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Singing Nun From ‘The Voice of Italy’ Releases ‘Like a Virgin’ Cover

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Sister Cristina Scuccia, the nun who won Italy’s version of The Voice with a powerful and shocking rendition of Alicia Keys’ “No One” back in March, has released her first single: a slowed-down, impressive cover of Madonna’s “Like a Virgin.”

Scuccia also debuted a music video Monday, featuring black and white sweeping shots of Venice while her habit billows in the wind. The video does not…

Polar Bears Shut Down Halloween in Northern Canada Community

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Frightening others has always been a big part of trick-or-treating tradition. But when it comes to polar bears, the fear is a bit too real for the small Inuit hamlet of Arviat in Canada’s northernmost Nunavut territory.

The hamlet decided it will be holding all Halloween festivities indoors this year due to an increase in polar bear sightings this fall. Residents have seen an upswing in the number of bears wandering into town in recent years as warmer winters have diverted the animal’s…

Jill Abramson’s Post-NYT Plans? A Startup, of Course

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Jill Abramson said in an interview late Monday that she is in the planning stages of a new startup that will focus on one big story annually. It will be her first big move since she was fired as executive editor at The New York Times.

Speaking to NPR radio station WBUR, Abramson said she is working with entrepreneur and journalist Steve Brill and speaking to investors.

The goal, she said, is to dive deep on one story per year.

Abramson…

The Ad Industry Has Made Peace With Crowdsourcing

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There are hordes of talented people out there just itching to be modern day mad men, willing to work on the cheap and on the fly. So how about it, Fortune 500 companies? Ready to turn your precious brand over to a stranger?

Since the mid-2000s, Doritos has been making a high-profile event out of doing just that during the biggest football game of the year, but industry veterans say the business of fan-generated marketing is thriving even in the off season

Sharks (the Kind With Fins) Will Descend Upon Washington D.C. in ‘Sharknado 3′

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The suited sharks of Washington D.C. are going to meet real sharks in the next installment of Syfy’s Sharknado franchise

The network announced on Monday that Sharknado 3 will see the finned flying terrors devour the entire Eastern seaboard, starting with a stop in Washington D.C. before heading down for some sun in Orlando, Florida

“No seaboard city below our nation’s capital is safe,” teases the movie’s official website.

Japanese Man Gets 2 Years in Prison for 3D Printing Guns

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For the first time in history, a man has been jailed for making a weapon with a 3D printer

On Monday, a court sentenced Yoshitomo Imura, 28, to two years in prison for making two 3D printed guns at his home in Kawasaki, Japan, according to local news reports

Japan’s strict gun control laws prohibit anyone from possessing or manufacturing guns

Imura was arrested in May after he had uploaded a video showing how to manufacture his gun, dubbed the ZigZag. The…

World’s Oceans Set All-Time Heat Record for Third Time This Year

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For the third month this year, the world’s oceans set a record for the warmest they have ever been since at least 1880, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported on Monday

September had the highest global average sea surface temperatures of any month on record since instrument record-keeping began, with a global average temperature of 61.1 degrees Fahrenheit. This was warm enough to set another milestone that had already been set two previous times this year; the…

‘I am Liberian, Not a Virus’: Video Fights Stigma Against People From Countries Battling Ebola

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At some point over the last few months, fear of Ebola began to far outpace the spread of the actual disease. That’s reportedly led to a growing prejudice against people from West Africa, the area most affected by Ebola this year

Liberian-American television host Shoana Clarke Solomon said her 9-year-old-daughter has had to deal with such prejudice at her school on Staten Island, New York. In response, Solomon decided to combat misinformation about Ebola in the YouTube video, above, titled…

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HBO, ESPN and CBS: Why the Sudden Influx of Online Subscription Services?

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Cord cutters just had their best week ever.

Television, an industry that usually moves at a glacial pace, suddenly appears to be hurtling toward unbundling. In less than two weeks, some of the most influential content companies in the media industry announced plans to sell an Internet-based service directly to subscribers

First, ESPN announced plans to start an online subscription service centered on the NBA. Then HBO made the…

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The Most Popular Halloween Costumes of 2014 on Amazon

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2014′s most popular costumes include an evil Disney queen, a good Disney queen, a banana and a tuxedo-donning dog.

According to data provided by Amazon, these costumes prove that the big trends of the year crossed demographics: both women and men favor superheroes, and Disney box office successes are beloved across ages.

Once you check out the most popular costumes on Pinterest and Google, take a look at the list below for the costumes that…

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