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5 years ago, Thursday, Aug 4, 2016

'We Do Not Pay Ransom,' Obama Declares, Calling Criticism of Iran Deal Illogical

From nbcnews.com | Archived Version

President Barack Obama said Thursday that it "defies logic" that a $400 million U.S. payment to Iran in January could be considered a "ransom" for hostages.

ABC's Channing Dungey Meets the Press: 'Star Wars' on TV, 'Bachelor' Diversity and Post-'Castle' Procedurals

From hollywoodreporter.com | Archived Version

The network's new entertainment president makes her first TCA appearance, offering a plan to make the dating franchise less white and emphasizing that talks with Lucasfilm are ongoing.

Bank of England Cuts Key Interest Rate to New Low

From wsj.com | Archived Version

LONDON—The Bank of England cut its benchmark interest rate to the lowest in its 322-year history and revived a financial crisis-era bond-buying program to cushion the U.K.

Business owner denies Clinton claim he's a Republican backing Hillary

From cnn.com | Archived Version

Las Vegas (CNN) Hillary Clinton's campaign claimed Thursday that the founder of a local electrical company she toured in Nevada was both a Republican and a Clinton supporter.

Buy Iconic 16-Bit Disney Games on GOG

From pcmag.com | Archived Version

Can't wait for Nintendo's NES Classic Edition to satiate your nostalgia? Sink your teeth into three iconic 16-bit Disney platformers instead.

Cities, counties scramble to take on Zika

From cnn.com | Archived Version

(CNN) Zika was worrying local health officials long before Florida announced the nation's first local transmission from an infected mosquito in late July.

Dylann Roof assaulted by inmate in Charleston jail shower

From nydailynews.com | Archived Version

The hate-filled South Carolina man accused of slaughtering nine worshipers inside a church last year was roughed up in jail Thursday morning, officials said.

Egypt: Leader of Islamic State Affiliate Killed in Sinai

From nytimes.com | Archived Version

CAIRO - Egypt's military said on Thursday that the leader of the Islamic State's affiliate has been killed in the Sinai Peninsula, along with several key aides and 45 other members of the extremist group.

Everyone Despises SolarCity Deal, Except Tesla Shareholders

From nytimes.com | Archived Version

Elon Musk, left, Tesla Motors' chief executive, at a news conference in July at the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada. Credit James Glover/Reuters.

Everything We Know About ISIS Spy Chief Abu Mohammad al-Adnani

From time.com | Archived Version

Abu Mohammad al-Adnani, ISIS's propaganda chief and spokesperson, has reportedly been named head of an intelligence unit dedicated to launching attacks abroad.

Facebook's new anti-clickbait algorithm buries bogus headlines

From techcrunch.com | Archived Version

Facebook Pages and websites that frequently withhold, exaggerate or distort information in their link headlines will disappear from News Feed thanks to a new anti-clickbait algorithm that's now rolling out.

Get to know iOS 10's new Music app

From cnet.com | Archived Version

Last year, Apple Music launched alongside a redesigned Music app on iOS and, let's just be honest, the app was horrible. It was difficult to navigate, confusing and lacked key features (Shuffle All, anyone?

Icahn: Union got Taj Mahal casino workers to kill own jobs

From washingtonpost.com | Archived Version

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - Billionaire investor Carl Icahn wrote a letter Thursday to the soon-to-be unemployed workers of the Trump Taj Mahal casino, accusing their union of inciting them to destroy their own jobs by participating in the longest strike by ...

In Maine, Trump attacks Obama on cash payment to Iran

From bostonglobe.com | Archived Version

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Thursday took aim at Maine's community of Somali refugees as he criticized US immigration policy during an address at Portland's Merrill Auditorium.

Inside the Problems That Plague Rio as Olympic Games Begin

From abcnews.go.com | Archived Version

The start of the Olympics in Rio this week has been shadowed by a storm of bad news - not including a Zika outbreak that prompted 150 health officials to recommend moving the games out of the city as a public safety measure. Demonstrations, violent ...

