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Tab for trucks Pentagon doesn't need could top $100m

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - The Army and Marine Corps may have wasted more than $100 million returning vehicles from Afghanistan that they don't need over just a one-year period, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday. The services could have saved the money by blowing up the trucks or turning them over to allies, the report says.
Sep 30, 2014

Pentagon spent $100,000,000 to return trucks from Afghanistan to U.S.! usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

Sep 30, 2014

First, the Pentagon didn't want to build MRAPs. Now they are paying to ship unneeded ones home. @tvandenbrook usat.ly/1vtNyIJ

Sep 30, 2014

Tab for trucks Pentagon doesn't need could top $100m usat.ly/1vtNyIJ via @usatoday

Sep 30, 2014

Via USAT's @tvandenbrook, GAO sez the Gon may spend $100M on returning MRAPs to the US that it doesn't want: usat.ly/1nG3nvm

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Where the jobs are: The new blue collar

usatoday.com — More than 2.5 million middle skill, livable wage jobs will be created in the next few years, many of them a world away from their dirtier iterations of decades ago. But will Americans embrace the new jobs and find the training they need to get them?
Sep 30, 2014

Where are the jobs? Not where you think. Nor are they the jobs you think. But they pay good usat.ly/YNisyR via @Florida_Today

Sep 30, 2014

RT @jodiupton: Available jobs that are better than you think. Great work by MaryJo Webster and team usat.ly/YNisyR via @USATODAY

Sep 30, 2014

#WhereTheJobsAre raises question: should there be "one road to heaven" for getting a successful career? ow.ly/C7Mza @USATODAY

Sep 30, 2014

PLEASE RETWEET this if you know anyone in the US who needs a #job! Our special report 'Where the Jobs Are' is here: usat.ly/YNisyR

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Ebay to spin off PayPal into separate company

usatoday.com — Following a strategic review, Ebay announced early Tuesday that it would push ahead with its plans to separate PayPal into a distinct, publicly-traded company. "A thorough strategic review with our board shows that keeping eBay and PayPal together beyond 2015 clearly becomes less advantageous to each business strategically and competitively," said Chief Executive John Donahoe, in a statement.
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Striking NASA images: Fourth-largest lake nearly dried up

usatoday.com — A lake that used to be the fourth-largest in the world is nearly completely dried up, according to recently released NASA images. The side-by-side images of Central Asia's Aral Sea in 2000 and 2014 are striking. Starting in the 1960s, the Soviet Union had started diverting water from the regions of Kazakhstan, Uzbekisan and Turkmenistan.
Sep 30, 2014

Humans: Destroying perfectly good natural landscapes since 10,000 BC. usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

Sep 30, 2014

Striking NASA images: Fourth-largest lake nearly dried up usat.ly/YMcChm via @usatoday

Sep 30, 2014

Really hoping this isn't the fate of Lake Tahoe, which dipped below its natural rim. usat.ly/1yxSxfb

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Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah penalized for post-touchdown prayer

ftw.usatoday.com — Kansas City Chiefs safety Husain Abdullah received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after punctuating his 39-yard interception return for a touchdown with the following gesture in the fourth quarter of Monday night's 41-14 win over the New England Patriots. The refs flagged the 29-year-old veteran for dropping to his knees after the play, technically a violation of the league's celebration rules.
Sep 30, 2014

So apparently in today's @nfl, praying one one knee is totally cool, praying on two is a 15-yard penalty ftw.usatoday.com/2014/09/husain…

Sep 30, 2014

The latest disastrous NFL decision? MT @ForTheWin: Muslim player penalized for post-TD prayer bit.ly/1tdMKDe pic.twitter.com/wJME05sMH9

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Police: Body of missing Ark. real estate agent found

usatoday.com — LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Police are reporting that they have located the body of a real estate agent who disappeared nearly a week ago after she was supposed to show a home. After a suspect who was taken into custody Monday was booked, police obtained information that led them to an area of Cabot, Ark.
Sep 30, 2014

Suspect admits kidnapping Ark. real estate agent but denies killing her usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

Sep 30, 2014

Body of missing Ark. real estate agent found in shallow grave. usat.ly/1rCjKID

Sep 30, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Police: Body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter found usat.ly/1vspuGg (Pulaski County Sheriff Office) pic.twitter.com/jkzEkSg9vX

Sep 30, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Police: Body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter found usat.ly/1vspuGg (Pulaski County Sheriff Office) pic.twitter.com/jkzEkSg9vX

Sep 30, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Police: Body of missing real estate agent Beverly Carter found usat.ly/1vspuGg (Pulaski County Sheriff Office) pic.twitter.com/jkzEkSg9vX

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Secret Service in Congress' crosshairs

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON--Secret Service Director Julia Pierson is set to appear before a House committee today after mounting disclosures about dramatic White House security breaches.
Sep 30, 2014

'How much would it cost to lock the front door of the White House?' House panel grills Secret Service usat.ly/YMnYli via @usatoday

Sep 30, 2014

"If they (Secret Service) have to take action that is lethal, I will have their back.'' -@jasoninthehouse usat.ly/YMnYli

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FCC eliminates NFL blackout rules

usatoday.com — You can now watch your unpopular local team on TV. The Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday it repealed its sports blackout rule for the National Football League, eliminating a decades-old ban on airing local games that were not sold out.
Sep 30, 2014

FCC eliminates NFL blackout rules: "You can now watch your unpopular local team on TV." usat.ly/1vse9nM

Sep 30, 2014

There goes my annual tradition of wondering, "So wait, how does an NFL game get blacked out?" usat.ly/YNDqOm

Analysis: Why investors salivate for PayPal

americasmarkets.usatoday.com — Breaking up may be hard for companies to do. But investors love it. Shares of eBay (EBAY) are up $3.92, or 7.4%, to $56.58 Tuesday after the online auctioneer said it plans to spin off its PalPay electronic payment processing company.

