diagnosed with a severe ischemic stroke. He slipped into a coma and died months later. Police said they arrested Hicks because he failed to follow commands to get out of his vehicle. Now the state's health department is launching an investigation into Hicks' death which, the Times reports, will largely focus on the actions of Armor Correctional Health Services Inc., a private company that has been contracted to take care of Hillsborough prisoners. The announcement of the investigation comes the same month that Hicks' family agreed to a $1 million settlement with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Armor, according to WFLA. "You should be able to get help from medical personnel and police officers and not be taken to jail, and we feel the highway patrol and EMT should have much better training on recognizing stroke victims," attorney Paul Rebein, who represented Hicks' family, said. In previous comments to The Huffington Post, David Fathi, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union National Prison Project, said the government is constitutionally required to protect prisoners' health. "Prison officials have a duty under the Constitution to provide prisoners with adequate medical care," Fathi said in an email. "When they violate that duty, the results can be tragic." Companies looking out for their bottom lines have no business providing services to prisoners, according to Fathi. "We believe that incarceration is a uniquely governmental function that should never be contracted out to private, for-profit corporations," Fathi said. "When you combine the profit motive with limited oversight and an unpopular, politically powerless group like prisoners, it's a recipe for bad outcomes."
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Video Of Bakersfield PG&E Power Plant Demolition Shows Debris Flying,Calif.
 
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Five spectators were injured Saturday after shrapnel was sent flying at the demolition of a decommissioned steam power plant in California's Central Valley, authorities said. More than 1,000 people had gathered at 6 a.m. in a nearby parking lot to watch the planned implosion at the plant owned by Pacific Gas and Electric in Bakersfield. After structures on the property came crashing down, a police officer at the scene heard a man screaming for help and saw his leg had been severed, police said. "It was a piece of shrapnel that came flying out of the explosion and came across and went through a couple of chain link fences, struck him and impacted into a vehicle," said Lt. Scott Tunnicliffe. The 44-year-old victim might lose his other leg as well due to his injuries, Tunnicliffe said. Four other spectators were treated for minor injuries, said Kern County Fire engineer Leland Davis. All of the injured spectators were standing beyond a perimeter set up to ensure public safety, Davis said. Residents of the city about 100 miles northwest of Los Angeles were eager to see the old plant torn down to make way for new development. The plant was decommissioned in 1986 and has been idle ever since.
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Ruth Langsford And Eamonn Holmes' PDA On 'This Morning'
 
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Viewers of 'This Morning' got a bit of a shock on Tuesday when hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford got a bit amorous on the sofa. The saucy Irish teddybear couldn't keep his hands off his wife during a debate about whether public displays of affection could go too far. As the cameras cut back to the couple, they were caught in a racy embrace as Eamonn grabbed Ruth's boob and lent in for a kiss. The temperature's rising, we can get out of control..." Eamonn joked. "All this touchy feely stuff, kissing, snogging whatever you want to call it, is there any harm in it, is it offensive? Depends who you're doing it with..." he added. Ruth - who was looking a bit flushed after their on-screen sauciness - later took to Twitter, writing: "Glad my PDA (Public Display of Affection!) with @eamonnholmes made you laugh this morning....just a bit of fun! x."
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Couple Weds With Dying Son As Best Man
 
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A couple tied the knot in a bittersweet backyard ceremony that was not only a celebration of their marriage, but of their two-year-old son and best man Logan, who doctors say doesn't have long to live. TODAY's Jenna Wolfe reports.
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O'Reilly Fights With Black Crime: We Protect People 'No Matter What Color They Are'
 
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Fox News analyst Kirsten Powers got some heat for her comments over the weekend that conservatives are only now concerned with black-on-black crime to 1) distract from the Trayvon Martin case, and 2) to "stick it to the black community." Powers defended her remarks to Bill O'Reilly, after assuring him that she was not talking about him. O'Reilly challenged her by saying the outrage was fueled not by any desire to "stick it" to anyone, but in reaction to the "grievance industry" crying about racism. RELATED: Kirsten Powers Battles Fox Panel: Right 'Obsessing' About Black Crime So They Can 'Stick It To Black Community' Powers stood by her claim that black on black crime is a sudden "obsession" with the right, and considering how bad the crime rates have always been, she said it "seems strange to me that all of a sudden" they're bringing it up to distract from the Martin case. O'Reilly insisted "there's a context to it," telling her that violence is "generated primarily by blacks." Powers shot back that the majority of people "are actually killed by someone of their own race," but O'Reilly said, "That's a misleading stat!" Powers insisted that all the whinging about dismissing the Martin case because he wasn't killed by a black person was odd, to say the least. O'Reilly defended the position as "protecting Americans, no matter what color they are." He made it clear that Martin "didn't do anything to deserve death," but also found it wildly irresponsible for anyone to assert that "white people want to hurt black people." They also fought over whether the George Zimmerman trial was influenced by race, with Powers insisting that race was definitely a factor, while O'Reilly charged that official investigations found there was no evident racial animus involved.
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HH-60 Helicopter Crashes Near Camp Hansen, Okinawa
 
