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Target Hires Pepsi Executive as New CEO

Target(MINNEAPOLIS) — Target announced on Thursday it has hired Brian Cornell as its new chairman and CEO.

Cornell, 55, most recently served as the CEO of PepsiCo Americas Foods. Prior to that, he held the title of president and CEO of Sam’s Club, CEO of Michaels Stores, Inc., and was the executive vice president and chief marketing officer for Safeway.

Cornell replaces John Mulligan, who became Target’s interim CEO when Gregg Steinhafel resigned from the top post in May following a giant data breach that exposed tens of millions of customers’ credit and debit cards.

“I am honored and humbled to join Target as the first CEO hired from outside the company,” Cornell said in a statement Thursday. “I am committed to empowering this talented team to realize its full potential, lead change and strengthen the love guests have for this brand.”

Cornell’s new title will be effective starting Aug. 12.

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Facebook Brings Free Internet to Mobile Users in Zambia

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(PALO ALTO, Calif.) — It’s not just owning a smartphone that’s expensive — it’s the data plan.

Facebook introduced an app Thursday that will give mobile users in Zambia free, limited access to the Internet.

The app is part of Facebook’s collaborative Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring Internet access to the two out of three people worldwide who aren’t already online.

Users in the African nation, who are Airtel subscribers, will get free mobile access to a slew of basic services, including AccuWeather, Google, Wikipedia, and of course, Facebook, without incurring any data charges.

“We hope to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise,” the Facebook announcement said.

According to the social network, 85 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, meaning the lack of infrastructure isn’t a barrier to getting new users online.

At the Mobile World Conference this past February, Zuckerberg said the biggest barrier to getting people online is “the question of why you would want to spend your money.”

“You have never had access to the Internet so you don’t even know why you would want it,” he said. ”In the U.S. we have 911 to get basic services. Similarly, we want to create a basic dial tone for the Internet. Basic messaging, basic Web information, basic social networking.”

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Facebook Brings Free Internet to Mobile Users in Zambia

iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(PALO ALTO, Calif.) — It’s not just owning a smartphone that’s expensive — it’s the data plan.

Facebook introduced an app Thursday that will give mobile users in Zambia free, limited access to the Internet.

The app is part of Facebook’s collaborative Internet.org initiative, which aims to bring Internet access to the two out of three people worldwide who aren’t already online.

Users in the African nation, who are Airtel subscribers, will get free mobile access to a slew of basic services, including AccuWeather, Google, Wikipedia, and of course, Facebook, without incurring any data charges.

“We hope to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise,” the Facebook announcement said.

According to the social network, 85 percent of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, meaning the lack of infrastructure isn’t a barrier to getting new users online.

At the Mobile World Conference this past February, Zuckerberg said the biggest barrier to getting people online is “the question of why you would want to spend your money.”

“You have never had access to the Internet so you don’t even know why you would want it,” he said. ”In the U.S. we have 911 to get basic services. Similarly, we want to create a basic dial tone for the Internet. Basic messaging, basic Web information, basic social networking.”

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Inflatable Frog Censored After Comparisons to China’s Ex-Leader

WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images(BEIJING) — China’s newest celebrity is a large inflatable toad floating in the middle of a Beijing pond, but mentions of the giant frog have disappeared from some of China’s news and social media sites after some netizens pointed out similarities to Jiang Zemin, China’s retired leader.

The 72-foot-tall inflatable golden toad has been the center of attention at Beijing’s Yuyuantan Park this summer. Children clustered around the lake, waiting to take photos with it. A toad is a good luck sign in China, with tales of them being able to spit out gold coins. “Wealth-beckoning toad” statues have long been popular in Chinese homes and businesses.

But reports of the yellow toad on China’s official Xinhua News Agency and Sina, a popular Internet portal, have disappeared.

The reports disappeared after Chinese internet users compared the toad to Jiang, former Chinese president and ex-head of the ruling Communist Party. One netizen even photoshopped the toad wearing a large pair of square, dark-rimmed eyeglasses, something the former president is often seen wearing.

