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  • Bones Found in Yard Bought on eBay

    What was supposed to be a response to a call about a trespasser in Pasadena, Calif., took an unusual twist when police found an altar with human bones in a backyard, and now they are investigating how they were sold on eBay.

    Pasadena police responded to the 800 block of North Oakland Avenue on Sunday after a woman living in the home reported an individual trespassing on her property.

    "The officers went there on a whole different call. When they checked the area there was a makeshift altar that included some bones," Lt. Terysa Rojas with the Pasadena Police Department Crimes Against Person's division told ABC News. "The coroner determined them to be human bones."

    According to Rojas, the woman cooperated with police and was interviewed while the bones were turned over to the coroner's office.

    Investigators say the altar serves a religious purpose for the woman living in the home, more specifically a West African and Caribbean religion known as Santeria. However, throughout

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  • Black Bears Re-Released in the Wild

    When Cheryl and Tom Millham went to an AM/PM convenience store in Lake Tahoe, Calif. last summer, they ended up rescuing a couple of bear cubs.

    The Millhams responded to a call to rescue the two baby bears from a man who was allegedly trying to poach them for money outside the store. They took the two black bears, which weighed 15 pounds each, to the Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care animal rehabilitation facility, where she's the executive director and he's secretary/treasurer.

    "The man claimed the mother bear came and started taking his groceries, so he shot her," Cheryl Millham said. "He said he was going to save their lives by selling the cubs so since we are the only agency in California, we were called to come and rescue the bears before they were illegally sold."

    The two baby bears (a male and a female) were rescued more than seven months ago, and are now 90 and 55 pounds respectively. They have just been released back into the wild with a clean bill of health.

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  • Biden's Advice - 'Buy a Shotgun'

    Amid a national debate on gun control Vice President Biden is viewed as the Democratic party's point-man on strengthening the limits of firearm ownership.

    But in an online town-hall discussion today, Biden was flooded with inquiries from those less inclined to agree with his party's push to ban high capacity magazines and assault weapons. "Parents" magazine hosted the event, taking submitted questions from readers.

    One participant asked the vice president how he reconciled a ban on assault weapons with those already in the hands of criminals.

    "How can say this politely?" Biden responded. "The Constitution does allow the government to conclude that there are certain types of weapons that no one can legally known. Now, if that were not the case, then you should be able to go buy a flame-thrower that the military has. You should be able to go, if you're a billionaire, buy an F-15 [jet fighter] loaded with ordnance. You should be able to buy an M1 tank. You should be able to buy

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  • Cuba cracks down on goods in flyers' luggage
    Cuba cracks down on goods in flyers' luggage

    A carload of burly nephews and grandsons greeted Martha and Alfredo Gonzalez when they stepped out of Havana's international airport into the blazing heat of an August afternoon. A round of embraces and ...

  • 5.5-inch iPhone 6 shell shown off in hands-on video
    5.5-inch iPhone 6 shell shown off in hands-on video

    We can finally see it now — the light at the end of the tunnel. The seemingly unending flood of leaks and rumors surrounding Apple’s next-generation iPhone 6 handsets will, in fact, soon come to an end. Apple is scheduled to unveil one or both new iPhone models next week during a big press conference on September 9th and then we can finally move on… to iPhone 6s rumors. In the meantime, however, we can expect plenty more leaks between now and next Tuesday, the latest of which examines the aluminum housing said to be from Apple’s upcoming 5.5-inch iPhone phablet. FROM EARLIER: Watch a fully assembled iPhone 6 boot up for the very first time French blog Nowhereelse.fr on Monday published a video

  • The Ridiculous—and Sexist—Reason This Little Boy Was Sent Home From School

    The Seminole Independent School District said that it was only following procedure, noting that proper documentation of religious or spiritual beliefs was required for exceptions. After F.J. Young Elementary turned Malachi away, his mother contacted the Navajo Nation. In Oklahoma, a school superintendent recently came under fire for asking female high school students to bend over to check the length of their shorts.

  • Obama notifies Congress of ordering air strikes in Iraq's Amerli

    President Barack Obama formally notified the U.S. Congress on Monday that he had authorized air strikes and humanitarian airdrops over the weekend in the Iraqi Shi’ite town of Amerli where Islamic State militants had trapped the civilian population. Iraqi security forces backed by Shi'ite militias on Sunday broke the two-month siege of Amerli and entered the northern town after the U.S. Obama said in a letter to congressional leaders he was notifying Congress of his decision under the long-standing War Powers Resolution, which gives presidents authorization for temporary military action.

  • Iraq presses fightback after breaking jihadist siege
    Iraq presses fightback after breaking jihadist siege

    Iraqi troops, Kurdish fighters and Shiite militiamen backed by US air strikes pressed a fightback against jihadist-led militants Monday, buoyed by breaking a weeks-long siege of a Shiite town. The military gains came as a senior UN rights official said the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group has carried out "acts of inhumanity on an unimaginable scale" in Iraq, and caretaker premier Nuri al-Maliki vowed the country would be the group's "graveyard". The breakthrough at Amerli on Sunday was the biggest offensive success for the Iraqi government since IS-led militants overran much of the Sunni Arab heartland north and west of Baghdad in June. The United States carried out limited air strikes in the area during the operation, the first time it has expanded its more than three-week air campaign against IS beyond north Iraq.

  • Joan Rivers' daughter: I'm keeping fingers crossed
    Joan Rivers' daughter: I'm keeping fingers crossed

    NEW YORK (AP) — Joan Rivers' loved ones said Sunday that they remain hopeful about her recovery three days after she went into cardiac arrest at a doctor's office.

  • Ukraine accuses Russia of "undisguised aggression" as rebels advance
    Ukraine accuses Russia of "undisguised aggression" as rebels advance

    By Pavel Polityuk and Polina Devitt KIEV/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia on Monday of "direct and undisguised aggression" which he said had radically changed the battlefield balance as Kiev's forces suffered a further reverse in their war with pro-Moscow separatists. In the latest in a string of setbacks in the past week, Ukraine's military said it had pulled back from defending a vital airport in the east of the country, near the city of Luhansk, where troops had been battling a Russian tank battalion. Poroshenko said in a speech there would be high-level personnel changes in the Ukrainian armed forces, whose troops fled a new rebel advance in the south which Kiev and its Western allies say has been backed up by Russian armored columns. Russian President Vladimir Putin, who called on Sunday for immediate negotiations on the "statehood" of southern and eastern Ukraine, blamed Kiev's leadership for refusing to enter into direct political talks with the separatists.

  • Obama seeks to do no harm to Democrats in midterms
    Obama seeks to do no harm to Democrats in midterms

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hampered by low approval ratings and an unfriendly electoral map, President Barack Obama enters the fall campaign as a liability to some vulnerable Democrats and a target for Republicans trying to fire up conservatives and appeal to disillusioned independents.

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