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UK Leaders Say Referendum Outcome Offers Promise for Future

UK Leaders Say Referendum Outcome Offers Promise for Future

Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage(LONDON) — Queen Elizabeth offered praise for the voters of Scotland who declined to vote for Scottish independence on Thursday, calling on all residents of the United Kingdom to “remember…we have in common an enduring love of Scotland.”

After months of debate, Scottish voters opted not to approve a referendum for independence on Thursday. The Queen had previously chosen not to get involved in the referendum, calling it “a matter for the people of Scotland.”

A statement from earlier this month noted that “constitutional impartiality is an established principle of our democracy, and one which the Queen has demonstrated throughout her reign.” The Queen, the statement said, “is above politics.”

“Knowing the people of Scotland as I do,” the Queen said in a new statement on Friday, “I have no doubt that Scots, like others throughout the United Kingdom, are able to express strongly-held opinions before coming together again in a spirit of mutual respect and support, to work constructively for the future of Scotland and indeed all parts of this country.”

United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron called the outcome of the referendum “clear,” expressing hope that the issue had been settled for a generation or longer. He also said that the opportunity now exists to change the way British people are governed, calling on all political parties to work together to do just that.

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Accused Cop Shooter Eric Frein Reenacting Rambo, Colleague Suggests

Accused Cop Shooter Eric Frein Reenacting Rambo, Colleague Suggests

Courtesy Roman Kamensky(CANADENSIS, Pa.) –  The Pennsylvania man accused of killing a state trooper and wounding another trooper in an ambush is a military enthusiast who reenacted battles and may have been imitating Rambo, a fellow war reenactor told ABC News Friday.

The suspect, Eric Frein, is the subject of a massive manhunt in the woods of Pennsylvania where he has often disappeared for days for self-taught survival training. He has been placed on the FBI’s most wanted list and there are two rewards totaling $175,000 for information leading to his arrest.

Frein is part of a collection of groups called Red Alliance that practices MilSim — recreating battles or wars with real uniforms and weapons for recreational purposes. They are particularly interested in Eastern European armies. Frein helped found the MilSim group Eastern Wolves, said fellow reenactor Roman Kamensky.

The Eastern Wolves specialize in the tactics and battles of Eastern European armies and Frein, a marksman who is the son of retired U.S. Army major, took part in their maneuvers, Kamensky said.

“If he’s re-enacting anyone, it’s Rambo from the very first movie,” Kamensky said. In the first Rambo movie, First Blood, the character is a traumatized Vietnam War vet who battles sheriff’s deputies who arrest and abuse him before he escapes into the woods.

Kamensky believes he’s seen the gun that Frein allegedly used in the ambush. Police found .308 cartridges in Frein’s vehicle after the attack and the suspect’s father told police two guns were missing from his home, including a .308 rifle with a scope. Kamensky said: “That was his baby.”

Frein’s views don’t represent the larger MilSim community, Kamensky said, which often raises money for charity at its events.

“I’d like to completely disassociate that he was interested in the Eastern European military or that he wore the Serbian uniform. He put a bad light on us,” said Kamensky, 31, of New York City.

“We respect cops, we don’t try to kill cops,” Kamensky added.

Red Alliance is a tight community of people who practice MilSim. They communicate through an online forum about soldiers’ uniforms, helmets and patches, swapping historical facts and chatting about upcoming war re-enactment events.

“We attended the same events,” Kamensky said. “Red Alliance is a global community, so when you find someone in the Tri-state area, you try to meet up.”

“I’m personally interested in Russian and Serbian things and that was our mutual connection,” added Kamensky, who is from what is now Ukraine.

The Eastern Wolves describe themselves as a “group of military historians who have a great deal of re-enacting experience and were looking for something different to get into,” on their website.

“Our goal is to not just be a group of guys wearing different camouflage and carrying Kalashnikovs, but to also use authentic tactics and commands that differ from their Western equivalents,” the website says.

The military re-enactments take place throughout the country and can take anywhere from an hour to a week, he said, depending on what battle or war people are recreating. In many cases, the public comes out to watch. Members wear authentic military uniforms and often use Airsoft, replica firearms that shoot pellets.

