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N. Korea Releases American Detainee

Jeffrey Fowle, one of three Americans being held in North Korea, was released today after six months in custody and is currently aboard an American plane bound for Guam, reports CNN . A State Department official confirmed the release of Fowle, an Ohio resident who was suspected of leaving a Bible...

Guy Jokes to Obama: 'Don't Touch My Girlfriend'

President Obama cast an early ballot in the midterm elections during a visit to Chicago yesterday, and a bystander couldn't resist hamming it up. "Mr. President, don't touch my girlfriend," joked Mike Jones as Obama was voting. The president happened to be casting his ballot right next to Jones' fiancee,...

Mom, 19, Tried to Kill One Baby, Faces Probe Over Another's Death: Cops

A Houston mom has already been accused in the attempted murder of her baby son; now, she's also facing a probe in the death of her 20-month-old daughter, authorities say. Cynthia Kaye Wood, 19, brought the son to the hospital, saying he'd had seizures and might have epilepsy, the Houston...

US' Latest Diplomatic Brouhaha: Hungary

Tensions between US and Hungary have surged after the US denied visas to six Hungarian officials amid suspicion of corruption. A pro-government Hungarian news site says the denials were retribution for a Hungarian investigation into American companies, but the US embassy says that's not the case, the New York Times...

Brewer: I Bought All the Count Chocula to Make Beer

For some people in Fort Collins, the annual arrival of Count Chocula cereal is a highlight of the year. So when shoppers in the Colorado town went searching for the monster-themed marshmallow delicacy, they were perturbed that they couldn't find it at either of the local Albertsons locations. "Every year...

Protesters Denounce Met Opera That 'Glorifies Terrorism'

Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani joined hundreds of demonstrators last night to protest an opening-night opera performance at the Met, the New York Times reports. Protesters shouted "Shame on the Met!" and sported signs that read "The Met glorifies terrorism," and it's all thanks to The Death of Klinghoffer , the...

Experts Hunt for Prehistoric Culture Under Everglades Boardwalk

Researchers are searching for an ancient culture in Everglades National Park, following up on work done decades ago. In 1968, after a pond in the park was dredged, a park ranger spotted a vast collection of what may have been tools and weapons, as well as remnants of marine life...

Putin Closing Russian McDonald's for 'Safety' Reasons

Vladimir Putin wants to show the world who's the real Big Mac daddy. About half of Russia's 440 McDonald's restaurants are "now under government investigation," with nine locations recently shut down by court order, ostensibly for health and safety violations, Businessweek reports. But (most) others say that the real reason...

McConaughey: Redskins' Logo Shouldn't Change

In case you were waiting to choose a side in the battle over the Washington Redskins' name until Matthew McConaughey made his opinion known, well, he has. In a new interview with GQ , McConaughey—a Redskins fan from the age of 4, despite having grown up in Texas—notes, "We...

Report: Ukraine Used Widely Banned Weapon

Cluster munitions are banned across many countries, but the Ukrainian military appears to have used them in rebel-controlled territory, the New York Times reports. Donetsk, which is home to a million people during peacetime, likely saw attacks on Oct. 2 and 5, leaving six wounded and one Red Cross worker...

David Arquette, Fiancee in Epic Street Fight

Perhaps David Arquette and the mother of his child won't be getting married after all? The Daily Mail has a video of Arquette and Christina McLarty—with whom he had a baby in April , months before getting engaged —in a pretty crazy fight in LA Friday night. The couple had...

Jail Denied Basic Medical Care, Let Inmates Die: Suit

A 19-year-old in jail for shoplifting and passing a counterfeit bill died after a foot wound turned gangrenous. A 30-year-old imprisoned for harassment died of a bowel obstruction after being constipated for 13 days. A 61-year-old also jailed for harassment died of a broken femur after falling from her bunk....

Aussie on Dream Trip Finds She's 38 Weeks Pregnant

Kate Hudson, 22, had been traveling through Europe for a while, so it didn't seem strange that she'd gained a little weight. "Any belly I had I thought was just a food baby from all the eating I’d done in Europe over two months," the Australian woman says. But in...

Couple Pulls in $15K a Month—for Doggie Dress-Up

One New York couple has a pet project that's simultaneously ridiculous and ridiculously lucrative: Former designers Yena Kim and David Fung are raking in between $10,000 and $15,000 a month dressing up and photographing their 5-year-old Shiba Inu—raking in cash to the point that the Daily Dot...

Ex-Wife of Suspected Serial Killer: I'm 'Lightheaded'

The ex-wife of Darren Vann says she is "lightheaded" to discover the man she was married to for 16 years is a suspected serial killer—whose crimes may have begun in the early years of their marriage . Maria Vann tells the New York Times that the man she first met...

