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Wife Skyping with soldier saw bullet hole in wall
Sun,6 May 2012 06:53 PM PDT
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This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark. The family Clark, a Texas-based Army medic serving in Afghanistan, says Clark's wife witnessed the officer's death, which happened Monday, April 30, 2012 as the two were video chatting via Skype. (AP Photo/U.S. Army)An Army nurse showed no alarm or discomfort before suddenly collapsing during a Skype video chat with his wife, who saw a bullet hole in a closet behind him, his family said Sunday.


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South Korea seizes capsules containing powdered flesh of dead babies
Mon,7 May 2012 12:03 PM PDT
The Sideshow - The South Korean government revealed Monday that it recently seized thousands of capsules filled with the powdered flesh of dead babies. Reportedly, some people believe the powder has medicinal purposes and was created in northeastern China. South Korea has reportedly been reluctant to criticize China directly over the incident, out of fears of creating diplomatic [...] Full Story
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Illinois Ponzi scheme fugitives caught in Arizona
Mon,7 May 2012 04:31 PM PDT
Associated Press -

This combo made from undated photos provided by the U.S. Marshal's service shows Janet Hallahan, left, and her husband, Nelson Grant Hallahan. The Hallahans, who spent a dozen years on the run after fleeing a conviction for running a Ponzi scheme, have been captured in a small community west of Phoenix, the U.S. Marshals Service said Sunday, May 6, 2012. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's Service)Acting on a tip, U.S. marshals in Arizona put an end to an Illinois couple's life on the lam, a dozen years after they fled punishment for running a Ponzi scheme that targeted friends, the elderly, and even family members, authorities said.


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Female Breasts Are Bigger Than Ever, But Under Threat
Mon,7 May 2012 09:22 AM PDT
Good Morning America -

Female Breasts Are Bigger Than Ever, But Under ThreatBreasts Are Exposed to Chemicals and Vulnerable to Cancer


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Fighter Pilots Claim Intimidation Over F-22 Raptor Jets
Mon,7 May 2012 05:38 AM PDT
ABC News -

Fighter Pilots Claim Intimidation Over F-22 Raptor JetsDefiant Airmen Say Their Careers Threatened Over Troubled $420M Fighters, Air Force Says Whistleblowers Protected


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Woman 'Quite Traumatized' by Cheetah Attack, Husband Is Angry
Mon,7 May 2012 04:50 AM PDT
ABC News Blogs - ABC News' Suzan Clarke and Alyssa Newcomb report: The woman who was mauled by cheetahs at a South African game preserve said she was "quite traumatized" by the  incident. The woman tried to play dead as the two supposedly tame animals bit and clawed her... Full Story
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4 high-tech ways the federal government is spying on private citizens
Mon,7 May 2012 11:40 AM PDT
Today in Tech - One of the running jokes in the 1980s was how the former Soviet Union spied on its private citizens. As comedian Yakov Smirnoff used to joke: "In Soviet Russia, TV watches you!" But here in America, we were all safe from … Continue reading → Full Story
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US: CIA thwarts new al-Qaida underwear bomb plot
Mon,7 May 2012 02:39 PM PDT
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FILE - This undated file photo released Oct. 31, 2010, by Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Interior purports to show Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri. The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned. (AP Photo/Saudi Arabia Ministry of Interior, File)The CIA thwarted an ambitious plot by al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen to destroy a U.S.-bound airliner using a bomb with a sophisticated new design around the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, The Associated Press has learned.


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George Lindsey, known as Goober Pyle, dies
Sun,6 May 2012 10:38 AM PDT
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FILE - This Feb. 5, 1998 file photo shows actor George Lindsey, who portrayed Goober, in the television series George Lindsey, who spent nearly 30 years as the grinning Goober on "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Hee Haw," has died. He was 83.


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Al-Qaida hostage makes video plea to Obama from Pakistan: 'My life is in your hands'
Mon,7 May 2012 05:43 AM PDT
The Lookout - A video of an American citizen kidnapped in Pakistan last year was released online late Sunday, showing the hostage making a desperate plea to President Barack Obama. "My life is in your hands, Mr. President," Warren Weinstein, the 70-year-old hostage, said in the two-minute video, posted on several Islamist websites. "If you accept the demands, [...] Full Story
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Obama's gay marriage balancing act gets awkward
Mon,7 May 2012 11:24 AM PDT
The Lookout - Ever since Vice President Joe Biden appeared on "Meet the Press" on Sunday and described his own journey to accepting gay marriage, President Barack Obama's campaign has been insisting that Biden's comments are "entirely consistent" with Obama's own position on the issue. The vice president's office also walked back the statements, clarifying that Biden was [...] Full Story
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Missing Tennessee Family: Police Say Mother and Girls Are in 'Extreme Danger'
Mon,7 May 2012 12:23 AM PDT
Good Morning America -

