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Country Singer Carrie Underwood Is Expecting Her First Child

Carrie Underwood accepts Video Of The Year Award during the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville
Carrie Underwood accepts Video of the Year Award for "See You Again" during the 2014 CMT Music Awards in Nashville on June 4, 2014 Harrison McClary—Reuters

That's what her two dogs Ace and Penny said, anyway

Country singer Carrie Underwood’s baby announcement was brought not by a stork, but by two tiny dogs.

Underwood, the winner of six Grammy awards, is expecting her first child, according to a whimsical photo the star posted to Twitter on Monday, USA Today reports.

In the photo, the former American Idol songstress cuddles her two dogs, each wearing shirts proclaiming that they’ll soon be a big brother and a big sister.

“In honor of ‘Labor’ Day…Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier!” Underwood tweeted, along with the picture.

This will be the first child for Underwood and husband hockey player Mike Fisher. Fisher retweeted his wife’s announcement, USA Today says, and also posted his own in which he ventured an unusual name for the baby boy or girl.

“We haven’t picked names yet but it’s looking like Fly is gonna fly,” he said.

[USA Today]

TIME Diet/Nutrition

A Study Shows That You Eat Way More When Watching Action Movies

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Almost twice as much as when you're watching a talk show, in fact

It’s not watching what you eat, it’s what you watch when you eat if a study released Monday is to be believed.

CBS News reports that the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association: Internal Medicine, found that the amount of food people consumed while viewing television was determined by the type of content they were exposed to — people watching an action flick ate almost twice as much as people watching a talk show.

The researchers randomly divided 94 undergraduate students into three groups, each of which was put in front of a TV for 20 minutes. One group was made to watch a part of the Ewan McGregor and Scarlett Johansson thriller The Island, while the second watched the same portion of the same film on mute. The final group watched a 20-minute clip of the interview program Charlie Rose.

All three sets of participants were given M&Ms and cookies, as well as healthier snacks like carrots and grapes, to enjoy while watching TV. Researchers weighed the snacks before viewing, and how much was left afterward.

While the people watching the interview show ate 104.3 g of food, CBS says, those who watched the clip of The Island consumed a total of 206.5 g — nearly twice the amount. Watching The Island on mute did diminish appetites, but at 142.1 g the amount consumed was still 36% more than that of the Charlie Rose group. The total calorie intake of both groups watching the action clip was also higher, at 354 calories with sound and 314 without, compared with just 215 calories for the third group.

Study author Aner Tal, a postdoctoral research associate at Cornell’s Food and Brand Lab, said that stimulating, fast-paced programs with a lot of camera cuts drew viewers in and distracted them from what they were eating. “They can make you eat more because you’re paying less attention to how much you are putting in your mouth,” Tal said.

The researchers suggested measures like bringing predetermined, finite quantities of food to the TV to avoid overeating, while the study’s co-author Brian Wansink, professor and director of the Cornell Food and Brand Lab, offered a silver lining.

“Action-movie watchers also eat more healthy foods, if that’s what’s in front of them,” he said, suggesting that this could be turned to a viewer’s advantage.

[CBS News]

TIME Turkey

Dozens of Turkish Police Arrested for Alleged Anti-Government Plot: Reports

Turkey's new President Erdogan attends a swearing in ceremony at the parliament in Ankara
Turkey's new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attends a swearing-in ceremony at the parliament in Ankara on Aug. 28, 2014. Umit Bektas—Reuters

Even more police officers have been accused of plotting against new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

More than 30 Turkish police officers were detained on Monday, according to reports, in what appears to be the latest in a series of arrests related to the incoming President’s belief that members of the nation’s police force are conspiring against him.

Dozens of Turkish police had already been arrested this summer on charges of bugging new President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s phone lines in order to plot against him, Reuters reports. Erdogan, Turkey’s former longtime Prime Minister, won the country’s first direct presidential election on Aug. 10.

During his presidential campaign, Erdogan repeatedly accused U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of seeking to undermine the Turkish government via a network of loyalists in some of Turkey’s most powerful institutions, including the police.

Gulen’s network, called the Hizmet movement, was once credited with buoying Erdogan’s political might. But the pact between Erdogan and Gulen has since dramatically collapsed, and Erdogan has over the past several months waged a bitter and highly public campaign to root out Gulen supporters from the political establishment.

The arrest warrants issued for the 33 police officers in the latest sweep are for “seeking to overthrow the government,” Reuters reports. One of the officers is the former chief of a police financial unit.

[Reuters]

TIME Israel

Israel Claims Almost 1,000 Acres of West Bank for New Settlement

Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sebastian Scheiner—AP

Decision reportedly taken after the June abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers

Israel declared a large section of the West Bank as “state lands” on Sunday, in a move that caused outrage among Palestinian authorities.

The Los Angeles Times, citing local media sources, reported that the Israeli government took over 990 acres in the Palestinian territory south of Bethlehem.

This declaration is the largest since 1980, according to antisettlement group Peace Now, which said it would have a significant impact on the region.

