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July 10, 2014

Former Rep. Todd Akin (R) famously destroyed his candidacy in the 2012 Missouri Senate race when he dismissed the issue of abortion in cases of pregnancies resulting from rape, saying: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Now, in his upcoming book, Politico reports, Akin does state one of his regrets from the whole controversy: That he publicly apologized for the remark, in a TV ad.

"By asking the public at large for forgiveness, I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said," Akin writes. Instead, in his book Akin continues to stand by the claim — which is rejected by the medical community — that pregnancy can be prevented in cases of sexual assault. "Doubt me? Google 'stress and infertility,' and you will find a library of research on the subject."

Here is the actual TV ad to which Akin is referring, which was released in late August 2012, in which he stated: "The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. The truth is, rape has many victims. The mistake I made was in the words I said, not in the heart I hold. I ask for your forgiveness." --Eric Kleefeld

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes
12:40 p.m. ET

Change is hard and Google, which has used the same recognizable four-color wordmark since 1999, is shaking things up with the introduction of a spiffy new sans-serif logo. Comfort yourself with this, at least: The new logo isn't here just to shake things up — it's actually got a real, functional purpose.

Losing the little "tails," or serifs, on the letters makes the font more legible when it's written in tiny sizes. Fast Company points out that if you're reading off of a 2.5-inch Android Wear watch, or a cell phone, the new font will now be just as readable as if it were projected on a 50-inch TV. The new logo is also animated, morphing into small dots that playfully circle each other on screen — which matches the playful look of the new wordmark, too.

And of course there's the fact that it's consistent. Now that Google belongs to the parent company Alphabet, which itself uses a sleek, modern, sans-serif look, the new logo keeps it all in the same (font) family. Jeva Lange

taste the rainbow
11:31 a.m. ET

It's finally September, which means the real NFL action is just over a week away. But if the Sept. 10 season opener still seems out of reach, here's a treat to fill the football-shaped void: Marshawn Lynch appeared on a TV shopping network to hawk — what else? — Skittles.

Yes, the man behind "Beast Mode" took to the small screen Tuesday morning to espouse the myriad merits of his much-beloved candy. When EVINE Live hostess Allison Waggoner asked Lynch about the nature of his relationship with Skittles, the star running back was not shy:

Lynch's Seattle Seahawks open the season against the St. Louis Rams in Missouri on Sunday, Sept. 13. Don't forget to buy Skittles for your watch party. Kimberly Alters

police shootings
10:32 a.m. ET

Cell phone footage from Bexar County, Texas, appears to show two sheriff's deputies shooting and killing a man as he stands, still and shirtless, with his hands raised in the air.

The incident occurred after officers responded to a domestic violence report, arriving on the scene to find an injured woman and baby. They said that the suspect, Gilbert Flores, was brandishing a knife. While the police report said that Flores was resisting arrest and endangering the officers' lives, the video appears to contradict their story. "He put his hands in the air, and they just shot him twice," said Michael Thomas, who filmed the shooting.

The two officers involved have been placed on administrative leave pending investigation of the circumstances surrounding Flores' death. The Bexar County Sheriff's Office has criticized the local news affiliate that released the shooting footage, saying on Facebook that the decision to share the video was "unethical and sad" and "sensational." Bonnie Kristian

a peak in the campaign season
10:11 a.m. ET

Republican braggadocio Donald Trump has made his campaign all immigration policy, all the time — until now. Following Sunday's news that President Obama officially directed the federal government to refer to the tallest peak in North America as Mt. Denali instead of Mt. McKinley, Trump pledged via Twitter to change the name back once he gets to the White House:

Ohio, where President McKinley was born, also happens to be a key swing state in the presidential election.

Many native Alaskans — who have far fewer votes in the Electoral College — have used the name Denali for generations, and the state government has been attempting to get Washington to recognize the traditional name since the 1970s. Bonnie Kristian

This just in
10:01 a.m. ET
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The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened to yet another bad day, falling 400 points, or 2.4 percent, shortly after Tuesday's opening bell. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 index dropped 48 points, or 2.5 percent, and futures for the Nasdaq 100 index lost 108 points, or 2.6 percent.

The plunge in U.S. stocks followed the release of weak economic data from China that deepened fears over the health of the world's second largest economy. Markets around the world had rebounded somewhat over the last several trading days, only to take a dive on Tuesday. A senior managing partner at Meridian Equity commented to The Wall Street Journal, "Clearly this is showing us we're not out of the woods by any means." Becca Stanek

faith in humanity restored
9:55 a.m. ET
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Europe is buckling under the weight of hundreds of thousands of African and Middle Eastern refugees trying to get into the EU. The Keleti train station in Budapest shut down Tuesday due to the number of migrants trying to get from Hungary to Germany; in late August, 71 refugees were found dead after suffocating in a refrigerated truck in Austria. Germany, meanwhile, is expecting 800,000 refugee arrivals this year.

In response to the crisis, the tiny island nation of Iceland has only offered the smallest amount of aid, agreeing to take in a mere 50 Syrian refugees. That wasn't nearly enough for popular Icelandic children's book author Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir. She launched a Facebook campaign that asked her fellow countrymen and women to open up their homes and urge the government to do more, The Telegraph reports. In 24 hours, more than 10,000 Icelanders had offered their homes for refugees to stay in. Keep in mind that Iceland's entire population is less than 330,000.

"I think people have had enough of seeing news stories from the Mediterranean and refugee camps of dying people and they want something done now," Björgvinsdóttir told Icelandic public television RUV in response to the overwhelming support.

That seems to be true. "I'm a single mother with a 6-year-old son...We can take a child in need. I'm a teacher and would teach the child to speak, read, and write Icelandic, and adjust to Icelandic society," one Facebook user wrote. "We have clothes, a bed, toys, and everything a child needs. I would of course pay for the airplane ticket."

The Icelandic government is now looking into how to accept more refugees. Whatever they decide, this much is for sure: The migrants they take in will have a warm welcome waiting for them. Jeva Lange

Crime stats
9:49 a.m. ET
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The summer isn't even over yet, and already Milwaukee has surpassed the total homicide count for the entire year of 2014 by 18 homicides. But this troubling stat isn't an outlier: More than 30 other cities across the U.S. are reporting similar trends, The New York Times reports. With months still left in the year, homicides in U.S. cities including New Orleans, Baltimore, and St. Louis have already hit triple digits, far outpacing the number of murders in the same period of the previous year. In Baltimore, for example, there have so far been 215 homicides in 2015; at this time last year, there were 138.

The reason for this surprising uptick has yet to be determined. Law enforcement experts say "disparate factors are at play in different cities," including rivalries among street gangs and the availability of guns. One theory posits that "intense national scrutiny of the use of force by the police has made officers less aggressive and emboldened criminals," The New York Times reports. Police officials also noted they're seeing a shift in attitudes about the willingness to use violence to settle disagreements, particularly among "disenchanted young men in poor neighborhoods."

The Justice Department is expected to launch an initiative this month to deal with the increased homicide rates. Becca Stanek

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