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A&F: Getting Scandalous

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Abercrombie & Fitch has pushed the limits even further than before with their new marketing for the Holiday season.

Holiday shoppers at West End in St. Louis Park told Kare 11 that the picture is "compromising," "trashy," and "not appropriate."

"It's going a little bit beyond the edge," John Marinovich, CEO of AB Group One, told Kare 11. "This type of buzz, talk value, is huge for this brand."

In the past decade, news outlets across the nation have reported on the controversy of Abercrombie & Fitch, according to Kare 11.


"I don't think it's appropriate," said Patrick Williams, a holiday shopper at West End. "I mean, you can market clothes and sell clothes without being that edgy."

According to a Wall Street Journal article, sales have jumped 21% last quarter compared to last year, as told by Kare 11.

"I'm not sure that there isn't a little more cache to young people for having their parents not like the brand," Marinovich said addressing why Abercrombie & Fitch thrives. "So you could either ban your children from buying clothes there or put them in private school with uniforms."

Drug Tunnel Between Mexico and California

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A drug tunnel allegedly dug by a Mexican cartel has yielded 14 tons of Marijuana, according to US and Mexican authorities.

The tunnel is 400 yards long and consists of structural supports, sufficient ventilation, and electrical lights, according to ABC News.

The opening of the tunnel was inside a warehouse filled with six tons of marijuana, according to ABC News.

Authorities stopped a van outside the warehouse which was in the process of transporting another three tons of marijuana, according to ABC News.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the tunnel, Mexican authorities found five more tons of marijuana in a warehouse by the Tijuana airport, according to ABC News.

The packages of marijuana were stamped with a picture of Captain America, which Mexican authorities claim is a logo used by a Sinaloa-based drug cartel, according to ABC News.

US and Mexico authorities have discovered 75 underground tunnels in the past three years, many of which were located in warehouses like the one in Tijuana, according to ABC News.

Brother Dies In Fire

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An Illinois man died in his trailer which caught on fire Saturday morning.

Fox News begins the article with a scene of a man fleeing his home looking for help as well as his brother only to find out that his brother, Joshua Williams, was still in the fire.

Williams and his brother lived in the trailer with their girlfriends, according to Fox News.

The Collinsville home caught fire around 5 in the morning and within minutes was at a loss, as State Park Fire Chief Terry Guffey told Fox News.

Guffey also said there was too much fire for the firefighters to try to enter the trailer when they arrived and could not attempt to rescue anyone, according to Fox News.

After four area departments contained the fire, some firefighters were able to enter the home where they found Williams' body.

Guffey attributed the ferocious fire to heavy winds coming from the south which kept pushing the fire, and it also caused a nearby vehicle to catch fire also, according to Fox news.

Due to the amount of damage within the trailer, it is unclear whether the home had functioning fire alarms, Guffey told Fox News.

$11 Pecans

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The price of pecans is expected to rise to $11 dollars a pound by the end of 2011 in the United States due to drought and the increase in demand.

Jeff Worn, the Vice President of the South Georgia Pecan Company, told CNN that the price of pecans is up 22 percent from 2010 and it is up 57 percent from 2009 when they were only $7 per pound.

Worn also told Fox News that South Georgia Pecan Company provides pecans to customers such as Winn-Dixie, Publix, Sam's Club, Costco, Russell Stover, and Sara Lee, who all will be affected by the price increase.

The major cause of this price increase is because of the severe drought in the southern states of the US, according to both CNN and Fox News.

Texas usually produces about 70 million pounds of pecans a year, but is only expected to produce 30 million pounds this year, according to CNN.

The US produces 80 percent of pecans in the global market, according to Fox News. This year, the US crop is 14 percent smaller than last year, according to Fox News.

The Chinese diet is high in nuts and the demand of American pecans started rising significantly in 2009, according to CNN.

According to Fox News, the demand of American pecans has increased throughout all of Asia, with China and Vietnam being the leaders.

CNN contacted the associate vice president and senior agriculture analyst at Rabobank International, the associate director of sales and marketing at the Texas Pecan Growers Association, along with Worn.

Fox contacted mostly local farmers in Texas and Georgia to get a personal opinion about the situation and the impacts.

Lichtenstein For $43.2 Million

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"I Can See The Whole Room!...And There's Nobody In it!" the famous painting from 1961 by Roy Lichtenstein sold for $43.2 million Tuesday night at an auction in New York City.

This sale was only one of thirteen records set by Christie's International, a London based company, according to Bloomberg.

During the three hour event, Christie's reached $247.6 million in sales and sold 90 percent of the 91 lots at the show, according to the New York Times.

The painting came from the collection of Courtney Ross, the widow of the former Time Warner CEO Steven J. Ross, who had bought the painting in 1988 for $2.1 million, according to Bloomberg.

The previous record for a Lichtenstein painting was a painting sold last year for $42.6 million titled "Ohhh...Alright...." according to Bloomberg.

Pop art was the best selling all around, noted by the New York Times, because the famous "Four Campbell's Soup Cans" by Warhol from 1962 also sold for $9.8 million.

A buyer bought Warhol's "Silver Liz" from 1963 for $16.3 million, according to the New York Times.

Both sources quoted Eli Broad saying people would rather have art than paper money, but only the New York Times had talked to Broad further and noted the paintings he had bought. Broad told the New York times that he was happy with his purchases.

Both sources also mentioned that Leonardo DiCaprio was at the auction dressed in casual clothes.

CBS Without Andy Rooney

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Long-time legend and "King of Grouch" Andy Rooney died Friday night at 92, about a month after his 1097th and final televised commentary on CBS.

According to the Washington Post, Steve Kroft, Rooney's correspondent, said Rooney had always told people he wanted to work until the day he died. He was only a few weeks off.

Rooney began his career as a freelance writer. According to the Washington Post, he had written four books about WWII, which he had left college to fight in. However, according to CNN, he had written over a dozen books, one of which was published.

CBS hired Rooney as a writer for about 30 years until the crucial moment in 1970 when it did not allow Rooney's essay on the Vietnam War to air, according to the Washington Post.

Rooney left CBS and aired his essay on PBS, and he won a Writers Guild of America Award for it, according to CNN.

This led CBS to hire him back after a few years and he began his famous weekly commentary at the end of 60 minutes.

Both sources agree that Rooney could be very controversial at time and did not please everybody.

According to CNN, he was suspended for three months after two separate rants that offended gays and blacks. The Washington Post reports that he also made comments about Native Americans that did not go over well.

CNN offered many more quotes about Rooney from various coworkers than the Washington Post. According to CNN, Les Moonves, president and CEO of CBS, called Rooney an icon and went on to explain his role in history.

Rooney earned six Writers Guild of America awards, one Peabody and four Emmys, according to CNN.

Missing Ex-Girlfriend Found In Storage Unit

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Police found a dead body in a freezer inside a storage unit in Lewiston, Maine on Saturday which may be the remains of a woman who had gone missing in 1983.

According to the Miami Herald, relatives of Francis "Frank" Julian, who had died Oct. 1 at age 80, found the body when cleaning out his storage unit, state police spokesman Steve McCausland said.

McCausland told New York Daily News that they are still working to identify the body, but they suspect it to be Kitty Wardwell who was an ex-girlfriend of Julian's. She was 29 at the time.

McCausland also said officials took the freezer and the body to the Maine medical examiner's office in Augusta, according to the Miami Herald.

The autopsy of the body will be performed Monday, according to the Miami Herald.

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