Ginsburg Asked Clerks To Explain How She Became 'Notorious' Internet Meme



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The most notable is a Tumblr fan page called "Notorious R.B.G.," which appeared in the wake of Ginsburg's dissent on the striking down of the Voting Rights Act. The blog takes inspiration from rapper Notorious B.I.G. and curates all things Ginsburg, from her best quotes to memes of the justice accompanied by rap lyrics.
"I admit I had to be told by my law clerks what's this 'notorious,' and they explained that to me," Ginsburg told Yahoo News' Katie Couric in an interview published Thursday. "But I think that the website is something that I enjoy, all of my family do."
Ginsburg said she found all the rap songs and other videos dedicated to her Supreme Court opinions "pleasing" and "funny," too.
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3 things you need to know:



  • Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down on Thursday over eastern Ukraine with 298 people on board — nearly 200 of them were Dutch. There are no known survivors.

  • U.S. officials believe the plane was downed by a missile fired by pro-Russian separatists. It may have been mistaken for a Ukrainian air force cargo plane.

  • World leaders are demanding an immediate investigation.

  • Live Updates on MH17


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    Samsung Teases New Smartphones, But Its Future Remains Murky



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    Samsung's financial situation could be improved by new phones, like the Galaxy S5 (above).

    Samsung earnings were as bad as the company had predicted, and the future isn't looking great, either.
    Its second quarter earnings marked Samsung's smallest profit in two years, bringing in $6.1 billion on sharply declining smartphone sales.
    The South Korean conglomerate still has the largest individual share of the global smartphone market at 25.2%, but that number is markedly lower than the roughly 32% it logged in 2013.
    Competition from both ends of the price spectrum have nipped at Samsung's business. Apple's iPhone sales have proven resilient in the high-end market. Chinese smartphone makers are moving in on Samsung's place among more frugal consumers.
    Help could be on the way in the form of two new smartphones teased during the Samsung's earnings call. Details proved scarce, but two products were touched upon. One product reportedly slated for a global launch and will include "new materials"; another will have a large screen.
    New phones could help Samsung regain some lost ground, although reports of Apple's rumored iPhone 6 could prove significant competition to some of Samsung's products like the Galaxy S5.


    Those phones are slated to be released in the next six months. Reports peg the release date of the new iPhone as sometime in the next two or three months.
    Even with the new products, Samsung warned that its decline may not be over.
    "Considering intensifying competition of price and specifications as well as the release of new competing models, it is difficult to expect earnings to improve from the second quarter," said Kim Hyun-joon, senior vice president at Samsung's mobile business during a call with analysts, according to Reuters.


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    Threat of War With Russia Darkens Ukraine



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    A woman looks at the wreckage of passenger plane Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 18, 2014 in Grabovka, Ukraine.

    Russia is intensifying its military action near the border with Ukraine, slowly but steadily amassing troops along boundary lines.
    Powerful rocket systems from Russia are being moved closer to the Ukrainian border and the Pentagon says the arrival of those heavy artillery systems in the country is now "imminent."
    The weapons systems could be in separatists' hands as early as Friday, said Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren.
    "It's that close," Warren said.
    "It's that close," Warren said.

    Though Warren didn't have an exact timeline, he said the U.S. has new evidence that Russia intends to deliver more — and more powerful — rocket launchers to the rebel militias, who Western intelligence officials say are responsible for downingMalaysia Airlines Flight 17.
    Although eastern Ukraine for months has been a bloody battleground between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces, the tension has radically increased since MH17 was shot down.
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    A woman stands next to her bicycle as she watches a convoy of Ukrainian armored personnel carriers (APC) riding through the eastern Ukrainian city of Konstantinovka, in the Donetsk region, on July 21, 2014.
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    Over the past few days, both Ukraine and Russia have reported increased cross-border attacks, though Warren said on Friday that the U.S. has seen no indications of Ukraine firing back into Russia.
    "For the last several days Russian forces using Russian artillery from Russian soil have conducted attacks against Ukrainian military positions in Ukraine," said Warren. 
    "This is unquestionably an escalation from a military perspective."
    "This is unquestionably an escalation from a military perspective."

