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  • Anthony Davis and his famous unibrow (Gerald Herbert/AP)

    Kentucky basketball star Anthony Davis is widely expected to be the number one selection in this Thursday's NBA draft. But he's already locked down one unique distinction: filing a trademark over his unibrow.

    "I don't want anyone to try to grow a unibrow because of me and then try to make money off of it," Davis told CNBC. "Me and my family decided to trademark it because it's very unique."

    In addition to registering the likeness of his eyebrow hair, Davis has trademarked the phrases "Fear the Brow" and "Raise The Brow."

    Basketball figures have a history of using trademark law to cash in on popular sports phrases. In 1988, then-Los Angeles Lakers coach Pat Riley trademarked the phrases "3-peat" and "three-peat," which reference a team winning three consecutive championships.

    Davis says he refuses to trim the unibrow because, "everyone's talking about it," though he admits he has been pressured to groom it to two brows. And though Davis recently signed on with the Wasserman Media Group, he says fans shouldn't expect any razor endorsements in the near future.

    "I might have a commercial where I'm acting like I'm shaving it and then I'll throw the razor down," he said.

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  • Sherman Hines walks into his historic house in Nova Scotia. ( Sherman Hines purchased his Nova Scotia home for just CA$15,000 in 1982. Now, he and his wife are selling the restored 7-room home for CA$2 million. And he'd prefer you turn it into a museum.

    But it's not a case of ego run wild. In truth, the home itself is a piece of history. Hines discovered that the home was one of the oldest in Canada, having been built in 1699 by French missionaries.

    "As far as I can find in any research I have done, it is the oldest building east of Quebec City," Hines told the CBC.

    When Hines first toured the 300-year-old house, he found it in disarray.

    "We drove up and I crawled around in this basement, it was full of mud and debris," he said. "I was doing kind of a duck walk around, I couldn't stand up, and I fell in love with it."

    After researching through historical maps, Hines realized the building had once been used by the French as a fortified church to protect them against British military forces. In the 30 years since purchasing the building, Hines has restored it to its former conditions and even used as much period furniture as possible.

    "Part of my fun is saving the buildings, the other part is finding the materials to fix them up with," Hines said.

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  • Kodi the Kitten takes his owner for a walk (YouTube)Kodi the Kitten has provided a helpful tutorial video for his feline friends, "How to Walk Your Human."

    It's the latest informative message from the Adventures of Shorty & Kodi, two precious cats who love being in front of the camera.

    The seven-step system begins with "Establish dominance over the leash" and includes helpful reminders, such as "Step 3: Walk in front of them so they know you're in charge. (Also funny if they fall)"

    The video is especially entertaining for any cat owners who have attempted the seemingly futile task of taking their cat out for a walk on a leash. After all, once a cat knows it can go outside, what's to stop it from wanting to go outside all the time?

    And if you're skeptical as to whether walking your cat is an achievable dream, check out this heartwarming New York Times story, in which "My Cat From Hell" host Jackson Galaxy helps teach Mac the cat to learn to love the leash.

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  • Oregon sues Oracle, claiming fraud over failed Obamacare website

    By Teresa Carson PORTLAND Ore. (Reuters) - The state of Oregon sued Oracle America Inc. and six of its top executives Friday, accusing the software giant of fraud for failing to deliver a working website for the Affordable Care Act program. The 126-page lawsuit, filed in Marion County Circuit Court, claims that fraud, lying and "a pattern of racketeering" by Oracle cost the state and its Cover Oregon program hundreds of millions of dollars. Oregon paid Oracle about $240.3 million for a system that never worked, the suit said. Oracle issued a statement saying the suit "is a desperate attempt to deflect blame from Cover Oregon and the governor for their failures to manage a complex IT project.

