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Hong Kong: World's Most Polite Protesters?

After a feared crackdown never materialized, thousands of pro-democracy protesters remained on the streets of Hong Kong for another day today as China marked the National Day holiday. Even as the numbers of protesters blocking key parts of the city swelled, one of the things that most surprised the world's...

The Dallas Ebola Case: What You Need to Know

The US has seen its first Ebola diagnosis , but there's no reason to panic, officials say: "There's all the difference in the world between the US and parts of Africa where Ebola is spreading," notes CDC director Thomas Frieden. "There is no doubt in my mind that we will stop...

Why 35K Walruses Crowded Onto This Beach

What a loss of sea ice looks like: an estimated 35,000 walruses, crowded on one stretch of Alaskan beach. Images taken on Saturday via plane as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's annual marine animal survey capture just that. The enormous grouping of the mammals near the...

Cops: Wife Kills LA-Area Mayor

The town of Bell Gardens in Los Angeles County has been stunned by the murder of its mayor, who police say was shot dead by his wife during a domestic dispute that also involved their 19-year-old son. Daniel Crespo, 45, was shot several times by his wife, Levette, after the...

White Woman Given Sperm From Black Donor Sues

A lawsuit from a white woman in Ohio says that while she and her white partner love their "beautiful, obviously mixed-race baby girl," they definitely didn't order sperm from a black donor and the mix-up is making life tough in their "racially intolerant" all-white town. Jennifer Cramblett says the Midwest...

Microsoft Skips Windows 9, Announces Windows 10

Windows 8 didn't exactly set the world alight—market research firms say the number of computers running it is a fraction of those still using Windows XP—and Microsoft has decided to skip a number and go straight to 10 for its latest operating system. "Windows 10 will be our...

California Gets Statewide Plastic Bag Ban

After some will-he-or-won't-he speculation, California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed America's first statewide ban on single-use plastic bags into law . "This bill is a step in the right direction—it reduces the torrent of plastic polluting our beaches, parks, and even the vast ocean itself," the governor says. "We're the...

Gaza's Lions Find New Home

A trio of scrawny lions was brought into Israel from Gaza yesterday en route to a better life at a wildlife sanctuary in Jordan after their zoo was damaged in the recent Israel-Hamas war. The three, a pair of males and a pregnant female, were sedated at Al-Bisan zoo in...

Tracy Morgan: Walmart Is Blaming Me ?

Walmart's new strategy of blaming Tracy Morgan for the injuries he suffered when a company truck plowed into his limo has caught the attention of Morgan himself. "After I heard what Walmart said in court, I felt I had to speak out," reads a statement from the comedian. "I can't...

Dutch Killer Van der Sloot Is a Father

Imprisoned Dutch killer Joran Van der Sloot is now a father. Van der Sloot's attorney says the girl was born Sunday in Lima, Peru—far from the remote prison where Van der Sloot is serving a 28-year sentence for killing a Peruvian business student in 2010. He also remains the...

Secret Service Let Obama on Elevator With Armed Felon

And the hits just keep on coming for the Secret Service: The Washington Examiner today reports on yet another serious lapse in security involving President Obama. The latest incident occurred just two weeks ago when the president traveled to Atlanta to visit the CDC—and ended up in an elevator...

Bats' Lethal Error: Mistaking Turbines for Trees

Scientists trying to figure why tens of thousands of bats are killed by wind turbines each year think they've figured out a key piece of the puzzle: The bats think the turbines are trees, reports Nature World News . Using thermal and infra-red surveillance cameras, researchers discovered that the bats deliberately...

First Case of Ebola Diagnosed in US

The world's Ebola outbreak has officially reached the US. The CDC today confirmed the first diagnosis in the nation, reports NBC Fort Worth-Dallas . The patient, who is in isolation at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, had recently traveled to Liberia in West Africa and developed symptoms about five...

Jail Doesn't Notice Inmate Escaped

An inmate's escape from a jail in Washington state went undetected for two days last week until the man's defense lawyer stopped for a visit and couldn't find his client. The Daily Herald reports that 19-year-old Rhyan Vasquez is now back in custody in Marysville City Jail, north of Seattle,...

Cops Find 2 Pipe Bombs in Hunt for Survivalist

Authorities on the trail of suspected trooper-killer Eric Frein have found diapers , cigarettes, and now two pieces of evidence with more sinister overtones: two fully functional pipe bombs, reports the Scranton Times-Tribune . Pennsylvania police, however, say Frein never got a chance to deploy the bombs because they were "hastily discarded"...

