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Tom Selleck Accused of Stealing Thousands of Gallons of Water in California

Theft by the truckloads.

| Wed Jul. 8, 2015 1:18 PM EDT

How much water does it take to groom Tom Selleck's mustache? Truckloads, apparently.

In the midst of an unprecedented four-year drought, the actor is at the center of a lawsuit accusing him of re-routing thousands of gallons of water from a public hydrant to be sent to his 60-acre ranch in Southern California.

According to the lawsuit filed by the Calleguas Municipal Water District on Monday, on numerous occasions a private investigator spotted a truck filling up with water from the hydrant and delivering it to Selleck's home.

Selleck allegedly continued to do so even after several cease-and-desist notices were sent to him, the newly filed court documents claim.

Now the water district is hoping to permanently block Selleck from continuing the water-delivery scheme and repay it for the investigators' $21,685.55 fees.

Since new restrictions on water use were instituted in the state, celebrities and the wealthy residing in California who have watered their lawns excessively and ignored the caps have been targeted with so-called "drought-shaming" techniques on social media as a way to expose residents who appear to waste water.

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All United Flights Worldwide Were Grounded Today

Your traveling plans just got screwed.

| Wed Jul. 8, 2015 10:44 AM EDT

Thanks to an "automation" glitch early on Wednesday morning, United Airlines was forced to ground every single one of its flights. Worldwide. For a whole hour.

FAA

The massive error, which was lifted around 9:50 a.m., sparked long lines and confusion at airports. Though flights have finally begun to slowly take off, the system-wide grounding will undoubtedly throw a wrench into travelers' plans today.

"We experienced a network connectivity issue this morning," United said in a statement. "We are working to resolve this and apologize to our customers for any inconvenience."

The system-wide notice, which follows June's worldwide grounding, continues United's reputation as one of the world's worst airlines. So, business as usual!

Supercut: Joe Biden Has a Really Itchy Face

Now that I've seen it, I cannot unsee it, and I will see it forever.

| Tue Jul. 7, 2015 6:07 PM EDT

The first thing I want to say is this: I didn't intend to make this video.

My project was more noble. I've noticed Vice President Joe Biden appearing a lot recently with President Obama at big news conferences—the Cuba embassy announcement, when the Supreme Court upholding a key element of the Affordable Care Act, the heckler scene at the White House's LGBT Pride Dinner, the first White House reaction to the Charleston massacre. Biden is such a big, everyday presence in public life—like furniture in a comfortable room—that I wanted to see if there were any common threads I could pick out about him by watching these appearances. Has he visibly changed over the years in the same way Barack Obama has, for example? In what ways has his public performance changed over the years?

Instead, all I noticed was...his itchy face. He scratches his face a lot. More than other people behind the podium, or on stage. Far more. It's true, it must get pretty boring, listening and clapping and laughing so much. And imagine if you wanted to scratch your face, it would build up and you would really want to scratch it.

Now, it's all I can see.

Jared Fogle's Home Raided by the FBI for Child Pornography

The famed Subway spokesperson was also connected to a porn provider back in 2007.

| Tue Jul. 7, 2015 10:24 AM EDT

On Tuesday, federal and state authorities raided the home of famed Subway spokesperson Jared Fogle as a part of a child pornography investigation.

The raid at Fogle's Indiana home follows the April arrest of Russell Taylor on federal child pornography charges. Taylor served as the former director of Fogle's charity, the Jared Fogle Foundation, which was dedicated to combating childhood obesity.

Around 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, agents were seen carrying electronics out of the Zionsville home where Fogle was also detained. A local NBC affiliate reports a mobile forensics van was seen analyzing the collected materials.

Fogle was not arrested or charged with a crime. Authorities confirmed the investigation, but would not say whether the raid was specifically investigating Fogle or if it was connected to Taylor's earlier arrest.

