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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay'

usatoday.com — Apple CEO Tim Cook publicly confirmed he is gay in an opinion piece published Thursday advocating for human rights and equality. In the essay published by Businessweek, Cook says he was inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, citing the quote "Life's most persistent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now," writes Cook.
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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay' usat.ly/1tFcPzq via @usatoday

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#Apple CEO @tim_cook: desire to do something "more important" outweighed his privacy usat.ly/1tFcPzq via @thenewspress #lgbt

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: 'I'm proud to be gay' usat.ly/1tFcPzq via @usatoday

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Maine nurse defies quarantine order by taking bike ride

usatoday.com — FORT KENT, Maine -- An Ebola nurse went bike riding with her boyfriend Thursday morning, defying state orders to remain at home for 21 days. Kaci Hickox, who recently treated Ebola patients in West Africa, told reporters late Wednesday that day-long negotiations had failed to resolve a deadlock over the state's instructions.
Oct 30, 2014

Maine nurse defies Ebola quarantine order by taking bike ride. usat.ly/1tFqmHo via @indystar

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The #EbolaNurse sounds healthy to me: Maine nurse defies quarantine order by taking bike ride usat.ly/1tFqmHo pic.twitter.com/iRcot4WzCD

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RT @rlocker12: Maine nurse defies quarantine order by taking bike ride usat.ly/1tFqmHo I'd rather be riding my bike now, too.

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Maine nurse defies quarantine order by taking bike ride usat.ly/1tFqmHo I'd rather be riding my bike now, too.

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A bicycle ride and the battle between fear, science and difficult legal questions involving Ebola quarantines. usat.ly/1tFqmHo

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Bucket list complete, 29-year-old cancer patient puts off ending life

usatoday.com — Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman with terminal cancer who made public plans to end her life and gained a following online through completing her "bucket list," says she no longer plans to die Saturday.
Oct 30, 2014

Brittany Maynard putting off ending her life after completing bucket list. clarionledger.com/story/news/nat…

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Bucket list complete, 29-year-old cancer patient puts off ending life usat.ly/1tFiZzK via @usatoday

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Bucket list complete, 29-year-old cancer patient puts off ending life usat.ly/1tFiZzK via @usatoday

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Bucket list complete, 29-year-old cancer patient puts off ending life usat.ly/1tFiZzK via @kens5

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5 things you need to know Thursday

usatoday.com — It was a fight so epic it had to have a name. Muhammad Ali gave it one, and then gave boxing one of its most memorable moments when he stopped the fearsome George Foreman to recapture the heavyweight title in the African nation of Zaire, now The Democratic Republic of Congo.
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RT @MeredithFrost: 40 years ago today, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in the Rumble In The Jungle: usat.ly/1tEOWYW pic.twitter.com/b541Ojq5mI

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RT @MeredithFrost: 40 years ago today, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in the Rumble In The Jungle: usat.ly/1tEOWYW pic.twitter.com/b541Ojq5mI

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RT @MeredithFrost: 40 years ago today, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in the Rumble In The Jungle: usat.ly/1tEOWYW pic.twitter.com/b541Ojq5mI

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Ali, Boma Ye! RT @USATODAY 40 years ago today, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in the Rumble In The Jungle: usat.ly/1tEOWYW

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RT @USATODAY: 40 years ago today, Muhammad Ali defeated George Foreman in the Rumble In The Jungle: usat.ly/1tEOWYW (AP) pic.twitter.com/yg32ZDg8Ob

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Election countdown: Everybody hug a surrogate

usatoday.com — There are just a handful of days left until Nov. 4, and the biggest names in politics are on the trail making a final push. Here's the election buzz for Thursday, with 5 days to go. Obama the Maine event President Obama goes to Maine on Thursday to boost gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud as well as other Democrats in the state.