Missing Tennessee Family: Bodies Found at Suspect's Home ID'd as Mom, Oldest DaughterDiscovery of Bodies Led to an Amber Alert for Missing Woman and Girls


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Al-Qaida releases video of American hostage
Mon,7 May 2012 08:44 AM PDT
Associated Press -

In an image provided by IntelCenter a still from the video released Sunday by al-Qaida of American hostage Warren Weinstein Weinstein said said he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands. (AP Photo/IntelCenter) Mandatory Credit No SalesIn a video released Sunday by al-Qaida, American hostage Warren Weinstein said he will be killed unless President Barack Obama agrees to the militant group's demands.


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It's a gas: dinosaur flatulence may have warmed Earth
Mon,7 May 2012 11:40 AM PDT
Reuters -

Visitors look at dinosaur replicas at WASHINGTON (Reuters) - In a major new climate finding, researchers have calculated that dinosaur flatulence could have put enough methane into the atmosphere to warm the planet during the hot, wet Mesozoic era. Like gigantic, long-necked, prehistoric cows, sauropod dinosaurs roamed widely around the Earth 150 million years ago, scientists reported in the journal Current Biology on Monday. And just like big cows, their plant digestion was aided by methane-producing microbes. ...


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Army: no bullet wound found in soldier Skype death
Mon,7 May 2012 02:09 PM PDT
Associated Press -

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Capt. Bruce Kevin Clark, who died while speaking to his wife on a Skype video chat on May 1, 2012, from his base in Tarin Kot, Afghanistan, southwest of Kabul. Clark's wife, Susan Orellana-Clark, has suggested that he was shot, citing a hole visible in the closet behind him that she believed was a bullet hole. Army investigators said an initial probe showed no trauma to the body except that Clark broke his nose when he fell forward. (AP Photo/U.S. Army, File)Army investigators say they found no bullet wound and no foul play in the death of a soldier who died during a Skype video chat with his wife.


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What French election result means for US, world
Sun,6 May 2012 02:41 PM PDT
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President-elect Francois Hollande waves to the crowd after his election in Tulle, central France, Sunday, May 6, 2012. Francois Hollande defeated Nicolas Sarkozy on Sunday to become France's next president, Sarkozy conceded defeat minutes after the polls closed. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)French voters chose Socialist Francois Hollande as their new president Sunday in a race that will have implications for Europe's debt crisis, the Afghanistan war and global diplomacy.


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Clinton hopes to see female US president
Sun,6 May 2012 10:48 PM PDT
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U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, center, stands on the steps of the Victoria Memorial Hall in Kolkata, India, Sunday, May 6, 2012. (AP Photo/Shannon Stapleton, Pool)U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday she has no desire to make another run for the White House but hopes to see an American woman president in her lifetime.


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Fat Forecast: 42% of Americans Obese by 2030
Mon,7 May 2012 12:27 PM PDT
ABC News - The report also predicts that the proportion of Americans who are severely obese, meaning more than 100 pounds overweight, will reach 11 percent, about double the current rate. The report's authors give a sobering price tag for these predictions: such an increase would create $550... Full Story
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Who's who? Obama, Romney projecting mirror image
Mon,7 May 2012 12:51 AM PDT
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In this combo made from file photos, President Barack Obama, left, speaks at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, on April 25, 2012, left, and Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks during a campaign stop in Wilmington, Del. on April 10, 2012. After all their liberal vs. conservative differences are spoken, Obama and Romney sound a lot alike when they are being described by the other guy or his campaign. That leaves voters the challenge of having to sort out what's real and what's been stretched out of proportion. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Evan Vucci, File)He's a smug, Harvard-trained elitist who doesn't get how regular Americans are struggling these days. More extreme than he lets on, he's keeping his true agenda hidden until after Election Day. He's clueless about fixing the economy, over his head on foreign policy. Who is he?


