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Poll: Tight Race to the Finish for Iowa Senate Candidates

Poll: Tight Race to the Finish for Iowa Senate Candidates

David Greedy/Getty Images(HAMDEN, Conn.) — With less than two weeks to go, it's still incredibly tight in the Iowa Senate brawl. A new Quinnipiac poll out Thursday morning shows Joni Ernst at 48 percent support amongst likely voters to Rep. Bruce Braley's 46 percent, with just 4 percent still undecided. A Quinnipiac poll released the previous week showed Ernst at 47 percent and Braley at 45 percent. Thursday's poll results show independent voters backing Ernst 47 percent to Braley's 41 percent. In the "reverse gender gap" for this race, women back Braley 53 to 40 percent while men back Ernst 55 to 38 percent. A bright spot for Democrats -- among those who have already cast their ballot in early voting, Braley leads 58 to 37 percent. Twelve days from Election Day, a staggering 93 percent say their mind is already made up, while 7 percent could still change it before decision day.

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How Google’s New ‘Inbox’ Could Change Email Forever

How Google’s New ‘Inbox’ Could Change Email Forever

Google(NEW YORK) -- Google is rethinking email with "Inbox," a product that promises to keep users from drowning in an overflowing inbox.Working as a complement to Gmail, the product is geared toward a mobile audience and is designed to bring peace and order back to cluttered inboxes everywhere.

However, it's not available to everyone just yet. Google sent out its first round of invitations on Wednesday to users who will have the privilege of inviting their friends to download Inbox.

No hookup? No problem. Users can also email inbox@google.com to join the wait list for when more invites become available.Once you've scored a coveted invite, here's what to expect from Inbox.Important Information at a Glance: Inbox is so smart that it will even add real-time information from the Internet to your emails, such as letting you know if your flight is delayed.Easy Organization: Similar emails, such as receipts or bank statements are grouped together, making it easier to find the information you need.It's Easier to Step Away from Email: Need an email detox? Inbox can take care of that. The app lets users hit snooze for away emails and reminders, allowing you to designate a time or specific location when you'd like them to come back.Reminders: Never forget a birthday or date ever again. Inbox also makes it incredibly easy by providing relevant phone numbers, maps and addresses, just like a good personal assistant.

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Neuroscientist Faces Trial in Wife’s Cyanide Poisoning Death

Neuroscientist Faces Trial in Wife’s Cyanide Poisoning Death

iStock/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) -- Opening statements are expected to begin Thursday at the trial of a University of Pittsburgh neuroscientist accused of poisoning his neurologist wife with an energy drink laced with cyanide.Dr. Robert Ferrante, 65, allegedly gave his wife, Dr. Autumn Klein, 41, the drink on April 17, 2013, telling her that it would help her get pregnant. That same day, the couple exchanged text messages about how a creatine regimen could help them conceive.According to a criminal complaint obtained by ABC News, Klein wrote, “Will it stimulate egg production too?”Ferrante allegedly responded with a smiley face.Klein collapsed in her home. She died on April 20, 2013, at UPMC Presbyterian, where she was chief of the division of women's neurology and an assistant professor of neurology, obstetrics and gynecology.Police documents allege that Ferrante did not want an autopsy performed, and instructed that Klein’s body be cremated. Despite those instructions, an autopsy was performed, revealing a lethal amount of cyanide in her system.Ferrante -- considered a leading researcher of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS -- allegedly had a bottle of cyanide shipped overnight to his lab at the University of Pittsburgh two days before his wife collapsed, using a university credit card.Additionally, hours after a police interview following Klein’s death, Ferrante allegedly performed a Google search, writing, “Would ECMO or dialysis remove traces of toxins poisons?”Police say Ferrante suspected his wife was having an affair. He was arrested in July 2013, charged with one count of criminal homicide. He has pleaded not guilty.ABC News Chief Legal Affairs Anchor Dan Abrams said the trial will likely become a battle of medical experts.“How much cyanide was in her body is the crucial piece of evidence,” Abrams said. “The defense is expected to dispute the reliability of the blood tests. That will be a big part of the case.”

