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First on CNN: Prominent ISIS recruiter targeted in airstrike

CNN World - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 1:00pm
The U.S. military and intelligence community is in the final stages of confirming that a U.S. drone strike this week killed Junaid Hussain, who is linked to the Garland, Texas, cartoon contest attack, CNN has learned.








Categories: International News

The most popular baby names are ....

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:58pm
While Noah and Emma were the most popular U.S. baby names of 2014, Oliver and Amelia were the most popular baby names across the pond in England and Wales for the second year in a row.








Categories: National News

Look at me! 23 selfies of the week

CNN World - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:55pm









Categories: International News

Famous Maroon Band begins 113th year, announces drum majors

MSU News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:39pm
MSU's Famous Maroon Band (Photo by Megan Bean)

Contact: Paige Watson

MSU's Famous Maroon Band (Photo by Megan Bean)

STARKVILLE, Miss.—With annual band camp concluded, Mississippi State’s 330-member Famous Maroon Band is turning its attention to fine-tuning routines for the 2015-16 school year.

Veteran director Elva Kaye Lance said this year’s contingent represents 14 states in addition to Mississippi, from which 68 percent hail. While the organization is part of the university’s College of Education, membership, as always, includes a wide range of academic majors, she added.

“We are very excited to be entering our 113th year,” said Lance, who shares Famous Maroon Band duties with co-directors Craig Aarhus and Clifton Taylor.

“During camp, it was incredible to see our incoming freshmen, many of whom held leadership positions in high school, raise the standard and influence our returning members to become better and better each year,” the MSU and Famous Maroon Band alumna said.

Lance said this year’s four drum majors will include:

—Twin sisters Ashley S. and Brittany C. Carey from Olive Branch. Ashley is a junior mechanical engineering major; Brittany, a senior double-major in educational psychology and foreign language/Spanish.

—Junior Cooper A. Haywood of Madison, an instrumental music education and vocal music education double-major.

—Junior Jesse D. Newton of Eupora, a human sciences/fashion design and merchandising major.  

According to Haywood, this year’s camp was “one of the best” he has experienced while at MSU.

Junior Ellen S. Moore of Brandon, also a music education major, joined Haywood in praising the training program. “During band camp, I made a ton of friends and everything was so organized,” she said. “The week moved quickly, but we managed to accomplish a lot.”

Lance said the MSU marching unit could not be successful without the “hard work and tireless dedication” of Aarhus and Taylor.

“In addition to the band directors, another vital member of our leadership team is Jason Baker,” Lance continued, explaining that the music department associate professor “arranges and instructs our percussionists.”

At her promotion to director in 2002, Lance became only the eighth leader of the marching unit over its long history. During her time at the helm, “We’ve received tremendous support from both former band members and faculty in the College of Education, which is a great fit for us,” she said.

Lance said 2015 fall football halftime performances will include a variety of popular pieces, including a “Funkytown” theme and a play on Disney classic “The Happiest Show on Earth.”

In addition, the band also coordinates two pep bands for men’s and women’s basketball, as well as numerous choral ensembles and concert bands throughout the spring semester. To learn more, visit www.msuband.msstate.edu/index.php.

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

NY Fed: September rate hike 'less compelling' now

Business News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:28pm
The Federal Reserve could be hitting the brakes on a rate hike in September.








Living underground in Romania's capital

CNN World - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:26pm
A community lives underneath a train station in Bucharest, Romania.








Categories: International News

Creepy cloaked figure lights up social media

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:25pm
Used to be, back in the day, a fella would show up on your door all dressed in white and bring you fresh milk. These days? We get the creepy, cloaked raw-meat delivery ... thing.








Categories: National News

CEO, 6 others from 'world's largest male escort site' arrested

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:23pm
Authorities said Tuesday that the "world's largest male escort site" -- as touted by its company -- is actually an "Internet brothel," spurring them to arrest its CEO and six more employees.








Categories: National News

This rare coin is expected to fetch up to $5 million at auction

Business News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:22pm
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It's National Dog Day!

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:18pm
It's National Dog Day on August 26, a time to appreciate the pooch in your life or admire the hound next door. Honestly, it's just an excuse to look at photos of cute dogs online, though, right?








Categories: National News

Study: NFL player arrest rate lower than general population

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:18pm
A University of Texas at Dallas study shows the overall arrest rate for NFL players is lower than the general population.








Categories: National News

CDC reports 11 cases of human plague since April

CNN World - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:11pm
Since April 1, there have been 11 cases of human plague in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. Three of those patients have died. This is according to a new report from the CDC putting doctors on alert that the number of cases this year seems to be higher than usual.








Categories: International News

Tropical Storm Erika closes in on the Leeward Islands

CNN World - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:11pm
As it marches across the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Erika is making a few waves but not much else.








Categories: International News

Airbnb to start collecting tourist tax in Paris

Business News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:04pm
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9/11 survivor in iconic photo dies at 42

Health - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:00pm









Categories: Health

Anti-VD posters of WWII

CNN - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:58am
You've heard of Rosie the Riveter, the poster gal of World War II, right? She wasn't the only feminine character to make a huge impression on the men in the 1940s military. Meet the shady ladies of venereal disease: the "Bag of Trouble" poster girl and her friends. They were created courtesy of the U.S. surgeon general, the U.S. Public Health Service and the Federal Security Agency in the early 1940s and given a modern audience by Ryan Mungia's book "Protect Yourself: Venereal Disease Posters of World War II."








Categories: National News

Indiegogo CEO: Want money? Here's the trick

Business News - Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:53am
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