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    Fri Jul 12 05:03:49 2019

    (CBS News) Football isn't the only thing on view during a Super Bowl game. Here's Barbara Lippert of Mediapost.com:

    Super Bowl XLVII! Beyonce! Guacomole! The commercials!

    That's right. This year, right here on CBS, the spots are going for a shade under $4 million for 30-seconds. Why? Because it's the only live TV event watched by over 100 million fans - i.e., consumers -- as much for the ads as the action.

    More in Super Bowl XLVII

    Over the years, watching for the spots has become part of our national DNA.

    It's coming on 30 years since Apple introduced its Macintosh computer to the world with that shocker of a cinematic spot. It set the bar for Super Bowl commercials to come, that whole other game within the game.

    From a technological perspective, the Apple spot was predictive. The Internet has revolutionized the process -- for advertisers.

    Super Bowl XLVII: Watch the adsSuper Bowl 2013 ad star-power: The expected and the unexpectedSocial media transforming Super Bowl advertisingJimmy Cliff: Volkswagen ad will be "the uplifter" of the Super Bowl"The Rock" stars in first Super Bowl ad for "Got Milk?" campaign

    Back In 1999, a Victoria's Secret ad told viewers to go to what was then known as the World Wide Web to watch video of a racy fashion show. That little directive blew up the Internet -- or at least crashed their website for a week.

    Over the years, Super Bowl spots have chronicled the dot-com bubble and the dot-com bust. The formula for getting attention has become pretty standard: animals, babies, baby animals, men getting groin injuries, celebrities, supermodels with cleavage -- female AND male.

    And the pioneering1984 Apple spot predicted it all -- that sledgehammer shattered the Big Screen into tiny pieces.

    Now, we can watch this year's entries simultaneously on many screens -- smartphones, laptops, tablets.

    And everything is interactive. Doritos runs a huge contest for consumer-generated spots; two advertisers are letting viewers decide how to end their ads; and Budweiser is having everyone vote for a name for their newest little foal.

    Now there's so much tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming, https://www.mgri9tlu.online YouTubing, online polling and voting going on that every advertiser can prove that its spot is the best (at something).

    Last year's showstopper was a total shock: a bold, two-minute grizzled pep-talk for America, that was as much about ourselves as the car.

    To drive up hype, the big trend this year is the early release of the entire spots themselves. Rather than guarding their brand messages like military secrets, the majority of advertisers have already shown us their stuff in some form.

    We'll see that "Gangnam Style" guy, Apple's new nemeses, and the devil himself. GoDaddy tries to demonstrate that the tech revolution might not be all digital.

    And if you don't care for that, there's always the game.

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  2. Fri Jul 12 04:46:11 2019
    Y yasminsantana46011 начал обсуждение Occupation: Professional Baseball Player,'" He Told Smith.

    (CBS News) "I Like It, I Love It" was a giant hit for singer Tim McGraw, and though he's branched out into other fields, McGraw has never forgotten his country music roots. This morning he talks with Tracy Smith . . . For The Record:

    It's a fairly common scene around Super Bowl time: Guys gather in the yard to toss a football. Only in this case, some of the players actually are pros, like Matt Hasselbeck from the Tennessee Titans.

    And the friend who invited them to his farm outside Nashville is country star Tim McGraw.

    Is he competitive? "I'm pretty competitive, I mean, in most things," McGraw told Smith. "But in these kind of things, I'm competitive, but I like to just have fun.

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    "I find when I get too competitive, something ends up getting hurt," he added.

    It's not like Tim McGraw needs any more hits -- on the charts, that is. He's had 23 Billboard Country Number Ones.

    And if that's not enough, he's a successful actor.

    And did we forget to mention he's been married to Faith Hill, that other chart-topping singer, for more than 16 years?

    Most of us would call ourselves superstars at this point. Tim McGraw has a different opinion, calling himself an underdog.

    "I feel like that. I like to feel like an underdog. It may not be a healthy philosophy in the long run, but I feel like that I think I need to feel that way. I want to feel like I'm in a corner sometimes and need to fight my way out of it."