    The separatists are now behaving as if backed into a corner. They are extremely jittery and testy, especially with journalists, said Mashable's Christopher Miller, who is currently in Donetsk.
    Fighting is escalating and, unlike earlier clashes, it's no longer contained to the rural outskirts of the eastern regions but spreading into the cities and residential areas. And consequently, civilian deaths are rising.
    The movements of rebels within the city is more visible than ever. Convoys of armored vehicles have been cruising through the streets multiple times a day in the rebel-controlled eastern city of Donetsk, which is just 40 miles from the MH17 crash site.

    The rebels in Donetsk have also taken over after local police quit en masse. Their patrol cars are now painted the red, black and blue separatist colors.
    Even as reporters were just arriving at the crash site of Flight 17, another battle ignited near the train station in Donetsk, and at least three civilians were killed in the crossfire.
    The residents, who have lived among warfare for months, finally fled the city. Donetsk is now a ghost town.


    Earlier this week, pro-Russian rebels, who have shot down a dozen military aircraft over the past few months, downed two Ukrainian military jets near the Malaysia plane crash site.
    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said this week they have no evidence that directly linked Russia to the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. But they believe Russian-backed separatists likely shot it down. Officials also said they are certain that Russia is responsible for "creating the conditions" that led to the tragedy, referring to Russia's support of the separatists.
    Though Russian troops have assembled along the border with Ukraine several times this year, Warren said there are now close to 12,000 Russian troops on Ukraine's border.
    As a result, the White House is now discussing more economic sanctions against Russia, specifically aimed at President Vladimir Putin's inner circle, according to press secretary Josh Earnest.
    "It only underscores the concerns that the U.S. and the international community has about Russian behavior and the need for the Putin regime to change their strategy," Earnest said.
    The U.S., however, has been hitting Russia with several rounds of sanctions ever since masked Russian gunmen began popping up in Crimea, a peninsula in southern Ukraine. Despite the threat of an economic toll on Russia's economy, Putin still pressed on with annexing Crimea.
    Christopher Miller contributed to this report from Donetsk, Ukraine. Some information was provided by the Associated Press.


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    Obama: Latest Sanctions Will Have an 'Even Bigger Bite' on Russia



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    Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured on July 21, 2014.

    President Barack Obama said Tuesday that the U.S. is hitting Russia harder than it ever has before with a new round of sanctions that target an already weak Russian economy in its energy, arms and finance sectors. Now, with the European Union on board, Obama said these sanctions will have "an even bigger bite" on Russia.
    Despite multiple warnings from Western leaders, Russia has intensified its military action near the border with Ukraine in the weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down, slowly but steadily amassing more than 12,000 troops at the boundary line.
    "If Russia continues on its current path, the cost on Russia will continue to grow," Obama said.
    "If Russia continues on its current path, the cost on Russia will continue to grow," Obama said. "This is a choice that Russia, [President Vladimir Putin] in particular, has made."