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Texas Health Workers Use Tabasco to Help Train for Ebola

Texas Health Workers Use Tabasco to Help Train for Ebola

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(DALLAS) -- As Texas health workers prepare two new biocontainment units to help treat any future Ebola patients the state might have, they're are using one piece of training equipment from a neighboring state that may surprise you: Tabasco sauce.

At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where one of the units is being established, the staff has been practicing treating fake patients who have been sprayed at random with the peppery sauce as a stand-in for Ebola virus-laden fluids. Doctors and nurses practice dressing and undressing in their protective gear to avoid contamination, but if they feel the tingle of Tabasco on their skin, they know they've been contaminated."In a way, it gives feedback immediately," said Dr. Bruce Meyer, an executive vice president at the hospital, giving credit to the hospital's director of infection prevention, Doramarie Arocha, for the idea.Tabasco sauce is made by Louisiana-based McIlhenny Co. from red peppers called Capsicum frutescens, which are made spicy by the chemical capsaicin. When skin comes in contact with this chemical, the brain's pain and temperature receptors get activated at the same time, causing that tingly, hot feeling. The hot pepper chemical has also been used in other medical settings, including dermatology and neurology for pain and itch relief.Nurse Elizabeth Thomas, who works in the hospital's infection prevention department, said health workers were originally drilling with ketchup mixed with water when Arocha came up with the idea to use Tobasco sauce instead. When workers took off protective gear at the end of a drill, Arocha told everyone to rub their eyes and touch their lips."But we didn't have the burning sensation," Thomas said. "So that's how we knew we were doing the right thing."In the aftermath of Texas being home to the first two Ebola transmissions on American soil, Gov. Rick Perry this week promised to create two biocontainment units in the state to treat any future Ebola cases that may arise.Two nurses who treated Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan for Ebola at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas last month -- Nina Pham, 26, and Amber Vinson, 29 -- contracted the deadly virus and are being treated in isolation units at the National Institutes of Health isolation facility in Bethesda, Maryland, and Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, respectively.Though it's not clear exactly how the nurses caught the virus, some have speculated that they may have been contaminated while taking off protective gear."When you have gone into contaminated gloves, masks or other things to remove those without risk of contaminated material touching you and being then on your clothes or face or skin and leading to an infection is critically important and not easy to do right," Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said during a news conference the day Pham's preliminary Ebola test came back positive.Vinson's family announced that she had been declared virus-free on Wednesday, and Pham's condition was upgraded from "fair" to "good" earlier this week.One new Texas biocontainment unit will be at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, which is also home to a high-security biolab that is already prepared to treat Ebola in the unlikely event that one of its workers becomes infected while studying the virus in the lab setting. The other biocontainment unit will be at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, which has already spent "north of half a million dollars" retrofitting rooms and training staff to treat Ebola patients in isolation over the last several weeks, Meyer said.Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, who directs Columbia University's Center for Infection and Immunity, called the move a "sensible investment," and said that other communities should be able to replicate centers like the ones at Emory University Hospital, Nebraska Medical Center and the NIH facility, where other Ebola patients have been treated in the United States."The unit itself physically isn't that complicated," said Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, adding that training staff is much more crucial to the effort."Virtually any hospital of any size" can build one of these units, he said. And though it might not be as "elaborate" as the ones at Emory and the NIH, it should work.The United States currently houses four facilities with biocontainment units, and they have the capacity to treat 11 patients. Texas would be adding two new facilities, and the ability to treat several more patients."When I heard about this, I said 'Good for them,'" Schaffner said. "They'll add to the U.S. capacity to take care of Ebola patients in these units."

