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House OKs $694M Border Bill, Obama Says No

House Republicans revived their bill on the US-Mexico border crisis in dramatic fashion today, passing it on a near party-line vote after winning over conservatives with tough new provisions that could threaten deportation for hundreds of thousands of immigrants already working in this country legally. President Barack Obama condemned the...

Legalized Pot Becomes Food-Safety Headache

In Colorado, regulators sat down with marijuana makers and critics today to tackle a complex issue: pot and food safety, the AP reports. Their goal: make pot-infused products clearly labeled for the general public. They agreed that it's easy for some products, like candies and pot cookies, but what about...

Dead Baby, 'Cut' Sister Found in Hotel; Police Seek Mom

Police are seeking the mother of a dead toddler and a severely injured 13-year-old girl today after a housekeeper discovered the two girls in an Oregon hotel room, News Channel 8 Portland reports. The mother, Jessica Smith, 40, checked in with her daughters at the hotel—the Surfsand Resort in...

Americans With Ebola Coming Home on Private Jet

Two American aid workers seriously ill with Ebola will be brought from West Africa to Atlanta for treatment in one of the most tightly sealed isolation units in the country, officials said today. One is expected to arrive tomorrow, and the other a few days later, according to Atlanta's Emory...

Angry Otter Attacks Boy, Grandma

A river otter attacked an 8-year-old boy and his grandmother as they were swimming in a park in Washington state yesterday morning. The boy's mother, Tabitha Moser, told King-TV that her own mother saved the boy from a worse fate in the Pilchuck River in the town of Machias. "All...

How One Company Sues US Military Around the World

On the bright side, the Virginia-based retailer USA Discounters offers loans to customers who have no credit. The downside? Those loans may be predatory, and customers who fail to pay will get sued in Virginia courtrooms no matter where they live, Pacific Standard reports. An added wrinkle: Many of the...

'Slender Man' Suspect Won't Stand Trial—for Now

One of the girls accused in the so-called "Slender Man" attack won't have to stand trial—at least not yet. After a psychologist's testimony, a judge ruled today that Morgan Geyser, 12, isn't competent to stand trial but probably will be down the road, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The...

Obama: After 9/11, We 'Tortured Some Folks'

The US tortured al-Qaeda detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama said today, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after taking office. "We tortured some folks," Obama said at a televised news conference at the White...

'15% Prayer Discount' Sparks Online Debate

A little prayer seems to go a long way—especially if you're about to eat at Mary's Gourmet Diner in Winstom-Salem, NC. Traveling for business, Jordan Smith received a 15% discount off her bill there because she prayed before eating, NPR reports. Smith posted a pic of the receipt on...

Woman Finds 80 Skeletons Crammed Into Ikea Bags

Centuries-old skeletons should probably be 6 feet under—not overflowing out of blue Ikea bags and shoved under a tarp in a Scandinavian church. But that's exactly what Kicki Karlén says she recently found at the Kläckeberga church in Sweden. "There were loads of skulls and bones stuffed into Ikea...

Mystery Lake Surfaces in Parched Tunisia

For residents of Tunisia desperate to beat the heat, we've got some really good news and some really bad news. The good is that shepherds in a drought-stricken region near the city of Gafsa stumbled upon an amazing thing: a brand-new lake that surfaced in an otherwise barren territory, reports...

Boy, 5, in Trouble for 'Sexual Misconduct' —for Dropping Pants

An Arizona mom wants answers as to why her 5-year-old kindergartner now has a "sexual misconduct" stamp on his permanent school file. Erica Martinez says her son, Eric Lopez, pulled down his pants and exposed himself when another student at Ashton Ranch Elementary School "intimidated" him on the playground. The...

Man With Disorder Sues Shaq for Mocking His Selfie

A Michigan man with a rare genetic disorder is seeking more than $25,000 in damages from Shaquille O'Neal, NBA player Trey Burke, and rapper Waka Flocka for making fun of his pic on social media, reports the Detroit Free Press . Jahmel Binion has ectodermal dysplasia, a condition that can...

New Ice Cream Changes Colors When Licked

Manuel Linares is serious about ice cream. So serious that the Spanish physicist signed up for "mentored coursework" at a local business association, earned what he calls a "master's diploma in creating artisan ice cream," and created a frozen concoction that turns colors when it's licked, reports Phys.org . His...

Beware the Rise of 'Putinism'

Welcome to the age of "Putinism," writes Fareed Zakaria at the Washington Post . By that he means a generally repressive governing ideology that Vladimir Putin has created over the years to sustain his power. The worrisome thing to Zakaria is that elements of Putinism already can be seen spreading to...

