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Tony Stewart: 'It will affect me forever'

usatoday.com — Tony Stewart said ''this has been one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with, both professionally and personally. It will affect me forever," in his opening remarks from Atlanta Motor Speedway. He reached out to Kevin Ward Jr.'s family, calling each member by name and said ''I want them to know I'm thinking about them and praying for them."
Aug 29, 2014

For Tony Stewart, 'all about this healing process' usat.ly/1pqlOUp via @wusa9

Aug 29, 2014

RT @HeatherR_Tucker: .@nateryan Tony Stewart returns to start healing process. Accident 'will affect my life forever' usat.ly/1pqlOUp via @USATODAYsports

Aug 29, 2014

.@nateryan Tony Stewart returns to start healing process. Accident 'will affect my life forever' usat.ly/1pqlOUp via @USATODAYsports

Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAY: #BREAKING Tony Stewart says ''this has been one of the toughest tragedies I've ever had to deal with" usat.ly/1wOr1JG

Aug 29, 2014

Tony Stewart: Accident 'will affect my life forever' usat.ly/1pqlOUp via @usatoday

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U.K. raises terror threat level to 'severe'

usatoday.com — The United Kingdom raised its terror threat level to "severe" in response to events in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May said Friday. There is no specific threat or information suggesting an attack is imminent, May said, however the second-highest threat level of "severe," indicates a terrorist attack is "highly likely."
Aug 29, 2014

U.K. raises terror threat level to 'severe' usat.ly/1ppzVsU via @usatoday

Aug 29, 2014

Not what you want to hear if you're traveling internationally soon. usatoday.com/story/news/wor…

Aug 29, 2014

U.K. raises terror threat level to 'severe' usat.ly/1ppzVsU via @usatoday

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NFL suspends Aldon Smith nine games

usatoday.com — The NFL has suspended San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith for the first nine games of the season following multiple off-field incidents, the league announced Friday. Smith, 24, pleaded no contest in May to three felony charges of possessing illegal assault rifles and misdemeanor DUI, stemming from separate incidents in 2012 and 2013.
Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAYsports: NFL suspends 49ers Aldon Smith for nine games following multiple off-field incidents: usat.ly/1pRoNVh pic.twitter.com/otQvbwKtBp

Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAYsports: NFL suspends 49ers Aldon Smith for nine games following multiple off-field incidents: usat.ly/1pRoNVh pic.twitter.com/otQvbwKtBp

Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAYsports: NFL suspends 49ers Aldon Smith for nine games following multiple off-field incidents: usat.ly/1pRoNVh pic.twitter.com/otQvbwKtBp

Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAYsports: NFL suspends 49ers Aldon Smith for nine games following multiple off-field incidents: usat.ly/1pRoNVh pic.twitter.com/otQvbwKtBp

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Y Combinator to recruit more black entrepreneurs

usatoday.com — Y Combinator, the influential incubator of startups in Silicon Valley, says it's stepping up efforts to recruit black entrepreneurs. SAN FRANCISCO -- Y Combinator is launching a recruiting drive to get more black entrepreneurs into Silicon Valley's No. 1 boot camp for start-ups. Less than 1% of entrepreneurs who apply to Y Combinator are black.
Aug 29, 2014

RT @Jason: Awesome leadership yc! “@thekenyeung: Y Combinator wants to back more African American entrepreneurs usatoday.com/story/tech/201… (via @jguynn)”

Aug 29, 2014

RT @MoniqueWoodard: I'm excited to see this happen. > Y Combinator to recruit more black entrepreneurs usatoday.com/story/tech/201… via @USATODAY

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Gluck: NASCAR granting Tony Stewart waiver clouds rule

usatoday.com — NASCAR officials never like to get too specific about their rules, lest they back themselves into a corner about decisions like the one they made Friday. Thanks to a NASCAR wavier, Tony Stewart will now be eligible for the Chase for the Sprint Cup despite missing three races.

