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Abercrombie & Fitch Ad Controversy

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Abercrombie & Fitch have been marketing clothes to children and teenagers through provocative photos for years, but have they gone too far?

Kare 11 reporters asked opinions from citizens and John Marinovich, CEO of AB Group One Brand marketing agency, about Abercrombie & Fitch's most recent provocative ad - This is not the first investigation taken place surrounding Abercrombie & Fitch's marketing tactics.

"You can market clothes and sell clothes without being edgy," one man told Kare 11 reporters; provided by Kare 11.

Abercrombie & Fitch marketing schemes have always contained lots of skin and scandalous poses, but Kare 11 anchor Julie Nelson explains that it is the placement of two individuals that results in the portrayal that the act is actually going to take place.

"It is controversy, John says, that gets people talking, reporters writing, and kids shopping," Karla Hult reported. "This type of buzz -talk value- is huge for this brand," CEO Marinovich said.

Abercrombie and Fitch have always maintained steady sales and have an ever-growing global presence in the international retail market.

"John says that picture wouldn't get a second look in other countries, but we in the United States, he says, tend to be a bit more puritanical" Hult reported, provided by Kare 11.

White House Shooting

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Oscar Remiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21-year-old Idaho man, has been arrested Wednesday after a four-hour manhunt; his first court appearance will occur in Pittsburgh at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, the Star Tribune reported.

According to the Star Tribune, Ortega-Hernandez took shots at the White House on Friday night around 9:30 p.m. from Constitution Avenue, approximately 750 yards south of the White House -provided by The New York Times.

The President and Michelle Obama were away from the White House at the time the shooting occurred -vacationing in California and Hawaii- according to the Star Tribune.

U.S. Park Police found an abandoned car with the semiautomatic assault rifle near bridge exiting the Capitol, according to the New York Times.

Ortega-Hernandez was arrested around 12:35 p.m. The New York Times reported, at a hotel in Pennsylvania; criminal records reveal accounts in Idaho, Texas and Utah; Ortega-Hernandez's mental health status is under examination -it was a God-sent personal mission, according to the Star Tribune.

Gay Marriage Efforts

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A growing awareness of equal rights surround same-sex marriage has resulted in an increase of support amongst American citizens around the country.

According to the National Confernce of State Legislatures, same-sex marriage is legal in the state of New York, Massachusettes, Connecticut, Vermont, New Hampshire, Iowa, and the District of Columbia.

Dozens of groups and coalitions that promote same-sex marriage rights have campaigned together under Washington United for Marriage, with news confrences scheduled Monday and showings to follow at sabbureum town halls, in order to get the Washington legislature to pass a marriage equality law in 2012, provided by the Seattle Times.

If the goals of the campaign are achieved, that would make the state of Washington the seventh state to legalize gay marriage, according to the News Tribune.

"We are going to push it," lawmaker from the 43rd district and an activist for marriage equailty, D-Seattle Sen. Ed Murray said. "I believe 2012 is the best change we've ever had to make marriage equality a reality," reported by the News Tribune.

Washington first passed a law, though with a broad scale of rights according to the Seattle Times, in favor of gay and lesbian persons called the Domestic Partnership Law in 2006; it prohibited discrimination based on sexual orientation in areas like housing, employment, and insurance, the News Tribune reported.

In 2009, the "everything but marriage law" was upheld by a public vote and the Seattle Times reports that two recent polls have statistics that display anti-same-sex marriage promotors are failing in public support.

Currnelty the Democratic State Senate holds a 27-22 majority, where as the Democratic State House maintais 56-42 majority, provided by the News Tribune.

Mother of U.S. Secretary of State -Obit Overview

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A mother's job reflects the past that she endured because she learns from it the importance of home-life and support for the future of her children.

Dorothy Howell Rodham died on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at age 92 in Washington with no details disclosed relating to her illness, CNN reported.

Rodham accompanied the Clinton family to many states during the family's years in office; The Star Tribune reported that Rodham was present in Arkansas while Bill Clinton was governor, preceding his succession to the seat in Washington as president, including trips in 2000 to India and China in 1998, according to CNN.

Other than a secretary job in Chicago without a college degree, Rodham's life centered around the home-front; at 8-years-old her parents divorced, relinquished their guardianship to her grandparents in California as she began work as a nanny earning a weekly payment of $3. After her marriage to Hugh Rodham she raised three children in Park Ridge, Ill., provided by the Star Tribune.

"My mother, who never got a chance to go to college, who had a very difficult childhood, but who gave me a belief that I could whatever I set my mind to" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in 2008 during her presidential campaign, according to the Star Tribune.

"App gap" concerns

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Technological devices such as the iPhone, iPod, and iPad are consuming many aspects of life for both parents and now children, as well student classrooms.
A study conducted by Common Sense Media reported half of the families with income equal to or greater than $75,000 purchase apps specifically designed for their children, while one-third of the families surveyed with income less than $30,000 did not even know what an app was, the New York Times explained.
Colby Zintl, vice president of communications for Common Sense Media, told John Hines from WCCO's Michele Tafoya Show, that the "app gap" study is important because apps are being created by companies specifically designed to teach children, and that the increase use of tablets in schools may create another form of the digital divide.
"Parents like their media, and it's really tough to resist the lure of putting your kid in front of something that purports to be educational and will keep them occupied," Vicktoria Rideout, author of the "Media Use in America" report, said to the New York Times.
The last research study conducted related to this topic was five years ago, prior to the iPhone's existence, according to Hines from the Michele Tafoya Show. However, both sources explained that TV is still the most popular entertainment tool for children today; the New York Times reported that one-third of 2-year-olds have a TV in their bedrooms.

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