• Suspicious package at NYC bus station filled with 1K condoms

    Yesterday

    NEW YORK (AP) — Police say a suspicious package left behind a concrete barrier of a New York City bus station didn't contain any explosives but did have some unexpected contents — 1,000 individually packaged condoms for both men and women. A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police said Saturday that a canine unit was called Friday evening to the George Washington Bridge Bus Station. Spokesman Joe Pentangelo says investigators with the help of the dogs checked out a silver messenger-style satchel that was left in the under-construction Manhattan depot. He says they cleared the bag of any explosives then looked inside to find condoms of multiple brands and styles. He says no one has come for

  • Not so 'Good to Go' when man gets $18,000 toll bridge bill

    Yesterday

    POULSBO, Wash. (AP) — A Washington state man says he just paid more than $18,000 in bridge tolls for his son who crossed the 520 bridge daily for work but never got a Good To Go pass. KING-TV reports (http://is.gd/jVvZXM ) that Tom Rose's son thought he would be billed for the tolls and that he could pay later. His son never received a bill. He learned the total of what he owed when he tried to sell his car: more than $18,000. That's $1,360 in tolls and more than $16,000 in penalties. The department says they tried to bill Rose but their letters were returned. He will have to pay the tolls, but officials say they will try to work something out concerning the penalties.

  • Snapchat is premiering its own Web series tomorrow

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Snapchat is making a web series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "Literally Can't Even" comes from writers Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, the daughters ofSteven Spielberg and John Goldwyn, respectively. The series stars the friends and writing partners as comedic versions of themselves — Spielberg recently single after a long relationship and Goldwyn embarking on a six-month cleanse — and follows them on a series of misadventures in Los Angeles. 

  • Sarah Koenig Wants Your Ideas For 'Serial' Season 2

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    "Serial" obsessives may be waiting a good, long while for the next installment of "This American Life’s" addictive podcast, as host Sarah Koenig revealed on Jan. 27 that she does not have a crime to investigate in Season 2, BuzzFeed reports. “Like, if any of you has a story, there’s an email,” she said during a Q&A at Penn State University. “No, I mean … we do not have a story.” The first season of "Serial" — which chronicled the 1999 murder of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed — became a full-blown cultural obsession following its debut in October 2014.

  • Bad news for TV binge watchers

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Sometimes, all we want to do is sit in our bed and watch hours on end of "Gilmore Girls" and "House of Cards." But according to a new study, this behavior could be a sign — or a result — of a bigger problem, at least for millenials, Yahoo Health reports. Binge-watching TV shows is associated with loneliness, depression, and the inability to catch — and stop — ourselves from engaging in this extreme viewing behavior, new research suggests. Binge-watching is defined as “watching between two to six episodes of the same TV show in one sitting.”  The study, conducted by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, is based on survey responses from 316 people ages 18 to 29, who were asked about their TV-viewing behaviors, the types of shows they watched, and their loneliness, depression, and ability to self-regulate.

  • Miranda Lambert again leads ACM Awards with eight nods

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Miranda Lambert on Friday led all nominees for the second consecutive year at the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM), collecting eight nods, including entertainer of the year and top female vocalist, in some of country music's highest honors, Reuters reports. Dierks Bentley, buoyed by his break-up anthem "Drunk on a Plane," followed Lambert with seven nominations while duo Florida Georgia Line collected five nods. The nominations were scheduled to be announced on Tuesday, but were pushed back due to a snow storm that swept through New York and the northeastern United States.

  • Katy Perry's Super Bowl tease: 'Jaws will drop'

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Katy Perry has taken extreme measures to make sure her halftime performance at Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIL leaves viewers talking about the music, the pop star revealed during a press conference Thursday. Yahoo Music reports she’s previously announced that Lenny Kravitz would be joining her for her set, and that one of her favorite designers, Jeremy Scott, would be creating all of the costumes. But she offered many other interesting tibibts during her candid chat with media.

  • Student forced to cover dress at school dance

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    When 16-year-old Gabi Finlayson went to Paris with her mother and brother in December, she only bought one thing: a light pink dress with lace overlay that fell just below the knee. She planned to wear it to an upcoming high school dance. “I loved it,” she tells Yahoo Parenting. “It reminded me of Audrey Hepburn. It seemed like a classic dress I could wear forever.” So on Saturday night, the Utah high school junior couldn’t wait to show up at the dance. “Being a 16-year-old girl, it’s hard to find something that makes you feel pretty and when you do, you want to share it,” she says. But instead of feeling like the belle of the ball, Finlayson ended up feeling shamed and embarrassed, she says, when she was asked to cover up her bare shoulders.

  • Addiction to tanning could be in your genes

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    The need to get a bronze color and some vitamin D on a daily basis could boil down to more than feeling good — an addiction to tanning, a new study says, could be in your genes, USA TODAY reports. “I don’t want to admit it, but yeah, I’m probably addicted,” says University of Iowa sophomore Emma Bollinger. “It’s relaxing to have 10 minutes to yourself and to get some vitamin D…I feel like I look sick when I’m pale.”

  • Mitt Romney decides against 2016 presidential race

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Mitt Romney plans to tell supporters that he's decided against a third presidential campaign, a Romney aide said Friday. "After putting considerable thought into making another run for president, I've decided it is best to give other leaders in the party the opportunity to become our next nominee," Romney will tell supporters during a conference call. USA TODAY reports the Romney aide confirmed the 2012 presidential nominee's decision and requested anonymity before the announcement is made. Romney's prepared remarks were posted on Twitter by conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt and confirmed by the Romney aide.

