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George Zimmerman: Prelude to a shooting
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
Reuters -

Neighborhood watch volunteer Zimmerman leaves the Seminole County Jail after posting bail in SanfordSANFORD, Florida (Reuters) - A pit bull named Big Boi began menacing George and Shellie Zimmerman in the fall of 2009. The first time the dog ran free and cornered Shellie in their gated community in Sanford, Florida, George called the owner to complain. The second time, Big Boi frightened his mother-in-law's dog. Zimmerman called Seminole County Animal Services and bought pepper spray. The third time he saw the dog on the loose, he called again. An officer came to the house, county records show. "Don't use pepper spray," he told the Zimmermans, according to a friend. ...


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Obama picture with student at Colorado bar goes viral
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
When University of Colorado student Madalyn Starkey posed for a picture with President Barack Obama, she had no idea the hilarious image would go viral. While traveling through Colorado on Tuesday, Obama stopped in at a local pub known as the Sink. In the photograph, Obama is grinning with his arm around Starkey while the [...] Full Story
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Marines discharge sergeant for Facebook posts
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
Associated Press -

FILE - In this April 13,2012 file photo Marine Sgt. Gary Stein speaks with reporters in front of the federal court building in San Diego. The Marine Corps has decided to discharge the sergeant for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook. The Corps said Wednesday, April 25, 2012, that Sgt. Stein will be given an other than honorable discharge for violating Pentagon policy limiting speech of service members. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull,File)A sergeant will be discharged for criticizing President Barack Obama on Facebook in a case that called into question the Pentagon's policies about social media and its limits on the speech of active duty military personnel, the Marine Corps said Wednesday.


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Soldier and dog's reunion video a Web hit
Thu,26 Apr 2012 02:09 PM PDT
The Upshot - How do you say "welcome home" in dog? We're pretty sure this Great Dane Emmitt, nicknamed "Thunderpaws," got his super-excited message across. The overgrown pooch was reuniting with his dad, Trevor Chowder, who was returning from deployment in Afghanistan after spending nine months apart. The loving giant, who is normally not allowed to jump up [...] Full Story
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Analysts say North Korea's new missiles are fakes
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
Associated Press -

In this photo taken Sunday, April 15, 2012, what appears to be a new missile is carried during a mass military parade at the Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the country's founding father Kim Il Sung. The photo shows the warhead's surface is undulated, suggesting it's a thin metal sheet unable to withstand flight pressure, analysts say. Adding more doubt to North Korea's claims of military prowess after its flamboyant rocket launch failure, analysts say the half dozen missiles showcased at the military parade were low-quality fakes. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Analysts who have studied photos of a half-dozen ominous new North Korean missiles showcased recently at a lavish military parade say they were fakes, and not very convincing ones, casting further doubt on the country's claims of military prowess.


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First Hispanic Supreme Court justice takes prominent role
Wed,25 Apr 2012 05:40 PM PDT
Reuters -

Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the Supreme Court of the United States speaks during a news conference in San SalvadorWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court was deep into arguments over Arizona's new immigration law on Wednesday when the high court's first Hispanic justice focused on how difficult it could be for police officers to determine whether someone they stop is in the United States legally. "What information does your (federal) system have?" Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli as she methodically extracted a core element of the Obama administration's case against the state of Arizona. ...


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Time-Lapse Video Shows One World Trade Construction; Tower Could Surpass Empire State Building in Height
Wed,25 Apr 2012 05:14 PM PDT
ABC News Blogs - In a matter of days, One World Trade Center could be the tallest building in Manhattan and one of the tallest in the world. The building is expected to be taller than New York's iconic Empire State Building, which currently rises 1,250 feet to the... Full Story
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Bear falls safely from tree after tranquilized by police (PHOTO)
Thu,26 Apr 2012 02:15 PM PDT
The Sideshow - In a truly memorable photo, a bear can be seen falling from a tree after being tranquilized by police in Colorado. The young bear, estimated to weigh between 150 and 200 pounds, had wandered onto the University of Colorado at Boulder campus and climbed into a tree, according to the CU Independent, which captured the [...] Full Story
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President Michelle Obama? 'Absolutely Not'
Thu,26 Apr 2012 12:01 PM PDT
ABC OTUS News - First Lady Michelle Obama made clear today that she does not plan to follow in Hillary Clinton's footsteps and run for president after her husband leaves office. "Absolutely not," the first lady declared today, when a girl at the White House for its "Take Your Daughters... Full Story
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Millionaire Mom Creates .COM Sensation in Dorm Room
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
Driven - Genevieve Thiers is the quintessential example of today's new- aged "mompreneur." Faced with the recurring question all college students confront "what will I do with my life?" Genevieve has now provided her own answer. As the founder of Sittercity.com, America's first and largest network to connect parents with sitters. Genevieve had humble beginnings in the [...] Full Story
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Ohio man's fossil find in Kentucky stumps experts
Wed,25 Apr 2012 10:17 AM PDT
Associated Press -

