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McDonald’s, Kraft Foods Making McCafe Coffee Available in Retail Stores in 2015

McDonald’s(NEW YORK) — McDonald’s and Kraft Foods Group plan to bring McCafe coffee to retail outlets next year, offering consumers a chance to enjoy Mickey D’s coffee at home.

According to a press release, customers will find ground, whole bean and on-demand single cup versions of the McCafe coffees in retail stores in “early 2015.” Greg Watson, senior vice president of Menu Innovation for McDonald’s U.S. said that the decision was made due to, “huge demand for at home options.”

Eight varieties of the McCafe coffee will be made available in roast and ground form, including the premium roast, breakfast blend and French roast, Colombian, and premium roast decaf. Single-cup varieties will include the premium roast, premium roast decaf, and French roast.

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Report: Big Drop in Teen Pregnancy Rate

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Teen pregnancies continue to drop, with the latest figures from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) showing that the teen pregnancy rate is less than half of what it was in 1991.

In 2013, the NCHS says that there were just 26.6 births per 1,000 teens, 9.5 percent lower than the 2013 figure. That drop-off is the second-largest one-year dip in teen pregnancies since 1945.

The National Vital Statistics Report released recently indicated that teen pregnancies are lowest in the Northeast and highest in the South.

Still, however, the teen pregnancy rate in the U.S. continues to outpace that of other developed nations. In the United Kingdom, for instance, the latest data indicates just 21.8 births per 1,000 teens.

The NCHS warns that teen pregnancies bring heightened risk of low birth-weight and premature birth, which are linked to a number of health complications.”

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US Military Confirms Two More Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets Near Mosul Dam

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOSUL, Iraq) — The U.S. military undertook two more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets near the Mosul Dam on Tuesday.

According to United States Central Command, one of the airstrikes successfully destroyed an ISIS checkpoint. The second airstrike, CENTCOM said, was unsuccessful.

The U.S. military said that the airstrikes were conducted to, “support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense forces” while they battle ISIS, and to, “protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.”

The strikes came one day after the Department of Defense confirmed that the Iraqi forces had retaken the Mosul Dam.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 8/19/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — MLB: Washington Nationals 8 (71-53) – Arizona Diamondbacks 1 (53-73)

Atlanta Braves 11 (66-60) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (64-62)

Houston Astros 7 (53-73) – New York Yankees 4 (63-60)

Seattle Mariners 5 (68-57) – Philadelphia Phillies 2 (55-71)

Los Angeles Angels 4 (74-50) – Boston Red Sox 3 (56-69)

Baltimore Orioles 5 (72-52) – Chicago White Sox 1 (59-67)

Milwaukee Brewers 6 (71-55) – Toronto Blue Jays 1 (64-62)

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Gaza Cease-Fire Broken After Rocket Strikes Tel Aviv

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(GAZA CITY, Gaza) — Despite optimism and another extension to the Gaza cease-fire on Monday, rockets were launched by both sides on Tuesday, including one rocket that struck an open area in Tel Aviv, an area that hadn’t been targeted in over a week.

The Israeli military said it launched air strikes in Gaza as a response to a series of rockets that were allegedly fired at the Israeli communities bordering Gaza. The Israeli Iron Dome intercepted a number of rockets.

Palestinian health officials, however, say that several people in Gaza have been killed.

Earlier Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said that the latest rocket-fire was another example of, “terrorists [breaching] the cease-fire and [renewing] fire at Israeli civilians from Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.” The IDF then said that it would retaliate by, “striking terror infrastructure, pursuing terrorists, and eliminating terror capabilities in the Gaza Strip.”

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Brita Recalls Children’s Water Bottles Due to Safety Concerns

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Consumers are being urged to stop using Brita hard-sided water filter bottles for children after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said that the lid can break into pieces with sharp points.

According to the CPSC, about 242,500 of the bottles have been recalled, including four different styles. Among the recalled products are versions featuring Dora the Explorer on a violet bottle, Hello Kitty on a pink bottle, SpongeBob Square Pants on a blue bottle and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on a green bottle.

Brita has reportedly received at least 35 reports of the lids breaking or cracking, which poses a threat to children drinking from the bottle. No injuries have been reported, however.

