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Feb 15

Latest ‘American Girl’ comes to town

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It’s not just a doll, it’s a whole world of fantasy. And Fairfield University Bookstore got the chance to play host Saturday afternoon to the introduction of the latest American Girl.

Grace came to town this weekend — a modern American Girl with a flair for cooking and a love of all things Parisian — and a party and get-together at the bookstore drew over 100 girls and their dolls.

“I love it,” Ariana Johnston, 7, of Fairfield, said of the store party. “I like looking at the American Girl dolls books here and I like reading and it’s really, really awesome here.”

“Any girl can relate to American Girl,” said her mom, Rebecca Johnston.

“The bookstore was actually chosen by American Girl,” said Nancy Quinn, special events coordinator, who noted that Grace was “a modern American Girl who travels to Paris a lot.”

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Feb 15

Widow of ‘American Sniper’ testifies; recalls last call with Chris Kyle

By Admin | Features

he widow of the Navy SEAL depicted in the Oscar-nominated film “American Sniper” clutched military dog tags as she told jurors about her final moments with her husband, just hours before he and a friend were killed at a Texas gun range.

Taya Kyle was the first prosecution witness called Wednesday in the murder trial of the ex-Marine accused of fatally shooting Chris Kyle and his friend Chad Littlefield two years ago. The trial in the small town of Stephenville, located about 30 miles from the rural luxury resort where the men were killed, has attracted national attention with the recent release of the blockbuster movie based on the memoir of the sniper who served four tours in Iraq.

Defense attorneys are seeking an insanity defense for Eddie Ray Routh, 27, who faces life in prison without parole if convicted of capital murder. Kyle had taken the troubled Marine to the shooting range after Routh’s mother asked Kyle if he could help him.

VIDEO: PTSD on trial in ‘American Sniper’ murder case?

Taya Kyle paused and then her voice broke when a prosecutor asked her to give jurors the name of the man she’d married. But her testimony was conversational and compelling and she often looked straight at jurors as she talked about him, smiling when she said he had attended Tarleton State University in Stephenville before leaving to ride broncos in the rodeo and later joining the Navy. Some of the jury members were brought to tears.

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Feb 15

Anchorman Can’t Stop Laughing Over Latest Dubious Claims from Brian Williams

By Admin | Features

There was a telling media moment on Friday’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, as the Fox Business host dissolved into a fit of uncontrollable laughter as he recounted the latest questionable claims from suspended NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams.

By the time Dobbs had finished reading the 30-second update, he was laughing so hard he could barely speak. The spontaneous giggles say as much as anything about how Williams’s pompous persona has deflated over the past two weeks, as the once-top rated anchor has sunk to Commander McBragg levels of incredibility.

Here’s the video followed by the relevant transcript (but in this case, it’s all about the video):

Feb 15

Arrium the latest Australian miner to be stung by take-or-pay rail contracts

By Admin | Features

Arrium Ltd will continue to pay for rail access long after it shuts a group of loss-making mines in South Australia, in the latest example of Australian miners being stung by “take-or-pay” rail contracts.

Arrium recently confirmed it would close its Southern Iron mines near Coober Pedy in the first half of 2015, on the back of steep declines in iron ore prices that have rendered the assets unviable.

Located 600 kilometres from Whyalla port, rail access was a crucial part of the operation and the previous owner of the mine, WPG Resources, arranged the rail contracts with United States company Genesee & Wyoming at the height of the iron ore boom in 2011.

Arrium adjusted the haulage volumes when it inherited the rail contracts in mid-2012 but it did not adjust the length of the contracts, which are believed to run until mid-2017.

Feb 15

Latest News: Cybersecurity, David Carr, Fifty Shades

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Here’s what you need to know:

• Focus on cybersecurity.

President Obama is expected to announce an executive order to ease the sharing of cyberthreat information between the government and corporations as he meets with tech leaders and students at Stanford.

An annual review by intelligence officials last year found that cyberattacks eclipsed terrorism as the No. 1 threat to U.S. national security.

• No signs of peace in Ukraine.

One day after a cease-fire agreement was reached, there were reports of new shelling in eastern cities held by Russian-backed separatists. Ukraine’s military said today that eight of its soldiers had died in the past 24 hours.

The cease-fire is set to begin Sunday, just after midnight local time, but many questions and doubts still linger.

• Clarity in Alabama.

A federal judge in the state has ruled that local probate judges cannot refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

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Feb 15

Roman Reigns, Sting and Latest WWE News and Rumors from Ring Rust Radio

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When Daniel Bryan defeated Seth Rollins on Raw a couple weeks ago, he earned the right to face Roman Reigns at Fastlane with the No. 1 contendership for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship on the line. Despite the fact that both Reigns and Bryan are faces, there was plenty of heat between them on Raw as the build toward Fastlane kicked into another gear.