“If you leave the city, things like paintball and Airsoft are not a big deal,” he said. “It’s just something people do outside the city where they have woods. It’s not very sensational stuff.”

“People show up with their families, they watch them play army, pretend to shoot each other, play dead. It’s normal stuff out there.”

Kamensky said he hasn’t spoken to Frein in four years, and that his group has been inactive lately.

“From what I’ve seen, they haven’t been doing much,” he said. “Most of them are just casual guys from Pennsylvania. They have some land over there. They host their events and locals come out and they just play Airsoft.”

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US Military Launches Pair of Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

US Military Launches Pair of Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) — The U.S. military conducted two more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Iraq, U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) said Friday.

One strike was southeast of Baghdad and “destroyed a boat on the Euphrates River conducting resupply of ISIL forces,” CENTCOM said in a statement, using one of several acronyms for the militant Islamic group.

The other was southwest of Baghdad and hit a small ISIS ground unit.

The fighter aircraft used in the attacks, which were carried out Thursday and Friday, all managed to exit the areas safely.

Since Aug. 8, CENTCOM says it has carried out 178 airstrikes across Iraq.

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Enterovirus Confirmed in Washington State, 160 Sick

Enterovirus Confirmed in Washington State, 160 Sick

Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(KING COUNTY, Wash.) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed at least two cases of Enterovirus 68 in Washington state, officials announced on Friday.

The CDC “did confirm the presence of Enterovirus 68 in two children that were hospitalized at Children’s Hospital,” Dr. Jeff Duchin of King County Public Health said. The respiratory disease is now confirmed in at least 22 states, and about 160 people have fallen ill.

Duchin urged Washington residents not to panic, saying that “there is no need for parents to bring their children to a health care provider or an emergency department for Enterovirus D-68 testing,” and that doing so would not have “a value to the patient.”

The news, Duchin says, “confirms that this virus is in our community, which was not surprising. It’s circulating and we may see additional cases over the coming weeks, although we really can’t predict at this point if we will see a lot more or a few more.”

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Roger Goodell Addresses the Media

Roger Goodell Addresses the Media

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — For the first time since the release of the second Ray Rice video, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addressed the media regarding the recent controversy’s swirling around the league.
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Plan to Train Syrian Rebels Becomes Official as Obama Signs CR

Plan to Train Syrian Rebels Becomes Official as Obama Signs CR

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — After passing first in the House and then in the Senate, President Obama’s plan to train and arm Syrian moderates in the fight against ISIS was made official Friday with the stroke of his pen.

The president signed the Continuing Resolution that funds the government through Dec. 11 and includes the authorization for Title X.

Obama, sans a suit jacket, sat behind the Resolute desk in the Oval Office as he signed the stop gap funding measure. Before signing the bill, he smiled at cameras and said, “Here’s all that stands between you and the weekend.”

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Chief Justice Roberts: Justices Scalia, Ginsburg Wouldn’t Be Confirmed Today

Chief Justice Roberts: Justices Scalia, Ginsburg Wouldn’t Be Confirmed Today

Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) — Chief Justice John Roberts expressed concern Friday over the bitter partisanship gripping Washington, saying two sitting justices who sailed to confirmation would never make it through the Senate today.

In a speech at the University of Nebraska College of Law, Roberts said the executive and legislative branches of government are in “a period of real partisan rancor that impedes their ability to carry out their functions.” He said the deepening gridlock threatens judicial confirmations and is eroding confidence in the third branch of government.

He cited the 2010 confirmation of Elena Kagan, who was elevated to the Supreme Court on a partisan Senate vote of 63-37. He compared that to conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, who was confirmed unanimously in 1986 and liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who sailed through the Senate in 1993, on a vote of 96-3.

“Neither of them would have a chance today,” Roberts said. “That’s not good.”

He said that he fears Americans will see the Supreme Court as a “political entity.”

“I worry about people having that perception, because it’s not an accurate one about how we do our work,” Roberts said. “It’s important for us to make that as clear as we can to the public.”

It was a rare public appearance by Roberts, who answered questions from students and the legal community for about an hour. He has long lamented the changing perception of the court, but his pointed remarks about partisanship suggested that his worries are growing as the divide deepens between Congress and the White House.

In his remarks, he also offered a rare window into the workings of the Supreme Court, the most secretive and closed branches of the U.S. government.

