Blizzard-Stricken Northeast Digs Out  

Time By : Staff Reporting

New Englanders savaged by a blizzard packing knee-high snowfall and hurricane-force winds began digging out as New Yorkers and others spared its full fury questioned whether forecasts were overblown.

The storm buried the Boston area in more than 2 feet of snow and lashed it with howling winds that exceeded 70 mph. - Referenced Article

Florida police used mugshots of black men for target practice. Clergy responded: #UseMeInstead  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

The idea originated on a closed Facebook group for Lutheran clergy, where pastors were discussing how North Miami Beach’s police department had been caught using mugshots of actual people for target practice. Let’s send in our own photos for target practice, the pastors decided.

The target-practice story had come to light after National Guard Sgt. Valerie Deant saw bullet-riddled mugshots of black men at a police gun range. - Referenced Article

Stephen A: If Belichick is found to have authorized got to go  

ESPN By : Staff Reporting

Stephen A Smith sport analyst at first take is adamant that if Bill Belichick oversaw and or authorized what has been deemed "Deflationgate" he must be supended for at least a year. Charges levied against the New Orlean Saints' coach Sean Payton. - Referenced Article

50,000 gallons of oil spilled in Yellowstone River  

CNN By : Staff Reporting

A Montana pipeline burst sent as much as 50,400 gallons of oil gushing into the Yellowstone River, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency.

Residents in nearby cities were told not to drink the tap water, which some said smelled like diesel. - Referenced Article

Record 346 inmates die, dozens of guards fired in Florida prisons  

Daily Kos By : Staff Reporting

The United States has a prison crisis of epic proportions. With just five percent of the world population, but 25 percent of the world's prisoners, the United States has, far and away, the highest incarceration rate, the largest number of prisoners, and the largest percentage of citizens with a criminal record of any country in the world.

The highly respected Prison Policy Initiative breaks it down:

The U.S. incarcerates 716 people for every 100,000 residents, more than any other country. In fact, our rate of incarceration is more than five times higher than most of the countries in the world. Although our level of crime is comparable to those of other stable, internally secure, industrialized nations, the United States has an incarceration rate far higher than any other country.


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Huckabee slams Obama for letting daughters listen to Beyonce  

Washington Post By : Staff Reporting

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has accused President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle of parenting by double-standard, in an interview published Tuesday, saying they shelter their daughters from some things but allow them to listen to the music of Beyoncé.

While promoting his new book, Huckabee told People magazine, “I don’t understand how on one hand they can be such doting parents and so careful about the intake of everything — how much broccoli they eat and where they go to school ... - Referenced Article

How Cherif Kouachi turned into a jihadist  

Washington Post By : Terrence McCoy

Cherif Kouachi was known to French authorities as a recruiter, a middleman, a guy who had conflicted feelings about joining the fight alongside Islamist militants in Iraq.

What appeared Wednesday was very different. Kouachi and his older brother — the main suspects in the massacre at the Paris satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo — moved with chilling calm and precision. - Referenced Article

Apple's Health and Google's Fit coordinate data and your New Year's Resolution  

Fortune By : Jason Cipriani

Happy New Year! Did you make any resolutions? If so, have you kept them thus far? Was one of your resolutions to get in shape and live healthier, happier life? Welcome to the club.

Three years ago, after finally taking a long look in the mirror, I came to a stark realization: I was overweight. - Referenced Article

Top Branded Instagram Videos of 2014  

AdWeek By : Staff Reporting

Since debuting the weekly branded Instagram video charts several months ago, we've learned that marketers who were dedicated to this increasingly important social space were consistently the ones winning.

That's why brands such as the National Basketball Association, BMW, Ellen and GoPro regularly beat out competitors in their categories. - Referenced Article

McDonald's Lays Out New Brand Vision  

AdAge By : Maureen Morrison

McDonald's on Friday described an updated approach to marketing its brand, but the long-running "I'm lovin' it" tagline isn't going anywhere.

The chain is instead "reigniting" the "I'm lovin' it" theme "by introducing a new platform that puts more focus on lovin'," said the company in a statement. - Referenced Article

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