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The Queen photobombed an Australian field hockey player’s selfie at the Commonwealth Games

ftw.usatoday.com — The Commonwealth Games (for more on what that actually is, check out John Oliver's explanation here) is being held in Glasgow this week. It's a competition that the U.S. doesn't participate in, but all American fans can appreciate the competition for one very important reason.
Jul 24, 2014

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Jul 24, 2014

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Amazon shares dive after wider-than-expected loss

usatoday.com — LOS ANGELES -- Shares for Amazon tumbled Thursday after the e-commerce giant Amazon.com posted a wider-than-expected $126 million loss for second quarter on revenues of $19.34 billion. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos didn't address the loss in the earnings release, instead talking about new ventures for Amazon.

Ohio State fires band director over sexual harassment

usatoday.com — Ohio State University has fired its marching band director Jonathan Waters after a two-month investigation uncovered a "serious cultural issues and an environment conducive to sexual harassment" among the students, the school announced on Thursday. The Columbus Dispatch, which first reported the firing, said the "sexual culture" has existed for several years.
Jul 24, 2014

Ohio State fires band director over sexual harassment usat.ly/1mJKaS1 via @usatoday

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Man exonerated by DNA - and he didn't even request it

usatoday.com — Michael Phillips had long ago given up trying to clear his name. At 57, he was a registered sex offender, living in a nursing home, wheelchair-bound from severe sickle cell anemia.
Jul 24, 2014

Dallas County DA's "Conviction Integrity Unit" in systemic search clears man who served 12 yrs for rape usat.ly/1mJLuUW via @usatoday

Jul 24, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Man is exonerated by a DNA test – and he didn't even request it: usat.ly/1mJLuUW

Jul 24, 2014

RT @Yamiche: Here's a story you can only read @USATODAY My latest: Texas man exonerated by DNA – and he didn't even request it usat.ly/1mJLuUW

Jul 24, 2014

Here's a story you can only read @USATODAY My latest: Texas man exonerated by DNA – and he didn't even request it usat.ly/1mJLuUW

Jul 24, 2014

Man exonerated by DNA – and he didn't even request it usat.ly/1mJLuUW via @usatoday

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Ravens' Ray Rice suspended two games by NFL

usatoday.com — The NFL is suspending Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice two games under the personal conduct policy for an altercation that left his then-fiancee (now wife) unconscious in an Atlantic City casino elevator, a person with knowledge of the suspension told USA TODAY Sports on Thursday.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @GameOnWUSA9: Ravens' Ray Rice suspended two games by NFL: Running back to miss contests vs. AFC North foes for violating NF... bit.ly/WKiNlD

Jul 24, 2014

RT @CamEdwards: Ray Rice suspended 2 games for beating his wife. Plaxico Burress got a longer suspension for shooting himself. usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

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Russian military fires artillery into eastern Ukraine

usatoday.com — The Russian military fired artillery rounds into eastern Ukraine on Thursday, a "clear escalation" of hostilities there, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said. Russia has about 12,000 troops on the border with Ukraine, Warren said. Russian tanks, artillery and rocket launchers have crossed into Ukraine to support separatists there.
Jul 24, 2014

Latest Russian artillery attack an escalation, Pentagon and State Dept. say. usat.ly/1mJU9Xx via @usatoday

Jul 24, 2014

RT @justinjm1: Russian military fires artillery into eastern Ukraine usat.ly/1mJU9Xx via @usatoday

Jul 24, 2014

Russian military fires artillery into eastern Ukraine usat.ly/1mJU9Xx via @usatoday

Jul 24, 2014

RT @rlocker12: Russian artillery attack on Ukraine escalates tensions, Pentagon says. usat.ly/1mJU9Xx #MH17

Jul 24, 2014

Russian artillery attack on Ukraine escalates tensions, Pentagon says. usat.ly/1mJU9Xx #MH17

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Chevrolet keeps conquering Brickyard 400

usatoday.com — INDIANAPOLIS - Friday is the annual "Chevy Day at the Brickyard," a fan fest with driver appearances and autographs. But unofficially, "Chevy Day at the Brickyard" could also describe all of the Sprint Cup Series races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway over the last decade.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @HeatherR_Tucker: .@jeff_gluck There's a good chance a Chevy driver will win Sunday's Brickyard 400. Here's why---> http://t.co/uK4Xgb2j…

Jul 24, 2014

.@jeff_gluck There's a good chance a Chevy driver will win Sunday's Brickyard 400. Here's why---> usat.ly/1rEeS6Q via @USATODAYsports

United resumes flights to Israel after FAA ban lifted

usatoday.com — United Airlines was the first U.S. carrier to announce Thursday that it will resume flights to Israel, after the Federal Aviation Administration had lifted its ban on flights to Tel Aviv. United, US Airways and Delta had each suspended flights to Tel Aviv on Tuesday, after a rocket fell within a mile of Ben Gurion International Airport.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @ganjansen: But German airline Lufthansa is continuing to suspend flights to Tel Aviv through Friday, a total of 16 cancellations usat.ly/1mIVC0g

