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Suspect Held After 3 California Deputies Shot

An assailant shot and killed a Sacramento County sheriff's deputy and wounded two other deputies and a bystander today during a series of shootings that spanned more than 30 miles through two California counties. After a search in the Sierra Nevada foothills this afternoon, a suspect has been taken into...

Chicago to Swab 'L' Riders for Explosives

Chicago police will screen the bags of passengers getting on the city's CTA trains in what the department calls a "proactive, protective measure," the Chicago Tribune reports. "We know that surface transportation has been targeted in other places in the past"—places like Madrid and New York—and police "want...

NY, NJ to Require Quarantine After Ebola Contact

The governors of New Jersey and New York today ordered a mandatory, 21-day quarantine for all doctors and other arriving travelers who have had contact with Ebola victims in West Africa. The move comes after a New York City doctor who returned to the US from treating Ebola victims in...

Remains IDed as Hannah Graham's

Medical officials have confirmed that remains found last week belong to missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham, the Daily Progress reports. Police have notified her parents. "When we started this journey together, we all hoped for a happier ending," they say in a statement, per CNN . "Sadly, that was...

School Shooter Was Freshman Homecoming King

The gunman in a school shooting near Seattle —identified by fellow students as Jaylen Fryberg—was named freshman homecoming king just days ago, CNN reports. The victims were Fryberg's friends, says one witness: "It wasn't just random." He "came up from behind ... and fired about six bullets into the backs...

New Harry Potter Story Coming on Halloween

A new Harry Potter story is on its way. JK Rowling has announced the story's debut on Potter website Pottermore.com , the New York Daily News reports. Appropriately for Halloween, the story will deal with the frightening Professor Umbridge, whom Rowling notes is "not only one of the most malicious...

ISIS Used Chlorine Against Iraqi Cops: Report

On the heels of reports that ISIS militants are learning to fly fighter jets , Iraqi officials say the group has also used chemical weapons—specifically, chlorine gas. Eleven Iraqi police officers were hospitalized on Sept. 15 after being poisoned by the stuff, according to doctors, and the officers say ISIS...

Cops: School Shooter Dead Near Seattle

A shooter who opened fire in a high school near Seattle is dead, police say. He reportedly shot other students at Marysville-Pilchuck High School before taking his own life, but the details are still firming up. The Seattle Times reports that one of his victims is dead and that four...

Scientist Kills Spider, Gets Death Threats

The killing of a spider doesn't normally trigger death threats, but it does apparently if the spider's demise makes national headlines. Harvard researcher Piotr Naskrecki found this out the hard way after his account of finding a spider the size of a puppy in Guyana went viral earlier this month....

Giant Snake Has Virgin Birth

Sorry, gents, you might be getting phased out of the reproduction loop—at least when it comes to the world's longest snakes. Thelma, a 200-pound, 20-foot-long reticulated python who lives at Kentucky's Louisville Zoo with her female roommate Louise, gave birth in 2012 to six female babies. This wasn't only...

Bystander to Dying Soldier in Canada: 'You're a Good Man'

Immediately after Canadian soldier Nathan Cirillo was shot yesterday , a handful of bystanders ran to his aid. One was lawyer Barbara Winters, whose account is told at Macleans and in an interview with the CBC . As the team of strangers performed CPR and tried in vain to save the 24-year-old,...

Antarctic Thaw Reveals Explorer's 100-Year-Old Journal

Surgeon, zoologist, and photographer George Murray Levick took part in a 1910-1913 Antarctic expedition as part of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's crew, and while Scott perished on a journey back from the South Pole, Levick made it off the continent alive. He didn't accompany Scott to the pole, but survived...

Only One Thing May Force Jeff Bezos to Calm Down

Amazon stock tanked yesterday after a lousy quarterly earnings report, and the big question is whether this reality check will change the way Jeff Bezos operates, writes Brad Stone at Bloomberg Businessweek . The company "is spending wildly on new initiatives": everything from new "fulfillment centers" to grocery deliveries to expansion...

What the Queen's First Tweet Said

Queen Elizabeth II has sent her first tweet —though not from a personal Twitter account, and it's unclear if she even personally wrote it. Today's course of events: While opening a new gallery in central London's Science Museum, the 88-year-old monarch removed a glove and used an iPad to tweet...

Facebook Goes '90s With Chat 'Rooms' App

Facebook's "anonymity" app is finally revealed, and as PC Magazine reports, it's "a throwback to the popular chat rooms of the mid-90s"—with a few modern updates. The Rooms app , currently available only for iPhone, lets users create rooms to chat about whatever interests them. Not only do users not...