The Chevy Colorado Madison Bumgarner received was recalled this month

ftw.usatoday.com — Chevrolet's Rikk Wilde presented Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner with the World Series MVP award Wednesday night, in addition to a brand new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado. Wilde's delivery got most of the attention, as he fumbled through his notes, pointed to the great "technology and stuff" that Chevy has, and toyed with an on-air meltdown.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @ForTheWin: The Chevy Colorado Madison Bumgarner received was recalled this month usat.ly/1yJmaqc

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RT @ForTheWin: The Chevy Colorado Madison Bumgarner received was recalled this month usat.ly/1yJmaqc

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The Chevy Colorado Madison Bumgarner received was recalled this month usat.ly/1yJmaqc via @forthewin

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The Chevy Colorado Madison Bumgarner received was recalled this month usat.ly/1yJmaqc via @forthewin

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"Technology and stuff" will have to wait RT The Chevy Colorado was recalled this month usat.ly/1yJmaqc via @forthewin

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Ex-Boston mayor Tom Menino dies after cancer battle

usatoday.com — Tom Menino, Boston's longest-serving mayor who oversaw the city's renaissance, died Thursday after a lengthy battle with cancer. The news was reported by WCVB-TV in Boston. Menino announced last week he would stop his cancer treatments. He had been in hospice care at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Next-generation car safety: Obese crash test dummies

usatoday.com — Crash test dummies are used to test the safety of vehicles -- but what happens when they no longer reflect bodies of the general public? The world's leading crash-test dummy producer, Humanetics, has developed a new, obese human stand-in which weighs 273 pounds with a Body Mass Index of 35.
Oct 30, 2014

Like drivers, crash-test dummies are becoming obese: usat.ly/1p6QDys via @lindsdee (Photo: Humanetics) pic.twitter.com/qgj8U25X7P

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RT @KimPainter: New obese crash test dummies carry extra lbs in the butt, thighs, gut - just like many Americans do usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

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New obese crash test dummies carry extra lbs in the butt, thighs, gut - just like many Americans do usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

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“If you're obese, you're 78% more likely to be killed in a car crash.” Crash test dummies have a growing wasitline - usat.ly/103ZS6M

Experts divided over legal issues in Maine Ebola case

usatoday.com — Experts are divided over legal issues in Maine Ebola case. Does the state have the right to quarantine a person who was exposed to the deadly disease but shows no symptoms? A state-imposed quarantine at the Maine home of nurse Kaci Hickox has sparked debate among legal experts over how to enforce Ebola isolation orders on unwilling people.
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RT @LizSzabo: Experts divided over legal issues in Maine Ebola case usat.ly/1wEpano via @usatoday

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Experts divided over legal issues in Maine Ebola case usat.ly/1wEpano via @usatoday

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RT @USATODAYhealth: Experts divided over legal issues in Maine Ebola case usat.ly/1rD2gYl via @usatoday

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Experts divided over legal issues in Maine Ebola case usat.ly/1wEpano via @usatoday

Nike debuts electrifying LeBron James commercial marking his return to Cleveland

ftw.usatoday.com — Ask someone to name their favorite Michael Jordan commercials and they might rattle off two dozen without stopping for a breath. Ask someone to do the same with LeBron James' ads and they might sputter for a while before mentioning that SportsCenter spot with Scott Van Pelt and the throne.
Oct 30, 2014

Gonna go punch a pumpkin and run a mile. Nike debuts electrifying LeBron James commercial marking Cleveland return usat.ly/1p70Z1k

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Nike debuts electrifying LeBron James commercial marking Cleveland return usat.ly/1wgHg01

Christie gets tough with heckler over Sandy progress

usatoday.com — BELMAR, N.J. - On the second anniversary of superstorm Sandy, Gov. Chris Christie heckled back. After a warm reception from local schoolchildren in Belmar and a subsequent stroll with his wife, Mary Pat, and Mayor Matt Doherty through the downtown, throngs of people greeted the governor with kind words and well wishes.