When asked whether it was difficult for the justices to find agreement on some high-profile cases, he laughed and declared: “Difficult? Sometimes, it’s impossible!”

One of the most enjoyable parts of his job, he said, was assigning opinions to justices. He said he tries to make sure the workload is evenly divided, saying.

“You want someone to have the fair share of the important cases that people are interested in,” Roberts said, “and a fair share of what we call the dogs.”

He said he knows that many Americans are likely unaware that he is the chief justice of the United States, joking that many people may assume it’s Judge Judy.

“They don’t need to know who we are. They do need to know what we do,” Roberts said. “It’s critically important that people do appreciate that.”

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ExxonMobil ‘Winding Down’ Drilling at Russian Well

ExxonMobil ‘Winding Down’ Drilling at Russian Well

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — ExxonMobil will suspend drilling at its oil well in the Russian Arctic, complying with U.S. sanctions against Russia.

The company said that it would wind down operation, with the permission of the U.S. Treasury Department. ExxonMobil cited “the need to protect the safety of the individuals as well as the risk to the environment” related to the “complexity” of it University-1 well.

The Treasury Department, ExxonMobil says, granted the company a license to slow their drilling instead of ceasing it entirely immediately.

The well was involved in exploratory drilling, meaning it will have little to no impact on oil output.

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NFL Commissioner: ‘I Got It Wrong’

NFL Commissioner: ‘I Got It Wrong’

Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) –  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted Friday that he “got it wrong” when it came to the recent Ray Rice incident, pledging that he “will get it right” going forward.

“At our best, the NFL sets an example that makes a positive difference. Unfortunately over the past several weeks we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong and that starts with me,” he said at a news conference in New York.

“We will re-examine, enhance and improve all of our current programs and then we’ll do more,” he added.

Goodell said that he never considered resigning from his position, saying he holds himself to “the highest possible standard” and was disappointed in himself for making a mistake.

The remarks were the first time that the NFL commissioner has been seen in public for more than a week.

“I got it wrong with the handling of the Ray Rice matter and I am sorry for that. I got it wrong on a number of levels from the process that I led, to the decision that I reached. I don’t expect anyone just to take my word,” Goodell admitted. “I believe in accountability, I understand the challenges before me and I will be held accountable for meeting them.”

The news conference came one day after Goodell sent out a memo to teams, saying the NFL has initiated a “long-term commitment to help people affected by domestic violence and sexual assault.”

Also Thursday, the NFL partnered with the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to help women who have suffered from abuse.

“We have never had the funding needed to meet the demand for our services from those seeking help with domestic violence and dating abuse. Last year, because of this lack of resources, more than 77,000 calls went unanswered. Recent domestic violence incidents involving NFL players pushed the capacity of our organization to unprecedented levels,” said Katie Ray-Jones, President and CEO of the National Domestic Violence Hotline.

The move comes after the NFL has been hit with several high-profile cases of players arrested for domestic violence. The league has also come under fire for the way it has handled cases in the past.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline said that just days after the release of a video last week showing Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiancé in an elevator, the Hotline’s call volume increased by 84 percent.

Goodell, who has come under fire in recent days with some calling on him to resign, said the NFL is also educating all its employees.

“We are also proceeding to implement broad educational programs within our league. Starting within the next 30 days, all league and team personnel — including executives, coaches, players and staff — will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. These initial sessions will begin to provide the men and women of the NFL with information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault. We will work with the NFL Players Association to develop and present this training in the most effective way,” he said in the memo.

Not everyone, however, is happy with the NFL’s efforts.

In a statement prior to Goodell’s remarks, Crest, a league sponsor, said it “believes Breast Cancer Awareness is a critically important program to support women and their health, and, as planned, is making a $100,000 donation to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and will participate in media and retailer activities to help drive attention to the cause. The brand has decided to cancel on-field activation with NFL teams.”

In response, the league said, “We are looking forward to our sixth year of the Crucial Catch campaign, in partnership with the American Cancer Society. We understand the ways the last week have impacted our partners, including Crest. Players will still have the option to wear pink gear, including mouthguards, as planned, this year.”