    The new round of sanctions, which build upon those that the U.S. unleashed two weeks ago, are against Russian banks and a shipbuilding company in St. Petersburg. The U.S. is formally suspending credit that encourages exports to Russia in an effort to wound its energy sector. Also included is an arms embargo on Moscow and a ban on the unapproved sale to the Russians of technology that has dual military and civilian uses or is sensitive, such as advanced equipment used in deep-sea and Arctic oil drilling.
    The sanctions are in response to Russia's support of the separatists who have been impeding the investigation of MH17 by turning the area into a war zone against Ukrainian forces. Obama said on Tuesday that, as scores of Ukrainian civilians have been killed in the crossfire, Russia continues to support, encourage, train and arm the separatists.
    After months of pushing from the U.S., the EU finally approved the dramatically tougher economic sanctions Tuesday — a gut punch for Russia's economy, which is intertwined with Europe.
    To restrict Russia's access to Europe's capital markets, EU citizens and banks will be barred from purchasing certain bonds or stocks issued by state-owned Russian banks, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to make public statements.
    "Furthermore, when the violence created spirals out of control and leads to the killing of almost 300 innocent civilians in their flight from the Netherlands to Malaysia, the situation requires urgent and determined response," the two top EU officials said in a statement.
    The U.S. and the EU have been piling on sanctions against Putin ever since Russia pressed on with annexing Crimea from Ukraine. Now, he doesn't seem to be removing his hands from Ukraine's east either as top intelligence officials say Russia's increased troop movement is "unquestionably an escalation from a military perspective."
    Until now, past sanctions have only targeted Putin's inner circle — specific individuals, businesses or rebel organizations. Frustrated by the ineffectiveness of those sanctions, the U.S. and European Union are hoping these latest measures will provide a one-two punch against the Russian economy.
    In a rare videoconference call with Obama on Monday, the leaders of Britain, Germany, Italy and France expressed their willingness to adopt new sanctions against Russia in coordination with the United States, an official French statement said. The Western nations are demanding Russia halt the alleged supply of arms to Ukrainian separatists and other actions that destabilize the situation in eastern Ukraine.
    Although eastern Ukraine for months has been a battleground between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces, the tension has radically increased since MH17 was shot down. At least 22 civilians were killed on Tuesday as violence spilled over into cities and residential areas, forcing many people to flee their homes.
    Obama reiterated on Tuesday that the U.S. supports the Ukrainian government, which has tried to more closely align itself with the EU by signing a trade agreement last month.
    Additional information in this report provided by the Associated Press.


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    Investigators Finally Reach MH17 Crash Site as Ukraine Declares 24-Hour Cease-Fire



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    Members of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, examine a piece of the crashed plane on July 23.
    KIEV, Ukraine — The Ukrainian government is halting its military operation against Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine for 24 hours so that international investigators can reach the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 for the first time since the jetliner was shot down two weeks ago.
    “We have taken a decision not to conduct military operations on this so-called ‘day of quiet,’” military spokesman Oleksiy Dmytrashkivsky told AFP on Thursday.
    Australian and Dutch experts, who arrived at the site on Thursday afternoon, hope to retrieve the dozens of bodies still strewn around the area and collect victims’ belongings.
    But after two weeks of exposure to the elements, including the scorching summer sun and wild animals, they are likely to be in poor condition should they be recovered. Some 200 bodies have already been transported from Ukraine to the Netherlands for identification.

    Deadly clashes between government forces and the rebels in the embattled Donetsk and Luhansk regions had, until now, kept the team of police and forensic experts from reaching the site, which spans three villages and more than 30 square miles.
    Members of the OSCE accessed the crash site a few times for observations only. However, investigators have been shut out. The team turned back multiple times this week because of intense fighting raging around the area, and pro-Russian rebels guarding the site have denied them access as well.
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    OSCE members observe the crash site on July 25.
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    Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop took to Twitter to express her delight that the experts managed to make it to the site.
    “Great news as Dutch-Aussie advance-party of experts have just made it on to MH17 crash site. At last work begins to bring our people home,” she wrote.
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    Alexander Hug, deputy head of the OSCE mission to Ukraine, left, his colleagues and a pro-Russian rebel, 2nd right, examine a map as they try to estimate security conditions around the crash site on July 30, 2014.
    For their part, Russian specialists also hope to visit the crash site to conduct their own independent investigation. Sergei Izvolsky, of Rosaviatsiya, Russia’s federal air transport agency, told the Associated Press that a delegation was due to arrive in Kiev on Thursday.
    Izvolsky said the Russian experts would turn over all materials relevant to the investigation to their Dutch counterparts.
    The surprise one-day cease-fire came after after a plea from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday.
    “The Secretary-General calls on all parties to immediately halt hostilities in the proximity of the crash site so as to allow the international teams unimpeded access to the site,” his press service quoted him as saying.
    Still, reports on Thursday indicated that fighting around the site raged on, despite the temporary armistice. The website of Donetsk’s mayor reported fierce fighting in Zhovtneve, near Donetsk.
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    People walk across an exploded bridge near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 31, 2014.
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    Kiev blamed the rebels for not acknowledging the cease-fire, saying they had continued to shell government forces nearby.
    “On 31 July, troops involved in the active ATO [anti-terrorist operation] phase are not conducting military operations apart from protecting their own positions from attack,” it said. “But mercenary fighters of the Russian terrorists are not respecting any international agreements and requests.”
    Rebel commander Igor Girkin, who goes by the nom de guerre “Strelkov,” meaning “the shooter,” did not comment on Kiev’s allegations. But he did allegedly tell reporters in Donetsk that the Ukrainian government was preparing a serious “provocation.”