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Bristol Palin Explains Brawl, Blames Media in Blog Post

Bristol Palin Explains Brawl, Blames Media in Blog Post

Michael Buckner/WireImage(WASHINGTON) -- Two days after audio from a brawl involving the Palin family was released, Bristol Palin has defended herself and her family in writing, explaining her side of what happened on the evening of Sept. 6.“Instead of listening to all the people who weren’t there ... let me tell you what actually happened,” she writes in a post on Patheos.In her defense, Sarah Palin’s eldest daughter blamed a liberal media bias for unfair and incorrect reporting on the incident. She aimed to the set the record straight while also pointing out embarrassing incidents in other political families such as the Clintons and Bidens. She alleged coverage of those moments was downplayed because they involved Democratic families.Some details of the Palins' run-in already emerged on that audio earlier this week and in other accounts. But here are the five best parts of Bristol Palin’s new post:

1. She Says the Brawl Started Because Someone Wanted to 'Get Famous'Bristol Palin wrote that it all started when her group's “friend got knocked out from a cheap shot from behind” from a man who tweeted “about to get famous.” It was then, according to Palin, that her 20-year-old sister [Willow Palin] said to the man's mother, “Get ahold of your son.”“But apparently the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree, because his mom pushed Willow. A grown woman pushed my little sister,” Bristol Palin wrote.

2. She Claims She Got Involved to Defend Her Sister, but Things Escalated QuicklyBristol Palin said she had already gotten in a car, which was previously reported to be a stretch white Hummer. But, she wrote, when her sister “ran to me crying, telling me that some lady had pushed her down, I got out of the car to go talk to her. Any big sister would do this. Next to God, family is the most important thing to me.”“After I got out of the car, I didn’t get far,” she wrote. “I never even got to talk to his mom, because a guy in his late thirties or early forties got in my face. He was towering over me - probably at 6 foot something and over 200 pounds. He puffed his chest out and started yelling.”She then wrote about what she previously described in a police statement, saying a man she did not identify, but who a police report suggested was the homeowner, Korey Klingenmeyer, “looked right” in her “eyes” and said: “Get the f*** out of here, you slut.”

3. Palin Says She Didn't Punch a Man Several Times with a 'Strong Right Hook'A witness at the party that night said Bristol Palin punched Klingenmeyer “six times,” but she denied that, saying she was “alarmed that things had gotten so bad so fast. But it got even worse when this guy started pushing me. He had his hands on me, pushing me down. That’s when I swung and hit his face.”“Some would say I should’ve never retaliated in defense against him, but certainly he should never have pushed a girl. It didn’t phase him. He pushed me down to the ground and kept me there,” Palin wrote. “It was scary and awful. He held me down until someone got me out of the situation. That’s it - that’s the story. I didn’t ‘swing and hit him seven times with a strong right hook’ as so many so-called news stories have reported. After this incident, I still had a perfect manicure on all ten of my nails. Plus - I’m left handed. I wouldn’t even begin to know how to begin ‘swinging’ at someone. The incident was scary and infuriating. I had bruises all over me from being pushed down.”

4. Claims Liberal Bias Led to Reporting on the Brawl, Says She Has a Job and Normal Life, Attacks MediaBristol Palin wrote that she has an everyday life, and has “stayed out of the public eye for the past few years” and she has a job where she “clock(s) in and out of work ... like most middle class Americans and chip away at making my son’s life just a little bit easier,” but she says the “media still choose to put the Palins into an entirely different category of people.”“This ‘story’ is still running over a month and a half later. Rumors still run wild, unsubstantiated claims are printed as true, and random people who weren’t even there are considered ‘eye witnesses,’” she wrote.

