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  • The same ad agency promoting Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" campaign is also working on the social media campaign of the super-sized version of the super-sweet drink Capri Sun. Awk-ward.

    The fruit juice in a pouch was named by Disney as one of the products it will ban from advertising on its network because it does not meet the minimum requirements for limits on calories, fat and, sugar.

    The first lady recently praised Disney at a press conference, calling its move at a "game changer." She noted that kids see $1.6 billion a year worth of food and drink marketing, making parents feel like the "deck is stacked against them." She added, "That's what our entire Let's Move initiative is about. It's about empowering parents."

    It's unclear if the first lady was aware that the ad agency, SS+K, has been empowered to roll out a social media campaign for the larger Capri Sun, which has more corn syrup than fruit juice in its listed ingredients.

    SS+K, which did not respond to a request for

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  • UPDATE: Coast Guard officials now say that the report of an explosion on a yacht off the coast of New Jersey may have been a hoax.  Searchers have been unable to find any debris, a sign that there may not have been an explosion at all, a Coast Guard spokesman said.


    An explosion aboard a yacht reportedly caused all 21 passengers to abandon ship, safety officials say. The yacht was reported to be 17.5 miles off the New Jersey coast, east of Sandy Hook. The Coast Guard has deployed helicopters and rescue boats to the scene, but has yet to find any signs of the explosion.

    Little is known about the cause of the explosion, but according to early reports, as many as nine people were injured in the blast. All passengers have been accounted for. WABC reports that the Coast Guard was alerted to explosion aboard the yacht, named Blind Date, at 4:20 p.m. A nearby vessel, named Erica, was reportedly helping with the rescue while Coast Guard personnel were on route.

    As of 6:15 p.m., the

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  • Our earth is covered by more than 75 percent water, yet we know more about the moon than the depths of the sea. Today on World Oceans Day we celebrate and honor oceans by recognizing the underwater footprint we all unknowingly leave behind.

    When it comes to plastic, what you throw away doesn't really go away. This was evident on my journey to one of the most remote ends of the earth - the Midway Atoll. This small piece of land in the middle of the Pacific Ocean near the northwestern end of the Hawaiian archipelago was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to, and should have been the most pristine. There are no cars, streets, lights or air pollution, yet I couldn't escape the remnants of modern society littered everywhere in the form of plastic.

    I had heard about this "island of garbage" in 2005 and was immediately intrigued. As a surfer, scuba diver and ocean lover, the ocean has always been an integral part of my life. What started out as research for a short segment for

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  • Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby 'Obama'
    Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby 'Obama'

    Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama. I will never change this name," the shy 35-year-old said in a refugee camp in Suruc, just inside Turkey. The family started their exodus almost a month ago, following some 200,000 Kurds who have already entered Turkey to escape the IS onslaught on Kobane.

  • Islamic State fighters attack crossing as Kurds set to reinforce Kobane
    Islamic State fighters attack crossing as Kurds set to reinforce Kobane

    Islamic State group fighters made a new bid to cut off the Syrian border town of Kobane from neighbouring Turkey Saturday as preparations gathered pace to deploy Iraqi Kurdish reinforcements. The Kurdish regional government in northern Iraq unveiled plans on Friday for up to 200 well-trained peshmerga to join Syrian Kurdish forces defending Kobane in the coming week. Kurdish news agency Rudaw said the first contingent could head to Kobane as early as Sunday but there was no immediate confirmation of that timetable. Peshmerga ministry spokesman Halgord Hekmat declined to specify what route the Iraqi Kurdish forces would take, but they are expected to travel overland through Turkey, which has said it will allow them transit.

  • Has ISIS Crossed a New Red Line?
    Has ISIS Crossed a New Red Line?

    Throughout this unrelenting spate of recent Middle Eastern conflicts, the specter of chemical weapons have spurred the drawing of red lines and the sending of arms. For ISIS, its bloody advance across Iraq and Syria was cause enough to inspire American airstrikes as well as the arming of opposition forces, but now the radical Sunni Islamist group is also being accused of committing attacks using chemical weapons.

  • Three pioneering women in Marine infantry course are asked to leave. Why?

    Just weeks after three women passed a rigorous day-long test qualifying them to potentially lead US Marine infantrymen for the first time in history, news came that all three women have been asked to leave the course.

  • Washington school shooter Jaylen Fryberg's personal struggles revealed on social media
    Washington school shooter Jaylen Fryberg's personal struggles revealed on social media

    Social media posts penned by the shooter in Friday’s rampage at a Washington State high school portray a head-over-heels teenager who grew more and more tormented when the relationship fell apart.

  • 7 hurt when car smashes into California restaurant
    7 hurt when car smashes into California restaurant

    DUBLIN, Calif. (AP) — Police say all seven people injured when a car crashed into a Northern California restaurant have now been released from hospitals.

  • Iraqi security forces, Kurds, gain ground against Islamic State

    By Ahmed Rasheed and Isabel Coles BAGHDAD/ARBIL Iraq (Reuters) - Iraqi security forces made significant gains against Islamic State in a strategic area near Baghdad on Saturday and Kurdish fighters retook a northern town after heavy coalition air strikes against the Sunni Islamist insurgents. Iraqi troops seized most of Jurf al-Sakhar, the biggest advance in months of battles against Islamic State in the town about 60 km (40 miles) south of Baghdad, senior local officials said. ...

  • Remains of French ship being reassembled in Texas
    Remains of French ship being reassembled in Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A frigate carrying French colonists to the New World that sank in a storm off the Texas coast more than 300 years ago is being reassembled into a display that archeologists hope will let people walk over the hull and feel like they are on the ship's deck.

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