Doctors Remove 9-Pound Hairball From Teen's Stomach

Ayperi Alekseeva, 18, had been struggling with bad stomach pains. When it got to the point that she couldn't eat or drink without getting sick and she started losing weight, the Kyrgyzstan teen went to a hospital in the capital, Bishkek—where doctors determined she had a ball of hair...

NFL: We Blew It on Penalty Over Muslim Prayer

The NFL is getting quicker with its mea culpas: Amid another growing controversy , the league admitted its mistake today in penalizing a player over a Muslim prayer on the field last night, reports the Kansas City Star . In the game, referees flagged Chiefs player Husain Abdullah, a devout Muslim, after...

Terrible Restaurant Service Elicits ... Understanding

The restaurant service was awful. "Took 20 minutes to get water, 40 minutes for an appetizer and over an hour for our entree," wrote Makenzie Schultz in a Facebook post . "Yeah, it was pretty terrible." But rather than one of the knee-jerk rants that clog newsfeeds everywhere, Schultz's post was...

FCC Nixes Decades-Old NFL Blackout Rule

Football fans may still experience occasional blackouts of local NFL games on TV—but it won't be because of the FCC anymore. In a unanimous 5-0 vote today, the commission repealed a law that has been in place since 1975 to prevent cable and satellite television providers from showing games...

Cops Bust Fleeing Man Thanks to His Cologne

Best line in a police report in a while: "Agosto mentioned he regretted applying cologne on his person prior to leaving his house." It comes via police in Lebanon, Ore., in reference to Charles Agosto, reports KPTV . Cops say the 35-year-old refused to stop after a traffic violation and led...

What America Really Needs: Marijuana Bars

Malcolm Harris doesn't have a problem with more bars —he just thinks those bars should sell pot, not alcohol. In an opinion piece for Al-Jazeera America , Harris offers his take on how marijuana bars would give Americans more palatable gathering spaces with fewer health risks, creating an "urban-planning win-win" and...

In a First, Falcon Has Cataract Surgery

It's a birding milestone: A falcon in New Hampshire has undergone eye surgery to remove cataracts and has received new synthetic lenses. Banner, a 4-year-old falcon, lost its sight and hasn't been able to fly or hunt for the past two years. This week, a team at Capital Veterinary Emergency...

Romney Explains His 'Mistake' in 47% Remarks

The day's buzziest political story is one from next week's New York Times ' Sunday Magazine with the provocative headline, "Mitt Isn't Ready to Call It Quits." The story by Mark Leibovich doesn't drop any 2016 bombshells, but it observes that Romney is "noticeably playing along" with the chatter that...

Transparent Is 'Best Show of the Year'

Critics are applauding Transparent , the new 10-episode series that's putting Amazon Prime in the spotlight. Multiple reviews call the show, which tells the story of a family whose patriarch has begun living as a woman, "transcendent": It's touching, believable, and extremely funny. Among the comments: "Start hitting up your friends...

Secret Service: White House Front Doors Now Lock Automatically

Today's Walk of Shame is brought to you by Julia Pierson, director of the bumbling Secret Service currently being grilled by frothing members of the House Oversight Committee on the not-inconsequential matter of how a heavily-armed Omar Gonzalez was able to get deep inside the White House . Calling the lapse...

Iran to Hang Woman for Killing Would-Be Rapist

It appears Rayhaneh Jabbari will not die today, but the 26-year-old Iranian woman's plight continues to grab international headlines. Jabbari has been sentenced to death for the 2007 killing of a would-be rapist, and Fox News yesterday reported that she managed to place a phone call to her mother saying...

Suspect: Realtor Targeted Because She Was Rich, Worked Alone

A little more light is perhaps being shed on the death of real estate agent Beverly Carter : A suspect in the murder, Arron Lewis, told reporters that Carter was targeted because "she was a woman that worked alone—a rich broker," Fox News reports. But he's not saying he was...

Forget Enterovirus: RSV Kills Kids

Enterovirus-68—a respiratory illness for which there's no specific treatment, according to the CDC —has sent hundreds of people (mostly kids) to the hospital nationwide: By last count, there were 443 cases reported in 40 states, NBC News notes. But one doctor says that the illness may be a bit...

Michael Phelps Charged With DUI

Michael Phelps was charged early today with driving under the influence, reports TMZ —the second such charge the swimmer has faced in 10 years. Sources tell the site he was pulled over in his native Maryland, reportedly going 84mph in a 45mph zone, and that he "bombed" his field sobriety...

Catalonia's Quest for Independence Hits Roadblock

This weekend, the leader of Spain's Catalonia region officially approved a vote on independence Nov. 9—but the Spanish government has quickly come down against it. Today, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the referendum, at odds with the country's constitution, couldn't be held, the New York Times reports. And Spain's...


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