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  • Salvador Dali etching found at Goodwill store

    Signed sketch by Salvador Dali found at GoodwillSigned sketch by Salvador Dali found at Goodwill (ShopGoodwill.com)

    Someone dropped off an etching at a Goodwill store in Tacoma, Wash. But this wasn't your typical frowning-clown thrift store art. It was drawn by surrealist and mustache aficionado Salvador Dali.

    Goodwill, eager to make the most of the find, put the piece of art up for auction. So far, the high bid is $7,505 with about four days left before the auction ends.

    It's unclear if the donor knew the monetary value of the piece. Likely he or she did. It is clearly signed by Dali and comes with a certificate of authenticity from an art gallery. The colored etching was numbered 126/150. According to the Goodwill site, "The paper has some warping, as if from humidity. The upper right area of matting has some discolored speckling. The other damage is to the frame and glass—a few deep scratches and scuffs." That's right, kids—the frame is included.

    [Related: NYC Museum of Modern Art to feature garage sale]

    According to Seattle's Fox affiliate Q13, a Goodwill employee recognized the piece of art as

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  • Mick Szydlowski receives the cat video of the year award (Friskies)The first-ever cat video awards were held in Los Angeles on Wednesday, with thousands of proud cat owners competing for the coveted grand prize.

    "Do cats know about their celebrity today?" asked host and comedian Michael Buckley. "And more importantly, do they care?"

    That's debatable. But what's unquestionable is the human enthusiasm for cat videos, which have become the third-most-searched items on YouTube.

    More than 1,400 videos were submitted to the Friskies awards this year. A panel of judges and online voters narrowed the selection to 12 finalists in four categories.

    And to honor the finalists, Friskies brought out a roster of cat-world celebrities to entertain a live audience both in person and over the Web. The festivities included a professional ballet dancer and violinist performing an ode to the Nyan Cat, an a cappella choir performing all "meow" renditions of classic songs, the creator of the Henri Le Chat Noir videos and Animal Planet's "Must Love Cats" host John Fulton

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  • UFOs over Denver (maybe)

    Straight out of the X Files comes this clip from Denver's Fox 31. Last week, a viewer sent the station a video of something ... something spooky. A flying object was buzzing in the sky, and it looked like maybe it was carrying little green men.

    Was it really a UFO? