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Kim Jong Un's Sis Named to Senior Gov't Role

First Kim Jong Un got rid of the cane —and now, in his latest reminder that he's the strong, all-powerful leader of North Korea, he's installed his sister in a Cabinet-level governmental position. The country's state media officially announced today that Kim Yo Jong has been named a departmental vice...

How Did Turkeys Double in Size?

In the 1930s, the average Thanksgiving turkey weighed 13.2 pounds. Today, the average bird weighs in at more than twice that amount: a whopping 29.8 pounds. No, they didn't just get hungry. As Mother Jones reports, American poultry farms began breeding the birds for size and speed of...

Cops Say Utah Girls Made Up Abduction Story

Two teen girls from Bountiful, Utah, who claimed to have been kidnapped at knifepoint, kept holed up all day in an SUV, and held overnight in September are now being accused of making the whole story up. The cops investigating the case say the girls appear to have used public...

Most Terrible Place to Have Thanksgiving? Ohio

We're all aware of the many potential pitfalls of Thanksgiving: the political arguments, the drunk-uncle factor, the football losses. Now, the real-estate blog Estately has figured out, based on the confluence of such factors, just which states have the highest risk for terrible turkey dinners. The site looked at six...

Inside Vultures' Guts: Poison

Vultures eat all kinds of nasty stuff that humans can't (and wouldn't if we could). But how do they survive living off the rotting flesh of roadkill? Researchers set out to answer that query by examining the guts of 24 turkey vultures and 26 black vultures trapped and killed in...

Your Turkey Is Probably From Minnesota

Minnesota has about 5.5 million people—and has produced about 45 million turkeys this year. In fact, almost one in five of the country's turkeys comes from the state, Vocativ reports. The total number of turkeys forecast to be raised in the US this year, according to the USDA...

Creed's Lead Singer Broke, Holing Up at Holiday Inn

Creed, the hard-rock group that rose to the top of the charts in the late '90s with hits like "Higher" and "Arms Wide Open," isn't currently touring, which has apparently left Scott Stapp in a bit of a spot, Variety reports. The group's frontman posted a 15-minute video on Facebook...

Darren Wilson's Actions After Shooting: 'Very, Very Bad'

Police actions in the immediate aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown were a long way from normal, according to grand jury transcripts, which reveal that officer Darren Wilson drove himself back to the station by himself, cleaned the blood off himself, and checked his own gun into evidence, all...

Police: Mom Who Vanished Was Murdered by Stepfather

Mother of three Jessica Padgett left her young son at the child care center where she worked in Northampton, Penn., just before 1pm on Nov. 21 to fax paperwork at her stepfather's company, Distinctive Fence—she held a second job there. She was never seen alive again. Officials say the...

Hillary Clinton's Speaking Fee: $300K Plus Hummus

If she hits the campaign trail as expected, Americans will have all the Hillary Clinton speeches they could possibly want, but for now she charges $300,000, according to communications the Washington Post obtained with a Freedom of Information Act request. Emails about an appearance at UCLA earlier this year...

Boy's Shooting Death Didn't Have to Happen: Family

Tamir Rice could have, and should have, come home on Saturday after a day in the park. That's the belief of his family, which issued a statement yesterday about his death after a video of the 12-year-old being fatally shot by a Cleveland police officer was made public yesterday, the...

Identity of Polish 'Vampires' Revealed

To make sure certain people didn't rise from the grave to feast on the living, villagers in 17th- and 18th-century Poland buried them with sickles across their throats or rocks in their jaws, and researchers think they now know why. According to a study published in PLoS ONE , the suspected...

SDSU Frats: Parties Off, Anti-Rape Courses On

Shameful behavior at an anti-rape march last Friday appears to have been the last straw at San Diego State University, where fraternity and sorority socializing has been suspended. Leaders of the Greek system say partying will be on hold until members of the groups have attended sexual assault prevention courses,...

India Says Girls Hanged From Tree Died by Suicide

An investigation into the deaths of two teenage cousins believed to have been raped and hanged by their attackers concluded that the two actually committed suicide, according to authorities in India. The head of the Central Bureau of Investigation, India's version of the FBI, told reporters that the local police's...

Hamas Terror Plot Foiled: Israel

Car bombings, kidnappings, and attacks on railway stations and Jerusalem's Teddy soccer stadium were just some of the items on Hamas' checklist, according to Israeli officials who today say they foiled a major West Bank terror plot by the group, the AP reports. The Shin Bet security service confirms it...

Cricket Shocker: Star Hit by Ball Dies

Australia is in mourning for one of its top cricket players, who has died two days after being hit in the head by a ball during a match in Sydney. Phillip Hughes was felled by a ball that struck him at the base of the skull, below his helmet, causing...

Obama Pardons Turkeys; Sasha, Malia Not Impressed

"I am here to announce what I’m sure will be the most talked-about executive action this month," President Obama quipped yesterday as he pardoned a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys named Mac and Cheese. He admitted that he found the Pardoning of the National Turkey "a little puzzling," but said "with...

FAA: Drones Nearly Hit Planes 25 Times in 6 Months

Air travelers appear to have a genuine new problem to fret about: small drones. The FAA has logged 25 close calls with planes since June 1, reports the Washington Post . By "close call," it means an instance in which a drone "came within a few seconds or a few feet...

How Window Washer Survived His 11-Story Fall

A 58-year-old window washer who fell 11 stories from a building onto a moving car is "fighting for his life" and opens his eyes when relatives speak to him, says his family. The man's name and hometown have not been released. "We are amazed that he fell from such a...

Rock Singer Electrocuted on Stage, Dies

A 21-year-old singer for a promising Argentine rock band is dead after being electrocuted on stage. Agustín Briolini of the group Krebs suffered the shock as he stepped toward a microphone, and faulty wiring is getting the early blame, reports the Daily Mail . Though accounts differ, the accident appears to...

Ebola Vaccine Passes First Test

The world took a small but significant step toward an Ebola vaccine today. Results of a study involving 20 people in the US found that the vaccine worked well enough to move on to round two—a much bigger test group of thousands of people in Africa, reports USA Today...

Bar Yanks 'Roofie Colada' After Complaints

Family Guy humor works on the Family Guy , but not, apparently, on a drinks' menu. A Staten Island bar and restaurant has retired its "Roofie Colada" and apologized to patrons offended by what they saw as a date-rape joke, reports Fox News . The Phunky Elephant put the vokda and kahlua...

Actress Sentenced to 26 Years Over TV Scene

A Pakistani court disliked a segment on a TV show so much that it sentenced a Bollywood actress, her husband, and two others to prison for 26 years for blasphemy, reports the Independent . The trouble began when Veena Malik and her new husband appeared on a live daytime show on...

Video: Cleveland Boy Shot Seconds After Police Arrive

Cleveland police today released surveillance video of the fatal police shooting of a 12-year-old boy, and it shows that Tamir Rice got shot within seconds of the arrival of a police car. One officer exited the vehicle and shot the youth "immediately," reports the Plain Dealer , while a second officer,...

Payday Lenders Outnumber McDonald's in the US

What could possibly be more ubiquitous than McDonald's? Payday lenders, according to an article running in Inside the Vault , a newsletter put out by the St. Louis Federal Reserve. By its count, there are roughly 20,000 payday lender locations in the US, which works out to one for about...

Elderly 'Hoarder' Dies in Blaze in Messy Home

It was so cluttered in a home that caught fire last night in Carlsbad, Calif., that firefighters couldn't even get inside at first—and once they did, it was too late to save the elderly woman who lived there, NBC 7 reports. The unidentified woman, said to be in her...

Why a Janitor, Cook Kept Working Without Pay

Things to be thankful for: people like Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez. StoryCorps revisits the story of the cook and the janitor, who worked at a California assisted living home that was abandoned by its management after the state pulled its operating license in October of last year, leaving roughly...

Kurt Cobain's Daughter Producing Documentary of Him

A new documentary about Kurt Cobain will debut next year on HBO, and this one has a twist—the singer's daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, will be executive producer, reports Entertainment Weekly . The documentary by Brett Morgen is billed as the first film about Cobain authorized by his family, though Pitchfork...

Why Pumping Breast Milk Isn't Same as Breastfeeding

With many working moms in the US enjoying only a few weeks of maternity leave, frequent and even exclusive pumping of breast milk is on the rise. And Virginia Thorley, a lactation consultant who has been investigating the limited research available on exclusive pumping and its consequences, says that while...

Five of Couple's 6 Kids Perish in Texas House Fire

A tight Texas community grieved last night during a vigil for five children who perished in a house fire yesterday morning. Officials confirmed to ABC-13 that they found a trailer home blazing around 5am in Edna, located about 90 minutes outside of Houston, with a 32-year-old mother and 30-year-old father...


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