Pitting two faces against one another and creating a compelling story can be very difficult, but it is clear WWE is committed to making Reigns versus Bryan work.

The Authority forced the two Superstars to team up twice on Raw, and there were predictably some issues along the way. At one point, Bryan accidentally dropkicked Reigns. Following the main event, they exchanged words and got into a shoving match, and Reigns ultimately speared the leader of the Yes! Movement.

Reigns and Bryan teamed up once again on SmackDown to run through a Tag Team Turmoil match that concluded when they defeated Big Show and Kane. Although they were able to coexist to some degree, it was obvious throughout the match that they were trying to one-up each other.

Both men desperately want to challenge Brock Lesnar for the title at WrestleMania, and they have shown no misgivings about going through each other in order to do so.

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Feb 15

Latest New England Blizzard Could Be More Dangerous Than Past Storms

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There’s no painless way to put this for snow-choked New England: Get ready for “12 hours of hell,” warns Tom Moore, a meteorologist with The Weather Channel.

While the region has grown accustomed to record snow this winter, the “fierce storm” descending on the Northeast this weekend could be more dangerous than the previous three storms, he told NBC News. A blizzard warning will apply to parts of New England from about midnight Saturday to noon Sunday.

This latest storm doesn’t necessarily “look sexy as far as numbers,” Moore said, adding that areas such as Boston are expecting about 9 inches of snow compared with measurements in feet during the previous storms. But the wind and extremely low temperatures that will accompany the bitter blast in parts of Massachusetts and Maine are the elements “I fear the most,” Moore said.

During the “last storm, you could stay outside and shovel,” Moore said. This time around, wind gusts could reach 75 mph, according to Weather.com, making it virtually impossible for plows to clear the roads due to whiteout conditions. Temperatures will fall below and around zero — as much as 35 degrees below average even for February — according to the National Weather Service. This could cause hazards for people unable to shovel out of their homes, who are likely to lose heat and electricity because of the heavy winds, Moore warned.

Bill Simpson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, also said that snow amounts aren’t expected to compare with the previous big storms. “But still, when you have 8 to 14 inches of snow, wind driven-snow, the cold air and the snow that is already there — it’s probably going to be very difficult for a lot of people,” he said.

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Feb 15

Ashley Young Contract: Latest News, Rumours on Talks with Manchester United

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Manchester United have opened negotiations with Ashley Young with a view to extending the midfielder’s stay at Old Trafford.

Young’s current contract is set to expire next summer, and according to ESPN FC’s Peter O’Rourke, the Red Devils are keen to tie down his talents for the long term after showing marked improvement this season:

The winger has established himself as a key figure for Louis van Gaal this season after being linked with a move away from Old Trafford last summer. The England international has been used in an unfamiliar wing-back role by Van Gaal, but has impressed in the defensive position with the Dutch coach using a 3-5-2 formation at times this season.

The 29-year-old fell down United’s pecking order in recent seasons, but he’s shown remarkable versatility to offer new potential as a malleable conduit between defence and midfield this season.

The Guardian‘s Noorruddean Choudry even goes as far as to say the once outcast wide man could be the key to United finishing among the Premier League’s top four this season:

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Feb 15

The Latest Body Part for Women to Fix

By Admin | Features

A FEW years ago I got a Groupon for laser hair removal.

Sitting in the waiting room, I saw a couple: a pretty girl in the lap of an older, well-groomed, hair-gelled guy. When the nurse called the young woman’s name they both stood up, the guy asking, shyly, if it would be O.K. if he came in, too.

I couldn’t figure it out. Was watching your beloved get her chin or upper lip zapped some kind of erotic experience beyond the range of my imagination?

“What else do you guys do here?” I asked a nurse, who whispered, “Vaginal reconstruction.”

Oh.

At 44, I am old enough to remember when reconstruction was something you read about in history class, when a muffin top was something delicious you ate at the bakery, a six-pack was how you bought your beer, camel toe was something one might glimpse at the zoo, a Brazilian was someone from the largest country in South America and terms like thigh gap and bikini bridge would be met with blank looks.

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Feb 15

Warnings Over Cold, Wind as Latest Storm Socks Northeast

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Boston instituted a parking ban Saturday and officials announced mass transit would shut down as the snow-socked city prepared for yet another winter storm, it’s fourth in less than 30 days. The city could get eight inches of and see wind gusts of 75 mph, forecasters said.

Blizzard conditions and high winds are forecast for the Northeast, and parts of eastern parts of Maine could see an extra 18 inches, forecasters at The Weather Channel said. Winter storm watches were in place as far south as Atlanta and the northern parts of Alabama and Mississippi.

Bands of heavy snow were falling across Rhode Island Saturday night as the storm pushed towards northern new England, the National Weather Service said. Parts of Long Island had already recorded close to three inches of snow by 9 p.m. ET and Waterbury, Connecticut, saw three inches as the storm moved in, the NWS said.

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