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Police: Lakeland phone thief duped by selfie app Video included

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Police in Lakeland say a woman stole someone's smartphone, but first she had to take a selfie.

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Southwest Agent Removes Passenger All Because Of A Tweet Video included

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A Minnesota man was forced to get off a Southwest Airlines Flight because of a tweet.Duff Watson says the humiliating ordeal began Sunday July 20th, when he and his two children tried to board a flight from Denver to Minneapolis.Watson says he has priority boarding because he’s an “A-list customer.”But when he went to the gate, the agent wouldn’t allow his two children to board with him.Watson eventually tweeted about the horrible experience.The tweet stated, “Something to the effect of wow, ... More>>

Mother: 4-Year-Old Banned From Doughnut Shop Over Comment Video included

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4-year-old Justin Otero is a curious guy, but his curiosity got him into some trouble at his local Connecticut doughnut shop. More>>

Teen recovering after barracuda shreds arm, chest Video included

A teenage boy is recovering after a 5-foot barracuda apparently jumped into his father's boat and slashed his arm and chest. More>>

Mich. teen gets heart transplant for her 15th birthday

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A St. Clair County cheerleader was feeling fine when she got a routine EKG to check her heart rhythm. The results of that simple scan are so shocking - her life immediately changed forever. More>>

MUST SEE VIDEO: Whale lifts kayakers out of water

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Two kayakers' close encounter with a pod of whales turned into an even more special experience, when one of the animals lifted them completely out of the water. More>>

VA apologizes for leaving veteran at outpatient clinic

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A 53-year-old Marine Corps veteran is receiving an apology from the Department of Veterans Affairs after he says he was left by himself at the Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Orange City. More>>

Doctors Find Robbery Victim's Brain Tumor Video included

A Circle K store manager in Phoenix, Arizona, was beaten during a robbery in the early hours on May 24th, but the attack actually turned into a lifesaving event.

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Man run over by own street-sweeper

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Police say a street-sweeper operator was badly hurt after being run over by his own vehicle near Jefferson Circle SE and 4th Street N in St. Pete.
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Police: Man left 98-year-old mother in hot car outside Maryland casino for hours

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Authorities say a man is facing charges after leaving his 98-year-old mother--who is confined to a wheelchair-- in a hot car outside a Maryland casino for nearly five hours. More>>

Three common myths about ceiling fans Video included

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Most people think a ceiling fan cools the air and spins cheaply, but that's not the case. We also look at whether they keep bugs away, and whether it matters which way they spin.
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Wawa To Close First Store Opened 50 Years Ago Video included

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Wawa plans to close the first convenience store opened by the chain in the Philadelphia suburbs a half-century ago. More>>

Veteran Says He Escaped Attempted Armed Robber at Fast Food Drive-Thru Video included

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All a 59-year-old Navy veteran wanted was a cheeseburger when he placed an order at the Burger King drive-thru on Tilton Road in Egg Harbor Township. Instead he got a brush with death on Sunday.
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Children Chased Out Of Pond By 300 Pound Alligator Video included

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Terrifying moments unfolded in Texas after several children found themselves being chased out of a pond by an unexpected guest.

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UCF assigns incoming freshmen to live in closets and bathrooms Video included

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The Neptune student housing complex at the University of Central Florida is one of the nicer residence halls on campus.  While the closets and bathrooms are just as nice, they are no substitute for a dorm room.
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Rockville parents charged with keeping autistic twin sons locked up in dungeon-like basement Video included

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A Rockville couple has been arrested and charged with locking their 22-year-old twin sons with autism in the basement of their home. Police say the room had no lights and hardly anything for the men to sleep on.
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Shipping containers being transformed into apartment complex Video included

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How would you like to live in an 8-by-40 foot box? It could be the next big thing in affordable housing and it is becoming a reality in D.C.’s Brookland neighborhood.
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Police search for 'well-dressed' robbers Video included

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Police are searching for two men described as “well-dressed robbers.” More>>

97-Year-Old Ukulele Player Says He Was Kicked Out Of Retirement Home Video included

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A 97-year-old man says his retirement home gave him the boot over loud music. However, the home is singing a different tune.

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Miami mascot walks bride down the aisle

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Whether you're a Seminole, Gator, Bull or Hurricane, this is one of those moments to set aside your sporting differences.