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A Kadena-based HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter crashed in the Central Training Area near Camp Hansen, Okinawa, at about 4 p.m. Aug. 5. U.S.
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After Multiple Deployments,U.S.Soldiers Troops Return Home
 
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For many soldiers in the Army, homecomings have meant they would soon be preparing to go back to war. As the U.S. prepares a final exit from Afghanistan and Iraq, that is no longer the case. TODAY's Lester Holt reports.
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Shanghai Heat Wave Sees Reporter Cook Meat On Ground
 
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Shanghai is in the midst of its hottest summer on record for 150 years. During the last month, the mercury has ranged between 38 and 40 degrees Celsius, leading to one enterprising TV reporter to film a segment of himself cooking pork on a slab of marble. Within 30 seconds the meat had turned white on one side, and in ten minutes it was ready to eat.
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Day Care Car Crash: Kansas City Accident Leaves Multiple At Christian Academy Child Care
 
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police say an SUV rear-ended a parked car and sent the vehicle crashing through a Kansas City day care center. Three children and the SUV's driver were injured in Tuesday's wreck at the Christian Academy Child Care east of downtown. All were in stable condition at a hospital, and the injuries are not believed to be life-threatening. About 40 children were inside the center when the Range Rover struck the back of the parked Cadillac and sent it through the front of the building. Police say the SUV driver was "approximately 80" years old. Kansas City police Capt. Tye Grant said two children were trapped under the Cadillac. The cause of the crash is under investigation.
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Time Warner Cable Blacks Out CBS In New York, Los Angeles And Dallas
 
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The fee dispute between CBS and Time Warner Cable reached a boiling point Friday afternoon when an already-extended deadline for negotiations passed and the cable provider blacked out CBS and Showtime in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and other markets. The move leaves nearly 3 million subscribers without the CBS channels. A similar pattern played out earlier in the week, when Time Warner blacked out CBS in three cities before quickly reversing its decision. CBS released a statement ripping Time Warner Cable's move: "We deeply regret this ill-advised action, which is injurious not only to our many affected viewers, but also to Time Warner Cable itself. Throughout this process, Time Warner Cable has conducted negotiations in a combative and non-productive spirit, indulging in pointless brinksmanship and distorted public positioning ... CBS, for its part, is eager to make an agreement in line with the kind it has struck with every other cable, satellite and telco provider, and has continually sought reasonable term extensions to get that job done. What CBS seeks, and what we always have sought from the beginning, is fair compensation for the most-watched television network with the most popular content in the world. We will not accept less ... We hope and believe this period of darkness will be short and that we can all get back to the business of providing the best entertainment, news and sports to the Time Warner Cable customers we both serve." Earlier in the week, a statement from Time Warner Cable offered the company's line on the ongoing dispute. "We offered to pay reasonable increases, but CBS' demands are out of line and unfair -- and they want Time Warner Cable to pay more than others pay for the same programming."
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Jockey Simone Montgomerie, 26, Dies At Royal Darwin Cup
 
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Jockey Simone Montgomerie, 26, Dies At Royal Darwin Cup
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ABC Roundtable Spars Over Rand Paul, GOP's Libertarian Wing
 
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A roundtable on This Week With George Stephanopoulos dusted off the Thoreau and debated the viability of libertarianism as a political theory and its emerging role in the Republican Party, with George Will endorsing libertarianism's philosophical foundation and Neera Tanden pointing out that its application via the tea party was grinding the GOP to an unpopular halt. The argument was started after Chris Christie called Rand Paul's brand of libertarianism "dangerous," which set off a week long exchange of insults between the two rising Republican stars. Will argued that libertarianism was less anarchy than a belief that any government intrusion must be backed by in a compelling interest and a "constitutional warrant." "If Mr. [Chris] Christie thinks that's a dangerous thought, a number of people are going to say Mr. Christie himself is dangerous," Will said. RELATED: Ann Coulter Rails Against Chris Christie & Rand Paul For Their 'Little Bitch Fight' "Libertarianism this week has demonstrated a lot of problems," Tanden responded. "When you see the strain in Congress—it's nihilism. The libertarian wing of the Republican Party is what's driving these debates which are ensuring that the Congress can't act, Boehner is being defeated again and again within his party. There are so many ruptures, national security issues, what the role of government is, food stamps, a whole slew of issues over the last several weeks, where we've seen Republicans unable to govern, because the basis of their party, the tea party, is really driving them to be able to say no to anything." "If the indictment of libertarianism is that it prevented the passage of an execrable Farm Bill, the libertarians can live with that," Will replied. "The position of the Republican Party now is we're going to double cuts to people who are hungry, because we want to give more money to Ag subsidies," Tanden said. "That I think is the real challenge that the libertarians are dealing with." "The Republican leadership and establishment has to be very careful about attacking Republicans in this country, generally and in Republicans specifically," warned Matthew Dowd. "In the end, who benefits the most from this is Rand Paul, because he represents a rising movement in the country and the Republicans."
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U.S. Issues Worldwide Travel Alert, WASHINGTON
 
