Netflix gets Disney

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Fans of Disney films will be able to enjoy there favorite films on Netflix streaming services in the near future.

Walt Disney Studios announced on Tuesday its agreement with Netflix. New films will begins streaming on Netflix in 2016, after Disney's current partnership with Starz ends. Older films like "Alice in Wonderland" and "Dumbo" are available to stream now.

According to Reuters, shares in Netflix jumped up 14 percent after the deal was announced. The move is seen as a big one for Netflix.

"An exclusive deal with Disney differentiates the Netflix content from Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video," said Anthony DiClemente, an analyst with Barclays Capital.

It is estimated that Netflix will pay Disney more than $350 million per year to stream its films. However, the Disney catalog also includes Pixar, Marvel, and Lucas Films. Whether the purchase pays off remains to be seen, but fans should be pleased regardless.

Marriage amendment defeated in Minnesota

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Same-sex marriage is still illegal in Minnesota, but supporters are still celebrating after Tuesday night.

It's because the amendment to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage was rejected by voters.

"This wound up being one of the most inspirational things that's ever happened in Minnesota," said R.T. Ryback, the democratic mayor of Minneapolis. "Minnesota is going to be the state that's going to show the country exactly what Minnesota values are all about."

Minnesota became the first state to defeat an amendment restricting same-sex marriage.

Despite the high cost of campaigning over the issue--about $15 million combined--it is not expected to disappear any time soon.

Barrack Obama wins second term

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President Barrack Obama can keep his title for another four years.

Obama defeated Mitt Romney in Tuesday's presidential election, receiving 51% of the vote and 332 of a possible 538 electoral votes.

Mitt Romney conceded the election early Wednesday morning after it became apparent he was out of the running.

"This election is over, but our principles endure," Romney said.

Now, it remains to be seen what the president will do in his second term.

"In the coming weeks and months I am looking forward to reaching out to leaders of both parties," Obama said.

Chris Kluwe leaves Pioneer Press

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Vikings punter Chris Kluwe announced he would no longer blog for the Pioneer Press Saturday morning via Twitter.


The decision came after an editorial in the newspaper which seemed to support the proposed marriage amendment in Minnesota. Kluwe is a vocal supporter of gay rights and marriage equality and was not happy with the editorial. According to Kluwe, the editorial was biased under the guise of neutrality.

He tweeted: "I will not abide lying. A stable society has to be built on a foundation of trust, and that editorial just eroded some of it away."

According to David Brauer of MinnPost, Kluwe's articles would often reach six-figure page views. The Pioneer Press will surely feel the loss of the popular punter's exit.

Timberwolves win season opener

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The Minnesota Timberwolves won their season opener, beating the Sacramento Kings 92-80 Friday night.

Reserve guard led the way, scoring 21 points in 28 minutes of action.

"I felt great in practice, great in warm-ups," Barea said. "I'm feeling good, so I was excited to get out there."

New acquisition Brandon Roy added 10 point, but perhaps more notable was that he did so while remaining on the court for 30 minutes. Roy had not played a game since early 2011 because of degenerated cartilage in both of his knees.

Coach Rick Adelman was happy with the win but stressed that the team still needs to play better.

"We were good defensively pretty much the whole night," Adelman said. "Offensively, we have a long way to go."

Timberwolves fans will be happy with any kind of win while star players Ricky Rubio and Kevin Love remain sidelined with injuries.

Watch highlights from Friday night's basketball game

NYC Marathon Cancelled, Comes At High Cost

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg cancelled the New York City Marathon Friday afternoon after Hurricane Sally damaged the city.

"We would not want a cloud to hang over the race or its participants, and so we have decided to cancel it," Bloomberg said.

Critics urged Bloomberg to cancel the marathon throughout the week. The mayor remained steadfast in holding the race until reversing his decision late on Friday.

The marathon was going to be held on Sunday. It is a huge financial boon for the city. Accoring to the New York Times, the race brings in $340 million annually in spending.

"It helps businesses," said Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson. "I am sure there will be a lot of businesses in Brooklyn that will be feeling the absence of the marathon on Sunday. People won't be buying things as they watch."

Hurricane Sandy continues to cause significant financial damage to New York City.

Hurricane Sandy Rips Through East Coast, Costs Billions

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Hurricane Sandy stormed through the East Coast earlier this week, causing billions of dollars in damage and taking 38 lives, according to the New York Times.

"The devastation on the Jersey Shore is some of the worst we've ever seen," said New Jersey governor Chris Christie. "The cost of the storm is incalculable at this point."

According to IHS Global Insight, Sandy will cost $30 billion in property damage alone. The storm flooded the New York City subway system.

Millions of residents in Sandy's path were left without power. Hurricane Sandy is estimated to be one of the most costly natural disasters in United States history.

Tourists Head to Spain to See Botched Restoration

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Tourists are flocking to Bojira, a small town in Spain, to see a botched restoration of a painting.

The Ecce Homo , located in the Sanctuary of Mary Church, received international attention this summer after amateur painter Cecilia Gimenez unsuccessfully attempted to restore it.

However, the failed attempt may be doing more good than harm. Tourism has increased by a significant rate in Bojira.

"Usually in mid October we get about 20 visitors a day during the week," Jose Maria Aznar, custodian for the church, said. "Now, its 150. And on the weekends, we're getting up to 1500 visitors. Everyone is really happy with what's going on."

The fresco has found popularity on the internet as well.

Second Presidential Fuels Internet Parody

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The second presidential debate Tuesday night gave plenty of insight on the two candidates for voters, but it also gave ammunition to internet farce from an unlikely source.

The debate was held in a town hall style, allowing audience members to ask questions to candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. The final, "tough," question of the night from Barry Green spawned a flurry of activity on social media sites.

"What do you believe is the biggest misperception (sic) that the American people have about you as a man and a candidate?" Green asked. "Using specific examples, can you take this opportunity to debunk that misperception and set us straight?"

Debate watchers jumped to Twitter to offer mock-tough questions for the two candidates, causing the hashtag "#ToughQuestionsFromBarry" to trend.

Actor Wil Wheaton got in on the fun with several of his own parody Barry Green-esque questions, including this one about Transformers.

Baumgartner Breaks the Barrier

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A basejumper broke the sound barrier last Sunday,falling to Earth from over 24 miles above it.

Felix Baumgartner, 43, is from Salzburg, Austria. He jumped from a hot air balloon as part of the Red Bull Stratos project.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4nJF9JFleI

The sound barrier is described as the speed at which objects move from transonic to supersonic speeds. Baumgartner surpassed it, falling at a maximum speed of 833.9 miles/hour.

Baumgartner now holds the world records for highest parachute jump and greatest free fall velocity.