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Facebook 'Reactions': 6 New Ways to Share What You Think of a Post - ABC News

Facebook's solution to the frequently requested "dislike" button is here.

The company revealed today it is testing "Reactions," a set of six emoji that can be chosen when liking a post simply doesn't feel right.

"As you can see, it's not a 'dislike' button, though we hope it addresses the spirit of this request more broadly. We studied which comments and reactions are most commonly and universally expressed across Facebook, then worked to design an experience around them that was elegant and fun," Chris Cox, chief product officer at Facebook, said on his page.


Netflix Raises Price for New Users by $1 a Month - WSJ

Netflix Inc. NFLX 5.12 % raised the price of its most popular streaming plan in the U.S. by $1 for new customers as it ramps up investment in original shows and movies.

Netflix said its “standard” plan that allows for two simultaneous streams will now cost $9.99 a month, up from $8.99 previously. The increase won’t impact its other plans, which include a “basic” one at $7.99 a month that allows for one stream and a “premium” plan at $11.99 a month that permits four streams at once.

“To continue adding more TV shows and movies including many Netflix original titles, we are modestly raising the price for some new members in the U.S., Canada and Latin America,” a Netflix spokesman said in an emailed statement. “As a thank you to existing Netflix members -- who aren’t already benefiting from grandfathering -- we will maintain their current price for a year.”

Netflix shares rose about 1.8% in late-afternoon trading to $110.09.


Illinois Football: Preview of the Iowa Hawkeyes Defense

Defensive Line:

The Hawkeyes come into this game against the Illini with a 5-0 record.  Their defensive line has a lot to do with that great start.

Defensive ends Nate Meier and Drew Ott have been leading the way.  They have combined for 38 tackles and 9 sacks on the season.

This Iowa defensive line has been shutting down the opposing running game as well.  They rank 11th in the nation in rush defense only giving up 84.4 yards per game on the ground.  This is going to be a tough challenge for an Illinois team that has their starting running doubtful for the game.


The linebackers for Iowa are just about as good as the defensive line.  Cole Fisher leads the way for this squad.  He has 47 tackles along with 2.5 sacks on the season.  His leadership has really enabled the Hawkeyes to become one of the best defenses in the country.


Mars Rover Finds Gale Crater was Once a Big Lake : Discovery News

About the time that life was taking hold on Earth, Mars not only had the ingredients for life as well, but long-lived lakes that could support it, new research from NASA’s Curiosity rover team shows.

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Trace looks at the top theories for how Mars could be terraformed. Just don't expect for there to be a nice new red planet to move to before the next Super Bowl.

Analysis of sediments and geologic features found in the rover’s Gale Crater landing site show that the basin periodically filled with water that lasted for hundreds or even thousands of years. Previously, the rover discovered evidence of an ancient shallow lake and streams.

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“You have a deep hole, filled with water that is stable,” which indicates that Mars must have had a denser atmosphere at that point in its history than can be explained by current computer models, geologist John Grotzinger, with the California Institute of Technology, told Discovery News.

“It also means that other places were wet as well,” he added.


U.S.: Russian missiles heading for Syria landed in Iran -

Washington (CNN) A number of cruise missiles launched from a Russian ship and aimed at targets in Syria have crashed in Iran, two U.S. officials told CNN Thursday.

Monitoring by U.S. military and intelligence assets has concluded that at least four missiles crashed as they flew over Iran. One official said there may be casualties, but another official said this is not yet known.

It's unclear where in Iran the missiles landed. The Russian ships have been positioned in the south Caspian Sea, meaning the likely flight path for missiles into Syria would cross over both Iran and Iraq.


The Russians have been firing a relatively new cruise missile called "Kaliber," using it for the first time in combat.

Iran's semi-official FARS news agency, however, said that neither Russian nor Iranian authorities have confirmed the U.S. officials' information at this point.


McCarthy withdraws candidacy for speaker

WASHINGTON (October 8, 2015) —  In a stunning move, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy withdrew his candidacy for House speaker Thursday, throwing Congress' Republican leadership into chaos.

