• Woman seeks rescue from boyfriend in online pizza order

    AVON PARK, Fla. (AP) — A central Florida woman helped save herself and her children by sending a message in an online pizza order that asked employees to call 911 because she was being held hostage.

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  • US calls off protection mission for US-flagged vessels in Gulf

    The US Navy has halted a mission to accompany American-flagged vessels passing through the Strait of Hormuz, the Pentagon said Wednesday, in a sign of reduced tensions in the strategic waterway. The protection mission had been ordered last week after a Marshall Islands-flagged ship was seized by…

    AFP
  • The Fascinating Story Behind Why So Many Nail Technicians Are Vietnamese

    Most Americans recognize Tippi Hedren for her starring role in Alfred Hitchcock’s horror film The Birds—but among the Vietnamese American community, her reputation is for something a little more serious: being a cornerstone of the immigrant community's economy. Forty years ago, the Hollywood actor…

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  • Michigan boy held in basement says stepmother led him to hiding spot

    By Serena Maria Daniels DETROIT (Reuters) - A Michigan boy who was found emaciated in his own basement after an 11-day manhunt last year told a court on Wednesday that his stepmother led him to a downstairs hiding spot and urged him to remain quiet while authorities searched for him. The Wayne…

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  • California considers rules for making seawater drinkable amid drought

    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) - Water regulators in drought-stricken California on Wednesday were set to adopt new rules for desalination plants designed to make seawater drinkable in the latest effort to shore up water supplies as dry conditions stretch into a fourth year. The…

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  • 'Ultimate Survival Alaska' personality found dead in Alaska

    FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An outdoorsman and past character on National Geographic's reality show "Ultimate Survival Alaska" has been found shot dead, and Alaska State Troopers were investigating the case as a homicide.

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  • Navy SEAL Workout Anyone Can Do: How It Came to Be

    While on deployment in the 1990s, Navy SEAL Randy Hetrick ran into a problem: How do you maintain a world-class level of physical fitness without anywhere to train? He tied a knot in the belt and threw it over the top of a door and started leaning back and lifting his body weight. Then, he dug out…

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    The Trans-Pacific partnership (14 photos)

    President Obama is seeking negotiating authority to complete a 12-nation Trans-Pacific partnership trade deal. The legislation would give Obama congressional direction on what to include in the agreement. Once completed, Congress could only approve or reject the deal, not amend it. Rep. Paul Ryan,…

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  • Suit filed against Pacquiao for not disclosing injury

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — Manny Pacquiao and his handlers have been hit with a lawsuit asking for damages for anyone who paid to watch his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. because he failed to disclose his shoulder was injured.

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  • How to Start Over, Financially

    Since her 20s, Laure Justice, a copywriter in Mansfield, Ohio, has struggled to get on top of her debt. Some payments, including old medical bills, went into collections and hurt her credit score. Over the past two years, she has successfully paid off the debts in collections, and in the process,…

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  • Rape added to murder and cannibalism charges against Indiana man

    A southern Indiana man who is facing a possible death penalty on charges that he killed his ex-girlfriend and ate part of her body has now been charged with raping her, an attorney representing the defendant said on Tuesday. The added charge against Joseph Oberhansley is intended to bolster the…

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  • Why ISIS now has a 5-star hotel for its fighters

    Over the weekend, the Islamic State group released photos of the newly renovated Ninawa International Hotel, a five-star establishment in Mosul now open to fighters for the militant group. The revamping of the hotel also gives Westerners another glimpse into the Islamic State’s success at funding…

    Christian Science Monitor
  • Sleepless nights for Woods over Vonn split, father's death

    PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods felt rusty and tired Tuesday at The Players Championship — rust because he has played one tournament in three months, fatigue because of his personal life.

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    Paris picture overlays (22 photos)

    It is already one of the world’s most iconic cities, but this incredible collection shows how much Paris has changed over the course of the past century. The collection, by French photographer Julien Knez, shows Paris in the 1940s against a backdrop of how the same places look today. Knez says he…

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  • Hezbollah fighters attack Syrian al Qaeda gathering along border

    Lebanese Hezbollah militants attacked a gathering of leaders of al Qaeda's Syrian branch and other insurgents in an area along Lebanon's eastern border with Syria on Wednesday, killing three of them, the group's television channel said. Shi'ite Muslim Hezbollah, a staunch ally of Syrian President…

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  • Family of woman dropped on head by ambulance crew gets $1.5M

    WOBURN, Mass. (AP) — The family of a woman who suffered a brain hemorrhage and died days after an ambulance crew dropped her on her head has been awarded $1.5 million in a wrongful death lawsuit.

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  • Dave Goldberg Death: Treadmills Linked with 3 Fatalities Yearly

    The death of 47-year-old Dave Goldberg, CEO of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg, shows that serious and even fatal accidents can happen while you're using exercise equipment. Last Friday, Goldberg was exercising at a gym in a private resort in Mexico, where he and his…

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  • Democrats fail to oust NY Senate's GOP leader after arrest

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Republican leader of the state Senate survived a largely symbolic effort by Democratic lawmakers to oust him from his position Wednesday following his arrest on federal corruption charges.

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  • Germanwings co-pilot practiced descent on outbound flight before crash: report

    The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps in March, killing all 150 people on board, practiced a descent on the previous flight, German newspaper Bild said on Tuesday. Prosecutors believe 27-year-old German co-pilot Andreas Lubitz locked the captain out…

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