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  • Lawsuit: 'Duck Dynasty' stole 'camo' idea

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    When Uncle Si Robertson declared on "Duck Dynasty" that "My favorite color is camo" it spurred a line of clothing sold to the A&E show's fans, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. But the cable channel's sales of T-shirts, hoodies and other apparel bearing that quote violate a trademark owned by Hajn, a Florida company that was already marketing "My Favorite Color is Camo" merchandise, according to CNN. The company claims it registered the trademark and put it on shirts, pants, hoodies, hats, magnets, stickers and bumper stickers in 2011, a year before the "Duck Dynasty" reality series began airing on A&E.

  • Sarah Palin bites into 'True Blood' for 'misogynist attacks'

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    First Ted Cruz had problems with HBO’s "True Blood," and now Sarah Palin does, too. USA TODAY reports the former Alaska governor told Breitbart News that she rejected an overture from the producers of the vampire show, which on Sunday’s episode featured a scene in which Republicans were killed attending a Ted Cruz fundraiser. “The brilliant minds of True Blood were brazen enough to ask me to do a cameo on their show, apparently so they could insult a conservative woman in person instead of just all conservative women in general,” Palin told Breitbart News. “Their offer wasn’t presented in any negative way, perhaps to benefit from a surprise factor after the guest appearance. I turned them down anyway.”

  • Foursquare Checks Out of the Check-in Game, Reveals New Logo

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Foursquare's attempt to transform itself from a check-in app into Yelp continues with a new app and a new logo, according to Mashable.com. Back in May, Foursquare announced that it was taking the check-in out of the main app and wrapping it into Swarm, a new distinct app. When Swarm was released, users who didn't download the app could continue to use Foursquare to check-in to their favorite locations. Starting Thursday, that will no longer be the case. If you want to check-in, you'll need to install and use Swarm. The official Foursquare app will have check-ins removed and focus primarily on local discovery and recommendations.

  • WATCH: Laverne Cox Talks Transgender Issues On 'The View'

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    2014 has been quite the year for Laverne Cox -- and it seems to just keep getting better. The transgender activist and "Orange Is The New Black" star stopped by The View this week to talk about the hit Netflix series, as well her position as the most prominent voice for the mainstream transgender community, according to The Huffington Post. At one point during the discussion, Whoopi Goldberg brought up how, as the first transgender activist to gain this level of notoriety, Cox had to take the "slings and arrows" of the critics.

  • Oregonians to vote to legalize recreational marijuana

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    (CNN) - A citizen-led petition to place legalization of recreational marijuana on the November ballot in Oregon obtained enough signatures, making the Beaver State the next place pot could be legally sold, bought and consumed. More than 88,500 people signed the petition, enough to place the initiative before voters on November 4, according to CNN.

  • 'Slender Man' Victim Gets Purple Heart Medal in Mail

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Since her release from the hospital in June, the 12-year-old girl from Wisconsin who was stabbed 19 times (allegedly by two friends) in a “Slender Man”-inspired attack has received gifts and cards from all over the world—many of them made out of purple hearts, the girl’s favorite color and shape, says the AP. But one anonymous donor decided she deserved the real deal and sent the child a bona fide Purple Heart medal, accompanied by a note that simply said, “The only heart I could find—be strong!” The decoration is awarded to US servicemembers wounded or killed in action, Newser.com reports.

  • Bad hair day? New weather service can save your 'do

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Everyone hates getting caught off-guard in a summer downpour. You checked the weather in the morning and the forecast called for sunshine, but of course the weatherman lied. (Not really, but that's what you tell yourself.) Now your clothes are soaked through and you're going to be the butt of every joke when you get back to the office. Well, you may have a friend in Betaworks, the startup behind successful sites and services like Instapaper and Digg. The company's newest idea is a weather service called Poncho that delivers a personalized forecast to you every day, according to Reviewed.com. The keyword there is "personalized." Unlike traditional weather apps and websites, Poncho learns your routine and tailors the forecasts to the way you live.