Fogle, who became a nationally recognized figure after he lost more than 200 pounds while eating Subway sandwiches as a cornerstone of his diet 15 years ago, is reportedly worth $15 million. He is 37-years-old.

Back in 2007, Fogle was accused of running a porn industry rental service from his dorm room when he was in college in the nineties. Subway officials dismissed those allegations about their spokesman, saying they had "no knowledge" of the report.

Everyone Who Cheered On the US Women's Soccer Team Should See These Stats

FIFA spent way more making a terrible movie than paying Women's World Cup teams.

| Mon Jul. 6, 2015 5:36 PM EDT

When the US women's national team routed Japan in the World Cup finals Sunday, more than 20 million viewers tuned in, making it the most-watched soccer match ever in the United States. To put that in perspective, more Americans watched Sunday's matchup than last year's men's World Cup championship (roughly 17 million viewers) or all but Game 6 of this year's NBA Finals.

Still, the amount of money earned by the entire women's field compared to what the men made in Brazil is striking. As Mary Pilon points out in Politico

…the total payout for the Women's World Cup this year will be $15 million, compared with the total for the men's World Cup last year of $576 million, nearly 40 times as much. That also means that the Women's World Cup payout is less than the reported $24 million to $35 million FIFA spent on its self-aggrandizing fiction film, United Passions.

And that disparity trickles down to the women's champ: The USWNT will earn $2 million from the victory, nearly 18 times less than the German men's team received after winning the 2014 World Cup ($35 million). Even the US men's team, which was bounced in the round of 16 that year, earned $8 million.

As BuzzFeed's Lindsey Adler writes, "When the disparity in pay for women athletes versus men is raised, the argument often veers toward television ratings, with claims that women's sports are watched by significantly fewer people." Although that argument may not hold up for American audiences, it's worth noting that early viewership figures for this year's World Cup suggest that women's matches, though steadily attracting a global audience, are still far below that of the men's World Cup (188 million on average).

FIFA generated much of its revenue between 2011 and 2014 from TV and marketing rights from the 2014 World Cup, and it remains to be seen how much money in commercial revenue the women's games will produce. (The men's World Cup brought in $4 billion.) So while the most recent ratings suggest that the popularity of the Women's World Cup at home and abroad is heading in a positive direction, it will take far more to close the money gap.

Justice Department Investigating Whether Airlines Work Together to Keep Prices High

Airline stocks fell across the board following news of the probe.

| Wed Jul. 1, 2015 2:58 PM EDT

The Justice Department is looking into whether airlines are cooperating to deliberately "work at a slower pace" in order to keep airline prices high, the Associated Press reports on Wednesday.

A department spokesperson confirmed the investigation but declined to list which airlines were subject to the probe. The potential "unlawful coordination" orchestrated by major airlines comes amid questions of why airline ticket prices have remained high despite plummeting oil prices and more fuel efficient aircrafts.

Following news of the probe on Wednesday, all U.S. airline stock prices took a dive.

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Jim Carrey Lashes Out at California's Mandatory Vaccine Law

The actor calls the law "fascist."

| Wed Jul. 1, 2015 9:17 AM EDT

In a series of tweets on Tuesday, Jim Carrey voiced his anger over California's new law that officially ends personal belief exemptions for vaccinations. The law, signed by Gov. Jerry Brown yesterday, follows the measles outbreak in Disneyland that infected 117 people last December.

This is hardly the first time the actor has spoken out against vaccinations. Carrey, who dated anti-vaccination activist Jenny McCarthy, has long pushed the belief there is a link between vaccinations and autism.

"The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases," Gov. Jerry Brown said in a statement. "While it's true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community."

The Guy Who Made the ISIS-Dildo Flag Just Told Off CNN

"The only bad mimicry I could see was CNN’s impression of a reputable news organization."

| Tue Jun. 30, 2015 4:42 PM EDT
A still taken from CNN's news coverage last Saturday.