Peace Now’s Yariv Oppenheimer wrote in a Facebook post that the appropriation of land was a “stab in the back” to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Oppenheimer added that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “destroying any diplomatic horizon.”

Abbas’ office warned that the Israeli attempt to encroach upon Palestinian land would further escalate the conflict between the two sides, and called for the declaration to be withdrawn.

The Israeli government reportedly wants to keep the part of the West Bank it calls the Etzion Bloc in any future agreements with the Palestinians, and Peace Now reports that the lands have been earmarked for the expansion of the settlement of Gevaot there.

Settlement leaders sought to justify the annexation of the land, which was reportedly decided by the government after the June abduction and killing of three Israeli teenagers. Yigal Dilmoni, of the umbrella settlement group called the Yesha Council, said it was “an appropriate Zionist response to terror attacks against Israel.”

Hanan Ashrawi, of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, responded that Israel is moving toward a “de facto one-state solution,” and aims to “wipe out any Palestinian presence on the land.”

[LAT]

TIME Music

NYC’s Electric Zoo Festival Got Shut Down by Bad Weather

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A general view of atmosphere during the Electric Zoo Festival at Randall's Island, in New York City, on Aug. 31, 2013 Daniel Zuchnik—Getty Images

“We apologize to fans, but your safety is our main concern,” say organizers

New York City’s Electric Zoo Festival was shut down midway Aug. 31, with organizers citing treacherous weather conditions as the cause for cancellation.

Rolling Stone reported that there were still six hours left for the festival to end when attendees were asked to evacuate the grounds at Randall’s Island, where the popular music festival takes place. Chase & Status, Alesso, Bingo Players and Kaskade were some of the acts scheduled to perform on the final evening.

The final day of Electric Zoo was canceled last year as well, but for very different reasons: city officials forced the festival to a halt after two attendees succumbed to drug overdoses and four others were hospitalized. There were also 31 arrests made.

A flash-flood warning was issued just before the event was halted, following which the festival tweeted: “Electric Zoo NY has been shut down for the remainder of the festival due to extreme weather conditions. We apologize to fans, but your safety is our main concern.”

The organizers also made it clear that there would be no re-entry even if weather conditions improved, but have not yet revealed whether festivalgoers would be reimbursed for the canceled day, Rolling Stone said.

EDM artist Kaskade, whose show was among those canceled, took to Twitter to express his displeasure. “Soooooo…… Who has the keys to @barclayscenter???” he joked.

[Rolling Stone]

TIME cities

Three Atlantic City Casinos Will Go Dark This Month

Slew Of Casino Closures Threatens To Take Toll On Atlantic City
A man gambles at the Showboat casino, which is scheduled to close, in Atlantic City, N.J., on July 29, 2014 Spencer Platt—Getty Images

September is expected to be hard month for Atlantic City, as three of its casinos deal out their last hands

Three casinos will close this month in Atlantic City, N.J., signaling that this metropolis of neon lights and blinking slot machines can no longer bet on gaming revenues.

More than 5,000 workers will be out of a job when the casinos Showboat and Revel close this weekend, the Associated Press reports. Even more will lose their livelihoods when the Trump Plaza cuts its lights on Sept. 16.

The expected closure of the three casinos, one of which is just two years old, is the latest slap to this city, coming just eight months after the Atlantic Club ran out of luck. By the end of September, more than 25% of the city’s casino workforce, or 8,000 people, will be out of work, the New York Times reports.

When New Jersey legalized gaming in 1976, casinos were marketed as a sure bet for economically battered Atlantic City, the AP reports. But the regional gaming market has since become flush with competitors, with casinos in New York, Delaware and Pennsylvania claiming chunks of the once prodigious profits flowing into Atlantic City. Even Massachusetts, a once gaming-averse state, is eyeing a share of the rewards, as it flirts with inviting three casinos to the state.

TIME Television

Review: The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

President Theodore Roosevelt with his family, 1903Photo credit: Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace NHS
President Theodore Roosevelt with his family, 1903 Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace NHS/PBS

The PBS saga premieres Sept. 14 and airs every night for seven days

Documentarian Ken Burns issues another sprawling American ­story — 14 hours over seven episodes — this time exploring the legacies of the Roosevelts. Past histories of the family have almost always focused on Presidents (and distant cousins) Theodore and Franklin Delano, treating Eleanor (who was Teddy’s niece) and her activism as a sidelight. But Burns elevates the First Lady’s skillful promotion of social reform, putting it on equal footing as he takes on more than a century of politics and global change, from Teddy’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor’s death in 1962.

TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: August 29

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The early morning sun rises behind the US Capitol Building in Washington, DC. Mark Wilson—Getty Images

‘We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’

President Barack Obama seemed to commit the worst of Washington gaffes when he spoke of the ongoing threat from Islamist militants wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” he said

Memory Wipes Closer to Reality

Researchers working with mice have made stunning breakthroughs in stripping the painful and negative feelings associated with a traumatic memory

Calif. Passes Sex-Consent Bill

The California Senate passed a first-in-the-nation bill on Thursday to define what amounts to consensual sexual activity on the state’s college campuses

NFL Throws Flag on Domestic Abuse After Criticism

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a letter to team owners that stated stricter penalties would be imposed on players and league personnel who commit domestic abuse, following criticism of a two-game suspension for a player who allegedly beat his fiancée

Ukraine Brings Back Draft as Russia Appears to Mobilize

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s national security council ordered the reinstatement of mandatory conscription, affecting able-bodied men aged 18 to 25, as NATO satellite imagery appeared to show Russian forces and vehicles in its restive eastern region

Oklahoma Death Row Inmate Didn’t Die From Heart Attack

Independent autopsy results reveal that Clayton Lockett, whose botched execution in April caused Oklahoma to temporarily halt lethal injections, died from the lethal injection and not a heart attack; officials attempted to tap a vein in his groin, chest, neck, both arms and one foot

U.N. Grimly Marks 3 Million Syrian Refugees as War Rages

The U.N.’s refugee agency announced that one of every eight Syrians has fled the country since March 2011 and 6.5 million others are internally displaced; U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres called it the “biggest humanitarian emergency of our era”

Malaysia Airlines to Cut 6,000 Staff in Overhaul

The flight operator announced the cuts — a 30% reduction of its current workforce — on Friday in an effort to revive its damaged brand after double passenger-jet disasters this year. Malaysia Airlines is also conducting a search for a new CEO

Obama Sets No Timeline for Action on Immigration

President Barack Obama said on Thursday he still intends to act to change immigration policies but stopped short of reiterating his past vows to do so by the end of summer; 145 demonstrators were arrested during a rally on immigration reform outside the White House

Warren Buffett’s Son Buys Rosa Parks Archive

Hundreds of items that belonged to the civil rights icon and have been sitting unseen for years in a New York warehouse, including her Presidential Medal of Freedom, have been sold to a foundation run by the son of billionaire investment guru Warren Buffett

Google Toys Around With Drone Delivery Service

A number of small aircraft have flown between 130 and 195 ft. during trials in the Australian outback, delivering items such as a water bottle and a first-aid kit; Google has been working on Project Wing for two years but only began testing the drones this month

Fox Greenlights TV Pilot Inspired by Weezer Frontman

The sitcom DeToured from the creator of Psych will follow a fictional musician who decides to give up his rock-star lifestyle for normalcy, as Rivers Cuomo did briefly several years ago when he took time off to study at Harvard

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TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: August 28

Tug of War

President Barack Obama and lawmakers in Congress are mulling whether he needs formal authorization to expand the fight against the militant group ISIS, a politically perilous question for both sides as the midterm elections loom

Uncle Sam Wants a Gram

Calling all pot farmers: the federal government is looking to buy, soliciting proposals to “harvest, process, analyze, store and distribute” cannabis

Israel and Gaza Count War’s Cost

Israeli and Palestinian leaders set out Wednesday to explain to constituents what was achieved during the latest fighting between the two sides

Russia Blasted for Escalating Ukraine War

Ukrainian and U.S. officials accused Moscow of sending heavily armed columns across the border into southeastern Ukraine on Wednesday — a move seen as part of a “Russian-directed counteroffensive” against Ukrainian forces in the five-month-old conflict

Apple Loses Bid to Ban Sales of Samsung Phones

A U.S. judge rejected Apple’s bid to permanently ban sales of some Samsung phones that were found to infringe Apple patents. Apple and Samsung agreed earlier this month to drop patent disputes against each other outside the U.S.

CDC Director: Ebola Is ‘Worse Than I’d Feared’

On Wednesday, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Tom Frieden, said the Ebola outbreak in West Africa is a “much bigger problem than anyone anticipated.” Over 1,400 people have died in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone

Howard Dean’s Group Endorses Mary Burke in Wisconsin

Democracy for America, the 50-state group pulled together by former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, endorsed Mary Burke’s campaign against Republican Governor Scott Walker. Burke is a millionaire former executive at Trek Bicycles

USC Suspends Football Player for Fake Drowning Story

University of Southern California’s cornerback Josh Shaw said on Wednesday he lied when he told his coaches he sprained his ankles while attempting to save his drowning nephew. In response, the USC Trojans suspended Shaw indefinitely from the athletic program

What it Really Takes for Schools to Go Digital

President Obama hailed Mooresville, N.C., as a model for the future of public education. But the neighboring Iredell-Statesville Schools District offers a more accurate picture of the challenges most schools face in bridging the technological divide

Sopranos Creator Calls Tony Soprano Comment ‘Inaccurate’

“The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer,” David Chase said in a statement released by his publicist, responding to an interview published by Vox. “Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point”

Erasing Bad Memories May Soon Be Possible

Using state-of-the-art laser and gas techniques, researchers working with mice have made stunning breakthroughs in stripping the painful and negative feelings associated with a traumatic memory to neutralize its effects on a subject

Chuck Berry Honored at Polar Music Prize Ceremony

Rock legend Chuck Berry, who was awarded the Polar Music Prize in May, has been honored at a ceremony in Stockholm. The Polar Music Prize is the so-called “Nobel of the music world,” given annually to one recipient each from the fields of modern and classical music

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