Honey Boo Boo Canceled After Child Molester Claims

Little Alana Thompson's reality-TV career is over, at least on TLC. A TMZ report yesterday claimed that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch June Shannon is dating a convicted child molester who abused one of Shannon's own 8-year-old relatives—and now TLC has officially axed the hit show. "TLC has...

Anonymous Bidder Wants to Buy 6K Detroit Properties

Someone in Detroit really wants the city's rundown residences—thousands of them. A mystery bidder has offered $3.2 million to scoop up a huge batch of foreclosures (many of them due to owed taxes) in an open auction held by Wayne County, Businessweek reports. The county, which is trying...

Dallas Nurse Nina Pham Free of Ebola

A dose of good news on Ebola to counter the bad in New York City : Dallas nurse Nina Pham is free of the virus, reports WUSA-TV . The 29-year-old was released today from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., where she had been in isolation. Pham herself appeared at...

Why the Fight for Kobani Matters

It's a safe bet that most Americans had never heard of the town of Kobani , Syria, a few weeks ago. Now, however, a common school of thought seems to be, "As Kobani goes, so goes the war on ISIS." In an editorial today, the New York Times declares that the...

Guy Beat by Police Gets $1K, Lawyers Get $459K

Anthony Warren doesn't have much to show for his five-year legal battle with police. The Alabama man ran over an officer during a 20-minute high-speed chase back in 2008 before he crashed and was thrown from the vehicle. It was at that point, however, that an officer's dash cam caught...

Keanu Reeves Back on Top in John Wick

An ex-hitman gets back to business after losing his wife and his dog in John Wick . The flick starring Keanu Reeves, Swedish actor Michael Nyqvist, and Game of Thrones ' Alfie Allen is much like your typical action movie, but with a few surprises. (And a neat side note: First-time...

Whales Got So Big After Super-Sized Shark Died Out

Great white sharks have nothing on the ancient megalodon, which grew up to 50 feet in length and sported teeth as long as 7 inches. And now scientists have their firmest timeframe yet for when the creature went extinct. Scientists at the University of Florida in Gainesville report this week...

Guns OK in Nebraska Senior Photos If 'Tasteful'

It's a new twist on the guns-in-schools debate: A district in central Nebraska has told seniors it's OK to pose with firearms in their senior portraits, which are taken off campus. The students in the Broken Bow district, however, have to abide by a few rules, reports the Omaha World-Herald...

Joan Didion Documentary Funded on Kickstarter

The early results of a new Kickstarter campaign make it safe to say that the world very much wants to see a documentary on author Joan Didion. In its first day, the funding campaign exceeded its goal of $80,000, reports Time . By this morning, it had reached $123,000...

Historian: Shroud of Turin a Medieval Prop

You can add one more name to the list of those claiming the Shroud of Turin dates only to medieval times . According to British historian Charles Freeman, Jesus' supposed burial cloth—believed by many to show his image after crucifixion—is a 14th-century prop that was likely used during an...

5 Craziest Crimes of the Week

An ill-fated attempt to bust into an ex-boyfriend's home and a drunk driver lost in the worst possible place are among the weirdest crime stories of the week: Some Ways Are Easier Than Others to Visit Your Ex : A tip for would-be home invaders: You might consider attempting to break...

Woman Charged With Hiding 6 Dead Infants in Locker

Police in Winnipeg have charged a 40-year-old woman with six counts of concealing a body after they found the remains of six infants in a storage locker she rented. But the Toronto Star reports that it could be months before forensic tests determine how the babies died and whether Andrea...

Easter Islanders Not as Isolated as Thought

Easter Island, or Rapa Nui, is such a remote speck of rock in the Pacific Ocean that it has been nicknamed "navel of the world." Yet a review of genetic data of 27 natives suggests the islanders made contact with outsiders hundreds of years before the first Europeans arrived from...

NYC Isolates Ebola Doctor's Fiancee, Friends

America's biggest city is facing an enormous challenge: how to track down people who came into contact with an Ebola-infected doctor who traveled on three subway lines, jogged for miles, and even went bowling the day before he reported symptoms. Epidemiologists in New York City are using information from the...

Clinton Probe Mistreated 'Hysterical' Lewinsky

FBI agents and government lawyers treated Monica Lewinsky so disgracefully that even a prosecutor said it had an "unsettling effect on his own state of mind," according to a government report obtained by the Washington Post . The review conducted by government lawyers in 2000 describes how Lewinsky repeatedly asked to...


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