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"Sharknado 2" Whips Up a Storm of Viewers and Tweets

TELEVISION | Friday Aug 1, 2014
Syfy says its sequel to the horror spoof "Sharknado" snapped up 3.9 million viewers Wednesday night.

Singer Katy Perry performs her song "Roar" at an event for the Special Olympics hosted by President Barack Obama in the State Dining Room at the White House.

At White House gala, Obama Honors Special Olympics

NATIONAL | By Josh Lederman | Aug 1
Singers Katy Perry and Stevie Wonder joined other A-list celebrities, world-famous athletes and American legends who donned their best suits and gowns Thursday as President Barack Obama hosted a White House celebration honoring the Special Olympics.

Linda Blair portrays a possessed Regan MacNeil in a scene from, "The Exorcist."

'Godfather of Makeup' Dick Smith Dead at 92

FASHION | By Hillel Italie | Aug 1
Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" among many others, has died. He was 92.

House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor

Rep. Cantor to Resign From House Seat in August

NATIONAL | By Alan Suderman | Aug 1
After a stunning primary election loss, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Friday that he will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.

Minnesota Gay Marriage Law Reaches Anniversary

NATIONAL | Aug 1
It's been a year since Minnesota's gay and lesbian couples got the right to legally marry.

Todd and Ellen Gray of Equinox

Strathmore Enlisted Many of the Biggest Names in Washington's Scene for its Food Festival

FOOD/DRINK | By Doug Rule | Aug 1
"Food and eating are very much a part of entertainment now," Strathmore's Shelley Brown says. "You see it on TV, you see it in the movies, and when people go out, they also want a good food experience."

Toni Atkins

Tony Atkins Briefly Became CA's First Out Governor

POLITICS | By Justin Snow | Aug 1
California State Assembly Speaker Toni G. Atkins (D), who is gay, served as the state's governor for about 8 hours while those Democratic officials above her in the line of succession were traveling outside of the state.

Uganda Court Invalidates Anti-Gay Law

INTERNATIONAL | By Rodney Muhumuza | Aug 1
A Ugandan court on Friday invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying it was illegally passed and is therefore unconstitutional.

Study: Reading 'Harry Potter' Books Leads to Tolerance in Children

NATIONAL | By EDGE | Aug 1
Forget the whole witchcraft thing. The religious right has a whole new reason to hate the "Harry Potter" series of books.

An Ukrainian government army military vehicle travels across a damaged bridge near the village of Debaltseve, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, July 31, 2014.

Large Expert Team Reaches Ukraine Crash Site

A team of several dozen international investigators descended Friday on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash site in eastern Ukraine to begin combing an area now designated as a crime scene.

A Palestinian inspects a destroyed house in the heavily bombed Gaza City neighborhood of Shijaiyah, close to the Israeli border, Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

27 Palestinians Killed as Gaza Truce Unravels

INTERNATIONAL | By Ibrahim Barzak and Daniel Estrin | Aug 1
A Palestinian official says Israeli shelling has killed at least 27 Palestinians in southern Gaza as an Israel-Hamas truce unraveled less hours after coming into effect.