Only in America
May 12, 2013

A California high school suspended 33 students and banned them from the prom for making a video demonstrating "twerking," a dance move that involves popping one's hips suggestively. "It was just expression," said one puzzled parent, "maybe overly expressive I guess." Samantha Rollins

Late Night Antics
12:45 a.m. ET

LL Cool J warned Jimmy Fallon multiple times on Monday's The Tonight Show that he can't draw, and it wasn't a case of someone downplaying their talents: LL Cool J really can't draw. During another celebrity edition of Pictionary, LL and Rose Byrne faced off against Fallon and Big Sean, who were surprisingly in sync with each other. LL tried his hardest when it was his turn, but his doodle of a tattoo was so bad — not to mention accidentally obscene — that Byrne was left speechless. Watch the video below. —Catherine Garcia

Sweet Sorrows
April 20, 2015

Late Monday, Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries recalled all its products after two samples of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream tested positive for listeriosis, a potentially fatal foodborne illness caused by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes. The voluntary recall follows a partial recall and the closure of an Oklahoma facility earlier in the month.

"We're committed to doing the 100 percent right thing, and the best way to do that is to take all of our products off the market until we can be confident that they are all safe," said CEO Paul Kruse in a statement.

The recall affects retailers in 23 states and international markets. Blue Bell, a family-owned creamery that has been making ice cream for 108 years, says it will return to market after it tracks down the source of the listeria and tests all its products for the bacteria. Peter Weber

This is terrible
April 20, 2015
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More than 5 million hens at an Iowa commercial laying facility will be euthanized, following the discovery of bird flu on the premises, officials said.

In a statement, the Iowa Department of Agriculture said that the facility has been quarantined, and the birds will be "humanely euthanized to prevent the spread of the disease." Since December, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says almost 8 million cases of bird flu have been found in 13 states, with more than 7 million having been confirmed this month. This is the second outbreak in Iowa, CNN reports; the first happened at a turkey facility in Buena Vista County. Catherine Garcia

farewell neon cheese
April 20, 2015
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Kraft Macaroni & Cheese's electric orange hue will soon be a thing of the past: Starting next January, the company will no longer sell its original version with artificial preservatives and colors, instead using paprika, annatto, and turmeric to give the dish its tint.

The change comes as consumers continue to shy away from processed foods, and while Kraft was willing to adapt, they had to make sure the taste wasn't altered. "We weren't ready to change the product until we were confident that Kraft Macaroni & Cheese tastes like Kraft Macaroni & Cheese," the company said. Kraft already has one product on the market, Kraft Mac & Cheese Boxed Shapes, without artificial flavors, preservatives, or synthetic colors, and plans to roll out additional preservative-free macaroni and cheese varieties later in 2016. Catherine Garcia

that's one solution
April 20, 2015
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William Shatner has come up with what he says is a surefire way to save California from its drought: Build a pipeline from rain-drenched Seattle to the Golden State.

"I want $30 billion...to build a pipeline like the Alaska pipeline," he told Yahoo. "How bad would it be to get a large, 4-foot pipeline, keep it aboveground — because if it leaks, you're irrigating." The actor plans to launch a Kickstarter in an attempt to raise the billions of dollars necessary to make the pipeline a reality, and believes he's doing a public service by at least bringing awareness to the drought. "If I don't make $30 billion, I'll give it to a politician who says, 'I'll build it,'" he said.

This isn't the first time a pipeline has been proposed to help California with water. Several decades ago, state water officials discussed securing water from the Pacific Northwest, but that plan never came to fruition. In 1977 and 1990, Los Angeles Supervisor Kenneth Hahn discussed digging aqueducts to carry water from the Columbia River in the Pacific Northwest and the Snake River in Idaho, but those states weren't interested — in a 1990 letter to Hahn, Oregon Gov. Neil Goldschmidt wrote, "I have the distinct impression that you are trying to steal my water." Catherine Garcia

Foreign affairs
April 20, 2015
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The Chinese government is investing in a program called the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a $46 billion project that will do everything from upgrade railways to build power plants in Pakistan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Pakistan for his first state visit, and during a ceremony in Islamabad on Monday, Xi and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif performed a remote groundbreaking via video on five projects, including a $1.4 billion dam near Islamabad. "Friendship with China is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign policy," Sharif said. "Today, we have planned for the future."

Chinese companies will tackle the work, The Wall Street Journal reports, and it will be financed through Chinese investment or loans. The proposed corridor will link the northwestern Chinese province of Xinjiang with the Pakistani port of Gwadar through a system of roads, and will create important power-generation plants to combat Pakistan's frequent electricity shortages. Most of the $28 billion in advance projects are expected to be finished by 2018, with the rest by 2030. Catherine Garcia

crisis in yemen
April 20, 2015
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Pentagon officials on Monday said that the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt has been moved to the coast of Yemen in the event that it needs to intercept shipments of Iranian arms to Houthi rebels in the chaos-filled country.

The carrier had been in the Persian Gulf, a Pentagon spokesman said, and two U.S. defense officials told USA Today that the Roosevelt also was tracking a convoy of Iranian ships on their way to the Gulf of Aden. Now that the Roosevelt is in place, the U.S. has nine warships in Yemen, a Navy official said, with the Roosevelt "significantly" adding to the amount of firepower. Catherine Garcia

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