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Viewers taking wait-and-see attitude toward Megyn Kelly
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By DAVID BAUDER
From Associated Press
July 26, 2017 11:44 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — After her brassy start at NBC News, viewers are taking a wait-and-see attitude toward Megyn Kelly in anticipation of her big test this fall.

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Wed Jul 26 14:24:49 EDT 2017

Ever since the news broke that Coke Zero will soon be no more, fans of the diet soda have been going through all the stages of grief.

Wednesday morning, Coca-Cola announced that the zero-calorie beverage will soon be replaced with Coke Zero Sugar, with a different recipe and hence a new taste.

While the company promises that the new drink will be made “even better” by “optimizing the unique blend of flavors that gave Coke Zero its real Coca-Cola taste,” loyal consumers have been understandably skeptical on social media — with many likening it to the notorious marketing disaster that was New Coke in the ’80s.

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Others were concerned about the fate of its offspring, Cherry Coke Zero.

Coke Zero Sugar will hit shelves in August, so fans will soon be able to judge for themselves if the company’s claim that it’s the “best-tasting zero-sugar Coca-Cola yet” is true.


Wed Jul 26 14:24:22 EDT 2017

A Massachusetts woman allegedly stabbed her boyfriend more than 40 times before dismembering his body and living with his remains for several days, PEOPLE confirms.

Kathryn Podgurski, 33, of Brockton, has pleaded not guilty. Podgurski allegedly claimed in a text to her sister several days later that “men came into the room and killed her boyfriend and made her clean up the blood,” prompting her sister to call police.

When officers subsequently met Podgurski at a nearby hotel, she allegedly claimed she didn’t contact authorities because the alleged intruders warned her against it. She then gave them the key to the studio apartment she had shared with boyfriend Joseph Shaw and directed them to Shaw’s decomposing body in a closet.

Parts of his arm and leg were missing, Massachusetts state trooper Michael DiMarzio wrote in his arrest report, according to multiple reports.

Family members of Shaw, 44, later discovered his missing limbs stuffed in a backpack with a bloodied zipper that police apparently overlooked in the apartment, reports the Boston Herald.

“It was heavy, and when I opened it, his foot popped up,” Shaw’s niece Jacina Shaw told the Herald. “We dumped it out on the bed, and there was another bag that we assume was his arm. We couldn’t figure out why the police didn’t find it. It was in plain sight.”

Beth Stone, a spokeswoman for Plymouth County District Attorney Timothy Cruz, confirmed the discovery by members of the Shaw family, reports MassLive.

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“The body had been there for a number of days,” Cruz told reporters at an impromptu news conference. He said nothing suggested the victim had been killed elsewhere.

“I think it’s particularly heinous, I mean there were obviously over 40 stab wounds with loss of limbs,” Cruz said, reports CBSBoston. “That’s heinous and obviously, it’s a very serious matter.

Podgurski originally was held as an accessory to murder, but was formally charged with the killing Monday in Brockton District Court. She is being held in jail without bond.

Shaw had been reported missing by family members on July 17, with the search leading to the discovery of his body on July 21.

Friends Remember Shaw as Kind, Giving Man

Shaw was remembered by those who knew him from his former work with Father Bill’s and Mainspring homeless shelter.

“I was like, ‘what do you mean Joe Joe’s missing? Joe Joe’s never missing,” Priscilla Drew, a longtime friend of Shaw’s, told The Enterprise of Brockton. “You could always find him. He’s either helping at the shelter or around somewhere.”

Another friend, Patrick Surette, said he met Shaw years ago at the shelter. “He was always looking out for people,” he told The Enterprise. “He could tell if somebody wasn’t right or feeling down and he’d sit down and talk them through it. He helped me through a few times like that.”

As friends and family looked for Shaw and called on his apartment, Podgurski “wasn’t letting anybody in, so that was where the confusion was,” Drew said. “We were all coming here and knocking on the door and nobody was answering.”

A neighbor said Podgurski began to stay with Shaw at his apartment about a month ago.

Richard LeBlanc said he knew Podgurski from her own previous stays at the homeless shelter.

“She was a nice person but she had a mean temper,” he said. “But I never thought this would be something she would do. You never know, I guess.”


Wed Jul 26 14:21:49 EDT 2017

 

The hallucinations began after a few hours.

First I saw flashing red lights. Then I saw electric blue lightning that rolled into spirals before exploding in a shower of sparks. A herd of incandescent zebras strolled by. A ghostly iPhone screen hovered just out of my reach. “None of this is real,” I told myself. “My eyes are just playing tricks on me.”

I was experiencing Darknessa new reality show from The Discovery Channel. I was marooned deep in a pitch-black cave in Missouri. I called out for help, but no one answered. I was all alone.

My mind went back to the 4-ft. snake that had greeted me at the entrance of the cave. I hoped he was nowhere nearby.

Here’s how Darkness works: three survivalists are trapped at different points inside underground cave systems for up to six days. Their goal is to find each other and then navigate their way out of the cave. They can’t see a thing. Participants are filmed using infrared cameras that emit no visible light — and are sometimes left all alone with infrared GoPros strapped to their bodies. 