    “The Ukrainian junta is preparing terrorist acts in the DNR [Donetsk People’s Republic] and LNR [Luhansk People’s Republic] using “Tochka-U missiles,” the Donetsk People's Republic's press service quoted Girkin as saying, referring to the ballistic rocket systems in Ukraine's arsenal. Specifically, government forces were planning a "chemical weapon attack" that would create massive chlorine clouds over Donetsk.

    Kiev did not immediately respond to the allegations.
    Kiev officials and Western leaders say the Boeing 777 carrying 298 people was downed by an advanced Soviet-era Buk surface-to-air rocket system operated by the rebels on July 17. Russia presented its own evidence, which it says shows a Ukrainian fighter jet armed with air-to-air missiles is more likely to be the culprit.


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    Rescue Cat Saves Family's Home From Massive Fire



    SYDNEY — A newly-adopted cat has been credited with saving the home of its new family.
    Tilly, a tabby, alerted her owner Matt Clayton to a fire in the roof of the family home in Melbourne, Australia.

    Three weeks ago Matt and his family went to rescue an animal from a shelter. There they found Tilly, who was ridden with fleas and a downtrodden mum to four kittens. The decision not to get a much-wanted dog changed his life.
    As he was leaving for work later than usual, Tilly refused to move out of his way. Instead she starred at the ceiling, purring repeatedly.
    There was a silent, odourless fire in the roof but traces of danger were hidden. At Tilly's insistence, Matt gently touched a down-light and smoke came billowing out.
    Firefighters who attended the scene were in disbelief a cat could have such an amazing sense of intuition and praised Tilly for her work.
    "If Tilly wasn't there, it would have been a catastrophe for sure," local fire chief Ken Campbell told 7News.
    He said the straw insulation would have caught alight and engulfed the entire building in 20 minutes.
    Matt is still in disbelief his furry sidekick turned out to be man's best friend and very happy he didn't get a dog.
    "I never thought the cat would save the house. Crikey!" Matt said to 7News.


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    Samsung's New TV Can Become Curved at Will, Arrives to Korea August 1



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    Samsung's new bendable UltraHD TV can change from curved shape to flat as needed.

    In the last year or so, Samsung, LG and other TV manufacturers have placed big bets on curved TV sets which are, supposedly, more immersive than ones with regular, flat screens.
    Sometimes, however — if you have a big crowd watching TV, for example — the curved shape of the screen can be somewhat undesirable.

    This is where Samsung's new breed of UltraHD TVs come in: they can change their screen's shape from flat to curved and vice versa. We've seen an 85-inch one at this year's CES in January, but now Engadget reports that a smaller, 78-inch version is about to become available for pre-order on August 1 in Korea.
    It does its magic with the help of motors, which push the edges of the bendable screen outwards or retract them back in as needed.
    The model's name is UN78S9B, and it'll go for approx. 35 million won ($34,000). Those outside of Korea who are really unsure whether they want a curved TV or not will have to wait a while longer, as nothing has been announced internationally yet.


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    A Shattered Childhood: The War on Gaza's Kids



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    Palestininans walk through rubble past a mini ferris wheel set up for Eid al-Fetr festivities after an Israeli strike in Beit Hanun on July 26, 2014.

