Say what?
July 21, 2014
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Former NFL coach Tony Dungy says he would not have drafted Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player, because he wouldn't want to deal with Sam's supposed baggage.

"I wouldn't have taken him,'' the NBC football analyst and former Buccaneers and Colts coach told The Tampa Tribune. "Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it."

Sam's transition to the NFL is "not going to be totally smooth," Dungy explained, adding that "things will happen."

The St. Louis Rams, who took Sam 249th overall, do not share that concern. "In the world of diversity we live in now," coach Jeff Fisher said when the team drafted Sam, "I'm honored to be a part of this."

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President Obama on Tuesday shrugged off Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fiery speech criticizing the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations, saying the foreign leader "didn't offer any viable alternatives."

"As far as I can tell, there was nothing new," Obama said, adding that Netanyahu gave a nearly identical speech last year full of dire predictions that have not come true.

In his controversial address to a joint session of Congress, Netanyahu claimed the Obama administration's nuclear negotiations would "pave Iran's path to the bomb."

Coming Soon
1:43 p.m. ET

Forget about keeping your phone charger on your bedside table — soon, the table itself will be the only charger you need.

Ikea's new "Home Smart" collection, out in April, features tables and lamps that can wirelessly charge mobile devices. And if you already have your fair share of Ikea tables, the line will also include "charging pads" that can be attached to regular furniture.

The Home Smart furniture features Qi, a wireless charging standard found in Windows and Android phones. While iPhones don't support wireless charging, Ikea will also sell charging covers for iPhone 4, 4S, 5, 5S, and 6 models so they will work with the furniture.

#sixseasonsandamovie
1:28 p.m. ET

Despite creative shakeups, cast shakeups, and outright cancelation from NBC, Community is the sitcom that just can't be killed. For its fabled sixth season, the series is moving online to Yahoo! Screen.

The trailer for the new season riffs on the ultra-serious trailer for this summer's Avengers: Age of Ultron. (Abed would undoubtedly approve.) But while Pierce, Troy, and Shirley have all moved on, things are looking reliably zany at Greendale:

Community season 6 premieres on Yahoo! Screen on March 17.

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Russia's Perm-36 museum issued a statement Monday that it is "ceasing its activities and beginning the process of self-liquidation" following months of government pressure for the museum to close.

Perm-36 is the only Russian museum built on the site of a former gulag camp, The Moscow Times reports. The museum commemorates victims of Soviet labor camps.

The Times notes that the museum's closing comes as a recent Levada Center poll found that more than half of Russians have positive views of Josef Stalin. Russia's government reportedly investigated the museum last year for "extremism," the Times reports.

In its official statement, Perm-36 said that discussions about preserving the museum "have proven unsuccessful." The museum also noted that it had been nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage list.

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After an arduous two-month selection process that included a request to move the case out of Boston, a 12-member jury was seated Tuesday in the trial of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The 21-year-old Tsarnaev faces 30 charges and a potential death sentence for allegedly detonating two bombs during the 2013 marathon that killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Opening statements in the trial are scheduled for Wednesday.

Quotables
12:42 p.m. ET
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday blasted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress about Iran's nuclear ambitions, calling it a condescending affront to U.S. intelligence.

"That is why, as one who values the U.S.–Israel relationship, and loves Israel, I was near tears throughout the Prime Minister’s speech — saddened by the insult to the intelligence of the United States as part of the P5 +1 nations, and saddened by the condescension toward our knowledge of the threat posed by Iran and our broader commitment to preventing nuclear proliferation," Pelosi said in a statement.

Pelosi had been highly critical of House Speaker John Boehner's (R-Ohio) invite to Netanyahu, though she did not join the large group of Democratic lawmakers who boycotted the address.

surveillance state
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In recent years, federal agencies and local police alike have availed themselves of technology known as "stingrays," cell phone surveillance devices that essentially fool your phone into thinking it's a cell tower. As the ACLU notes, stingrays "also gather information about the phones of countless bystanders who happen to be nearby," which means police could be keeping tabs on your location and other info, sans warrant.

Now, a newly released document indicates that the local reach of the devices may be interfering with cell service, too. Because of how the stingray functions, "its use has the potential to intermittently disrupt cellular service to a small fraction of Sprint’s wireless customers within its immediate vicinity," wrote FBI Special Agent Michael A. Scimeca.

"If an emergency or important/urgent call (to a doctor, a loved one, etc.) is blocked or dropped by this technology," says the ACLU's Nate Wessler, "that’s a serious problem."

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In one of the most highly anticipated speeches to Congress by a foreign leader in recent years, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday torched the Obama administration's ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

"It doesn't block Iran's path to the bomb," Netanyahu said. "It paves Iran's path to the bomb."

Referencing the Book of Esther and Nazi Germany, Netanyahu warned that Iran was committed to destroying Israel and that the developing deal would "all but guarantee" Tehran acquires nuclear weapons. And though he did not offer specifics on an alternative plan to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions, Netanyahu said no deal should come until Iran stops sponsoring global terror, stops meddling with its neighbors, and stops threatening to annihilate Israel.

"This deal won't be a freewill to arms," Netanyahu said, "but a farewell to arms control."

Many Democratic lawmakers skipped the controversial speech, which the Obama administration warned could scuttle the nuclear negotiations and prove "destructive" to America's relationship with Israel.

This doesn't look good
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One of the men convicted in the 2012 gang rape of an Indian student is now blaming the woman for the injuries she suffered during the event, which led to her death.

In an interview for an upcoming BBC documentary about the event, Mukesh Singh, who drove the bus in which the rape occurred, said the woman "should just be silent and allow the rape." Singh also said the 23-year-old woman was at fault for being outside at 8:30 p.m.

"A decent girl won't roam around at 9 o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy," Singh said in the BBC interview. "Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes. About 20 percent of girls are good."

Singh is on death row for his involvement in the event, as are three of the other attackers, but he is appealing his death sentence. BBC News reports that throughout 16 hours of interviews, Singh "showed no remorse" for the attack.

school rules
11:18 a.m. ET
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New Mexico eighth grader Adelina Silva was giving her classmates forms from her school's website when she was stopped by a teacher and marched to the principal's office to be suspended. The forms in question were the problem: They were permission slips students could have their parents sign to allow them to opt out of an upcoming standardized test.

While the school district insists that it supports the right to opt out, teachers were allegedly told by the state's Public Education Department that they aren't allowed to criticize the tests.

As for Adelina Silva, her mom is fighting the suspension. "She did absolutely nothing wrong and yet they are making her feel like she did," Silva's mother said. The 12-year-old is upset that she missed class time and says she would hand the forms out again if given the chance.

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