In this April 20, 2012, photo, amateur paleontologist Ron Fine, of Dayton, Ohio, discusses the fossil he discovered with Carl Brett, center, and David Meyer, professors of Geology at the University of Cincinnati, at Caster Library on the campus in Cincinnati. Experts in the U.S. are trying to figure out what the 450 million-year-old fossil dubbed Experts are trying to figure out what a fossil dubbed "Godzillus" used to be.


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FACT CHECK: Romney on his dad growing up poor
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
Associated Press -

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney takes the stage at an election night rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Romney added to his big lead in the race for convention delegates Tuesday with a five-state sweep of Republican presidential primaries. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Mitt Romney likes to talk about how his father "grew up poor." But that's not the whole story.


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Meet the man who sells testicular implants for dogs: 'People thought I was nuts'
Thu,26 Apr 2012 08:52 AM PDT
The Sideshow - Gregg Miller says he's well aware that his business selling testicular implants for dogs invites just as many jokes as it does clients. That's because Miller's job is creating artificial dog testicles for canines that have been neutered. "Dogs aren't stupid," he tells Business Week. "They would know if their eye was gouged out, or [...] Full Story
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US rate on 30-year mortgage dips to 3.88 percent
Thu,26 Apr 2012 07:56 AM PDT
Associated Press - The average rate on the 30-year fixed mortgage has dipped to near its record low, keeping home-buying and refinancing affordable. Full Story
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How To Get Free Wi-Fi Almost Anywhere
Wed,25 Apr 2012 10:55 AM PDT
Upgrade Your Life - You work in your car; you practically live in it. And when you need to maximize the mobile office otherwise known as the front seat, sometimes you need to access Wi-Fi without schlepping all your papers and gear into a cafe. But how can you tap into the best signal from the parking lot? Plenty [...] Full Story
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Israel army chief: Other nations could strike Iran
Thu,26 Apr 2012 11:48 AM PDT
Associated Press -

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2011 file photo, Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz looks on during a change of the epaulets ceremony in the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem. Israel's military chief has hinted that other countries could also strike Iran's nuclear sites to keep the country from acquiring atomic weapons. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)Israel's military chief said Thursday that other countries have readied their armed forces for a potential strike against Iran's nuclear sites to keep Tehran from acquiring atomic weapons.


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Senate votes to slow closing of post offices
Wed,25 Apr 2012 05:56 PM PDT
Associated Press -

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine., Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., and Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., speak about the Postal Reform Bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)The Senate offered a lifeline to the nearly bankrupt U.S. Postal Service on Wednesday, voting to give the struggling agency an $11 billion cash infusion while delaying controversial decisions on closing post offices and ending Saturday delivery.


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Puppy on runway delays flights at NYC airport
Thu,26 Apr 2012 06:42 AM PDT
Associated Press - A puppy named Byrdie delayed several flights at New York's LaGuardia Airport when she escaped from her crate and frolicked around a busy runway. Full Story
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Ex-prostitute threatens to sue U.S. embassy over injuries sustained in Brazilian strip club parking lot
Thu,26 Apr 2012 08:03 AM PDT
The Ticket - A 31-year-old former Brazilian prostitute told Reuters she plans to sue the U.S. embassy over injuries she said she suffered outside a strip club in Brasilia late last year. Romilda Aparecida Ferreira, the ex-prostitute, is threatening to file a civil suit for "medical expenses, lost income, and psychological trauma after an embassy van ran over [...] Full Story
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TSA Under Fire for Mistreatment of 7-Year-Old Girl With Cerebral Palsy
Thu,26 Apr 2012 09:45 AM PDT
Trending Now - Like" us on Facebook.com/TrendingNow and follow Trending Now on Twitter: @Knowlesitall and @YahooTrending The Transportation Security Administration is under scrutiny for its treatment of a 7-year-old girl with cerebral palsy. When Dina Frank traveled through New York's JFK International Airport with her parents, she and her family were pulled out of line as they tried to board their [...] Full Story
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Rural kids, parents angry about Labor Dept. rule banning farm chores
Tue,24 Apr 2012 10:46 PM PDT
The Daily Caller - A proposal from the Obama administration to prevent children from doing farm chores has drawn plenty of criticism from rural-district member of Congress. But now it's attracting barbs from farm kids themselves. Full Story
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Charles Taylor, African Warlord, Convicted for Role in Sierra Leone Atrocities
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
ABC News -

