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  • A Boston mother holding her 4-year-old son in her arms walked right off  a subway platform during rush hour and fell face-first onto the tracks, landing dangerously close to the high-voltage third rail.

    Two good Samaritans quickly jumped to the tracks to save her and her son before a train came through the station.

    Surveillance video posted onto YouTube captured the woman as she stepped off the platform and took a shocking tumble with her small son onto the tracks Wednesday just before 6 p.m. at Cambridge's Kendall Square Station outside Boston,

    Meera Thakrar, 36, from Attleboro, Mass., told an MBTA Red Line Inspector that she mistook the northbound train, which had just arrived on the platform across the tracks, for the southbound train that she was waiting for, according to the statement.

    “I thought the train was right on this platform but it was on the platform," Thakrar told ABC News’ affiliate WCVB-TV. “It was real stupid of me.”

    Two commuters, who were waiting

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  • Brett Cohen isn't your typical 21-year-old, at least not according to the tourists in New York City's Time Square on July 27.

    Cohen is now "famous" after pulling a huge prank on the city, posing as a celebrity and wandering the streets of Manhattan.

    Courtesy Brett CohenAccompanied by two bodyguards he hired on Craigslist, as well as three cameramen and four photographers acting as his own paparazzi, he attracted a huge fan following and caused quite a stir in response to what he calls his "social experiment."

    "It was a social experiment. It confirms the theory of how our culture is so obsessed with celebrity and fame," Cohen told ABC News.

    Cohen recorded the entire experience and posted the video on YouTube on Aug. 21. It went viral almost overnight. He said the entire idea originated from a simple conversation he had with one of his best friends.

    "I said, 'Hey, wouldn't it be cool if we did this?' joking around. What would we need to pull off a stunt like this, never thinking we would or

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  • Naked Prince Harry Photos: British Media Shy Away

    The story of Prince Harry's strip billiards may be splashed all over the British papers, but the normally scandal-hungry tabloids have, so far, decided not to publish the photos of the naked royal in a Las Vegas hotel room. In fact, not a single newspaper or broadcaster has shown the photos yet.

    St. James's Palace has warned that any media organization that runs the photos would risk violating the prince's privacy. Great Britain has a self-regulatory code for the press that says individuals are entitled to a "reasonable expectation of privacy."

    The Sun newspaper has had to make do by showing a mock-up on its front page, showing a reporter recreating the scene.

    So why the reticence to run the photos that have already attracted millions of hits to the TMZ website that first published them? After all, newspaper editors in Britain could have argued that publishing the images is in the public interest because Prince Harry is a military officer and third in

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  • Nasdaq stocks posting largest percentage decreases

    A look at the 10 biggest percentage decliners on Nasdaq at the close of trading: Elizabeth Arden Inc. fell 23.3 percent to $15.05. Quotient Limited fell 10.7 percent to $9.02. Achaogen Inc. fell 10.6 percent ...

  • Apple set to expand phone size — and profits
    Apple set to expand phone size — and profits

    Wall Street is excited for Apple's upcoming iPhone revamp, as larger screens may bring higher profits

  • How Icahn missed out on box office billions
    How Icahn missed out on box office billions

    When you think of Hollywood blockbusters like "The Hunger Games" and "The Hobbit," hedge funds aren't exactly what would come to mind. But the success of movies like these has resulted in a windfall for a handful of sophisticated investors.

  • Pakistan cleric's supporters attempt to blockade parliament, but MPs escape

    By Katharine Houreld and Syed Raza Hassan ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Thousands of Pakistani protesters tried to blockade parliament on Wednesday after an anti-government cleric told them not to allow anyone in or out, with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif inside at the time, but the lawmakers left by a back entrance. The protesters have taken to the streets of Islamabad for five days, led by cricket star turned opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who runs a network of Islamic schools and charities. The Supreme Court summoned both to appear before the court on Thursday. Its civilian government is struggling to assert its authority after decades when the country swung between democracy and military rule.

  • Attorney blasts fatal police shooting at Wal-Mart
    Attorney blasts fatal police shooting at Wal-Mart

    An attorney for the family of a man fatally shot by police at a Wal-Mart store said Tuesday that surveillance video of the shooting shows it was unjustified, and the state's top lawman said a special grand ...

  • Jihadist Islamic State has 50,000 members in Syria: NGO
    Jihadist Islamic State has 50,000 members in Syria: NGO

    The jihadist Islamic State has more than 50,000 fighters in Syria and recruited 6,000 last month alone, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. The group, which relies on activists, doctors and lawyers on the ground in Syria for its reporting, said July saw the Islamic State's largest recruitment yet. "The number of IS fighters has passed 50,000 in Syria, including 20,000 non-Syrians," the group's director Rami Abdel Rahman said. "July saw the largest recruitment since the group appeared in Syria in 2013, with more than 6,000 new fighters," he said.

  • Charities Seek Their Own Ice Bucket
    Charities Seek Their Own Ice Bucket

    The Success of the ALS Challenge Has Other Nonprofits Hoping to Capture the Viral Wave

  • New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria
    New report warns of anti-aircraft weapons in Syria

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Warnings from an international research group and the Federal Aviation Administration underscore the rising threat to commercial aircraft posed by hundreds of anti-aircraft weapons that are now in the arsenals of armed groups in Syria and could easily be diverted to extremist factions.

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