    Fact is, Tim McGraw has always had to fight -- or at least work hard.

    He was born in 1967 and raised, without much money, in and around Monroe, La., He grew up as Timmy Smith, thinking his stepfather, Horace Smith, was his real dad.

    "See, he was really sort of a cowboy, redneck kind of truck driver," McGraw said. "I spent a lot of time in his truck listenin' to eight-track, probably six years old, five years old, hauling cotton seed across Louisiana and Texas."

    But at age 11, while snooping in a closet for Christmas presents, Tim found his birth certificate.

    "It said, 'Father: Frank Edwin McGraw. Occupation: Professional baseball player,'" he told Smith. "I knew who Tug McGraw was. I had his baseball card on my wall, yeah. So, I knew instantly who it was. But I don't think I could comprehend it."

    His mother, Betty, reached out to Tug McGraw, but the baseball star wasn't eager to admit he was the father -- much less have a relationship with Tim.

    "How did you not let that disappointment ruin your life?" asked Smith.

    "Well, look, I had a great mom. I think one thing that I got from finding out that Tug was my father and seeing his success and the things that he did with his life, I think it flipped a switch in me I might not necessarily had had flipped."

    In 1989, Tim -- who'd now taken on the name McGraw -- headed to Nashville. After three years of trying, he landed a record deal.

    And it was a flop. But the label decided to give him one more chance...

    "I felt like it was do-or-die," he said. "In fact, I'm surprised that I got a chance to do the second album. I think I sort of snuck in under the radar and did it without anybody paying attention until i got done."

    "And then, they started paying attention," said Smith.

    "Well, yeah, they paid attention close after that."

    McGraw's "Indian Outlaw" hit big on both the country and pop charts. He had discovered his own, distinctive sound: rock 'n' roll music with undeniably country vocals.

    "What do you think makes you, at heart, still country?" asked Smith.

    "Well, a guy who was managing me a long time ago said that I couldn't go pop with an a** full of firecrackers because of my voice," he replied. "I always knew that I could do a lot of different styles of music, and my voice would always put it right back where it needs to be for me."

    During the taping of a special for CMT Canada, he warmed-up with a song from the Eagles, "I Can't Tell You Why."

    Tim's own love story could be one of his ballads. It started in 1996, when the opening act for his first big tour turned out to be a blonde from Mississippi named Faith.

    "I remember the first picture I ever saw of her was in Billboard magazine," McGraw said. "I was in love then. When she was going to be my opening act, I was jittery about it."

    They liked each other almost immediately, but didn't get serious until the night Yim took Faith for a drive in a borrowed red Jeep and asked her to commit. They got married a few months later.

    On their 10th anniversary, Faith tracked down that red Jeep, and gave it to Tim.

    "It means a lot," McGraw told Smith, warning, "I'm gonna get verklempt here!"

    McGraw and Hill have continued touring together. Their 2007 Soul2Soul II tour remains the top-grossing country music tour of all time.

    But their proudest collaboration is clearly their family.

    "We have a three-day rule," McGaw said. "There's been a few weeks that got away from us throughout the years, https://www.weahbexsm.online/ but rarely are we apart for more than three days."

    They have three daughters. And as he showed us when we pulled out the Tim and Faith collectibles, the man in the black hat is not too macho to play with dolls.

    "You're gonna get me in so much trouble with all my friends," McGraw said.

    Turns out, Tim McGraw -- the father and family man -- never gave up on his own dad. Tug and Tim eventually developed a friendship, and shortly after Tug died in 2004, Tim released "Live Like You Were Dying" -- another hit, and a parting message.

    "When we recorded the song, we knew that there was something going on with that song," he said. "It was one of the great experiences I've had with recording music."

    His soft side has made him a powerful actor. He played Gwyneth Paltrow's husband in "Country Strong," and co-starred with Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side<" the true story of the Baltimore Ravens' Michael Oher (who'll be playing in tonight's Super Bowl).

    But the role that surprised so many with its intensity was his performance in 2004's "Friday Night Lights."

