Most talked about USA Today stories

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

Ex-Viking Husain Abdullah penalized for post-touchdown prayer usat.ly/ZmgDKF via @forthewin

Sep 30, 2014

Kansas City Chiefs safety, a devout Muslim, penalized for praying after making a touchdown. usat.ly/1u8ARTl pic.twitter.com/juS8ODr7wp

Show 9 more tweets from Kyle Orland, Matthew Yglesias and others...

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

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

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 @by_mwashington: Police: Body of missing Ark. real estate agent found usat.ly/1vspuGg via @usatoday

Show 1 more tweet from Lorena Estrada

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.
Sep 30, 2014

Ebay to spin off PayPal into separate company usat.ly/YLNgA8 via @usatoday

Sep 30, 2014

eBay, PayPal splitting into two separate companies. Deal done by second half of next year usat.ly/1wU0gzE

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

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

Show 6 more tweets from Nicole Auerbach, Graham Couch and others...

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

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

Sep 30, 2014

RT @JessicaDurando: Striking NASA images: Fourth-largest lake nearly dried up usat.ly/YMcChm via @JolieLeeDC (NASA image) pic.twitter.com/cdDLJolg7q

Sep 30, 2014

Striking NASA images: Fourth-largest lake nearly dried up usat.ly/YMcChm via @JolieLeeDC (NASA image) pic.twitter.com/cdDLJolg7q

Federal doctor ratings face accuracy, value questions

usatoday.com — Consumers searching this fall for the best doctor covered by their new public or private insurance plan won't get very far on a federal database designed to rate physician quality.

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters and Beijing dig in heels

usatoday.com — HONG KONG - Thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong remain on the streets for a fourth day Tuesday in an unprecedented show of civil disobedience that shows no sign of abating. The protest was sparked by anger over China's refusal to allow the open selection of candidates for Hong Kong's leader, called the chief executive, in the city's first democratic election scheduled for 2017.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters remain on the streets for a 4th day: usat.ly/YKHqPE (P. Bronstein, Getty) pic.twitter.com/mAqf6zb0L1

Sep 30, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters remain on the streets for a 4th day: usat.ly/YKHqPE (P. Bronstein, Getty) pic.twitter.com/mAqf6zb0L1

Tuesday: Chicago flight schedules on the mend?

usatoday.com — Chicago flight schedules may be on the mend following a Friday fire at a Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control facility in Illinois. More than 170 flights - about 6% of the day's schedule - had been canceled at Chicago O'Hare as of 8:45 a.m. ET on Tuesday, according to flight-tracking firm FlightAware.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @TodayInTheSky: Tuesday: Chicago flight schedules on the mend? Cancellations higher than normal, but declining (so far) usat.ly/1po1NJi -

Sep 30, 2014

Tuesday: Chicago flight schedules on the mend? Cancellations higher than normal, but declining (so far) usat.ly/1po1NJi -

Tuesday's forecast: Rain across the U.S.

usatoday.com — The national weather forecast for Tuesday, September 30th calls for rain showers in the Rockies, evening showers on the Northeast Coast and cooler in the Rockies.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @usatodayvideo: Do you need an umbrella today? Only if you live in the U.S. @toppersweather has more on the rain. usat.ly/1rzUSA7

Sep 30, 2014

RT @usatodayvideo: Do you need an umbrella today? Only if you live in the U.S. @toppersweather has more on the rain. usat.ly/1rzUSA7

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.

Dallas hospital isolates possible Ebola patient

usatoday.com — DALLAS - A Dallas hospital is holding a patient in "strict isolation" as that person is being evaluated for possible exposure to the deadly Ebola virus. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas said in a statement Monday that the patient's symptoms and recent travel indicated a case of Ebola, the virus that has killed more than 3,000 people across West Africa and infected a handful of Americans who have traveled to that region.

U.S. prospects could dominate at 2015 NHL draft

usatoday.com — USA Hockey assistant executive director Jim Johannson believes five Americans could be taken in the first 10 picks of the 2015 draft. But he isn't sure who those five will be. "That's why this year is different," Johannson said. "There are probably seven or eight players with a chance to be in that group, depending on what happens this season."
Sep 29, 2014

RT @ByKevinAllen: My first installment of 10 U.S. draft prospects to watch. usat.ly/1vqYWFl via @usatoday

Sep 29, 2014

RT @ByKevinAllen: My first installment of 10 U.S. draft prospects to watch. usat.ly/1vqYWFl via @usatoday

Sep 29, 2014

RT @ByKevinAllen: My first installment of 10 U.S. draft prospects to watch. usat.ly/1vqYWFl via @usatoday

Sep 29, 2014

RT @ByKevinAllen: My first installment of 10 U.S. draft prospects to watch. usat.ly/1vqYWFl via @usatoday

Sep 29, 2014

My first installment of 10 U.S. draft prospects to watch. usat.ly/1vqYWFl via @usatoday

Latino voters could hold sway in 2014

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON- Latino voters have the potential to influence the midterm elections in two dozen U.S. House races and four battleground U.S. Senate races, but Latino advocates aren't sure they're going to bother to show up this year.
Sep 29, 2014

RT @SusanPage: Latino voters could hold sway in 2014 usat.ly/YIaxTy, inaugural story by our WashBuro intern @iamcharmaine via @usatoday

Sep 29, 2014

Latino voters could make a difference - if they show up usat.ly/YIaxTy via @_IAMCharmaine

Sep 29, 2014

Latino voters could hold sway in 2014 usat.ly/YIaxTy, inaugural story by our WashBuro intern @iamcharmaine via @usatoday

Sep 29, 2014

Latino voters could help sway 2 dozen House races and 4 Senate races, but turnout unknown @LatinoDecisions usat.ly/YIaxTy @usatoday

Show 1 more tweet from Susan Davis

Mike Leach says technology will bring about the end of the human species

ftw.usatoday.com — In a chilling look into the future of our species, Washington State football coach Mike Leach points to technology as the thing that will eventually destroy humanity. It's not quite the rise of the machines he's predicting, but rather a malaise that will grow from our reliance on technology that will eventually lead to a failure to procreate and then the demise of the human race.
Sep 29, 2014

RT @ForTheWin: Mike Leach says technology will bring about the end of the human species usat.ly/10fYo9G pic.twitter.com/uBCuX92Itg

Sep 29, 2014

Wash St. coach Mike Leach is both very funny and very scary in his take on the human condition: ftw.usatoday.com/2014/09/mike-l…

Sep 29, 2014

RT @ForTheWin: Mike Leach says technology will bring about the end of the human species usat.ly/10fYo9G pic.twitter.com/uBCuX92Itg

Sep 29, 2014

Also proud of this headline RT @ForTheWin Mike Leach says technology will bring about the end of the human species usat.ly/10fYo9G

Q&A: Kevin Durant on Thunder, Team USA, race relations

usatoday.com — OKLAHOMA CITY - By the time Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant was done dissecting his own uncertain future and all things NBA in a recent interview with USA TODAY Sports, this much was clear: he's not afraid to speak his mind these days.
Sep 30, 2014

RT @sam_amick: More from the OKC visit - a Q&A with Kevin Durant with the material (2,800 words or so) not in the story - http://t.co/171yz…

Sep 30, 2014

RT @sam_amick: Kevin Durant on race relations in the NBA, the looming possibility of a lockout, the Thunder's future & much more - http://t…

Sep 30, 2014

Kevin Durant on race relations in the NBA, the looming possibility of a lockout, the Thunder's future & much more - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Sep 30, 2014

More from the OKC visit - a Q&A with Kevin Durant with the material (2,800 words or so) not in the story - usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

More Stories