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Teen Stowaway Wanted to See Family in Somalia

The teenage stowaway who miraculously survived a five-hour flight in the wheel well of a Boeing 767 was trying to get to his native Somalia, not Hawaii, his father says. The 15-year-old, who moved to the US as a refugee with his father and stepmother four years, was struggling to...

1888 Shipwreck Found in SF Bay

The wreck of a passenger steamer that went down in 1888 with the loss of 16 lives has been found sitting upright on the bed of San Francisco Bay not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. In one of the city's worst maritime disasters, the City of Chester departed for...

Now Oklahoma Ready to Execute 2

In yet another turnaround for Oklahoma murders Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, the state Supreme Court has lifted its own stay of execution , clearing the way for the two men to die by lethal injection next week. The court decided that the two inmates are not entitled to know the...

Joan Rivers Angers Ohio Women Held Captive

The women freed almost a year ago after a decade of captivity in a Cleveland home aren't happy about Joan Rivers joking about their ordeal. Lawyers for two of the women say Rivers should apologize for saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space" when talking about...

Report: FCC to Allow Internet 'Fast Lanes'

Is the Federal Communications Commission preparing to kill off the concept of "net neutrality" by allowing Internet providers to offer a "fast lane" for preferred customers? New rules being proposed by the commission would allow major content providers like Netflix or Disney to pay a premium to deliver content to...

Stagecoach Passenger Is Oldest Active Missing-Person Case

Marvin Clark is the subject of the oldest active missing-person investigation in America but nobody is expecting to find him alive: The Oregon town marshal was 62 or 63 years old when he vanished after getting on a stagecoach to his doctor's office in 1920. His is the oldest of...

No World Record—Because Fishermen Ate Shark

That monster 805-pound mako shark caught by two cousins in Florida probably is the biggest ever caught from land, but the fishermen won't be getting their names in the record books, reports the Houston Chronicle . The problem is that Joey and Earnie Polk brought the shark home and ate it...

Inmates on Trash Detail Help Unconscious Supervisor

It could have been an easy walk to freedom. But instead, two inmates on a work-release program chose to stay and help the detention officer supervising them when he fell unconscious, reports Statesville.com . The inmates were collecting trash in North Carolina's Iredell County when the supervisor fell to the...

Court Tosses $3.4M Award to Child Porn Victim

The Supreme Court today agreed that people caught with child pornography must pay their victims some kind of financial restitution. But it did so while throwing out a $3.4 million award granted to a woman known as "Amy" whose abuse as a child has been widely distributed in child...

Bieber Bumbles Into China Insult

Justin Bieber is getting a crash course in international relations this week after inadvertently alienating about a billion fans, reports MarketWatch . The number isn't that much of an exaggeration: While in Tokyo, Bieber committed what many in China to be a grave offense by visiting the controversial Yasukini shrine . The...

Hidden in Mail Carrier's Dead Mom's House: Mail

A Kentucky mail carrier felt he was a little too busy to deliver all his mail and will spend six months in prison as a result, reports the Courier-Journal . Authorities found about 45,000 pieces of mail set aside by William "Brent" Morse. "He wanted to speed up his route,...

Jodie Foster Weds Girlfriend

Jodie Foster may have come out as gay only last year, but today she's a married woman. The 51-year-old Oscar winner married photographer girlfriend Alexandra Hedison, 44, over the weekend, reports E! Online . The two had been dating almost a year, notes People . Earlier this month, a report surfaced suggesting...

Muslims: FBI Used No-Fly List to Coerce Us

The FBI has been using the no-fly list to try to strong-arm American Muslims into becoming confidential informants, four men allege in a federal lawsuit filed yesterday. The plaintiffs' stories are all slightly different, but in each case FBI agents allegedly offered an explicit or implied quid-pro-quo, the Guardian reports....

Judge Lets Bradley Manning Change Name to Chelsea

The Army private formerly known as Bradley Manning will now officially be known as Chelsea Manning . A Kansas judge today sanctioned the new name of Chelsea Elizabeth Manning and ordered a new birth certificate, reports Reuters . Manning, a male by gender who identifies as female, issued a statement praising the...

Suit: Doctors Mocked Me While I Was Unconscious

So what do doctors chat about after you've gone under anesthesia? You may not want to know, according to a lawsuit picked up by Courthouse News Service . A colonoscopy patient in Virginia says he used his cellphone to record instructions given to him prior to his April 18, 2013, procedure,...

