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  • Newcomers added to 'Star Wars' cast

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    In a new update on Sunday, Disney announced that two new actors, Crystal Clarke and Pip Andersen, have been added to the cast, and that Harrison Ford’s injury will cause a brief halt in production next month, according to Variety. American actress Clarke is currently studying in the U.K. Her first feature, “The Moon and the Sun,” will debut in 2015. Andersen is a British actor and parkour practitioner, who showcased his skills in a 2012 ad for Sony, Variety reports.

  • 'The Walking Dead' Confirms A Fan-Favorite Villain Is Coming To The Show

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    A huge villain from "The Walking Dead" will be joining the series soon, according to Yahoo Finance. Sunday night, AMC aired a one-hour special of "The Talking Dead," the usual aftershow companion to "The Walking Dead," giving a preview of the show's upcoming season five this fall. Near the end of the special, host Chris Hardwick asked executive producer Scott Gimple about his favorite rumor he has heard for the series and he briefly slipped up about a very popular character making an entrance soon. "The recent one [rumor] that Jon Hamm was going to play Negan, who is a character coming up, a villain," said Gimple.

  • Netflix is looking to pay someone to watch Netflix all day

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Ploughing through your new favourite series on Netflix is something you probably enjoy doing after a working day, but what if it was your working day? You see, Netflix has a fancy recommendation engine that suggests movies and shows you might like based on your prior viewing habits. To do that successfully, it needs information from a special group of humans that goes beyond the basics like genre and user rating, Engadget.com reports. "Taggers," as they're known, analyze Netflix content and feed the recommendation engine with more specific descriptors if, for example, a film is set in space or a cult classic. In short, these people get paid to watch TV all day, and Netflix is currently hiring a new tagger in the UK.

  • Newspaper runs headline referring to President Obama as N-word

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    A local paper is making national headlines thanks to a questionable word choice in one of its own news headlines, according to Yahoo News. The West View News, a monthly paper in New York’s West Village with a circulation of around 20,000, ran an op-ed from author James Lincoln Collier titled “N----r in the White House.” If the headline wasn't strange and shocking enough, the New York Post reports that the op-ed is actually a pro-Obama piece, in which Collier argues that, "far right voters hate Obama because he is black."

  • Pat Buchanan book busts 'myth' Nixon was racist, shows KKK's Democratic ties

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Patrick J. Buchanan, setting out to correct the “myths” of his former presidential boss, this week is unleashing a memo-filled memoir that debunks several charges against Richard Nixon, including the most scurrilous: the so-called GOP White House “southern strategy” was racist, the Washington Examiner reports. In The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose from Defeat to Create the New Majority, Buchanan provides multiple examples of the former president's “emotional empathy” with African-Americans and reminds readers that Democrats had a strong racist strain 50 years ago, as evidenced by the 1968 and 1972 presidential campaigns of segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace. “Just about every Klan member between 1865 and 1965 is a Democrat, and we’re charged with all this stuff?” he said mockingly in an interview.

  • Tornado in wedding photos stirs social media storm

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    A series of wedding photographs depicting a Saskatchewan couple embracing as a tornado tears through the landscape behind them are whipping up a storm on social media, reports CBC News. Colleen Niska, a professional photographer, snapped the images on Saturday in a rural area outside of Saskatoon. Niska shared the photographs in a Facebook gallery, writing that she'd "dreamed about a day like this" and that these kinds of images "will only happen once in my lifetime!"

  • Woman dies, man loses hands in July 4 accidents

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    Another Fourth of July has passed and once again, carelessness or bad luck with fireworks meant some people didn't make it through the weekend, Newser reports. Police in San Jose say a man was igniting illegal fireworks in front of family members when one exploded, blowing off both his hands. In Auburndale, Fla., a 49-year-old woman was killed when she went to retrieve a large mortar-style firework from a pile kept in a bedroom and one accidentally ignited, causing the rest of them to go off. And there were other accidents...

  • 'Obama Presidential Library' outhouse float at Independence Day parade draws criticism

    Published: Mon, Jul 7, 2014

    A Fourth of July parade float that depicted a figure standing outside an outhouse labeled the “Obama Presidential Library” has created a stir on social media and is also receiving criticism in Norfolk, Nebraska, Omaha.com reports. The float, in Norfolk’s annual Independence Day parade, was on a flatbed trailer being pulled by a blue pickup truck. The figure was dressed in overalls and standing next to a walker outside of the outhouse. The hands and head of the figure were greenish and appeared to be zombielike; the hands were pressed against the sides of the figure’s head. Miniature American flags were atop the float and on the truck. Neither the float nor the pickup identified a sponsor; a sign in the windshield said it was entry No. 29.

  • July 4th bummer: Just 28% say U.S. is No. 1

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    The view of Americans across the board that the United States is No. 1 in the world has dropped in just the last three years, with Democrats and younger Americans especially believing that the nation, while among the greatest, does not stand above the rest, according to a new survey the Washington Examiner reports. A new Pew Research Center report timed for Independence Day found that just 28 percent believe that the U.S. “stands above all other countries in the world,” 58 percent say it is “one of the greatest countries in the world, along with some others,” and 12 percent said that there are other countries “that are better.” The numbers reveal a big drop in just three years. Pew said that in 2011, 38 percent said the U.S. was No. 1.

  • Georgia toddler death: Who is Justin Ross Harris?