Jul 24, 2014

But German airline Lufthansa is continuing to suspend flights to Tel Aviv through Friday, a total of 16 cancellations usat.ly/1mIVC0g

Jul 24, 2014

Delta and US Airways join United in resuming flights to Israel after FAA ban lifted usat.ly/1mIVC0g

Jul 24, 2014

Later today, United resumes flights to Tel Aviv now that FAA ban lifted usat.ly/1mIVC0g via @usatoday .@9News

Jul 24, 2014

Full story on United resuming flights to Israel after FAA ban lifted usat.ly/1mIVC0g

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Mack Brown joins ESPN as college football analyst

usatoday.com — Mack Brown mapped out his career plan at a young age: He wanted to be a football coach first - and he was, from 1973 through last season - before either moving upstairs, as an athletic director, or into television, as a college football analyst.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @PaulMyerberg: Mack Brown will join ESPN this fall as a studio analyst, including spot on ABC's CFB Countdown usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @DanWolken: RT @PaulMyerberg: Mack Brown will join ESPN this fall as a studio analyst, including spot on ABC's CFB Countdown usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @PaulMyerberg: Mack Brown will join ESPN this fall as a studio analyst, including spot on ABC's CFB Countdown usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @PaulMyerberg: Mack Brown will join ESPN this fall as a studio analyst, including spot on ABC's CFB Countdown usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @PaulMyerberg: Mack Brown will join ESPN this fall as a studio analyst, including spot on ABC's CFB Countdown usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

'Halo' live-action series gets fleshed out at Comic-Con

usatoday.com — Make room, Master Chief. Microsoft's Xbox sci-fi saga Halo is getting another leading man. The upcoming live-action series Halo: Nightfall will chronicle the story of Jameson Locke, an agent with the Office of Naval Intelligence who eventually becomes an armored Spartan like the Master Chief.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @MikeSnider: Our story: usat.ly/1nYfFbi RT @Halo: Just revealed at @comic_con: The world premiere of the #Halo: Nightfall key art! #SDCC

Jul 24, 2014

RT @MikeSnider: Our story: usat.ly/1nYfFbi RT @Halo: Just revealed at @comic_con: The world premiere of the #Halo: Nightfall key art! #SDCC

Jul 24, 2014

Our story: usat.ly/1nYfFbi RT @Halo: Just revealed at @comic_con: The world premiere of the #Halo: Nightfall key art! #SDCC

Zillow, Trulia surge on merger rumor

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — Shares of rival real-estate websites Trulia and Zillow surged Thursday afternoon after Bloomberg News reported the two companies were in merger talks. Citing people with knowledge of the matter, the report said Zillow Z is in talks to buy Trulia TRLA for as much as $2 billion, and an agreement may be announced as soon as next week.

California's state agencies float up to the Cloud

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - One of life's dreaded civic obligations - dealing with the department of motor vehicles - as well as other interactions with state services may get easier for Californians, as officials today announced a five-year, $400-million partnership with IBM to put its citizenry's data on cloud-based servers.

5 things you need to know Thursday

usatoday.com — President-elect Reuven Rivlin will be officially sworn in by parliament Thursday succeeding Shimon Peres, a Nobel peace laureate who brought the position international prestige. Chosen last month, Rivlin's appointment comes at a contentious time for Israel in the midst of conflict with Palestine.
Jul 24, 2014

Good morning, it's National Tequila Day! and... 5 things you need to know Thursday usat.ly/1rD4SuG via @usatoday

Jul 24, 2014

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Jul 24, 2014

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Q&A: Jerry Seinfeld on 'Single Shots,' 'Seinfeld' at 25, more

usatoday.com — Sometimes one cup of coffee isn't enough. That's the thinking behind Jerry Seinfeld's new project, a spinoff of his popular web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Single Shots, which debuts today at comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com and Crackle.com, offers previously unseen footage in fast-paced, one- to three-minute nuggets.
Jul 24, 2014

:) RT @boazf: My favorite pop culture blogger @PopCandy interviews @JerrySeinfeld & it turns out he's read her blog! ow.ly/zxW02

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Voices: What I saw at the Flight 17 crash scene

usatoday.com — HRAVOBE, Ukraine - It must be a mistake -- that was my first thought upon hearing last week that a civilian plane had crashed nearby. No way. It had to be a mistake. In the days before, pro-Russian separatists had downed a Ukrainian military aircraft. It must be that, I thought.
Jul 24, 2014

RT @susmiller: Voices: What I saw at the Flight 17 crash scene. An incredibly powerful first-hand account. usat.ly/1mJCore via @usatoday

Jul 24, 2014

From our reporter on the ground in Ukraine, @filipwarwick, a devastating tale of the plane-crash site. usatoday.com/story/news/wor…

Jul 24, 2014

RT @susmiller: Voices: What I saw at the Flight 17 crash scene. An incredibly powerful first-hand account. usat.ly/1mJCore via @usatoday

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