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Austria's 'upside down house' becomes tourist attraction
Mon,7 May 2012 10:30 AM PDT
The Sideshow - The western Austrian village of Terfens has unveiled a house that is literally upside down, both on the inside and out. The house was designed by two Polish architects, Irek Glowacki and Marek Rozhanski, and is meant to be a tourist attraction. The house is open for public viewing and includes an upside down garage, [...] Full Story
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Soldier Who Died While Skype Chatting Was Not Shot, Army Concludes
Mon,7 May 2012 06:43 AM PDT
ABC News -

Soldier Who Died While Skype Chatting Was Not Shot, Army ConcludesWife of Soldier Said She Saw Bullet Hole Via Skype; Army Says No Bullet Wound Found


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Julia Orayen, former Playboy Playmate, steals the show at Mexican debate
Mon,7 May 2012 03:31 PM PDT
The Upshot - The buzziest moment during the first debate among Mexico's four candidates for president this Sunday happened before anyone had said a word. At the debate's start, a curvy model wearing a form-fitting white dress with a revealing cutout showing off her generous cleavage, presented a box for candidates to draw papers that would determine who [...] Full Story
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Secretive Blue Origin Reveals New Details of Spacecraft Plans
Mon,7 May 2012 03:25 AM PDT
SPACE.com -

Secretive Blue Origin Reveals New Details of Spacecraft PlansThe curtain of secrecy is being raised by Blue Origin, a private entrepreneurial space group designing both suborbital and orbital vehicles.


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U.S. secretly released prisoners in Afghanistan: report
Sun,6 May 2012 09:37 PM PDT
Reuters - WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has been secretly releasing detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups, the Washington Post reported in its Monday editions. The "strategic release" program has allowed American officials over the past several years to use prisoners as bargaining chips to reduce violence in restive provinces, it said, citing U.S. officials who it said spoke on condition of anonymity. The freed detainees are often fighters who would not be released under the legal system for military prisoners in Afghanistan. ... Full Story
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"Crab" chips, fruity Oreos? They're big overseas
Sun,6 May 2012 10:46 AM PDT
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This March 14, 2012, photo shows packages of Nabisco Oreo's and wafers in New York. While Americans might get squeamish at the thought of their favorite snacks being tweaked, what works in the U.S. doesn't work everywhere. Tastes can vary greatly in unexpected ways in different corners of the world. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)Russians prefer their Lay's potato chips dusted in caviar and crab flavors. The Chinese like their Oreos stuffed with mango and orange cream. And in Spain, Kellogg's All-Bran cereal is served floating in hot coffee instead of cold milk.


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Angry Greeks reject bailout, risk euro exit
Sun,6 May 2012 04:42 PM PDT
Reuters -

A girl smokes a cigarette before the arrival of Greek Socialist PASOK party leader Evangelos Venizelos during a rally in AthensGreek voters enraged by economic hardship caused by the terms of an international bailout turned on ruling parties in an election on Sunday, putting the country's future in the euro zone at risk and threatening to revive Europe's debt crisis. The latest official results, with over 61 percent of the vote counted, showed the only two major parties supporting an EU/IMF program that keeps Greece from bankruptcy would be hard pressed to form a lasting coalition. ...


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Putin sworn in as Russia's president for 6 years
Mon,7 May 2012 09:26 AM PDT
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Vladimir Putin speaks with his hand on the Constitution during his inauguration ceremony as new Russia's president in Moscow Monday, May 7, 2012. Putin has been sworn in as Russia's president for a third term after four years as prime minister. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti Kremlin, Vladimir Rodionov, Presidential Press Service)Vladimir Putin took the oath of office in a brief but regal Kremlin ceremony on Monday, while on the streets outside thousands of helmeted riot police prevented hundreds of demonstrators from protesting his return to the presidency.


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GOP plan boosts Pentagon, cuts social programs
Mon,7 May 2012 12:10 PM PDT
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FILE -- In a Dec. 7, 2011 file photo House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., second from right, accompanied by fellow committee members, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington . From left are, Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., Ryan, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah. The Republicans who control the House are using cuts to food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a wave of budget cuts come January. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, file)A key House committee has voted to cut food aid, health care and social services like Meals on Wheels to protect the Pentagon from a crippling wave of budget cuts come January.


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Dinosaur Farts May Have Warmed Prehistoric Earth
Mon,7 May 2012 09:02 AM PDT
LiveScience.com -

Dinosaur Farts May Have Warmed Prehistoric EarthWe might want to rename the Brachiosaurus with the moniker Gassiosaurus, new research indicates. The gassy emissions from these giant dinosaurs may have been enough to warm the Earth, the researchers say.