Intel-owned Basis recalls every fitness watch they ever made

From digitaltrends.com | Archived Version

Intel-owned fitness tracker company Basis has announced a sweeping recall of its Peak and B-1smartwatches over concerns the battery could get too hot and injure someone.

Introducing the Donald Trump-Mike Pence divergence tracker

From washingtonpost.com | Archived Version

Whether he sets foot onstage with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump is very likely to find himself engaged in some sort of debate this fall - with his running mate.

Israel accuses Gaza manager of World Vision of funding Hamas

From washingtonpost.com | Archived Version

JERUSALEM - Israel's internal security agency said Thursday it has arrested a senior employee of the international aid group World Vision in the Gaza Strip, accusing him of siphoning millions of dollars of the charity's funds and transferring them to ...

Jared Leto Just Crushed Our Meme Dream

From eonline.com | Archived Version

The Suicide Squad actor made headlines yesterday for wearing the fitted green Gucci jacket that first made his jaw drop at the fashion house's Spring/Summer 2017 menswear show in Milan.

Legends say China began in a great flood. Scientists just found evidence that the flood was real.

From washingtonpost.com | Archived Version

It's said the flood looked like "endless boiling water," surging across the landscape. A wave as tall as a 30-story building would have crashed over the banks of the Yellow River, demolishing everything in its path.

Lily Tomlin to Receive SAG Lifetime Achievement Award: Her 5 Best Roles, Ranked

From eonline.com | Archived Version

Lily Tomlin will receive her most prestigious honor yet at next year's Screen Actors Guild Awards. The actress—who's earned multiple Emmys, two Tonys, and a Grammy—has been named the 53rd recipient of the SAG Life Achievement Award for her ...

Man Held After London Knife Attack That Killed an American

From nytimes.com | Archived Version

An official with London's Metropolitan Police said there was no evidence of terrorism in a deadly stabbing on Wednesday night.

Mic'd Up on Mars! 2020 Rover Will Capture Sounds of Red Planet

From space.com | Archived Version

NASA's 2020 Mars rover mission will land using a rocket-powered sky crane. Cameras and microphones are going along for the ride to document the entry, descent and landing sequence.

N.C. man arrested for plotting ISIS-inspired attacks in U.S.

From nydailynews.com | Archived Version

A North Carolina man who pledged allegiance to ISIS was arrested in Ohio for plotting terror attacks inside the U.S., including a thwarted rampage against a controversial cartoon contest, the Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Nearly four dozen suspected mob members busted in federal sweep

From nydailynews.com | Archived Version

A criminal cooperative of multiple mob families was crippled Thursday in a massive federal sweep that busted nearly four dozen Mafiosi along the East Coast.

New Taliban Leader Moves to Repair Old Fractures

From wsj.com | Archived Version

KABUL—The Taliban's new leader is wooing back some disaffected members as the insurgency wages a new offensive in strategic Helmand province, say those close to the group, defying U.S.

Obama: Islamic State will 'inevitably' be defeated, but networks will persist

From washingtonpost.com | Archived Version

President Obama vowed Thursday that the Islamic State is “inevitably going to be defeated,” but he predicted that the terrorist networks it spawns are likely to continue operating after the group loses its major strongholds in Iraq and Syria.

Olympics: IOC adds five new sports to Games for Tokyo 2020

From cnn.com | Archived Version

"The inclusion of the package of new sports will afford young athletes the chance of a lifetime," Tokyo 2020 president Yoshiro Mori said.

Outlooks for the preseason Amway Coaches Poll top 25

From usatoday.com | Archived Version

The preseason Amway Coaches Poll, with outlooks for the top 25: 1. Alabama (14-1). Points: 1,585 (55 first-place votes). Previous ranking: 1. Opens: Sept.

Overwatch helps drive record-breaking revenues for Activision Blizzard

From gamasutra.com | Archived Version

Overwatch seems to be doing the business for Activision Blizzard, as the company today cited it as one of the leading successes in a Wall Street-beating second-quarter earnings report.

Republican releases ad promising to 'stand up' to Trump

From politico.com | Archived Version

As many Republicans delicately distance themselves from Donald Trump's erratic candidacy, one prominent Republican is going further - launching a face-to-camera television commercial in which he promises to “stand up” to the GOP nominee.