    GAZA CITY, Gaza—It was the first day of Eid, the Muslim celebration that caps the end of Ramadan, a day meant for celebration, joy and fun. But in Gaza, the day ended with bloodshed. More than 50 children were standing in line, waiting for their turn on a ramshackle ferris wheel, when a bomb hit, blasting the day of joy into a day of mourning.
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    I stayed in Gaza for only five days. I write ”only” because the civilians are trapped there. They can't flee because the borders with Israel and Egypt are closed and, on the other side, there is only water patrolled by Israeli military. That is why people refer to Gaza as the biggest prison in the world.
    During my short time in Gaza, I spent a lot of time at Shifa, the main hospital. I've covered numerous conflicts and wars in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen during my ten years as a journalist, but I've never seen so many dead or wounded children. “It's a war against the children,” I heard several foreign journalists say. By that they meant that even if it isn't Israel's intention to hit the kids, the fact is hundreds have already died, killed by Israel's bombs.
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    A displaced Palestinian child takes shelter at the Abu Hussien UN school in the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip.
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    During my fourth day there, ambulances carried untold wounded children to the hospital and — if the kids were lucky — their grieving parents, too. How many mothers and fathers did I not see at that hospital, distraught by grief or staring ahead of them with vacant eyes because they'd been told their child had died and they would never be able to hug or kiss their child again.
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    We pride ourselves on professional distance to events. But it was unbearable. Many times I broke down. I had to remove myself and find somewhere to cry, unobserved. And just when I thought it couldn't get any worse, it got worse.
    Hearing that her child was dead, a mother fainted. A father, told that his son would never rise from the hospital bed again, began shouting ”Allahu Akbar,” ”Allahu Akbar” with a quivering voice, as if the invocation of God could somehow help him, now that his child was gone for good.
    A boy was trying to walk down the hallway in the hospital, leaning on two adult family members. He wasn't older than 12. Half of his face was shattered. For the rest of his life, he will bear the mark of war. People will look away from his mutilated face when they see him walking down the street. Another kid, a five-year-old girl with burns all over her body, is also scarred for life.
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    A three-year-old boy was so frightened by the bombing that he ran from his father's arms, falling in his panic and getting a concussion. Next to the boy was a little car toy, donated by a charity to celebrate Eid. The young father was standing next to the boy's bed, caressing his son’s cheeks. He was trying to be brave but he had tears in his eyes. Once in a while the child threw up. The father did his best to comfort the kid.
    Before I left, I went over and gave the father a hug. I have 6-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter, and I could imagine what the young father was going through. “May God be with your child,” I told him. He nodded politely, even smiled a little, and it occurred to me that it's not just the children who need comfort; the parents do, too.
    During a 24-hour ceasefire, the residents of Shujaiya, Beit Hanoun and Khan Younis, where some of the most severe fighting have taken place, had the chance to finally search for loved ones under the rubble.
    When I walked around Shujaiya, I couldn't stop thinking of pictures showing the aftermath of the bombing of Dresden in 1945.
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    Palestinians sift through the rubble during a 12-hour ceasefire in Beit Hanoun, Gaza after an Israeli strike.
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    It was like everything had been swept off the face of the earth; there was just crying men and women, searching for belongings and family keepsakes in the dust. “Nothing! There is nothing left,” a crying woman was saying. I saw a group of men suddenly shouting. I ran over and realized that they'd found a body in the rubble. Other men came running, some of them looking desperate. When they saw the body, they started to cry — here was a father, a brother. His body was so crushed and dusty that it was impossible to determine his age.
    Two women came running toward the rubble. To spare the women the sight of their dead relative, a couple of men held them and prevented them from getting closer to the body. The women started to shout the man's name: ”Mohammed,” ”Mohammed,” as if trying in vain to wake him. The younger woman fell to the ground in grief.
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    A man cries in front of his destroyed house where his family had been during the Israeli strike.
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    In Beit Hanoun the destruction was almost as bad as in Shujaiyah. Here, too, people were looking for their belongings in the rubble. I met a couple whose house had been bombed. The woman kept asking: “Where are the rockets? Where are the Hamas fighters? Why did they do this to us?” Her husband was crying in the background. “We are innocent civilians. Why are the Israelis punishing us? What have we done to them? Why do they start a new war against us almost every two or three years,” he asked, wiping his eyes, which were red with grief.
    After five days in Gaza, I wonder what the future will hold for these families; these children who have already witnessed so much. Even those who've escaped physical injury so far have been hurt. This is a scarred generation.
    Nagieb Khaja is a Danish journalist and filmmaker who has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Syria and Yemen.


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