August 12, 2014
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During a private meeting, President Obama reportedly called criticisms of his Syria policy "horsesh-t."

Hillary Clinton and a number of members of Congress have said Obama could have done more to help Syrian rebels, including giving them weapons. The Daily Beast reports that Obama responded to the bipartisan criticism, arguing the notion that providing weapons to rebels sooner would have helped Syria is complete "horsesh-t."

Obama reportedly issued the expletive in response to Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)'s inquiry about his Syria policy. Corker recently wrote an op-ed for The Washington Post criticizing Obama's foreign policy, saying the president "left [the Syrian opposition] hanging."

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton says that she proposed an initiative to arm the Syrian rebels in 2012, but her plan was rejected.

"I did believe, which is why I advocated this, that if we were to carefully vet, train, and equip early on a core group of the developing Free Syrian Army, we would, number one, have some better insight into what was going on on the ground," Clinton told The Atlantic.

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Police in Ferguson, Missouri, displayed an overt bias against African Americans in the course of their law enforcement duties, according to a Justice Department investigation.

The DOJ review found that Ferguson's police department routinely violated the constitutional rights of blacks, disproportionately targeted them for arrest, and often used excessive force against them, according to leaked details of the report. The report also uncovered a 2008 email between police and court employees joking that President Obama would not be president for long because, "what black man holds a steady job for four years?" 

The full report, which arose after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager last summer, is due out Wednesday.—Jon Terbush

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2:46 p.m. ET

Ah, the land of stock photos. It is a unique place, filled with people in ill-fitting business suits, lots of firm handshakes, and okay, plenty of cute puppies, too.

Over the next three weeks, you may notice some more familiar faces in stock photo land, courtesy of a promotion for Vince Vaughn's new movie, Unfinished Business. Twentieth Century Fox teamed up with iStock by Getty Images to create a series of photos featuring Vaughn, along with his co-stars Tom Wilkinson and Dave Franco, Adweek reports. The results are disturbingly good — or bad, depending on how you look at it — and should fit right in when you search for terms such as "synergy."

Take a look at three of the frames, complete with their iStock captions, below. —Sarah Eberspacher

Mike Pancake and the team celebrate some unfinished business on a white background. | (iStock)

Dan Trunkman and the team from Apex Select. See Unfinished Business in theaters starting on March 6, 2015. | (iStock)

Mike Pancake from Apex Select attends a business presentation in a boardroom. | (iStock)

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It's one thing for a historic landmark to contain, say, a time capsule, like the one found in a statue at Boston's Old State House. But what happens when a monument is filled with bird poop?

That's what happened to a medieval monument in England. The 14th-century Landgate Arch in Rye, East Sussex, was filled with 25 tons of pigeon poop, Discovery News reports. The cleanup took four days and required a custom-built pressure tanker to suck the waste out of the arch's towers.

The Rother District Council, which owns the monument, discovered the poop last month. The buildup was apparently bad enough that the CountyClean Environmental Services workers had to force the monument's doors open.

"Whilst we've removed other massive blockages, such as giant fatbergs in sewers, we have never seen such a monumental mass of festering feces before," Mike Walker, CountyClean Environmental Services' managing director, said in a statement. "Once inside, it was like walking on a giant chocolate cake and the smell was awful — even through a facemask."

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2:03 p.m. ET
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President Obama on Tuesday shrugged off Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fiery speech criticizing the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations, saying the foreign leader "didn't offer any viable alternatives."

"As far as I can tell, there was nothing new," Obama said, adding that Netanyahu gave a nearly identical speech last year full of dire predictions that have not come true.

In his controversial address to a joint session of Congress, Netanyahu claimed the Obama administration's nuclear negotiations would "pave Iran's path to the bomb."

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Forget about keeping your phone charger on your bedside table — soon, the table itself will be the only charger you need.

Ikea's new "Home Smart" collection, out in April, features tables and lamps that can wirelessly charge mobile devices. And if you already have your fair share of Ikea tables, the line will also include "charging pads" that can be attached to regular furniture.

The Home Smart furniture features Qi, a wireless charging standard found in Windows and Android phones. While iPhones don't support wireless charging, Ikea will also sell charging covers for iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, and 6 models so they will work with the furniture.

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Despite creative shakeups, cast shakeups, and outright cancelation from NBC, Community is the sitcom that just can't be killed. For its fabled sixth season, the series is moving online to Yahoo! Screen.

The trailer for the new season riffs on the ultra-serious trailer for this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Abed would undoubtedly approve.) But while Pierce, Troy, and Shirley have all moved on, things are looking reliably zany at Greendale:

Community season 6 premieres on Yahoo! Screen on March 17.

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Russia's Perm-36 museum issued a statement Monday that it is "ceasing its activities and beginning the process of self-liquidation" following months of government pressure for the museum to close.

Perm-36 is the only Russian museum built on the site of a former gulag camp, The Moscow Times reports. The museum commemorates victims of Soviet labor camps.

The Times notes that the museum's closing comes as a recent Levada Center poll found that more than half of Russians have positive views of Josef Stalin. Russia's government reportedly investigated the museum last year for "extremism," the Times reports.

In its official statement, Perm-36 said that discussions about preserving the museum "have proven unsuccessful." The museum also noted that it had been nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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After an arduous two-month selection process that included a request to move the case out of Boston, a 12-member jury was seated Tuesday in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The 21-year-old Tsarnaev faces 30 charges and a potential death sentence for allegedly detonating two bombs during the 2013 marathon that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Opening statements in the trial are scheduled for Wednesday.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress about Iran's nuclear ambitions, calling it a condescending affront to U.S. intelligence.

"That is why, as one who values the U.S.–Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation," Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi had been highly critical of House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) invite to Netanyahu, though she did not join the large group of Democratic lawmakers who boycotted the address.

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12:03 p.m. ET

In recent years, federal agencies and local police alike have availed themselves of technology known as "stingrays," cell phone surveillance devices that essentially fool your phone into thinking it's a cell tower. As the ACLU notes, stingrays "also gather information about the phones of countless bystanders who happen to be nearby," which means police could be keeping tabs on your location and other info, sans warrant.

Now, a newly released document indicates that the local reach of the devices may be interfering with cell service, too. Because of how the stingray functions, "its use has the potential to intermittently disrupt cellular service to a small fraction of Sprint’s wireless customers within its immediate vicinity," wrote FBI Special Agent Michael A. Scimeca.

"If an emergency or important/urgent call (to a doctor, a loved one, etc.) is blocked or dropped by this technology," says the ACLU's Nate Wessler, "that’s a serious problem."

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