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  • Is that a turtle in your pants, or … ?

    Earlier this year, in a feat of extreme packing, a man was arrested at a Thai airport trying to smuggle a baby bear, two leopards, two panthers and a couple of baby monkeys in his luggage.

    But here in the U.S., getting past security with a bag of baby animals is a little harder. Heck, it's hard to get past TSA even if you ARE a baby. The next reasonable smuggling solution? Your pants!

    In Miami, eagle-eyed TSA agents busted a man with snakes and turtles in his pants. (One can assume they were not in his pockets.) His answer when asked why he had seven snakes and three turtles in his pants? "That's all I had room for." (Ba dum chhh! He'll be here all week! Don't forget to tip your waitress!)

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  • Irene aftermath: How to help

    This aerial photo taken Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 shows damage to a home in Virginia Beach, Va., after a reported tornado, spurned by Hurricane Irene, ripped through the area Saturday. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Amanda Lucier)This aerial photo taken Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011 shows damage to a home in Virginia Beach, Va., after a reported tornado, spurned by Hurricane Irene, ripped through the area Saturday. (AP Photo/The Virginian-Pilot, Amanda Lucier)As Tropical Storm Irene heads north, it leaves a trail of devastating destruction behind. High winds, heavy rain and flooding ravaged homes and businesses along the East Coast. The total cost of damage is estimated to be in the billions.

    How to help:

    AMERICAN RED CROSS:
    The Red Cross is preparing for a full disaster response, coordinating efforts with local, state and federal officials and community partners. Select "Disaster Relief’ in the designation field. Donate here.

    AMERICARES:
    AmeriCares has stocked crucial supplies for immediate emergency response. To designate your gift to US Disaster Relief, write “Hurricane Relief Fund” in the designation field. Donate here.

    SALVATION ARMY:
    The Salvation Army is equipped with mobile kitchens, shower trailers, field kitchens, and other aid equipment. To designate your gift, write "Disaster Services" in the designation field. Donate here.

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  • Cruise passengers recount horror stories to Senate

    Laurie Dishman told senators through tears Wednesday that she was choked and raped on a Royal Caribbean cruise by one of the line's employees, using her experience to shed light on the dangers that passengers ...

  • Britain still exporting arms to Russia
    Britain still exporting arms to Russia

    Britain is still exporting arms and military equipment to Russia, according to a parliamentary report released Wednesday just hours after Prime Minister David Cameron rapped France for selling weapons to Moscow. Cameron has urged the EU to ban military sales to Russia -- accused of equipping and training separatists in eastern Ukraine -- and said Monday Britain had already halted such arms exports. The government promised in March to stop military sales to Russia.

  • Here’s why many people want their BlackBerrys back after switching to iOS and Android
    Here’s why many people want their BlackBerrys back after switching to iOS and Android

    Following the release of the original iPhone in 2007 and the subsequent launch of Android, many people with work-issued phones spent years asking for their employers to switch away from BlackBerry smartphones to more modern devices. Finally, as Apple and Google increased their focus on security and BlackBerry hit dire straights a few years ago, workers began getting what that wanted and bring your own device (BYOD) policies became more common. More recently, however, an interesting trend is being observed: Workers want their BlackBerrys back. FROM EARLIER: BlackBerry says its square phone is already stealing back iOS and Android users CIO’s Tom Kaneshige reports on an interesting phenomenon that we’ve heard rumblings of in the past. At companies where employees were permitted

  • Israeli Airline With Missile Defenses Goes to Israel When US Carriers Won’t
    Israeli Airline With Missile Defenses Goes to Israel When US Carriers Won’t

    El Al One of Only Civilian Carriers With On-Board Missile Defense Systems

  • Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing
    Rockets found at UN Gaza school went missing

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was "alarmed" to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now "have gone missing," and he demanded a full review of such incidents.

  • Are we alone? Alien pollution might reveal the answer
    Are we alone? Alien pollution might reveal the answer

    Earthlings often wonder if life exists on other planets, and researchers said Wednesday that hunting for traces of pollution from distant worlds could provide the answer. Under certain conditions, astronomers in the next decade might be able to detect the presence of an industrialized alien society, according to a study by the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Already, astronomers can study the atmospheres of planets outside our solar system for the presence of oxygen and methane, which could be produced by intelligent life or by microbes. Astronomers may be able to detect evidence of these CFCs on faraway planets using the James Webb Space Telescope, an $8.7 billion project that NASA is scheduled to launch in 2018.

  • Intelligence picture 'implicates Russia,' official says
    Intelligence picture 'implicates Russia,' official says

    The United States detected the launch of the “specific missile” that brought down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 last week, a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday.

  • No evidence found that Malaysia jet's voice recorder tampered with: Dutch
    No evidence found that Malaysia jet's voice recorder tampered with: Dutch

    By Thomas Escritt AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch Safety Board, which is leading an international inquiry into the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, said on Wednesday investigators had found no evidence that the jet's "black box" voice recorder had been tampered with. The DSB also said it expected to get the information it needs from the crash site in eastern Ukraine, although much evidence had been damaged or lost. Experts have been downloading data from the Boeing 777's voice and data recorders at Britain's Air Accidents Investigation Branch after pro-Russian rebels, who control the crash sites in eastern Ukraine, handed them over early on Tuesday. "The Cockpit Voice Recorder was damaged but the part that contains the data was intact," the DSB said in a statement.

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