Anyone near the internet last Saturday was treated to one of most glorious cable news gaffes in recent memory. CNN thought it had a stunner of a scoop: Gay pride was being infiltrated by Islamist terror!

CNN anchor Suzanne Malveaux crossed from the US studios to international assignment editor Lucy Pawle in London, who claimed to have spotted an ISIS banner amongst the rainbow-adorned floats at London's annual LGBT pride parade. A glorious exclusive! "I seem to be the only person to have spotted this," Pawle claimed. The segment was given the full, breaking-news treatment: Peter Bergen, the network's national security analyst, was even called in for his sober assessment.

The only problem? The banner Pawle spotted was a satirical flag adorned not with ISIS's logo in Arabic, but with butt-plugs and dildos.

Now the flag's creator has spoken publicly for the first time in a Guardian op-ed that is sure to make CNN execs, Pawle, and Malveaux squirm with humiliation. Why did Paul Coombs—a self-described "collagist" and "multi-media dildo obsessive"—make the flag? "Medieval ideologies and barbarism were being spread and recorded through that most modern of expressions, social media, with that flag ever-present," he writes in something of an artistic mission statement. "It has become a potent symbol of brutality, fear and sexual oppression. If I wanted to try and stimulate a dialogue about the ridiculousness of this ideology, the flag was key."

"The Pride festival is a pure celebration of the finest aspects of humanity: of tolerance, togetherness, acceptance and liberation, the polar opposite of what Isis stands for," he continues. "If there was anywhere where my flag had a voice, it was there."

Coombs also writes, "CNN correspondent Lucy Pawle described my flag as a 'very bad mimicry' but the only bad mimicry I could see was CNN's impression of a reputable news organization. What does this say about every other report that they broadcast? And why have they not mentioned it since?"

Boom. Great questions, Coombs. Indeed, the original report has been taken down from CNN's website.

NBC Finally Dumps Donald Trump

After calling Mexican immigrants "rapists," the Donald is getting canned left and right.

| Mon Jun. 29, 2015 2:32 PM EDT

On Monday, NBC released a statement announcing it was severing its business ties with Donald Trump following his recent remarks stating Mexican immigrants were "rapists" who carry drugs into the United States.

The network will no longer be airing the real estate mogul's Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants. Trump, who earlier this month descended from an escalator and announced he was making a bid for the White House, stepped down as host from the reality show in order to run for president.

Just last week, the Spanish-language television network Univision also announced it was cutting ties with Trump due to the "insulting remarks." Since then, Trump has threatened to sue the company. On Friday, he even publicly posted a Univision reporter's personal phone number in retaliation to the network's announcement.

John Oliver: Quit Asking Transgender People About Their Genitals

"It's none of your fucking business."

| Mon Jun. 29, 2015 11:08 AM EDT

Friday's historic Supreme Court ruling invalidating gay marriage bans across the country was a major step for equal rights in America. But when it comes to equal rights and protection for the transgender community, the country still has a long way to go.

"For all the strides transgender people have made lately, let's not get too complacent about how far we've come because they still face a host of obstacles," John Oliver reminded on Sunday's Last Week Tonight. "Even when the news media are trying to be supportive they can make dumb mistakes.

It's true—just listen to how the media discusses the "wrong genitalia" and continues to ask invasive questions about a trans person's body.

"It is no more okay to ask transgender people about their sex organs than it would be to ask Jimmy Carter whether or not he's circumcised," Oliver said. "Which by the way he is—smooth like a boiled carrot."

Of course, the challenges facing the transgender community go much farther than how issues are discussed. As Oliver noted on Sunday, it's the practical, everyday changes such as simply allowing transgender people to use the bathroom of their choice, many parts of the country are still fighting against.

"This is a civil rights issue. If you're not willing to support transgender people for their sake, at least do it for your own. Because we've been through this before; we know how this thing ends. If you take the anti-civil rights side and deny people something they're entitled to, history is not going to be kind to you."

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