5. Palin Attacks Bidens and Clintons, Says They Don't Get Same Negative Coverage as Conservative WomenBristol Palin asserted media bias leads to coverage of her family, but claimed there is not the same kind of coverage of Democratic family scandals:“In the meantime, did you even hear about Vice President Joe Biden’s adult son who kicked out of the Navy for cocaine? (That’s the real Vice President’s kid...) So pause for a moment and consider the hysteria over our stupid 'incident', compared to our actual Vice President’s son not even being able to hold on to a position in the Navy Reserve," she wrote."I’m sure you heard the happy news that Chelsea Clinton had a baby. But did you know her father-in-law and Clinton family pal Edward Mezvinsky is a convicted felon because of committing bank, wire, and mail fraud? Of course, you didn’t. Because the friends and family of the revered liberal elite are treated like delicate China. Don’t handle too roughly. They are precious. They are off limits. Don’t push on them too hard. In the meantime, I was pushed and held down by some guy ... and the media salivates like a dog that’s just been given a bone,” she continued.Palin said the tough coverage stems from her being a conservative woman:“Violence against women is never okay,” Palin wrote. “Even if that violence occurs against conservative women. Imagine for a second the outrage that would happen if Chelsea Clinton had gotten pushed by some guy. Had she tried to defend herself, the liberal media would’ve held her up as some feminist hero. But it wasn’t Chelsea. It wasn’t Hillary. It wasn’t someone they liked or someone they agreed with. It was a conservative. And once again, the hypocrisy of the media is laid bare.”

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Secret Service Dogs OK After Battling White House Fence Jumper

Secret Service Dogs OK After Battling White House Fence Jumper

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The Secret Service dogs that tussled with a White House fence jumper, including one dog that was violently kicked by the suspect, are recovering on Thursday, officials said.The canines, named Hurricane and Jordan, were taken to a veterinarian after the attack and treated for minor bruising. Both were cleared to return to duty.Meanwhile, Dominic Adesanya, the man who police say climbed over the White House fence Wednesday evening, was released from a hospital and remained in police custody.Hurricane and Jordan attacked Adesanya, 23, after he allegedly jumped the north fence. Video showed the suspect kicking one patrol dog before the second one took him down. Adesanya wrestled with the dog before he was taken into custody.Adesanya was charged with two counts of felony assault on a police officer [the dogs], four counts of resisting/unlawful entry, a misdemeanor, and one count of making threats, also a felony.Adesanya was confronted by the dogs almost immediately after landing on the White House grounds. That was in contrast to the last incident on Sept. 19 when alleged fence jumper Omar Gonzalez was able to sprint all the way to the White House and get inside before being tackled by an off-duty Secret Service agent.The Secret Service launched its canine program in 1975 and uses dogs from Holland called the Belgian Malanois, because they're fast, sociable and their short hair allows them to work in the heat, according to the Secret Service's website. Each dog completes 20 weeks of training before it takes on a job with the Secret Service.

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Pope Francis Speaks to Prison Chaplains, Discusses Imprisonment

Pope Francis Speaks to Prison Chaplains, Discusses Imprisonment

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(ROME) -- Pope Francis had some frank words Thursday about the prison system, saying imprisonment is often promoted by unscrupulous politicians and journalists stirring up society's desire for revenge.Speaking to a group of prison chaplains in Rome, Francis said imprisonment is often used to punish the weak in society while the "big fish" go free. He reiterated the Vatican's call for the abolition of the death penalty but went a step further, calling life sentences "hidden deaths."He said that each time after he makes a Sunday phone call to someone in prison in his home city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, he asks himself, why is he in there and not me? The pope went on to call the "one billion people trapped in absolute poverty" a real crime, one that damages human dignity and the common good.

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Committee of Dems Change Course on Kentucky Campaign Funding for Ads

Committee of Dems Change Course on Kentucky Campaign Funding for Ads

State of Kentucky(WASHINGTON) — Alison Lundergan Grimes has a reason to smile today.  Her campaign in Kentucky just cleared a hurdle that could have hurt her chances with voters.After the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced its decision last week to stop spending money on television ads in the high-profile race, the committee changed direction to go back on the air in the Bluegrass State, a DSCC official confirmed to ABC News.The committee’s initial decision to halt funding had been a signal they didn’t see a pathway anymore for Grimes’ uphill battle against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Instead, committee members decided to pour money into races they hoped to win, like that of Georgia.The committee changed course, however, since the race in Kentucky has tightened, with undecided voters breaking toward Grimes.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