Charles Taylor, African Warlord, Convicted for Role in Sierra Leone AtrocitiesFormer Liberian President Guilty of 'Aiding and Abetting' in Landmark Decision for International Court


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Teacher Fired After Receiving Fertility Treatments
Tue,24 Apr 2012 02:13 PM PDT
ABC News -

Teacher Fired After Receiving Fertility TreatmentsEmily Herx Fired After Receiving In-Vitro Treatment


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Mississippi Gov. Says Democrats 'One Mission in Life Is to Abort Children'
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
ABC OTUS News - Days after he signed a law that would effectively shut down his state's only remaining abortion-performing clinic, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant accused Democrats of having one mission in life: "to abort children." "The hypocrisy of the left that now tried to kill this bill, that says that... Full Story
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Rupert Murdoch admits phone-hacking 'cover-up': 'I failed'
Thu,26 Apr 2012 05:59 AM PDT
The Cutline - News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch testified Thursday to the U.K. committee on media ethics that there was indeed a phone-hacking "cover-up" at News International—led by "one or two very strong characters"—and that he had "failed" to uncover it. "Someone took charge of a cover-up, which we were victim to and I regret," Murdoch told the [...] Full Story
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Idaho man accused of using gun to force 'moonwalk'
Thu,26 Apr 2012 07:51 AM PDT
Associated Press - An Idaho man has been charged with assault after authorities say he ordered another man to perform the "moonwalk" at gunpoint. Full Story
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Anatomy of China's Money and Murder Scandal
Wed,25 Apr 2012 04:53 PM PDT
Around the World - Allegations of bribery, corruption, even charges of murder has one of China's most powerful families sitting on the outside of power looking in. Bo Xilai was once a superstar in the Chinese Communist Party, but no longer. He's been under the microscope for his own abuse of power and lost his job because of it. [...] Full Story
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Meteorites found in Calif. along path of fireball
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
Associated Press -

Robert Ward displays one of two pieces of a meteorite he found at a park in Lotus, Calif., Wednesday, April 25, 2012. Ward found the pieces from a meteor that was probably about the size of a minivan when it entered the Earth's atmosphere with a loud boom about 8 a.m. Sunday. The rocks came from a meteor, believed to between 4 to 5 billion years old. Ward, who has been hunting and collecting meteorites for more than 20 years, said they are believed to be Robert Ward has been hunting and collecting meteorites for more than 20 years, so he knew he'd found something special in the Sierra foothills along the path of a flaming fireball that shook parts of Northern California and Nevada with a sonic boom over the weekend.


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Brazil sex worker may sue U.S. embassy over injuries
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
Reuters -

Brazilian exotic dancer Romilda Aparecida Ferreira arrives for an interview with Reuters in BrasiliaBRASILIA (Reuters) - A former Brazilian prostitute plans to sue the United States embassy and five of its personnel for injuries sustained outside a strip club late last year, complicating the second of two embarrassing incidents to emerge recently involving American officials and sex workers in South America. Romilda Aparecida Ferreira, 31, and her lawyer said they plan to file suit for injuries, medical expenses, lost income, and psychological trauma after an embassy van ran over her and left her stranded in the club parking lot with a broken collarbone, punctured lung and other injuries. ...


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Jobless claims suggest stumbling labor recovery
Thu,26 Apr 2012 09:16 AM PDT
Reuters -

A day laborer sits in a truck behind a sign for an employment center in San DiegoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The number of Americans lining up for new jobless benefits fell slightly last week but remained above levels posted earlier this year, suggesting improvement in the labor market is stalling. Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 1,000 to 388,000, the Labor Department said on Thursday. "This was a disappointing number and offers more evidence that the labor market continues to lose traction," said Joe Manimbo, an analyst at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington. Economists polled by Reuters had expected new claims to fall to 375,000. ...


