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J.O. Johnson Jaguar football practice at Johnson High School on Aug. 21, 2014 in Huntsville, Ala.
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FNL Author: 'Football Is Violence'

"Kids on the field are not simply high school kids," Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Friday Night Lights Buzz Bissinger writes for TIME. "They are sacrificial lambs. Many will make it through without traumatic brain injury, but some will not... nobody gets to choose"

People wait to cast their votes inside a polling station in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Sept. 18, 2014, during a referendum on Scotland's independence.

Scotland Votes on Independence

Turnout in Scotland's historic referendumon whether to stay in the U.K. is expected to be high Thursday and the atmosphere at the polls is electric

Apple Introduces iPhone 5

Apple Defends Privacy Concerns

CEO Tim Cook discussed efforts to keep consumers’ information safe and sought to distinguish how it uses personal data from its competitors

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Clinton Calls for Women’s 'Movement' Ahead of Elections

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday called for a women's “movement” on economic issues ahead of the midterm elections. “These issues have to be in the life blood of this election and any election,” Clinton said

Police Say NFL Player Head-Butted Wife

New details from a police report said that Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer, who was arrested on assault charges Wednesday, reportedly head-butted his wife when she attempted to fight back against his sexual advance

The Old Course St Andrews

Scottish Golf Club Votes to Allow Female Members

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, considered one of the most prestigious in the world, voted to allow women to join 260 years after its founding--on the same day Scotland voted on independence from the United Kingdom

Sundance NEXT FEST Screening Of "Life After Beth" With Father John Misty Concert

Aubrey Plaza Will Be The Voice of Grumpy Cat

Lifetime cast Parks and Rec star Aubrey Plaza to be the voice of Grumpy Cat in its upcoming Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever, set to air Nov. 29. Jane Lynch was reportedly originally set to speak as the curmudgeonly cat but turned it down

ISIS Releases Video of ‘Message’ from British Hostage

British press photographer John Cantlie, kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago, is shown in a video apparently released Thursday by the same militants responsible for the beheading of two American journalists and one British aid worker since August

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko acknowledges applause after addressing a joint meeting of Congress in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sept. 18, 2014.

Ukraine President Asks Lawmakers for Lethal Weapons

Petro Poroshenko asked a joint session of Congress on Thursday for military weapons in the fight against battalions of pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine, admitting they were "urgently needed" and that "one cannot win the war with blankets"

Obamacare Expedited Bid Process Limited Who Could Build Website

Obamacare Enrollment Tops 7 Million

About 7.3 million Americans have completed enrollment through the health care reform law's insurance exchanges, a top Obama Administration official said Thursday, and that number is subject to change slightly as consumers move in and out of coverage

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - January 23, 2013

Darrell Hammond Set for SNL Return as Show's Voice

The longest-serving cast member in Saturday Night Live history is returning to be the voice of the show, creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels said, replacing announcer Don Pardo, who hosted 39 seasons and died in August

Businessman adjusting tie

Here's Why Major Companies Are Relaxing Their Dress Codes

Starbucks is on a list of companies grappling with the reality that workers and customers are increasingly tattooed, pierced and at home in casual clothes. PetSmart began letting theirs show tattoos and Wal-Mart will soon let its staffers wear black pants rather than just khakis