  • Auschwitz selfie girl defends actions

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    An Alabama teen who faced criticism for posting a smiling snapshot of herself in front of the Nazi Auschwitz concentration camp, is defending her actions, saying that it was a tribute to her father who passed away, according to USA TODAY. Breanna Mitchell posted the selfie on June 20 and about a month later, it went viral. "Honestly, I don't think I would do anything differently because I didn't mean any harm," Mitchell told TakePart Live in a video interview posted to YouTube on July 21.

  • Madonna's Daughter Lourdes Blogs About Graduating High School

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Just because her mom is one of the most famous pop stars in the world, doesn't mean Lourdes isn't your typical American teenager — well, sort of. In a new blog post, Madonna's eldest daughter, who goes by Lola, dishes on her graduation from New York's LaGuardia High School, how she's spending her pre-college summer, and what it was like going to prom, according to Yahoo Celebrity. "HEY to all the readers. I don’t know if u heard (sarcasm) but I GRADUATED. GRAAAAAD. UATED. From High School. It’s very difficult to wrap my head around because I feel like its something I’ve been talking about FOR EVER and it finally happened," she explained before adding, "There also isn’t the ominous presence of another year of high school and test taking up ahead like there usually is when you’re about mid way into the beautiful summer." "This past weekend I went to a music festival upstate and truly had the most beautiful time," the Material Girl designer mused. "It was a little bit outside of New York, the vibes were amazing. Great crowd of people too and my god I heard such incredible music."

  • Oklahoma TV station apologizes for giving rapper the boot

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    An Oklahoma City television station has apologized to a popular music artist and said it made a mistake when it booted the hip hop artist off its Monday "Oklahoma Live!" morning show after producers found out he was a rapper, according to Reuters. Oklahoma City-based performer Jabee Williams, who is black, said on Tuesday the move by TV station KSBI may have been racially motivated. KSBI President CEO Vince Orza, a former Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate, said his station typically does not invite rap or heavy metal artists for its morning show but it should have let Williams perform, especially since he has also been on the show twice.

  • ‘True Blood's’ Nelsan Ellis Slams Luke Grimes For Quitting Over Bisexual Storyline

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Nelsan Ellis has long portrayed one of the most popular characters on HBO's “True Blood.” As Lafayette, he's tough and totally unique. The character also happens to be gay. That last detail was purportedly too much for one of his co-stars, who quit over this season's gay storylines, according to The Wrap. Luke Grimes took on the role of James on the show, spending much of last season wooing fellow vampire Deborah Ann Woll‘s Jessica. This season, though, James suddenly had a new face as Nathan Parsons took over the role. At the time, Grimes issued a statement saying that he left over his feature film schedule, and that it had nothing to do with storylines, but HBO alleged that his decision was due to “the creative direction of the character.” That direction became clear as the seventh and final season of “True Blood” started airing, and James was revealed to be bisexual, starting a relationship with Ellis’ Lafayette.

  • Peaches Geldof Died of Heroin Overdose: Coroner Rules Socialite's Cause of Death

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Three months after the untimely death of Peaches Geldof, the socialite's cause of death has been revealed. The TV personality and model passed away on April 7, 2014 at the age of 25, and the coroner ruled on Wednesday, July 24, that it was due to a heroin overdose, according to US Weekly. Pathologist Peter Jerreat said in a inquest held in Kent, England, that Geldof's body showed puncture wounds on the elbows, thumbs, and wrists, and she had heroin levels in the "fatal range" in her system. Her blood stream also held traces of methadone, codeine, and morphine.

