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Islamic State releases video depicting another beheading

usatoday.com — The terror group Islamic State has released a video apparently depicting the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. Sotloff, kneeling, says he is "paying the price" for the U.S. intervention in Iraq with his life. "You've spent billions of U.S. tax payers dollars and we've lost thousands of our troops in our previous fighting against the Islamic State," Sotfloff says.
Sep 02, 2014

Horrible. "Sotloff lived in Yemen for years and spoke Arabic well. He deeply loved the Islamic world." usatoday.com/story/news/wor…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @UCFnews: Report: ISIS believed to have beheaded Steven Sotloff, a former #UCF student and journalist. More here: bit.ly/1qY21XV

Sep 02, 2014

I think it's time the US needs a strategy. 'Islamic State releases video depicting another beheading' usat.ly/1ugwPqQ via @usatoday

Sep 02, 2014

RT @USATODAY: State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki: "If the video is genuine, we are sickened by this brutal act." usat.ly/1Ba4Axh

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Home Depot's credit cards may have been hacked

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - A massive batch of credit and debit card information that went on sale on a criminal internet site Tuesday may be from Home Depot stores and could be linked to hackers previously responsible for breaches at Target and P.F. Chang's, security experts say.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @lauramandaro: Creepy: Home Depot card data for sale include info that would have come from cards' magnet strip. Via @eweise usatoday.com/story/tech/201…

Sep 02, 2014

Creepy: Home Depot card data for sale include info that would have come from cards' magnet strip. Via @eweise usatoday.com/story/tech/201…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @MichaelTownsend: Home Depot's credit cards may have been hacked usat.ly/1pEYcvf via @usatoday

Sep 02, 2014

Home Depot's credit cards may have been hacked usat.ly/1pEYcvf via @usatoday

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Facebook talked ice buckets twice as much as Ferguson

Sep 02, 2014

Facebook talked ice buckets twice as much as Ferguson usat.ly/1pEux5u via @usatoday

Sep 02, 2014

Facebook talked ice buckets twice as much as Ferguson usat.ly/1pEux5u via @usatoday

Sep 02, 2014

RT @thegoodcarmah: Facebook users talked about the ice bucket challenge twice as much as they did Ferguson, Mo.: usat.ly/1pFbOqw via @USATODAY

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Baby gives thumbs-up in ultrasound photo

usatoday.com — A baby is already a viral sensation and hasn't even born yet. And It's all because of a gesture in an ultrasound photo. The baby was captured flashing what looks like the thumbs-up sign in an ultrasound picture taken last week.
Sep 02, 2014

"It's all good!" Baby gives thumbs-up in ultrasound photo usat.ly/1ucD8Mf via @usatoday

Sep 02, 2014

Have you seen this? Soo cute! Baby gives thumbs-up in ultrasound photo usat.ly/1ucD8Mf via @9News

Sep 02, 2014

I hope this is real because it's hilarious: Baby gives thumbs-up in ultrasound photo usat.ly/1ucD8Mf via @usatoday

Sep 02, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Coolest ultrasound ever? Baby lets parents know things are just fine in the womb: usat.ly/1rdwODL (WFMY-TV) pic.twitter.com/iermb55XdR

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NCAA re-rank: Our list from 1-128

usatoday.com — The nation's consensus No. 1 - Florida State - looked like anything but for much of its opening-weekend victory against Oklahoma State, which entered the regular season with as little experience as any major-conference team in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The near-consensus No.
Sep 02, 2014

.@USATODAYsports ranked all 128 FBS football teams. Utah still has some way to go, listed at No. 62 usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @EddieTimanus: While you wait for the votes in the Amway coaches poll, check out @PaulMyerberg's rerank 1-128: usat.ly/1ufo54i via @USATODAYsports

Sep 02, 2014

Nevada 89th. Best MW: Boise 40, SDSU 53. RT @PaulMyerberg: Re-ranking the FBS from 1-128 after Week 1: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @PaulMyerberg: Re-ranking the FBS from 1-128 after Week 1: usatoday.com/story/sports/n… UGA, A&M, Tennessee and WKU among big movers.

Sep 02, 2014

RT @EddieTimanus: While you wait for the votes in the Amway coaches poll, check out @PaulMyerberg's rerank 1-128: usat.ly/1ufo54i via @USATODAYsports

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FSU leads initial College Football Computer Composite

usatoday.com — Computers no longer are determining college football's championship matchups, but that doesn't mean they have been turned off. Five of the computer rankings that contributed to the Bowl Championship Series have reunited for a composite ranking that takes the human element out of college football team evaluation.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @DanWolken: The BCS computers have not been unplugged. Presenting the new College Football Computer Composite usat.ly/1pFaCn3 via @USATODAYSports

Sep 02, 2014

FSU leads initial College Football Computer Composite usat.ly/1pFaCn3 via @usatoday

Sep 02, 2014

RT @DanWolken: The BCS computers have not been unplugged. Presenting the new College Football Computer Composite usat.ly/1pFaCn3 via @USATODAYSports

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Inside the Game: Examining UCLA's defensive touchdowns

usatoday.com — Anthony Jefferson just had a feeling. Little more than a minute had passed in the second quarter of UCLA's scoreless season-opener against Virginia. Jefferson, a Bruins safety, turned to his teammates and said, "I'm calling a score." On the very next play, Deon Hollins and Owa Odighizuwa powered a very effective UCLA pass rush.

Dog-kicking CEO out after petition

usatoday.com — Getting caught kicking a dog on video can cost you your job -- even if you're a powerful CEO. Desmond Hague, CEO of privately owned Centerplate, a Connecticut-based catering specialist that serves specialty food at sports stadiums, conference centers and public facilities across North America, resigned under pressure on Tuesday.