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NJ Teacher Accused of Having Affairs with Several Students

NJ Teacher Accused of Having Affairs with Several Students

Hemera(NEW YORK) — A New Jersey high school teacher has been charged with as many as 30 counts of aggravated sexual assault for allegedly having affairs with several students.

Prosecutors say Nicole Dufault, a language arts teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood, took advantage of her own students — several 15-year-old boys — for sex on school property and in her car.

Dufault, 34, has been a teacher at the school for nine years. Authorities say she is being held on $500,000 bail and her two children have been removed from her home.

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Susan Rice: Training Syrian Rebels ‘Will Take Many Months’

Susan Rice: Training Syrian Rebels ‘Will Take Many Months’

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Training Syrian rebels to fight against ISIS “will take many months,” National Security Advisor Susan Rice reminded reporters at the daily White House briefing Friday.

Now that Congress has approved the strategy to arm and train the rebels, Rice cautioned “this is not going to happen overnight.”

“It is not something that one should expect will yield rapid and immediate fruit. This is a serious training program, and we are serious about vetting those that we will be training and equipping. So I can’t give you a precise deadline,” she said.

In addition to vetting the opposition fighters, the program also requires training facilities to be constructed, Rice noted.

As for airstrikes in Syria, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest failed repeatedly to give a direct answer when asked whether the president has authorized the strikes.

In a back-and-forth in the briefing room Friday, Earnest would only confirm what is already known.

“The president made a decision more than a week ago, that he announced to the nation, that he’s ready to broaden our airstrike campaign,” he said.

“We are prepared and the president has been clear that the United States is prepared to act in Syria, and when and how we choose to do that will be an operational decision,” Earnest said.

But does the Pentagon have the go-ahead from the president? Is it just a matter now of when the Pentagon pulls the trigger?

Earnest wouldn’t say.

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Ali Baba Soars in Its First Public Day on the Stock Market

Ali Baba Soars in Its First Public Day on the Stock Market

vichie81/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A long-awaited IPO got a lot of attention on Friday, but it didn’t do too much to help the markets. 

The Dow Jones Industrial Average went up 13.75 points Friday, closing at 17,279.74. The Nasdaq lost 13.64 points, ending the day at 4,579.79, while the S&P 500 lost .96 of a point, closing at 2,010.40.

The Chinese e-commerce company Ali Baba went public Friday, soaring 38% in its first day of trading to close at almost $94 per share. More than 100,000,000 shares were traded, and by mid-day, it was bigger than the Twitter IPO.

General Motors CEO Mary Barra says the company will begin working on a new Cadillac early next year. The high-end car will be built in Detroit and is expected to bring much-needed jobs to the city.

The NFL is facing several domestic violence scandals, but they don’t appear to be hurting the bottom line. Merchandise sales are up 23% so far in September and the four highest-ranking TV shows last week were all NFL games.

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Parents of Missing UVA Student Urge Students to ‘Walk with a Buddy’

Parents of Missing UVA Student Urge Students to ‘Walk with a Buddy’

Charlottesville Police(CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.) — The parents of missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham released an emotional letter to the school’s students and faculty Friday, saying they are still “optimistic” their daughter will return and urging students to be careful this weekend and “walk with a buddy.”

John and Sue Graham’s 18-year-old daughter disappeared in the early hours of Saturday morning after going out last Friday night.

“It is now Friday, a week since Hannah’s disappearance,” they wrote in their letter emailed to all students and faculty.

Adopting a parental tone, they added, “For those students planning to unwind this weekend, please be extra vigilant when you are out and walk with a buddy.”

Police said Friday they had a major break in the case and issued three search warrants in connection to an unidentified person of interest.

Police said that Sue Graham was the first to suspect that something had happened to her daughter when she hadn’t heard from her for more than 24 hours. The Grahams are British but live in northern Virginia, calling Alexandria home for more than a decade.

They have been in Charlottesville during much of the search and wrote that they attended the “extremely moving” candlelight vigil that the school held Thursday in Hannah’s honor.

“We were comforted by the evident high esteem in which our cherished daughter is held by her many friends at the University of Virginia and beyond,” the Grahams wrote in the letter sent out Friday. “We continue to be optimistic that Hannah will soon be returned safely to us.”