NFL toughens its stance on domestic violence

usatoday.com — The NFL is toughening its stance on domestic violence. In a letter sent to every NFL owner on Thursday, Commissioner Roger Goodell announced enhanced discipline under the personal conduct policy that will result in a six-game suspension for a first offense and a lifetime ban for a second offense committed by any NFL employee.
Aug 28, 2014

Good,important step/Took agitation & pressure/ NFL toughens its stance on domestic violence usat.ly/1tP1BHk

Aug 28, 2014

Petition for reinstatement? How about a lifetime ban for domestic violence means a lifetime ban, @NFL? usatoday.com/story/sports/n…

Aug 28, 2014

RT @ByJoeFleming: NFL toughens its stance on domestic violence usat.ly/1tP1BHk via @usatoday

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Plastic bag ban passes California Assembly

usatoday.com — SACRAMENTO - The California Assembly has approved legislation that would impose the nation's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. SB270 passed on a 44-29 vote Thursday after failing to advance earlier in the week. It now heads to the Senate, where it must be approved by Sunday. Democratic Sen.
Aug 29, 2014

The AP has some pretty nice photos of crappy plastic bags. Thankfully, as I happened to need one to illustrate this: usatoday.com/story/news/nat…

Aug 29, 2014

This is something Nevada needs to consider. Plastic bag ban passes California Assembly usat.ly/1tR3GCk via @usatoday

Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Plastic bag ban passes California Assembly on second try: usat.ly/1tR3GCk (Rich Pedroncelli, AP) pic.twitter.com/4ddhCfPb2v

Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Plastic bag ban passes California Assembly on second try: usat.ly/1tR3GCk (Rich Pedroncelli, AP) pic.twitter.com/4ddhCfPb2v

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State fair scandal: Winning pie used store-bought crust

usatoday.com — LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A blue ribbon is at stake as Kentucky State Fair officials investigate whether a store-bought crust was used to create this year's prize-winning buttermilk pie. Linda Horton, a 67-year-old retired factory worker who sweetly shared her recipe with Courier-Journal readers this week, did not return phone calls immediately Friday morning seeking comment.
Aug 29, 2014

When you make it at home, it's home made. I'm sure the butter and eggs were store-bought too. @Pillsbury usat.ly/1tTmBN8

Aug 29, 2014

State fair scandal: Winning pie used store-bought crust usat.ly/1tTmBN8

Rehabbing Mariners DH throws ice cream sandwich at team scout in bizarre confrontation

ftw.usatoday.com — Things have not gone well for Jesus Montero since the Mariners acquired him from the Yankees in a trade for pitcher Michael Pineda before the 2012 season. Once considered one of the top prospects in all of baseball, the catcher/DH struggled in his first taste of full-time play in the Majors that year, then missed time due to a knee injury and a suspension for involvement in the Biogenesis scandal in 2013.
Aug 29, 2014

Rehabbing #MLB player in the minors throws ice cream sandwich at scout. What a waste of an ice cream sandwich. usat.ly/1zSLj0H

Aug 29, 2014

RT @jenconnic: Gotta agree with @OGTedBerg: What a waste of an ice cream sandwich. ftw.usatoday.com/2014/08/jesus-… (Seriously, who does this to someone?)

Aug 29, 2014

Gotta agree with @OGTedBerg: What a waste of an ice cream sandwich. ftw.usatoday.com/2014/08/jesus-… (Seriously, who does this to someone?)

Aug 29, 2014

RT @ninamandell: In which @OGTedBerg focuses on the important things: The wasting of a perfectly good ice cream sandwich usat.ly/1pcwgIZ

Aug 29, 2014

In which @OGTedBerg focuses on the important things: The wasting of a perfectly good ice cream sandwich usat.ly/1pcwgIZ

American Airlines back on Orbitz

usatoday.com — Three days after American Airlines pulled its flight listings from Orbitz, the online travel agency announced Friday that it had reached an agreement to again list the carrier's fares.

