This doesn't look good
August 3, 2014
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Israeli intelligence agents listened in on Secretary of State John Kerry's private phone calls during high-level peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine over the past year, according to Germany's Der Spiegel.

Kerry occasionally spoke on unsecured lines while trying to mediate the conflict, according to the magazine, which allowed Israel to capture his communications. Israel then used the "intercepted" intel when it came to the negotiating table, the magazine reported. Begun last year, the peace talks collapsed in April, with Israel and the Palestinian Authority both accusing the other of trying to sabotage the process.

The Jerusalem Post said Sunday it confirmed the eavesdropping with "several sources in the intelligence community." A Newsweek story in May suggested Israel was secretly spying on the U.S., though the Israeli government strenuously denied that report. Jon Terbush

l' odeur de la mort
2:07 a.m. ET
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The inspiration behind Katia Apalategui’s new business came from her mother, who held onto her late husband's pillowcase so she could always remember his distinctive smell.

Apalategui, an insurance saleswoman, thought it would be better to have an actual perfume made of the scent, and set about finding a way to make it happen. Eventually she wound up at France's University of Le Havre, where they came up with a technique to reproduce a smell. "We take the person's clothing and extract the odor — which represents about 100 molecules — and we reconstruct it in the form of a perfume in four days," Geraldine Savary of the University of Le Havre told Agence France-Presse.

It's instant "olfactory comfort," says Apalategui, who plans to launch the business in September with a chemist. While she plans to offer her services at funeral homes, she wants the living to feel included, too, and said a vial of her perfume (cost: €560, or $600) would be perfect as a Valentine's Day gift, or for a child who has a parent that travels often. Catherine Garcia

protests
1:34 a.m. ET
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The mayor of Baltimore said that people from outside of the city were behind the violence that marred a mostly peaceful protest on Saturday over the death of Freddie Gray.

"Last night we saw a small group of agitators turning what was otherwise a peaceful demonstration into violent disruptions," Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said at a news conference. "I will not let those individuals put their agendas ahead of our city's." Small groups of protesters broke off from the main group and threw bottles, metal barricades, and other objects at police officers and patrol cars, Reuters reports. Some also vandalized property downtown. Six officers sustained minor injuries, and 35 people were arrested, authorities said.

Gray died on April 19, a week after he suffered an unexplained spinal injury while in police custody. On Friday, the city's police commissioner said that officers did not get him medical attention quickly enough, but it is still not clear why Gray was arrested. Rawlings-Blake said she anticipates that an internal police investigation into Gray's arrest and death will be finished by the end of the week. Catherine Garcia

Watch this
1:24 a.m. ET

David Letterman's farewell celebration continued on Friday's Late Show. If some of the material in Jerry Seinfeld's stand-up routine below seems a little dated (people get weather from the TV, not their iPhones?), that's because it's based on Seinfeld's first stand-up gig on Letterman's Late Night, back in 1982. The audience doesn't know that, so it's something of a spoiler, but really, Seinfeld pulls it off. And awkward childhood stories age better than fat jokes.

Things get a bit more topical and personal when Letterman interviewed Seinfeld — well, Seinfeld interviewed Letterman — which you can watch here and here. For Jerry's old jokes, watch below. —Peter Weber

He wishes
12:43 a.m. ET

If you're impressed by Matt Lauer's body and talent with the tasseled pasties, well, you should probably save your applause for Ellen's video-editing skills. At least that's the premise of this opening skit from Sunday's Daytime Emmys: Lauer and DeGeneres are burying the hatchet for the sake of charity and the celebration of daytime TV, and Ellen has one more prank up her sleeve. It is vaguely NSFW, in that you may not want your coworkers to see you watching stripper Matt Lauer without knowing the joke. Also, you won't be able to unsee this.

This year's Daytime Emmys, hosted by Tyra Banks, was broadcast on the Pop cable channel, after streaming online last year. Highlights included Betty White's moving acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award, former Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson winning for best game show, and Melissa Rivers introducing an in memoriam tribute that included her mother, Joan Rivers. —Peter Weber

all apologies
12:30 a.m. ET
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One of the two gay hoteliers who hosted an event for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) last week in New York City said it was a "terrible mistake," and he has since educated himself on Cruz's stance against gay marriage.

On his Facebook page Sunday, Ian Reisner, who owns the OUT NYC hotel, said he was "ignorant, naive, and much too quick in accepting a request to co-host a dinner with Cruz at my home without taking the time to completely understand all of his positions on gay rights." He apologized to "the gay community and so many of our friends, family, allies, customers and employees," and pledged to "try my best to make up for my poor judgement." He made the apology one day before a planned march outside of OUT NYC, and after the Broadway Cares charity canceled its annual event at a nightclub Reisner co-owns.

Along with his business partner Mati Weiderpass, Reisner held the dinner reception for Cruz on Monday at the duplex they own on Manhattan's Central Park South. It was billed as a "fireside chat" for about 12 people, and was not a fundraiser, The New York Times reports. Reisner, Weiderpass, and Cruz are all staunch supporters of Israel, and after the event, Reisner told the Times, "Ted Cruz was on point on every issue that has to do with national security." Catherine Garcia

survival story
April 26, 2015

Girl Scout cookies save lives.

On Friday, a police helicopter spotted the reflection of a white Ford Explorer near the Crisp Point Lighthouse along Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Sisters Leslie Roy, 52, of Nebraska and Lee Marie Wright, 56, of Oklahoma, were trapped inside, two weeks after the SUV became stuck in the snow. The two were on their way to visit family, but were unable to call for help because they did not have cellphone reception. The car eventually lost power, and the sisters ended up surviving by wearing layers of clothes, eating the little bit of food they had in the car — Girl Scout cookies and a bag of cheese puffs — and drinking melted snow.

Roy and Wright said that while it was difficult, they never stopped believing they'd finally be rescued. "Through the days and nights while in the woods, we survived using love and hope in our families," they said in a statement to The Associated Press. "Our faith in God held our confidence that we would eventually be found. We took note of circling aircraft, available water resources, the supplies we had. These factors eased our mind and allowed us to stay alive for 13 long days." Catherine Garcia

ch-ch-ch-changes
April 26, 2015
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With sales slipping, PepsiCo announced that it will no longer sweeten Diet Pepsi with aspartame.

Starting in August, Diet Pepsi's new formula will use sucralose and ace-K instead of aspartame, which some people believe is linked to cancer. Seth Kaufman, senior vice president of Pepsi and flavors, told USA Today that the change wasn't due to questions about the safety of aspartame — he said it is perfectly safe for consumption — but what customers said they wanted. "To Diet Pepsi consumers, removing aspartame is their No. 1 concern," he said. "We're listening to consumers. It's what they want."

The new formula tastes exactly the same as the old one, PepsiCo said, and will be used to make all Diet Pepsi flavors, like Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi and Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi. When Diet Pepsi was introduced in 1964, saccharin was used as its sweetener, and in 1983 it was reformulated with aspartame. In 2013, the company began to use aspartame and ace-K. Don't get too excited about ace-K, though, Michael Jacobson, director of the advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest, warns. "Consumers should avoid [ace-K] as well," he said. "It is poorly tested, but the tests done by the manufacturer in the 1970s suggest that ace-K, too, might pose a cancer risk." Catherine Garcia

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