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Amazon Launches Etsy Rival 'Handmade At Amazon'

Damon Beres | October 8, 2015 | Technology
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon is launching its site for handcrafted goods called Handmade at Amazon on Thursday, hoping to capitalize on shoppers' appetite for homemade goods ahead of the holiday season. The move throws down the gauntlet to craft-selling site Etsy. But at least at the time of launch,...

New 'Enhanced' Harry Potter E-Books Come To Apple

Damon Beres | October 8, 2015 | Technology
NEW YORK (AP) — You don't need to be a wizard to see the "Harry Potter" books come to life. The seven books are getting a makeover with more than 200 new illustrations in enhanced e-books made for Apple devices. More than half of the illustrations are...

Nations Most Threatened By Climate Change Form 'Vulnerable 20' Group

Chloe Angyal | October 8, 2015 | World
LIMA, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Twenty of the countries most vulnerable to climate change, from the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan to the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, will form a new group on Thursday to press for tougher action to curb warming. Draft documents for a meeting...

Chris Burns Comes Out As First Gay Division I Men's Basketball Coach

Justin Block | October 8, 2015 | Sports
Sports was always a place I couldn't be me. Basketball gave me a very secure identity at a young age, which was crucial, but as I grew older, it became a juxtaposition between the accolades of my on-court success and the fear created by being gay.

Antonin Scalia Serenaded Ruth Bader Ginsburg Over Gay Marriage Ruling With Bob Dylan Song

Paige Lavender | October 8, 2015 | Politics
ZURICH, Oct 8 (Reuters) - On the evening after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld same-sex marriage, liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was entertained by her conservative colleague Antonin Scalia singing a Bob Dylan song. The song, Ginsburg told Swiss newspaper Neue Zuercher Zeitung, was "The Times They Are A-Changin'." Justices...

Volkswagen's Top U.S. Executive Knew Company May Be Breaking Emissions Rules 18 Months Ago

Paige Lavender | October 8, 2015 | Business
BERLIN, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Volkswagen's top U.S. executive knew the carmaker might be breaking U.S. emissions rules as long as 18 months before it admitted cheating diesel tests to regulators, he will tell a panel of U.S. lawmakers on Thursday. The admission by Michael Horn,...

FBI Director: Lack Of Data On Police Shootings Is 'Ridiculous' And 'Embarrassing'

Chloe Angyal | October 8, 2015 | Politics
The lack of accurate information about police-involved shootings is roiling the nation’s law enforcement community, leaving officials unable to say whether high-profile killings are isolated events or part of an alarming trend, FBI Director James B. Comey said Wednesday.

Syrian Government Forces Launch Wide-Ranging Offensive

Benjamin Hart | October 8, 2015 | World
DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Syria's chief-of-staff on Thursday declared a wide-ranging ground offensive by government forces, a day after Russian airstrikes and cruise missiles launched from the Caspian Sea backed Damascus' multipronged advance into two Syrian provinces. In a rare televised speech, Gen. Ali Ayoub said the Russian strikes have...

Scout Willis Goes Braless In Sheer Jumpsuit At Rihanna Party

Carly Ledbetter | October 8, 2015 | Entertainment
Scout Willis attended Rihanna's album cover unveiling in Los Angeles Wednesday night and decided to skip the bra. The 24-year-old daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis attended the singer's party wearing only sparkly pants underneath a sheer jumpsuit. Willis paired her outfit with copper heels and a long black...

George Zimmerman Says He Retweeted Photo Of Trayvon Martin's Body By Accident

Hilary Hanson | October 8, 2015 | Crime
George Zimmerman claims that retweeting a photo of the body of Trayvon Martin -- the unarmed black teen he fatally shot in February 2012 -- was an accident, and that he has “nothing to apologize for.” He retweeted the photo, which was posted by Twitter user...

Victoria's Secret Most Recent Photoshop Fail Doesn't Sit Right

Jamie Feldman | October 8, 2015 | Style
Victoria's Secret, Angel maker and photoshop fail veteran, is once again under fire for getting a little edit happy on one of its models. A Facebook post captioned "Truly. Madly. Cheeky." appeared to be business as usual for the brand when it was...

