• Fighter Jets Scramble Following Reports of Multiple Threats to Passenger Planes, Officials Say

    An Air France plane was escorted to JFK Airport in New York City this morning after an anonymous threat was made against the flight -- one of several threats made to multiple airplanes bound for different U.S. airports, law enforcement officials told ABC News. Authorities said that the decision to have the plane escorted by two fighter jets was done "out of an abundance of caution" after the Maryland State Police McHenry Barrack, in Garrett County received an anonymous call of a “chemical weapons threat” aboard Air France Flight 22, which was en route from Paris to New York City airport.

    ABC News 52 mins ago
  • Watch 'Empire' Star Taraji P. Henson Twerk in a Teeny Bikini!

    Cookie came out when Taraji P. Henson hit Las Vegas with Empire creator Lee Daniels and his boyfriend Jahil Fisher. Donning nothing but a string bikini, the 44-year-old actress started twerking while Daniels caught her booty-shaking skills on camera and posted to Instagram on Sunday. "She's troubled," he captioned the video. PHOTOS: Star Shots! What's on Instagram? Posting another pic with the Empire star, Daniels added: "We up to no good now... It's time to go... #byevegas." Henson also posed for a sexy pic with Fisher, who Instagrammed: "Straight for @tarajiphenson #vegas #mytriptovegas." Also at the party was comedian Kevin Hart who Henson had come in on a video with her. "NEVER a dull moment with this fool!!!!" she wrote of the Get Hard star. "@kevinhart I love him soooooo much!!!#LilAss" WATCH: Taraji P. Henson Perfectly Spoofs Empire and Nicki Minaj on SNL We can totally see Cookie rocking this skimpy swimsuit on Empire! ET caught up with Henson to talk about her character's fashion sense and those sassy catchphrases:

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  • Remarkably Buff Kangaroo Moves Into Australian Suburb

    An unusually buff kangaroo has made a suburb of Brisbane, Australia, his new home, and he's reportedly been intimidating and astounding his human neighbors with his massive muscles.Seven News Brisbane says the muscly marsupial has been spotted hanging out at the golf course in North Lakes, Queensland, among other areas. A resident named Linda...

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  • Mexico sells $30 mln in daily auction, blames U.S. holiday

    The central bank of Mexico sold just $30 million on Monday at an average price of 15.2659 pesos per dollar in a daily auction of up to $52 million, due to low demand during a U.S. public holiday, the bank said. It was the first time the bank had sold less than the total on offer at the auction, announced in March, which is aimed at boosting foreign exchange liquidity following a recent slide in the peso currency. Mexico's foreign exchange commission said Friday it would extend the program, set to expire on June 8, until at least Sept. 29, and could take additional measures to help shield the peso from global volatility.

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  • Storms hit the Midwest (30 photos)

    Record rainfall wreaked havoc across a swath of the Plains and Midwest on Sunday, causing flash floods in normally dry riverbeds, spawning tornadoes and forcing at least 2,000 people in Texas from their homes. Tornadoes struck, severely damaging an apartment complex in Houston, Texas. A firefighter in Oklahoma was swept to his death while trying to rescue people from high water and a woman in Tulsa died in a traffic-related crash. In Texas, a man's body was recovered from a flooded area along the Blanco River, which rose 26 feet in just one hour and left piles of wreckage 20 feet high, authorities said. This May is already the wettest on record for several cities in the southern Plains states, with days still to go and more rain on the way. So far this year, Oklahoma City has recorded 27.37 inches of rain. Last year the state's capital got only 4.29 inches. The reasons include a prolonged warming of Pacific Ocean sea surface temperatures, which generally results in cooler air, coupled with an active southern jet stream and plentiful moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, said Meteorologist Forrest Mitchell at National Weather Service office in Norman, Oklahoma. The storm system pushed northeast into Iowa and Illinois on Sunday after it moved through parts of Colorado, central and North Texas and most of Oklahoma. New flash flood watches were issued Sunday for western Arkansas, Missouri and parts of Kansas, and tornado warnings were issued Sunday night for parts of Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri. (AP) Find more news-related pictures in our photo galleries and follow us on Tumblr.

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  • The Most Hated Company in the Retail Industry

    Besieged by angry customers, employees, and shareholders, this retail titan’s days of strong growth could be nearing an end.

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  • 9 paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free today

    Happy Memorial Day, BGR readers! You can celebrate the holiday with beers and a barbecue, or you can celebrate by running around to stores in your area in search of the best sales. Either way, you should also take a few minutes to browse today’s list of paid iPhone and iPad apps on sale for free. DON’T MISS: This $11 quick charger from Amazon will charge your phone 75% faster (deal is back!) These are paid iPhone and iPad apps that have been made available for free for a limited time by their developers. There is no way to tell how long they will be free. These sales could end an hour from now or a week from now — obviously, the only thing we can

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  • NCAA: Which Power 5 Conference Brings in the Most Money?

    College athletics have turned into a billion dollar business. Here is a look at which Power 5 conference brings in the most money.

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  • How can I find out which income tax bracket I am in?