It was the second time the parents issued a public statement since their daughter vanished. Earlier this week, they wrote how they were “devastated by her disappearance” and pleaded with anyone who had any information about Hannah’s movements that night to call police.

In both notes, the parents expressed deep gratitude for everyone who had searched for her.

“Like you, we will not rest until we find her and she comes home,” the parents said in their previous note.

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France Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

France Launches Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets in Iraq

Jelle v/d Wolf/iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD, Iraq) — France conducted its first airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets on Friday.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said the strikes were ordered by President Francois Hollande, and that “French planes intervened against a warehouse occupied by ISIS terrorists in the east of Iraq.”

The warehouse, Fabius said, was “completely destroyed.”

The strike is an important development in the U.S.’ effort to build an international coalition, as it shows a European ally, flying from an airbase in the United Arab Emirates, a gulf ally, supporting the U.S.-led campaign.

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Obama Says ‘It’s on Us’ to Prevent Sexual Assault

Obama Says ‘It’s on Us’ to Prevent Sexual Assault

The White House(WASHINGTON) — President Obama Friday said a “fundamental shift in our culture” is needed to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence.

“As far as we’ve come, the fact is that from sports leagues to pop culture to politics, our society still does not sufficiently value women,” Obama said as he unveiled a new campaign to raise awareness and prevent sexual assault on college and university campuses.

“We still don’t condemn sexual assault as loudly as we should,” he said. “We make excuses. We look the other way. The message that sends can have a chilling effect on our young women.”

The White House is enlisting the help of celebrities and athletes to roll out the “It’s On Us” public awareness campaign, which seeks to educate and engage students, particularly young men, to prevent sexual assaults.

“It is on all of us to reject the quiet tolerance of sexual assault and to refuse to accept what’s unacceptable,” Obama said.

While the president did not reference the National Football League specifically, he noted that violence against women can no longer be ignored.

“The issue of violence against women is now in the news every day. We started to, I think, get a better picture of what domestic violence is all about,” he said. “People are talking about it. Victims are realizing they’re not alone. Brave people have come forward. They’re opening up about their own experiences. And so we think today’s event is all that more relevant, all that more important.”

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Joe Biden Ends Gaffe-Heavy Week with Another Gaffe

Joe Biden Ends Gaffe-Heavy Week with Another Gaffe

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(WASHINGTON) — Oh, Joe.

Vice President Joe Biden managed to step in it this morning while speaking about domestic violence and sexual assault at the Democratic National Committee’s annual Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C.

After giving an impassioned plea to end such abuse, Biden closed his remarks with a few comments about the challenges facing Democrats in the upcoming elections.

“This is not your father’s Republican Party. This is a different breed of cat,” he said, lamenting the absence of Republicans he said used to champion issues like voter fraud. “It’s Republicans that were involved, guys like [Charles] Mac Mathias, [Bob] Packwood and so many others.”

Perhaps that’s not the best example to use in a speech aimed at reaching out to women.

Oregon Republican Bob Packwood resigned from the Senate in 1995 amid sexual harassment and abuse allegations.

But the Packwood reference was not the only gaffe of the week for the VP. Earlier this week, Biden had to apologize after referring to moneylenders as “Shylocks,” a Shakespearean term considered to be anti-Semitic.

“People would come to him and talk about what was happening to them at home in terms of foreclosures, in terms of bad loans that were being — I mean, these shylocks who took advantage of these women and men while overseas,” he said Tuesday.

After facing criticism from the Anti-Defamation League, Biden admitted, “It was a poor choice of words.”

And Wednesday, he referred to Asia as the “Orient,” a widely outdated term that is often considered to be offensive.

“You know, on the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President Xi in China, I stopped in Singapore to meet with a guy named Lee Kuan Yew, who most foreign policy experts around the world say is the wisest man in the Orient,” Biden said in Iowa this week.

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What to Do After You Buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

What to Do After You Buy an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus

Apple(NEW YORK) — The new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus is in your hands — the culmination of weeks of anticipation.

Perhaps you were one of the millions of people who woke up in the middle of the night last week to be one of the first to pre-order the new smartphones. Or maybe you spent hours, days or even weeks camped outside an Apple store for the chance to be one of the first people to upgrade.