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    Atlanta -- Who is Justin Ross Harris, the Georgia man whose toddler son died after being left in a hot car? Depends on whom you ask, CNN says. Prosecutors portray him as an unfaithful husband who wanted a childless life, while the defense describes him as a doting dad who kissed his son every time he put him in the car. And friends say he loved to show off the blond, bright-eyed boy and talked about him incessantly.

  • Waitresses carry loaded guns at Shooters Grill in Rifle, Colorado

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    RIFLE, Colo. — Many stores and restaurants are telling people not to bring their guns inside, but one western Colorado restaurant not only embraces the practice of packing heat, it encourages its customers to carry openly — and its waitresses do, too, says AP and the Huffington Post. As she takes your order at Shooters Grill in the town of Rifle — yes, Rifle — waitress Ashlee Saenz carries a pad, pen and a loaded Ruger .357 Blackhawk revolver holstered on her leg, Old West style. It's loaded, and she knows how to use it.

  • Take a terrifying, first-person plunge down the world’s tallest water slide

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    Meet the Verruckt, a monstrous water slide soon to open at Kansas City’s Schlitterbahn Park, says Yahoo. Standing an absurd 168 feet high -- a Guinness World Record for a water slide -- the Verruckt straps riders into a four-person raft and sends them screaming down the near vertical chute at speeds reaching 70 mph. But it doesn’t end with that first drop, because milliseconds after reaching the soaking nadir of this hellride, riders are sent back up a second rise. Sound scary? Just wait until you watch it in action.

  • News 9: Man dies in northwest Oklahoma City hotel shooting

    Published: Fri, Jul 4, 2014

    Police said a man died Friday morning after shots were fired outside a northwest Oklahoma City hotel, News 9 reports. It happened before 2 a.m. Friday at the Residence Inn, located at 4361 W. Reno Avenue when an after party had spilled out into ...

  • Chris Colfer Says He's Been Let Go From 'Glee'

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    On Thursday, Chris Colfer, one of the few remaining original stars on Fox’s "Glee," tweeted some surprising news, according to BuzzFeed. "Due to personal issues, I have been let go from the cast of GLEE. Explanations will come shortly..."

  • Why Google Is Yanking Negative Coverage Of Powerful People From Its Search Results

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    The implementation of the European Union's so-called "right to be forgotten" policy is already having a worrying impact on the media, with at least two outlets revealing on Wednesday that links to articles of theirs have been scrubbed from Google, according to The Huffington Post. A European court ruled in May that Google must remove links to articles from its search engine if the subjects of the post asked it to. The court specified that links could be scrubbed if they were "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed and in the light of the time that has elapsed." When the ruling came down, some worried that it would place too much power in the hands of public figures who wished to have unflattering information—and, especially, press coverage—about themselves hidden, The Post reports.

  • Disney, Universal Studios workers arrested in underage sex sting

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    A Universal Studios worker and two Disney World employees are among the suspects arrested on charges of soliciting minors online for sex after an investigation led by the Polk County Police Department, according to CBS News. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Tuesday that those arrests and 13 others were the result of an undercover sting that also targeted possession and distribution of child pornography. Tampa Tribune reports the sheriff's operation happened in two phases with the first targeting child pornography, the latter online solicitations, CBS News reports.

  • Rob Ford: I've Used Almost All Drugs

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford admitted today to CBC that he abused alcohol in his city hall office but refused to say whether he would resign if he returns to drinking and using drugs, according to CBC.ca. Ford made the comments Wednesday in a one-on-one interview with CBC's Dwight Drummond, three days after returning to work following two months in a rehabilitation facility. In his interview with CBC, Ford also blamed his bad behaviour, such as making sexist and homophobic comments in numerous videos, on his drug use, which he said began long before he was mayor.

  • Gas Hasn't Been This Expensive in 6 Years

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    As Americans drive to barbecues and the beach in coming days, they will be paying more for gas than on any Independence Day weekend since the record highs of 2008, according to The Wall Street Journal. A gallon of unleaded gasoline cost an average of $3.67 Wednesday, almost 20 cents above last year's price, according to automobile club AAA. In California, drivers have been paying well over $4 a gallon for weeks. Prices at the pump are tracking a sharp rise in oil prices over the past month, after Islamist militants took control of several cities in Iraq. Investors and traders have worried that the spreading insurgency poses a threat to the country's oil production. Oil prices have given up some of their gains in recent days, but it will take some time for those declines to be reflected in the cost of gasoline, The Journal reports.

  • Rapper: Katy Perry Used My Song as 'Witchcraft'

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    First Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" angered Muslims; now it's drawn the ire of a Christian rapper, according to Newser.com. Flame and his producers this week filed suit against Perry, claiming she stole his 2008 song, "Joyful Noise," Celebuzz reports—and, as if that's not bad enough, the lawsuit claims "the devoutly religious message" of the song "has been irreparably tarnished by its association with the witchcraft, paganism, black magic, and Illuminati imagery evoked by the same music in 'Dark Horse.'"

  • Mauled girl's family says it won't take KFC money

    Published: Thu, Jul 3, 2014

    Kelly Mullins stands by her story that a Jackson KFC employee asked her and her scarred 3-year-old granddaughter to leave the restaurant, but the family has "unequivocally rejected" the fast-food chicken chain's $30,000 donation, according to The Clarion-Ledger. Victoria Wilcher's family turned down the money "because we didn't feel it was appropriate to accept it after everything KFC has done," Jackson attorney Bill Kellum told The Clarion-Ledger. Mullins maintains the KFC employee asked her and Victoria to leave because her granddaughter's face was scaring other customers, The Clarion-Ledger reports.