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Sea Lion Rescued From Santa Barbara Oil Spill Dies At SeaWorld

Braden Goyette | May 23, 2015 | Green
LOS ANGELES, May 23 (Reuters) - A sea lion that became streaked with petroleum from an oil spill on California's Santa Barbara coastline this week has died after being taken to SeaWorld in San Diego to be cleaned and treated, officials said on Saturday. Up to 2,500 barrels (105,000 gallons)...

Sikh Man Who Removed Turban To Help Injured Boy Surprised When Friendly Strangers Return The Favor

Antonia Blumberg | May 23, 2015 | Religion
After a 22-year-old Sikh man removed his turban to help an injured boy, a handful of friendly strangers acted quickly to return the favor. Harman Singh, who lives in Auckland, New Zealand, heard screeching wheels and ran outside to find that Daejon Pahia had been hit by...

NSA Winds Down Phone-Records Collection Program

Braden Goyette | May 23, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Barring an 11th hour...

Pipeline That Leaked Oil Onto California Coast Didn't Have Auto Shut-Off Valve

Braden Goyette | May 23, 2015 | Green
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The pipeline that leaked thousands of gallons of oil on the California coast was the only pipe of its kind in the county not required to have an automatic shut-off valve because of a court fight nearly three decades ago, a county official said. The original...

Khloe Kardashian Stuns In Sheer-Paneled Dress

Lily Karlin | May 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Khloe Kardashian rocks a sheer black dress while hosting a Memorial Day weekend party at 1 OAK Nightclub at the Mirage Hotel & Casino on Friday, May 22 in Las Vegas.

Sweden Wins 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

Braden Goyette | May 23, 2015 | Entertainment
VIENNA (AP) — Sweden won the 60th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, finishing ahead of Russia, whose contestant received some boos as the Ukraine conflict spilled over into the continent's largest songfest. Italy came in third. Australia, which was given a wild-card entry for this year due to its enthusiastic...

The Insurance Scam That's Fleecing Low-Income Drivers, And How Police Are Making It Worse

Braden Goyette | May 23, 2015 | Politics
One evening last month, as custodian Tracy Martin took in a Detroit Pistons game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, her cell phone rang. “They’re towing your car,” her husband, who is paralyzed, told her. Later, when Martin arrived home, she found a flyer left behind by the Highland Park...

'Avengers' Strangely Makes More Sense With Bad Lip Reading

Bill Bradley | May 23, 2015 | Comedy
With so many things going on in the "Avengers" movies, it's surprising Ultron just didn't short-circuit from trying to keep up with the plot. Now, for fans who love the movies -- but have no idea what's going on -- the Bad Lip Reading YouTube channel is here...

Tom Cruise's Epic Couch Jump Happened Exactly 10 Years Ago

Lily Karlin | May 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Tom Cruise waves to the cameras while walking on the set of his upcoming film Mena on Friday, May 22 in Atlanta, Ga.

Missouri Man Accused Of Keeping Woman In Crate Killed By Cops

Simon McCormack | May 23, 2015 | Crime
MARIA SUDEKUM, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of holding his former girlfriend captive in a crate at their home in western Missouri then fatally shooting her and her teenage son, was shot and killed Saturday, authorities said. Law enforcement officers killed James Barton...

Watch Lindsey Graham Roll His Eyes As Rand Paul Speaks About Ending Bulk Collection Of Phone Records

Sam Levine | May 23, 2015 | Politics
Not even U.S. senators are exempt from a little eye-rolling. That's exactly what Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) did Friday night when Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) began speaking as the Senate debated whether to end the government's bulk collection of phone records. The Senate voted on Friday to block legislation that would have ended the bulk collection program, but lawmakers were forced to stay past midnight at the Capitol as Paul objected to multiple short-term extensions of the Patriot Act that would have preserved the bulk collection of phone records. Unable to extend the legislation, lawmakers will have to try again next week before the law expires at midnight on June 1. Paul, who is running for president, spoke for 10 ½ hours this week on the Senate floor about his objection to the bulk collection program. Graham, who favors extending the law, is expected to announce on June 1 that he is seeking the Republican nomination. Watch the video above. H/T Steven Dennis...

Here's Everything You Need To Know About Obama's Trade Deal In One Short Speech

Sam Levine | May 23, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) took to the Senate floor Friday evening to make a point-by-point analysis of why a trade deal being negotiated by President Barack Obama would harm the United States. Merkley's comments came as the Senate voted to give Obama "fast track" authority that...

Grandmother Gives Birth To Quadruplets At Age 65

Braden Goyette | May 23, 2015 | Fifty
BERLIN, May 23 (Reuters) - A 65-year-old German grandmother gave birth to quadruplets at a Berlin hospital this week, with the three boys and a girl born prematurely at 26 weeks being in good health and having a good chance of survival, German TV network RTL reported on Saturday. The...

Johnny Depp Gives The Worst Advice Ever In New 'Black Mass' Trailer

Bill Bradley | May 23, 2015 | Entertainment
The new "Black Mass" trailer probably isn't for young, impressionable kids, but for everyone else it's a pretty great time. "If nobody sees it, it didn't happen," Johnny Depp tells his young son in trailer number two, which premiered during the NBA playoffs on Friday. It's terrible advice, not only...

Islamic State Group Radio Claims Saudi Arabia Mosque Suicide Attack

Braden Goyette | May 23, 2015 | World
CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia, warning that more "black days" loom ahead in a direct challenge to the rulers of the Sunni kingdom. Friday's attack was the kingdom's deadliest militant assault since a 2004 al-Qaida...

Josh Duggar Records Destroyed By Arkansas Police At Judge's Request

Hilary Hanson | May 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Police in Arkansas have destroyed records detailing the investigation into sexual abuse allegations against TLC's "19 Kids and Counting" star Josh Duggar. “The judge ordered us yesterday to expunge that record,” Springdale Police spokesman Scott Lewis told The Associated Press on Friday. "As far as the Springdale Police...

Stunning Jennifer Aniston Throwback Will Give You Major '90s Nostalgia

Lily Karlin | May 23, 2015 | Entertainment
Jennifer Aniston was basically the quintessential '90s woman. If you didn't literally have the Rachel haircut, you probably at least tuned in to watch the character on "Friends" each week to idolize and/or fall in love with her. Now, you can relive that magic with a #tbt photo depicting...

Ohio Gov. John Kasich: 'We Must Respect' Michael Brelo Acquittal

Sam Levine | May 23, 2015 | Politics
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) said Saturday that residents must respect the decision of a judge to acquit a Cleveland police officer of manslaughter for his involvement in a 2012 incident in which 13 police officers shot an unarmed black man and woman 137 times. "The court has...

Burundi Opposition Figure Zedi Furuzi Shot Dead In Capital, Activist Says

Nick Robins-Early | May 23, 2015 | World
* Worst crisis since end of civil war in 2005 * Protests erupted after president announced third-term bid * Unrest worries region with history of ethnic conflict (Adds details from scene, background) By Clement Manirabarusha and Njuwa Maina BUJUMBURA, May 23 (Reuters) - A Burundi opposition figure and his bodyguard...

Ireland Gay Marriage Vote Spurs Emotional Celebrations, In Photos

Nick Robins-Early | May 23, 2015 | World
Ireland held a historic referendum on same-sex marriage on Saturday, with a resounding majority of voters backing legalization. The result makes Ireland the first country in the world to adopt gay marriage through popular vote. Around 62 percent of citizens who headed to the polls voted yes to...