US Military Conducts 15 Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

US Military Conducts 15 Airstrikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

iStock/Thinkstock(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The U.S. military continued its attack against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets in Syria and Iraq, launching 15 airstrikes on Wednesday and Thursday.According to U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), six of the strikes were in Syria. Four near Kobani destroyed fighting positions, a vehicle, and an ISIS command and control center. The other two were east of Dawr Az Zawr and destroyed oil holding tanks.The remaining nine airstrikes in Iraq destroyed a vehicle and hit four small units near Mosul Dam; destroyed a fighting position south of Bayji; and destroyed an ISIS building and training facility and hit a large unit near Fallujah.CENTCOM said all the aircraft used in the attacks managed to exit the areas safely.

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What’s Different About the New iPad Mini

What’s Different About the New iPad Mini

Apple(NEW YORK) -- The new iPad Mini has arrived.

The device comes equipped with Apple's Touch ID, allowing users to take advantage of the new Apple Pay feature. It also comes with a gold finish option and the brand new iOS 8.1.Other than that, there's not much different between the $399 device and the older iPad Mini 2, which retails for $100 less.

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Two Senators Forced to Work Together to Survive on Deserted Island

Two Senators Forced to Work Together to Survive on Deserted Island

ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- What if, instead of duking it out on the floors of the House and Senate in contentious debates and late-night filibusters, the historically divided United States Congress was forced to work together to fulfill certain basic, primal needs -- say, gathering food and resources to share on a deserted island?

On a new show, two senators from opposite sides of the aisle are forced to do just that for one week.The new reality show Rival Survivor takes Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., from C-SPAN to The Discovery Channel to prove it’s possible for the two divided parties to work together, albeit in the confines of a deserted tropical island.In a recent interview with ABC News, Flake said he and Heinrich first came up with the idea during a late-night budget vote, each swapping their own stories of survival and spearfishing.“We started talking jokingly at first about going away and proving that a Democrat and Republican could work together on an island, and it just got a little more serious after that,” Flake said.Heinrich added, “The more I just thought about how challenging it’s gotten to work together and cut through the partisanship on Capitol Hill, the more I thought it would be a nice contrast to see a Republican and a Democrat struggling, but working together at the same time.”The venture ultimately required much more than simply spearfishing.The two were dropped off the side of a boat about a quarter mile from the small island, where they then had to swim through shark-infested waters, fighting against stiff currents and waves, to get ashore.“There wasn't a lot of time to second-guess things at that point,” Heinrich said. “When you're in deep blue water and you can't see the bottom, you better keep swimming.”While Flake called it “the most picturesque island in the world,” he said life on the small strip of land was not without its obstacles. “The weather was tough, [we] had to build a shelter,” Flake said, explaining that the two decided to venture for more resources on a larger island about two-thirds of a mile away.“You realize that these incredibly picturesque places are picturesque because we're used to experiencing them with a bottle of water in our hand and sunscreen and sunglasses,” Heinrich added. “And you quickly realize when you don't have those things, they don't feel quite as picturesque.”The biggest challenge for the pair was securing the most basic human need: water.“We wanted this to be an authentic survivor experience, and it was,” Flake said.

With water scarce, the senators relied heavily on coconuts as a source of liquid sustenance while filming the series.“Needless to say, I think we’re probably both over the coconut water fad at this point,” said Heinrich jokingly. “You start to really have a craving [for] water, just fresh water.”Over the course of the trip, the two fished for food, coexisted with large coconut crabs, and even swam with sharks. But perhaps their most meaningful collaboration, aside from building their own bipartisan bond, was the time spent discussing ways to ease congressional gridlock.“We talked a lot about both substance and individual policy issues -- but also about process, and why it is that things are as polarized as they've become. Frankly, there's not a lot of trust in Washington,” Heinrich said. “I don't think you have to agree with people to be able to work together. But you have to trust them.”When it comes to changing that trust paradigm, both senators suggested that Democrats and Republicans need to spend more time together to help build more productive relationships.Flake said Congress must “have everybody get together” to work past the deep partisan divides. ”I think people will see through the differences and see that at least we can work together in process and bring things to the floor even if we vote differently in the end,” he said.“I'd love to see us be there five days a week irrespective -- through the weekend sometimes -- for three weeks on, and then you go home and you tour your state for week,” said Heinrich. “Some of the most productive times I've seen are when everybody was together in the same room. We need more of that.”