This is not the first time references to toads were made about the former party leader. During Jiang’s 13-year-long rule in China from 1989 to 2002, Chinese people have sometimes referred to him privately as “hama jing,” a toad that has assumed the form of a human.

No official reasons were given for the disappearances. A Xinhua official who works in the editing office and declined to identify himself told ABC News that the Xinhua agency handles hundreds of articles a day, and he knows nothing about why the reports disappeared. Another administrative official, who also declined to identify herself, declined to answer questions regarding the reports on the toad altogether. Xinhua’s website simply said, “Sorry, this news has been deleted.”

Other sites have not taken down posts making the comparison, including Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

It seems that the over-sized amphibian has a serious message. At the entrance of the park, an information board explains that the inflatable frog is called “fuxing chan,” or “revival-bringing toad,” echoing Chinese president Xi Jinping’s “Chinese dream” of “national revival.”

Others, however, have mocked the frog. Poet Qingshan from Tianjin wrote a poem that described the inflatable toad as “empty,” “useless,” and “dependent on a gust of gas.”

Mega-sized inflatable animals became a nationwide fad in China after a giant rubber duck attracted huge crowds when exhibited in Hong Kong last year. Created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the duck inspired imitations in several Chinese cities. Wuhan, Shenzhen, Foshan, Tianjin, and Dongguan have all “quacked up” their own versions of the duck.

Hofman’s yellow duck has also been subjected to online censorship in China. Last year, a photoshopped version of the famous Tiananmen Square “tank man” — the protester who famously confronted a tank — appeared online, with the man confronting a row of yellow ducks rather than Chinese Army tanks. Subsequently, the term “Big Yellow Duck” was blocked during last year’s anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

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Inflatable Frog Censored After Comparisons to China’s Ex-Leader

WANG ZHAO/AFP/Getty Images(BEIJING) — China’s newest celebrity is a large inflatable toad floating in the middle of a Beijing pond, but mentions of the giant frog have disappeared from some of China’s news and social media sites after some netizens pointed out similarities to Jiang Zemin, China’s retired leader.

The 72-foot-tall inflatable golden toad has been the center of attention at Beijing’s Yuyuantan Park this summer. Children clustered around the lake, waiting to take photos with it. A toad is a good luck sign in China, with tales of them being able to spit out gold coins. “Wealth-beckoning toad” statues have long been popular in Chinese homes and businesses.

But reports of the yellow toad on China’s official Xinhua News Agency and Sina, a popular Internet portal, have disappeared.

The reports disappeared after Chinese internet users compared the toad to Jiang, former Chinese president and ex-head of the ruling Communist Party. One netizen even photoshopped the toad wearing a large pair of square, dark-rimmed eyeglasses, something the former president is often seen wearing.

This is not the first time references to toads were made about the former party leader. During Jiang’s 13-year-long rule in China from 1989 to 2002, Chinese people have sometimes referred to him privately as “hama jing,” a toad that has assumed the form of a human.

No official reasons were given for the disappearances. A Xinhua official who works in the editing office and declined to identify himself told ABC News that the Xinhua agency handles hundreds of articles a day, and he knows nothing about why the reports disappeared. Another administrative official, who also declined to identify herself, declined to answer questions regarding the reports on the toad altogether. Xinhua’s website simply said, “Sorry, this news has been deleted.”

Other sites have not taken down posts making the comparison, including Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.

It seems that the over-sized amphibian has a serious message. At the entrance of the park, an information board explains that the inflatable frog is called “fuxing chan,” or “revival-bringing toad,” echoing Chinese president Xi Jinping’s “Chinese dream” of “national revival.”

Others, however, have mocked the frog. Poet Qingshan from Tianjin wrote a poem that described the inflatable toad as “empty,” “useless,” and “dependent on a gust of gas.”

Mega-sized inflatable animals became a nationwide fad in China after a giant rubber duck attracted huge crowds when exhibited in Hong Kong last year. Created by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman, the duck inspired imitations in several Chinese cities. Wuhan, Shenzhen, Foshan, Tianjin, and Dongguan have all “quacked up” their own versions of the duck.

