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  • Georgia Sheriff 'cancels' Valentine's Day

    Georgia residents knew they should prepare for the cancellation of flights, the cancellation of schools and the cancellation of work thanks to this week's snow and ice storm that drove the state to a halt.

    What they likely didn't expect was the cancellation of Valentine's Day.

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    In a post late Wednesday on the Oconee County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, which is updated by Sheriff Scott Berry and Chief Deputy Sheriff Lee Weems, the men of the 32,000-resident county got off the hook.

    "The Oconee County County Sheriffs Office announces that Valentines Day has been CANCELLED from a line North of I-16 to the Georgia/Tennessee border. Men who live in the designated "NO VALENTINES DAY ZONE" are exempt from having to run out and buy lottery scratchers and Hershey bars from the corner stores until February 18, 2014, due to ice, snow, freezing rain," read the post.

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    The post received more

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  • Bigfoot is real, and now at least one scientist claims there is proof.

    A group of Sasquatch researchers who have been collecting over 100 pieces of evidence over the past five years screened "never before seen HD video" of the alleged creature at a news conference in Dallas on Tuesday.

    The footage, which came from a similar effort dubbed The Erickson Project, led by Adrian Erickson, included what the group said was a sasquatch moving through wooded areas in Kentucky.

    Dr. Melba Ketchum, who has led the group of researchers called the Sasquatch Genome Project, has been working on a $500,000 analysis of DNA samples from an unknown hominin species. Ketchum calls the project "a serious study" that concludes the legendary Sasquatch exists in North America and is a human relative that arose approximately 13,000 years ago.

    "They're a type of people, they're a human-hybrid, we believe. And all of the DNA evidence points to that. And they can elude us, so if you get [footage] at all, it

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  • A 26-year-old woman's 88-pound weight loss has gone viral after a Reddit user created a time-lapse GIF that shows the woman's body transformation in just five seconds.

    Amanda, who asked that her last name not be used, began taking photos of herself in 2011 as a way to stay on track when she committed to losing weight.

    "I knew that I had to start somewhere," Amanda told ABC News. "I figured if I did it [took pictures] at least once a month, at the end of however long it took, I would have this really cool end product."

    Amanda started weighing 222 pounds. By eating a high-protein diet, controlling her portions and doing moderate exercise, Amanda lost the 88 pounds in one year and has kept it off.

    "I don't think I was actually prepared for the amount of emotional investment," Amanda said. "People bare their souls when they want to take back their health."

    Her gallery of weight-loss photos garnered nearly three million views online and inspired a fellow Reddit user to create the GIF that has

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  • Texas family to part ways with skeleton of mammoth found on its farm

    By Lisa Maria Garza DALLAS (Reuters) - A North Texas family, who discovered the skeleton of a 20,000- to 40,000-year-old mammoth while mining through sediment on their farm, is preparing to turn over the remains to a local museum. In May, Wayne McEwen and his family were gathering material from a gravel pit on their property, south of Dallas, when his son struck a 6-foot (1.8 meter) tusk while operating an excavator. The rest of the near-complete skeleton was unearthed by a team from a nearby community college, who determined it was a Columbian mammoth - a slightly larger, less hairy version of the more famous woolly mammoth. The family decided to donate the remains to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas.

  • Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war
    Israeli premier, Hamas declare victory in Gaza war

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Both Israel's prime minister and Hamas declared victory Wednesday in the Gaza war, though their competing claims left questions over future terms of their uneasy peace still lingering.

  • Ukraine's Poroshenko says Russian troops have been brought into Ukraine
    Ukraine's Poroshenko says Russian troops have been brought into Ukraine

    Ukrainian President Poroshenko said on Thursday Russian forces had been "brought into Ukraine" and he called an urgent meeting of Ukraine's security and defense council to decide the next steps to take in the crisis. "I made the decision to cancel a working visit to the Republic of Turkey in connection with the rapidly deteriorating situation in Donetsk region, in particular in Amvrosiyivka and Starobesheve, as Russian troops have actually been brought into Ukraine," he said in a statement on the presidential website.

  • Turkish President Erdogan appoints Davutoglu acting prime minister

    ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appointed outgoing foreign minister Ahmet Davutoglu as acting prime minister on Thursday, according to an announcement in the official gazette, moments after being sworn in as Turkey's 12th head of state. Davutoglu will oversee Turkey's existing cabinet until Erdogan asks him to form a new government, whose members are expected to be announced on Friday. (Reporting by Orhan Coskun; Writing by Nick Tattersall; Editing by Jonny Hogg)

  • One Midwest High School, Two American Terrorists
    One Midwest High School, Two American Terrorists

    Douglas McCain, Recently Killed in Syria, Was Friends With Troy Kastigar, Killed in Somalia in 2009

  • Hannity Goes Off On ISIS-Supporting Imam: ‘Every Radical Islamist Like You Will Be Wiped Off The Face …
    Hannity Goes Off On ISIS-Supporting Imam: ‘Every Radical Islamist Like You Will Be Wiped Off The Face …

    Fox News host Sean Hannity got into a fiery exchange Wednesday night with radical British imam Anjem Choudary. Choudary, who has in the past praised the 9/11 terrorist attacks, attempted to defend the terrorist group the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria during his appearance on “Hannity.” After a heated back and forth, Hannity exploded on Choudary. (RELATED: Radical Muslim Cleric Anjem Choudary May Be A Fraud And A Clown, But He Is Still Dangerous) “Eventually the world’s going to wake up to what I would say and every radical Islamist like you will be wiped off the face of the earth,” Hannity lectured the imam.

  • Don’t Trust NATO’s Plan to Counter Putin

    As Russia opened a new front in its incursion into Ukraine on Wednesday, sending artillery, infantry and troops across the border near a town called Novoazovsk, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen outlined a broad new strategy to keep Russia in check. Speaking to six European newspapers, Rasmussen said the alliance would send troops to new bases in Europe for the first time. He also said these bases would be well stocked so that a multinational quick-strike force could respond to any crises in Eastern Europe. Lastly, the alliance would supply Ukraine with the resources to modernize its military. 

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