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January 16, 2015

Hacked news companies tweet Chinese fired on U.S. warship

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The Twitter accounts of the New York Post and United Press International were hacked Friday. Both companies tweeted that a war had broken out between the United States and China. At 1 p.m. ET, the Twitter (TWTR, Tech30) accounts of both companies reported that the Chinese military had fired a missile on a U.S. warship, sparking a full-blown battle. They also claimed the U.S. Federal Reserve was to make an…

Kentucky ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ teens on the run

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Two missing Kentucky residents have ditched one stolen vehicle in Georgia and might have switched to another, Grayson County, Ky., Sheriff Norman Chaffins said Thursday. Cheyenne Phillips, 13, and Dalton Hayes, 18, have been missing from Grayson County since early this month. And Chaffins says he’s getting increasingly concerned because they could be headed into serious trouble. “I don’t think they know where they are going, to be honest with…

Is Barack Obama killing the State of the Union?

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Mess with the Republicans. Keep up momentum. Accept that it takes more than a speech in front of a joint session of Congress to get most Americans, and certainly much of the Washington establishment, to care anymore. That’s the logic that led the White House to kill the State of the Union. Story Continued Below Not completely, of course. Next Tuesday night, the 30 million-or-so people who tune in will…

The Real GOP Split on Immigration

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CLEVELAND, Ohio—Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, a conservative Republican, tends to fall in lock step with his political brethren on most hot-button issues. He is firmly anti-abortion and signed into law certain late-term abortions in the state. He believes strongly in gun rights and was endorsed in the last election by the National Rifle Association. But on immigration reform, Snyder dramatically parts with the GOP pack. “Our country needs a long-term,…

Joni Ernst makes the cut to rebut Obama’s big speech

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HERSHEY, Pa. — Joni Ernst promised last year to make Washington “squeal.” On Tuesday, she’ll have her chance. Ernst, who pulled off a resounding victory in last fall’s Iowa Senate race after a memorable television ad about castrating hogs, will deliver the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address next week. Story Continued Belo The decision by GOP leaders to select the former state senator, who…

Ohio State’s post-game ‘revelers’ re-imagined as Grambling State’s post-game ‘rioters’

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I read an Associated Press piece about what happened after Ohio State University’s football team won the national title. Students took to the streets and set 89 fires and basically set things off. OSU is a predominantly white school, and you can definitely tell by how this incident is being reported in the media. News stories have taken to using a passive voice to describe what happened, making it seem like…

VH1 bringing ‘Sorority Sisters’ season to a quick end

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — VH1 is pushing the debut season of “Sorority Sisters” to a quick end after facing criticism for the reality show’s depiction of black sorority members. The channel said that the last three of 10 episodes will air back-to-back Friday. The move is intended to satisfy viewer interest by bringing the cast’s stories full circle, VH1 said. A special episode, “Sorority Sisters The Dialogue,” which featured the…

The Oscars shut out black actors and directors

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The Academy Awards started in 1929 to celebrate the best achievements in Hollywood, which just so happened to exclude black actors. Today, after seeing the 87th annual Academy Award nominations, it feels like the 1920s all over again. The Oscars missed out on the chance to make history and nominate its first black female director, Ava DuVernay, for her Golden Globe-nominated work on Selma. The film’s star, David Oyelowo, also was…