For my adventure, I was alone. I had 24 hours to escape — and producers warned me that any false move could result in injury or even death. Sometimes, cameramen in night vision goggles silently spirited around my cave with the stealth of goblins. Other times, I was left alone with stationary cameras on tripods. I had body cameras attached to my helmet, backpack and chest.

If that wasn’t terrifying enough, some of the tunnels were so small that I had to crawl through them on my belly. I felt a tightness in my chest as I found myself entombed.

I have no specialized training for this type of adventure. Most Darkness participants are avid survivalists with experience in caves. Many of them are former military. My only specialized skill is being able to recite most of the lines from Fargo, which was no help at all in the cave.

As miserable as I was, I was determined to press forward until a nasty fall caused my hip and leg to start throbbing. (I’ve helpfully included a gross photo of my injury below. You’re welcome.)

So this begs the question: why would anybody do Darkness? Surely the compulsion to be on a reality TV show isn’t that strong, is it?

Perhaps it is, but the point of the show is to push people past their physical and mental limits. Discovery has become the go-to place for extreme reality TV adventures with Naked and AfraidThe Wheel and Deadliest Catchbut this is the network’s first show where they deprive their cast of one of the senses.

So how did my experience end? Spoiler alert: I didn’t escape the cave, but I managed to make it for the duration without tapping out. The first video of my experience is above — and more will follow as the show nears its premiere date.

Darkness premieres Aug. 2 and Aug. 3 at 9 p.m. ET on the Discovery Channel.



PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron has met singer Rihanna at the Elysee Palace after the pop star appealed to him on Twitter to contribute to her fund for education in developing countries.

Late heavy metal icon Ronnie James Dio is set to tour again in hologram form. Rolling Stone reports the "Dio Returns" world tour kicks off in Helsinki on Nov.

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — An exhibit of some items from the former Nazi German death camp of Auschwitz are going on a tour of Europe and North America to bring its tragic truth about the Holocaust to a wider audience.

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A two-day strike by Greek Culture Ministry employees protesting staff shortages will shut the Acropolis and other ancient sites and museums in Athens this weekend at the height of the tourist season.

NEW YORK (AP) — When he landed the lead in Amazon Prime's "The Last Tycoon," Matt Bomer had never read the timeless F. Scott Fitzgerald novella on which the series is based.

Don't expect an apology from Michael Phelps to TV viewers who were disappointed with his race against a simulated great white shark for a Discovery Channel Shark Week special.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Comedian Kyle Mooney excels at playing sheepish, oddball man children on "Saturday Night Live." They're not obnoxious, inappropriate bros which made his buddy Andy Samberg famous.

NEW YORK (AP) — Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has a book deal. Henry Holt and Co. told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Abrams' "Minority Leader: How to Lead from the Outside and Make Real Change" is scheduled for next spring.

SYDNEY (AP) — A blind Aboriginal musician renowned for singing in his native Yolngu language with a heart-rending voice and a unique guitar-playing style has died, his recording label said Wednesday.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — In 2016, an Iraqi-American artist sat down with Bahjat Abdulwahed — the so-called "Walter Cronkite of Baghdad" — with the idea of launching a radio project that would be part documentary, part radio play and part variety show.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Wonder Woman 2" is set to storm theaters on Dec. 13, 2019. Warner Bros. announced the date late Tuesday. "Wonder Woman" star Gal Gadot is set to reprise her role as Diana of Themyscira.

DETROIT (AP) — The actors and filmmakers from "Detroit" walked the red carpet ahead of the film's premiere in its namesake city Tuesday evening and talked about their hope that it will spur conversation about attitudes toward race.

NEW YORK (AP) — A Fox News Channel executive fired because of a sexual-harassment case has proclaimed his innocence in a lawsuit, saying he was tricked into signing an agreement to keep quiet about the case.

NEW YORK (AP) — A rifle target maker missed its mark when it said in a lawsuit that NBC mischaracterized its exploding targets as bombs, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

NEW YORK (AP) — Russia may represent bad news for President Donald Trump. But not for his late-night nemesis, Stephen Colbert. The CBS "Late Show" host scored his largest margin of victory since his debut week nearly two years ago for shows that featured segments filmed during his recent trip to Moscow and St.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Donald Trump's name is off limits on the upcoming season of Comedy Central's "Broad City." Series creators Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson said Tuesday that Trump's name will be bleeped each time it's used in an episode — a move typically reserved for expletives.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barbara Sinatra, the fourth wife of legendary singer Frank Sinatra and a prominent children's advocate and philanthropist who raised millions of dollars to help abused youngsters, died Tuesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Al Gore admits he was frustrated upon hearing the news last month that President Trump was pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, but since then he's become more optimistic.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Westeros is no longer a man's world. Women are finally calling most of the shots during the seventh season of "Game of Thrones."

Ten years ago, "An Inconvenient Truth," the groundbreaking, Oscar-winning film about Al Gore and his passionate climate change activism, ended with a simple challenge: "Are you ready to change the way you live? The climate crisis can be solved."

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