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Barnes & Noble to Split College Business from Retail, NOOK Business

jhutchin/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Barnes & Noble announced on Thursday that it would split itself into two “highly focused companies” with one focusing on its college business and the other retaining retail and NOOK Digital business.

The company said in a press release that it had filed a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Once completed, the split would form two “independent, publicly traded companies.”

“As more focused companies with differing potential growth profiles, capital needs and market dynamics, each company will benefit from strategic clarity and separate management and Board focus,” the company said.

Barnes & Noble hopes to complete the split by August 2015.

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Celebrities, Twitter Confounded by Color of Dress

seewhatmitchsee/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Twitter was overrun on Thursday night by debate, but not about sports, politics, or the results of Sunday’s Oscars. Instead, Twitter users struggled to decide whether a dress, posted to Tumblr and picked up by Buzzfeed was black and blue or white and gold.

Yes, really. Millions of tweets were set attempting to determine the true color of the mysterious dress. Throughout the night, Twitter’s trending topics included “#TheDress” and “#whiteandgold.”

What Colors Are This Dress? http://t.co/jvesuCBfYe pic.twitter.com/LNPkGjkmSt

— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 27, 2015

The question got big enough to prompt celebrities to get in on the debate. Some were just as confused as we were.

From this day on, the world will be divided into two people. Blue & black, or white & gold. http://t.co/xJeR7GldwP pic.twitter.com/i6BwVzPzSZ

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) February 27, 2015

I DONT KNOW WHAT COLOR THE DRESS I DONT KNOW WHAT LIFE IS ANYMORE

— Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) February 27, 2015

Others were firmly on the side of blue and black.

I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow. I’m confused and scared. PS it’s OBVIOUSLY BLUE AND BLACK

— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 27, 2015

Hold on…. So people actually see white and gold….??!!

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‘Jihadi John': Eric Holder Says US ‘Working on’ Ways to Kill or Capture Him

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The U.S. government has been “thinking about” and “working on” ways to either kill or capture the ISIS propagandist known as “Jihadi John,” the nation’s top law enforcement official says.

Over the past year, as it has been wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq and recruiting tens of thousands of fighters from around the world, ISIS has released several videos online showing the man with a distinctly British accent standing beside hostages from the United States and elsewhere as they were being beheaded.

“I think there is something to be said for holding accountable [and] getting at the people who are responsible for these barbaric acts,” Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News’ Pierre Thomas in what is likely to be one of Holder’s last TV interviews before stepping down.

The BBC and Washington Post Thursday identified “Jihadi John” as Mohammed Emwazi, a college graduate with a degree in computer programming who grew up in a part of London described by some as working class. He reportedly left for Syria in 2012 and then joined ISIS.

In the interview with ABC News, Holder refused to confirm those reports, insisting nothing “would be served” by revealing the true identity of the masked man.

“It would cut back any of the operational possibilities we have been considering,” Holder added.

Nevertheless, asked whether he can guarantee “Jihadi John” will face justice, Holder said: “The vow that I can make to the American people, along with our allies, is that we will hold accountable all of the people who have been responsible for these heinous, barbaric acts. …That is something that we are focused on each and every day.”

President Obama echoed those sentiments, saying the United States is “consistent and we are patient.”

“Eventually, if you hurt an American, you are going to be brought to justice in some fashion,” the president said in an interview Thursday with ABC News’ Seattle affiliate, KOMO-TV. “I’m confident we will get the job done. …It will take a little bit of time but in the end, this death cult that has developed there…is a dead end.”

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No Charges for Now Against Truck Driver in California Train Crash

KABC-TV(VENTURA, Calif.) — No charges are expected to be filed — for now — against the driver whose truck got stuck on a set of train tracks, causing a gnarly collision in Oxnard, California earlier this week.

According to the Ventura County District Attorney, the ongoing investigation into the crash is “complex and involves numerous local and federal agencies.” The DA says he will “await the completion of this investigation before making a formal filing decision.”

The DA did say that the arrest of the driver, Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, was “clearly appropriate and lawful.”

Sanchez-Ramirez was released on Thursday evening, according to ABC’s Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV.

During a Thursday evening press conference, the National Transportation Safety Board’s Robert Sumwalt said that preliminary information from the train’s data recorder shows that the emergency brake was applied eight seconds before impact, while it was traveling at 64 mph. At the time of the crash, the train had slowed to 56 mph. Both figures are well below the 79 mph speed limit for that section of track, Sumwalt noted.

Sumwalt also said that the crossing signals worked “as designed.”

Photos from the train’s camera showed that the truck’s passenger side tires were inside of the rails, while the driver’s side tires were outside the rails. That combination could have caused the train to be stuck, Sumwalt said.

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‘Jihadi John': Eric Holder Says US ‘Working on’ Ways to Kill or Capture Him

Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The U.S. government has been “thinking about” and “working on” ways to either kill or capture the ISIS propagandist known as “Jihadi John,” the nation’s top law enforcement official says.

