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Hatfields, McCoys make moonshine legally in southern W.Va.

A sign for the Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine distillery is shown Jan. 22, 2015, in Gilbert, W.Va. Direct descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys have teamed up to produce and sell legal moonshine, the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud. (AP Photo/John Raby)GILBERT, W.Va. (AP) — After generations of bootlegging, direct descendants of the Hatfields have teamed up with the McCoy name to produce legal moonshine in southern West Virginia with the state's blessing — the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.


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15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World

Everyone has a bad day at work now and then. But if you have one of these 15 Most Stressful Jobs in the World, even one bad day can get you or someone else killed. From EMT to Coal Miner to Ice Road Trucker, these are the jobs that will keep you up at nights!


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last updated: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 03:30:06 -0500

Japan says hostage negotiations 'deadlocked'

In this Jan. 28, 2015 photo, a man walks by a screen showing TV news reports of a YouTube posted by a militant group on Jan. 27, purportedly showing a still photo of Japanese hostage Kenji Goto holding what appears to be a photo of Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, in Tokyo. Images or mentions of knives, ransom or blood - or anything else that can be seen alluding to the hostage crisis involving two Japanese in Syria - have been cut out. Some anime and other entertainment programs are altering, canceling or postponing episodes violating those sensitivities - typical of the kind of self-restraint shown here to avoid controversy. The fates of a Japanese journalist and Jordanian military pilot were still unknown Saturday, Jan. 31 after the latest purported deadline for a possible prisoner swap lapsed with no further messages from the Islamic State group holding them captive. A second Japanese hostage has reportedly been killed. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)Japan's deputy foreign minister told reporters there had been no progress in trying to secure the release of Japanese journalist Kenji Goto and airman Maaz al-Kassasbeh.


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A Night Of Indie Wrestling
"I didn't know much about the specific talents and histories of many of the wrestlers involved, and the event's other aspects — burlesque performers, live music from metal-comedy Brundlefly concept tribute band Metallagher, and cheap PBR — tripped the finely-tuned Irony Alarm that's inside the brain of every enthusiast of 'uncool' pop culture."

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last updated: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 10:45:08 GMT

U.S. regulators recall 2.1 million vehicles in new air bag issue
(Reuters) - The auto industry’s airbag troubles deepened on Saturday, as federal regulators said three big automakers will recall about 2.1 million older vehicles to fix defects that could cause airbags to deploy when they are not supposed to.

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last updated: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 07:46:07 -0500

Online Campaign Raises $180,000 For Elderly, Disabled Mugging Victim

“Thank you doesn’t really seem to answer it, does it?”

Donations have flooded in from around the world for an elderly man with disabilities who was violently mugged last weekend in northern England.

Donations have flooded in from around the world for an elderly man with disabilities who was violently mugged last weekend in northern England.

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Alan Barnes, 67, broke his collarbone when he was pushed to the ground and robbed outside his home in Gateshead, England, on Jan. 25, the BBC reported.

He is now staying with his sister because he is too afraid to return home.

Local beautician Katie Cutler started a GoFundMe campaign to raise about $750 to help Barnes move house.

But the campaign has since gone viral, with people raising more than $180,000.

Cutler told the BBC she was "overwhelmed" by the success of her campaign, with donations received from around the world.

"Not just people in the North East, but we've had people donating from Canada, Holland, down south, the USA, New Zealand," she said.

"This person that hurt Alan, is just a minority," she said.

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Barnes said he has been touched by people's generosity, describing it as "just unbelievable".

"I've heard of fundraising for charities but I've only got a fractured collarbone, I didn't expect that sort of response," he said.

"Thank you doesn't really seem to answer it, does it?"


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This Is Why Tom Brady Is Called "The Pancake Master"

Wait, what?

Tom Brady is a complex dude.

Tom Brady is a complex dude.

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He enjoys, among other things, leading the Patriots to Super Bowl XLIX...

He enjoys, among other things, leading the Patriots to Super Bowl XLIX...

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Wearing aggressive suit jackets...

Wearing aggressive suit jackets...

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High-kicking next to motorcycles...

High-kicking next to motorcycles...

Stetson


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23 CrossFit Valentines For Your Swolemate

For lovers who love punctional fitness.

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How To Make The Easiest, Most Delicious Chocolate Lava Cakes

Real love has sturdy foundations and a warm, gooey center.