Nightengale: Are the Giants a dynasty?

usatoday.com — KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Brian Sabean, the architect of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants, stood in the doorway with his hair drenched from champagne, holding a glass of wine in one hand, and shaking hands with the other. "What are they saying about us now?'' says Sabean, general manager of the Giants.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @BNightengale: The #SFGiants have become a dynasty, with greatest NL run in 70 years after winning third title in 5 years. usat.ly/1tERzKd

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RT @BNightengale: The #SFGiants have become a dynasty, with greatest NL run in 70 years after winning third title in 5 years. usat.ly/1tERzKd

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The #SFGiants have become a dynasty, with greatest NL run in 70 years after winning third title in 5 years. usat.ly/1tERzKd

‘Chevy guy’ steals the show during World Series MVP ceremony

ftw.usatoday.com — Chevrolet's Rikk Wilde presented Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner with the World Series MVP award Wednesday night, but Wilde had a bit of trouble with his lines while on camera. St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long stood up for Wilde on Twitter. Yall leave the Chevy guy alone.
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'Chevy guy' steals the show during World Series MVP ceremony usat.ly/1xEGQP3 via @forthewin

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Wondering why #ChevyGuy is trending morning after Giants World Series win? Your painful answer via @ForTheWin usat.ly/1xEGQP3

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'Chevy guy' steals the show during World Series MVP ceremony usat.ly/1xEGQP3 ...poor Chevy guy.

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Metal patch may point to Earhart's plane

usatoday.com — Researchers say they are increasingly confident that a piece of aluminum found on a remote Pacific atoll more than 20 years ago probably came from the airplane flown by Amelia Earhart on her ill-fated attempt to circle the world in 1937.
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Don't know why this fascinates me, but it does: Metal patch may point to Earhart's plane usat.ly/1u8XfOK via @USATODAY

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Fascinating: 'Metal patch may point to Earhart's plane' usat.ly/1u8XfOK via @usatoday

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RT @USATODAY: Researchers are increasingly confident that a piece of aluminum from a Pacific atoll came from Amelia Earhart's plane usat.ly/1q3vFvk

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Ellen DeGeneres adds steps to her digital dance

usatoday.com — YouTube favorite Ellen DeGeneres is opening her own digital destination: Ellentube. The comedian and social-media devotee, who plans to announce the website and app launch today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show (check local listings), describes Ellentube (www.ellentube.com) as a "constant" source of Ellen-related video that reflects her tastes and interests, and is safe for anyone to view.
Oct 30, 2014

I spoke to Ellen DeGeneres about taking her cat videos to a new destination: ellentube. usat.ly/1wHGDeL via @usatoday

Oct 30, 2014

RT @GaryMLevin: Exclusive: @TheEllenShow launches ellentube, a new app and site with videos from her (and you). usat.ly/1wHGDeL via @billkev

USA TODAY Sports college staff picks for Week 10

q.usatoday.com — The big showdown of the weekend features Mississippi and Auburn which are both ranked in the top four of the College Football Playoff, but each can not afford a loss. See how the USA TODAY staff picks that game and all the other Top 25 matchups.

Doug McDermott knew he’d made it to the NBA when he saw Taylor Swift

ftw.usatoday.com — After tip-off night of the NBA, Chicago Bulls rookie Doug McDermott noted that the first time he really felt he'd arrived is when he saw Ben Stiller and Taylor Swift sitting courtside at Madison Square Garden. The Bulls beat the Knicks 104-80, McDermott put up a 12-5-2 in 24 minutes of action, but the real a-ha moment came when he saw T-Swift.
Oct 30, 2014

Doug McDermott knew he'd made it to the NBA when he saw Taylor Swift usat.ly/13kJTDg via @forthewin

USA TODAY Sports’ Week 9 NFL picks

q.usatoday.com — Our experts select winner of Peyton-Brady XVI and the rest of the Week 9 schedule.

Relive the first half of the NFL season in 85 seconds

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Oct 30, 2014

RT @USATODAYsports: Relive the first half of the NFL season in this incredible 85 second video: usat.ly/1sKoMik pic.twitter.com/E0FmhGq2DE

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Best 85 seconds of my day? This fabulous video from @GregPresto on the first half of the #NFL season usat.ly/1sKoMik