Over the past year, as it has been wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq and recruiting tens of thousands of fighters from around the world, ISIS has released several videos online showing the man with a distinctly British accent standing beside hostages from the United States and elsewhere as they were being beheaded.

“I think there is something to be said for holding accountable [and] getting at the people who are responsible for these barbaric acts,” Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News’ Pierre Thomas in what is likely to be one of Holder’s last TV interviews before stepping down.

The BBC and Washington Post Thursday identified “Jihadi John” as Mohammed Emwazi, a college graduate with a degree in computer programming who grew up in a part of London described by some as working class. He reportedly left for Syria in 2012 and then joined ISIS.

In the interview with ABC News, Holder refused to confirm those reports, insisting nothing “would be served” by revealing the true identity of the masked man.

“It would cut back any of the operational possibilities we have been considering,” Holder added.

Nevertheless, asked whether he can guarantee “Jihadi John” will face justice, Holder said: “The vow that I can make to the American people, along with our allies, is that we will hold accountable all of the people who have been responsible for these heinous, barbaric acts. …That is something that we are focused on each and every day.”

President Obama echoed those sentiments, saying the United States is “consistent and we are patient.”

“Eventually, if you hurt an American, you are going to be brought to justice in some fashion,” the president said in an interview Thursday with ABC News’ Seattle affiliate, KOMO-TV. “I’m confident we will get the job done. …It will take a little bit of time but in the end, this death cult that has developed there…is a dead end.”

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No Charges for Now Against Truck Driver in California Train Crash

KABC-TV(VENTURA, Calif.) — No charges are expected to be filed — for now — against the driver whose truck got stuck on a set of train tracks, causing a gnarly collision in Oxnard, California earlier this week.

According to the Ventura County District Attorney, the ongoing investigation into the crash is “complex and involves numerous local and federal agencies.” The DA says he will “await the completion of this investigation before making a formal filing decision.”

The DA did say that the arrest of the driver, Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez, was “clearly appropriate and lawful.”

Sanchez-Ramirez was released on Thursday evening, according to ABC’s Los Angeles affiliate KABC-TV.

During a Thursday evening press conference, the National Transportation Safety Board’s Robert Sumwalt said that preliminary information from the train’s data recorder shows that the emergency brake was applied eight seconds before impact, while it was traveling at 64 mph. At the time of the crash, the train had slowed to 56 mph. Both figures are well below the 79 mph speed limit for that section of track, Sumwalt noted.

Sumwalt also said that the crossing signals worked “as designed.”

Photos from the train’s camera showed that the truck’s passenger side tires were inside of the rails, while the driver’s side tires were outside the rails. That combination could have caused the train to be stuck, Sumwalt said.

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“Focus,” “The Lazarus Effect” Open in Theaters Friday

Frank Masi/Warner Bros. Entertainment(NEW YORK) — Here’s a look at the new movies opening nationwide Friday:

* Focus — Will Smith plays a con man, Nicky, who teaches his tricks to a woman with whom he’s romantically involved, Margot Robbie’s Jess. A few years later, after they’ve split, Jess causes problems for a scheme being carried out by Nicky. The film is screening in IMAX theaters. Rated R.

* The Lazarus Effect — A group of researchers, including a man and his fiancée, figure out a way to bring the dead back to life. The results are terrifying. Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde, Evan Peters, Donald Glover and Sarah Bolger star. Rated PG-13.

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How Ordinary Americans Are Getting Paid for Their Social Media Posts

MicroWorks/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are profiting off your posts.

We’re talking about raking in hundreds of millions of dollars in ad revenue every time you share your selfies, upload a video, or update your status.

Last quarter, Facebook reported ad revenue of $3.6 billion, and that’s 53 percent more than just one year ago. According to Internet analyst Colin Sebastian, “The vast majority of their $2.2 billion operating income is from selling ads targeted to user news feeds.”

Imagine if you could share in some of that money-making madness.

A new social media upstart called Tsu is trying to do just that. Tsu gives 90 percent of its revenue back to its users.

In an interview with ABC News’ Chief Business and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis, founder and CEO Sebastian Sobczak explained the name Tsu means “aesthetic ideal” in Japanese.

“We feel that rewarding content creators for the commercial use of their likeness and image is the right thing to do so the name goes exactly where we want to be in the marketplace,” Sobczak told ABC News.

One of the site’s biggest challenges is educating people that they can make money from their posts, Sobczak said.

“We are fighting a philosophy. The status quo is everything is going to be free — your photos, your status on social. We just think there is a better way to do it,” he said. “If you are the contributor driving all value for these platforms, there are better ways for you to be compensated for your content.”

The site launched in October 2014, and in just four months, over 3 million people have joined.

Even celebrities ranging from New York Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony to musicians like 50 Cent have joined. But you don’t have to be famous to make money.

