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Truck Slams Into Religious Procession In Central Mexico, Killing 16 And Injuring Dozens

Jade Walker | July 30, 2015 | World
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican officials say 16 people are dead and 30 injured after an out-of-control truck that lost its brakes slammed into a religious procession in central Mexico. The government of the north-central state of Zacatecas said in a statement that the accident occurred in the town of...

Water At Some Olympic Venues In Rio de Janeiro Reportedly Contain Virus Levels On Par With Raw Sewage

Jade Walker | July 30, 2015 | Sports
  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Athletes competing in next year's Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found. An...

Presenting Baby Elephant vs. Swallows. Because Battles Should Always Be This Cute

Dominique Mosbergen | July 30, 2015 | Good News
  In this adorable video, watch as a baby elephant living in Kruger National Park in South Africa chases after a flock of low-flying swallows. It’s hard to say who wins the bout (though the birds sure look like they're holding their own), but there's no question about it. The wee elephant is a victor in our hearts.  H/T: Mashable    Also on...

Matson To Pay $15 Million For Devastating Hawaii Molasses Spill

Carla Herreria | July 30, 2015 | Business
HONOLULU (AP) — A major shipping company has agreed to pay more than $15 million to compensate for a 2013 molasses spill in Honolulu Harbor, Hawaii's attorney general said Wednesday. Attorney General Doug Chin called the settlement with Hawaii-based Matson Navigation Co. one of the...

Panda Accused Of Faking Pregnancy To Get Better Food, Air Conditoning

Dominique Mosbergen | July 30, 2015 | Weird News
  Keepers at the Taipei Zoo were excited. Resident giant panda Yuan Yuan was exhibiting signs of pregnancy -- an all-too-elusive event among captive pandas. There were tell-tale symptoms, like a loss of appetite and a thickening of the uterus. Yuan Yuan’s fecal progesterone concentration was...

Will Dana, Rolling Stone Managing Editor, To Leave In Wake Of Retracted Gang Rape Article

Michael Calderone | July 29, 2015 | Media
 NEW YORK -- Will Dana, the managing editor of Rolling Stone, is leaving the publication in August, four months after the magazine retracted a bogus story about a gang rape at the University of Virginia, a spokeswoman confirmed.  Dana, who spent nearly two decades at the magazine, oversaw...

Will Dana, Rolling Stone’s Managing Editor, To Depart

Andrew Hart | July 29, 2015 | Media
Will Dana, the managing editor of Rolling Stone, will leave the magazine, just months after a controversial article about a supposed gang rape at the University of Virginia was retracted.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg Reflects On A Polarizing Term One Month Out

Samantha Lachman | July 29, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reflected on a polarizing term that featured major decisions on marriage equality, health care and housing discrimination on Wednesday evening in a conversation with Duke Law professor Neil Siegel. Though the court’s term, which wrapped up exactly...

'Law & Order' Director Jace Alexander Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

Andy Campbell | July 29, 2015 | Entertainment
Jason "Jace" Alexander, director of the TV series "Law & Order," was arrested on child pornography charges Wednesday, accused of possessing and disseminating videos of young girls engaging in sex acts. Alexander, 50, of Dobbs Ferry, New York, was accused of using an Internet torrent service to send...

Anti-Abortion Group Can't Release More Sting Videos, Court Says

Marina Fang | July 29, 2015 | Politics
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Family Gunned Down By Stranded Driver They Were Trying To Help

Andy Campbell | July 29, 2015 | Crime
BILLILNGS, Mont. (AP) -- A man who was stopped along a road on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation gunned down a family who tried to help him Wednesday, killing the couple and wounding their daughter, a relative said. The FBI confirmed that two people were killed and a third...

Florida Gun Store Sued After Declaring 'Muslim-Free Zone'

Andrew Hart | July 29, 2015 | Religion
A Florida gun store that proclaimed itself a Muslim-free zone was sued on Wednesday in federal court by the state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations on the grounds that the restriction is discriminatory. The lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in Fort Lauderdale accuses...