Consumers are asked to stop using the bottles and contact Brita to receive a pre-paid shipping package to return the bottle. Customers will receive a full refund.

The bottles were sold at a number of retailers, including Target and Walmart stores and online on Amazon.com between June 2013 and July 2014.

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Gaza Cease-Fire Broken After Rocket Strikes Tel Aviv

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(GAZA CITY, Gaza) — Despite optimism and another extension to the Gaza cease-fire on Monday, rockets were launched by both sides on Tuesday, including one rocket that struck an open area in Tel Aviv, an area that hadn’t been targeted in over a week.

The Israeli military said it launched air strikes in Gaza as a response to a series of rockets that were allegedly fired at the Israeli communities bordering Gaza. The Israeli Iron Dome intercepted a number of rockets.

Palestinian health officials, however, say that several people in Gaza have been killed.

Earlier Tuesday, the Israel Defense Forces said that the latest rocket-fire was another example of, “terrorists [breaching] the cease-fire and [renewing] fire at Israeli civilians from Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.” The IDF then said that it would retaliate by, “striking terror infrastructure, pursuing terrorists, and eliminating terror capabilities in the Gaza Strip.”

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Brita Recalls Children’s Water Bottles Due to Safety Concerns

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Consumers are being urged to stop using Brita hard-sided water filter bottles for children after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said that the lid can break into pieces with sharp points.

According to the CPSC, about 242,500 of the bottles have been recalled, including four different styles. Among the recalled products are versions featuring Dora the Explorer on a violet bottle, Hello Kitty on a pink bottle, SpongeBob Square Pants on a blue bottle and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on a green bottle.

Brita has reportedly received at least 35 reports of the lids breaking or cracking, which poses a threat to children drinking from the bottle. No injuries have been reported, however.

Consumers are asked to stop using the bottles and contact Brita to receive a pre-paid shipping package to return the bottle. Customers will receive a full refund.

The bottles were sold at a number of retailers, including Target and Walmart stores and online on Amazon.com between June 2013 and July 2014.

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Video Appears to Show Beheading of Journalist James Foley

ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A disturbing video posted online appears to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped while covering the Syrian conflict in 2012.

In the video, a man who appears to be Foley, dressed in orange, kneels beside an armed man clad in black. Foley delivers a statement condemning U.S. action in Iraq and says that the U.S. government is his “real killers.”

“For what will happen to me is only a result of their complacency and criminality,” Foley says in halting speech. “I wish I had more time. I wish I could have the hope of freedom of seeing my family once again, but that ship has sailed. I guess all in all, I wish I wasn’t American.”

Seconds later, the figure dressed in black brandishes a knife and identifies himself as with the Islamic State, the name the brutal terror group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria took on after its leader declared himself the leader of all Muslims.

“Today your military air force has attacked us daily… Your strikes have caused casualties amongst Muslims,” the figure in black says. He then addresses President Obama directly, saying “any attempt… to deny the Muslims their right to live in safety under the Islamic caliphate will result in the bloodshed of your people.”

Foley is then killed. The video continues, showing American Steven Sotloff, who has written for national publications like Time, also dressed in orange and on his knees.

“The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision,” the figure in black says.

U.S. intelligence officials said they are aware of the video but declined to comment further.

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Former Obama Adviser David Plouffe Joins Uber

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza(NEW YORK) — Former Obama campaign manager and White House adviser David Plouffe is joining on-demand car service company Uber.

Plouffe joins Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy in September, tasked with leading a campaign to continue expanding the company’s services to new cities and overseas.

Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick announced the hiring of Plouffe on the company’s blog. Plouffe, in turn, said that he is “thrilled” to be joining the Uber team, stating his belief that Uber can “spur the creation of hundreds of thousands of small businesses and directly create millions of jobs.”

Both Kalanick and Plouffe cited the obstacles in Uber’s path, including competition from the taxi industry. Plouffe called the current situation a “monopoly,” accusing the taxi industry of wanting to “play the inside game to deny opportunity to those on the outside.”

Still, Plouffe said, “Uber has the chance to be a once in a decade if not a once in a generation company.”

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