Design by Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed. Photos by Lauren Zaser / BuzzFeed

Design by Alice Mongkongllite / BuzzFeed. Photos by Lauren Zaser / BuzzFeed

Here are all the ingredients you need to make two chocolate lava cakes:

Here are all the ingredients you need to make two chocolate lava cakes:

4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (plus a little more for greasing the custard cups)
2 tablespoons sugar (plus a little more for the custard cups)
2 large eggs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

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Here is all the equipment you need:

Here is all the equipment you need:

Electric mixer
Baking sheet or oven-safe dish
2 6 to 8-ounce custard cups or ramekins
Medium mixing bowl
Small microwave-safe bowl
Rubber spatula

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37 Books To Read To Your Kids, Based On Their Favorite TV Shows

Turn screen time into reading time.

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Here's Why You Should Travel To Cuba According To Rick Steves

The travel expert and author of Travel as a Political Act spoke with BuzzFeed News about how to travel responsibly to socially and politically complex places.

A Cuban flag hangs from a building in Havana on Dec. 27, 2014.

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On the one hand the tropical country is famously beautiful and unique among Caribbean cultures, while on the other it's still ruled by the Castro family and has been called out for human rights violations. It remains a difficult destination, even if actually getting there is becoming easier.

But for travel writer Rick Steves, that isn't a reason to stay away. Steves is best-known for his European guidebooks and long running TV show, Rick Steves' Europe, and is also the author of Travel as a Political Act. The book delves into the complexities and rewards of traveling to traditionally difficult places and builds on Steves' experiences in Central America, the Middle East, Africa, and elsewhere. His program on Iran also was nominated for an Emmy, and he has been hard at work most recently working on a show about travel to Palestine.

All of which is to say that Steves — who is now planning his first visit to Cuba — knows a thing or two about travel to places that are better known in the U.S. for their challenges than their tourist infrastructure.

In light of the U.S. decision to relax restrictions to Cuba, Steves spoke to BuzzFeed News about how to visit difficult places, what Americans should keep in mind, and how travel can help historically divided people build bridges.

Courtesy Rick Steves

"For years we've been taking groups to Turkey and for years I've had people saying I shouldn't be promoting tourism to Turkey because it's endorsing the human rights abuses of its government. But the intangible value of connecting people to people is so important in so many ways.

"I just think that the value of people to people travel trumps the value of boycotting some government that's got bad policies. I think it's kind of hypocritical for us to be upset with other countries without being upset with our own government because we do a lot of things that would merit boycotting also."


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32 Gorgeous Elopements That You'll Swoon Over

Less can definitely be more.

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This artful affair:

This artful affair:

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This city hall soirée:

This city hall soirée:

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This backyard gathering:

This backyard gathering:

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21 Healthy And Delicious One-Bowl Meals

“Touchdown!” - Your stomach

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California Chicken, Veggie, Avocado, and Rice Bowl

California Chicken, Veggie, Avocado, and Rice Bowl

Pick up the recipe here.

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7-Spice Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

7-Spice Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowl

Grab the recipe here.

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Miso Veggie Breakfast Bowl

Miso Veggie Breakfast Bowl

Check out the recipe here.

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How Preet Bharara Became The Southern District's Million Dollar Man

How do you become fearless and financially secure enough to make enemies of New York’s wealthy and politically powerful? A seven-figure check from Amazon certainly helps.

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Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has jailed a hedge fund billionaire, taken one of the most successful hedge fund traders of all time out of the money management business, extracted multibillion settlements and guilty pleas out of global megabanks, and is now in the midst of an investigation of New York state powerbrokers that's already garnered an indictment and arrest of Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver.

He's a man who, many believe, gives few fucks. But while a righteous, fearless, take-many-prisoners philosophy of law enforcement may be the central motivation for his lonely crusade, there's another factor worth taking into account. It's easier to make enemies of the rich and powerful when you are already financially secure, and in 2011 Preet Bharara became a dotcom millionaire.

But only just. Bharara was an early investor in Quidsi, the parent company of Diapers.com, which was co-founded by his brother, Vinit. When Amazon acquired the company for $545 million in 2011, Bharara earned his cut. The number has not been previously reported, but was "a little over one million" in cash, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office told BuzzFeed News.

Bharara has typically demurred when asked by reporters to disclose just how much he made, saying at a conference hosted by The New York Times' finance site DealBook that he is not independently wealthy "compared to the people in this room." He also said that when he goes out to eat with Vinit, his younger brother picks up the tab, since he "came into a little bit of cash."