  • James Foley's Family Releases ISIL's Final Email About Their Son
    James Foley's Family Releases ISIL's Final Email About Their Son

    ISIL, the terrorist organization behind the tragic execution of American journalist James Foley, sent the Foley family and his employer, GlobalPost, only two communications, both sent via email. The Foley family has now made the second email public, which we have reprinted in full below. Christopher Voss, a Georgetown University professor who spent 24 years as a lead hostage negotiator for the FBI and is now the CEO of Black Swan Group, a company which applies hostage negotiation strategy to business negotiation, told The Wire in a phone interview that a number as high as $100 million is, in fact, the opposite of an attempt at negotiation. 

  • Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack
    Sunnis pull out of Iraq talks after mosque attack

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Sunni lawmakers pulled out of talks on forming a new Iraqi government after militants attacked a Sunni mosque in a volatile province outside Baghdad during Friday prayers, killing at least 64 people.

  • Scientist Dawkins in Twitter storm over Down's Syndrome
    Scientist Dawkins in Twitter storm over Down's Syndrome

    Scientist Richard Dawkins apologised on Thursday for causing a "feeding frenzy" on Twitter after he said it would be immoral not to abort a foetus with Down's Syndrome. Dawkins, who has been at the centre of a series of controversies on social media, responded to a user who said they would face a "real ethical dilemma" if they discovered they were expecting a baby with Down's Syndrome.

  • Hamas Executes 18 Suspected Informants By Firing Squad, Public Shooting
    Hamas Executes 18 Suspected Informants By Firing Squad, Public Shooting

    One day after Israel killed three top Hamas commanders, the radical group executed 18 Palestinian men it had suspected of collaborating with Israel. A witness and Hamas media say that masked gunmen have killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers." According to Hamas, another 11 men were shot to death  at the police headquarters in Gaza City after being sentenced to death in Gaza courts. Hamas declares beginning of campaign 'Strangling Necks' to combat 'collaborators.' 18 summarily executed since Friday morning. — Khaled Abu Toameh (@KhaledAbuToameh) August 22, 2014

  • Some tests near Imperial's Canada mine spill show high copper

    (Reuters) - A small number of water samples taken near the site of a major spill at Imperial Metals Corp's Mount Polley mine have shown copper levels high enough to pose a risk to fish, British Columbia officials said on Friday, but the copper did not exceed drinking water guidelines. Two samples taken deep in Quesnel Lake on Aug. 12 showed high concentrations of copper, 134 micrograms per liter and 217 micrograms per liter, according to documents posted by the province on Friday. To meet water quality guidelines for even short-term or "acute" exposure for fish, copper levels should be 8.5 micrograms per liter or less. Four other samples narrowly exceeded chronic or acute guidelines for copper exposure by aquatic life.

  • Americans among 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria: US
    Americans among 12,000 foreign fighters in Syria: US

    Some 12,000 foreign jihadists from 50 countries, including Americans, have gone to fight in Syria since the conflict began, the US State Department said Thursday. A US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, estimated that more than 100 US citizens have traveled or tried to travel to Syria to join the conflict. They have traveled to join radical groups including the Islamic State (IS), militants fighting the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria who have expanded into neighboring Iraq. "We think that there are approximately 12,000 fighters from at least 50 countries in Syria -- foreign fighters, including a small number of Americans -- that may have traveled to Syria since the beginning of the conflict" more than three years ago, said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf.

  • Gaza gunmen execute 'collaborators'; mortar kills Israeli boy
    Gaza gunmen execute 'collaborators'; mortar kills Israeli boy

    Hamas-led gunmen in Gaza executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel on Friday, accelerating a crackdown on suspected informers after Israeli forces tracked down and killed three senior Hamas commanders. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatened to escalate the fight against Hamas, vowing the group would "pay a heavy price" after a four-year-old Israeli boy was killed by a mortar attack from Gaza, the first Israeli child to die in the six-week conflict. Shortly after his remarks, Palestinian officials said Israel had flattened a house in a Gaza City air strike, wounding at least 40 people. Israel's military spokesman said another ground war was possible if necessary to stop the rocket fire.

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