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July 17, 2014
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Established pop sensations dominated this year's nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards, with Beyonce earning eight nominations and Eminem earning seven. Only a few breakout artists were recognized, with newcomers Iggy Azalea and Sam Smith nominated in major categories. Beyonce's "Drunk in Love" will compete against Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX's "Fancy," Pharrell's "Happy," Sia's "Chandelier," and Miley's "Wrecking Ball" for the coveted top prize of Video of the Year. Other artists receiving multiple nominations include Jay Z, Ariana Grande, Lorde, Katy Perry, and Avicii.

The awards ceremony, which will stream live from the Forum in Inglewood, California on Sunday, August 24th at 9 p.m. EST., will feature performances from Ariana Grande, Usher, and 5 Seconds of Summer. Sabrina Imbler

9:13 a.m. ET
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For the first time in YouTube history, a movie trailer has ended up on the site's list of all-time most disliked videos. In spot number 18, below Justin Bieber's "Baby" and Rebecca Black's "Friday," now rests the trailer for the new female-fronted Ghostbusters film, due out July 15. The movie, starring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, has attracted nearly 650,000 dislikes and only about 221,000 likes.

The unusually high number of dislikes is leading some to say they smell a rat. BBC says it seems like a "concerted campaign to vote down the video" and ScreenCrush has dubbed the influx of dislikes an "unhealthy fixation" for a "certain subset of people on the internet." While it's hard to say what the exact reason is for the film being so disliked, there's a chance the efforts are led by the same group raging over the director's choice to cast women in roles previously played by men.

However, director Paul Feig contends it could also be because some fans just "don't want an old property touched." Or, as the film site COS surmises, it could also simply be "some bad apples and temperamental brats abusing their right to an opinion."

Watch the trailer below, and decide for yourself. Becca Stanek

9:09 a.m. ET
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Will the Hamilton hype ever end? Not today, certainly. The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical has set a new record for Tony Award nominations, earning 16 on Tuesday including Best Musical and Best Original Score, along with Best Scenic Design, Costume Design, Lighting, Direction, Choreography, and Orchestration.

The musical also dominated in the acting categories, with nods to actresses Phillipa Soo for Leading Role and Renée Elise Goldsberry for Featured Role. Actors Lin-Manuel Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr. were also nominated for Leading Role, with Hamilton actors also getting three of the five nominations for Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.

See the full list of Tony Award nominations at The Hollywood Reporter. Jeva Lange

8:31 a.m. ET

Hold on to your tinfoil hats — Donald Trump just accused Ted Cruz's father of possibly having a hand in the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

The comment was made during Trump's phone-in to Fox and Friends on Tuesday, when the Republican frontrunner was asked about Cruz's father, Rafael Cruz, who has been actively imploring evangelical voters to support his son.

"You look at so many of the ministers that are backing me, and they're backing me more so than they're backing Cruz, and I'm winning the evangelical vote. It's disgraceful that his father can go out and do that," Trump ranted.

Then things get weird. Trump goes on to claim that Rafael Cruz is an unidentified man in an August 1963 photograph with JFK-assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, where the pair is seen handing out pro-Castro pamphlets in New Orleans.

However, the theory that the mystery man in the photograph is Rafael Cruz was first floated by the dubious tabloid National Enquirer, and has since been dismissed as "another garbage story in a tabloid full of garbage" by Cruz's campaign. Experts on the JFK assassination also agree there is no evidence at all to corroborate Rafael Cruz's affiliation with Oswald in any way.

Not everyone is convinced, apparently. "Nobody talks about it...What [Rafael Castro] was doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death — before the shooting. It's horrible," Trump said.

