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Multiple shots fired outside Canadian Parliament

usatoday.com — Multiple shots were fired Tuesday morning just outside the Canadian Parliament building in Ottawa, according to witnesses. Witnesses say a man started shooting near the National War Memorial outside the government complex, hitting one person before sprinting toward the Parliament Hill, according to the Globe and Mail.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @williammwelch: Canada PM Stephen Harper refers to shooter as "terrorist" in address to nation usat.ly/1wkkAuw via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

Canada PM Stephen Harper refers to shooter as "terrorist" in address to nation usat.ly/1wkkAuw via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

Chaos in Canada: Gunfire erupts at Parliament usat.ly/1wkkAuw via @wusa9

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Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million

usatoday.com — Group announces $6.5 million in six Senate battlegrounds WASHINGTON - Freedom Partners Action Fund, a new super PAC tied to the Koch brothers' political network, has quickly raised nearly $21 million to help Republicans in midterm races, new documents show.
Oct 22, 2014

Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million usat.ly/1wl4gti via @fschouten

Oct 22, 2014

RT @SusanPage: Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million--and reserves TV time for LA Senate runoff. usat.ly/1wl4gti @fschouten

Oct 22, 2014

RT @SusanPage: Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million--and reserves TV time for LA Senate runoff. usat.ly/1wl4gti @fschouten

Oct 22, 2014

No one covers the Koch Brothers' campaign finance activities better than @fschouten. Another exclusive here. usat.ly/1wl4gti

Oct 22, 2014

RT @SusanPage: Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million--and reserves TV time for LA Senate runoff. usat.ly/1wl4gti @fschouten

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Pac-12 Networks’ Yogi Roth wants to turn a walk with his dad into a worldwide movement

ftw.usatoday.com — Yogi Roth has always been up for a unique journey. After growing up in the tiny northeast Pennsylvania town of Dalton (pop. 2500), Roth walked-on to the Pitt football team as a wide receiver in 2000. By the next season, he was on scholarship.
Oct 23, 2014

Pac-12 Networks' Yogi Roth wants to turn a walk with his dad into a worldwide movement usat.ly/1wsx445 ...getting dusty here.

Oct 23, 2014

A must read from @chris_strauss RT @ForTheWin: @YogiRoth wants to turn a walk with his dad into a worldwide movement usat.ly/1wsx445

Oct 23, 2014

Ex-Pitt WR & Pac 12 Networks personality @YogiRoth turned a long walk with his dad into a very cool film project. ftw.usatoday.com/2014/10/yogi-r…

U.S. misinformed Congress, public on immigrant release

usatoday.com — New records contradict the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records. New records contradict the Obama administration's assurances to Congress and the public that the 2,200 people it freed from immigration jails last year to save money had only minor criminal records.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @alangomez: Records shows that @wwwicegov misinformed Congress, public on release of immigrants usat.ly/ZH8foa via @usatoday by @bradheath

Oct 23, 2014

Records shows that @wwwicegov misinformed Congress, public on release of immigrants usat.ly/ZH8foa via @usatoday by @bradheath

Oct 23, 2014

RT @bradheath: Obama admin. freed immigrants with sex assault, kidnap records. not what it told Congress. usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

Oct 23, 2014

Must read RT @bradheath: Obama admin. freed immigrants with sex assault, kidnap records. not what it told Congress. usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

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White House guard dogs cleared for duty

usatoday.com — The two White House security dogs who helped subdue a fence jumper Wednesday night have been cleared for more duty after treatment for slight injuries, the Secret Service said Thursday morning. A veterinarian treated the two members of the canine unit -- Hurricane and Jordan -- for minor bruising, the service said in a statement.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @djusatoday: Hurricane and Jordan - the W. House dogs who stopped a fence jumper - are treated for minor injuries usat.ly/1tNx67Q via @usatoday

Oct 23, 2014

RT @djusatoday: Hurricane and Jordan - the W. House dogs who stopped a fence jumper - are treated for minor injuries usat.ly/1tNx67Q via @usatoday

Oct 23, 2014

Hurricane and Jordan - the W. House dogs who stopped a fence jumper - are treated for minor injuries usat.ly/1tNx67Q via @usatoday

North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes

usatoday.com — An independent investigator found evidence of 963 North Carolina football players and 226 men's basketball players enrolled in no-show classes beginning in 1999, a scheme designed to raise their grades and keep many of them eligible, according to a report released Wednesday. Kenneth Wainstein, a former U.S.
Oct 22, 2014

RT @DanWolken: Updated on the North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes usat.ly/1tLmpTs via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes usat.ly/1tLmpTs via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

RT @DanWolken: Updated on the North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes usat.ly/1tLmpTs via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

Updated on the North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes usat.ly/1tLmpTs via @usatoday

Oct 22, 2014

RT @DanWolken: North Carolina probe: Advisers steered athletes to bogus classes usat.ly/1tLmpTs via @usatoday