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Five strange things you didn't know were contagious

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You know germs can be contagious, but doctors say there are some things you can catch no matter how many times you wash your hands. According to Prevention Magazine, here are five strange things you probably didn't know were contagious-- and you can probably relate to at least one of them. More>>

At 94, Betty Strohfus Boards Another B-17 Video included

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The AirExpo at Flying Cloud Airport is truly for aviation enthusiasts of all ages, but possibly one of the oldest veterans at the show has earned her stripes in more ways than one. More>>

Caught On Camera: Hot Air Balloon Crashes In Neighborhood Video included

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Clinton,MA- Five people were injured after a hot air balloon crashed in a Massachusetts neighborhood on Saturday. More>>

Local 86-Year-Old Woman Goes Skydiving Video included

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An entire family takes the plunge and goes skydiving, and the leader of the pack is their 86-year old grandmother. More>>

A Look At The Affluenza Controversy Video included

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Too rich and privileged to know right from wrong? It's called "affluenza," and some have tried to use it as a legal defense! Hear why a local man says the so-called affliction is very real.

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Strangers Come Together In 3-Way Kidney Transplant Video included

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Three couples were complete strangers until a Florida hospital ignited a special bond. More>>

Cleaning crew: We thought dead body was a mannequin Video included

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Two men cleaning out a vacant house mistook a dead body for a mannequin before they threw it out, investigators say. More>>

Tat spat: Michigan woman could be fired over ink

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A Michigan woman says her heart tattoo was okay when she was hired but now, years later, it all of a sudden became a deal breaker for her corporate bosses.
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Student Essays on the Holocaust Trigger More Outrage Video included

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In a packed school board chamber a Redlands Rabbi Hillel Cohn waves a yellow patch his cousin and all Jews were forced to wear in Nazi Germany. It is in the shape of a Star of David with the word “Jude” in the center.
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Deaf 6-Year-Old Gets Hearing Back Before Going Blind Video included

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6-year-old Henry loves super heroes, action figures and mine craft. The cat is his buddy, and brother Jack, his best friend. More>>

Kitten Survives After Being Found Covered In Glue Video included

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Officials in West Valley City, Utah are investigating a possible animal cruelty case. More>>

Haunting look at Nazi sub that sank in Gulf of Mexico

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Most Americans are not aware of how close Nazi U-boats came to our coast. But an underwater excursion in the Gulf of Mexico has succeeded in uncovering some long-forgotten ghosts of World War II. More>>

Where is the 'Balloon Boy' and his family now? Video included

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They claim to be the world's youngest heavy metal band. But their 11-year-old lead singer, Falcon Heene, has already been as famous as a rock star. Back in 2009, he was known to some as “Balloon Boy.” More>>

One epic photo: The moment I-75 parted a sea of rain

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Either Mother Nature was having one of her nice moments, or something else was at play. More>>

9-Year-Old Takes A Joyride With His Little Cousin Video included

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An investigation is underway after a 9-year-old boy takes his 4-year-old cousin for a joyride. More>>

Drink by drone: The high-flying new home bartender

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A new concept by Herman Haydin, a Ukrainian design student, aims to take all of the guesswork—and we mean all the work—out of home bartending.Yura flying robot bartenders are capable of making hot and cold beverages, cocktails and juices, up to 17 ounces, that can be calorie-customized for health conscious consumer, according to the Daily Mail. The drone mixes drinks on a flat surface, calculating facts like calories, carbs, fats, and temperature—before picking up the cup and handing it right... More>>

TV personality Courtney Stodden serves up veggie dogs in lettuce leaf bikini on Capitol Hill

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TV personality Courtney Stodden made her way to Capitol Hill to serve up veggie dogs at Wednesday's Congressional Veggie Dog Giveaway. Stodden made headlines when she was 16-years-old for marrying actor Doug Hutchinson, who is 34 years her senior.
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VIDEO: School of anchovies captured off San Diego coast

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It’s a sight to behold: an anchovy invasion, in the millions, off the coast of San Diego. More>>

Company sets limits on how long workers can use bathroom Video included

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Should an employer have any say in how much time you spend in the bathroom on company time? According to an article on CNN.com, Chicago's Watersaver Faucet Company installed swipe card systems on bathrooms at their factory in an attempt to limit bathroom breaks to 6 minutes or less. WaterSaver disciplined nineteen workers for what they call "excessive use" of washrooms. FOX 5’s Wisdom Martin has more. READ MORE: http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/15/smallbusiness/bathroom-time-penalty/ More>>

Near-naked girl, 4, leads investigators to mom's dead body

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A shocking discovery happened after a little girl led a couple to her Oklahoma City home.

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Pets' amenities rising trend for homebuilders

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- These homes are set apart by their amenities - for dogs. Standard Pacific Homes is building and selling homes in 27 developments from Florida to California and is believed to be the first to offer a pet suite as an option in every one. The suite is a 170-square-foot pet paradise with a step-in wash station, handheld sprayer and leash lead; tile walls and floors; a designated drying area with a commercial sized pet dryer; a water station; automated feeders; a large bunk-st... More>>

Camden Daycare Workers Find Gun In Child's Diaper Bag Video included

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An unusual discovery in a child's nursery bag by day care workers leads to an arrest of 25-year-old man.

