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White House: Intel agencies examinig Islamic State execution video

White House: Intel agencies examinig Islamic State execution video

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) --The White House has issued an interim response to a graphic video posted online of U.S. journalist James Wright Foley being beheaded by the Islamic State.
JC Finley
American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State

American photojournalist James Wright Foley executed by Islamic State

DAMASCUS, Syria, Aug. 19 (UPI) --American photojournalist James Wright Foley, who was kidnapped in 2012 while reporting from Syria, has purportedly been beheaded by Islamic State militants.
JC Finley
No joke: Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $16.2M for ALS research

No joke: Ice Bucket Challenge has raised $16.2M for ALS research

WASHINGTON, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Beyond the videos, memes and headlines, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has managed to raise over $16 million to aid in the fight against Lou Gehrig's disease.
Matthew Bradwell
Albino crocodile named for Michael Jackson shot dead after eating fisherman

Albino crocodile named for Michael Jackson shot dead after eating fisherman

DARWIN, Australia, Aug. 19 (UPI) --An extremely rare albino-headed crocodile named for deceased pop legend Michael Jackson was killed in Australia after he ate a fisherman in front of his wife.
Matt Bradwell
Whale spotted in Virginia's Elizabeth River

Whale spotted in Virginia's Elizabeth River

NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 19 (UPI) --The U.S. Coast Guard is trying to alert boaters in Virginia's Elizabeth River to the possible presence of a 30 to 40 foot whale.
Brooks Hays
4.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Oklahoma City

4.2-magnitude earthquake shakes Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Oklahoma City residents received an early morning shock on Tuesday as a 4.2-magnitude earthquake hit the area.
Matt Bradwell
Haim releases cameo-packed clip for 'My Song 5' remix ft. A$AP Ferg

Haim releases cameo-packed clip for 'My Song 5' remix ft. A$AP Ferg

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 19 (UPI) --Haim released a celebrity-infused video for the remix of their single "My Song 5" featuring A$AP Ferg on Friday.
Veronica Linares
Google to launch music streaming service called YouTube Music Key

Google to launch music streaming service called YouTube Music Key

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 19 (UPI) --Google will offer a new music streaming subscription service that will be called YouTube Music Key as a subscription-based, ad free service.
Ananth Baliga
Taylor Swift announces plans for her first 'official' pop music album

Taylor Swift announces plans for her first 'official' pop music album

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Country singer Taylor Swift has announced plans for the release of her first "official' pop music album, 1989, and released the video for single "Shake it Off."
Karen Butler
Steve Ballmer pumps up Clippers fans for new regime

Steve Ballmer pumps up Clippers fans for new regime

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) --After a months long battle with disgraced former owner Donald Sterling, Steve Ballmer is finally the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
Matt Bradwell
Microscopic lens captures first ever video of a jellyfish sting

Microscopic lens captures first ever video of a jellyfish sting

TOWNSVILLE, Australia, Aug. 18 (UPI) --A new viral video shows for the first time ever the dozens of microscopic needles that shoot from jellyfish into their victims.
Matt Bradwell
Three pairs of 'Zoo Jeans' ripped by lions and tigers sell for a combined $3,500

Three pairs of 'Zoo Jeans' ripped by lions and tigers sell for a combined $3,500

HITACHI CITY, Japan, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Three pairs of jeans "custom ripped" by lions, tigers and bears sold for a combined $3,500 at a Japanese auction in July.
Matthew Bradwell
Selena Gomez grieves in first trailer for 'Rudderless'

Selena Gomez grieves in first trailer for 'Rudderless'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Selena Gomez mourns the death of her boyfriend alongside his father (Billy Crudup) and mother (Felicity Huffman) in William H. Macy's "Rudderless."
Annie Martin
John Oliver criticizes Ferguson police's handling of Michael Brown's death

John Oliver criticizes Ferguson police's handling of Michael Brown's death

NEW YORK, Aug. 18 (UPI) --John Oliver recapped the events following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, criticizing the town's history of race relations and police militarization.
Aileen Graef
Philadelphia park ranger attack caught on tape

Philadelphia park ranger attack caught on tape

PHILADELPHIA, Aug. 18 (UPI) --Police are seeking a skateboarder who was filmed attacking a Philadelphia park ranger at the city's famous Love Park Friday.
Gabrielle Levy
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