    "I read it and I thought, 'I know that guy,'" he told Smith. "He's a combination of guys that I can name right now that I grew up seeing in the dugout at baseball, on the sidelines of football, basketball games. Part of my stepdad a little bit."

    The character also had a drinking problem, something McGraw admits to struggling with himself. He quit five years ago.

    "Ultimately, I think I got to where I thought my girls were too old to see that," he said. "It had become a crutch for me to get over some shyness and to get over some reservedness that I had."

    Today, as he's set to release a new album, Tim McGraw seems more relaxed than reserved -- a man who knows exactly who he is, and what he loves to do.

    "People map their lives out with music. And they sort of have memories placed with music. And to be in a position to be able to do that for a living and make songs that people remember their lives by, that's something pretty special to be able to do."

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  3. Fri Jul 12 02:45:55 2019

    MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have reportedly kidnapped 20 women from a nomadic settlement in northeast Nigeria near the town of Chibok, where the Islamic militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls and young women on April 15.

    -image-Alhaji Tar, a member of the vigilante groups set up to resist Boko Haram's attacks, said the men arrived at noon Thursday in the Garkin Fulani settlement and forced the women to enter their vehicles at gunpoint . He says they drove away to an unknown location in the remote stretch of Borno state.

    Tar said the group also took three young men who tried to stop the kidnapping.

    "We tried to go after them when the news got to us about three hours later, but the vehicles we have could not go far, and the report came to us a little bit late," he said.

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    In another incident, the Defense Headquarters said Monday that troops prevented raids by Boko Haram this weekend on villages in Borno and neighboring Adamawa state. Soldiers killed more than 50 militants on Saturday night as they were on their way to attack communities, defense spokesman Chris Oluklade said in an emailed statement .

    The Nigerian military has come under rising criticism from Nigerians who say they're not protected by the security forces, https://www.kulmfuelf.online left to fend off attacks by Boko Haram on their own.

    Boko Haram wants to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria. Some 275 of the kidnapped girls remain missing.

  4. Fri Jul 12 02:42:17 2019

    Ten prep games for the U.S. women's soccer team this year ended with an unimpressive 3-0 win over Mexico in a send-off match on Sunday. The Americans traveled to England on Monday and will work out at Tottenham's training grounds before heading to France on June 7, four days before starting their World Cup title defense against Thailand.

    "We want to win everything. We want to win every game," said midfielder Megan Rapinoe, her spiky hair newly dyed pink. "It's going to be extremely tough. It's going to be a grueling tournament. But, yeah, like I said, the expectation for us is always to win."

    Seeking their fourth World Cup title, the top-ranked Americans have seven wins and two draws since a Jan. 19 loss at France, https://www.ypclxdftv.online/ outscoring opponents 28-8. That defeat ended a 28-game unbeaten streak and the current run has been largely against lesser opponents, but confidence is high. After playing No. 34 Thailand, the U.S. closes group play against 39th-ranked Chile and No. 9 Sweden.

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    "Pressure is starting to build, and I think for us it's just getting more real and that's why we're excited to go over to London because we're going to be away from all the distractions and it's just going to be us and the tournament ahead," star forward Alex Morgan said.

    During training next week in London, more focus is likely to be a few pitches away on a Spurs side preparing for its first Champions League final, against Liverpool on June 1. Team bonding will be as important as training.

    "So much of it is a mindset and an approach," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "There's a lot of good teams and we're all aware of that, but want to be the team to beat."

    Mexico failed to qualify after consecutive group stage eliminations, is ranked 26th and fielded a relatively inexperienced team mixed with a few veterans. But while the Americans had a 25-3 advantage in shots — including 11-0 on target — they struggled to score against an inferior rival.

    Tobin Heath was gifted her 30th international goal in the 11th minute when she ran onto a pass from goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago to unaware defender Rebeca Bernal.

    After the U.S. misfired in front of the net on a hot afternoon that displayed failings more than facets, the Americans pulled away on the strength of second-half substitutes. Mallory Pugh knocked in a short cross from New Jersey native Carli Lloyd in the 76th minute for her 16th goal. Twelve minutes later, Christen Press took a pass from Julie Ertz, spun and faked a defender to score from the top of the penalty area for her 48th.

