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  • A woman who claims the Transportation Security Administration detained her from her flight because the agent didn't like her attitude has posted a video of the confrontation on YouTube.

    The 22-second video has 45,000 views as of Monday morning. It is posted under the name AirportVideoofTSA. The person who uploaded the video writes, "I was not allowed to board a plane (even though I had already been through airport security) because I drank my water instead of letting the TSA "test" it. The TSA agent finally admitted that it wasn't because they thought I was a security risk-it was because the TSA agent, Louis Godeaux, was mad at me!"

    Though the audio is garbled, the exchange goes like this:

    Woman: Do you think I'm honestly a threat? Do you think that?

    TSA agent: No, no, no but with your attitude . . .

    Woman: Wait, let me get this straight, this is retaliatory for my attitude? This is not making the airways safer, this is retaliatory.

    TSA agent: Pretty much, yes.

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     A woman who reportedly paid less than $60 for a box of assorted art items at a flea market may have cashed in big, for one of the pieces in her purchase is a canvas by famous French painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

    The painting, a river Seine scene titled "Paysage Bords de Seine," is scheduled to be auctioned at 10 a.m. on Sept. 29 by the Potomack Company, a fine arts and antiques auction gallery in Alexandria, Va. The painting is expected to sell for between $75,000 and $100,000.

    Its owner, who wants to remain anonymous, bought the lot of items at a flea market in the Shenandoah Valley.

    "What had actually caught her eye in the box wasn't the valuable Renoir but a plastic cow and a Paul Bunyan doll. She stored the rest of the box's contents first in a white plastic bag in a shed, later in her car's trunk and eventually in her kitchen," Anne Norton Craner, the Potomack Company fine arts specialist, said in a news release.

    The unnamed woman told the auction house that she

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  • ABC News' Anthony Castellano reports:

    Chaos erupted in Sanford, Fla., when a pet monkey broke loose from his cage and began roaming the streets.

    Zeke led police on a wild chase Sunday, injured at least two people and sent residents scurrying for safety.

    "It lunged at me you know it came at my legs so I just kind of kicked it. Tried to fling it off my leg like that and it did back off for a little while," said Samuel Boylston.

    "He actually came up and jumped up and tried to bite my arm right here. And his last tooth just kind of nicked it," said Jason Diel.

    Zeke traveled from house to house, jumping on a police car and even nibbled on a satellite dish. Jeff Jacques, Zeke's owner, says the 4-year-old Pigtail Macaque freed itself from his backyard cage.

    "He ripped this chain back this way, ripped that, pushed that chain up and broke the stanchions of the railing. He's Houdini," he said.

    Animal control officers closed the streets around Zeke and he was finally captured by

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  • Today in History

    Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year.

  • Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting
    Police: 2 California boys planned school shooting

    SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — Two teenage boys were arrested Monday after making specific plans to kill three staffers then gun down as many students as possible at their Southern California high school, police said.

  • Dow 6,000: Wild prediction or worthwhile caution?
    Dow 6,000: Wild prediction or worthwhile caution?

    Harry Dent says the Dow is headed to 6,000 in the next 2-3 years. Is this just another wild prediction or a helpful cautionary tale?

  • 'No' from one Iraq villager triggered Islamic State mass killings

    By Humeyra Pamuk DOHUK Iraq (Reuters) - When Islamic State militants stormed into a northern Iraqi village and ordered everyone to convert to Islam or die only one person refused. The militants, who have seized much of northern Iraq since arriving from Syria in June, wasted no time after the village's leader, or sheikh, stood up for his ancient Yazidi faith. His account, one of the first eyewitness reports of last Friday's killings, could not be independently verified but other Yazidis and Iraqi officials have given details of Islamic State's attack on the village. We were all very afraid," said Khodede from a hospital bed in the town of Dohuk in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq.

  • The Coyotaje Express: One El Salvadorian teen tells his story of coming to the US illegally
    The Coyotaje Express: One El Salvadorian teen tells his story of coming to the US illegally

    The 15-year-old describes the dangerous journey and his fears of being returned to El Salvador.

  • Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting
    Gaza cease-fire efforts collapse in heavy fighting

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Egyptian attempts to broker an end to a monthlong war between Israel and Hamas collapsed in heavy fighting Tuesday, with Palestinian militants firing dozens of rockets and Israel responding with airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. At least three Palestinians were killed.

  • Refracking brings 'vintage' oil and gas wells to life
    Refracking brings 'vintage' oil and gas wells to life

    Hydraulic fracturing, which has upended global energy markets by lifting U.S. Canada's Encana Corp invested $2 million to refrack two wells in Louisiana's Haynesville shale formation earlier this year, after seeing its production in the area dip 27 percent from 2012 levels.     "There were a significant number of wells that we considered unstimulated," said David Martinez, Encana's senior manager for Haynesville development.     Using minuscule plastic balls, known as diverting agents, pumped at high speeds with water into the old wells, most of which are three to five years old, Encana blocked some the older fractures, or cracks.     "The thought is that the diverting agent will go to the cracks with the least amount of pressure," bypassing cracks with higher pressure and boosting the pressure of the entire well so output climbs, Martinez said.     He said the process can't be as precisely controlled as an initial round of hydraulic fracturing, in which water, chemicals and sand into are blasted into rock to unlock oil and gas.

  • As Missouri violence flares, fingers point to outsiders
    As Missouri violence flares, fingers point to outsiders

    By Scott Malone FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) - As darkness fell on Ferguson, Missouri, the crowd of several hundred people protesting the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen quickly and radically changed. The crowd shrunk as many of the older people slipped away. Protest hymns were replaced by the shouts of angry teens who marched against a cordon of heavily armed police blocking the street. By the end of another night of violence, dozens of people had been arrested, marking the latest outbreak of rancor in the St. ...

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