- Crime and punishment 10:12am ET
In the wake of a hack that led to private nude photos of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and numerous other celebrities being disseminated over the internet this weekend, the FBI has confirmed that they are currently investigating the person or persons responsible for stealing and posting the pictures.
Lawrence herself contacted authorities when the images were posted on Sunday. "This is a flagrant violation of privacy," said her publicist in a statement. "The authorities have been contacted and will prosecute anyone who posts the stolen photos of Jennifer Lawrence."
The FBI didn't elaborate on the current status of their investigation, but there is a precedent for this type of crime. Scarlett Johansson was the victim of a similar incident in 2011, and the hacker responsible for stealing and posting her pictures was eventually tracked down and sentenced to 10 years in prison.
- F--K You 10:08am ET
CeeLo Green over the weekend tried to explain when rape is rape, and when it is not. His attempt did not go well, as the eccentric musician posted, then deleted, a series of tweets that seemed to suggest unconscious victims cannot be raped.
"People who have really been raped REMEMBER!!!" he wrote.
More tweets, saved before they could be scrubbed from the web:
Green on Friday pleaded no contest to allegedly slipping a woman ecstasy without her permission in 2012. After deleting his account, he returned to Twitter Monday to apologize "for my comments being taken so far out of context." As of Tuesday morning, his account was once again defunct.
- Discoveries 10:04am ET
This summer's weather patterns have just yielded the answer to a centuries-old question: Archaeologists can now say with certainty that Stonehenge was once a full circle.
Historians have speculated whether or not the Neolithic stones at Stonehenge were purposely left incomplete. Now, the recent spell of dry weather has revealed the outlines of missing stones.
Susan Greaney of English Heritage — a.k.a. England's Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission — told The Telegraph that the finding was "really significant" and may not have occurred with an adequate hose. "It shows us just how much we still have to learn about Stonehenge," Greaney said.
- $$$$$ 9:45am ET
College football coaches and CEOs are alike in that both are often accused of being grossly overpaid. Yet the two are also alike in that they are actually worth those enormous salaries, according to a study from Vanderbilt University professors.
The study, which compared 947 coaching contracts from 2005 to 2013 against those of private sector CEOS, found "many commonalities between the structure and incentives of the employment contracts of CEOs and these football coaches." Namely, the researchers found that the value coaches returned to their schools — via increased ticket sales, bigger TV deals, and so on — was commensurate with their pay. That largely mirrored CEO salaries, which are typically tied to company performance, according to the study.
"As such we find no evidence that the structure of college football coach contracts is misaligned, or that they are overpaid," the authors determined.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban made $5.4 million last year, which Forbes suggested left him underpaid.
- Science! 9:08am ET
A new study suggests that how much you eat at movie night may be related to what you're watching.
The study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine, looked at the effect of various movie genres on the eating habits undergraduate students. Ninety-four students were divided into three groups, each of which was shown 20 minutes of a movie or TV show. Those watching an action film consumed almost twice as much as those watching a talk show.
All three of the groups were offered M&Ms, cookies, carrots, and grapes while watching the TV. One group was shown the thriller The Island, one group was shown The Island on mute, and one group was shown a clip from Charlie Rose. The results were staggering: The students watching The Island consumed a total of 206.5 grams of food, while those watching Charlie Rose consumed a total of just 104.3 grams of food. Those watching the muted version of The Island still consumed more than the Charlie Rose viewers, with a total of 142.1 grams of food.
Of course, this study represents a small sample size, and more research is needed to draw broad conclusions. But Aner Tal, a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell's Food and Brand Lab and author of the study, said that the fast-paced nature of action films could distract viewers from realizing how much they're eating. "They can make you eat more because you're paying less attention to how much you are putting in your mouth," Tal said in a statement.
- This just in 8:16am ET
A German court has ruled in a temporary injunction that Uber's car service does not have the necessary permits to operate in the country.
The ban comes after the national association of taxi drivers brought a lawsuit against Uber, the San Francisco-based taxi and car-sharing service, because its drivers don't have the necessary permits. The preliminary injunction is pending a full lawsuit that Taxi Deutschland, a German cab company that also offers a mobile app, brought against Uber.
Though the Frankfurt court's ruling bans Uber from operating in Germany, Uber stated that it would appeal the decision and plans to expand in Germany. For now, though, that expansion will come at a price — violating the injunction could result in fines of $328,108 per ride.
- Jail break 8:15am ET
Thirty-two teenage boys escaped a detention center on the outskirts of Nashville, Tennessee, overnight. The teens left their dorms shortly before midnight and began running around a yard surrounded by a fence, then found a way under the enclosure and escaped. Fifteen promptly turned themselves in or were caught on nearby roads. As of early Tuesday, more than a dozen remained at large. Read more at CNN.
- Crisis in Ukraine 7:53am ET
Over the weekend, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised some eyebrows for telling outgoing European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso that if he wanted to, "I can take Kiev in two weeks." That may well be true, but it was surprising that Putin would say it out loud to a senior Western official.
Well, on Tuesday, Putin foreign policy aide Yuri Ushakov said Putin didn't say that, exactly. "Irrespective of whether these words were pronounced or not, this quote was taken out of context and had a very different meaning," he is quoted as saying by Russia's Itar-Tass news service.
Ushakov seemed most miffed, though, that Barroso would share the details of his conversation with Putin, calling it "incorrect" and "beyond the bounds of diplomatic practices." If Barroso really did tell fellow ministers such details, he added, "it looks not worthy of a serious political figure."
- a fistful of dollars 7:40am ET
Dollar General still wants to buy Family Dollar, and on Tuesday, it upped its bid for the struggling chain.
Dollar General Corp. raised its bid for Family Dollar Stores Inc. to roughly $9.1 billion. Dollar General added that it would more than double the number of stores divested, from 700 to 1500, "to avoid trouble with regulators" and antitrust laws, The Associated Press reports. Dollar General has also offered to fund a $500 million breakup fee to Family Dollar.
Dollar Tree Inc. had originally planned to buy Family Dollar for $8.5 billion, but Dollar General was quick to follow with an original $8.9 billion bid for Family Dollar, which Family Dollar rejected. AP reports that Dollar General's latest bid is worth $80 per share.
Dollar General CEO Rick Dreiling told AP that the company raised its bid "to demonstrate the seriousness of our commitment."
- Scotland Decides 6:54am ET
A month ago, Yes Scotland, the organization pushing for Scotland to secede from the United Kingdom, was uncomfortably behind in the polls, 61 percent to 39 percent against. Since then, the pro-independence movement has been closing the gap, to a still-distant 57 percent to 43 percent in mid-August. A new YouGov poll has the Yes camp to within 6 points of the No side, 53 percent to 47 percent, and a recent debate between the two sides was widely seen to be won by pro-independence Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.
Both sides tried to spin the new poll in their favor, with the Yes side claiming "big momentum" and the No side pointing out that it still has a comfortable majority on its side. Scotland goes to the polls on Sept. 18.
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