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Investor submits signatures to split California into six states

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper began submitting signatures Tuesday for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to split California into six separate states, a move he said would create governments that are more manageable and responsive to residents' needs. More>>

Lay's newest flavor: Cappuccino?

American palates have changed considerably over the years, but is the country ready for cappuccino-flavored Lay's? More>>

Video: 3-year-old girl wakes at her own funeral

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An incredible video apparently shows a 3-year-old girl, who was declared dead, waking up before her funeral service at a Philippine church.  The video went viral and police confirmed the incident.
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VIDEO: 4-Year Old Girl Helps Lead Couple To Dead Body

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A shocking discovery happened after a little girl lead a couple to her Oklahoma City home.Jim Rowell and his wife spotted a four-year-old girl-nearly naked and without shoes and asked the girl where she lived."She looked like a little angel. She really did, with her pretty blue eyes and curly hair. We were wondering where the parents was. My wife got out and asked the little girl, 'Where is your momma,'" Rowell said.The little girl did not respond but instead led them to a white house, where ... More>>

Granny Embarks On 2500 Mile Kayak Trip

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The 63-year old grandmother from Troy, began her year-long journey on Friday when she began paddling from Yarmouth to Portland. More>>

Connecticut man arrested after stabbing watermelon

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BANTAM, Conn. – A 49-year-old Connecticut man faces threatening charges after a woman told police he stabbed a watermelon in a passive-aggressive manner.The Register Citizen of Torrington reports Carmine Cervellino of Thomaston was arraigned Monday on charges of threatening and disorderly conduct. He was released after posting a $500 bond.Police say the woman had gone to police on July 4 to report finding drugs, including marijuana, in Cervellino's tool box. He was not arrested.They say she l... More>>

Ohio woman arrested for refusing to leave motel, but ridiculous mugshot wins the internet

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An Ohio woman's mugshot is making the rounds after she was arrested for refusing to leave a motel room over the weekend--- and it's not hard to see why. 
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PHOTO FAIL: Groomsman's toe touch makes for "most disastrous wedding pic"

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They are calling it the “most disastrous wedding pic ever taken" as a groomsman’s attempt at a toe-touch turns into a bridesmaid’s biggest nightmare. More>>

Dog Looking For New Home After Being Dumped, Attacked By Boar Video included

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A boxer-mix named River is all smiles now, thanks to the lady at the end of her new leash More>>

Giant African snails seized at Los Angeles airport

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Inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized an unusually slimy package - 67 live giant African snails that are a popular delicacy across West Africa. More>>

Ohio woman arrested for refusing to leave motel, but ridiculous mugshot wins the internet

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WICKLIFFE, Ohio - An Ohio woman's mugshot is making the rounds after she was arrested for refusing to leave a motel room over the weekend--- and it's not hard to see why. More>>

Military tests robotic mule Video included

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The U.S. Marine Corps. has enlisted the help of a four-legged soldier. A robotic mule known as the Legged Squad Support System, or LS3, is taking part in military exercises in Hawaii. LS3 is designed to carry 400 pounds and travel 20 miles without refueling. The robot is operated by a Marine with a sensor strapped to his or her foot.  More>>

That raise? It was a mistake, Manatee County tells workers Video included

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A group of about two dozen Manatee County employees were awarded raises after undertaking extra training, only to be told the raises were a mistake, and would have to be paid back.
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UPDATED: Man Turns Himself In After Helping Fake Wife's Death, Cops Say

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A Gaston County man turns himself in after helping fake his wife's death, cops say.


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Lightning strike survivor tells his story Video included

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Dillon Steponaitis sat on his couch Thursday, with a slightly-burned boot on one foot and, on the other, a hospital sock covering a foot that can barely move, and is still partially numb. A lightning strike knocked Dillon unconscious Wednesday, and he spent several hours in the hospital before he was released. More>>

Dad calls 911 when son starts choking, dispatcher is baby's mom

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While training a dispatcher for the Marysville Police Department in California, a mother received a 911 phone call that she will never forget.By chance, Britney Melchor received a 911 call from a man saying that his 14-month-old son stopped breathing after choking on a small metal washer.According to the 911 call released by Fox40 Sac , Melchor was “audibly shaken” after realizing that Robert Kimball, her fiancé, was the one on the line.Over radio traffic you could hear her saying, “Can you r... More>>