Hofman’s yellow duck has also been subjected to online censorship in China. Last year, a photoshopped version of the famous Tiananmen Square “tank man” — the protester who famously confronted a tank — appeared online, with the man confronting a row of yellow ducks rather than Chinese Army tanks. Subsequently, the term “Big Yellow Duck” was blocked during last year’s anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown.

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Alicia Keys Is Pregnant Again!

(NEW YORK) — Alicia Keys is pregnant with baby No. 2!

The Grammy-winning singer, 33, announced the news on her Instagram account, with she and her husband since 2010, Kasseem Dean, known widely as Swizz Beatz, both wearing white and embracing her baby bump.

“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!!” she revealed.

Thursday is also the couple’s fourth wedding anniversary.

Keys continued to gush, “You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!”

Keys and Beatz have a 3-year-old son Egypt. Beatz also has three more children from previous relationships.

Last October, Keys told ABC News that she would wait a bit to have her second child. “That’s down the road, definitely down the road,” she said.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Jump to 302,000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — After falling in the previous week, claims for unemployment benefits jumped in the fourth week of July, according to the Labor Department’s latest report released Thursday.

For the week ending July 26, the department said claims increased by 23,000 to 302,000. The previous week, claims stood at 279,000, revised down by 5,000 from 284,000.

The four-week average was also adjusted, falling by 3,500 to 297,250 — the lowest level for this average since April 2006 when it was 296,000.

The Labor Department said there were no “special factors” impacting this week’s figures.

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Bills Reward Running Back Fred Jackson with Contract Extension

NFL via Getty Images(PITTSFORD, N.Y.) — The NFL’s oldest running back isn’t letting age slow him down as Fred Jackson has agreed on a contract extension with the Buffalo Bills.

Jackson’s received a one-year extension by the club, and he could now be in a position to start and finish his career in Buffalo.

“Usually when guys get to be my age they’re just about ready to kind of shut it down and not come out here and get beat up like we do at training camp, but I wake up every day and I love it,” Jackson said on Wednesday.”

In seven seasons with the Bills, Jackson has rushed for 5,121 yards, which is good for third all-time in franchise history. He’s also just the second running back in Bills history to put up 4,000 career rushing yards and 2,000 receiving yards.

In 2013, Jackson ran for 890 yards on 4.3 yards per carry while also scoring a career-high 10 touchdowns.

With Jackson in the fold for the foreseeable future, the Bills’ running back situation could be one to monitor as training camp goes on. Along with Jackson, the team has C.J. Spiller, Bryce Brown, and Anthony Dixon.

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Alicia Keys Is Pregnant Again!

(NEW YORK) — Alicia Keys is pregnant with baby No. 2!

The Grammy-winning singer, 33, announced the news on her Instagram account, with she and her husband since 2010, Kasseem Dean, known widely as Swizz Beatz, both wearing white and embracing her baby bump.

“Happy Anniversary to the love of my life @therealswizzz !! And to make it even sweeter we’ve been blessed with another angel on the way!!” she revealed.

Thursday is also the couple’s fourth wedding anniversary.

Keys continued to gush, “You make me happier than I have ever known! Here’s to many many more years of the best parts of life!”

Keys and Beatz have a 3-year-old son Egypt. Beatz also has three more children from previous relationships.

Last October, Keys told ABC News that she would wait a bit to have her second child. “That’s down the road, definitely down the road,” she said.

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Weekly Jobless Claims Jump to 302,000

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — After falling in the previous week, claims for unemployment benefits jumped in the fourth week of July, according to the Labor Department’s latest report released Thursday.

For the week ending July 26, the department said claims increased by 23,000 to 302,000. The previous week, claims stood at 279,000, revised down by 5,000 from 284,000.

The four-week average was also adjusted, falling by 3,500 to 297,250 — the lowest level for this average since April 2006 when it was 296,000.

The Labor Department said there were no “special factors” impacting this week’s figures.

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