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Actor Steve Rannazzisi caught in disturbing 9/11 lie, Oscar Mayer adds dating app & more

It's almost Friday, but we're not quite there yet. While you're waiting, catch up on what's going on in the world. Here are the top stories everyone will be talking about today:

1. Well, that was fun

Last night was the second GOP debate and it was a hot mess. The other candidates could barely get a word in over Trump, Jeb Bush said we should put Margaret Thatcher on our money, and Carly Fiorina called The Donald out for being absurdly sexist, to which he responded by telling her she's a beautiful woman. Donald also said he'd build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, and that he believes vaccines cause autism. Marco Rubio, Carly Fiorina and Rand Paul all had a few good moments and smart things to say. If there was a winner last night, it was probably Fiorina. She was well-spoken and made strong arguments for her beliefs. If there was a loser, it was almost definitely the American people. — CNN

More: Donald Trump claims he has the 'cure' for autism during Republican debate

2. Terrifying

While GOP candidates were busy making promises they can't keep, Chile was coping with a massive earthquake. An 8.3-magnitude shaker rumbled its way through the country late last night, prompting tsunami warnings not only off the Chilean coast, but also as far away as Hawaii and California. The Chilean city of Tongoy was walloped by a 15-foot tsunami about 25 minutes after the quake. At least five people have died and more than a million were evacuated as a result of the quake. Most of the tsunami warnings have expired as of this morning, but the damage to Chilean cities is severe and it will likely take months to recover. — The Weather Channel

3. Dude, seriously?

Steve Rannazzisi, an actor on FX's fantasy football comedy The League, admitted yesterday that he lied about being at the World Trade Center on 9/11. In 2009, Rannazzisi told an interviewer he was working for Merrill Lynch that day when a plane hit the first tower, and he escaped, had an epiphany about the brevity of life and decided to move to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of acting. This week, The New York Times confronted him with evidence that he was not there and never worked for Merrill Lynch. The actor waffled for a day before finally admitting that yes, he made it all up. In a statement, he said, "I was not at the Trade Center that day. I don't know why I said this. It was inexcusable. I am truly, truly sorry." — The New York Times

More: It's not too late to join a fantasy football league (and you should)

4. A must-watch for the doubters

Several of Bill Cosby's alleged victims will appear on a one-hour A&E special tonight to share details of their allegations. The special is called Cosby: The Women Speak and will feature interviews with more than a dozen accusers. They'll explain what happened and why they came forward and talk about what's next in their lives and the mounting case against Cosby. The special will also cover the media's reactions to the Cosby rape allegations and how his representatives have responded. Bill Cosby has never been convicted of any crimes, but more than 50 women have accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting them. — USA Today

5. Oh, for the love of bacon

If you're really into bacon and can't find a date, you're in luck: Oscar Mayer has created a new dating app specifically for bacon lovers. The app is called Sizzl — because 'sizzle' with an 'e' would just be uncool — and it promises a closed network of bacon enthusiasts where you can create a profile, make matches and... hopefully discover there's more to a successful relationship than a mutual appreciation for cured meats. Sizzl makes its debut in the app store today, so preheat your frying pans. Bacon-wrapped love is on the menu. — TechCrunch

More: People reveal what they really think about online dating apps

6. Ruh-roh

A new report by conservation group Living Blue Planet found that the earth's marine population has declined by half since 1970. The massive decline is credited to over-fishing, destruction of marine habitats and climate change. If immediate changes aren't made and global temperatures continue to rise, the group estimates coral reefs, mangroves and sea grasses — which some 850 million people worldwide rely on for their livelihoods — could disappear completely by 2050. It's not too late to reverse the damage, but we'd have to act fast, which is something global leaders seem incapable of doing. — The Telegraph

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