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See Photos of Times Square’s Biggest, Priciest Billboard

Fike photo. Getty Images(NEW YORK) — North America’s biggest and most expensive billboard will dazzle, or blind, city-goers in Times Square Tuesday just in time for peak tourist season.

The 250,000-square-foot billboard has the highest resolution LED ever and covers an entire city block, according to sales agent Clear Channel Outdoor. It is owned by Vornado Realty Trust.

Costing advertisers an estimated $2.5 million for four weeks of display time, the billboard is one of the priciest, the New York Times reported.

It covers the facade of the Marriott Marquis hotel and retail spaces at 1535 Broadway, between 45th and 46th Streets in New York City.

The first thing that will display on the screen when it goes lives Tuesday night will be an art exhibition by Universal Everything collective, until Nov. 24. Google will then be the exclusive advertiser through January 2015, although it’s unclear what will be marketed, the Times reported.

A spokeswoman for Google and a spokesman for Clear Channel declined to comment about the deal’s terms.

“We have great confidence that this spectacular billboard will be the most sought after display in the world for years to come,” Harry Coghlan, president and general manager, Clear Channel Outdoor New York, said in a statement.

The biggest billboard ever is 820.2 feet long and 39.3 feet tall and located near Saudi Arabia’s King Khaled International Airport, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

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US Launches 31 More Airstrikes in Iraq and Syria

iStock/Thinkstock(BAGHDAD, Iraq) — The U.S. confirmed 31 more airstrikes against targets in Iraq and Syria between Friday and Monday.

U.S. Central Command said that there were 11 strikes undertaken in Syria, including nine in or around the town of Kobani. The Kobani strikes destroyed four ISIS staging areas, and seven fighting positions, struck a tactical unit and suppressed an eighth fighting position. Two more airstrikes in Syria, near Dayr Az Zawr, struck an ISIS crude oil collection facility and destroyed a tank.

CENTCOM also confirmed 20 strikes in Iraq, targetting areas near Ar Rutbah, Fallujah, al Qaim and Mosul. Those strikes destroyed nine ISIS trucks, five vehicles, two excavators, two front-loaders, two bulldozers, five fighting positions and two tanks. The strikes also damaged one vehicle and one tank, and struck seven ISIS tactical units and one large unit.

In total, the U.S. has taken part in 372 airstrikes in Syria and 431 in Iraq — with an additional 59 Syrian strikes and 83 Iraqi strikes undertaken by coalition aircraft.

The weekend airstrikes included aircraft from the U.S., Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

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Teen’s Quick Thinking Helped to Save Baby Who Stopped Breathing at Walmart

ABC News(HIGH RIDGE, Mo.) — A quick-thinking teenager is credited with helping to save the life of an 11-month-old baby who suddenly stopped breathing inside a Missouri Walmart.

The frantic situation occurred Wednesday inside a store in High Ridge, Missouri. Surveillance video showed the mother desperately trying to revive her baby.

The store’s manager called 911.

Abby Snodgrass, 17, heard the commotion from aisles away and ran to help, performing CPR. She had recently learned the procedure in her health class at Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Missouri.

“The one thought that crossed my mind was, ‘What if this doesn’t work?’ And I just had to push it out of my mind and keep going because I knew that’s what I had to do,” Snodgrass said.

Eventually the baby started breathing again.

“I can’t explain how happy I was when she started to breathe,” Snodgrass said. “It was a huge relief.”

Without the teen’s swift action, the infant may have died, emergency responders said.

Authorities said that the mother and child were doing well.

The baby’s family released a statement to ABC News acknowledging Snodgrass’s efforts.

“We are exceedingly grateful to the young woman who helped our daughter,” the statement read. “Our daughter is home and healthy, and we couldn’t be more thankful.”

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Chief of Staff for NYC Mayor’s Wife Takes Leave of Absence

Johnny Nunez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Rachel Noerdlinger, the Chief of Staff to the wife of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, announced Monday she would take a leave of absence in order to spend more time with her son, Khari, who was recently arrested for criminal trespassing.

Noerdlinger thanked de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray for their “unwavering support.”

In addition to her son’s arrest, Noerdlinger recently come under criticism when it was revealed that she had omitted her relationship with an ex-convict during a background check.

“I can handle criticism and scrutiny of me,” Noerdlinger said in a statement, “even when it’s mean-spirited…but increasingly, my son has been subjected to attacks that have nothing to do with the public interest, and everything to do with derailing this administration.” She also said that she didn’t want to be “a distraction.”

Last month, an official told ABC News that a probe into Noerdlinger’s background check had been launched.

“These past two months have been extremely difficult for both of us,” Noerdlinger said, “and his arrest on Friday heightens the need for me to devote my full attention to Khari, my number one priority.”

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Halliburton Merges with Rival, Creates World’s Biggest Oilfield Services Company

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Halliburton on Monday announced that it had reached a merger agreement to combine cash and stock with rival Baker Hughes — a merger that would create the world’s largest oilfield services company.

