Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday's Morning Email: No Survivors in Air Algerie Crash

You can now make emojis out of photos of your own face -- go forth and up your texting game. This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Friday, July 25, 2014.

The Scuttlebutt

TOP STORIES

AIR ALGERIE PLANE FOUND, NO SURVIVORS
"French President François Hollande said there were no survivors found at the site of the Air Algérie crash in Northern Mali, adding that French troops dispatched to the scene had recovered one of the jetliner's black boxes." French officials believe weather may be behind the crash that killed 116 people. Weather is also thought to be to blame for the Taiwanese plane crash that killed 48 on Wednesday. And despite the recent spate of deadly air incidents, it's still safe to fly. [WSJ]

WEST BANK RISES
"Tens of thousands of Palestinians marched with President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement from the West Bank city of Ramallah toward Jerusalem to protest Israel's war on Hamas in Gaza, which has claimed the lives of nearly 800 Palestinians, many of them civilians. The protest appears to be the largest mass demonstration since the 1980s." The protests are meant to symbolize a "day of rage." Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a weeklong ceasefire that would begin Sunday. [HuffPost]

U.S.: RUSSIA FIRING ON UKRAINE
"The United States said on Thursday that Russia was firing artillery across the border into Ukraine to target Ukrainian military positions in the conflict against pro-Russian separatists. 'We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine, and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,' State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said." A Pentagon spokesman said there has been a "clear escalation" of Russian hostilities on the Ukrainian border. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk resigned yesterday. Meanwhile, the MH17 crash site sits unguarded. [Reuters]

STATESIDE: Water, Water … No Where
NASA satellites showed a massive loss of water in the Colorado River basin, threatening "long-term water supplies to seven states." The difference in domestic water usage across the country is striking. The system of "broken windows" law enforcement is under fire in NYC. Recently released top-secret files show the U.S. military wanted to build a lunar nuclear-testing site in the 60s. And this graphic will answer all your questions about the influx of immigrant children at the border.

In too cute news, this toddler is conducting a crowd.

INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE: ISIS Targeting Religious Sites?
Officials believe this clip shows ISIS blowing up the prophet Jonah's tomb in Iraq, a move meant to "demonstrate the superiority of their own religion over other belief systems by destroying their sacred spaces and building their own in their place." ISIS also killed 270 in Syria in an attack on a gas field. A Washington Post reporter has been detained in Iran. And this teen had 232 teeth removed from a tumor growing in his face in Mumbai.

In priorities news, this dog knows the value of a case of Bud Light.

BUY! SELL! BUY! Big Brother Skillz at Costco
Costco is leveraging its trove of data to call all the customers that may have been affected by the listeria outbreak. Newest target for life insurance companies: the middle class. GM would be sunk without their SUV sales. And Walmart is going through a shake-up after its U.S. CEO stepped down.

In running news, this giraffe escaped from the zoo.

SCOUTING REPORT: Manziel on the Straight and Narrow?
The Cleveland Browns made it clear Johnny Manziel better behave. The Ohio State Band's hazing methods make some fraternities look like they're made of sugar and spice and everything nice. The Molina brothers continued to prove how they're some of the funniest brothers in baseball. And oh how we love a National Anthem MLB standoff.

In living it up news, these dogs know how to road trip.

CULTURE CATCH-UP: Drumline 2.0
We're huge Miles Teller fans, and his "Whiplash" trailer is everything we wanted and more. If he and J.K. Simmons don't get Oscar nods, we're boycotting the Academy. This is what Morgan Freeman sounds like on helium -- you're welcome. We couldn't agree more with the assessment that Kristen Bell is so good in this Mary Poppins parody, someone should think about having her lead the next NBC live adaptation. The latest photo of Ben Affleck as Batman has us wondering if you ever see Batman smiling. In case you missed it, the internet collectively freaked when the "Fifty Shades of Grey" trailer finally dropped -- so much staring. And here's what's hitting theaters this weekend. [Image via Tumblr]

In too excited news, this dog was so happy to see her owner return she passed out from excitement.

LIVIN': Gchatting Until 3 a.m. Catches Up With You
Here's how to stop being a nightowl and actually enjoy the mornings -- take it from someone who never took a class before noon in college and now writes a morning newsletter. This is how you rock NYC street style like a boss. You're definitely overusing these household cleaning products. And we want these bloggers' style.

In harmonizing news, this is how you make a leaky faucet fun.

OTHER PEOPLE'S BUSINESS: Is That a Ring?
That sparkler on Charlize Theron's left hand has us all wondering if Sean Penn has finally moved on from Robin Wright. Why wear sweatpants to the airport when you're Kim Kardashian and can wear a skin tight black dress? After Naya Rivera's crazy fast wedding, here are 16 other celebrity pairings you forgot started out similarly. Figure-skating darling Michelle Kwan stumped for her husband, who is running for office. And could Ygritte and Jon Snow have a happier ever after in real life?

In stormy news, watch this British guy react after almost getting hit by lightning.

TWITTERATI

@MarkDuplass: My face is a place where pizza comes to die.

@HistoryInPics: Queen Elizabeth II when she was an 18-year-old Princess


@neilhimself: Got more real writing work done today than I have done in months. People should dig through the Internet cable more often.

@michaelianblack: There's probably some dude who knew all the guys in Motley Crue before they got famous and still talks about it a lot.

@CuteOverloads: Golden not retrieving


ONE MORE THING
Here's how to out-hipster your friends: brew coffee in a Mason Jar.

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