Rio 2016: Female gymnast makes Olympic history at seventh games

From bbc.com | Archived Version

Her career has spanned more than a quarter of a century, including seven Olympic Games. Oksana's first Olympics was in Barcelona in 1992.

Rio Games an acid test for Olympics' appeal in a grim world

From usatoday.com | Archived Version

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - Even if only for two weeks, can "Faster-Higher-Stronger" overpower deadlier, scarier and bloodier?

Rio Olympics 2016: Russia says 271 athletes cleared for Games

From edition.cnn.com | Archived Version

(CNN) A total of 271 Russian athletes have been cleared to take part in the Rio Olympics, Alexander Zhukov, president of the Russian Olympics Committee, told reporters in Rio de Janeiro.

SeaWorld: 'Florida problem' behind drop in attendance

From orlandosentinel.com | Archived Version

The company reported an adjusted net income of $18 million in the second quarter, slightly lower than the $18.7 million reported the previous year.

Should Texas profs have a say over guns in their classrooms?

From csmonitor.com | Archived Version

Three professors have sued for the right to ban guns in their own classrooms, as a new campus concealed carry law takes effect at public universities in Texas amid a debate over safety and free speech.

Sickle cell trait may not increase risk of premature death, study finds

From foxnews.com | Archived Version

Black men and women with a sickle cell trait don't see any more of an increased risk of premature death than those without the trait but who have other risk factors including obesity, older age and a history of smoking, a new study of American service ...

That's Amore! Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom Can't Stop Kissing While Vacationing in Italy

From eonline.com | Archived Version

Katy Perry and her British beau Orlando Bloom couldn't keep their hands to themselves while docked on the shores of Sardinia in southern Italy this week.

The villains from 1980s teen movies worry that Trump is a threat to their children

From washingtonpost.com | Archived Version

There are few phrases that instantly conjure more potent imagery than "Harvard Republican Club." Harvard Republican Club: a phrase that bad '80s movies have taught us translates into a group of five to 10 guys standing in front of a large fireplace ...

Three vaccines prevent Zika infection in monkeys; vaccine trial in humans gets underway

From latimes.com | Archived Version

One day after U.S. health officials announced an early start to a clinical trial to test a Zika vaccine in humans, researchers reported in the journal Science that three different types of vaccines designed to block the virus all worked to perfection ...

Watch opera and quantum computing collide in 'Superposition': the most high-tech duet ever

From digitaltrends.com | Archived Version

What do a Welsh mezzo-soprano, a castle in the southwest of England, and a quantum computer in Los Angeles have in common? Answer: they all teamed up recently for a musical performance that, according to its creator, represents the “first computer ...

Westbrook's Legacy Endures in OKC

From nba.com | Archived Version

For nearly a decade, Russell Westbrook has been the embodiment of the appetite for winning that he, his Thunder teammates and Oklahomans all share.

What Donald Trump's candidacy has really meant for his business empire

From washingtonpost.com | Archived Version

Early on in the presidential campaign, some pundits argued that Donald Trump's candidacy was just a fleeting effort that would leave little impact on the race, but could ultimately bring more attention and revenue to the Trump business empire.

When is the Olympic Games opening ceremony for Rio 2016 and what time does it start in every country?

From rio2016.com | Archived Version

What time does the Rio 2016 Opening Ceremony start? The Olympic Games curtain-raiser begins at 20:00:00 local time on Friday 5 August 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

Women without an appendix or tonsils may be more fertile

From aol.com | Archived Version

When you get your tonsils removed, all you can think about is the unlimited ice cream that's coming to your very near future. Now, for women, there's something else to think about: spiked fertility rates.

[ August 4, 2016 ] China's Yutu rover dies on the moon News

From spaceflightnow.com | Archived Version

A camera aboard the Chang'e 3 lander captured this view of the Yutu rover in December 2013. Credit: Chinese Academy of Sciences/NAOC/Science and Application Center for Moon and Deepspace Exploration.