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WHITE HOUSE 'UNMOVED' BY NETANYAHU'S BACKTRACKING "Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denied on Thursday abandoning his commitment to the eventual creation of a Palestinian state, backing away from pre-election comments that deepened a rift with Israel's chief ally the United States. But the White House, unmoved by Netanyahu's post-election effort to backtrack, delivered a fresh rebuke against the Israeli leader and signaled that Washington may reconsider its decades-old policy of shielding Israel from international pressure at the United Nations." [Reuters]
>HUFFPOST'S SAM STEIN TO INTERVIEW PRESIDENT OBAMA Check back on the home page later for the exclusive interview. [HuffPost]
CLINTON FOUNDATION FAILED TO DISCLOSE DONORS Starting in 2010, the Clinton Foundation stopped disclosing its donor list, despite a promise to President Obama otherwise. And while the foundation vowed not to seek donations from foreign governments while Hillary was Secretary of State, the group accepted money from individuals with strong foreign ties. [Reuters]
ARCTIC SEA ICE LEVELS HITS NEW LOW "Arctic sea ice this year is the smallest in winter since satellite records began in 1979, in a new sign of long-term climate change, U.S. data showed on Thursday. The ice floating on the Arctic Ocean around the North Pole reached its maximum annual extent of just 14.54 million square kms (5.61 million sq miles) on Feb. 25 -- slightly bigger than Canada -- and is now expected to shrink with a spring thaw." [Reuters]
PETRAEUS: ISIS NOT OUR BIGGEST THREAT IN IRAQ The former general argued in an interview with the Washington Post that the "foremost threat to Iraq’s long-term stability and the broader regional equilibrium is not the Islamic State; rather, it is Shiite militias, many backed by — and some guided by — Iran." [WaPo]
BODY OF A BLACK MAN FOUND HANGING FROM A TREE IN MISSISSIPPI "An African-American man was found hanging from a tree in Claiborne County, Mississippi, on Thursday, Lilly Workneh, HuffPost]
FINDING THE NEXT EBOLA OUTBREAK BEFORE IT STARTS "More than 3,000 miles from the fading Ebola crisis in West Africa, a team of U.S.-funded researchers is hunting deep in a remote rain forest for the next outbreak. They aren’t looking for infected people. They’re trying to solve one of science’s great mysteries: Where does Ebola hide between human epidemics?" [WaPo]
TRUE MADNESS The NCAA tourney got off to quite the start yesterday, with an "historic" day of closes games, and office productivity sunk to new lows. Welcome to March. [ESPN]
THE METRO AREAS WITH THE LARGEST AND SMALLEST GAY POPULATIONS Where does your city rank? [NYT]
AMAZON DRONES, COMING TO A DELIVERY LOCATION NEAR YOU "Amazon.com Inc has won approval from U.S. federal regulators to test a delivery drone outdoors, as the e-commerce company pursues its goal of sending packages to customers by air, even as it faces public concern about safety and privacy." [Reuters]
IS IT CHEAPER FOR YOU TO CUT THE CABLE CORD? Find out what it costs to go wireless. [The Verge]
THE NEXT YOUNG ADULT TEARJERKER MOVIE We finally have the trailer for "Paper Towns," which is based off a book written by John Green, the author of "Fault in Our Stars." [HuffPost]
LADIES, BRADLEY COOPER IS BACK ON THE MARKET He and girlfriend Suki Waterhouse have called it quits. [HuffPost]
THE COLORING BOOK FOR ADULTS We already bought it on Amazon. [Buzzfeed]
KODAK GRASPS FOR 'FUTURE BEYOND FILM' "Many people might be surprised to know that Kodak is still in business at all, much less employing someone in the hopeful-sounding enterprise of developing new technology ideas. But if the film company, which emerged from bankruptcy in 2013, has any light in its future, Mr. Taber is likely to have something to do with it. In a warren of basement labs, some of the 300 scientists and engineers who work for Mr. Taber are studying nanoparticle wonder inks, cheap sensors that can be embedded in packaging to indicate whether meats or medicines have spoiled, and touch screens that could make smartphones cheaper." [NYT]
WHAT NUTRITIONISTS ORDER AT MCDONALDS Hint: not a Big Mac. [HuffPost]
MUSIC PROGRAMS: THE SALVE TO THE SOUL "When Larry Carthan was 9 years old, he discovered drumming as a creative outlet for his energy and frustrations. Decades later, after a 29-year career on Wall Street, he decided to return to his passion full-time and share music's life-changing abilities with underserved kids in New York City." [HuffPost]
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LETTING GO OF PERFECTIONISM "The study also highlighted the fact that among a range of emotions experienced by these over-worked and under-appreciated women, the most pronounced was guilt. No matter how much they worked, no matter how thinly they were spread, no matter how caring, giving, and sacrificing (and no matter how damned good they looked while engaging in all of their service-related activities) it never felt like they were doing enough -- there was always more they believed they could/should/needed to do." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ The ugliest sign in America.
~ All the absurd political clips of the week.
~ You can't miss Larry King's Twitter account.
~ All of Kate Middleton's pregnancy coats.
~ Lena Dunham got a pixie cut!
~ What happens when you try to spin death.
~ When you're a March Madness coach and your son drains a three to upset a heavy-favorite, it's all right to fall out of your chair. Literally.
~ Zayn Malik is taking a break from the current "One Direction" tour.
~ Breaking down the government's internet presence.
~ Your chances of going to prison.
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