Quotables
July 29, 2014

In a segment on Fox News' Outnumbered on Monday, Geraldo Rivera discussed "beta marriages," in which a couple can spend two non-commital years together and then decide whether they want to make their marriage official.

In the segment, Rivera, who is currently in his fifth marriage, says that because he has three daughters, he doesn't support the trial marriage concept. From there, things take a weird turn as Rivera prepares his next remark, saying it may "provoke a Stephen Smith-like reaction."

Rivera goes on to say that "generally speaking, the man is the bread-winner" in two-income marriages. And what does Rivera think women bring to the table? "What a woman brings to a marriage, more than anything else, to a relationship, is her youth." He goes on to describe youthfulness as a "fragile and diminishing resource," saying that if a woman entered a beta marriage and was "rejected by the man," she is sacrificing a "valuable asset that is unequal."

Watch the full clip — and female host Jedediah Bila's horrified reaction to Rivera's statements — below. --Meghan DeMaria

Dino Discovery
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There's a new species of dinosaur, and it resembles a mythical Chinese dragon. Local farmers in Qijiang city, China, originally found the fossils back in 2006 and dubbed the dinosaur Qijianglong, meaning "dragon of Qijiang," CNN reports.

In findings published this week in the Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, University of Alberta researchers say the dinosaur, a species unique to Asia, was 50 feet long, with its neck taking up half its body.

"The new dinosaur tells us that these extreme species thrived in isolation from the rest of the world,"  researcher Tetsuto Miyashita told CNN.

They found a vertebrae, skull, and tail, which will all end up at the city's new dinosaur museum when construction wraps up.

Climate change
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A new poll from The New York Times found that a majority of Americans, including almost half of Republicans, support government action to stop climate change. Seventy-seven percent of Americans said the federal government "should be doing a substantial amount to combat climate change," according to the Times.

The Times conducted the poll in conjunction with Stanford University and the nonpartisan environmental research group Resources for the Future. The poll, which surveyed 1,006 adults from Jan. 7-22, could affect 2016 presidential campaigns — two-thirds of Americans said they were more likely to vote for candidates whose campaign platforms included fighting climate change.

Climate change wasn't a deciding factor in the respondents' votes, but it does influence their decision, according to the Times. Sixty-seven percent of respondents, including 48 percent of Republicans, said they were less likely to vote for candidates who denied that humans are the cause of climate change.

Around the world
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South African apartheid death-squad leader Eugene de Kock, also known as "Prime Evil," was granted parole Friday, The Guardian reports. The ex-cop will be released from prison fter serving more than 20 years for the torture and murder of black South African activists in the 1980s and early 1990s.

South Africa justice minister Michael Masutha said in a news conference de Kock was released "in the interests of nation-building and reconciliation." Masutha also mentioned de Kock has expressed remorse and helped authorities recover remains of some of his victims.

De Kock is said to have been responsible for more atrocities than any other man in an attempt to preserve white rule, according to The Guardian. Many South Africans believe he should die behind bars.

This just in
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Health officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have announced that the measles outbreak which started in California's Disneyland likely came from overseas.

NBC News reports that the disease was likely brought to the U.S. either by a foreign tourist or an American who was returning home. So far, 94 people in eight states have been infected with measles, and 67 of those cases are linked to Disneyland.

Dr. Anne Schuchat of the CDC told NBC News that the outbreak is "a wake-up call to make sure that we keep measles from regaining a foothold in our country," adding that the outbreak has occurred because some people aren't vaccinated against the disease.

This just in
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U.S. gross domestic product expanded at a 2.6 percent annual rate in 2014's fourth quarter, according to the Commerce Department.

The news comes after the U.S. economy posted its strongest growth in more than a decade, a 5 percent GDP reading in the third quarter of 2014. It also comes two days after the Federal Reserve said the U.S. economy was expanding at a "solid pace."

Economists had estimated that America's economy grew by three percent during the last three months of 2014. Reuters reports that lower gasoline prices heightened fourth-quarter consumer spending.

"The consumer did the heavy lifting, and I don't think there is any reason to expect that to change in the first half of this year because of the enormous tailwind from lower gasoline prices," Ryan Sweet, a senior economist at Moody's Analytics in West Chester, Pennsylvania, told Reuters.

Nature's Wonders
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The Grand Canyon fills up with rolling fog normally only once every few years. But on Wednesday, clouds filled the famous canyon for the second time in six weeks. The phenomenon is called a total cloud inversion, and it happens when cold, moist air gets trapped beneath a layer of warmer air. You can watch The Weather Channel explain cloud inversions here, or just enjoy nature's winter treat in this video from The Associated Press and National Park Service below. —Peter Weber

This just in
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Jay Z is taking on Spotify — he's purchased his own streaming service, the Scandinavian company Aspiro, for $56 million.

Project Panther Bidco Ltd, a company Jay Z controls, told Reuters on Friday that it decided to purchase Aspiro because it was "an innovative, high-quality company with strong future growth potential."

The Norwegian media group Schibsted, Aspiro's main shareholder, said it had accepted the offer, and Aspiro's board is "united in recommending the bid," according to Reuters.

This just in
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Mitt Romney (R) will announce his plans for the 2016 elections on Friday morning, according to multiple reports.

Supporters of Romney's 2012 presidential campaign received an email Thursday inviting them to join a call with Romney on Friday morning for "an update."

Sources have confirmed to Bloomberg that Romney is ready to announce a decision about a potential presidential bid in 2016. "According to people familiar with the thinking of the two-time presidential candidate, Romney has now gathered all the information he needs to reach a conclusion about whether to run a third time," Bloomberg reports.

The news comes as David Kochel, an Iowa-based Republican strategist who worked on both of Romney's presidential campaigns, has joined Jeb Bush's political action committee as a senior strategist. Kochel advised Romney for more than six years.

Noted
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On Friday, President Obama will unveil a proposal for a federal biomedical research institute aimed at developing treatments tailored to individual patients' genetics and other characteristics. White House officials tell The New York Times that the "precision medicine initiate" will require an initial investment of $215 million, which will be included in Obama's proposed fiscal 2016 budget. Such personalized treatments are expected to be especially important in fighting cancer. When Obama broached the idea for the institute in his State of the Union address, it was one of the points to receive some bipartisan support.

Mixed Signals
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Birds do it, bees do it, even.... James Carville and Mary Matalin did it. But a surprisingly large number of Americans are solidly against dating (and perhaps falling in love with) someone in the other political party, Jessica Williams said on Thursday night's Daily Show. Williams got some juicy, mind-bending quotes from her panels of inter-party-dating-averse Democrats and Republicans. But what happens when she sends one of the Democrats and one of the Republicans on a date together? "It was a catastrophe," Williams says in a voiceover — just maybe not for the reason you'd expect. —Peter Weber

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