Inspiring 103-year-old sprinter challenges Usain Bolt to a race

ftw.usatoday.com — 103-year-old Japanese sprinter Hidekichi Miyazaki ran a 38.35-second 100-meter-dash in Kyoto, and then issued a challenge to the fastest man on Earth. Miyazaki, who started running at the age of 92, is the fastest centenarian in the world, and his nickname is the "Golden Bolt." Via The Straits Times: "I'd love to race Bolt....
Sep 02, 2014

I love this 103-year-old sprinter challenging Usain Bolt. ftw.usatoday.com/2014/09/103-ye… He started running at 92!

Sep 02, 2014

103-year-old sprinter challenges Usain Bolt to a race usat.ly/1qx6N0Z ...This guy would lose to Usain Bolt, probably.

Sep 02, 2014

Inspiring 103-year-old sprinter challenges Usain Bolt to a race usat.ly/1qx6N0Z via @forthewin

Sep 02, 2014

@ForTheWin: Inspiring 103-year-old sprinter challenges Usain Bolt to a race - usat.ly/1qx6N0Z pic.twitter.com/9lFigsOI4V >> my dog

How to find a financial planner

usatoday.com — Mike Lenz had his first brush with professional financial advice two decades ago, when he started working with a commission-based adviser as a late 20-something. He doesn't remember how he found the adviser - either through a mailing or by cold calling.
Sep 02, 2014

Need financial planning advice but not rolling in dough? Some good advice on how to get started. usat.ly/1ufbOg9 via @usatoday

Sep 02, 2014

Start planning early, says @hadleypdxdc Financial planners not just for wealthy usat.ly/1ufbOg9 via @usatoday

Sep 02, 2014

RT @hadleypdxdc: Tips for finding a financial planner: ask friends/fam for recs and interview multiple advisers before choosing one. usat.ly/1ufbOg9

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CDC director calls for worldwide effort to stop Ebola

usatoday.com — The window of opportunity for controlling Ebola is closing, CDC director Thomas Frieden says. The world is allowing the Ebola outbreak to spin out of control, according to a leading humanitarian group helping to treat patients in West Afirca.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @charlesornstein: Even with ISIS & Ukraine, we ignore Ebola at our peril. CDC director calls for worldwide effort to stop Ebola http://t…

Sep 02, 2014

Even with ISIS & Ukraine, we ignore Ebola at our peril. CDC director calls for worldwide effort to stop Ebola usat.ly/1pEPnl6

Sep 02, 2014

Another U.S. doctor infected w/ Ebola in W. Africa as CDC and others ring louder alarms usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

Sep 02, 2014

RT @USATODAYhealth: CDC director says window of opportunity to control Ebola may be closing, usat.ly/1ugOcrx

Sep 02, 2014

The window of opportunity for controlling Ebola is closing, CDC director says. ow.ly/AZZvb via @LizSzabo

Apple: iCloud not breached in celebrity photo leak

usatoday.com — Apple says its services including iCloud and Find My Phone were not breached in a leak of nude photos targeting Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebrities. In a statement released Tuesday, Apple says certain celebrity accounts were compromised using "a very targeted attack" on user names, passwords and security questions.

Appeals court skeptical of government phone surveillance

usatoday.com — A federal appeals court panel in New York expressed skepticism Tuesday about the government's continued monitoring of Americans' phone records to guard against terrorism. In a case that could be headed to the Supreme Court, a three-judge panel of the U.S.
Sep 02, 2014

The Second Circuit appears concerned that NSA's phone data harvesting sweeps too broadly, @richardjwolf explains. usat.ly/1pFchcj

Sep 02, 2014

RT @richardjwolf: Government phone metadata program reaches a skeptical appeals court in New York usat.ly/1pFchcj via @usatoday #FISA #NSA #SCOTUS

Sep 02, 2014

Government phone metadata program reaches a skeptical appeals court in New York usat.ly/1pFchcj via @usatoday #FISA #NSA #SCOTUS

Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda returns to Twitter with powerful quote

entertainthis.usatoday.com — After Robin Williams died in August, his daughter, Zelda Williams, received an outpouring of support and well-wishes on Twitter. But it wasn't enough to drown out the other messages - ones from trolls filled with hate and disturbing images. So the 25-year-old announced she'd had enough, and that she would be leaving social media.
Sep 02, 2014

RT @lhorwich: Robin Williams' daughter Zelda returns to Twitter with powerful quote usat.ly/1trbwVN via @usatodaylife

Sep 02, 2014

Nice one. RT @lhorwich: Robin Williams' daughter Zelda returns to Twitter with powerful quote bit.ly/Y9pVc9 via @usatodaylife

Hey, 'Lost' fans: Bid now in a huge charity auction

usatoday.com — Dharma beer is back. Just when you thought you'd missed your chance to own a piece of the late, great TV series The and other fan favorites, including Lost, a massive auction has appeared like a pot of gold.
Sep 02, 2014

wish the fish biscuit machine could fit in my apt! RT @CancerGetsLOST: fantastic article about our charity auction! usat.ly/1uh1i8m

Sep 02, 2014

RT @aburnspolitico: Do they have 7 seasons of my life back? @popcandy This huge LOST charity auction has everything a fan could want: usatoday.com/story/popcandy…

Sep 02, 2014

Do they have 7 seasons of my life back? @popcandy This huge LOST charity auction has everything a fan could want: usatoday.com/story/popcandy…

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