  • Roseanne Barr on Bill Cosby: 'No one is surprised'

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Groundbreaking comedian Roseanne Barr says Hollywood women knew about allegations that the "great comic" Bill Cosby sexually assaulted multiple women over the years, but no one said anything, USA TODAY reports. Now she's saying something, on Access Hollywood. "We all heard it for a long time, and it surprises nobody," she said flatly, during an interview on the set Wednesday of Cristela where she was guest-starring.

  • Incredible 50-ft 'dragon' dinosaur unearthed by Chinese farmers

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Paleontologists have discovered a 50-ft "dragon" dinosaur species in China that may have roamed the earth 160 million years ago in the Late Jurassic period. The long skeleton was found in 2006 by some local farmers digging for a fishpond in Qijiang city in China's southwestern Chongqing province.

  • This Concept Is Everything You're Hoping For the iPhone 7

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Some people are just getting their iPhone 6s, but many are already looking for the next big thing, says Popsugar. Designer Yasser Farahi created an elaborate concept of what the next evolution in iPhone might look like. À la the Pantone color of the year, Marsala , Yasser is thinking Apple will go with muted, earthy colors for the iPhone 7. His vision of the phone is a device that's much thinner and evolved in every way.

  • Buzz Kill: 3 Daily Cocktails May Boost Stroke Risk: Study

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    You may want to keep that third beer of the night stashed in your fridge, NBC News says. People in their 50s and 60s who down more than two alcoholic beverages daily have a 34 percent higher risk of stroke compared to lighter drinkers — and are more apt to suffer a stroke five years earlier in life regardless of their genetics or their other health habits, asserts a study released Thursday. In fact, sipping beyond a two-drink maximum each day may boost a middle-aged person's stroke risk more than even traditional health dangers like high blood pressure and diabetes, say researchers who base their findings on tracking more than 11,000 Swedish twins for roughly half their lives.

  • Romney to tell supporters his 2016 plans Friday

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Former Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney has made a decision on whether to go forward with a third presidential bid and will tell to supporters which way he is going in a Friday morning call, a source familiar with Romney's plans tells CNN. Another Romney source said "the call is an 'update' call with finance, political, policy and grassroots leadership around the country." While Romney will not officially announce his plans for 2016, he will clarify whether he is moving towards a run or pulling back from the prospect.

  • The all-female 'Ghostbusters' cast, remade as paper dolls

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    After months of speculation, it seems the cast of the next Ghostbusters is set. On Tuesday, director Paul Feig tweeted an image of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon, the new team of paranormal investigators in the upcoming all-female remake, Mashable reports. Filming isn't expected to begin until this summer, but it's never to early to start merchandising. So we made these paper dolls of the new squad in full bustin' regalia, complete with unlicensed nuclear accelerators. Plus Slimer, because why not? Print and cut them out to make your own ghastly adventures, or just make your officemates jealous.

  • When a tweet diverts a plane: FBI probing Twitter threats against airlines

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Five U.S. flights have been evacuated, delayed or diverted in the past week as a result of threats made against airlines on Twitter, Mashable reports.  On top of that, at least 20 different flights have been threatened in a series of tweets from different users since Saturday, NBC News reported. More than 50 threats have been made online since Jan. 17, CNN said. The messages are often bomb threats, or sometimes discuss other weapons supposedly aboard a plane.

  • Texas Rep. to Staff: Ask Muslim Visitors to Pledge Allegiance to U.S.

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Freshman state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, is not in Austin today to celebrate Texas Muslim Capitol Day. But she left instructions for the staff in her Capitol office on how to handle visitors who are, including asking them to declare allegiance to the United States, The Texas Tribune reports. "I did leave an Israeli flag on the reception desk in my office with instructions to staff to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws," she posted on Facebook. "We will see how long they stay in my office." Texas Muslim Capitol Day is organized by the Texas chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. On its website, the day-long event is described as "an opportunity for community members to learn about the democratic political process and how to be an advocate for important issues." The agenda calls for sessions about political activism and visits to the offices of state representatives.

  • Woman Turns 40, Marries Herself

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    A woman who vowed that if she didn’t find love by the time she turned 40 married herself earlier this month in a lavish ceremony here in Houston, according to reports. The Houston Chronicle reports Yasmin Eleby married herself at the Houston Museum of African American Culture on January 3 in a lavish ceremony with10 bridesmaids in attendance, plus family and other guests on hand to celebrate the event. For this ceremony, Eleby’s minister sister performed the spiritual service, as it’s not legal to marry yourself. The pictures from the ceremony look normal, except that Eleby is by herself in the photos and not standing with a spouse.

  • Denver airport bans pot-themed souvenir sales

    Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Visitors to the Mile High City will have to leave Denver International Airport before picking up marijuana-themed souvenirs, USA TODAY reports. Airport officials earlier this month banned the sale of pot-themed merchandise at DIA's shops after merchants began offering T-shirts and other items that officials felt were crossing the line from clever to overt. Well before the state legalized recreational marijuana sales a year ago, Colorado vendors sold T-shirts making oblique jokes about "the entire town being high."




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