  • Pit Bull Carries Chihuahua to Safety

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Jonie, a white Lab- Pit Bull mix, was found in a Georgia neighborhood earlier this month carrying an appreciative Chihuahua in her mouth. The pair - named for teenage lovebirds Joanie and Chachi of "Happy Days" fame - were picked up by animal control officers who saw that Chachi was suffering from a severe eye infection, according to Yahoo Shine. Veterinarians had to remove Chachi's left eye, and he was reunited with Jonie last week, after few days of recuperation. "It's not every day we get to see such devotion between two special dogs like this," said Animal Control Officer Christina Sutherin. "They are both such sweet animals. But the relationship they share just sets them apart."

  • Welfare beneficiaries access cash benefits at Colorado weed retailers

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    For the past six months, welfare beneficiaries in Colorado have repeatedly withdrawn their cash benefits at marijuana retailers and dispensaries, according to a new analysis by National Review Online. Such apparent abuses have caught the eye of Colorado’s executive and legislative powers alike, and the state has launched an effort to curb them. At least 259 times in the first six months of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, beneficiaries used their electronic-benefit transfer (EBT) cards to access public assistance at weed retailers and dispensaries, withdrawing a total of $23,608.53 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash, NRO’s examination found.

  • Family Asked To Leave Southwest Flight After Tweet

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    MINNEAPOLIS — A Twin Cities man is upset about the way his family was treated on a Southwest Airlines flight because of a tweet, reports CBS Minnesota. Duff Watson says he was asked to de-board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis with his two kids on Sunday after an agent didn’t like a tweet he wrote about her service. Watson and the agent had a disagreement before boarding initially.

  • The 'Seinfeld' Emoji Are Here, And They're Spectacular!

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    Earlier this month, it was announced that the guys behind the Seinfeld2000 Twitter and Instagram accounts developed a new set of emoji inspired by the show, says the Huffinton Post, and now they're here and available for a free download on iTunes. Technically these aren't traditional emoji since they're currently available through an app rather than your iPhone’s keyboard; however, you can still write out the message you want, save it and then post to social media or text

  • KOTV: Oklahoma Man Captures Walmart Shoplifting Suspect On Video

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    COWETA - A video showing a man throwing items into an SUV then speeding away is spreading on social media, reports KOTV. The man who shot the video said he posted it on his Facebook account to help police catch a shoplifter who said ...

  • News 9: Neighbors In Choctaw On Alert After Eerie Late Night Knocks

    Published: Wed, Jul 23, 2014

    CHOCTAW - Neighbors are on alert after they say a strange man has been showing up on doorsteps at night in the Choctaw area, News 9 reports. In one encounter the man said he was a neighbor, but nobody around had ever seen him before who became agitated when one woman said she'd call ...

  • Verizon: We track you, you get free stuff

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Are you comfortable having your location and Web browsing tracked for marketing purposes? If so, Verizon's got a deal for you, according to CNN Money. The wireless giant announced a new program this week called "Smart Rewards" that offers customers credit card-style perks like discounts for shopping, travel and dining. You accrue points through the program by doing things like signing onto the Verizon (VZ, Tech30) website, paying your bill online and participating in the company's trade-in program. The catch? Smart Rewards participants have to sign up for Verizon Selects, a program through which Verizon collects data on your location, Web browsing and mobile app usage for marketing purposes. That data is used in Verizon's "Precision Market Insights" business, which combines information on phone activity with demographic data to generate reports for marketers.

  • Is this Apple's new iWatch?

    Published: Tue, Jul 22, 2014

    Apple was granted a patent for a smartwatch Tuesday, lending credence to rumors that the company will unveil a new "iWatch" this fall, according to CNN Money. In the patent filing, Apple (AAPL, Tech30) revealed a square smartwatch design, but it didn't disclose too many more details about the iWatch. Most of what the company revealed shows that the device may have many of the same features as its competitors' smartwatches -- a touchscreen, an accelerometer, a GPS receiver, Bluetooth, and alerts via vibration. The iWatch connects to a mobile device, displays notifications and allows users to accept or decline phone calls.