    Find out how to determine your federal income tax bracket and calculate how much you will owe in federal taxes with online calculators and IRS forms.

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  • Game of Thrones explores the horror of an honest character

    This post assumes you've seen the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

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  • Mike Huckabee and His Tax Plan Get Slammed on Fox

    A few months after he left his gig as a Fox News television host to pursue the Republican nomination for president in 2016, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee was back on Fox News Sunday, and to put it mildly, things did not go well. While Fox has a reputation for being friendly, sometimes overly so, toward the GOP, Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace is usually an equal opportunity interrogator, and he didn’t hesitate to ask his former colleague to explain some of his more controversial claims. Huckabee, for instance, is an advocate of the “FairTax” plan, which would eliminate the income tax and replace it with a consumption tax of about 30 percent while remaining revenue-neutral.

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  • What to Do, or Not Do, If You Win the $154 Million Powerball Jackpot

    Many Americans imagine winning millions of dollars overnight in the various lotteries that have spread to virtually every corner of the country. Better yet, imagine winning over $150 million! On Wednesday, ...

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  • Why I’m Letting My Girl Be a Girl

    I want to prepare my kids to be open to learning from every plot and building scheme, whether it’s a band of female unicorns slaying the dragon or a band of male turtles saving the day.

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  • 330HP Volkswagen Drag Van Looks Classy, Goes Like Stink

    A wise person once said, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” I’d like to append that saying with the addition of ‘Volkswagen Van’, because although this 1967 VW looks like a garage queen dressed to the nines… it’s actually a serious straight-line competitor.  YouTube user 19Bozzy92 filmed this Volkswagen Transporter High Top during

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  • Photos of the day - May 25, 2015 (18 photos)

    Navy veteran William Englert passes out U.S. flags to the crowd attending Memorial Day ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia; pilgrims crowd around the Virgin of El Rocio during a procession around the shrine of El Rocio in Almonte, southern Spain; and, the wedding ring of Britain's Andy Murray is attached to his shoe as he plays in the first round match of the French Open tennis tournament in Paris, France. These are just a few of the photos fo the day for May 25, 2015. Find more news-related pictures in our photo galleries and follow us on Tumblr!

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  • Businesses quietly switch to dollar in socialist Venezuela

    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — It's still possible to buy a gleaming Ford truck in Venezuela, rent a chic apartment in Caracas, and snag an American Airlines flight to Miami. Just not in the country's official currency.

    Associated Press 46 mins ago
  • This inflatable plane could explore the clouds of Venus

    Northrop Grumman has a new idea for exploring Venus. Announced earlier this month, the Venus Atmospheric Maneuverability Platform (or VAMP) would let NASA skim Venus's upper atmosphere with an inflatable aircraft, deployed from space. Since the craft is self-inflated, it would be light enough to stay aloft with little to no energy, but still be maneuverable enough to navigate Venus's significant atmospheric winds and durable enough to withstand the sulfuric acid in the atmosphere. The VAMP is designed for NASA's New Frontiers program, which looks for innovative approaches to space exploration.

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  • How to Grill the Perfect Steak. Every Time

    Follow these simple steps to grill steak like a pro.  Grill Great Steaks  Follow our step-by-step instructions for perfectly grilled steaks.  Choosing the Meat For grilling, pick a steak that’s at least 1 ½ inches-thick with marbling in the meat. This is a New York strip steak.   See More: 9 Lean Proteins You Should Be Eating Trim the Meat Cut off excess fat, but leave some for flavor.  Temperature Matters Bring the meat to room temperature and preheat the grill.  See More: How to Make a Perfect Burger Get the Grill Ready Set up the grill for direct and indirect grilling at least 30 minutes before you cook. Let the oil heat until it’s smoking, and then it’s time to cook.  See More: 78 Essential Burger Recipes Get Grilling Pat the meat dry, season with salt and pepper on each side and then place the steaks on the hot part of the grill. Let them sear until they release without sticking.  Grill Marks  When the steak lifts easily from the grill, reposition it about 90 degrees to get professional looking grill marks.  See More: The 15 Best Burger Recipes from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Turn and Repeat Flip the steaks, let them cook and then give them another quarter turn.  Check the Temperature Insert the thermometer lengthwise for the best reading.

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  • Tiger 'unintentionally' mauled abbot at Thai temple: doctor

    A tiger that mauled the abbot of a Thai temple under fire over the welfare of dozens of big cats in its care "didn't intend" to attack him, the monk's doctor said on Monday. Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua in western Kanchanaburi province -- commonly known as the "Tiger Temple" -- is home to nearly 150 tigers and has long drawn tourists who flock there to be photographed next to the monks' feline pets. On Saturday abbot Luang Ta Jan, 64, was admitted into intensive care at Thanakarn Hospital with injuries including a bleeding facial wound as well a broken arm and tooth, his doctor and hospital director Sahathep Sawarngnet told AFP.

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  • Mario Balotelli was chained in a dungeon by Liverpool, apparently

    Thanks to Liverpool fans for this year .... I m loading for next season. #beastA photo posted by Mario Balotelli(@mb459) on May 24, 2015 at 3:32pm PDT

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