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U.S. comedian Jay Leno will receive this year's Mark Twain Prize for American Humor from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the center announced on Wednesday. Leno, who ended a 22-year run as the host of NBC's "Tonight Show" in February, will receive the award during a gala performance at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 19. The Kennedy Center created the award in 1998 to recognize comedians who have had "an impact on American society" similar to that of Mark Twain, the 19th-century satirist and author of novels including "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
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U.S. Says Won't Unleash 'shock And Awe' Air Campaign In Syria
The United States is not preparing to unleash a "shock and awe" campaign of overwhelming airstrikes in Syria against Islamic State fighters and instead envisions a more modest, longer-term campaign, Pentagon officials told Congress on Tuesday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the military's current plan would be outlined to President Barack Obama on Wednesday by the U.S. military's Central Command and envisioned striking the group's safe havens to knock out infrastructure, logistics and command capabilities. General Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. military officer, said the strikes would degrade the group's capabilities there as broader efforts get underway, including training of Syrian fighters in Saudi Arabia.
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Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger Of Peace
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Leonardo DiCaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to help promote global action on climate change. Ban told a news conference Tuesday that the American actor "is not just one of the world's leading actors" but he has "a longstanding commitment to environmental causes." The secretary-general said DiCaprio will address next Tuesday's climate summit where he expects some 120 world leaders. DiCaprio joins 11 other prominent world figures who advocate on behalf of the U.N. as Messengers of Peace, including Stevie Wonder, Michael Douglas, George Clooney, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho and conductor Daniel Barenboim.
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Minimum Wage Hikes Coming To A Red State Near You?
The minimum wage debate has mainly taken place in liberal-dominated states, but the issue could expand to red states, WHTC reports. When November rolls around, ballot initiatives to consider raising the minimum wage about the national rate of $7.25 an hour are set for Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. If successful, the an increase in the hourly rate would place significant pressure on Congress to increase the national rate, given that it would indicate a much broader support for minimum wage that transcends party lines. Even in a red state like Arkansas, a poll earlier this year found that eight out of 10 voters support an increase in the minimum wage. Alaskan Republicans also tried to raise wages this year, but their efforts were crushed by Democrats, who want voters to make the decision through the a ballot initiative instead.
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Josh Gordon -- Pleads GUILTY To DWI
Cleveland Browns superstar Josh Gordon plead guilty to driving while impaired in North Carolina this morning ... and if he stays out of trouble for 12 months, he'll stay out of jail. As TMZ previously reported, the Wide Receiver was pulled over on July 5th in Raleigh after cops say he was speeding -- and during the stop, officers noticed he was boozed up and blew a .09. Gordon was sentenced to a 60-day suspended sentence -- with 12 months unsupervised probation ...
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It's Not Too Late To Make Plans For This Year's Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest, the annual festival that gives beer and food lovers the chance to indulge in traditional German fare, is upon us. The celebration, which began in Munich in 1810 at the royal wedding of Prince Ludwig and Princess Therese, became a worldwide festival in the mid-20th century. The original Oktoberfest started Oct. 12, and ended on Oct. 17 with a horse race. As the years passed, the festival grew, and what started off as a relatively small celebration in Bavariais now a festival recognized by millions.
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Paris Hilton Totes Around Loose $100 Bills And Photos Of Herself
If you are Paris Hilton, you never leave your house without the necessities: car keys cellphone wallet lipgloss $13,000 Pomeranian multiple loose $100 bills picture of yourself What a day in the life of the Hilton heiress is like has now been confirmed, all thanks to a clear plastic tote. The 33-year-old was just frolicking around Los Angeles Monday carrying a bag that revealed she is drowning in unlimited amounts of money.
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Obama Sends Army Into Africa To Combat Ebola
President Barack Obama is sending 3,000 U.S. soldiers into Africa to help stop the spread of the deadly Ebola disease. The troops will operate from Liberia under the direction of U.S. Africa Command, at an initial cost of $500 million. They will be accompanied by civilians doctors, and will build medical facilities in the nearby countries of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Senegal that are the primary source of the disease. They will try train 500 locals per week to perform basic medical care. They’ll also work to curb the a small outbreak of the disease in the huge country of Nigeria, whose population of 175,000 million is dependent on functioning cities.
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End Of An Era: Clear Channel Rebrands As IHeartMedia
Clear Channel has finally tuned in to the need to rethink its brand. Clear Channel, the radio conglomerate that operates more than 1,200 stations around the United States, announced Tuesday that it is rebranding as iHeartMedia, drawing on the success of its online radio service iHeartRadio. The company said in a press release announcing the branding change, "iHeartMedia reflects both the success and the cultural impact of the iHeartRadio business formed three years ago and the evolution of the company’s major local radio station brands and franchises to include mobile, social and events." iHeartRadio ranks among the largest online radio services with more than 50 million registered users and around 100 million monthly listeners.
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Red Band Society-The Happiest Sad Show On Your Televisión
Red Band Society is the happiest sad show you'll watch this fall. It's set in the pediatric wing of a hospital. But it's brightly lit and adorably decorated. It centers on a group of kids all battling various diseases. But they are by no means victims, occasionally making you want to slap some sense into them or making you forget completely that they are sick, thanks to their already messy love lives and typical teen antics.