    "We can definitely be sharper in the final pass and inside 18," Ellis said. "This group creates a lot and they're very potent, and I think in time we wear teams down."

    A crowd of 26,332 filled the third straight send-off match at Red Bull Arena, about the same as the 26,467 for a 0-0 draw against South Korea four years ago and markedly higher than the 5,582 for a 1-0 victory over Mexico in 2011. Young girls shrieked as players came off the team bus to enter the stadium.

    Players repeatedly speak of their responsibility as role models and need to grow the sport and push for equality — a reason they have sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination. They drew 22,788 for a 3-0 victory over South Africa at Santa Clara, California, on May 12 and 35,761 four days later for a 5-0 romp over New Zealand in St. Louis, then spent much of the past week engaged in media interviews and promotion in New York. Morgan was featured on Time magazine's cover.

    "There's so many things bigger than soccer that we want to draw attention to. So it's really part of the job that we have," she said.

    Rapinoe, the team's most outspoken player, laughed as she said: "I'm happy to be leaving the country."

  5. Fri Jul 12 01:49:53 2019

    Ten prep games for the U.S. women's soccer team this year ended with an unimpressive 3-0 win over Mexico in a send-off match on Sunday. The Americans traveled to England on Monday and will work out at Tottenham's training grounds before heading to France on June 7, four days before starting their World Cup title defense against Thailand.

    "We want to win everything. We want to win every game," said midfielder Megan Rapinoe, her spiky hair newly dyed pink. "It's going to be extremely tough. It's going to be a grueling tournament. But, yeah, like I said, the expectation for us is always to win."

    Seeking their fourth World Cup title, the top-ranked Americans have seven wins and two draws since a Jan. 19 loss at France, outscoring opponents 28-8. That defeat ended a 28-game unbeaten streak and the current run has been largely against lesser opponents, but confidence is high. After playing No. 34 Thailand, the U.S. closes group play against 39th-ranked Chile and No. 9 Sweden.

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    "Pressure is starting to build, and I think for us it's just getting more real and that's why we're excited to go over to London because we're going to be away from all the distractions and it's just going to be us and the tournament ahead," star forward Alex Morgan said.

    During training next week in London, more focus is likely to be a few pitches away on a Spurs side preparing for its first Champions League final, against Liverpool on June 1. Team bonding will be as important as training.

    "So much of it is a mindset and an approach," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "There's a lot of good teams and we're all aware of that, but want to be the team to beat."

    Mexico failed to qualify after consecutive group stage eliminations, is ranked 26th and fielded a relatively inexperienced team mixed with a few veterans. But while the Americans had a 25-3 advantage in shots — including 11-0 on target — they struggled to score against an inferior rival.

    Tobin Heath was gifted her 30th international goal in the 11th minute when she ran onto a pass from goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago to unaware defender Rebeca Bernal.

    After the U.S. misfired in front of the net on a hot afternoon that displayed failings more than facets, the Americans pulled away on the strength of second-half substitutes. Mallory Pugh knocked in a short cross from New Jersey native Carli Lloyd in the 76th minute for her 16th goal. Twelve minutes later, Christen Press took a pass from Julie Ertz, spun and faked a defender to score from the top of the penalty area for her 48th.

    "We can definitely be sharper in the final pass and inside 18," Ellis said. "This group creates a lot and they're very potent, and I think in time we wear teams down."

    A crowd of 26,332 filled the third straight send-off match at Red Bull Arena, about the same as the 26,467 for a 0-0 draw against South Korea four years ago and markedly higher than the 5,582 for a 1-0 victory over Mexico in 2011. Young girls shrieked as players came off the team bus to enter the stadium.

    Players repeatedly speak of their responsibility as role models and need to grow the sport and push for equality — a reason they have sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination. They drew 22,788 for a 3-0 victory over South Africa at Santa Clara, California, on May 12 and 35,761 four days later for a 5-0 romp over New Zealand in St. Louis, then spent much of the past week engaged in media interviews and promotion in New York. Morgan was featured on Time magazine's cover.