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WASHINGTON -- The United States issued a global travel alert Friday, citing an al-Qaida threat that also caused the State Department to close 21 embassies and consulates this weekend in the Muslim world. The State Department warned American citizens of the potential for terrorism particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, with a possible attack occurring or coming from the Arabian Peninsula. "Current information suggests that al-Qaida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August," the statement said. It urged American travelers to take extra precautions when traveling overseas and suggested they sign up for State Department alerts and register with U.S. consulates in the countries they are visiting. The alert was posted a day after the U.S. announced it would close diplomatic facilities on Sunday because of an unspecified threat. Spokeswoman Marie Harf said the department acted out of an "abundance of caution" and that some missions may stay closed for longer than a day. Sunday is a business day in Muslim countries. The diplomatic offices affected stretch from Mauritania in northwest Africa to Afghanistan. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said Friday the embassy threat was linked to al-Qaida and focused on the Middle East and Central Asia. "We've had a series of threats," Royce told reporters. "In this instance, we can take a step to better protect our personnel and, out of an abundance of caution, we should." He declined to say if the National Security Agency's much-debated surveillance program helped reveal the threat. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence panel, also supported the department's decision to go public with its concerns. "The most important thing we have to do is protect American lives," he said, describing the threat as "not the regular chit chat" picked up from would-be militants on the Internet or elsewhere. The State Department issued a major warning last year informing American diplomatic facilities across the Muslim world about potential violence connected to the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Dozens of American installations were besieged by protests over an anti-Islam video made by an American resident. In Benghazi, Libya, the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed when militants assaulted a diplomatic post, but the administration no longer says that attack was related to the demonstrations. Friday's alert warned that al-Qaida or its allies may target U.S. government or private American interests. It cited dangers involved with public transportation systems and other prime sites for tourists, noting that previous terrorist attacks have centered on subway and rail networks as well as airplanes and boats.
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Obama Calls Out GOP's Keystone Pipeline Hype, 'Meaningless' Obamacare Repeal Votes
 
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President Obama laid out his latest "grand bargain" for congressional Republicans Tuesday during a speech at the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The president drew cheers from the crowd when he listed some of the GOP's recent priorities and prescriptions along with the refrain, "That's not a jobs plan." Obama presented his "bottom line" to Republicans by saying, "I'm willing to work with Republicans on reforming our corporate tax code, as long as we use the money from transitioning to a simpler tax system for a significant investment in creating middle-class jobs. That's the deal." "I'm just going to keep on throwing ideas out there to see if something takes," Obama said. "I'm going to lay out my ideas to give the middle-class a better shot, but now it's time for Republicans to lay out their ideas." This led into the president's main criticism of his ideological opponents in Congress. "Just gutting our environmental protection, that's not a jobs plan. Gutting investments in education, that's not a jobs plan. You know, they keep on talking about an oil pipeline coming down from Canada that's estimated to create about 50 permanent jobs. That's not a jobs plan. Wasting the country's time by taking something like 40 meaningless votes to repeal Obamacare is not a jobs plan. That's not a jobs plan." According to a report by the State Department, the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline will create 42,100 indirect jobs and 3,900 direct jobs during the first one to two year period. But after that, the estimates are even lower than the one Obama gave in his speech. The same report predicts 35 permanent jobs and 15 temporary jobs, mostly for "inspections, maintenance and repairs" after the initial construction period.
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Reza Aslan: I Knew 'What I Was Getting Into' By Going On Fox News
 
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Reza Aslan had recovered enough from his dumbfounding weekend experience on FoxNews.com's streaming show to react to what happened on The Majority Report with Sam Seder. Aslan said he "kind of had an idea what I was getting into" with the interview that ended up calling into question his credentials for writing about Jesus as a Muslim. "Well, yes. I'm familiar with Fox News for sure," Aslan told co-hosts Matt Binder and Michael Brooks on the radio show Monday afternoon. "They did a few days before the interview publish an attack piece on me. So I kind of had an idea what I was getting into." Fox host Lauren Green repeatedly attacked Aslan's ability, as a Muslim, to write his recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (currently #1 on Amazon), about Jesus in a historical context. Green asked Aslan, "Why would you be interested in the founder of Christianity?" and accused him of hiding his Muslim faith in other media appearances. "The philosophical backbone of [Green's] question is that it would be impossible for someone to write about Jesus without some kind of faith-based prejudice," Aslan said Monday. "It's weird to all of a sudden talk about it, that only practitioners of a faith can talk about that faith. If that were true, there would be a lot fewer books about Islam in America."
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