Crime and punishment
July 18, 2014
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On Thursday, a federal grand jury indicted FedEx, accusing the shipping company of knowingly delivering controlled substances from illegal pharmacies.

"FedEx is accused of conspiring to distribute prescription drugs to people who never met with doctors — a violation of the Controlled Substances Act," NPR's Carrie Johnson said. According to USA Today, the indictment stated that FedEx knew for more than 10 years that these pharmacies used their services, having been warned by the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Food and Drug Administration, and members of Congress. The company went ahead and set up special credit policies for the pharmacies so money wouldn’t be lost if the sites were shut down.

The indictment also shared stories from FedEx employees in Virginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky, who told their managers they did not feel safe delivering packages of pills to parking lots, vacant homes, and schools, where carloads of people waited. On several occasions, drivers reported being stopped by people on the side of the road, looking for pills.

In a statement, Patrick Fitzgerald, senior vice president of marketing and communications for FedEx, said, that there was no way the company could know the contents of all 10 million packages that are delivered every day. "We are a transportation company — we are not law enforcement," he said. "We have no interest in violating the privacy of our customers. We continue to stand ready and willing to support and assist law enforcement. We cannot, however, do the job of law enforcement ourselves."

Representatives from FedEx will appear in court July 29. Catherine Garcia

By the numbers
5:57 p.m. ET
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Despite turning out a buzzy show filled with Miley Cyrus' skimpy costume changes and even a feud between Cyrus and Nicki Minaj, MTV's Video Music Awards experienced a 5 percent drop in viewership from last year. The awards show brought in 9.8 million viewers Sunday night — down from 2015's 10.3 million — despite its airing on an additional six networks. The VMAs still churned out a healthy amount of Twitter chatter, however. According to Nielsen, this year's show was the most tweeted non-Superbowl program since it began tracking social media. Samantha Rollins

Wall Street
4:47 p.m. ET
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 115 points Monday, closing out the biggest monthly percentage drop since May 2010, CNN Money reports. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq also posted big monthly slides amid concern over China's market.

A week earlier, U.S. stocks had tumbled 1,000 points, but largely recovered over the next few days. After the turmoil, the Federal Reserve is reportedly on track to raise interest rates as early as September.

Meanwhile, U.S. oil prices continued a three-day surge back to nearly $50 per barrel Monday after plummeting earlier in August. Julie Kliegman

This doesn't look good
4:17 p.m. ET

Israeli visitors who stopped by the Auschwitz concentration camp museum in Poland on Sunday were surprised to find mist showers that resembled Holocaust gas chambers, Ynet News reports.

Museum management told Time the sprinklers were intended to cool down visitors on a particularly brutal day of Poland's latest heat wave, a solution they maintain was not intended to cause offense. But that didn't stop museumgoers from raising concerns about the link between the showers they saw Sunday and the showers built to execute their friends and family en masse during World War II. Staff reportedly apologized, to which Meyer Bolka responded, "there is no way to apologize to the victims of the Holocaust," according to the Jersualem Post.

"I think that in a place like this they should have thought about the type of connotation this would raise," Bolka told Ynet. "If you want to cool the people down, you need to find another solution. It was not a pleasant sight to see those sprinklers." Julie Kliegman

Taking the screaming out of ice cream eating
4:06 p.m. ET

A team of scientists in the U.K. may have finally put an end to the particular frenzy that is trying to eat your ice cream before it melts on a hot day. Researchers from universities in Edinburgh and Dundee have discovered a naturally occurring protein that could slow ice cream's melting process, ensuring a longer lasting freeze and preventing ice crystals from wrecking ice cream's texture.

"The protein binds together the air, fat, and water in ice cream, creating a super-smooth consistency," the scientists said in a statement from the University of Edinburgh. While the slow-melting product will eventually melt, scientists say that the addition of the protein will keep it stable for longer, giving us all more time to actually savor that cone before it's reduced to a soupy mound.

It gets better: The new development could also enable the production of ice cream that has less saturated fat and fewer calories. Because the new protein would simply be replacing the ice cream's fat molecules, scientists predict that it "shouldn't taste any different," the BBC reports.

But don't start screaming for ice cream just yet. The new and improved ice cream product won't hit shelves for at least another three to five years. Becca Stanek

you're fired
3:45 p.m. ET

Brands will do just about anything to get the attention of college students, and the new social networking app Shattr is no different. But instead of giving away T-shirts or other freebies, they're banking on piquing students' interest in a slightly different way: by trashing GOP 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Shattr passed out these cards on Boston University's campus:


"It's not meant to be political," Shattr co-founder Ben Fichter said of the seemingly random, expletive-laden "F--k Donald Trump" tagline. "We thought it was funny. We saw it as a lighthearted way to break through to these kids who are being bombarded by all these companies."

Shattr allows users to take a selfie, add a description, and tag friends in the photo. The post then enters a pool for nearby users to reach out to groups of interest and "Shattr" the ice. Of course, branching out of your social group can always be a little awkward, but everyone on Shattr can rest assured of this: If the business cards serve their intended purpose, Shattr users will likely have at least one opinion in common from the start. Jeva Lange

Presidential polling
2:37 p.m. ET
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Ben Carson is tied with Donald Trump in Iowa in the latest Monmouth University Poll released Monday, marking the first time that a GOP contender has closed the gap in Trump's lead in the primary. Both Carson and Trump got 23 percent support from Iowa's Republican voters, while former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina came in third with 10 percent of the vote. None of the other candidates in the Republican field eked out double-digit support.

Aside from marking the big moment in which Trump no longer leads the rest of the GOP field by a wide margin, the poll also provides an illuminating look at what Iowa voters value in a Republican presidential candidate. None of the poll's top three contenders (Trump, Carson, and Fiorina) comes from a political background; all are considered outsider candidates.

The poll, which was conducted between August 27-30, has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.9 percentage points. Becca Stanek

baby steps
2:35 p.m. ET

Reopening the U.S. embassy in Tehran is still a long, long way away from happening, but that doesn't mean Iranians aren't rethinking their relationship with Uncle Sam. Iranian state media said this weekend that a number of people painted over "Death to America" graffiti on the wall of the former U.S. embassy, the Jerusalem Post reported. Similar anti-American slogans have been wiped from other streets in Tehran.

Formal diplomatic ties have been severed between the United States and Iran since 1979, when student protesters overran the embassy; the hostage crisis that followed lasted 444 days. Britain, meanwhile, is restoring diplomatic relations with Iran, four years after its own embassy was ransacked. Iranians weren't as willing to clean the graffiti there, however; "Death to England" is still scrawled on a wall above a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, according to The Washington Post.

As we await a vote in Congress on the Iran nuclear deal, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif remains convinced that opening the U.S. embassy isn't a healthy next step, calling Washington's "illogical attitude" toward Iran a situation that needs to be resolved first. Jeva Lange

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