A memorial to the 77 people a lone-wolf terrorist gunned down three years ago at a summer retreat in Norway will cut directly through the island where it took place, in a striking and emotionally powerful design by a Swedish artist. Jonas Dahlberg was unanimously selected to helm two public art installations to memorialize the victims of the July 22, 2011, car bombing in Oslo and subsequent mass shooting on the island of Utoeya. The centerpiece of the memorials is an 11-foot cut through the island, which will be called the "Memory Wound" and will represent a wound within nature itself from the tragedy. A guided pathway through the forest will lead to a tunnel that will bring people to the cut itself. Across from the cut will be the names of victims carved in stone, close enough to see and read. The earth removed for the installation will be transferred to Oslo for a memorial there, too.
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Playboy Enterprises is on the hook for $6 million, after a Los Angeles jury handed a former accounting executive a massive verdict in her whistleblower and wrongful termination lawsuit — and it could have to pay even more when punitive damages are awarded later this week. Catherine Zulfer alleged in her suit that she had reported "actual and suspected frauds and improprieties" to management, after refusing to prepare $1 million in bonuses for top executives without proper approval. She said she was fired in retaliation for reporting the alleged fraud, in violation of a 2002 federal whistleblower law — and the jury agreed. The jury also found that Playboy discriminated against Zulfer, who was 56 when she was fired, based on her age as part of a plan to cut costs by letting older workers go. Playboy said it disagreed with the verdict and was mulling an appeal.
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Want to wake up to the sound of bacon sizzling on the stove with its aroma drawing you out of bed? There's an app for that. Oscar Mayer says it has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone, developed by the Madison-based company's Institute for the Advancement of Bacon. The company says that to emit a small puff reminiscent of bacon, the user needs an external device that plugs into the headphone jack. The app itself produces the sound of bacon sizzling in a pan. Oscar Mayer says the aroma-producing device won't be sold in stores and that quantities are limited. The company is giving away 4,700 devices beginning Thursday. Oscar Mayer is part of Kraft Foods Group, Inc., based in Glenview, Ill.
The Federal Aviation Administration says an electrical component failed on American Eagle Flight 3400 Wednesday night, causing smoke to rise in the cockpit and the pilot to make an emergency landing. The flight, which departed Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport bound for Illinois, diverted first to Tyler and then to Greenville after declaring an emergency shortly after takeoff. The pilot landed without incident, and none of the 45 passenger or crew of three were injured. Mechanics were in and out of the aircraft, an Embraer ERJ-145, all day trying to determine what went wrong. Thursday afternoon, the FAA said it was a "failed electrical component" in the cockpit that caused the smoke, though they did not elaborate further.
An interactive photo has been taken from the spire of the nearly completed 1 World Trade Center, offering stunning 360-degree views of the New York City metropolitan area that can be enlarged to bring up incredible detail.
Time magazine posted the image on its website Thursday.
Users can pan across the photo and zoom in tight on the cityscape without losing any clarity.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, facing what looks to be a tough reelection fight this year, opted at CPAC on Thursday to fight fire with firearms — toting a rifle onstage for his speech. The gun in question was a National Rifle Association lifetime achievement award he was presenting to his Senate GOP colleague Tom Coburn. The image of the five-term senator hoisting the rifle appeared to tout his conservative cred, as he fends off a tea partier's challenge for the nomination before heading into a high-profile race against Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes. (Grimes was unimpressed by McConnell's prop, tweeting
, "Someone tell @Team_Mitch that's not the way to hold a gun. KY women do it better.") But according to National Journal
, the gun hand-off received the only loud applause of McConnell's stint on stage. To much of the CPAC crowd, McConnell signified the GOP old guard, not the new conservatism.
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A pregnant South Carolina woman who drove a minivan carrying her three young children into the ocean surf off Florida had talked about demons before leaving the house, according to her sister who worriedly called police, officials said during a news conference Wednesday. After the call to dispatch Tuesday, Daytona Beach police officers stopped 31-year-old Ebony Wilkerson's black Honda Odyssey and she expressed fear that her husband would be coming to Florida to harm her and her children, said Police Chief Mike Chitwood. Two hours after the police stop, Wilkerson drove into the ocean. Bystanders and officers helped pull her and her children - ages 3, 9 and 10 - from their minivan as it was almost submerged.
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A "selfie" photo taken of a Danish fighter pilot at the exact moment he fired an air-to-air missile has gone viral. The F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, Thomas Kristensen, has flown missions over Afghanistan and Libya. The photo of the Royal Danish Air Force pilot is actually a screen grab of a video from the plane’s cockpit, so it may not technically be classified a selfie, NBC News reported. Click through to see the larger image.
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President Barack Obama said Thursday that a move by the Crimean parliament to set a referendum within 10 days on whether to break away from Ukraine and formally come under Moscow rule would violate international law. "Any discussion about the future of Ukraine must include the legitimate government of Ukraine,” Obama said. “In 2014 we are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders." Earlier Thursday, the White House imposed visa restrictions and other sanctions on those “responsible for or complicit in threatening the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.” The U.S. has also suspended trade talks and military cooperation with Russia and held off on preparations for the G-8 summit set for Sochi in June over the crisis.
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Staples announced plans to close 225 U.S. stores by next year, citing nearly half of the office supply store's sales coming from the Internet. The move aims to save $500 million annually by 2015, The Associated Press reported. Staples has 1,500 locations in the U.S. Still, the company's profits more than doubled for the fourth quarter, compared with last year.
A long-running dispute involving the mother of a Southern California man who was killed as he crossed a street and an atheist rights group appears headed for a conclusion Thursday with the planned removal of a roadside cross she placed in his memory. The planned removal comes after an organization that promotes the rights of atheists and other nonreligious people called the cross on city-owned property a "serious constitutional violation" in a letter to city council of Lake Elsinore, a western Riverside County community
. Ann Marie Devaney placed the white cross on the side of Lake Street near a freeway exit ramp after her son was killed in May 2012. Anthony Devaney was struck and killed by a sport utility vehicle driver as he crossed the street near the 15 Freeway. Nearly two years later, she plans to remove the cross after a Lake Elsinore resident and the American Humanist Association pursued the symbol's removal with the city.
The artist behind the "normal" Barbie is one step closer to making the prototype a reality.
Nickolay Lamm announced on Wednesday a crowdfunding campaign to create Lammily, a plastic doll that embodies real human proportions.
Lamm's photos of the prototype went viral last summer and left fans wondering where to get a doll like it. The renderings featured a blonde Barbie lookalike that is shorter in stature and more in line with the proportions of an average 19-year-old American woman.
Two people who ate from a package of contaminated Skittles required hospital treatment for burning throats, cramping and diarrhea, Indiana authorities said Wednesday night. Investigators also don't yet know if the package of candy was tampered with, but Indiana State Police, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration have joined the investigation, Health Department spokesman Amy Reel said. Denise Young, a spokeswoman for Chicago-based Skittles producer William Wrigley Jr. Co., said it learned of the issue Wednesday night and was investigating.
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And here we thought we'd never like another "Call Me Maybe" parody.