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German-French Reporting Legend Scholl-Latour Dies
Peter Scholl-Latour, whose reporting from far-flung places made him one of post-war Germany's most famous foreign correspondents, has died at 90. Born to Franco-German parents in 1924, Scholl-Latour tried unsuccessfully to join the French and Yugoslav resistance against the Nazis during World War II. After the war he became a newspaper and broadcast correspondent, traveling extensively throughout Asia, Africa and the Middle East. His reports included a 1973 TV documentary shot during eight days of captivity by the Vietcong, and accompanying the exiled Ayatollah Khomeini on his return to Iran in 1978.
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Pentagon Official: The President Is Lying To America — About Us, And About ISIS
President Barack Obama has taken a lot of flak since his Sunday night “60 Minutes” interview, in which he blamed the intelligence community for his failure to tackle the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. And that is right and proper. Because not only was his excuse of blaming us a lie, but when questioned on his lie, White House press secretary Josh Earnest doubled down with a whole new lie — both of which are easily, publicly proven false. On Sunday, Obama said the intelligence community had underestimated the rise of ISIS, saying in an interview with CBS, “Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.” But we know that isn’t true, as nearly a dozen administration officials have testified to the threat posed by ISIS publicly over the last year. The fact that the president chose to use the word “they” instead of “we” immediately drew condemnation from friend and foe alike, who saw it as the president’s attempt to pass the buck.
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'Twilight' Lives On, As Short Films On Facebook
It seems that vampires really are immortal. According to a new report in the New York Times, Lionsgate is planning to revive Twilight as a series of short films on Facebook. The studio is planning five films, each of which focuses on Twilight characters, to debut exclusively on Facebook in 2015. Just don’t expect Edward or Bella to make an appearance--as original cast members probably won’t be involved in the new films.
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Lena Dunham Recounts Date Rape In College
In an interview with Fresh Air 's Terry Gross, Girls' creator and star Lena Dunham opened up about being sexually assaulted in college. The 28-year-old author also revealed why she detailed the experience in her first memoir, Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's "Learned." Dunham called it "the chapter about date rape." Dunham recalled, "It was a painful experience physically and emotionally and one I spent a long time trying to reconcile.
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Tyler Perry Is Oddly Talented At Drone Racing
Add drone racing to the list of several things Tyler Perry can do--like acting, directing, and screenwriting. Using iPad-controlled drones, Perry raced Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday's Tonight Show . And as it turns out, the one thing Fallon is not good at is drones — he should've stayed in 2013. Perry is also set to be a father soon, so hopefully this is a skill set that proves handy then.
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Jonny Ive Talks Apple Watch, Design Process In October Vogue
The October issue of Vogue features an extensive interview with Jony Ive . The interview also includes a few new details on the Apple Watch , which author Robert Sullivan was able to get his hands on a few weeks before the product was unveiled to the press at the Sept. 9 iPhone 6 event. Sullivan writes of the experience , When Ive shows it to me — weeks before the product's exhaustive launch, hosted by new CEO Tim Cook — in a situation room that has us surrounded by guards, it feels like a matter of national security.
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Bolivia's Morales On Course For Re-election In First Round: Poll
A new opinion poll showed on Wednesday President Evo Morales is cruising to an outright first-round victory in Bolivia's Oct. 12 presidential election, with his nearest rival trailing by 46 percentage points. The Ipsos poll showed Morales is projected to win 59 percent of the vote in the first round, unchanged from polls in July and August, against 13 percent for his challenger, Samuel Doria Medina.
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U.S. Factory Activity Growth Slows In September: ISM
According to an industry report released on Wednesday, U.S. manufacturing expanded during September but the pace of growth at American factories slowed from August, which was the best monthly showing since March 2011. The Institute for Supply Management said its index of national factory activity eased to 56.6 in September from 59.0 in August. According to a Reuters poll of economists, The reading fell short of expectations of 58.5. A reading above 50 indicates expansion in the manufacturing sector. The employment gauge slipped in September to 54.6 from 58.
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Democrats And Republicans SLAM Secret Service
Finally, an issue unites Democrats and Republicans: criticizing the Secret Service. Fallout continued Tuesday from the failure of the agency charged with protecting the president to apprehend an intruder before he was deep into the White House. “I wish to God you had protected the White House like you’re protecting your reputation today,” Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Stephen Lynch told Secret Service director Julia Pierson as she testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, referencing Omar Gonzalez’s ability to make it into the Green Room of the White House Sept. 19 before being apprehended. “This whole thing is the United States Secret Service versus one mentally challenged man,” he continued. “This is the Secret Service against one individual with mental illness, and you lost."
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700-year-old Tomb May Decide Turkey's Role In IS Fight
A vow to defend the 700-year-old tomb of Suleyman Shah, grandfather of the founder of the Ottoman Empire, in a Turkish enclave in northern Syria could decide Turkey's role in the military campaign against Islamic State. Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said on Tuesday that the militants were advancing on the white stone mausoleum, guarded by several dozen Turkish soldiers and perched on a manicured lawn under a Turkish flag on the banks of the Euphrates. The tomb was made Turkish territory under a treaty signed with France in 1921, when France ruled Syria. Ankara regards it as sovereign territory and has repeatedly made clear that it will defend the mausoleum if it is attacked.