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VERIZON TO BUY AOL "Verizon Communications Inc. is buying AOL Inc. in a $4.4 billion deal aimed at advancing the telecom giant’s growth ambitions in mobile video and advertising. The all-cash deal values AOL at $50 a share, a 23% premium over the company’s three-month volume-weighted average price. AOL shares closed at $42.59 on Monday, down 8% on the year." The Huffington Post is a division of AOL. [WSJ]
SECOND EARTHQUAKE ROCKS NEPAL Authorities are concerned that the newest 7.3 quake may trigger another round of landslides. [Reuters]
HERSH'S OSAMA ALLEGATIONS COME UNDER FIRE While NBC has backed investigative reporter Seymour Hersh's allegations that the U.S. narrative on the death of Osama bin Laden is a lie, the White House and many journalists have condemned his version of events. The New Yorker passed on the story before it was published in the London Review of Books. [Michael Calderone, HuffPost]
A GULF LEADER MEETING, WITH ONLY TWO OF THE SIX LEADERS EXPECTED "The White House scrambled on Monday to counter perceptions that the Saudi king's absence from a summit later this week could undermine U.S. efforts to assure Gulf states it remains committed to their security against Iran." [Reuters]
PEW: AMERICA GETTING 'LESS RELIGIOUS' From 2007 to 2014, "the number of Americans who identify as Christian dropped by nearly eight percentage points." [Carol Kuruvilla, HuffPost]
POLICE OFFICER KILLINGS UP IN 2014 But down from the 1980s. [Andy Campbell, HuffPost]
WHITE HOUSE APPROVES ARCTIC DRILLING The "exploratory drilling" lead by Shell would take place in the Chukchi Sea, which is off the northwest coast of Alaska. [Kate Sheppard, HuffPost]
TOM BRADY SUSPENDED FOUR GAMES FOR DEFLATEGATE And the Patriots have been fined $1 million and lost their 2016 first round and 2017 fourth round draft pick. Reaction to the suspension was swift, and many noted that it was double the suspension Ray Rice received after a video leaked of him knocking out his fiancee in an elevator. [Maxwell Strachan, HuffPost]
DRUG-RESISTANT TYPHOID STRAIN SPREADING GLOBALLY This particular strain is worrisome for its antibiotic resistance. [Reuters]
CHRIS CHRISTIE SPENT A LOT OF MONEY AT NFL CONCESSION STANDS Over $82,000. [HuffPost]
NATALEE HOLLOWAY'S FATHER PURSUES NEW LEADS "The father of Natalee Holloway, the 18-year-old who went missing in Aruba a decade ago, has returned to the island to investigate new clues in the disappearance and presumed death of his daughter. Inside Edition reports that Dave Holloway is working with a private investigator and a cadaver dog to follow up on recent claims from a witness who said he saw longtime suspect Joran van der Sloot with Holloway, and later saw him with her body." [HuffPost]
END OF AN ERA "American Idol" has been canceled after next season. Paula, Simon and Randy will never be forgotten. [HuffPost]
AND 'CSI' IS CANCELED, TOO The ax has been falling in network season. [HuffPost]
PAULA DEEN IS CONSIDERING A MOVE TO NEW YORK Bring on the butter, Paula. [HuffPost]
CAN YOU TURN A PROFIT ON A YOUTUBE STAR? Google's YouTube Space aims to find out. [New York Magazine]
HOW TO DEAL WITH YOUR TYPE A FRIENDS We're people, too. [HuffPost]
MINDFULNESS AND THE ICU "Just eight weeks of mindfulness training reduced the stress levels of ICU personnel by 40 percent, according to the study by Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center." [HuffPost]
ON THE BLOG
THE CLUB SHERYL SANDBERG DIDN'T WANT TO JOIN "There are approximately 29,000 other women under the age of 49 and living in the United States that can claim the same [of a lost spouse]. They make up an exclusive club none of us ever wanted to become part of. We became members anyway and so did our kids." [HuffPost]
BEFORE YOU GO
~ Start the countdown: "The X-Files" is set to return in January.
~ Anesthesiology by robot?
~ Online publishers nervously await the arrival of Facebook's embedded news content.
~ Get ready for a whole 'nother round of crazy: Lenny Kravitz, Alicia Keys and Chris Rock are headed to "Empire."
~ The Picasso painting worth $179 million.
~ Sharing your secrets on a giant chalkboard, one word at a time.
~ Is your marriage on the rocks?
~ Redoing the country's air traffic system.
~ Kristin Cavallari announced her third pregnancy!
~ We have a new trailer for the third season of "Orange is the New Black."
~ We need to be best friends with Derrick Rose's two-year-old.
~ Rachel McAdams dishes on her mysterious "True Detective" character.
~ Yes, there is a hole in your airplane window.
~ The Drakevator.
~ This marble race is a nail-biter.
~ Behind the two new Google Chrome extensions.
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