Daily digest: Summer snow, Nicki Minaj and more ice bucket challenges

Nicki Minaj (YouTube screenshot)

Nicki Minaj (YouTube screenshot)

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Hereís a roundup of news and other tidbits to get you started today.


1. Snow summer in Winterpeg

True to it's northern nickname, Winnipeg has a 60-foot snow pile that refuses to melt.

Every winter, Winnipeg's street maintenance team goes out and collects excessive build ups of snow from parking lots across the city. Usually, the mountains deplete in time for the following winter season, but this year, there's a chance it might not.

People in Winnipeg have noticed the mountain, tweeting out their disbelief –and possible pride- for the giant eyesore that has taken up residency.


2. Nicki Minaj puts assets in spotlight.

Nicki Minaj released her new music video for 'Anaconda' at midnight Wednesday.

Tthe Colin Tilley-directed video ties in g-string bikinis, nearly non-stop booty-shaking and a lap dance for guest star Drake.

With nearly 21 million views by this morning, you really just have to see it yourself.


3. Ice bucket challenge gets model treatment.

In case you weren't sick of seeing more ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos, a group of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models have stepped up to the plate in support of ALS research.

Who did it best?


SI Swimsuit models complete Ice Bucket Challenge.

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4. U.S. military tried to rescue journalist James Foley

U.S. forces attempted to rescue journalist James Foley and other American hostages during a secret mission into Syria and exchanged gunfire with Islamic State militants only to discover the captives were not there, officials said on Wednesday.

The mission, authorized by President Barack Obama based on U.S. intelligence, took place earlier this summer. Officials disclosed the mission a day after a video surfaced showing a militant beheading the 40-year-old Foley.

Along with further investigations, British authorities launched a hunt for a man with an English accent who appeared in the Islamic State (IS) video.


5. Tornado spotting?

A weather expert is reporting that a tornado may have been spotted just west of Stratford, Ontario early Wednesday evening..

Mark Robinson, who hosts the StormHunters show on the Weather Network, was following the storm Wednesday evening, tweeting updates and images while he traced its path from near Atwood, Ont., to the St. Marys area.

- With Files from Reuters and QMI Agency


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