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  • Sen. Inhofe blocks vote on resolution acknowledging climate change is a problem

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- Sen. James Inhofe, R-Ok., Monday night blocked a vote on a Democratic resolution that would have expressed the sense of the Senate that climate change is occurring and will continue to pose an ongoing risk, The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Inhofe's record as  a skeptic of man-made climate change shouldn't come as a surprise to most Oklahomans. Read the rest of the Times-Picayune's story here .

  • Newspaper Runs Image Of 'Jackass' Star Instead Of Killed Israeli Soldier

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A New Zealand newspaper had to get itself out of hot water on Sunday after it published a picture of the late "Jackass" star Ryan Dunn alongside a story of an Israeli soldier killed in Gaza, according to The Huffington Post. The story on the New Zealand Herald's front page was in honor of Guy Boyland, the 27-year-old combat engineer who died in Gaza last Friday. But next to the story, where a picture of Boyland should have been, was an image of the MTV celebrity who died in a car crash in 2011.

  • Why Women Are Getting Smarter Faster Than Men

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    When it comes to smarts, women are catching up to men in some areas and outpacing them in others, according to The Huffington Post. In particular, women, on average, are better than men at so-called episodic memory, which involves recalling and describing experiences and facts, while men's edge over women in numerical abilities has narrowed somewhat. The findings were drawn from a large study of older people from 13 different European countries. Overall, humans have gotten smarter through time. That cognitive leap is thanks largely to better health, education and living conditions, the new study finds.

  • Oops: Ninja Turtles Make 9/11 Gaffe on Movie Poster

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A poster showing the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles falling from a skyscraper with the date September 11 has appeared on Twitter, according to SKY News.   The apparent promotional image was shared on Paramount Australia's Twitter account but was removed when it started receiving criticism from users. The Michael Bay-produced film hits cinemas in Australia on the same day that the 13th anniversary of the terror attacks on New York's Twin Towers will be commemorated, SKY News reports.

  • Why we're eating less beef

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Beef. It's still what's for dinner, but not as often as it used to be. At least, that's what recent USDA data suggests, Reviewed.com reports. According to department records, Americans consumed roughly 300 million pounds less beef in 2013 than they did in 2012. In fact, per capita consumption has been dropping since beef-eating peaked 94.4 pounds in 1976. Last year, it hit an all-time low of 56.4 pounds per person. But a recent report from Mother Jones argues that dwindling consumer preference for beef—while worrying for U.S. cattle producers—may be good news for everyone in the long run, Reviewed.com reports.

  • Ebola only a plane ride away from USA

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    The growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa serves as a grim reminder that deadly viruses are only a plane ride away from the USA, health experts say. USA TODAY reports the outbreak is the largest and deadliest on record, with more than 670 deaths and more than 1,200 infections in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fatality rates for Ebola have been as high as 90% in past outbreaks, according to the World Health Organization. The virus — which has an incubation period of a few days to three weeks — could easily travel to the USA through infected travelers, says Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.

  • Player finds Obama's golf ball

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A Sunday golfer at Congressional Country Club near Washington found a special prize in the woods, according to USA TODAY. A presidential golf ball . Obama played Congressional on Saturday, and obviously had at least one errant shot.

  • Charles Barkley makes generous offer to grieving families

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Charles Barkley has offered to pay for the funerals of three children who were killed during a carjacking, according to USA TODAY. Thomas Reed, 10, Keiearra Williams, 15 and 7-year-old Terrence Moore were killed when a stolen SUV ran onto a sidewalk where they were standing.

  • Surgeon general: Stop tanning and save your skin

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Those of you tanning or burning your skin this summer should stop — seek the shade, wear a hat and some sunscreen and, whatever you do, stay out of indoor tanning salons. It's a familiar skin-cancer prevention message, but it's coming from a new source: the office of the U.S. Surgeon General. USA TODAY reports the call to action from acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak, released Tuesday, says that skin cancer is a "major public health problem" and that too much exposure to indoor and outdoor ultraviolet light is a major cause. It comes just two months after the Food and Drug Administration announced it will soon require labels on tanning beds and lamps warning against use by anyone younger than 18. But more action is needed, because skin cancers in the United States, unlike many other cancers, continue to rise, the new report says. Nearly 5 million people in the United States are treated for skin cancer each year, at a cost of $8.1 billion, the report says. About 63,000 cases are the most serious kind, melanoma, and about 6,000 of those cases are directly linked to indoor tanning, the report says.

  • Zac Efron opens up on rehab stint

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Monday on "Running Wild with Bear Grylls," Zac Efron took some time out from braving the elements to discuss what led up to his 2013 stint in rehab, according to Yahoo TV. He talked about how the paparazzi was ever-present in his life and trying to deal with that kind of attention was confusing. "Pretty soon, you need a social lubricant. And once I needed that, it became to go anywhere," he confessed.