According to a press release from Halliburton, the deal values Baker Hughes stock at $78.62 per share — representing an equity value of $34.6 billion.

Just days earlier, talks between the two companies had stalled. Halliburton says the agreed upon deal would “[leverage] complementary strengths, generate significant synergistic opportunities and increase cash returns to stockholders.”

“We are pleased to announce this combination with Baker Hughes,” Chairman and CEO of Halliburton Dave Lesar said, “which will create a bellwether global oilfield services company and offer compelling benefits for the stockholders, customers and other stakeholders of Baker Hughes and Halliburton.”

The new company, Lesar added, will “deliver an unsurpassed depth and breadth of solutions to our customers…creating jobs and serving customers around the globe.”

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Why Jennifer Lawrence Shops at IKEA

ABC/Fred Lee(NEW YORK) — When you’re Jennifer Lawrence, you can shop anywhere.

But the Hunger Games star, 24, takes a decidedly low-key approach to furnishing her new $7 million, five-bedroom home in Beverly Hills. Appalled at the cost of designer couches, Lawrence told The Telegraph, “I bought one from IKEA. It doesn’t matter how much money I make, unfairness in prices really fires me up. Like shopping in L.A and a T-shirt costs $150.”

The Oscar winner explained, “I have perspective because I didn’t grow up in this business. I’m not from Hollywood, I’m from Kentucky. I didn’t become successful until a few years ago and I’m very aware of what the real world is and how much a couch costs.”

At the same time, Lawrence acknowledges that the world she now lives in as an A-list movie star is very different than her Louisville upbringing.

“A lot of anxiety comes from something as simple as me going to the grocery store because I don’t know what could happen, and I have nightmares all the time that I’m walking through a shopping mall and suddenly people start surrounding me and there’s nowhere I can go,” she told the British publication. “So sometimes it’s easier to call one of my friends and ask them to pick up some bananas for me because I don’t want to go to the grocery store and have an event.”

She added, “But it’s important to stay grounded, so I don’t know. I’m figuring it out. Or trying to.”

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Marshawn Lynch Takes Subtle Shot at the Seahawks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ever since the summer, there have been rumblings that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was entering his final season with the team. After the team’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Lynch voiced some of his frustration.

“Do I think I’ll be gone after this season? I don’t know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don’t talk too much. I just play the game,” he told NFL.com in a phone interview, after refusing to talk to reporters in the locker room after the game.

“If they have something going on, I don’t know about it,” Lynch added.

Lynch didn’t go back to the locker room with the team during halftime despite some poor weather conditions.

“He thought it would be better for him to stay out,” head coach Pete Carroll said.

Lynch has been with the Seahawks since 2010.

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GM Extends Deadline to File Claims Related to Ignition Switch Defect

General Motors(NEW YORK) — General Motors has extended the deadline for submitting claims related to deaths or injuries caused by the faulty ignition switch that has prompted millions of vehicles to be recalled.

The New York Times reports that Kenneth Feinberg, the lawyer put in charge of the compensation fund decided to extend the claim submission deadline to Jan. 31, 2015. The deadline has previously been Dec. 31, 2014.

Feinberg said that efforts to notify eligible claimants have been mostly successful, with notices sent to more than four million individuals.

The latest supplemental notices are being sent to 850,000 newly registered owners or those who recently changed their registration or address. As a result, the deadline to file a claim was pushed back one month to allow those owners time to file.

The company has received 2,105 claims, including 217 claims involving deaths.

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Marshawn Lynch Takes Subtle Shot at the Seahawks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ever since the summer, there have been rumblings that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was entering his final season with the team. After the team’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Lynch voiced some of his frustration.

“Do I think I’ll be gone after this season? I don’t know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don’t talk too much. I just play the game,” he told NFL.com in a phone interview, after refusing to talk to reporters in the locker room after the game.

“If they have something going on, I don’t know about it,” Lynch added.

Lynch didn’t go back to the locker room with the team during halftime despite some poor weather conditions.

“He thought it would be better for him to stay out,” head coach Pete Carroll said.

Lynch has been with the Seahawks since 2010.

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Marshawn Lynch Takes Subtle Shot at the Seahawks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Ever since the summer, there have been rumblings that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was entering his final season with the team. After the team’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, Lynch voiced some of his frustration.

“Do I think I’ll be gone after this season? I don’t know, man. The Seahawks, their front office gets in the media; they talk a lot. I don’t talk too much. I just play the game,” he told NFL.com in a phone interview, after refusing to talk to reporters in the locker room after the game.

“If they have something going on, I don’t know about it,” Lynch added.

Lynch didn’t go back to the locker room with the team during halftime despite some poor weather conditions.

“He thought it would be better for him to stay out,” head coach Pete Carroll said.

Lynch has been with the Seahawks since 2010.

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