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  • Road rage incident caught on video goes viral

    'That's what you get,' woman says as man passes her car, spins out into light pole

    Next time you sense a case of road rage coming on, remember this video: You do not want to end up like the driver of the black pickup.

    The man's reckless driving on a Florida road was captured on video by a woman he tailgated and one-finger saluted before he spun out and crashed into a light pole.

    The man was reportedly uninjured in the crash, but his ego may take a long time to recover. The footage was uploaded to the Web and has since gone viral.

    Hold the phone a minute, here, though: Why does the woman he's raging against appear to speed up when he is trying to pass? Is she egging him on?

    The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke to WTSP to give her side of the story. She said she sped up to match the speed limit increase on that section of road. She was driving safely, she said, keeping an eye on her mirrors and the road.

    The same can't be said for the pickup driver, who, as soon as he passes, promptly spins out and lands in the grassy median, inspiring the woman to laugh

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  • See the emotional reunion of 2 sisters after 66 years apart

    "I always wanted a sister to dress up with," says Karen Simpton

    They hadn't seen each other in two-thirds of a century, but time couldn't dampen the joy two sisters felt after seeing each other for the first time. Their reunion was filmed by KCRA.

    Karen and Anne Simpton were abandoned by their parents in 1948. Anne recently traveled to Karen's home in Auburn, Calif., to reconnect after speaking over the phone and Internet. Their first embrace, captured on camera, speaks to the power of sibling relationships, despite the roughest of circumstances.

    As soon as Anne exited her car, she looked at her newly found sister and said, "You've grown up. You were a 12-month-old when I saw you."

    Karen spoke of a longtime wish come true.

    "I always wanted a sister to dress up with, to play tea parties with. I never had one," she told KRCA.

    Three other siblings were also left behind at the Portland, Ore., orphanage all those years ago. Karen is planning another reunion with her older brother, according to KCRA. Cousins, siblings and other relatives are expected

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  • WhiteHouse.gov petition seeks to give Alaska back to Russia

    The campaign currently falls about 70K signatures short but coincides with Russia's annexation of Crimea

    Screen capture of petition from whitehouse.gov.

    A petition on WhiteHouse.gov seeking to give Alaska back to Russia is probably safe to file under "N" for "Never Gonna Happen."

    Still, 30,000 people have lent their virtual John Hancocks to the petition. Rules dictate petitions with 100,000 or more signatures get an official response from the White House. The creator(s) of this one have until April 20 to make that happen.

    And there's the timing of the petition, which coincides with Russia's annexation of Crimea, a move that  was rejected by the United Nations.

    The petition's language is a bit difficult to follow, but a kind of Russian patriotism seems to shine through. Below, the text from WhiteHouse.gov:

    Groups Siberian russians crossed the Isthmus (now the Bering Strait) 16-10 thousand years ago.

    Russian began to settle on the Arctic coast, Aleuts inhabited the Aleutian Archipelago.

    First visited Alaska August 21, 1732, members of the team boat "St. Gabriel »under the surveyor Gvozdev and assistant navigator I. Fedorov during the

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  • Iceland Is Beautiful—and So Weird
    Iceland Is Beautiful—and So Weird

    A land of fire, ice, and elves, Iceland is a beacon of nature’s majesty and culture. It’s also quite possibly the strangest place ever. And that’s precisely why you should go.

  • Heat playoff run could decide James' future in Miami

    The Miami Heat may not be entering the playoffs as the top seed but they are still very much the team to beat, and anything less than a third consecutive NBA title could lead to the breakup of their Big Three. No club has won three straight titles since the Los Angeles Lakers in the early 2000s, and the 16-team field for this year's playoffs, which begin on Saturday, has no shortage of contenders for the NBA's Larry O'Brien Championship Trophy. The San Antonio Spurs, who were a whisker away from winning last year's NBA Finals, and the Indiana Pacers, eager to avenge last season's loss to Miami in the Eastern conference finals, are just two of the many teams feeling good about their chances. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh joined forces in 2010 with the goal of creating a dynasty in Miami by stockpiling NBA titles but enter the postseason facing questions about team chemistry and depth.

  • Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking text messages
    Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking text messages

    Ferry Survivors Describe Sliding Bodies, Grabbing at Railings, Wall of Water

  • In a cloning first, scientists create stem cells from adults

    By Sharon Begley NEW YORK (Reuters) - Scientists have moved a step closer to the goal of creating stem cells perfectly matched to a patient's DNA in order to treat diseases, they announced on Thursday, creating patient-specific cell lines out of the skin cells of two adult men. The advance, described online in the journal Cell Stem Cell, is the first time researchers have achieved "therapeutic cloning" of adults. Technically called somatic-cell nuclear transfer, therapeutic cloning means producing embryonic cells genetically identical to a donor, usually for the purpose of using those cells to treat disease. But nuclear transfer is also the first step in reproductive cloning, or producing a genetic duplicate of someone - a technique that has sparked controversy since the 1997 announcement that it was used to create Dolly, the clone of a ewe.

  • PETA Enlists Kids To Tell First Lady Easter Egg Policy is Rotten

    While the annual White House Easter Egg Roll celebration isn’t one typically embroiled in controversy, three young girls are letting First Lady Michelle Obama know they aren’t happy about it. Well, three young girls on behalf of PETA, or the People for the Ethical Treatment...

  • Scientists discover first Earth-sized planet that could support life
    Scientists discover first Earth-sized planet that could support life

    For the first time, scientists have discovered an Earth-sized alien planet in the habitable zone of its host star, an "Earth cousin" that just might have liquid water and the right conditions for life. The newfound planet, called Kepler-186f, was first spotted by NASA's Kepler space telescope and circles a dim red dwarf star about 490 light-years from Earth. "One of the things we've been looking for is maybe an Earth twin, which is an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a sunlike star," Tom Barclay, Kepler scientist and co-author of the new exoplanet research, told Space.com.

  • Snake’s last meal comes back to bite her
    Snake’s last meal comes back to bite her

    A young viper was found dead with a centipede’s head protruding out of the snake’s body. As reported by NBC News, Ljiljana Tomovic, a Serbian herpetologist, was tagging snakes in Macedonia when she made the eye-catching discovery.

  • Someone's Handing Out Leaflets in Eastern Ukraine Telling Jews to 'Register'
    Someone's Handing Out Leaflets in Eastern Ukraine Telling Jews to 'Register'

    In a disturbing reminder of an era that's supposed to be bygone, an image has been circulating of what appears to be a leaflet asking all Jews over the age of 16 in Donetsk, Ukraine, to "register" with separatist militants. The leaflet, reported by Ynet and picked up by USA Today, bears the signature of the head of Donetsk's temporary pro-Russia "government" Denis Pushilin. However, the Ukranians attempting to bring the region under Russian control have denied any involvement with the flyer. Secretary of State John Kerry declined to assign blame for the leaflets in a Thursday statement. According to Ynet's English report, the leaflet, written in Russian, reads: 

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