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Lakers' Steve Nash out for season with back injury

usatoday.com — Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash is out for the season because of a recurring back injury, the team announced Thursday evening. "Being on the court this season has been my top priority and it is disappointing to not be able to do that right now," Nash said in a news release.
Oct 23, 2014

@USATODAY: Lakers' Steve Nash out for season with back injury usat.ly/12m7JOh” wait, he still plays professional basketball ?

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Exclusive: Adelson gives $5 million to House-focused PAC

usatoday.com — Casino magnate's donation helps build GOP coffers in hopes of historic House gains WASHINGTON - Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson made his first big super PAC donation of the midterm elections this month - giving $5 million to the main political action committee aiding House Republicans, documents provided Thursday to USA TODAY show.
Oct 23, 2014

Does any1 think Sheldon wil need 2 remind @SpeakerBoehner of this when he seeks lame duck action on #webgaming? ow.ly/DfSkc #lvrj

Oct 23, 2014

RT @STetreaultDC: Sheldon Adelson goes in big to help Republicans close the deal -- $5m to main House GOP PAC. @Fschouten: ow.ly/DfJNA #lvrj

Oct 23, 2014

RT @STetreaultDC: Sheldon Adelson goes in big to help Republicans close the deal -- $5m to main House GOP PAC. @Fschouten: ow.ly/DfJNA #lvrj

Oct 23, 2014

Sheldon Adelson goes in big to help Republicans close the deal -- $5m to main House GOP PAC. @Fschouten: ow.ly/DfJNA #lvrj

Oct 23, 2014

Exclusive: #billionaire Sheldon Adelson gives $5 million to House-focused PAC usat.ly/1wnjfD6 via @usatoday

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Microsoft co-founder Allen to give $100M to fight ebola

usatoday.com — Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen says he will pledge $100 million to help fight the spread of ebola. In a statement released through his personal website on Thursday, Allen says the funding will go to the State Department to develop medevac containment units to evacuate health professionals from West Africa.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @geardiary: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pledges $100 million to help fight the spread of Ebola - @USATODAY AWESOME usat.ly/1sUrMfo

Oct 23, 2014

RT @geardiary: Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen pledges $100 million to help fight the spread of Ebola - @USATODAY AWESOME usat.ly/1sUrMfo

Oct 23, 2014

Microsoft co-founder Allen to give $100M to fight Ebola usat.ly/1wn3ps6 via @usatoday

Oct 23, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Microsoft co-founder Allen to give $100M to fight Ebola usat.ly/12ktNJf

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Pelosi: Low profile, major figure in 2014 elections

usatoday.com — Looking for Nancy Pelosi as the campaign season draws to a furious close? Best place to find her is in a Republican ad or at a Democratic fundraiser. Pelosi, the House Democratic minority leader and former speaker, has been keeping a fairly low profile on the Democratic campaign trail, much like President Obama.
Oct 23, 2014

Pelosi: Low profile, major figure in 2014 elections usat.ly/1wn4Tmo via @USATMoore

Oct 23, 2014

RT @gregorykorte: GOP runs against Pelosi as a "San Francisco Democrat." But "suburban Cincinnati Republican" doesn't have same stigma: usatoday.com/story/news/pol…

Oct 23, 2014

GOP runs against Pelosi as a "San Francisco Democrat." But "suburban Cincinnati Republican" doesn't have same stigma: usatoday.com/story/news/pol…

Oct 23, 2014

Pelosi: Low profile, major figure in 2014 elections usat.ly/1wn4Tmo via @usatoday

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Facebook launches Rooms to anonymously share common interests

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook is taking the wraps off a new app for iOS called Rooms that brings people together around their interests. A "room" is a feed of photos, videos and text like Facebook or Instagram but the focus is on a single topic chosen by the person who created it.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Welcome to Rooms, Facebook's iOS app designed to bring us together around common interests: usat.ly/1tOpbHm pic.twitter.com/dqeRQHdZwd

Oct 23, 2014

Facebook launches Rooms to anonymously share common interests (new app for iOS) usat.ly/1tOpbHm via @usatoday #Facebook #Rooms

Oct 23, 2014

A new 'hangout' option that actually gets used? “@bfp_news: Facebook launches Rooms to post anonymously bfpne.ws/12kaUWV

Oct 23, 2014

Facebook launches Rooms to anonymously share common interests usat.ly/1tOpbHm via @usatoday

Oct 23, 2014

Facebook unveils new way for people to have cyber-sex usat.ly/1tOpbHm

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Steve Nash deserves better ending than this back injury

usatoday.com — At his height - 6 feet, 3 inches of Canadian creativity and competitiveness - there was no better point guard. Steve Nash was the Everyman who made the most of what he had, the two-time MVP whose whirling-dervish ways during those desert days with the Phoenix Suns were some of the most memorable of his generation.