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Polo Mogul Blames Faulty Brakes for Fatal Crash

Polo Mogul Blames Faulty Brakes for Fatal Crash

iStock/Thinkstock(WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- Polo mogul John Goodman took the stand in his own defense Wednesday, blaming faulty brakes -- and not alcohol -- for a fatal 2010 crash.Goodman, the owner of the International Polo Club Palm Beach, insisted that the brakes on his $200,000 Bentley weren’t working properly, causing the car to slam into a Hyundai driven by Scott Wilson, 23. The crash sent the Hyundai into a canal, where Wilson drowned.“I went to grab my gear shift, and that’s the last thing I remember,” Goodman said.Goodman testified that he was on his way to the fast-food restaurant Wendy’s to buy a Frosty frozen dessert when the accident happened.“The first thing I remember after that was, I was seeing white everywhere,” Goodman said.“Stars?” his attorney asked.“Yes, and not really knowing where I was,” Goodman said.Prosecutors have claimed that Goodman was drunk at the time of the accident after working up a $272 tab partying at The Players Club in Wellington, Florida, later registering a blood-alcohol level of 0.177, more than twice the legal limit to drive.Goodman admitted ordering 18 drinks at the club -- but he said he only had three of those drinks.The rest were for others, he said.He also claimed he didn’t get drunk until after the crash, when he left the scene and stumbled upon a friend’s home, where, he said, he drank heavily.“I drank it out of the bottle,” he said.Goodman’s defense also called Dr. David Delonga, a medical specialist, to testify that Goodman was disoriented -- not because of the amount he had to drink, but because the crash likely gave him a concussion.“That would have been consistent in the range of a mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, to put it in layman’s terms,” Delonga told the court.This is the second trial for the multimillionaire, who was convicted in 2012 for Wilson’s death and sentenced to 16 years behind bars. But that verdict was thrown out because of juror misconduct.Goodman has pleaded not guilty.

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Hero of Canada’s Parliament Shooting Greeted with Standing Ovation

Hero of Canada’s Parliament Shooting Greeted with Standing Ovation

Alex Boutilier/Toronto Star via Getty Images(OTTAWA, Ontario) — The hero sergeant-at-arms who killed the shooter in Wednesday's attack on the Canadian Parliament was welcomed back into the building Thursday morning with a prolonged standing ovation.Kevin Vickers, 58, nodded to acknowledge the spontaneous applause that washed over him by the officials in the chamber, which included Prime Minister Stephen Harper.Vickers, a retired Royal Canadian Mountie, holds the ceremonial post of sergeant-at-arms but he confronted and killed gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the suspect in the shooting death of a soldier at the National War Memorial, before invading the main Parliament building.Parliament was back to work Thursday morning, and the crowd ushered Vickers into the room with applause which went on for several minutes. At one point, a few tears appeared to roll down his cheek. The group then sang the national anthem, and held a moment of silence before the prime minister spoke.

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Mark Zuckerberg Puts the Rest of Us to Shame by Speaking Fluent Chinese