    "There's so many things bigger than soccer that we want to draw attention to. So it's really part of the job that we have," she said.

    Rapinoe, the team's most outspoken player, https://www.cnwpf84w5.online laughed as she said: "I'm happy to be leaving the country."

  6. Fri Jul 12 01:44:06 2019
    Y yasminsantana46011 начал обсуждение Adopting A Dog Could Lengthen Your Life, Study Says.

    Here's to keeping your health on a tight leash: New research suggests that having a dog might boost a single person's life span.

    The study tracked more than 3.4 million Swedes, middle-aged and older, for 12 years. All were free of heart disease at the beginning of the study.

    The researchers reported that dog owners who lived alone were 11 percent less likely to die of heart disease and a third less likely to die from any cause, compared with those who lived alone and didn't have a dog.

    The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect, but its lead researcher said there are many reasons why having a pooch might do a body good.

    "We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation to the observed results," said Tove Fall, an associate professor in epidemiology at Uppsala University in Sweden.

    "Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner," she said in a university news release.

    A person's "bacterial microbiome" consists of the trillions of "good" microbes living within the body that help keep it healthy.

    Experts in the United States agreed that the findings made sense.

    "Stress relief through companionship has an inherent benefit to people's overall health, so it is not surprising that dog owners display a lower risk of heart disease," said Dr. Satjit Bhusri, https://www.fyglf9pt2y.online a cardiologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

    Dr. Gisele Wolf-Klein directs geriatric care at Northwell Health in Great Neck, N.Y. She agreed that Fido or Rover can force their humans to get more active.

    "The responsibilities associated with dog ownership impose mandatory daily exercise -- a schedule which cannot be impacted by adverse weather conditions, personal commitments or mood swings," Wolf-Klein said.

    That may be especially important for single folks, said study junior author Mwenya Mubanga, a graduate student at Uppsala. Prior research has shown that living alone raises the risk for heart disease.

    "Perhaps a dog may stand in as an important family member in the single households," Mubanga said in the news release.

    Wolf-Klein believes that whatever the reasons behind the health benefit shown in the study, adopting a furry companion from a nearby shelter might be just what the doctor ordered.

    "The findings of the largest ever investigation of the association between dog-ownership and human health should encourage all of us to add a four-legged friend in our family circle," she said.

    The study was published in the journal Scientific Reports.

  7. Fri Jul 12 01:31:30 2019
    Y yasminsantana46011 начал обсуждение Morgan Was Featured On Time Magazine's Cover.

    -image-Ten prep games for the U.S. women's soccer team this year ended with an unimpressive 3-0 win over Mexico in a send-off match on Sunday. The Americans traveled to England on Monday and will work out at Tottenham's training grounds before heading to France on June 7, four days before starting their World Cup title defense against Thailand.

    "We want to win everything. We want to win every game," said midfielder Megan Rapinoe, her spiky hair newly dyed pink. "It's going to be extremely tough. It's going to be a grueling tournament. But, yeah, like I said, the expectation for us is always to win."

    Seeking their fourth World Cup title, the top-ranked Americans have seven wins and two draws since a Jan. 19 loss at France, https://www.dmzdxe4oo.online outscoring opponents 28-8. That defeat ended a 28-game unbeaten streak and the current run has been largely against lesser opponents, but confidence is high. After playing No. 34 Thailand, the U.S. closes group play against 39th-ranked Chile and No. 9 Sweden.

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    "Pressure is starting to build, and I think for us it's just getting more real and that's why we're excited to go over to London because we're going to be away from all the distractions and it's just going to be us and the tournament ahead," star forward Alex Morgan said.

    During training next week in London, more focus is likely to be a few pitches away on a Spurs side preparing for its first Champions League final, against Liverpool on June 1. Team bonding will be as important as training.

    "So much of it is a mindset and an approach," U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. "There's a lot of good teams and we're all aware of that, but want to be the team to beat."