Crackpot Conspiracists Love Chelsea Pregnancy

If you thought it was laughable when Rush Limbaugh suggested Hillary Clinton staged that shoe-throwing incident, wait until you hear the latest conspiracy theory related to the Clintons: Some pundits on the right-wing fringe are suggesting Chelsea Clinton is faking her pregnancy —or, at the very least, that she purposely...

Woman Faked Cancer for Donations: Cops

An Ohio woman has been charged with felony theft after police say she posed as a terminal cancer patient to dupe donors into giving her thousands of dollars. Mindy Taylor even convinced her husband and her mother she was dying. The 35-year-old mother claimed she was suffering from cancer of...

EX-CEO of Big Charity Admits Stealing Millions

The politically connected former CEO of a prominent New York City charity admitted today that he helped steal $5 million in an insurance scheme that authorities linked to campaign contributions. William Rapfogel pleaded guilty to grand larceny, money laundering, and other charges in a case that had rattled city and...

What the Court Got Right, Wrong, in Michigan Case

The Supreme Court yesterday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action, but the debate continues outside the court. A sampling: Wrong decision: The court's majority ruled that state voters were within their rights to decide that colleges can ban affirmative action policies in their admissions. But the New York Times editorial...

Freak Fall Kills Prince Charles' Brother-in-Law

Mark Shand, the brother of Camilla, duchess of Cornwall, has died after a freak accident in New York. "The Duchess, the Prince of Wales, and all her family members are utterly devastated by this sudden and tragic loss," says Clarence House in a statement, according to Sky News . Shand, 62,...

Led Zeppelin Drops 2 Unheard Tracks

Led Zeppelin is reissuing its first three albums in June, but ahead of that comes a little more love for fans. Actually, it's a "Whole Lotta Love" and "Keys to the Highway"—previously unreleased versions that Jimmy Page culled from the band's vault in a two-year labor of love. "I...

Chances of a City-Leveling Asteroid: Pretty Darned High

Bad news: The chances that an asteroid will take out your city are higher than you might think, according to a nonprofit group currently working on an asteroid-tracking telescope. "There is a popular misconception that asteroid impacts are extraordinarily rare," says Ed Lu, the former astronaut who heads the B612...

Georgia Gov Signs 'Guns Everywhere' Bill

If you want to pack heat at your local bar, church, school or government building, then Georgia is now the state for you. Gov. Nathan Deal today signed a law allowing firearms in all of those places and more, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The law allows schools and churches to...

John Paul II's Impending Sainthood Is Wrong

John Paul II accomplished great things as pope, but the Vatican is making a mistake in canonizing him as a saint this weekend, writes Maureen Dowd in the New York Times . The reason is simple and obvious: He "presided over the Catholic Church during nearly three decades of a gruesome...

(Some) HBO Shows Headed to Amazon Prime

Soon, Amazon Prime customers will be able to stream HBO shows—but before you get too excited, be warned that the announcement mostly applies to older programs. Game of Thrones isn't part of the exclusive deal, though seasons of shows like Girls and Veep will appear some three years after...

Guy, 21, Owes $489K After Fake Emergency Call

When he was 19, Danik Kumar made a distress call that resulted in an unnecessary 21-hour, 70-person search on Lake Erie. The Ohio man, now 21, told emergency workers that, while flying a small plane, he'd spotted four people on a boat sending out flares. Seems that wasn't quite the...

Louis CK: 'I've Wanted to Be' Suicidal

In a new GQ profile, Louis CK reveals, "No, I've never been suicidal. But I've wanted to be." He goes on to describe two of his lowest points: In the early 1990s in Manhattan, working 10 gigs a night making just $50 at each one, he got in an accident...

Ex-Cheerleaders Sue Bills Over Pay, Hygiene Rules

Five former cheerleaders are taking the Buffalo Bills to court, saying they were paid less than minimum wage and subjected to disturbing physical scrutiny. The Bills "exploited the women by failing to pay them in accordance with New York State minimum wage laws," the lawsuit, which also targets the squad's...

Antarctic Iceberg Is 6 Times Size of Manhattan

Last year, a huge chunk of ice broke off of Pine Island Glacier in Antarctica—and an iceberg six times the size of Manhattan was born. Dubbed B31, the iceberg "is now well out of Pine Island Bay and will soon join the more general flow in the Southern Ocean,...

Drew Barrymore Has Daughter, Names Her...

Drew Barrymore is now a mommy of two. The 39-year-old actress and her 36-year-old husband, Will Kopelman, are welcoming their second daughter. Barrymore's rep, Chris Miller, confirms Frankie Barrymore Kopelman was born yesterday. Barrymore and Kopelman's first daughter, Olive, is 19 months old. "Olive has a new little sister," the...


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