Mark Zuckerberg Puts the Rest of Us to Shame by Speaking Fluent Chinese

Justin Sullivan/Getty Images(BEIJING) — How do you say "wow" in Chinese?If you ever need shaming into keeping up with a New Years' resolution, look no further than the example set by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.While many spend hours each day scrolling through Facebook, the 30-year-old billionaire has been busy running his company and learning Mandarin, something he chose as his "personal challenge" in 2010.Zuckerberg impressed the crowd at Tsinghua University in Beijing on Wednesday when he participated in a 30-minute question-and-answer session entirely in Chinese.He later posted his Chinese-speaking debut to his Facebook page, drawing raves from some of his 30 million Facebook followers."Wow, just wow," one commenter wrote. "Speaking Chinese for an entire Q&A is already beyond mind-blowing. But then cracking jokes in Chinese and getting the whole room to erupt in laughter?? That's seriously taking it to a whole new level!"While this may be the most public showing of the payoff of his famous personal challenges, Zuckerberg has previously tasked himself with other ambitious goals.In 2009, he gave his trademark hoodie a break and vowed to wear a tie every day to work.In 2011, he announced on his Facebook page that "I just killed a pig and a goat," keeping with his goal to only eat meat from animals he personally slaughtered. Zuckerberg said at the time he would appreciate his food more if he learned the process of killing the animal and cooking it.In 2012, Zuckerberg set a goal to return to coding -- something he hadn't had a chance to have much involvement in as he grew the business of Facebook.The next year, Zuckerberg made it a point to meet someone new outside Facebook every day -- something he said in interviews turned out to be easier than he expected.This year, the tech titan has been busy practicing gratitude. He told Business Week his goal for 2014 has been to write one thank you note every day.Not too shabby for a guy who runs a multi-billion dollar company with more than 1.3 billion daily users.Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mike Tyson, Man of Letters: Ex-Champ Applies to Join Union of Russian Writers

Mike Tyson, Man of Letters: Ex-Champ Applies to Join Union of Russian Writers

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(MOSCOW) -- Tolstoy. Dostoyevsky. Chekhov. Pushkin. Gogol. Gorky. Bulgakov. Tyson?Former heavyweight boxing champ Mike Tyson has applied to join the Union of Russian Writers, an elite group of Russian scribes that also allows foreign members.His promoter, perhaps not surprisingly, told ABC’s Tanya Stukalova, he was confident Tyson will be accepted as a member.Representatives for the Union of Russian Writers were unavailable for comment, but Tyson's promoter said a decision could be announced as early as Thursday evening with a public presentation next Monday.Tyson last year penned an autobiography, Tyson: Undisputed Truth, and that was submitted along with his application to the Union.

He will arrive in Moscow in a few weeks to attend a fight by a Russian boxer.

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Michigan State Coach Is Looking Forward to Rivalry with Michigan Saturday

Michigan State Coach Is Looking Forward to Rivalry with Michigan Saturday

David Dermer/ Diamond Images/ Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) -- Eighth-ranked Michigan State will look to add a sixth victory in the in-state rivalry between Michigan under head coach Mark Dantonio on Saturday.

Since coming over to East Lansing, Dantonio has won five out of six games against the Wolverines, who are 3-4 this season. Still, Dantonio is excited about the rivalry.

"It gets in your blood a little bit, it's just the way it is," Dantonio said on Tuesday.  "It just divides the state so it makes it unique in that respect, and you embrace it, you get involved in it, and it's in you."

Dantonio says despite Michigan's poor record this year, the team still gets pumped up for any rivalry.

"I think they're basically competitors," Dantonio said. "You're going to get yourself ready to play every football game.  Sometimes the more important the game is, the more the competiveness comes out in you and I think that's the nature of this situation."

The Spartan are 3-0 in the Big Ten this season and Michigan is 1-2. Still, Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner said they're just focused on the game ahead and not the season.

"We're not thinking about ruining their season," he added. "This is about us. I want to win this game as bad as I've wanted to win any game."

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Jobless Claims Climb to 283K

Jobless Claims Climb to 283K

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Jobless claims were higher last week, increasing by 17,000, according to the latest figures released Thursday by the Labor Department.For the week ending Oct. 18, the number of people filing for benefits jumped to 283,000. The previous week claims stood at 266,000, revised up from 264,000.The Labor Department said there were no "special factors" impacting that week's figures.The four-week moving average decreased, however, falling by 3,000 to 281,000.