    Mexico failed to qualify after consecutive group stage eliminations, is ranked 26th and fielded a relatively inexperienced team mixed with a few veterans. But while the Americans had a 25-3 advantage in shots — including 11-0 on target — they struggled to score against an inferior rival.

    Tobin Heath was gifted her 30th international goal in the 11th minute when she ran onto a pass from goalkeeper Cecilia Santiago to unaware defender Rebeca Bernal.

    After the U.S. misfired in front of the net on a hot afternoon that displayed failings more than facets, the Americans pulled away on the strength of second-half substitutes. Mallory Pugh knocked in a short cross from New Jersey native Carli Lloyd in the 76th minute for her 16th goal. Twelve minutes later, Christen Press took a pass from Julie Ertz, spun and faked a defender to score from the top of the penalty area for her 48th.

    "We can definitely be sharper in the final pass and inside 18," Ellis said. "This group creates a lot and they're very potent, and I think in time we wear teams down."

    A crowd of 26,332 filled the third straight send-off match at Red Bull Arena, about the same as the 26,467 for a 0-0 draw against South Korea four years ago and markedly higher than the 5,582 for a 1-0 victory over Mexico in 2011. Young girls shrieked as players came off the team bus to enter the stadium.

    Players repeatedly speak of their responsibility as role models and need to grow the sport and push for equality — a reason they have sued the U.S. Soccer Federation for gender discrimination. They drew 22,788 for a 3-0 victory over South Africa at Santa Clara, California, on May 12 and 35,761 four days later for a 5-0 romp over New Zealand in St. Louis, then spent much of the past week engaged in media interviews and promotion in New York. Morgan was featured on Time magazine's cover.

    "There's so many things bigger than soccer that we want to draw attention to. So it's really part of the job that we have," she said.

    Rapinoe, the team's most outspoken player, laughed as she said: "I'm happy to be leaving the country."

  8. Fri Jul 12 01:25:50 2019

    (CBS News) Football isn't the only thing on view during a Super Bowl game. Here's Barbara Lippert of Mediapost.com:

    Super Bowl XLVII! Beyonce! Guacomole! The commercials!

    That's right. This year, right here on CBS, the spots are going for a shade under $4 million for 30-seconds. Why? Because it's the only live TV event watched by over 100 million fans - i.e., consumers -- as much for the ads as the action.

    More in Super Bowl XLVII

    Over the years, watching for the spots has become part of our national DNA.

    It's coming on 30 years since Apple introduced its Macintosh computer to the world with that shocker of a cinematic spot. It set the bar for Super Bowl commercials to come, that whole other game within the game.

    From a technological perspective, the Apple spot was predictive. The Internet has revolutionized the process -- for advertisers.

    Super Bowl XLVII: Watch the adsSuper Bowl 2013 ad star-power: The expected and the unexpectedSocial media transforming Super Bowl advertisingJimmy Cliff: Volkswagen ad will be "the uplifter" of the Super Bowl"The Rock" stars in first Super Bowl ad for "Got Milk?" campaign

    Back In 1999, a Victoria's Secret ad told viewers to go to what was then known as the World Wide Web to watch video of a racy fashion show. That little directive blew up the Internet -- or at least crashed their website for a week.

    Over the years, Super Bowl spots have chronicled the dot-com bubble and https://www.abutmenttitanium.top/ the dot-com bust. The formula for getting attention has become pretty standard: animals, babies, baby animals, men getting groin injuries, celebrities, supermodels with cleavage -- female AND male.

    And the pioneering1984 Apple spot predicted it all -- that sledgehammer shattered the Big Screen into tiny pieces.

    Now, we can watch this year's entries simultaneously on many screens -- smartphones, laptops, tablets.

    And everything is interactive. Doritos runs a huge contest for consumer-generated spots; two advertisers are letting viewers decide how to end their ads; and Budweiser is having everyone vote for a name for their newest little foal.

    Now there's so much tweeting, Facebooking, Instagramming, YouTubing, online polling and voting going on that every advertiser can prove that its spot is the best (at something).

