• Woman randomly shot to death at popular San Francisco pier

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A young woman was shot to death, apparently at random, while walking with her father and a friend along a popular pedestrian pier on the San Francisco waterfront.

    Associated Press
  • North Korean defector lifts lid on world's most secret state

    By Emma Batha LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As a schoolgirl in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was forced to watch executions, denounce her friends for fabricated transgressions and dig tunnels in case of a nuclear attack. It wasn't until she left North Korea at the age of 17 that she began to…

    Reuters
  • Honeymoon is over for Greek couple who went penniless in NYC

    NEW YORK (AP) — Newlyweds Valasia Limnioti and Konstantinos Patronis' long-planned "dream trip" to America ended in New York City, where their three-week honeymoon quickly turned into a nightmare: Their Greek-issued credit and debit cards were suddenly declined and they were left penniless.

    Associated Press
  • Girlfriend Expects Fireworks When Her Parents Meet His

    DEAR ABBY: I have been with "Tom" for two years, and I suspect that he will be proposing soon. He is 27 and I'm 24. Here's the problem: He wants our parents to meet before he asks. Abby, I have put this off because I'm sure they will have nothing in common. My parents are small-business owners and…

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    Man dies at Naperville Ribfest

    A man died at Ribfest in Naperville Thursday afternoon. Police are on the scene near the Pharoah's Fury carnival ride at the festival.

    WLS – Chicago
  • Texas Farmer Killed After Tractor Disturbs Bee Hive

    A third-generation Texas farmer was killed by a bee attack after he disturbed an enormous hive. Rogerio Zuniga was on his tractor in Lozano, Texas on Sunday when he hit an 18-inch diameter pipe enraging the bees inside. The bees swarmed from the abandoned irrigation pipe and killed him, an official…

    ABC News
  • After Cuba: The Only 3 Countries That Have No Relations With the U.S.

    On Wednesday, the United States and Cuba announced that they would reopen embassies in each other’s capitals, thus restoring diplomatic relations for the first time since 1961. According to The New York Times, the overture to Cuba leaves just three countries with which the United States has no…

    The Atlantic
  • Boy chained up with dead chicken around neck tells his story

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Handcuffed and shackled to a block of steel, the young boy would brace himself when he heard footsteps outside his bedroom door. He knew that once the grown-ups entered, the abuse would begin.

    Associated Press
  • Taiwan pilot shut off engine before air crash: report

    The pilot of a passenger plane that crashed in Taiwan killing 43 people shut down the aircraft's only working engine, exclaiming: "Wow, pulled back wrong throttle," seconds before the disaster, investigators said Thursday. TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 clipped a bridge and plunged into a river…

    AFP
  • Drug Helps Obese People Drop Weight and Keep It Off

    The diabetes drug liraglutide can help obese people who don't have diabetes lose weight and keep it off, new findings confirm. Researchers found that 63 percent of study participants given liraglutide for 56 weeks lost at least 5 percent of their body weight — the amount experts agree is needed to…

    LiveScience.com
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    Church fire in Greeleyville, S.C. (14 photos)

    A fire that destroyed a black church that 20 years ago was a target of the Ku Klux Klan was not the work of an arsonist, a federal law enforcement official said Wednesday. Preliminary indications are that the fire at the Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville was not…

    Yahoo News
  • Bodies of missing Arizona couple found, man arrested for murder

    The bodies of an Arizona couple who vanished 10 days ago have been found by police and a local man was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of shooting them to death and burying them in his backyard, authorities said. Mike and Tina Careccia were reported missing by their son on June 22 and were last…

    Reuters
  • Bodyboarder fights for life after Australia shark attack

    A bodyboarder was fighting for his life on Thursday after being attacked by a shark on Australia's east coast, close to where a Japanese surfer was killed earlier this year, rescue officials said. "The 32-year-old local was bodyboarding with two friends when he was bitten by a shark, suffering…

    AFP
  • Escaped Prisoner Richard Matt Aimed Shotgun at Agent Who Found and Killed Him

    Escaped prisoner Richard Matt reportedly aimed a 20-gauge shotgun at the border patrol SWAT team agent who found and killed him, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

    ABC News
  • Wisconsin Governor Walker signs bill banning microbeads

    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday signed a bill into law that bans the manufacturing and sale of personal care products containing tiny plastic beads that are known to pollute waterways. The law makes Wisconsin one of seven states including Illinois and New…

    Reuters
  • Fireworks-filled van explodes on California freeway

    IVANPAH, Calif. (AP) — Jay Rutherford and his bandmates were mesmerized by the billowing smoke and small "psychedelic explosions" emanating from the van on the side of the freeway.

    Associated Press
  • Tiger Woods shoots 4-under 66 at Greenbrier Classic

    WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) — For a change, Tiger Woods got off to a good start.

    Associated Press