Groping Photo Creates Touchy Situation For Pennsylvania Teacher

David Moye | July 29, 2015 | Weird News
Things may be getting touchy for a teacher in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, because of a photo allegedly showing two female students touching her breasts. The photo posted to Instagram shows Amy Douglas, a science and chemistry teacher for the Rochester Area School District, making a goofy face as two hands paw at her chest. The photo was taken in May, around the time the district held its annual prom, which was organized and chaperones by Douglas, KDKA TV reports.  The original photo caption read, “Everyone be jealous we got to touch Dougies boobs,” according to The photo's been deleted from Instagram and said it cropped out the faces of the students in the picture. The students fondling Douglas were seniors at the time who've since graduated, according to the New York Daily News.  Officials with the Rochester Area School District told reporters they aware of the photo and are...

Mia Farrow Faces Backlash For Tweeting Address Of Dentist Who Killed Cecil The Lion

Stephanie Marcus | July 29, 2015 | Entertainment
NEW YORK (AP) — Mia Farrow took some Twitter heat Wednesday for joining other angry social media posters and blasting out the business address of the dentist who killed the beloved lion Cecil in Zimbabwe. Some apparently thought the actress had listed Walter Palmer's home address...

Hillary Clinton To Appear Before Benghazi Committee

Mollie Reilly | July 29, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on Oct. 22 before the U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, the committee said on Wednesday. "Secretary Clinton's attorney, Mr. David Kendall, late today confirmed she has accepted...

Tom Brady Sues Over Deflategate And Claims Innocence

Andrew Hart | July 29, 2015 | Sports
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady took the fight over his "Deflategate" suspension to social media and federal court on Wednesday, and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft backed the three-time Super Bowl MVP, saying "I was wrong to put my faith in the league." One day...

James Holmes' Mom Sobs, Saying Psychiatrist Didn't Warn Of Bloodlust

Andy Campbell | July 29, 2015 | Crime
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) -- James Holmes' mother insisted Wednesday that she would "have been crawling on all fours" to reach him had she known he was talking about killing people weeks before he ambushed a crowded Colorado movie theater. Arlene Holmes said her son's campus...

Lost Cat Reunited With Michigan Family After 19 Months In Hawaii

Landess Kearns | July 29, 2015 | Good News
After waiting 19 months and traveling 4,500 miles, one extremely lucky cat was finally reunited with his owners last Friday. In December 2013, as the Sutherland family was preparing to fly from Hawaii to Michigan for a permanent move, one family member was nowhere to be found. Bogie, their Siamese cat, had escaped from his kennel as he was being secured in the cargo hold at Honolulu International Airport.  A representative from United Airlines told Hawaii news source KHON2 that airport employees searched for the cat following his escape, but could not find him.  "Weeks went by. Months went by and, you know, pretty much we'd given up hope," Hillary Sutherland, the cat's owner, told Honolulu's KITV. Bogie was missing in Honolulu for more than a year and half -- until Bill Antilla came along. About six months ago, Antilla, a volunteer with Hawaii CatFriends, spotted something peculiar among the pack of stray cats he tended to near the Honolulu airport: a neutered Siamese cat that was friendlier than the typical stray.  Thinking the cat might have a microchip, Antilla gained the cat's trust over the course of several months and eventually captured him. Luckily, Antilla was right. The Siamese cat was Bogie, and his microchip scan showed that his family was living in Detroit. Domesticated cats are "not used to being on the street," Antilla told Honolulu's KITV. "They don't know how to survive. They get attacked by other cats and get injured. But, this cat is one of the lucky ones." Soon after, Bogie was being loaded onto a plane to be reunited with his family, 4,500 miles away. He was reunited with the Sutherlands on Friday. "I honestly didn't think that we would ever, ever, ever see him again so now that we do get to see him and he gets to be reunited with the family, it's amazing," Hillary Sutherland told Detroit News source WXYZ. "It's going to be even better when I get him home." Also on...

Rolling Stone Sued By UVa Students Over Rape Story

Andrew Hart | July 29, 2015 | College
NEW YORK, July 29 (Reuters) - Three University of Virginia graduates on Wednesday filed a defamation lawsuit in New York against Rolling Stone magazine, its publisher Wenner Media and a journalist over a now-debunked 2014 article describing a fraternity gang rape. The three men, all 2013 graduates...

Revised AP U.S. History Standards Will Emphasize American Exceptionalism

Paige Lavender | July 29, 2015 | Politics
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The company behind Advanced Placement courses for U.S. high school students will release a revision to the standards for AP U.S. history on Thursday morning, after significant pushback from conservatives who claimed the redesigned course framework, released last year, painted American history in too negative a light.