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Someone should school Cam Newton on what's funny

Cam Newton thought it was funny. A good chunk of America disagreed. During his weekly news conference Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers' quarterback took a question about routes from Charlotte Observer beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue. Newton smiled, laughed and said: "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes. Like, it's funny." Rodrigue's question was reasonable. Newton's response was sexist. His team and the NFL said his comments were not OK. Dannon Yogurt cut ties with him Thursday. Sports reporters — male and female — defended Rodrigue (though there were some people in Newton's court, too). USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armour is fed up with how female sports reporters are treated: "It's exhausting. It's infuriating. It's offensive. And it's high time it stops."

For many Las Vegas shooting survivors, the struggle is just beginning

Gunman Stephen Paddock may have had targets outside of Las Vegas in his sights. Paddock had booked rooms in a Chicago hotel room facing the Lollapalooza music festiva l in August, a law enforcement official told USA TODAY Thursday. About 100,000 people turned out each day of that festival and former president Barack Obama's daughter, Malia, was among them. Paddock never checked into the Chicago hotel. A federal law enforcement official said the gunman also expressed interest in Boston in the past several months. But Paddock chose Las Vegas for his rampage. Most of the survivors from Sunday night's massacre will be forever changed and a high percentage could face a life-long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Why can't companies like Netflix 'fess up when they raise prices?

One monthly bill is about to get heftier for nearly 53 million people. Streaming phenom Netflix is raising prices , with its most popular offering rising $1 to $10.99 a month. Netflix's excuse: Prices go up "from time to time" to pay for "more exclusive TV shows and movies," "new product features" and to "improve the overall Netflix experience." With about 8 million more subscribers since it last raised prices two years ago, the company's head honchos probably reckon folks will go ahead and ante up. And they're probably right.

Voters appear able to separate a struggling Trump from a soaring economy

They hate what he's doing. They love what's happening with the economy under his watch. That's the contradictory bottom line of a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll that asked 1,000 registered voters about President Trump, Congress and other hot topics. While 53% are buoyant about the economy, Trump's favorability rating stands at a miserable 34%. However, that's double the 17% who think Congress is doing a good job. The only thing that appears to be growing in popularity is Obamacare, with six in 10 saying the health care law should be left pretty much alone — an increase since June. But that doesn't mean Trump and pals are likely to give up on pushing legislation to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act.

Don't forget to peep the harvest moon

A stunning "harvest" full moon — the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox — will rise in the eastern sky Thursday evening. Fun fact: The nickname comes from the days when tractors didn't have headlights and farmers rushing to get in the harvest would work by moonlight. Here's where you can catch the best views.

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Someone should school Cam Newton on what's funny

Cam Newton thought it was funny. A good chunk of America disagreed. During his weekly news conference Wednesday, the Carolina Panthers' quarterback took a question about routes from Charlotte Observer beat writer Jourdan Rodrigue. Newton smiled, laughed and said: "It's funny to hear a female talk about routes. Like, it's funny." Rodrigue's question was reasonable. Newton's response was sexist. His team and the NFL said his comments were not OK. Dannon Yogurt cut ties with him Thursday. Sports reporters — male and female — defended Rodrigue (though there were some people in Newton's court, too). USA TODAY Sports' Nancy Armour is fed up with how female sports reporters are treated: "It's exhausting. It's infuriating. It's offensive. And it's high time it stops."

For many Las Vegas shooting survivors, the struggle is just beginning

Gunman Stephen Paddock may have had targets outside of Las Vegas in his sights. Paddock had booked rooms in a Chicago hotel room facing the Lollapalooza music festiva l in August, a law enforcement official told USA TODAY Thursday. About 100,000 people turned out each day of that festival and former president Barack Obama's daughter, Malia, was among them. Paddock never checked into the Chicago hotel. A federal law enforcement official said the gunman also expressed interest in Boston in the past several months. But Paddock chose Las Vegas for his rampage. Most of the survivors from Sunday night's massacre will be forever changed and a high percentage could face a life-long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Why can't companies like Netflix 'fess up when they raise prices?

One monthly bill is about to get heftier for nearly 53 million people. Streaming phenom Netflix is raising prices , with its most popular offering rising $1 to $10.99 a month. Netflix's excuse: Prices go up "from time to time" to pay for "more exclusive TV shows and movies," "new product features" and to "improve the overall Netflix experience." With about 8 million more subscribers since it last raised prices two years ago, the company's head honchos probably reckon folks will go ahead and ante up. And they're probably right.

Voters appear able to separate a struggling Trump from a soaring economy

They hate what he's doing. They love what's happening with the economy under his watch. That's the contradictory bottom line of a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll that asked 1,000 registered voters about President Trump, Congress and other hot topics. While 53% are buoyant about the economy, Trump's favorability rating stands at a miserable 34%. However, that's double the 17% who think Congress is doing a good job. The only thing that appears to be growing in popularity is Obamacare, with six in 10 saying the health care law should be left pretty much alone — an increase since June. But that doesn't mean Trump and pals are likely to give up on pushing legislation to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act.

Don't forget to peep the harvest moon

A stunning "harvest" full moon — the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox — will rise in the eastern sky Thursday evening. Fun fact: The nickname comes from the days when tractors didn't have headlights and farmers rushing to get in the harvest would work by moonlight. Here's where you can catch the best views.

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  Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colo. (Estimated nightly rate: From $237): If you want to visit a location from your favorite movie, plan a trip to this haunted hotel. The Stanley Hotel might be best known as the inspiration for Stephen King's novel,   Haunted hotels: Here's how much it costs to stay in one
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  Food Network's chef Guy Fieri has been cooking in a parking lot in Sonoma, Calif. following the area's devastating wildfires.   In the midst of disaster, Guy Fieri and José Andrés feed the nation
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  A woman pushes her kids as members of the military help remove damaged boats after the passage of hurricane Irma and Maria in Orient Bay, St. Martin, on Sept. 20, 2017.   Carnival Cruise Line won't return to St. Thomas, St. Maarten until January
The line stopped cruise calls at the islands in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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  JetBlue airplanes at their gates at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York CIty.   JetBlue stops selling tickets on a dozen travel websites
The airline said the change was the first step in revamping its system of selling tickets online.
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  The Marriott Marquis Chicago is the largest Marriott International property to open this year.   October hotel roundup: The latest openings, renovations, brand updates
Hoteliers are on a positive trajectory with a slate of new openings, renovations and other updates.
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  Vacation rental owners are not hoteliers, and often don't know how to keep their homes stocked with enough basic supplies.   Excuse me, your vacation rental is missing something
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  The NFL House has a recreation room.   Booking.com hopes for a touchdown with its NFL House
The Football House, located in Jersey City, is a four-story, 3,800 square-foot property with four bedrooms and four bathrooms.
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  Kimpton Hotels wins Best Luxury Hotel Brand 2017   IHG and Kimpton rewards programs set to merge
IHG will bring Kimpton's frequent guests into its loyalty program
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