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  • Metal object crashes through Seattle home

    A mysterious metal object crashed through a Seattle roof (Seattle PD)A mysterious metal object crashed through a Seattle roof (Seattle Police Department)

    A three-pound piece of metal crashed into a Seattle area home earlier this week, causing damage to the home's ceiling and roof and leaving many to wonder where on Earth (or, perhaps, outer space) it came from.

    Had a chunk of the Millennium Falcon fallen loose? Were the Transformers preparing an invasion of our peaceful planet? Fortunately, no. It appears the mystery has been solved, and it has nothing to do with Shia LaBeouf movies or even a part of a plane coming loose.

    According to the Seattle Police Department's blog, the chunk of metal has been identified as a part of a tree-chopping "tub grinder."

    The metal object crashed through a home's roof and ceiling (Seattle PD)The metal object crashed through a home's roof and ceiling (Seattle Police Department)

    How a part of a wood chipper crashed through a roof is, of course, still open to debate. One might assume that a neighbor was chopping trees and the piece simply flew from the grinder.

    Nobody was hurt, but the ceiling did suffer significant damage. Here's hoping the homeowners opted in for "tub-grinder damage" supplemental insurance.

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  • Die-hard fans of "The Simpsons" probably remember the Season 2 episode in which Homer finds his long-lost half-brother, Herb Powell (voiced by Danny DeVito), the big boss of an automobile company.

    In a magnanimous (but ultimately unwise) act, Herb lets Homer design his own car in an effort to give his half-brother a boost of confidence.

    The results are not good. The "Homer" is (to quote the bald genius behind its design) "powerful like a gorilla, yet soft and yielding like a Nerf ball" and featured tail fins, a bubble dome, shag carpeting, a bowling trophy hood ornament and three horns that played "La Cucaracha."

    Now, a group of automotive designers (and, we presume, fans of "The Simpsons") designed a real car based on Homer's epic failure. It looks remarkably like its animated inspiration. Bubble dome to keep noisy kids separated? Check. Puke-green paint job? Yep. Cup holders that can handle extra-large drinks? Oh, yeah!

    Team captain and driver Scott Chamberlain will race it at the 24

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  • Extremely rare jaguar spotted near Arizona mountains

    Jaguar photographed by motion detector camera (photo: Fish and Wildlife Service)Jaguar captured by a motion-detector camera (Fish & Wildlife Service)

    Photos of an extremely rare jaguar roaming Forest Service land near Arizona's Santa Rita Mountains have been published by the Arizona Daily Star, which got the images from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

    The male jaguar, believed to be the lone known unconfined jaguar in the U.S., has been in the area since at least September 2012, when its image was captured by a hunter's motion-detector camera.

    Jeff Humphrey, public outreach specialist with the Fish & Wildlife Service, who spoke with Yahoo News, explained that around the time the hunter captured the photo, the Fish & Wildlife Service and the University of Arizona began using funds supplied by the Department of Homeland Security to monitor the movement of jaguars along the Mexico border. The mission of that project is to learn how border patrols affect jaguars, Humphrey explained.

    As part of the project, the university installed motion-activated cameras. For the past seven months, "whenever [researchers] go and download the

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  • American missionaries infected with Ebola to be brought home
    American missionaries infected with Ebola to be brought home

    An Atlanta hospital is preparing to treat one of the two American aid workers stricken with the highly contagious and deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. It will be the first time that a patient diagnosed with Ebola will be known to be in the United States.

  • Wall Street hammered, Dow closes down more than 300 points
    Wall Street hammered, Dow closes down more than 300 points

    Stocks got hammered on Thursday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling as much as 300 points before recovering slightly near the closing bell.

  • U.S., U.N. announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire
    U.S., U.N. announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.

  • Say 'cheese' (and a few four-letter words): Sky divers leap from 33,000 feet

    Two French sky divers leapt from a plane, about 33,000 feet in the air, and captured this breathtaking photo.

  • Homeowner who fought off Trump is moving on
    Homeowner who fought off Trump is moving on

    She once called Donald Trump "a maggot, a cockroach and a crumb." This week, he remembered her as "an impossible person."

  • Researchers: World Trade Center ship dates to 1773
    Researchers: World Trade Center ship dates to 1773

    Researchers say a ship unearthed at the site of New York's World Trade Center predates American independence.

  • John Kerry's passage to India. Why is he going now?
    John Kerry's passage to India. Why is he going now?

    After a bruising week of shuttle diplomacy that failed to broker a cease-fire to the Gaza conflict, Mr. Kerry landed yesterday in India for two days of talks with the new Narendra Modi government. It’s the first visit of a high ranking US official to India since Prime Minister Modi and his right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to a landslide victory in May, and is designed to pave the way for the Indian leader's visit to the United States in September.  He will need to assuage hurt feelings over revelations that the NSA spied on the BJP, and also press India over its holdup of new global trade regulations. “The catechism of an 'indispensable partnership' with India that US Secretary of State John Kerry repeated during [a speech before he arrived in New Delhi] cannot cover up the loss of faith that has crept into the relationship between the two countries,” wrote Siddharth Varadarajan, a senior fellow at the Centre for Public Affairs in New Delhi in a column in India’s NDTV.

  • France mulls ban on radical Jewish group
    France mulls ban on radical Jewish group

    France is considering disbanding a radical Jewish group whose members clashed with pro-Palestinian activists during rallies over Israel's offensive in Gaza, a source close to the case told AFP on Thursday. News of the mooted ban on the Jewish Defence League (LDJ) came just ahead of an evening pro-Israel demonstration outside the Jewish state's embassy, located near the French prime minister's office. Police said around 4,500 people joined the rally called by the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France (CRIF). They were held in response to weeks of pro-Palestinian protests that have been marred by clashes, arrests and allegations of anti-Semitism in which synagogues were targeted and Israeli flags burnt.

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