Crash Leaves Indiana Highway Coated in Butter

Butter is good on just about everything—except a highway. A semitrailer overturned on an Indianapolis interstate today, spilling what police say are 45,000 pounds of packages of butter and other dairy products. The crash happened about 3:30am on Interstate 465 on the city's south side and left...

110 Pounds of Cocaine Vanishes From Police HQ

Even Inspector Clouseau could figure out that someone messed up at Paris police headquarters. More than 110 pounds of cocaine—worth about $3.3 million—had been seized over the summer in raids and was assumed to still be stacked up behind a specially fortified door at HQ—until someone...

Guardians of the Galaxy Is 'Shamelessly' Fun

Guardians of the Galaxy —what the AP describes as a "3-D space opera" starring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, and the voices of Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper—opens today, and reviewers seem happy. As of this writing, 91% of critics on Rotten Tomatoes approve of the Marvel flick, mainly because...

Christian Woman Who Faced Execution Arrives in US

Being called a "world freedom fighter" by the mayor is a nice way to be greeted when you land in Philly. Meriam Ibrahim Tehya Ishag, the woman who came perilously close to being hanged in Sudan for renouncing Islam, marrying a Christian, and converting to Christianity, arrived in the City...

Girl, 5, Shot Dead by 5-Year-Old Friend

An Idaho girl has died in what police say was an accidental shooting at a home she was visiting. Noelle Aston Shawver, 5, was with another 5-year-old who, they say, grabbed hold of a gun while adults were in another room on Wednesday afternoon, the Idaho State Journal reports. Noelle...

Also Opening on V-Day: 50 Shades Meets ... Jesus?

If the new 50 Shades of Grey trailer was too much for your innocent eyes, studio Freestyle Releasing has just the flick for you come Valentine's Day: Old Fashioned . In case you couldn't guess by the title, the premise of the flick is "chivalry makes a comeback" (the movie's tagline)...

Pregnant Mom of 4 Gets Stung, Dies

A mother of four with a baby on the way has died after a freak event in Virginia. Sarah Harkins, 32, was in her backyard in Spotsylvania County earlier this week when she got stung multiple times by wasps after a nest got disturbed. Harkins—who was 21 weeks' pregnant...

PETA Slams Kim Kardashian on Dolphin Swim

Some people believe Kim Kardashian is a menace to the thinking public, but PETA has stronger words for the reality-TV star: The animal rights group is calling her downright "dangerous" and "intrusive" to animals after Kim K posted an Instagram video of her cruising around on captive dolphins and puckering...

Isolated Tribe Says Elders Were Murdered

A video that purports to show footage of first contact with a formerly isolated tribe on the Brazil-Peru border has been released by Brazil's FUNAI agency, along with some disturbing news from tribe members themselves. As had been hinted at in previous reports, some of the younger members say they...

Giraffe Killed After Head Hits Highway Bridge

The scene may have drawn a few giggles in The Hangover Part III , but the horrific, real-life death of a giraffe on a South African highway this week has animal rights activists fuming. A witness tweeted a picture of two giraffes sticking out of a truck on a highway, with...

Ugandan Court Declares Anti-Gay Law 'Null and Void'

A Ugandan court today invalidated an anti-gay bill signed into law earlier this year, saying the measure is illegal because it was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum. The panel of five judges on the East African country's Constitutional Court said the speaker of parliament acted illegally...

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

An imaginative but poorly executed prison-smuggling scheme and a wedding that came up way short on goodwill make the list: Drone With Drugs, Phones Crashes Outside Prison : Old school for prison smugglers is to chuck a football stuffed with drugs and contraband over the wall. New school? Drones, of course....

Jon Stewart's Movie Gets a Release Date

Rosewater , the movie Jon Stewart took a hiatus from the Daily Show to direct , is coming to select theaters on November 7. The political drama, Stewart's directorial debut, is based on a memoir about a BBC journalist arrested while covering an Iranian election protest, Entertainment Weekly reports. Gael Garcia Bernal...

Driver 'LOLs' Over Wreck That Killed Teen

Jason McCarthy, 16, died days after a suspected drunken driver sideswiped a vehicle, fled the scene, then crashed into the rear of McCarthy's car minutes later outside Minneapolis last week. But while the teen was fighting for his life, the alleged driver of the other vehicle, Michael Vanwagner, 24—whose...

Gaza's 3-Day Ceasefire Lasts 90 Minutes

It was supposed to last three days, but a ceasefire that went into effect this morning in Israel and Gaza unraveled within two hours. Violence erupted in and around the southern town of Rafah, with 35 Palestinians killed by Israeli shelling and the military saying one of its soldiers may...


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