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Ebola Fears Prompt North Korea to Ban Tourists

Ebola Fears Prompt North Korea to Ban Tourists

iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — North Korea is closing its borders to all foreign tourists due to fears of the Ebola virus, according to tour agencies who were informed Thursday by their representatives in Pyongyang.“Obviously I’m not happy with it. We still have four tours left for the year including one group going in next week,” said Gareth Johnson, founder and managing director of Young Pioneers Tours based in Xian, China. “We're just hoping that this is a storm in a tea cup.”The ban is temporary and the official did not specify when it would be lifted, he said.Koryo Tours, based in Beijing, wrote on its Facebook page: “We have just been informed by our partners in North Korea that tomorrow North Korea will stop accepting international tourists due to the threat of the Ebola virus, effectively closing its borders.”The last time North Korea banned tourists was in 2003 because of the SARS virus outbreak in Asia. It took up to four months before normal operations resumed.“Personally, I think they are afraid of rumors of Ebola in Guangzhou,” said Johnson, referring to the southern Chinese city with a large population of African expats especially from Nigeria and West African countries. “Hopefully, they (North Korean authorities) realize that it was a false alarm.”Approximately 6,000 Western tourists visit North Korea every year.

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Lorraine Toussaint Shares Her Secret Hopes for “Orange Is the New Black” Character

Lorraine Toussaint Shares Her Secret Hopes for “Orange Is the New Black” Character

Desiree Navarro/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- SPOILER ALERT: Last season on Orange Is the New Black, Lorraine Toussaint guest starred as Vee, a prisoner that shook up the women's federal prison. And although her evil character was killed off at the end of season two, fans have continued to wonder if she's really dead."She's definitely taken a hit. She's taken a seriously bad hit. The creator Jenji Kohan believes she's dead and she would know," Toussaint tells ABC News Radio with a laugh, "but I secretly do think [she's alive.] Now it is Vee. It is Vee."Toussaint says she's humbled that some fans are hoping that she's not quite dead. "Mostly I'm so flattered and honored that people actually want her to still be alive," she adds."If she is alive I just hope she's nowhere near my house," Toussaint quips.Toussaint, who just wrapped filming Selma in Birmingham, Alabama, said she had no idea her character was so beloved. It wasn't until she stopped filming the Civil Rights-era film and went back to New York that she realized her fan base."I did not know that show was going to be such a huge phenomenon. It really caught me unawares and off guard. I've never had construction workers come out of the pit to go, 'Lady, I just gotta shake your hand. I just gotta shake your hand lady' and attorneys and judges and students and 13 and 14-year-olds," she explains.After wrapping up her guest starring role on Orange Is the New Black, Toussaint is starring in ABC's new fantasy medical drama, Forever. It airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

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Kim Kardashian Says Daughter North Will Have to ‘Work for What She Wants’

Kim Kardashian Says Daughter North Will Have to ‘Work for What She Wants’

Timothy White/E!(NEW YORK) — Kim Kardashian insists there will be no free ride for her daughter North.  The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star tells the London Evening Standard North will have to pay her own way when she gets older, just like she did.The 34-year-old reality star reveals that in spite of her family's wealth, she worked at a clothing store while she was in school. If she wanted designer clothes, Kim had to save up her money, and she'd like Nori to "work for what she wants" too.“I saved up for this Dolce & Gabbana dress I really wanted, or like in high school these Prada shoes that my parents wouldn’t buy me. I remember they were $400, and I had to save for the entire year to get them," she tells the U.K. newspaper. 

"We didn’t get anything [from our parents], we had to get a job if we wanted it. So I was working in a clothing store and I would save and save,” she adds.Kardashian admits that comes as a surprise to most people.“I was saying that earlier to my friends, ‘I wonder what [North’s] first job is gonna be,’" Kardashian recalls, adding, "And they were like, ‘What? She’s gonna have a job?’ and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Of course she is’. She will have to work for what she wants.”In fact, North's mom is already putting her daughter to work. The 16-month-old has already started modeling for Vogue and CR Fashion Book.When asked what she thought North might do when she's older, Kardashian responded, “I don’t know. She loves fashion. Maybe she’ll be a designer. Who knows? It’s too early to tell.”

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