“You could easily be making hundreds of dollars per week. We have users who are of the same ilk as the beginning YouTubers who were not famous and now making a living out of YouTube. We have those same average Joes on Tsu.”

Here are stories of three ordinary Americans making money on Tsu
:

1. Kimberly Henderson

TSU: @kimberlyhmusic

This single mother of four from South Carolina made over $600 after her lullaby to her 1-year-old daughter went viral on social media.

“I made a lot of money on Tsu in just the short time,” Henderson told ABC News. “I posted the lullaby on Facebook and it got over 27 million views in a week. I have almost 500,000 views on Tsu and I made $157 in one night. You don’t even have to do anything different. You just do it like you post on Facebook. I think people get scared about new things but you actually get to make money from your content.”

Henderson said she is now in talks with major record labels, and baby product maker Cosco Kids flew her out to Los Angeles to record her first single.

In October 2014, Henderson explains she was in a bad accident that almost cost her her life, but her daughter emerged unscathed. “Right after I posted the viral video, a company, Cosco Kids, reached out to help me record my first single and they didn’t even know this — I used to buy all their stuff, it was their car seat that saved my 1-year-old daughter’s life,” Henderson said.

2. Andrew Fromm

TSU: @AFromm

Fromm is a father and songwriter from New Jersey who now lives in Nashville.

Even though he’s written music for some of the coolest musicians we know, including Backstreet Boys, Selena Gomez, NSYNC and Marc Anthony, Fromm told ABC News the music industry is a really rough place to make a living.

“Most songwriters are going through challenges to put food on the table,” he said.

“We make $18 quarterly on Pandora for every 1 million plays. You can’t make a living if streaming becomes the norm. Songwriters are being forced not to create anymore,” Fromm explained.

Sebastian Sobczak, the founder of Tsu, compared those numbers to his social media site, and told ABC News that Fromm makes roughly $18 per day on Tsu. Fromm has been a user on Tsu since October.

“At this point in time you can’t get rich off of Tsu but if it keeps growing you might be able to make a significant amount of money. At least for now I have extra cash, if I make a dollar a day I know it will be $365 per year, you are doing the same things you do on Facebook and Twitter anyway and you don’t get paid for those sites.”

Fromm also explained one of the best ways to make money on Tsu is to expand your network. He brought Kimberly Henderson to the site and is collecting commission.

“When bringing another person to the site, Kimberly Henderson, for example, I brought her over and now I get a referral fee for life. The day she made $157 I made $85. My earnings have significantly increased because she is great at social media,” Fromm said.

3. Kevin Hinkle

TSU: @Kevinhinkle

Homeless Man Becomes a Social Media Sensation

After separating from his wife, Kevin Hinkle said he went from couch surfing and sleeping in the woods in Lake Mary, Florida, to making hundreds of dollars posting videos and photos of himself on social media.

“I spent about 6 weeks in the woods right next to the YMCA. I was able to go in and work out and hook up my laptop and post on Tsu,” Hinkle told ABC News.

Hinkle is playing the role of life coach on this new social network on Tsu. He now has 40,000 followers.

“I was a little cautious because it seemed too good to be true. It took me a few days to realize it is true,” Hinkle explained. “I made a penny my first day and then 4 cents the next day, then it went to 21 cents. Then I was over a dollar in a week or two.”

Hinkle said he has made close to $900 since joining in October and is turning his life around. He said he used Tsu to look for a job helping people.

A 57-year-old women in pain due to medical issues accepted his offer, Hinkle said.

“A lady from Myrtle Beach sent me enough money to rent a car. I am now staying in her home, food shopping for her, preparing all of her food, doing all the dishes,” Hinkle said.

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Adultery Law Abolished in South Korea

oztasbc/iStock/Thinkstock(SEOUL, South Korea) — A South Korean court ruling could potentially impact thousands of individuals who faced adultery charges in the last several years.

The Constitutional Court has abolished a 62-year-old law that banned extramarital affairs.

The highest court in the country ruled Thursday that the law suppresses personal freedoms.

Under the law, having sex with a married person was punishable by up to two years in prison.

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Panthers Acquire Jagr from Devils

Glenn James/NHLI via Getty Images(SUNRISE, Fla.) — The Florida Panthers have acquired winger Jaromir Jagr from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a second-round draft pick in 2015 and a conditional third-round draft pick in 2016.

The Panthers are fighting for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and Jagr’s presence should make that goal more obtainable.

The 43-year-old, five-time scoring champion has 11 goals and 18 assists in 57 games this season.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Jagr won back-to-back Stanley Cup Championships with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 and 1992. Following the 1998-99 season, Jagr received the Hart Memorial Trophy which is given to the player deemed most valuable to his team.

Jagr currently ranks first among active NHL leaders in points (1,784), games played (1,530), assists (1,068), goals (716), power play goals (202), and plus/minus (+284).

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