Now that the prize is in your hands, here’s what you need to know to get acquainted with your new phone:

Getting Set Up

Assuming you’ve already backed up your data from your old iPhone to the iCloud or iTunes, you’re now ready to get started.

Once you turn on your new iPhone, swipe the screen when prompted to begin setting it up. Choose a language, connect to Wi-Fi and then sign into your iCloud account.

Important: Don’t upgrade to iCloud Drive just yet. The service, which makes sure you have the most up to date versions of your documents everywhere, only works on iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, which has not yet been released to the public. This means you could potentially be unable to access your documents on another device.

Restore Your Backup

You should see the option “Restore From iCloud Backup.” If you’d rather sync from iTunes, make sure you’re connected via a lightning cable and select “Restore From iTunes Backup.”

Depending on how much data you have to transfer, this could take a while. The iPhone should restart when the restoration is complete.

If you’ve never used an iPhone before, choose “Set Up As New iPhone.”

Security

Make sure you activate Touch ID when you’re prompted during set-up. Your thumb print could make all the difference in keeping your private photos and messages secure.

New Features

The iPhones are also packed with new features, including “reachability.” With a double touch, the display can slide down so users can reach “anything” at the top of the phone, an ideal feature for multitasking.

You also now have a reason to take the stairs — the iPhone 6 will have a barometer for elevation.

Both devices also boast better cameras that have a faster and sharper focus.

Apple Pay, the company’s digital wallet that is slated to make its debut in October, will also be supported on the new iPhones.

Battery Life

When it comes to battery life, both phones meet or exceed the iPhone 5 in all metrics — so you may notice at least a slight difference.

The iPhone 6 has up to 14 hours of talk time on a 3G network, while the iPhone 6 Plus boasts up to 24 hours, according to information posted on Apple’s website.

When it comes to surfing the Internet on Wi-Fi through the devices, the iPhone 6 has up to 11 hours while the iPhone 6 Plus can handle an additional hour.

The iPhone 6 has up to 11 hours of video playback, while the iPhone 6 Plus has up to 14 hours.

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Pope Francis to Travel to Albania

Pope Francis to Travel to Albania

neneos/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(TIRANA, Albania) — Pope Francis will travel to the capital of Albania on Sunday, meeting with political and religious leaders.According to Father Federico Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, the pope’s t…

Pabst Brewing Co. Purchased by Russian Beverage Distributor

Pabst Brewing Co. Purchased by Russian Beverage Distributor

Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Pabst Brewing Co., the brewer of popular American beer Pabst Blue Ribbon, among other offerings, has been acquired by Russian beverage distributor Oasis Beverages, as announced in a Thursday press release.

Oasis Beverages and private-equity firm TSG Consumer Partners partnered to acquire the brand. The Wall Street Journal reports that that deal values Pabst Brewing Co. as between $700 million and $750 million.

Eugene Kashper, Chairman of the Board for Oasis Beverages, will serve as the CEO of Pabst Brewing Company, and the headquarters will remain in Los Angeles, California.

Kashper called Pabst Blue Ribbon “the quintessential American brand.”

“It represents individualism, egalitarianism, and freedom of expression — all the things that make this country great,” Kashper said in a statement.

Pabst Brewing Company also produces other American brands, including Rainier, Lone Star, Old Style, Schlitz and National Bohemian.

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“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Stars Mama June and Sugar Bear Separate

“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” Stars Mama June and Sugar Bear Separate

TLC(NEW YORK) — Mama June had sad news to share Friday.

The Here Come Honey Boo Boo star, whose real names is June Shannon, has separated from Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson.

“Sugar Bear and I have decided to take some time apart to figure out some things in our relationship,” she told ABC News in a statement. “We are taking things day by day, but regardless of what happens, the girls will always be our number one priority. We want to thank y’all for your support.”

Shannon and Thompson have one daughter together, Alana, whom has been nicknamed Honey Boo Boo. Thompson has been involved with Shannon’s older daughters, Lauryn (“Pumpkin”), Jessica (“Chubbs”) and Anna (“Chickadee”) too. Last summer, they held a commitment ceremony during which they exchanged vows.

“I’m so glad that they’re finally doing it,” one of Shannon’s friends said at the time. “June just is scared of the whole thing. But I guess he finally convinced her.”

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