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Watch: Penguins fans sing ‘O Canada’ in touching tribute to Ottawa

ftw.usatoday.com — The Ottawa Senators' home game Wednesday was postponed in the wake of the shootings at Canada's Parliament, and to pay tribute to those in Ottawa on a tragic day, the Canadian national anthem was performed in Pittsburgh before the Flyers-Penguins game.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @morningmoneyben: We love to joke about our neighbors. But as Penguins fans made clear, you mess with Canada, you mess with the USA. usat.ly/1tMnnyM

Oct 23, 2014

RT @singernews: More reasons to love Pittsburgh: Penguins fans sing 'O Canada' in tribute to Ottawa usat.ly/1tMnnyM @YaJagoff

Oct 23, 2014

We love to joke about our neighbors. But as Penguins fans made clear, you mess with Canada, you mess with the USA. usat.ly/1tMnnyM

Oct 23, 2014

RT @MeredithFrost: Class act by the Pittsburgh Penguins: fans sing 'O Canada' in touching tribute to Ottawa - usat.ly/1tMnnyM pic.twitter.com/tPARh76ojf

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Student allowed to bring religious knife to class

usatoday.com — AUBURN, Wash. - Like all religions, the Sikh faith is steeped in tradition. One of the most revered is the carrying of a Kirpan, a sword or dagger, at all times. "People will even wear it in the shower. It's kind of hard for others to understand," said Jaswinder Singh, spokesman for the Gurudwara Sikh Center of Seattle.
Oct 23, 2014

Student allowed to bring religious knife to class... But are Bibles allowed? Not most places. What are your thoughts? usat.ly/1wmgDFz

Oct 23, 2014

"People will even wear it in the shower. It's kind of hard for others to understand." usat.ly/1wmgDFz

What the F?! Little girls drop F-bombs for feminism

usatoday.com — "What is more offensive -- a little girl saying (expletive) or the (expletive) unequal and sexist way society treats girls and women?" That's the question five little girls in princess dresses and tiaras ask in a video that is going viral and sparking controversy online both because of the R-rated content and because its origin is a for-profit T-shirt company.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @lindsdee: What the F?! Little girls drop F-bombs for feminism a video. It's getting controversy for the language and source - usat.ly/1sTevUh

Oct 23, 2014

What the F?! Little girls drop F-bombs for feminism a video. It's getting controversy for the language and source - usat.ly/1sTevUh

Boy scores striped shirt to keep yearbook streak alive

usatoday.com — LONGMONT, Colo. - Ah, school picture day. The day where moms, dads and schoolchildren across the country lay out their outfits the night before, perhaps agonizing over which garb to wear on the day captured in one wallet-sized photo that will live on for (almost) ever.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @npenzenstadler: This is hilarious - Boy scores striped shirt to keep yearbook streak alive usat.ly/1tNARu2 via @USATODAY

Oct 23, 2014

This is hilarious - Boy scores striped shirt to keep yearbook streak alive usat.ly/1tNARu2 via @USATODAY

Exclusive: Excerpt from Neil Gaiman's 'Trigger Warning'

usatoday.com — Neil Gaiman is here to warn you, literally. His new short story collection is titled Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances (William Morrow). The phrase is commonly used online to warn people about content that "could upset them and trigger flashbacks or anxiety or terror," as Gaiman describes in the introduction.
Oct 23, 2014

Check it, nerds: @Klawls has an exclusive excerpt from @neilhimself's new short story collection Trigger Warning usat.ly/1wm6Pvq

Oct 23, 2014

RT @neilhimself: The Cover of "Trigger Warning", out in Feb, and an extract from the introduction about the title and what it means: usatoday.com/story/life/boo…

Jobless aid applications rise to 283,000

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits rose last week after falling to a 14-year low the previous week. Despite the increase, weekly applications remain at historically low levels that suggest hiring is gaining steam. The Labor Department says applications rose 17,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 283,000.
Oct 23, 2014

RT @USATODAY: #BREAKING Jobless claims up 17,000 last week, but still at historically low levels usat.ly/1wmlLti

Oct 23, 2014

RT @USATODAY: #BREAKING Jobless claims up 17,000 last week, but still at historically low levels usat.ly/1wmlLti

TV tonight: 'Vampire Diaries,' 'Parenthood,' 'Murder'

usatoday.com — In their latest attempt to find their way home, Damon and Bonnie decide the answer lies somewhere in Damon's past, requiring him to relive one of the worst days in his life. And considering how long he's lived, that could encompass a lot of days.
Oct 23, 2014

On #HTGAWM, the astounding Viola Davis shows she knows how to get away with stillness: usat.ly/1wlSE9C via @usatoday

Turkey kidnap plot raises doubts about U.S. troop safety

usatoday.com — A bold yet ultimately unsuccessful kidnapping plot orchestrated by the Islamic State in Turkey raises new questions about the safety of U.S. troops and other American personnel stationed throughout the country.

Marvel has pretty much the perfect response to ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ trailer leak

entertainthis.usatoday.com — Marvel Studios had grand plans for the reveal of its first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, placing it on next week's Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for a whole corporate synergy thing plus maybe a little goosing of the show's ratings. Getting Robert Downey Jr. somehow in that hour of TV?