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  • She's got a shiny badge and a heart of gold.

    A kindhearted police officer took a Florida mom grocery shopping after arresting her on shoplifting charges.

    Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas was asked to arrest Jessica Robles after employees at an Ojus, Fla., supermarket saw her steal food, WSVN reported.

    Thomas asked Robles why she did it, and she responded that her children were hungry. Thomas ran a check on Robles, saw that there was no major criminal history in her background. She charged her with a misdemeanor and gave her a notice to appear in court.

    Then, Thomas took Robles to buy groceries.

    Thomas told WSVN, "I made the decision to buy her some groceries because arresting her wasn't going to solve the problem with her children being hungry."

    Thomas continued, "That $100 to me was worth a million." Thomas said the only thing she asked of Robles was that she help someone else out once she gets on her feet.

    Robles has three children, including two boys, ages 2 and 5. Robles's

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  • Mario Cuomo, former three-term Democratic governor of New York, did something that many doubted he would ever do. He saw "The Godfather."

    Cuomo, 81, had vowed to never see the Francis Ford Coppola epic because of the film's focus on the Mafia, a negative Italian stereotype that Cuomo often fought.

    Somebody must have made him an offer he couldn't refuse, because Cuomo finally watched the film and, according to The New York Times, he thought it was pretty darn good.

    Speaking at the 2013 Forum Film Festival at the Forum on Law, Culture and Society at Fordham School of Law, Cuomo said that “maybe this thing was a masterpiece," the Times reported.

    While Cuomo did acknowledge the film's artistry, he "refused to draw a distinction between entertainment and what he considered the insidious immoral message conveyed by Mafia movies," the Times reported.

    Cuomo's boycott of the film goes back more than 40 years. When "The Godfather" came out in 1972, Cuomo turned down an invitation from then New Read More »from Mario Cuomo finally sees 'The Godfather'
  • Two large oarfish, slender snakelike sea creatures, have washed ashore in California in the last two weeks. While their appearance may conjure thoughts of mythical sea serpents, another legend suggests their death could actually spell disaster.

    According to Japanese lore and fishermen, the animals have close ties to earthquakes.

    If Japanese stories are to be believed, the aquatic giants, which usually live more than 3,000 feet below the surface and away from human eyes, come up to the surface and beach themselves as a prequake warning bell.

    Case in point: According to several reports, in the months after an 8.8 magnitude quake in Chile in 2010 and a year before the giant March 2011 tremor that rocked Japan, several oarfish, called “Messenger from the Sea God's Palace” in Japanese, were either beached or caught near the quake’s epicenter off the coast of Honshu.

    While it is rare to see oarfish either dead and alive, Milton Love, marine biologist and author of "Certainly More Than You Want

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  • Serena, Sharapova on course for Australian Open showdown
    Serena, Sharapova on course for Australian Open showdown

    The 18-time Grand Slam champion was at her brutal best on Wednesday, crushing last year's finalist Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets to set up an all-American last four showdown on Thursday with unseeded teenager Madison Keys. The other semi-final clash on Thursday is an all-Russian affair between second seed Sharapova, who owns five Grand Slam titles, and Ekaterina Makarova, seeded 10th.

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