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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.

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Morning Must Reads: August 29

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‘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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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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TIME Travel

10 Things To Do Wherever You Are

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Traveling this holiday weekend? Whether you’re headed to New York or San Francisco, Singapore or Tokyo, we’ve put together a list of your destination’s must-see attractions and activities. So if you want to hit the tourist hotspots, or if you prefer to see how the locals live, these ideas will make your Labor Day planning a bit less laborious:

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Morning Must Reads: August 27

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Ferguson’s New Chapter

The St. Louis suburb faces uncertainty as it figures out how to turn a tragic moment into a lasting movement in the days after Michael Brown’s funeral. “We are required to leave here today and change things,” the Reverend Al Sharpton said in his eulogy

Why Waiting Makes You Happy

Several studies published in the journal Psychological Science suggest that people are more excited when they wait to buy an experience

Gaza Cease-Fire Deal Reached

The truce ends the seven-week war between Israel and Hamas, but it’s an open question whether longer-term political talks will continue

How 10 Seconds Could Save Lives During Earthquakes

California is looking to develop an early warning system for earthquakes, and the one that rocked the Napa area last weekend has brought new urgency to the project; experts say even 10 seconds would be enough to mobilize precautionary measures

Apple Appears Slated to Launch Larger iPad in Early 2015

Apple is reported to have been developing larger touch-screen devices in order to turn around sluggish sales; the new 12.9-in. iPad will apparently be launched in the spring, following the company’s release of a larger 4-in. iPhone next month

Ebola Forces Closure of WHO Lab in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization shut down a lab in Sierra Leone and pulled its staff after a health worker contracted the virus; the closure is likely to impede efforts to contain a massive outbreak that has killed at least 1,427 people

American Writer Freed From Syrian Captivity Arrives in U.S.

Peter Theo Curtis returned home to the U.S. on Tuesday, two days after being released by al-Nusra Front, the Syrian extremist group that held him hostage for 22 months. Curtis said he was “deeply indebted” to the U.S. officials who worked to get him released

Landon Donovan to Join U.S. Soccer Team One Last Time

Donovan will make his final appearance for the U.S. men’s national team in an international friendly match against Ecuador in October. The game will allow fans to thank him for “all the memories he’s provided over the years,” said U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati

Doug Ducey Wins GOP Primary for Arizona Governor

The state treasurer and former CEO won the Republican primary for Arizona’s governorship on Tuesday, riding to victory with a campaign that focused on his experience in serving as a state official and building an ice cream company into a national brand

Snapchat Is Valued at Roughly $10 Billion, Reports Say

A number of reports say the startup, an ad-less disappearing-messaging service, is raising funds from investors based on a $10 billion valuation; if true, this represents an enormous valuation for a company that has effectively no revenue source

Doll Play Predicts Couples’ Parenting Style, Study Finds

Researchers at Ohio State University videotaped almost 200 dual-earner couples playing with a “doll” — actually pajamas filled with 7 lb. of rice and a green fabric head attached — that they were told represented the child they were about to have

Report: Lake Bell to Direct The Emperor’s Children Film

The actress and promising auteur is reportedly booked to direct the film adaptation of Claire Messud’s 2006 novel The Emperor’s Children, with the screenplay penned by indie-film stalwart Noah Baumbach, but there is no word yet on when the movie will hit theaters

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Apple Slated to Launch Larger iPad in Early 2015: Reports

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Insider sources indicate 12.9-in. version is in the works

In the midst of sluggish sales, Apple has been developing larger touch-screen devices in order to see off competition from rivals including Google and South Korean giant Samsung, according to reports.

The new 12.9-in. iPad will be launched in the spring, inside sources told Bloomberg, following the company’s release of a larger 4-in. iPhone next month.

Apple’s 10-in. and 7.9-in. tablets have been unable to maintain a stable consumer base because of the release of larger smartphones by largely Asia-based competitors.

The new iPad’s 12.9-in. screen would be comparable in size to the largest MacBook Air on the market.


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Scientists Claim GPS Data Has Finally Solved the ‘Sheepdog Mystery’

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A sheepdog herd sheep at the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary in Brisbane, Australia, on April 5, 2012 Chris Hyde—Getty Images

Researchers say a trained canine turns a roaming flock into a cohesive bunch by following two simple steps

With a GPS tracking device attached to its back, an Australian sheepdog has finally revealed how a single canine can control a rebellious flock, according to a new study.

The “sheepdog mystery” has baffled scientists and mathematicians for generations, but a new paper in a journal by Britain’s Royal Society says the secret lies in the animal first bringing the sheep together by weaving side-to-side at their rear, then driving them forward.

“If not cohesive, it will make it cohesive, but if it’s already cohesive, the dog will push the herd towards the target,” Daniel Stroembom of Uppsala University in Sweden, co-author of Solving the Shepherding Problem: Heuristics for Herding Autonomous, Interacting Agents, told Agence France-Presse.

