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Home Depot is on the defensive after Tweeting a bizarrely racist photo to accompany a promo for College GameDay, which the corporate giant sponsors.

The home improvement retailer tweeted this image from its its official @HomeDepot account on Thursday, immediately raising eyebrows and backlash:

Home Depot Racist Photo

The caption: "Which drummer is not like the others?"

The company raced to delete the tweet, which it called "dumb," and subsequently apologized. Home Depot spokesman Stephen Holmes said:

"We’re also closely reviewing our social media procedures to determine how this could have happened, and how to ensure it never happens again."

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Laraine Cook, a Idaho high school girls' basketball, was fired from her job over a Facebook photo in which her fiance, Tom Harrison, holds her breast.

The photo was deemed "immoral" by school administrators.

Laraine Cook Facebook Photo

"I don't feel that it's an immoral photo, and that's what the termination is based on," Cook told Local 8 News in an interview regarding the controversy.

The photo shows Cook and Harrison in bathing suits at a lake.

Harrison, who is a football coach at Pocatello High School, the same institution, was "reprimanded" for his involvement in the photo, but not fired.

Cook said the reason her fiance wasn't fired is because she was the one who put the photo to Facebook. In any case, she plans to fight the decision.

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The super typhoon known as Haiyan made its way through the Philippines on Friday, blowing through 36 provinces and featuring winds of over 235 miles per hour.

Due to a loss of power in the region, it's been difficult to assess the damage, but multiple reports confirm the death toll has topped 10,000.

Moreover, officials estimate that 70 percent of the structures in some areas have been destroyed.

"People are walking like zombies looking for food," Jenny Chu, a medical student in Leyte, told Reuters. "It's like a movie."

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Connie McCallister, a Wausau, Wisconsin woman who was 16 when she disappeared more than nine years ago, has been found living in Mexico.

Sources say she could return home as early as Thanksgiving.

McCallister, now 25, disappeared with her then 22-year-old boyfriend on August 15, 2004, when she was an honor-roll student at Athens High School.

Her aunt, Florence Volzka, said the boyfriend drugged her to get her to Mexico, and that at one point, she was badly beaten and treated at a hospital.

Someone helped her get a new identity, she added.

McCallister got involved with a man who abused her, Volzka said, then found a good man whom she ended up marrying. She now has three young daughters.

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More than 50 Walmart workers and supporters were arrested in downtown L.A. Thursday night fir protesting what they called the retailer's "poverty wages."

Surrounded by 100 police officers in riot gear and a helicopter circling above, organizers claim this was the largest act of civil disobedience in Walmart history.

The 54 arrestees, with about 500 protesting Walmart workers, clergy and supporters, obtained a permit to demonstrate outside LA's Chinatown Walmart.

Those who refused police orders to clear the street after the permit expired were arrested without incident. Those who fail to post $5,000 bail were jailed overnight.

Their primary demand to Walmart: pay every full-time worker at least $25,000 a year.

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Forget the old saying "one foot in the grave." This Brazilian man's whole body was placed in one, only he was not yet deceased as previously believed.

After being buried alive, he attempted to claw his way out, succeeding to the point where he got someone's attention in a scene straight out of a horror film.

According to reports, a woman was at a cemetery in Sao Paulo's Ferraz de Vasconcelos when she heard odd noises and saw some dirt moving near a grave.

That's when she spotted a man, buried alive, trying to pull himself to freedom.

"I was terrified to see this man who I thought was dead, trying to get out of the grave," the woman recalled later, according to multiple local reports.

The woman notified authorities, who arrived to dig out the rest of the man's body; he'd already managed to free his head and arms from the ground.

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Veteran's Day is this coming Monday, which serves as a fitting backdrop for this amazing time lapse video of a homeless U.S. Army veteran's transformation.

Jim Wolf has battled homelessness and alcoholism, but thanks to Dégagé Ministries, he recently had the opportunity to overcome those formidable obstacles.

Wolf's change in appearance is truly stunning, and is not merely superficial. The charity group's efforts also inspired him to turn his life around for the better.

He's now attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and sober for the first time he can remember, an example of how it's never too late for a change.

The three-minute video was produced by Rob Bliss Creative to raise money and awareness for the non-profit dedicated to assisting people like Jim.

Dégagé Ministries "offers help and hope to homeless and disadvantaged individuals," according to its fundraising page. Clearly, they're doing a good job.

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The most powerful typhoon of 2013 made landfall early today in central Philippines, resulting in a myriad of landslides, knocking out power and, as of this writing, killing at least four people.

Typhoon Haiyan started east in Samar and made its way west toward Panay around 4 a.m. EST.

Over 720,000 people have evacuated their homes in the wake of 125 mile-per-hour winds, with updates coming slowly due to a lack of power in the area.

But we know that at least one individual died via fallen tree, one was struck by lightning and two have been electrocuted as a result of the storm.

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A Georgina couple having sex in a Waffle House parking lot was arrested last Sunday morning, according to local police, and that isn't even the best part.

Loganville, Ga., authorities said after they got busted, the woman was so drunk that she tried to put a cheeseburger on her foot as if it were a sandal.

Waffle House Sex Couple

"I guess that would speak to her level of intoxication," Assistant Chief of Police Dick Lowry said, noting that the sandal/burger mixup was a first for him.

One would assume, though you never know at Waffle House.

In any case, Rachel Gossett and Frank Lucas were cited in the November 3 incident for loitering and public drunkenness. And this was some real drunkenness.

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Gretchen Holt-Witt of Califon, N.J., was relieved when son Liam's neuroblastoma, a form of nerve cancer, was in remission after treatment in 2007.

"We were so grateful his cancer was gone, we felt it was important to give back," says Holt-Witt, who held a bake sale for pediatric cancer research.

But a few dozen wouldn't do. They opted for 8,000 dozen.

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  • Cookie Sale

"We wanted to push our boundaries the way Liam's had been," says Holt-Witt, who along with her family and 250 friends, baked 96,000 cookies.

They raised $400,000 as a result.

Holt-Witt founded the non-profit organization Cookies For Kids' Cancer. People all around the country hold bake sales in the name of the organization.

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