    Last year's showstopper was a total shock: a bold, two-minute grizzled pep-talk for America, that was as much about ourselves as the car.

    To drive up hype, the big trend this year is the early release of the entire spots themselves. Rather than guarding their brand messages like military secrets, the majority of advertisers have already shown us their stuff in some form.

    We'll see that "Gangnam Style" guy, Apple's new nemeses, and the devil himself. GoDaddy tries to demonstrate that the tech revolution might not be all digital.

    And if you don't care for that, there's always the game.

    For more info:

  9. Fri Jul 12 01:20:34 2019

    -image-MAIDUGURI, Nigeria -- Suspected Boko Haram gunmen have reportedly kidnapped 20 women from a nomadic settlement in northeast Nigeria near the town of Chibok, where the Islamic militants abducted more than 300 schoolgirls and young women on April 15.

    Alhaji Tar, a member of the vigilante groups set up to resist Boko Haram's attacks, said the men arrived at noon Thursday in the Garkin Fulani settlement and https://www.mram8wcex.online forced the women to enter their vehicles at gunpoint. He says they drove away to an unknown location in the remote stretch of Borno state.

    Tar said the group also took three young men who tried to stop the kidnapping.

    "We tried to go after them when the news got to us about three hours later, but the vehicles we have could not go far, and the report came to us a little bit late," he said.

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    In another incident, the Defense Headquarters said Monday that troops prevented raids by Boko Haram this weekend on villages in Borno and neighboring Adamawa state. Soldiers killed more than 50 militants on Saturday night as they were on their way to attack communities, defense spokesman Chris Oluklade said in an emailed statement.

    The Nigerian military has come under rising criticism from Nigerians who say they're not protected by the security forces, left to fend off attacks by Boko Haram on their own.

    Boko Haram wants to establish an Islamic state in Nigeria. Some 275 of the kidnapped girls remain missing.

  10. Fri Jul 12 01:18:45 2019
    Y yasminsantana46011 начал обсуждение Tim McGraw: Clinging To Underdog Status.

    -image-(CBS News) "I Like It, I Love It" was a giant hit for https://www.ucipalri.online singer Tim McGraw, and though he's branched out into other fields, McGraw has never forgotten his country music roots. This morning he talks with Tracy Smith . . . For The Record:

    It's a fairly common scene around Super Bowl time: Guys gather in the yard to toss a football. Only in this case, some of the players actually are pros, like Matt Hasselbeck from the Tennessee Titans.

    And the friend who invited them to his farm outside Nashville is country star Tim McGraw.

    Is he competitive ? "I'm pretty competitive, I mean, in most things," McGraw told Smith. "But in these kind of things, I'm competitive, but I like to just have fun.

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    "I find when I get too competitive, something ends up getting hurt," he added.

    It's not like Tim McGraw needs any more hits -- on the charts, that is. He's had 23 Billboard Country Number Ones.

    And if that's not enough, he's a successful actor.

    And did we forget to mention he's been married to Faith Hill, that other chart-topping singer, for more than 16 years?

    Most of us would call ourselves superstars at this point. Tim McGraw has a different opinion, calling himself an underdog.

    "I feel like that. I like to feel like an underdog. It may not be a healthy philosophy in the long run, but I feel like that I think I need to feel that way. I want to feel like I'm in a corner sometimes and need to fight my way out of it."

    Fact is, Tim McGraw has always had to fight -- or at least work hard.

    He was born in 1967 and raised, without much money, in and around Monroe, La., He grew up as Timmy Smith, thinking his stepfather, Horace Smith, was his real dad.

    "See, he was really sort of a cowboy, redneck kind of truck driver," McGraw said. "I spent a lot of time in his truck listenin' to eight-track, probably six years old, five years old, hauling cotton seed across Louisiana and Texas."

    But at age 11, while snooping in a closet for Christmas presents, Tim found his birth certificate.

    "It said, 'Father: Frank Edwin McGraw. Occupation: Professional baseball player,'" he told Smith. "I knew who Tug McGraw was. I had his baseball card on my wall, yeah. So, I knew instantly who it was. But I don't think I could comprehend it."