If not the Wizards, who has the NBA's best backcourt?

usatoday.com — Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal started it. He and point guard John Wall are "definitely the best backcourt in the league," Beal said at Wizards media day Monday. Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Dion Waiters, drafted one pick after Beal in 2012, continued it with a swift dismissal: "That's nonsense," he told news reporters Tuesday.
Sep 30, 2014

@Eric_Saar Those 3 topped my list (usat.ly/1ovKYw4), and if Bledsoe and Dragic had more time together they could've been No. 1.

Sep 30, 2014

RT @AdiJoseph: So if not the Wizards, who has the best backcourt in the NBA? I set about ranking them: usat.ly/1ovKYw4 pic.twitter.com/GR0Qve7Rls

Sep 30, 2014

So if not the Wizards, who has the best backcourt in the NBA? I set about ranking them: usat.ly/1ovKYw4 pic.twitter.com/GR0Qve7Rls

Sep 30, 2014

RT @kevin_spain: OK, Bradley Beal & Dion Waiters, we rank our top 5 #nba best backcourt? usat.ly/YOl2VA @AdiJoseph via @usatodayspo…

Sep 30, 2014

OK, Bradley Beal & Dion Waiters, we rank our top 5 #nba best backcourt? usat.ly/YOl2VA @AdiJoseph via @usatodaysports

Tony Sparano named Oakland Raiders' interim head coach

usatoday.com — At least Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis is turning to an experienced head coach this time. After firing Dennis Allen Monday night following the team's 0-4 start and Allen's 8-28 tenure wearing a silver and black visor, the Raiders will announce assistant head coach/offensive line Tony Sparano as their interim head coach at a Tuesday news conference, a person familiar with the move told USA TODAY Sports Tuesday.

Michigan admits mistakes in treatment of Shane Morris

usatoday.com — Michigan quarterback Shane Morris suffered a "probable, mild concussion" during Saturday's loss to Minnesota, and "a serious lack of communication" between the coaching staff and medical personnel led to the sophomore being reinserted into the lineup without proper neurological testing, university athletics director Dave Brandon said in a statement released early Tuesday morning.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @USATODAYsports: Michigan AD David Brandon issues statement saying school mishandled treatment of Shane Morris. usat.ly/1rA5YoM pic.twitter.com/ha8RORXorX

Sep 30, 2014

RT @USATODAYsports: Michigan AD David Brandon issues statement saying school mishandled treatment of Shane Morris. usat.ly/1rA5YoM pic.twitter.com/ha8RORXorX

Sep 30, 2014

Michigan admits mistakes in treatment of Shane Morris usat.ly/1vrMLrU via @usatoday

Sep 30, 2014

RT @NicoleAuerbach: Michigan acknowledged playing a concussed player at 1am two nights after it happened: usat.ly/1vrMLrU

Sep 30, 2014

RT @NicoleAuerbach: Michigan AD admits mistakes in treatment of Shane Morris, in statement released at 12:52am: usat.ly/1vrMLrU

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Where the Jobs Are

usatoday.com — Reporting across the USA TODAY Network about the outlook and availability of good-paying jobs that do not require a college degree.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @USATODAY: "Where the Jobs Are" special report: Nearly 600 occupations are expected to see a 5% or more growth in jobs by 2017. usat.ly/YNZbNQ

Sep 30, 2014

RT @USATODAY: USA TODAY special report "Where the Jobs Are" examines the nation's changing jobs landscape: usat.ly/1CEA7bq

Sep 30, 2014

RT @USATODAY: USA TODAY special report "Where the Jobs Are" examines the nation's changing jobs landscape: usat.ly/1CEA7bq

Speaking for the GOP: Will a new voice emerge after 2014 elections?

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Who speaks for the Republican Party if the GOP has a good showing on Election Day? Bill Whalen, a research fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, posed this question Monday at a media roundtable discussion attended by about 20 journalists.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @coopallen: Speaking for the GOP: Will a new voice emerge after 2014 elections? usat.ly/ZmwlFs via @ccamia

Sep 30, 2014

Success has many fathers... who will take the spotlight if GOP does well in Nov? usat.ly/ZmwlFs via @ccamia

Sep 30, 2014

Speaking for the GOP: Will a new voice emerge after 2014 elections? usat.ly/ZmwlFs via @ccamia

With 'Tiger' sequel, Netflix moves to stream new films

usatoday.com — Netflix already is a place where TV binge-watchers unite, and it could soon also be an alternative to your local cinema. The subscription streaming service announced Tuesday that it will premiere Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend, a sequel to Ang Lee's 2000 Oscar-winning martial-arts epic, for customers on Aug.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @briantruitt: Me and @bryalexand on Crouching Tiger 2: Electric Boogaloo and Netflix getting into the original movie business. usat.ly/1vu6CGN

Sep 30, 2014

Me and @bryalexand on Crouching Tiger 2: Electric Boogaloo and Netflix getting into the original movie business. usat.ly/1vu6CGN

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