For a financial disclosure covering 2010, Bharara listed his shares as being worth between $1,000,000 and $5,000,000. His total profit from the investment can't be determined because it's not known how much he put in initially. On a 2009 questionnaire he filled out in connection to his appointment, he said his net worth was $1.65 million. That same questionnaire put the value of his 42,949 shares at $206,000. Bharara has three children and has earned a government salary for most of his professional life. In 2000 he started as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District, and in 2005 he became Democratic senator Charles Schumer's chief counsel.

In a 2013 financial disclosure, in which Bharara was not required to list his net worth, he listed a number of assets, none of which were individually valued at more than $500,000.

Bharara has shown no sign of slowing down his high-profile public corruption investigations, saying in a press conference following the Silver arrest to "stay tuned." Bharara has repeatedly said that he doesn't have ambitions beyond his U.S. Attorney job, despite frequent speculation that he has his sights set on higher office. One avenue for advancement was blocked when his neighboring U.S. Attorney, Loretta Lynch of New York's Eastern District, was nominated to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General.

Bharara told the Times in August that he has no interest in elected office. "My concern is I'm not sure I have a taste for anything but this."

Luckily, It's a taste he can afford, for now.

Bharara's confirmation questionnaire from July, 2009 (via Main Justice)

Bharara's confirmation questionnaire from July, 2009 (via Main Justice)

Bharara's financial disclosure covering 2010

Bharara's financial disclosure covering 2010


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Can We Guess What You Really Want For Valentine's Day?

You can have chocolate any old day of the year.

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25 Times Disney Princes Perfectly Summed Up Your Gay Night Out

You know Cinderella is a just a beard.

When you arrive at the gay bar in a cute outfit feeling fierce as fuck.

When you arrive at the gay bar in a cute outfit feeling fierce as fuck.

Imma get me a man tonight!

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Disney / disneyscreencaps.com

Disney / disneyscreencaps.com


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15 Times Rachel Green Embodied A Hashtag

#SorryNotSorry

#Respect

#Respect

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#Skill

#Skill

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#NoShame

#NoShame

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#SorryNotSorry

#SorryNotSorry

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Which Disney Character Should You Cosplay As In Disneyland?

Disney costumes are not just for ages 12 and under.

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Marshawn Lynch And The Future Of Sports Celebrity

Marshawn Lynch at media day for Super Bowl XLIX.

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Marshawn Lynch is a “complete crybaby,” a “fool,” “ungrateful,” a “thug.”

Or he’s a national treasure, a marketing genius, or legend. Or maybe just an introvert.

Much has been written about Lynch’s reticence to speak to the press, especially in any NFL-facilitated capacity, since the running back moved to the Seattle Seahawks. But most of it has focused on parsing his motivations. Is he angry about his contract with the Seahawks? Battling anxiety about speaking in front of groups? Entitled, selfish, and ungrateful for the love his fans have bestowed upon him?

But what if Lynch’s refusal to play by the accepted rules of sports publicity are neither the sign of a “goon” or a “god.” What if they instead herald a new, negotiated mode of sports stardom? By responding to all press queries with the same comment (“I’m just here so I won’t get fined”), Lynch is essentially satirizing the bizarre performance of NFL Media Day, in which players perform the same banalities on endless loop. Say too much — or too loudly, or too brashly — and get criticized, as Lynch’s teammate Richard Sherman did last year; say too little, and incur a $50,000 fine. The only way to go, it seems, is calm, collected, and vanilla: a performance perfected by the New England Patriots' Tom Brady, now closing in on his sixth Super Bowl of Press.

Palatable, banal, boring: Those are the unspoken but ubiquitous adjectives of planned publicity, whether related to tech firms, Hollywood, or the NFL. They were forged and refined, however, in the gilded halls of the classic Hollywood studios, where massive publicity teams collaborated with the fan magazines and gossip columnists to create the beautifully wrought and essentially bullet-proof star images.

To be a movie star meant to sit still, smile big for publicity shows, and watch as press agents wove saccharine tales of your childhood and love life for public consumption. Throw in some discussion of ‘just gotta stay focused,’ ‘taking it one game at a time,’ and ‘both teams just played really hard,’ and you’ve got the contemporary sports publicity apparatus, tasked, as it is, with turning a spectacle of athleticism into a melodrama filled with heroes and villains.

In the early 1950s, Marlon Brando disrupted that system. When he arrived in Hollywood from the New York stage, he prided himself on breaking the rules, wearing “dirty dungarees,” and refusing to be set up on dates with young starlets. He also refused to talk with fan magazines or gossip columnists, and without a studio contract, there was no one to force him to do so. This was a seismic change, made possible only by the slow collapse of the Hollywood studio system, and it enraged the gossip press, which had become unaccustomed to not getting its way. The more Brando refused their coverage of his personal life, opting to speak only about his performance, the more they wrote about that refusal. They hounded friends and co-stars for details about him, arguably generating more content to make up for his lack of participation than they would have with it.