Watch below, beginning at 5 minutes in. Jeva Lange

7:53 a.m. ET
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Sen. Ted Cruz's chances of stopping Donald Trump from clinching the Republican presidential nomination appear slimmer than ever in a new national poll by NBC News/Survey Monkey out Tuesday, the day of the fateful Indiana GOP primary. At 56 percent support, Trump more than doubles Cruz's 22 percent, winning what Politico reports is a "new high among Republicans." Ohio Gov. John Kasich lags far behind with 14 percent. Another 7 percent of respondents remain undecided.

Trump's new high marks a six-point jump from his support in last week's NBC News/Survey Monkey poll, in which he broke 50 percent for the first time. Cruz's latest numbers, on the other hand, indicate a continuing decline. Last week, he sat four points higher with 26 percent.

The poll surveyed 14,640 adults between April 25 and May 1. It has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.2 percentage points. Becca Stanek

7:52 a.m. ET
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The United Arab Emirates has Ferrari World, China lays claim to the Dwarf Empire, and in Argentina you can visit the The Republic of Children. Not to be outdone, Brazil is now planning its own wild and wacky amusement park — and the theme is sex.

The adults-only theme park, ErotikaLand, is planned for the city of Piracicaba, which sits about two hours outside of São Paulo, The New York Times reports. While ErotikaLand won't open until 2018, some have already protested that it is sending the wrong message.

"We cannot be known as the capital of sex," Piracicaba City Council member Matheus Erler said.

Admission will cost $100 and allow access to a "7D" cinema, where the seats vibrate, as well as to a "train of pleasure" with gogo boys and girls, a nudist pool, a "sex playground," bumper cars shaped like genitalia, and a snack bar selling aphrodisiacs. Sex inside the park will not be allowed, however.

"If attendees want to take things to another level, they can go to a nearby motel — which we will operate," the businessman heading the project, Mauro Morata, said.

The park has other perks for the community too, Morata points out. It will bring in 250 new jobs, for starters. It will also teach attendees about healthy, safe sex — employees will promote condom use, and a museum will teach visitors about the history of sexuality.

"This won't be a place for nuns, but it's not like we're trying to recreate Sodom and Gomorrah," Morata said. Jeva Lange

7:27 a.m. ET

Tuesday is primary day in Indiana, and Ted Cruz has thrown everything he has into winning the state and stopping Donald Trump's string of victoires. He has spent days campaigning there — and seen his lead over Trump turn into a 15-point deficit, Stephen Colbert said on Monday's Late Show. "Wow, it's almost as if spending time there campaigning hurt him," Colbert said. "Well, you know what they say about Ted Cruz: To know him is to wish you didn't." He marveled over John Boehner calling Cruz a "miserable son of a bitch" and "Lucifer in the flesh," adding, "And Boehner clearly knows Lucifer, because they go to the same tanning salon."

Colbert ended his survey of Cruz's Hoosier humiliation with a clip of the candidate berating a young boy heckling him, suggesting he be spanked for his bad manners. "You know things aren't looking good for the Cruz campaign when they're trying out a new slogan," Colbert said: "Ted Cruz '16 — He Hits Kids."

You can watch the beginning part of Colbert's "Road to the White House" segment below. It focuses on Trump's foreign policy speech last week, and has a joke aimed squarely at grammar nerds: "Trump is so dedicated to putting America first that he will be president of America, the United States of." Peter Weber

6:47 a.m. ET
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On Tuesday, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that a U.S. serviceman was killed "in the neighborhood of Erbil," the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. "It is a combat death, of course, and a very sad loss," Carter said in Stuttgart, Germany, where he is meeting with NATO allies. U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) also released a brief statement, saying the unidentified "coalition service member was killed in northern Iraq as a result of enemy fire."

A U.S. military official tells The Associated Press that the serviceman was killed by "direct fire" while advising Kurdish Peshmerga troops, after Islamic State fighters broke through the Kurds' forward line. He was two to three miles behind that line, the official tells AP. On Tuesday, CBS News adds, U.S. and coalition aircraft were helping local forces attack ISIS north of Mosul, about 50 miles west of Erbil. Peter Weber

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