Chelsea Clinton Tells Ellen Why Hillary Should Be The Next President

Willa Frej | October 8, 2015 | Politics
Chelsea Clinton is now a mom. And that's given her new perspective on her own mother, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "I didn’t know that I could love and admire and respect my mom any more, until I became a mom. And [I] couldn’t believe any more in her as the right leader for the country I want my daughter to grow up in," she told TV host Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday. Hillary "keeps going because there’s so much unfinished business to ensure that every little girl and every little boy has the chance to live up to their God-given potential," she added. The former secretary of state has been busy campaigning across the country. She even made a guest appearance on the season opener of "Saturday Night Live" last week, playing a bartender who was offering advice to Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton. "I think my mom is really funny. And I'm grateful that America is seeing more of that!" Chelsea said. "I won the mom jackpot." Ellen also broached the subject of Chelsea's own political future.  "The first time that someone asked me whether I would have a political career, I think I was about three," Chelsea reminded Ellen. "Now that I’m at a different point in my life, I do believe there are many ways to serve." Also on...

Thursday's Morning Email: U.S. Rules Out Cooperation with Russia in Syria

Lauren Weber | October 8, 2015 | Politics
TOP STORIES U.S. RULES OUT COOPERATION WITH RUSSIA IN SYRIA "The United States on Wednesday ruled out military cooperation with Russia in Syria's war, accusing Moscow of pursuing a 'tragically flawed' strategy that would force it...

FIFA Temporarily Bans Sepp Blatter

Alana Horowitz Satlin | October 8, 2015 | Sports
ZURICH (AP) — Sepp Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, the man who had been favored to take over as FIFA leader, were both suspended for 90 days Thursday, plunging soccer's governing body deeper into crisis. Blatter and Platini were suspended by the FIFA ethics committee in the...

Climate Change Linked To Lower Birth Weight In African Babies

Jade Walker | October 8, 2015 | Healthy Living
When pregnant women in Africa work the fields during extremely hot days and live in areas with scant rainfall, their babies have a lower birth weight, according to a first-of-its-kind study. Such babies are often more vulnerable to illnesses and more likely to develop disabilities.   

U.S. Lawmakers Probing Possible Spying Lapses In Russia: Reuters

Alana Horowitz Satlin | October 8, 2015 | World
By Mark Hosenball, Phil Stewart and Matt Spetalnick WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Senior U.S. lawmakers have begun probing possible intelligence lapses over Moscow's intervention in Syria, concerned that American spy agencies were slow to grasp the scope and intention of Russia's dramatic military offensive there, U.S....

U.S. Rules Out Military Cooperation With Russia In Syria

Jade Walker | October 8, 2015 | Politics
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Putin Celebrated His Birthday Exactly How You'd Expect

Alana Horowitz Satlin | October 8, 2015 | World
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Megyn Kelly Says She'd Have Donald Trump Back On Her Show

Alana Horowitz Satlin | October 8, 2015 | Media
Megyn Kelly is tired of talking about Donald Trump. The news pundit told PBS' Charlie Rose on Wednesday night that Fox News didn't want "any sort of war" with the GOP frontrunner. "We don't think that benefited the channel, we didn't think it benefited me, and we don't think it benefited Donald Trump," she said. "And I think Donald Trump would say that now." Kelly said she is ready to "forge forward and try to put it behind us, not throw any more fuel on that fire." She's also willing to have Trump back on her show, "The Kelly File." The drama between Fox and Trump began during the first Republican debate when Kelly asked Trump about the many negative comments he's made about women. Trump later blasted her performance and accused Kelly of having her period. For that he was criticized by everyone from fellow 2016 candidate Hillary Clinton to conservative pundit Erick Erickson.  After Fox News cancelled a planned appearance on "The O'Reilly Factor" over the real estate mogul's "stale and tiresome" attacks, Trump threatened to boycott the network. The hiatus only lasted five days, but the feud persisted. Fox News CEO Roger Ailes announced last month that he would be sitting down with Trump to discuss their differences, but the meeting ended up being cancelled.  Related On...

FBI Digs Up Buried Treasure In Yard Of Former Armored Truck Driver

Jade Walker | October 8, 2015 | Crime
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