You can see what’s happening here: The press, angry that a star wouldn’t give them what they considered their “right” as providers of publicity, use that refusal to turn fans against them. It’s a scenario that bears resemblance to the generalized attitude toward Lynch: How dare he disrupt the well-practiced, totally boring, yet supposedly mutually beneficial dance between the NFL and the media organizations that promote it and profit from it?

It wasn’t that Brando hated all publicity: This was a man, after all, who made a best friend out of a pet raccoon. He didn’t hate his fans, he didn’t hate his craft. He just loathed the way the fan magazines flattened his image into a series of cheap melodramas, pivoting endlessly on loves found and lost. He loved acting, and his peers, and when they voted to award him Best Actor in 1954 for his performance in On the Waterfront, he traded in his jeans for a tux and even posed nicely next to Grace Kelly backstage. Brando’s success, not only as an actor, but a star operating outside of the system, encouraged other stars, once liberated from their studio contracts, to take a similar tack.

Brando’s refusal to participate with the fan mags and gossip columns — and their frenzied reaction to that refusal — telegraphed their irrelevance. In the same way, Lynch’s refusal, coupled with the rise of Twitter, the decline of traditional sports outlets like Sports Illustrated, and the power of TMZ Sports, speaks to an overarching shift in the way that information about sports is disseminated and consumed. Even the continuing relevance of ESPN hinges less on its commentary or journalism, but on its ability to secure broadcast rights to actual games, whose viewership has never been higher.

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Which isn’t to say that publicity is dead. Like Brando, Lynch doesn’t hate all publicity: He plays with the form in his hilarious Skittles press conference, he trademarked his nickname (“Beast Mode”), he went on Japanese television to taste local candies, he plays Mortal Kombat X with Conan O’Brien and admits that “I’m a button masher FOR SURE.” Back in 2012, he let Sports Illustrated accompany him to Oakland to talk about his philanthropic work with youth in the area, talking briefly about his struggles as a child, but he’s not married, doesn’t have kids, and doesn’t talk about his personal life, other than to repeat the story of how he came to start eating Skittles during the game. An extensive SI piece from last month cobbled together reports from teammates to paint a portrait of a fiercely private and principled man: the type of guy who invites a disadvantaged Seattle youth to every game but never lets the press cover it, whom everyone seemingly calls “the best teammate I’ve ever had.”

Lynch opts not to allow the serious and important work of his life — the substantive work with his foundation, the friendships that underlie his career — be turned into a three-minute reel to be played during the pre-game. “If you’re forced to do something, it’s not as good as if you choose to do it” — that’s what Lynch said before last year’s Super Bowl. Some choose to read that attitude as petulant or spoiled. But it’s also possible to read it as the words of someone who not only sees the publicity apparatus for what it is — toothless, exploitative, often insidiously racist — but acts on that vision.

Some, like California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, call it “authentic.” You might also call it integrity, especially given the abject failure of the mainstream media to serve any role approximating a “check and balance” amid the NFL’s subterfuges when it comes to player misbehavior and abuse.

Maybe Lynch follows the trajectory of Brando, who mired himself in his own ego and spiraled into bloat and decay, or other stars, from Daniel Day-Lewis to Meryl Streep, who are simultaneously the best at their profession and most particular about the type and tenor of publicity they perform. The way we talk about Day-Lewis and Streep is strictly in terms of superlatives: the most Oscars, the most talented. We focus on their performances because, with a lack of personal drama up for public consumption, that’s all that’s left to consider. The less mediation, it seems, the more serious we take them and their achievement.

It’s not difficult to imagine that Lynch simply wants some version of the same. Or, in the single phrase he offered the press this past Wednesday: “You know why I’m here.”

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28 Ways To Fill Your Super Bowl Party With Cheese, Beer, And Bacon

The way God intended it to be.

Cheddar Beer Weenies

Cheddar Beer Weenies

Serve alone or on skewers, either way you won't be able to eat just one. Recipe here.

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Pull Apart Party Loaf

Pull Apart Party Loaf

Bread, cheese, bacon, butter, ranch, jalapenos...it literally can't go wrong. Recipe here.

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Bacon Beer and Cheese Cupcakes

Bacon Beer and Cheese Cupcakes

Recipe here.

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Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip

For all your dipping needs. Recipe here.

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What Beer Should You Have Tonight?

Time to kick back with a brew — but which one?

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