The study suggests that a talented sheepdog could use the technique to control a flock up to 100-strong.

Researchers hope that the new knowledge can be applied to future planning with regards to crowd control, and even guiding groups of exploring robots across remote terrains.


TIME Morning Must Reads

Morning Must Reads: August 26

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Emmys: Much Ado About TV

Modern Family continued its dominance with Best Comedy while Breaking Bad ended its Emmy run with another impressive display: The show earned Best Drama and Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn picked up acting honors

Foreigners Flee Ebola’s Wrath

Some fear that the exodus of international families and businesses from West Africa due to the outbreak could cripple the region’s growing economies

No ISIS Plot Yet, U.S. Says

Governments are concerned over ISIS fighters with passports from Western countries, but the U.S. has found no evidence of a plot against the homeland

California Quake May Cost Wine Country Billions

Experts say the total economic losses from Sunday’s quake that rattled Napa Valley may reach billions of dollars, but that things would have been much worse had the current year’s grape harvest been fully picked when the quake hit

No Proof Veterans Died Because of Delays, VA Says

The Veterans Affairs Department says investigators have found no proof that delays in care caused any deaths at a VA hospital in Phoenix, deflating an explosive allegation that helped expose a troubled health care system in which veterans waited months for appointments

Airbnb Hands Over Data of 124 New York Hosts

The online accommodation company gave the personal information of 124 past and present hosts, the vast majority of them no longer on its site, to the New York attorney general, who is seeking those who “flagrantly” misused the service

Watch Billy Crystal’s Moving Tribute to Robin Williams

“He was the greatest friend you could ever imagine,” Crystal said in the tribute, an improvement of the unexpectedly brief nod to Williams at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards. “It’s very hard to talk about him in the past because he was so present in all of our lives”

Hopes for a Cease-Fire Rise as the Gaza War Drags On

Media outlets were abuzz with reports on Monday that various factions were close to agreeing on a cease-fire deal to end the Gaza conflict, now in its eighth week as casualties mount, following renewed efforts by Egypt and Saudi Arabia

Report: U.S. Begins Surveillance Flights Over Syria

Officials said the flights began with President Obama’s approval, which could lead to airstrikes against militant targets; Obama has not approved military action but additional intelligence on the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria would likely be needed before a next step

States With Medical-Pot Laws Have Less Opioid ODs

New research finds that states with medical-marijuana laws have 25% lower rates of anticipated opioid-related deaths from medicine prescribed for chronic pain, like OxyContin and Percocet, than states where weed isn’t legal — though it’s not totally clear why

Kill Switches on Smartphones Are Now Mandatory in California

Gov. Jerry Brown signed historic legislation on Monday, mandating that every smartphone sold in California after July 1, 2015, be equipped by default with a kill switch, a feature that can render the device useless if stolen

The Bacteria That May One Day Cure Food Allergies

A team of scientists hopes after a promising new study on mice that the bacteria strain Clostridia, which resides close to the immune system in the human body, could hold the key to treating common allergies to foods like peanuts or lactose

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9 Feminist Takeaways From the VMAs

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Singer Beyonce performs onstage during the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. Kevin Winter—Getty Images

Men provided mostly forgettable moments

Feminism Doesn’t Mean ‘Man-Hater’

In fact, what it actually means is: the belief that all genders should be equal to each other politically, economically and socially. Thank you, Beyoncé.

Female Breadwinners Are Amazing

A Tumblr blogger put it best: “If Jay Z can support Beyonce’s stance on feminism and not feel threatened by it and cheer on her work with their daughter in his arms then ya’ll motherf*****s ain’t got no excuses.” Amen.

Gender Parity: It’s Possible!

The ladies took home 10 of 16 of the awards, or a whopping 63%.

You Can Use Fashion to Declare Your Independence

Katy Perry and RiFF RAFF dressed as early 00s power couple Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake on the red carpet. Even though it was a couple’s costume, Perry basically used the jean-clad rapper as a prop to state her independence while playing with rumors about her dating life.

Women Can Support Each Other

It was notable to hear Lorde introduce Taylor Swift as her “friend;” for Demi Lovato to tweet that she loves Nicki Minaj; to see female artists collaborating rather than tearing each other down.

Ladies Are Multifaceted, Get Over It

Yep, they can call themselves feminists and do it in a bodysuit.

Embrace the Female Badass

The best presenters of the night were Laverne Cox, Taylor Schilling and Uzo Aduba from Orange Is the New Black, who compared the competitive world of the VMAs to the all women’s prison on their show.

Women Can Rock Out, Too

While announcing the award for Best Rock Video, presenter Trey Songz said — in an eye-roll moment— that “even a lady [was] in the mix.” Well that lady was Lorde, and she was the first woman to ever win in that category. Besides, it’s not like Trey Songz was nominated for anything.

Being a Mom is Empowering

Beyoncé’s tribute to her adorable daughter brought the diva — and likely the entire audience — to tears. Count motherhood among Beyoncé’s many achievements. Women, having it all: check!

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