McConnell's campaign chief resigns amid scandal

usatoday.com — LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Sen. Mitch McConnell's campaign manager resigned Friday after reports that he had emerged as a figure in an endorsement scandal during the 2012 Iowa presidential caucus. Jesse Benton e-mailed the following statement on Friday evening: "There is no more important cause for both Kentucky, my new home I have come to love, and our country than electing Mitch McConnell Majority Leader of the United States Senate.
Aug 29, 2014

Mitch McConnell's campaign manager has resigned after reports he was involved in an Iowa pay-for-endorsement scandal usat.ly/1tUzSF6

5 things you need to know Friday

usatoday.com — NATO says satellite images, taken by the independent firm Digital Globe, show Russian combat forces, armed with heavy weapons, engaged in military operations inside Ukrainian territory.(Photo: DigitalGlobe via SHAPE) Amid mounting accusations that Russian forces have invaded Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin called for the release of Ukrainian soldiers who have become surrounded by pro-Russian separatists.
Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAY: After 30 years, "Ghostbusters" get the call for theatrical re-release: usat.ly/1tRvPtb (Columbia Pictures) pic.twitter.com/gpa2d4O3LO

Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAY: After 30 years, "Ghostbusters" get the call for theatrical re-release: usat.ly/1tRvPtb (Columbia Pictures) pic.twitter.com/gpa2d4O3LO

Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAY: After 30 years, "Ghostbusters" get the call for theatrical re-release: usat.ly/1tRvPtb (Columbia Pictures) pic.twitter.com/gpa2d4O3LO

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A guide to which NBA players are playing in the FIBA World Cup

ftw.usatoday.com — NBA, meet world. The FIBA World Cup is chock-full of NBA talent this year, with 50 players and free agents representing 18 different countries at the tournament. The United States leads the pack with 12 NBA representatives, and only six nations feature no NBA'ers at all.

Ft. Hood shooter asks to be 'citizen' of Islamic State

usatoday.com — The man convicted in the shooting rampage at Fort Hood in 2009 that left 13 dead is asking to become a "citizen" of the Islamic State in a letter to the militant group's leader. Nidal Hasan, 43, the army psychiatrist sentenced to death last year by a military jury, addressed his letter to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who heads the Islamic State, Fox News reported.
Aug 29, 2014

RT @USATODAY: Nidal Hasan, convicted of killing 13 at Fort Hood, wants to be an Islamic State "citizen" usat.ly/1pppTIs (AP) pic.twitter.com/OLjIY33mP4

Aug 29, 2014

Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan asks to be 'citizen' of Islamic State in letter. usat.ly/1pppTIs (Photo: AP) pic.twitter.com/kK2CM2xQku

Aug 29, 2014

Pennsylvania, under GOP governor, gets approval to expand Medicaid under Obamacare using so-called private option usat.ly/1B0Kvte

Aug 29, 2014

RT @jimdao: #forthood mass shooter Nidal Hasan wants to become a citizen of ISIS's Islamic State. usat.ly/1B0Kvte

Aug 29, 2014

RT @jimdao: #forthood mass shooter Nidal Hasan wants to become a citizen of ISIS's Islamic State. usat.ly/1B0Kvte

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Weed-eating herd returns to Chicago O'Hare

usatoday.com — They're back and they're hungry. And they're not picky eaters. A herd of 37 goats, sheep, llamas and burros are in residence at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport munching on poison ivy, noxious weeds and other unwanted vegetation along creeks, streams and roadway right-of-ways on airport property.
Aug 29, 2014

RT @TodayInTheSky: A herd of 37 goats, sheep, llamas and burros has taken up residence at Chicago's O'Hare (@fly2ohare) usat.ly/VWsCMh -

Aug 29, 2014

A herd of 37 goats, sheep, llamas and burros has taken up residence at Chicago's O'Hare (@fly2ohare) usat.ly/VWsCMh -

Aug 29, 2014

They're back and they're hungry. @fly2ohare has a herd of animals keeping back the weed. ow.ly/AScj1

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