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  • Tree falls on SUV during traffic stop, no major injuries

    'I was picking tree bark out of my hair, it was in my ears. It just kind of exploded tree crumbs everywhere'

    A relatively routine traffic stop in Centerville, Iowa, nearly ended in tragedy when a tree — for no apparent reason — keeled over and fell atop an SUV that a police officer had pulled over.

    The incident was captured by the police cruiser's dashcam. In the footage, Officer Jeremy Veach can be seen calmly issuing a ticket to a driver who had neglected to turn her headlights on.

    But then, cue nature's fury. The oak tree falls, the officer ducks, and much of the SUV is crushed.

    Veach suffered relatively minor injuries but compared the encounter to being swatted with a giant fly swatter, according to a report from KCCI.com. The driver escaped the bizarre encounter unscathed. Her car, not so much.

    And give credit to Veach. Most people would be curled up in a fetal position after being nearly hammered into the ground. Veach stays calm, limps away like he's Stallone and it's just another day at the office.

    Veach told KCCI that he did notice the cracking of wood just before the oak tree

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  • Giant boulder nearly collides with Massachusetts church

    "The Lord just kinda said, 'That's enough,'" pastor says

    A massive runaway boulder that stopped within inches of a Massachusetts church has a pastor wondering if divine intervention may have played a part in saving the house of worship.

    "If it rolled another 12 inches, it would have gone right through the building. This boulder was probably 20 tons," Grace Ministries Pastor Rick LeClair told WCVB.com.

    The boulder was accidentally jarred loose by an excavation company working in an adjacent lot. Footage of the incident plays like a slow-motion action movie. All that's missing is a guy dressed like Indiana Jones running for dear life.

    As the boulder rolls toward the church, someone behind the camera can be heard to deadpan, "That's not good."

    And indeed, it didn't look good. The boulder rolls, rolls, rolls until it finally loses momentum before it gets to the church.

    "We were standing across the street saying, 'Uh-oh. There it goes,'" LeClair told WCVB. "I was thinking the church was going to get wrecked, but I had this peace about me where it

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  • The Boy Scouts from Troop 368 who helped rescue Curry (Scouting Magazine)

    In her role as NBC journalist, Ann Curry has reported from some of the world’s hot spots, including Afghanistan, Iraq and Darfur. But when she experienced an unexpected injury on a New Jersey hiking trail, Curry found herself assisted by the Boy Scouts of America.

    Writing in Scouting Magazine, Bryan Wendell says Scouts from Berkeley Heights encountered Curry on a trail in Harriman State Park in New York. Curry, 57, had broken her ankle.

    “We were hiking along, and we came to a trail intersection,” Scouter Rick Jurgens said, “and a lady was sitting on the ground with her one leg out. We didn’t think anything of it, but one of the guys asked if everything is OK. She said, ‘No, not really. I think I broke my ankle.’ She told us to keep going, but the guys refused.”

    Although Jurgens said he recognized Curry’s voice instantly, his scouts had no idea it was the famous TV journalist. Regardless, they went to work creating a splint for Curry.

    “We work on these requirements, and here’s an

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    Meowsachusetts: Where the cats play and dogs stay away

    Massachusetts is the cat's meow for feline lovers.

  • Geraldo Rivera Causes Controversy: 'What a Woman Brings to a Marriage More Than Anything Else ... Is …
    Geraldo Rivera Causes Controversy: 'What a Woman Brings to a Marriage More Than Anything Else ... Is …

    On Monday, Geraldo Rivera, no stranger to controversy, stirred things up again while appearing on the Fox News show "Outnumbered." In a segment on what 20-somethings really want in a marriage, the talk turned to the concept of "beta marriages," in which the union can be formalized or dissolved after a two-year trial period with no paperwork or hassle, allowing partners to see if they want to continue beyond a short-term commitment.

  • Pirate paradise: New app streams movie torrents to Apple TV and Roku
    Pirate paradise: New app streams movie torrents to Apple TV and Roku

    An app called Popcorn Time that has been dubbed the “Netflix for pirates” has been making waves recently because it makes finding and streaming pirated movies and TV shows easier than it has ever been before. The app is also quite sleek, with a nice user interface and, apparently, equally elegant code. The program’s code has been used in a number of similar apps, and now a new offering of particular interest has popped up: TorrenTV. “Popcorn Time is beautiful in code and in looks but I wanted to do two things that Popcorn Time didn’t allow me, [such as watching] movies directly on my TV,” TorrenTV’s creator told TorrentFreak in a recent interview. Of course, Carlos’s new app does just that. Using the TorrenTV

  • Steven Seagal's Estonia gig nixed over pro-Russia stance
    Steven Seagal's Estonia gig nixed over pro-Russia stance

    Hollywood tough guy Steven Seagal has had his blues gig cancelled at a festival in Estonia following an uproar in this formerly-Soviet ruled Baltic state over the star's pro-Russia views, the authorities said Tuesday. Seagal is reported to back Russian President Vladimir Putin's March annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula and regards him as a personal friend. The blues-singing action movie star was booked to perform next month at Tallinn's "Augustibluus" summer blues festival, but uproar among Estonians forced organisers to pull the plug, the authorities said. Estonian rock star Tonis Magi, who headlines the festival, went so far as to call for a boycott of the Tallinn event if Seagal was allowed to perform.

  • More mysterious craters found in Russia's remote Siberia region
    More mysterious craters found in Russia's remote Siberia region

    Two more craters of unknown origin have been spotted in Russia's Siberia region, weeks after a similar-looking hole was found in the isolated northernmost area, a local paper reported. The Siberian Times, an English-language newspaper, published pictures of two new giant holes discovered by reindeer herders, one located in the Yamal and the other in the Taymyr peninsula, both above the Arctic circle. Russian state TV reported earlier this month that a giant hole had appeared in the gas-rich Yamal peninsula where temperatures plummet below -50 degrees Celsius (-58 degrees Fahrenheit) and the sun barely rises in winter. Yamal, inhabited by indigenous reindeer herders, is one of Russia's richest regions in natural gas.

  • Mother Nature vs. Washington: “Deadliest Catch’s” Keith Colburn on the politics of crab fishing
    Mother Nature vs. Washington: “Deadliest Catch’s” Keith Colburn on the politics of crab fishing

    Captain Colburn talks crab fishing, Alaska politics, and the impact of climate change

  • Video shows young girl learning her baby brother will grow up...
    Video shows young girl learning her baby brother will grow up...

    Young girl learns her adorable baby brother will grow up...

  • Russia counts cost of new US, EU sanctions
    Russia counts cost of new US, EU sanctions

    MOSCOW (AP) — Russia was counting the potential cost of Western sanctions targeting its key energy and finance sectors on Wednesday, with the central bank promising to support lenders hit with penalties.

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