Meet the White House guard dogs

usatoday.com — You may be familiar with Sunny and Bo, the Obama's family pets. But meet Hurricane and Jordan, two of the White House's protectors. Wednesday night, an intruder scaled the White House fence, but he didn't get far. He was stopped by Hurricane and Jordan, two members of the Secret Service's K-9 unit.
Oct 23, 2014

Forget Sunny and Bo. Meet Hurricane and Jordan, the badass dogs who stopped the latest White House fence jumper usat.ly/1oz0j4F

Oct 23, 2014

New heroes of the Secret Service; some good news. Meet the White House guard dogs usat.ly/1wmTP8A via @usatoday

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Judge dismisses two Tea Party lawsuits against IRS

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON -- A federal court dismissed two lawsuits against the Internal Revenue Service Thursday, ruling that the tax agency is no longer targeting conservative tax-exempt groups for greater scrutiny. "Unless an actual, ongoing controversy exists in this case, this court is without power to decide it," U.S.
Oct 23, 2014

Tea Party loses court battle over targeting to IRS usat.ly/1wn0q30 via @usatoday

Oct 23, 2014

RT @gregorykorte: Lawyer for 41 Tea Party groups suing the IRS says he will appeal judge's decision today dismissing the suit: usat.ly/1wn0q30

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Microsoft earnings top estimates

usatoday.com — Microsoft, quarterly earnings, Azure, Nokia, Satya Nadella SAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft on Thursday said first quarter revenue jumped to $23.2 billion, topping Wall Street estimates. The company said it earned 54 cents a share, or $5.84 billion. Analysts had expected Microsoft to earn 49 cents a share, down from 62 cents, or $5.2 billion, a year ago, according to Yahoo Finance.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @mattkrantz: Looks like the haters were wrong. Microsoft is very much alive: usat.ly/1vUxq3x $msft

Oct 23, 2014

Looks like the haters were wrong. Microsoft is very much alive: usat.ly/1vUxq3x $msft

Partial Solar Eclipse and sunspot

usatoday.com — Solar eclipse from Anchorage, Alaska.

Steve Nash injury puts even more on Lakers' Kobe Bryant

usatoday.com — Steve Nash was the best shooter on the Los Angeles Lakers as of this morning. Now he's gone, out for the season with a back injury that could very well end his career. As though new coach Byron Scott needed a new reason to avoid three-pointers.
Oct 23, 2014

steve nash back keeps him from coming back. now kobe needs to be even better: usat.ly/1wnIi9a

Oct 23, 2014

RT @AdiJoseph: Steve Nash was the Lakers' best shooter. Even his 10-15 minutes would have helped. I wrote a bit about it: usat.ly/1zn5cCj

Oct 23, 2014

Steve Nash was the Lakers' best shooter. Even his 10-15 minutes would have helped. I wrote a bit about it: usat.ly/1zn5cCj

Marshall hires PR firm to help with College Football Playoff case

usatoday.com — Brener Zwikel & Associates have been hired to represent Marshall, CUSA.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @ByBerkowitz: Marshall and Conference USA hire L.A.-based PR firm to press undefeated Herd's case for College Football Playoff: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @TessQuinlan: #Marshall hires PR firm to help with College Football Playoff case usat.ly/1tP7Pdr via @usatodaysports

Oct 23, 2014

RT @TessQuinlan: #Marshall hires PR firm to help with College Football Playoff case usat.ly/1tP7Pdr via @usatodaysports

Oct 23, 2014

Wonderful. MT @ByBerkowitz: Marshall and C-USA hire L.A.-based PR firm to press case for College Football Playoff: usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

USA TODAY Sports college football staff picks for Week 9

q.usatoday.com — There's a cooling-off period this Saturday after a series of weekends with matchups between top 10 teams that has left college football with just three major unbeatens remaining. WEEK 9: Top 10 games to watch There are two matchups of ranked opponents, starting with No. 2 Mississippi traveling to No.

