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  • Facebook users will soon be able to express a fuller range of emotions online with a set of new expressions and animated emojis. There's a throbbing heart for "Love," a fuming face for "Angry," a teary-eyed "Sad," a laughing "Haha," a surprised "Wow" and an eyes-closed smile for "Yay." Facebook unsurprisingly calls the new feature "Reactions."

    Facebook adds ‘Reactions’ to Like button feature

    LONDON — The Facebook “Like” officially has company — but it’s not a “Dislike” button. On Friday, Facebook users in Ireland and Spain will be able to express a fuller range of emotions online with a set of new expressions and animated emojis. There’s a throbbing heart for “Love,” a fuming face for “Angry,” a teary-eyed “Sad,” a laughing “Haha,” a surprised “Wow” and an eyes-closed smile for “Yay.” Facebook unsurprisingly calls the new feature “Reactions.” “We studied which comments […]

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    U.S. officials say Russian missiles heading for Syria landed in Iran

    WASHINGTON — A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday. Monitoring by U.S. military and intelligence assets has concluded that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran. One official said there may be casualties, but another official said this is not yet known. It’s unclear where in Iran the missiles landed. The Russian ships have been positioned in the […]

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    Eastern Kentucky University cancels classes, reschedules football game after threat on bathroom wall

    KENTUCKY — Graffiti on a bathroom wall — with the message “KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP” — prompted officials at Eastern Kentucky University to shut down the school into next week. Eastern Kentucky is moving its football game to ensure safety after a disturbing threat. — Sporting News (@sportingnews) October 7, 2015 The threatening vandalism was found Monday morning in the school’s Powell Building. The school’s president issued a statement later that day, acknowledging the message […]

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    King cobra missing more than a month found under dryer in Florida

    ORLANDO, Fla. — A Florida woman heard hissing under her dryer and knew it wasn’t the missing socks. Animal control arrived and found an 8-foot-long king cobra snuggled under her dryer. The deadly snake has been missing since early September when it escaped from its cage on reality star Mike Kennedy’s property on North Apopka Vineland Road. Kennedy is best known for his show “Airplane Repo.” After a series of storms, a limb fell on the house, where the snake’s cage is […]

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    Boy who killed girl over puppy got gun from unlocked closet, sheriff says

    WHITE PINE, Tenn. — As a Tennessee community prepares to bury a girl allegedly killed by an 11-year-old boy over a puppy, more details emerged about the gun used in the shooting. The preteen faces first-degree murder charges in the death of MaKayla “BooBah” Dyer, 8. He fired at her from his house Saturday, killing the girl who was in her yard, Jefferson County Sheriff Bud McCoig told The Washington Post. Where did he get a gun? The boy used […]

  • Mariah Idrissi, 23, is the first female Muslim model to be featured in an advert by retail giant H&M.

    H&M’s latest look: Hijab-wearing Muslim model stirs debate

    This the first time H&M, the world’s second largest retailer, has featured a Muslim model wearing a hijab in a video designed to encourage consumers to recycle their clothes. And, it’s opened up the debate on Muslims in fashion. As expected, the video, released earlier this month and entitled “Close the Loop,” is a slick production by the Swedish brand – urban scenes, stylish attire and models of various nationalities, genders and sizes. In fact, it was the Muslim woman’s […]

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    Waze app directions take woman to wrong address, where she is killed

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — The couple followed their Waze GPS app, thinking it would lead them to a touristy avenue in Niteroi, a large city across the bay from Rio de Janeiro. Instead, it led them to another street of the same name in Niteroi in one of the city’s most notorious slum areas. The woman was shot and killed. Regina Murmura, 70, a travel agent who had been using the Waze app while traveling through Niteroi with her […]

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    President Obama apologizes for airstrike that hit Doctors Without Borders hospital

    KUNDUZ, Afghanistan – President Obama is apologizing after a U.S. airstrike hit a hospital in Afghanistan, killing medical staff, patients and children. On Saturday, a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan was accidentally hit after Afghan forces called for air support from the military, according to U.S. officials. The bombing killed 12 medical personnel and 10 patients, including three children. The global charity group says another 37 people were wounded. On Wednesday, it was announced that President Obama called and […]

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    New 3,200-foot-high glass walkway cracks underneath visitors’ feet

    Walking on a glass walkway suspended 3,280 feet (1,000 meters) up a mountain is supposed to be terrifying — but not this terrifying. Just two weeks after it opened to a nervous public, a walkway in China’s central Henan province was evacuated after cracks appeared. Reports describe visitors running and screaming in panic as they saw the damage on the U-shaped path at Yuntaishan (Yuntai Mountain) Scenic Park. “Just witnessed a historic moment — Yuntaishan’s glass walkway is broken,” wrote […]


    Mom’s online posts about guns, autism paint picture of Oregon shooter’s family life

    ROSEBURG, Ore. – The apparent online writings of the mother of the man who killed nine people at a Umpqua Community College in Oregon discuss guns and the autism spectrum, painting a partial picture of the environment the family lived in, their beliefs and the challenges they faced. Online posts linked to Laurel Harper, mother of the gunman, are limited and incomplete, but they seem to indicate two things: that her son, Chris Harper-Mercer, had a developmental disorder, and that the […]

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    Orphaned baby possum snuggles toy kangaroo, warms hearts

    A baby brushtail possum found abandoned and dehydrated in a suburban neighborhood of Mosman, Australia is making a healthy recovery thanks to a veterinary nurse. The photos of the small marsupial cuddling a stuffed toy kangaroo has softened the hearts of internet users and earned praise for the efforts from the hospital. Nurse Felicity Evans nicknamed the female possum Bettina. The four-month-old was brought to Taronga Wildlife Hospital in September. Bettina received emergency first-aid and, since then, has been cared for […]