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Hollande defeats Sarkozy to win French election
Sun,6 May 2012 11:23 AM PDT
The Lookout - Fran├žois Hollande won the French presidential election on Sunday, capturing more than 51 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy and become France's new president, according French television. Sarkozy, who has held the French presidency since 2007, grabbed 48.1 percent, according to the polls. Hollande, the 57-year-old socialist challenger, narrowly edged Sarkozy, also [...] Full Story
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Secret Pork Recipe: Worth $1.8 Million?
Mon,7 May 2012 11:00 AM PDT
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Secret Pork Recipe: Worth $1.8 Million?Think "most valuable recipes," and what comes to mind might be the secret formula for Coca Cola, say; or Col. Sanders' famous recipe for finger-lick'in good chicken. But now to that hallowed list must now be added a newcomer from Singapore: Betty Kong's recipe for...


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New Obama ad strikes 'don't blame me' tone on economy
Mon,7 May 2012 07:35 AM PDT
The Ticket - President Barack Obama's campaign released a new ad on Monday that takes aim squarely at his greatest vulnerability: the sour economy. The ad emphasizes that the president inherited the financial disaster when he took office and insists that, thanks to his policies, "we're coming back." The minute-long message, dubbed "Go," will air in Virginia, Pennsylvania, [...] Full Story
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Linda Evangelista Settles Child Custody Case
Mon,7 May 2012 11:38 AM PDT
Good Morning America -

Linda Evangelista Settles Child Custody CaseNo Details Released of Settlement with French Billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault


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Valerie Trierweiler: new 'first lady' of France
Mon,7 May 2012 10:17 AM PDT
The Upshot - As France bids "adieu" to Nicolas Sarkozy and his wife, supermodel-singer Carla Bruni, a new fascinating female steps into the role of France's "premiere dame." Here, some facts about Valerie Trierweiler. 1. The divorced mother of three is the companion of newly elected president Francois Hollande. This will make her the first unmarried "first lady" [...] Full Story
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Horrifyingly, Ground Baby Pills Are a Real Thing
Mon,7 May 2012 05:26 AM PDT
The Atlantic Wire - In news that will make you want to shut the blinds, go back to bed until next week ... there's disturbing news out of South Korea that since August, officials have found over 17,000 pills filled with human flesh, in particular the placentas and ground up bodies of dead Chinese babies. Full Story
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Al Qaeda Leader Linked to USS Cole Attack Killed in Airstrike in Yemen
Sun,6 May 2012 07:05 PM PDT
ABC News - The government of Yemen says an airstrike has killed a top al Qaeda leader who was on the FBI's most wanted terrorist list because of his role in the attack on the USS Cole .  The attack on the U.S. Navy destroyer in October, 2000 killed 17... Full Story
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Congress' intelligence heads: Taliban stronger
Sun,6 May 2012 09:49 AM PDT
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FILE - In this April 18, 2012, file photo Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., head of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Both Feinstein, and the Republican head of the House Intelligence Committee said Sunday May 6, 2012, that the Taliban have only grown in strength since the 2010 deployment of 33,000 more troops to Afghanistan. Their statements run counter to President Barack Obama's declaration last week in Afghanistan that the U.S. had The leaders of the congressional committees said Sunday they believed that the Taliban had grown stronger since President Barack Obama sent 33,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan in 2010.


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Angry Greek Voters Punish Leaders over Austerity at the Ballot Box
Mon,7 May 2012 04:05 AM PDT
Time.com - In a deep repudiation of European austerity policies and the lawmakers forced to impose them at home, Greeks punished their ruling parties in parliamentary elections on Sunday and turned instead to an array of anti-bailout parties on the far left and right. PASOK and New Democracy, the two parties that have dominated Greek politics for nearly 40 years, received a combined 33% of the vote -- less than half what they garnered during the last elections in 2009. ... Full Story
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Unabomber billboard on climate change taken down; Heartland Institute loses Diageo's support
Mon,7 May 2012 09:58 AM PDT
The Cutline - A billboard suggesting that those who believe in global warming are as crazy as the Unabomber was taken down less than 24 hours after it went up--but not before the group behind the ad lost another prominent backer. A quote, attributed to Ted Kaczynski, was displayed on the electronic billboard: "I still believe in global [...] Full Story
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Iran news alters missile test image to include 'Star Wars' character
Mon,7 May 2012 08:09 AM PDT
The Cutline - Iran's Mehr News Agency used a blatantly altered image to illustrate a story downplaying its ballistic missile test program. The Atlantic Wire first reported on the digitally enhanced image--which includes the "Star Wars" character Jar Jar Binks--after it was published Friday on the agency's website. As Atlantic Wire pointed out, Friday was also the day [...] Full Story
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