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    New Starbucks app allows customers to pre-order and prepay

    For those of you who just can’t wait to spend $4 for your Venti latte, Starbucks is about to allow customers to pre-order and prepay for their daily caffeine hit. The service, aimed at attracting customers who are put off by the lines during the morning rush, will debut in the Portland market later this year and be rolled out to stores nationally in 2015, the company announced Thursday. The announcement comes about a week after Square, which makes mobile […]

  • Rapper Nicki Minaj attends Fashion Rocks 2014 at Barclays Center on September 9, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage via Getty Images)

    Male high school students dressed like female celebrities told to go home

    When administrators at White Pass Jr. Sr. High School in Randle, Washington, asked students to dress up as their favorite celebrities for Spirit Week, Mason Mudge and Chandler Krueger did just that. Mudge came as Miss America. And Krueger dressed up as Nicki Minaj. Male students dressed like female celebs told to go home – CNN http://t.co/A3j4dSzE53 pic.twitter.com/6NOV41c4Bl — #SocialMedia NC (@greensboro_nc) October 17, 2014 But Principal Gary Stamper reportedly wasn’t feeling their school spirit. According to CNN affiliate KING5 […]

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    Obama will name Ron Klain as Ebola Czar

    President Barack Obama will appoint Ron Klain his “Ebola czar,” knowledgeable sources tell CNN. The president on Thursday signaled his openness to the idea to have one individual coordinating the entire federal response to any threat of an outbreak in the United States. “It may make sense for us to have one person … so that after this initial surge of activity, we can have a more regular process just to make sure that we’re crossing all the T’s and […]

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    At least 16 dead in vent grate collapse at concert in South Korea

    At least 16 people died Friday when a grate over a ventilation shaft collapsed at an outdoor concert in Seongnam, South Korea, an official with the National Emergency Management Agency told CNN. About two dozen people fell some 10 meters (33 feet), according to the official, who declined to be identified because he is not authorized to speak to the media. The accident occurred during an outdoor concert at a multipurpose venue called Pangyo Techo Valley, according to South Korea’s […]

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    Missing actress Misty Upham confirmed dead by family: Report

    A family member has confirmed that the body found along a river in suburban Seattle is missing actress Misty Upham. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the actress’s father, Charles Upham, confirmed her identity to authorities. Her cause of death has yet to be determined. Upham was last seen on Sunday, October 5 walking from her sister’s apartment. She was reported missing the following day. The family said she suffered from bi-polar disorder and was off her medication when she disappeared. […]

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    Oscar Pistorius to be sentenced Tuesday

    Lawyers painted opposing pictures of South African athlete Oscar Pistorius in their final arguments Friday before his sentencing — one side depicting him as a broken man who’s suffered enough, while the other said he must pay for taking his girlfriend’s life. Pistorius, 27, is due to be sentenced for culpable homicide, or negligent killing, as well as one weapons-related charge, after a hearing lasting several days. After both sides’ final arguments concluded Friday, Masipa said the court would reconvene […]

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    Texas worker who may have handled Ebola samples quarantined on cruise ship

    A Texas hospital health worker who may have handled Thomas Eric Duncan’s fluid samples has been quarantined on a cruise ship in Belize — another reminder of the widespread fears of the deadly virus. Though the employee did not have direct contact with Duncan, he or she “may have had contact with his specimen,” the U.S. State Department said Friday. A doctor at the cruise ship has declared the worker symptom-free and in good health, but the worker will remain […]

  • Extreme cold returns to Chicago just in time for Polar Plunge

    Will the polar vortex be back this winter? NOAA releases seasonal outlook for winter

    Oh good, the brutal cold conditions that froze much of the country last winter are unlikely to happen again. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said in its seasonal outlook Thursday that some of those areas east of the Rockies might even see warmer temperatures this time. Remember how we kept talking about the Polar Vortex last winter? Chances are there won’t be as much chatter about it as we move into December and January. “The Polar Vortex is always […]

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    Apple unveils new iPads, releases OS X Yosemite

    The iPad is getting a facelift. Apple unveiled new editions of the iPad and iPad Mini at an event in California on Thursday, where it also announced that its new Apple Pay system will launch on Monday, Oct. 20. The new tablets — the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini — both come with TouchID fingerprint sensors, which previously were only available on the iPhone. You can use the TouchID to make purchases online with Apple Pay, though it won’t […]

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    Joan Rivers’ official cause of death released

    Joan Rivers died of “therapeutic complications” during a procedure to evaluate her “voice changes” and stomach reflux, the New York medical examiner said Thursday. “The classification of a death as a therapeutic complication means that the death resulted from a predictable complication of medical therapy,” the report said. Rivers, 81, died a week after an appointment at Manhattan’s Yorkville Endoscopy clinic last month. The medical examiner’s investigation ruled that the cause of death was “anoxic encephalopathy due to hypoxic arrest,” […]

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