Line cook finds 'GOD' spelled out in sliced eggplant

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A line cook at Ginos Restaurant in Baton Rouge saw a divine sight when he cut into an eggplant Monday. Chef Jermarcus Brady says he found the word GOD spelled out in seeds as he was salting and sauting the vegetables, Fox News affiliate WVUE reports. More>>

VIDEO: Father Relies On Technology During First Time Home With New Baby In Commercial

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A new commercial from Thailand is getting a lot of attention on the internet for showing how important it is to disconnect from technology.Any dad can relate to this left home alone for the first time with the new baby when she starts to cry!Take a look above. More>>

Prosecutor: Gang member fatally shot friend while waving gun around

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An accused gang member who told police he keeps a gun to protect himself from rivals accidentally shot and killed a member of his own gang while waving that weapon around outside a Southwest Side Walgreens over the Fourth of July weekend.
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Dog found in Ft. Worth turns out to be baby coyote Video included

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A Fort Worth woman recently found that what she thought was a dog turned out to be a coyote.
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Pilot buys pizza for stranded airline passengers

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A Frontier Airlines pilot helped take some of the sting out of an hours-long delay by ordering pizza for every passenger on his plane Monday evening.

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Man chokes to death at South Dakota hot dog eating contest

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CUSTER, S.D. – A Fourth of July hot dog eating contest in South Dakota turned tragic when a contestant choked to death.Custer County Sheriff Rick Wheeler tells the Rapid City Journal that 47-year-old Walter Eagle Tail, of Custer, died Thursday at a hospital after attempts to save him failed at the scene.The Custer Chamber of Commerce sponsored the contest. The group canceled a pie-eating contest scheduled for Friday.Chamber Executive Director Dave Ressler says the group is "at a loss for word... More>>

Northern Ireland bakery refuses to make Bert and Ernie gay wedding cake

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A bakery in Northern Ireland is under fire for refusing to make a gay-themed cake featuring the Bert and Ernie characters from the children's TV show "Sesame Street."According to The Guardian, Ashers Baking Company, which is run by Christians, released a statement defending its decision and said the slogan above the puppets was in support of gay marriage. The customer wanted to have a slogan from the group Queerspace on the cake, The Guardian reported. "The directors and myself looked at it a... More>>

Alligator in Atlantic Ocean sends Florida swimmers scrambling

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ORMOND-BY-THE-SEA, Fla. – An alligator floating in the Atlantic Ocean sent swimmers scrambling off Ormond-By-the Sea near Daytona Beach.Erin Smith of Tallahassee told The Daytona Beach News-Journal she first thought a piece of carpet was floating nearby as she and her family waded in the ocean on Monday morningBut soon a man farther out on the sandbar let them know it was an alligator and everyone headed for the beach.As lifeguards got everyone out of the water, the gator vanished under the w... More>>

Sleeping Yankees fan sues ESPN TV announcers

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NEW YORK – A Yankees fan has filed a $10 million lawsuit against two ESPN announcers contending they mocked him when he was caught on national television sleeping in his seat during a game at Yankee Stadium.Andrew Robert Rector admits in court documents he "napped" during a game against the Boston Red Sox on April 13, but says commentators Dan Shulman and John Kruk unleashed an "avalanche of disparaging words" against him. The suit says they used words like "fatty" and "stupid."Rector says he... More>>

Dream job? Netflix will pay you to watch stuff

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Say what?!? Netflix wants to give me money for watching movies? While I eat pizza and popcorn? More>>

Amazing photos capture tornado behind couple on wedding day Video included

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An amazing set of photographs captured a once in a lifetime experience for a Canadian couple. More>>

Will US cyborgs be the next to deploy?

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A new cyborg – part machine and part biological muscle – has taken its first steps. University of Illinois researchers, in a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, say their tiny new creature is the first robot that uses live muscle for power. The researchers, with funding from the National Science Foundation, have created a muscle-powered biological machine that can be controlled with an electric current. It could lead to a new generation of biologi... More>>

Pregnant upstate New York woman attacked by fox

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NEDROW, N.Y. (AP) -- A 30-year-old pregnant upstate New York woman is recovering from an attack by a rabid fox. Shannon Edwards of Nedrow just south of Syracuse tells The Post-Standard of Syracuse (http://bit.ly/1smPKPc ) the attack happened two weeks ago in the afternoon after she had returned home from a doctor's appointment with her 3-year-old son. Edwards says the fox was chasing her cat in circles outside her house, then looked at her and started biting her legs. Edwards, who is si... More>>

Burger King launching gay-friendly Whopper Video included

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Burger King is launching a gay-friendly Whopper. It reportedly will be wrapped in rainbow-stripes and is meant to show solidarity with the LGBT community. It's dubbed The Proud Whopper and is already being sold in San Francisco. More>>

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