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Can world's 'most threatened' tribe be saved?
Wed,25 Apr 2012 08:00 AM PDT
LiveScience.com - A new international campaign hopes to save a group of people who have been dubbed "the most threatened tribe in the world" — the Aw√° tribe of Brazil — from encroaching outsiders who are gobbling up their land. Full Story
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Ann Romney Says She Had a Health 'Scare' Before Super Tuesday
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
ABC OTUS News - Ann Romney revealed for the first time she had a health "scare" during the days leading up to the Super Tuesday primary contests, indicating that her battle with multiple sclerosis could limit the time she spends on the trail with her husband. "There have been... Full Story
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Feds: Crooked TSA Screeners Arrested in Drug Trafficking Scheme
Wed,25 Apr 2012 12:43 PM PDT
ABC News -

Feds: Crooked TSA Screeners Arrested in Drug Trafficking SchemeFour Current, Former Screeners Got Thousands To Watch Drugs Slip Through Security, Feds Say


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Campaigning for the 'Cool' Vote
Thu,26 Apr 2012 01:02 PM PDT
Power Players - The Bottom Line President Barack Obama may be hipper than Mitt Romney but will it make a difference on election day? That's the question we are tackling today on The Bottom Line. Here's why we're doing it.  It was that Obama slow-jam on Jimmy Fallon. It's buzzing around everywhere. It got boffo ratings, went viral [...] Full Story
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Add kidneys to list of things that can be recycled
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
Associated Press -

This photo taken and provided Wednesday, April 25, 2012, by Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, shows Cera Fearing, right, her brother, Ray Fearing, center, of Arlington Heights, Ill., and Erwin Gomez, three patients involved in an unusual kidney retransplant, case after they met for the first time at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Cera Fearing donated a kidney to her brother. After only two weeks, his kidney disease attacked the donated organ, so doctors removed it last summer and transplanted it into Erwin Gomez, a Valparaiso, Ind. surgeon with kidney disease. It's believed to be the first time a living patient has donated a transplanted organ. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Laura Brown)It turns out you can recycle just about anything these days — even kidneys and other organs donated for transplants.


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Obamas to kick off campaign together at Ohio, Virginia Rallies
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
ABC OTUS News - With the general election match-up now in focus, President Obama's campaign is kicking into a higher gear, announcing the first two public  rallies of year that will feature both the president and first lady Michelle Obama. The presidential couple will appear in Columbus, Ohio, and... Full Story
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Karl Rove-linked group Crossroads slams 'cool' Obama
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
The Ticket - President Barack Obama wears shades, sings Al Green, dances with Ellen DeGeneres, quaffs a Guinness, calls hip-hop megastar Kanye West a "jackass," and "slow jams the news" with Jimmy Fallon in the latest political ad from American Crossroads, the Karl Rove-linked super PAC. The ad uses Obama's rock-star status against him, painting the "cool" president [...] Full Story
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Salton Sea: Is it drying up?
Wed,25 Apr 2012 02:55 PM PDT
The Upshot - The once-thriving sea in southeastern California that was a resort mecca is in danger of becoming an environmental disaster. Interest in the water body, along with a BBC report, caused searches on "Salton Sea" to surge on the Web. The inland sea, close to Coachella, which may have caught the eye of recent festival attendees, [...] Full Story
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Woman allegedly calls in bomb threat over $14 electric bill
Thu,26 Apr 2012 01:56 PM PDT
The Sideshow - Deidra Reed is facing a felony charge after allegedly threatening to blow up Oklahoma Gas & Electric over a $14 utility bill. "I remember flipping out, but I don't really remember what was said," Reed told local TV affiliate News9. According to an OG&E employee who has agreed to testify against her, Reed reportedly called [...] Full Story
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Thousands defy Norway mass killer Breivik in song
Wed,31 Dec 1969 04:00 PM PST
Associated Press -

People lays flowers near the entrance the courthouse in Oslo where Anders Behring Breivik is standing trial Thursday April 26, 2012. Nearly 40,000 people who turned up in poor weather at the Youngstorget Square in Oslo to participate in the singing of Facing terror with music, tens of thousands gathered in squares across Norway to sing a children's song that gunman Anders Behring Breivik claimed is being used to brainwash young Norwegians.


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