• Tennessee store owner posts sign telling gays to stay away

    Jeff Amyx, who also is a Baptist minister, then swapped the sign on Tuesday at his Washburn, Tennessee, store to one that reads, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who would violate our rights of freedom of speech and freedom of religion," Knoxville television station WVLT reported.…

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  • American who vanished in Australia five years ago found alive

    An American tourist who vanished from northern Australia five years ago, with his kayak found submerged near a beach, has been discovered alive by police investigating a burglary. The man, named in the media as Kenneth Rodman, was last seen by a friend in 2010 near Port Douglas, 60 kilometres (37…

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  • Death of Maryland boy pushed in swing for three days ruled homicide

    Officers found the boy, Ji’Aire Lee, around 7 a.m. on May 22 after witnesses reported seeing a woman pushing a child on a swing for an unusually long time at a park in La Plata, about 35 miles (55 km) south of Washington, Richardson said. The boy was alive Wednesday when he was placed in the swing…

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  • Toyota's top female executive steps down after arrest in Japan

    Toyota Motor Corp said on Wednesday that Julie Hamp, its first female managing officer, had resigned following her arrest last month on suspicion of illegally importing the painkiller oxycodone into Japan. Hamp, a U.S. citizen, leaves Toyota about a month after she relocated to Tokyo to become the…

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  • US Military's Hypersonic Jet Could Fly 5 Times the Speed of Sound

    The U.S. military is reportedly developing a hypersonic jet plane that could soar at up to five times the speed of sound — faster than a bullet, which generally travels at Mach 2, or twice the speed of sound. The new hypersonic vehicle, which could take flight by 2023, builds upon research from a…

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  • Video shows Syria rebel group executing 18 IS fighters

    A Syrian rebel group operating around Damascus has executed 18 alleged members of the Islamic State group in a video mimicking the extremist organisation's own productions. The video, which emerged overnight, shows fighters from Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) wearing the orange prison clothes that…

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  • Exonerated Angola Prisoner Dies After Nearly 30 Years in Solitary Confinement

    Glenn Ford died Monday after a battle with lung cancer. Ford was convicted of first-degree murder in 1984 but was exonerated in March 2014. Ford would have still been on death row if not for a confidential informant who told police in 2013 that someone else confessed to him about the murder that…

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    Hospital Officials: Newborn slips from nurse's hands

    A newborn baby is in a western Pennsylvania hospital with a fractured skull and a neck brace.

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  • Russia tries to soothe Baltic states over independence review

    By Maria Tsvetkova and Andrius Sytas MOSCOW/VILNIUS (Reuters) - Russia sought on Wednesday to ease concern in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia over plans to review the legality of a 1991 decision formally granting them independence from the Soviet Union. The Baltic states declared independence in 1990…

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  • Messi sparkles as Argentina thrash Paraguay at Copa America

    Concepción (Chile) (AFP) - Lionel Messi produced a scintillating individual performance as Argentina destroyed Paraguay 6-1 to reach the final of the Copa America here Tuesday. The Barcelona superstar tormented Paraguay mercilessly as the favorites produced their best display of the tournament and…

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  • Investigating marijuana’s effect on weight gain

    Marijuana is well known to bring upon the "munchies" or, a temporary increase in appetite, yet its effect on weight gain is more complex than it seems, according to a new study. "As to whether it actually causes weight gain in the long term, the available data is limited," says Didier Jutras-Aswad…

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  • Saudi Prince Alwaleed pledges $32 bn fortune to charity

    Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal on Wednesday promised his entire $32 billion (28.8 billion euro) fortune to charitable projects in coming years, in one of the biggest ever such pledges. The pledge is "maybe... the first such big announcement" of its kind in the region, and is modelled on a…

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  • Shark Attacks in North Carolina: 'Perfect Storm' May Be Causing Bloody Encounters

    Two people were bitten by sharks off the coast of North Carolina this weekend, bringing the total number of shark attacks in the state up to five in under three weeks. "It's not a certain thing that makes this happen," said George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the…

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  • Prosecutor: Woman shot firearms instructor in face

    MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A woman brought a hammer to a firearms lesson and then tried to kill her instructor by shooting him in the face with a revolver, a prosecutor said.

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    Death could not part this San Diego couple

    Last week, Jeanette and Alexander Toczko had their final wish fulfilled before they passed away. The two wanted to be together as they celebrated 75 years of marriage. So, hospice brought a bed to their home so the couple could be together in their last days.

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  • In first, IS beheads two Syria women for 'sorcery': NGO

    Islamic State jihadists have beheaded two women in Syria for "witchcraft and sorcery", a monitor said on Tuesday, in the group's first known decapitation of female civilians. Meanwhile, IS re-entered the town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border, seized from it by Kurdish forces two weeks ago, and…

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  • NATO navies should beef up against Russia: commanders

    NATO should beef up its maritime arm in response to the rising threat from an increasingly "bold" and "aggressive" Russia, commanders said on Wednesday. The 28-member defence alliance's naval forces have in recent years focused on issues such as counter-terrorism and piracy, but speakers at a…

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