McCarthy was heavily favored to win his GOP colleagues' endorsement for the post, but a vigorous challenge from hardline House conservatives threatened a smooth ratification when the full House voted Oct. 29. It is uncertain now when that vote will occur to replace Speaker John Boehner, who is to retire at the end of the month.

McCarthy shocked his colleagues at the start of Thursday's closed meeting, telling them he was not the right person for the job. He recommended that the election be postponed and Boehner delayed it.

"There was total shock, and then total silence," said Rep. Robert Pittenger, R-N.C.

Lawmakers were in near disbelief at the announcement, which came as Republicans began a meeting for what they thought would be the election of a new speaker nominee.

"I've never seen anything like this," said Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa.

Rep. John Fleming, R-La., said he was "thunderstruck."

"We don't know why he did it," said Rep. Mick Mulvaney, R-S.C.


Grilling Tip #10: Grilling two types of meat and plating them at the same time

Grilling Tip #10:  If you’re grilling two kinds of meat like chicken and steak for dinner, put your chicken on the grill first.  There’s no “medium rare” when it comes to chicken, you’ve GOT to make sure it’s properly cooked all the way through.  Put chicken near but no directly over the hot spot of the grill first, get that good sear on the presentation side of the chicken and then move it over to the lower temp side of the grill to finish off.   Once you’ve moved your chicken to the lower temp side of the grill, put your steaks on the hot spot.  By the time the steaks are done, so is the chicken.  This method also works well when preparing meats at varying degrees of “doneness” like steaks or handmade burgers.  Put steaks to be well done on the hop spot first, get a good sear and then move them over to the low temp side to finish cooking.  You can then put your medium rare steaks on the hot spot and by the time those are done, so are the well done ones.   The same thing goes for burgers, some people like a little pink running through the middle of a good home made, hand crafted burger.  You want everyone sitting down at the same time to eat, so timing is everything and you’ll come off like a real pro pulling medium rare, medium and well done steaks off the grill, all at the same time.  You don’t have to deliver that dreaded line of, “People eating chicken, yours will be done in a few more minutes……  Sorry.”  And how do I know that steak is done you ask?   Give it the finger.  No, not the middle one, well, you can use that one if you want…..  Poke the steak with your finger.  If the meat is soft to the touch and doesn’t bounce back, it’s still pink inside.  If it’s got some give but bounces back a bit, it’s medium.  If it’s firm when poking, it’s well done. 


Game Day to close up shop

1990 wasn’t just a good year for the Hawkeyes, who went to the Rose Bowl, it was also good for Ron Christensen, who brought Game Day Iowa straight into fans’ hearts.

When customers walk into the Coralville store, they are immediately overwhelmed by aisle after aisle of Hawkeye stuff. The store sells everything from T-shirts to tents to sunglasses.


Illini tickled pink to have shot at upset over Iowa : Sports

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. • The pink visitors’ locker room at Kinnick Stadium used to be a regular topic of discussion whenever Illinois would head to Iowa City, Iowa.

Pink apparently is an insulting and offensive color to the braveheart souls who play college football and countless words were spent wondering whether it emasculated mighty warriors in an environment that should prepare them to engage in some great physical struggle.

One year, Illinois brought bolts of brown paper and had managers cover the walls so the Illini players wouldn’t be subjected to such a debilitating sight.

And each year the discussion took place, Iowa had already won one of the psychological battles. Every minute spent talking about the pink locker room was one less minute spent game-planning for the Iowa football team.


Pheasant population back on rise in Iowa

When hunters take to the fields in Johnson County and across Iowa this month, they may hear more pheasants crowing than in recent years, but still far fewer than they did back in the bird's heyday.

Ring-neck pheasants, Iowa's most abundant upland game bird, are back on the rise in Iowa after seeing their populations decimated by a stretch of harsh winters and dwindling acres set aside for conservation, according to a new wildlife survey by the state's Department of Natural Resources.