WHO: Trials of Ebola Vaccine Coming Soon

A top World Health Organization official says the hunt for an Ebola vaccine will produce data about whether they're safe by December—and they could be in experimental field use by January. Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny, an assistant director-general for WHO, says clinical trials planned or underway in Europe, Africa, and...

Bachmann Gets Security Detail After ISIS Threat

ISIS' new target: Rep. Michele Bachmann? The outspoken conservative will have her own security detail for the final few months of her congressional career because of what federal law enforcement agencies believe is a credible threat from the militants, reports Politico . Bachmann, who steps down at the end of this...

Oscar Pistorius Gets 5 Years

Oscar Pistorius was sentenced today to five years in prison for killing Reeva Steenkamp by a South African judge who cited the "gross negligence" the runner showed when he shot his girlfriend multiple times through a toilet cubicle door in his home. Legal experts say Pistorius could be released after...

Compulsive Sex, Gambling Tied to Parkinson's Drugs

Parkinson's drugs are known for a range of side effects, including hallucinations, psychosis, and extreme drowsiness. But researchers say there's also a clear link between the use of some of these drugs and impulse control issues that result in hypersexuality, compulsive gambling, and uncontrollable spending, reports LiveScience . Looking at 1,...

Oscar de la Renta Dead at 82

Fashion designer and icon Oscar de la Renta died yesterday at 82, after a yearslong battle with cancer, the New York Times reports. His illness, the paper notes, didn't slow him down: He designed Amal Alamuddin's dress for her wedding to George Clooney just last month, and his business expanded...

Hong Kong: No Free Election Because Poor Would Romp

After more than three weeks of street protests, government officials in Hong Kong have agreed to hold talks with pro-democracy leaders—but Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying appears unwilling to budge on the subject of free elections in 2017, or even the merits of democracy in general. He warns that if...

Sweden Steps Up Hunt for Mystery Sub

The Swedish military has stepped up its hunt for what is widely believed to be a Russian submarine lurking somewhere in the waters around Stockholm, but officials remain cagey about just what it is they're looking for. "There is no submarine hunt underway, there is an ongoing intelligence gathering operation,...

Oil Firm Boss Dies When Plane Hits Snowplow

The head of French oil giant Total SA was killed at a Moscow airport last night when his corporate jet collided with a snowplow whose driver was drunk, Russian investigators say. Total confirmed "with deep regret and sadness" that Chairman and CEO Christophe de Margerie died in the crash at...

Murderer Sues Connecticut Over Prison Porn Ban

Dwight Pink Jr. has a few decades left to serve of his 56-year murder sentence, and he doesn't want to spend all that time without nude pictures. The Connecticut inmate is suing the state in federal court over its 2011 ban on "pictorial depictions of sexual activity or nudity" in...

Get Set for Pre-Dawn Meteor Shower

The annual Orionid meteor shower will be at its peak before dawn today, and astronomers say that since it is very close to a new moon, conditions will be just right to see around 20 meteors per hour. A NASA spokesman says "observing conditions should be ideal" for "one of...

Kilns Recall 'Almost Criminal' US History

In Utah's backcountry, you're liable to see wide stretches of open space populated by little more than old brick huts. Their purpose, once essential to the state's economic life, came to be considered "almost like a criminal activity," an expert tells the Deseret News . In the late 1800s these huts...

Police: Sex Offender Is a 'Serial Killer'

Police investigating the slayings of seven northwestern Indiana women whose bodies were found over the weekend say today they believe it is the work of a serial killer, and that the suspect indicates there could be more victims going back 20 years. The Lake County prosecutor's office today charged 43-year-old...

Dog Eats Nasty Toad, Gets 'Mouth-to-Snout' CPR

Earlier this month, a Florida dog owner gave his pooch mouth-to-mouth resuscitation—or "mouth to snout," he calls it—in an effort to save the dog's life, the Miami Herald reports. Andrew Burtschin, 29, returned from a boating trip to his Key Largo home on Oct. 1 and saw his...

Alabama House Speaker Charged With 23 Felonies

Alabama's house speaker dropped by the Lee County jail today, but not to glad-hand: Special agents booked him on 23 felony violations of ethics laws, AL.com reports. Mike Hubbard, 52, a powerful figure in state Republican politics, was accused of using his office to solicit items of value and...

'Mystery Man' Flies Past Plane at 3K Feet

Pilots flying over England this summer were shocked to see what looked like a man whizzing by the aircraft at about 3,500 feet, the Daily Mail reports via Yahoo . According to Britain's Airprox Board, which investigates such matters, the passenger plane was making a descent to Manchester on June...


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