  • Surprise! New NSync album drops today

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Surprise, there's a new 'N Sync album out today. It's such a surprise, in fact, it was even news to… the group?! On Monday night, Lance Bass took to the '90s boy band's official Twitter account to announce that, unbeknownst to the fellas — also including Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez, and, of course, Justin Timberlake — the record, "The Essential," is dropping Tuesday, according to Yahoo Music. The other members of the group, which went on a "temporary" hiatus back in 2002 when Timberlake went solo and never reunited, have yet to comment about the release of the album.

  • Batman or Superman: Who's tougher?

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A select few got to see the new "Batman v Superman" trailer at Comic-Con and were asked who looked tougher: Ben Affleck as Batman or Henry Cavill as Superman? What do you think?

  • Jay Leno returns to NBC -- for now

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno will return to NBC this week to mentor comedians on “Last Comic Standing," according to Yahoo TV. As the five final comics face off Thursday, Leno will provide counsel on the ins and out of stand-up. Host J.B. Smoove introduces Leno to the comics by telling them they're about to meet “one of the funniest comedians in the world.”

  • Pilot snaps at air traffic controller while approaching wrong taxiway

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A Delta Air Lines pilot was caught on tape losing his cool when an air traffic controller told him his plane was approaching the wrong taxiway, according to Good Morning America. “Hey, you know what, we'll taxi out there anyway we want when you tell us to. I don't like your attitude,” the unidentified pilot said to the controller on Friday after being told he rolled the plane onto the wrong taxiway at Atlanta's Hartfield International Airport. The Charlotte-bound plane was on taxiway L, which controllers call Lima, instead of taxiway M, which they call Mike.

  • Social media follow mysterious 'Woman in Black'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A quiet woman wearing a flowing, black dress and mysteriously strolling along busy highways in parts of the U.S. Southeast and Midwest has the curious wondering who she is and spurred a social media site to document her trek, according to Reuters. She has been dubbed the "Woman in Black," by TV stations, police and followers on the Web, including those on a Facebook page where she has been tracked on a nearly 500-mile journey with a black bag and walking stick in hand that has taken her from Ranger, Georgia, to Athens, Ohio, since July 18. "If you meet this woman, please, offer her a drink, a meal, whatever it may be you feel she needs. Be hospitable. Be kind," said a post on the Facebook page, which has 19,000 followers.

  • Police investigate singer's prank gone wrong

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Australian police are reportedly investigating a photo of officers handcuffing Lily Allen at Gold Coast Airport in Queensland, according to Yahoo Music. In a prank gone wrong, Allen, who had been touring Down Under, asked officers who were escorting her through the airport to slap on a pair of cuffs while she posed on her knees for a photograph. After the image appeared on Instagram, the singer was confronted by police upon her arrival at Sunday’s Splendour in the Grass festival, where she was set to perform, according to the New Zealand Herald. "At her request members involved placed open handcuffs for a photo opportunity," an Australian Federal Police spokesman told the Herald. "It appears the members involved were caught in the moment and standard protocol were breached. It is subject to internal processes."

  • Humpback whales come within 150 feet of shore

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Still photographs are often more compelling than video because they capture a single moment in time. The stunning image in this post, captured Sunday by Kate Cummings near Moss Landing in California’s Monterey Bay, is a prime example: The humpback whale has just lunged upward to capture a mouthful of anchovies and is about to sink back down. A woman on the beach takes a photo while her dog seems surprised by the sudden appearance of this gigantic creature, according to GrindTV.com.

  • Girl's smartphone burns up in her bed

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    Charging our devices as we sleep feels like a harmless routine. For one young Samsung smartphone owner, however, that habit almost turned heated, according to Yahoo Tech. Last week, a 13-year-old North Texas girl plugged her Samsung Galaxy S4 in for its nightly juice-up before hitting the sack, only to be awoken by the smell of something burning hours later. When she got up and searched around for the source of the stench, she realized that she had wedged her charging phone under her pillow. And not only was the backside of the pillow scorched, but the phone was fried into an unrecognizable slab of plastic and melted components.

  • VIDEO: Dog Faints With Joy When Reunited With Owner

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

    A 9-year-old schnauzer so excited to be reunited with her owner after two years that she fainted with joy has become a viral star, according to Good Morning America. The dog, Casey, is seen in a YouTube video uploaded by her owners barking with sheer joy at the sight of Rebecca Svetina, who was returning to her family’s Pennsylvania home for the first time in two years. “She doesn’t bark, she squeaks just like a continuous squeak,” Miha Svetina, Rebecca’s husband, told ABC affiliate WTAE.

  • Hillary Clinton asked if she has 'millions,' responds, 'yes, yes, indeed!'

    Published: Tue, Jul 29, 2014

      Potential Democratic 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton , who stumbled at the opening of her recent book tour by saying she and her husband Bill Clinton were “dead broke” upon leaving the White House in 2000, refused to put an exact number on her worth in an new interview, the Washington Examiner reports. Talking shop with Fusion's America with Jorge Ramos, she fudged her wealth that has been pegged at about $80 million . Asked about her net worth in the interview airing today, she said that it is “within a range, yeah.” When Ramos then said “but millions,” Clinton responded, “Yes, yes indeed!”