    His mother, Betty, reached out to Tug McGraw, but the baseball star wasn't eager to admit he was the father -- much less have a relationship with Tim.

    "How did you not let that disappointment ruin your life?" asked Smith.

    "Well, look, I had a great mom. I think one thing that I got from finding out that Tug was my father and seeing his success and the things that he did with his life, I think it flipped a switch in me I might not necessarily had had flipped."

    In 1989, Tim -- who'd now taken on the name McGraw -- headed to Nashville. After three years of trying, he landed a record deal.

    And it was a flop. But the label decided to give him one more chance...

    "I felt like it was do-or-die," he said. "In fact, I'm surprised that I got a chance to do the second album. I think I sort of snuck in under the radar and did it without anybody paying attention until i got done."

    "And then, they started paying attention," said Smith.

    "Well, yeah, they paid attention close after that."

    McGraw's "Indian Outlaw" hit big on both the country and pop charts. He had discovered his own, distinctive sound: rock 'n' roll music with undeniably country vocals.

    "What do you think makes you, at heart, still country?" asked Smith.

    "Well, a guy who was managing me a long time ago said that I couldn't go pop with an a** full of firecrackers because of my voice," he replied. "I always knew that I could do a lot of different styles of music, and my voice would always put it right back where it needs to be for me."

    During the taping of a special for CMT Canada, he warmed-up with a song from the Eagles, "I Can't Tell You Why."

    Tim's own love story could be one of his ballads. It started in 1996, when the opening act for his first big tour turned out to be a blonde from Mississippi named Faith.

    "I remember the first picture I ever saw of her was in Billboard magazine," McGraw said. "I was in love then. When she was going to be my opening act, I was jittery about it."

    They liked each other almost immediately, but didn't get serious until the night Yim took Faith for a drive in a borrowed red Jeep and asked her to commit. They got married a few months later.

    On their 10th anniversary, Faith tracked down that red Jeep, and gave it to Tim.

    "It means a lot," McGraw told Smith, warning, "I'm gonna get verklempt here!"

    McGraw and Hill have continued touring together. Their 2007 Soul2Soul II tour remains the top-grossing country music tour of all time.

    But their proudest collaboration is clearly their family.

    "We have a three-day rule," McGaw said. "There's been a few weeks that got away from us throughout the years, but rarely are we apart for more than three days."

    They have three daughters. And as he showed us when we pulled out the Tim and Faith collectibles, the man in the black hat is not too macho to play with dolls.

    "You're gonna get me in so much trouble with all my friends," McGraw said.

    Turns out, Tim McGraw -- the father and family man -- never gave up on his own dad. Tug and Tim eventually developed a friendship, and shortly after Tug died in 2004, Tim released "Live Like You Were Dying" -- another hit, and a parting message.

    "When we recorded the song, we knew that there was something going on with that song," he said. "It was one of the great experiences I've had with recording music."

    His soft side has made him a powerful actor. He played Gwyneth Paltrow's husband in "Country Strong," and co-starred with Sandra Bullock in "The Blind Side<" the true story of the Baltimore Ravens' Michael Oher (who'll be playing in tonight's Super Bowl).

    But the role that surprised so many with its intensity was his performance in 2004's "Friday Night Lights."

    "I read it and I thought, 'I know that guy,'" he told Smith. "He's a combination of guys that I can name right now that I grew up seeing in the dugout at baseball, on the sidelines of football, basketball games. Part of my stepdad a little bit."

    The character also had a drinking problem, something McGraw admits to struggling with himself. He quit five years ago.

    "Ultimately, I think I got to where I thought my girls were too old to see that," he said. "It had become a crutch for me to get over some shyness and to get over some reservedness that I had."

    Today, as he's set to release a new album, Tim McGraw seems more relaxed than reserved -- a man who knows exactly who he is, and what he loves to do.

    "People map their lives out with music. And they sort of have memories placed with music. And to be in a position to be able to do that for a living and make songs that people remember their lives by, that's something pretty special to be able to do."

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