Sears disputes report of 100 store closures, widespread layoffs

usatoday.com — Cash-strapped Sears Holdings is up 4% to $35.86 Thursday on a report that it plans to close over 100 Sears and Kmart stores and lay off more than 5,400 employees, many ahead of the Christmas shopping season. Seeking Alpha.
Oct 23, 2014

. @Sears disputes report saying it will close 116 Sears and Kmart stores. Company declined to provide real #: on.freep.com/1wvh6pZ

Oct 23, 2014

Sears disputes report of 116 store closures, nearly 6,100 layoffs usat.ly/1tObIPX via @usatoday $SHLD

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Your Take: How and when to watch the solar eclipse

usatoday.com — Get your camera gear and protective filters ready: a partial solar eclipse is due Thursday. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun. It's a spectacular sight, and an even better photo opportunity. Here are some tips and pointers to keep in mind when photographing the solar eclipse.
Oct 23, 2014

Happening now!! Though the stinkin' clouds in Mandeville are ruining my view right now :( fb.me/3NVSHiTk1

Oct 23, 2014

RT @MegMRivers: Dos and don'ts for watching today's eclipse usat.ly/1wlk0MZ via @WLTX We're taking a look coming up at 6 w/ @daniel_bonds

Oct 23, 2014

We have a rare sight in the sky taking place late today. Watch it with us on First Coast News starting at 5! firstcoastnews.com/story/your-tak…

Oct 23, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Watching today’s #SolarEclipse? Here’s when you should start looking. More times and tips: usat.ly/1FFGA8n pic.twitter.com/hWfq9qsHxc

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So why are there ballerinas in the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer?

Oct 23, 2014

So why are there ballerinas in the 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' trailer? usat.ly/1tkXt33 via @klawls

Oct 23, 2014

RT @AndreaMandell: @klawls helpfully explains why there are ballerinas in the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON trailer usat.ly/1tkXt33 via @usatodaylife

Oct 23, 2014

@klawls helpfully explains why there are ballerinas in the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON trailer usat.ly/1tkXt33 via @usatodaylife

Oct 23, 2014

RT @TrevorHughes: Seen new Avengers trailer yet? @klawls breaks down an intriguing inclusion that may focus on Black Widow's backstory. usat.ly/1tkXt33

Oct 23, 2014

Seen new Avengers trailer yet? @klawls breaks down an intriguing inclusion that may focus on Black Widow's backstory. usat.ly/1tkXt33

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Amazon posts big loss for 3rd quarter

usatoday.com — Amazon warned that it would lose bundles of cash in the 3rd quarter, and it didn't disappoint. The ettailer, which has expanded into a line of its own products, said it had a net loss of $437 million for the 3rd quarter, compared to $41 million in the year ago quarter.

Eye-catching images of the partial solar eclipse

usatoday.com — Thursday's skies brought a welcomed treat to those who saw it on Thursday, as a partial solar eclipse darkened pieces of the sun throughout North America. From the east coast to the west, lucky stargazers who looked upwards - with protective glasses, of course - got to see the rare phenomenon for themselves.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @thegoodcarmah: Miss the partial solar eclipse earlier Thursday? Here are my highlights: usat.ly/1tPkNIa via @USATODAY

Oct 23, 2014

RT @thegoodcarmah: Miss the partial solar eclipse earlier Thursday? Here are my highlights: usat.ly/1tPkNIa via @USATODAY

The best and worst days to hit the gym

usatoday.com — SAN FRANCISCO - Oh, optimism. After falling off diets and exercise regimes all weekend, people start the new week with a flourish of exercise, running, walking or hitting the gym. And then their habits gradually deteriorate as the week progresses, a new data analysis shows.
Oct 24, 2014

Want the elliptical? Try Thursdays at the gym. New Jawbone data set on exercise trends: usatoday.com/story/tech/201… pic.twitter.com/qT4SyHL7K6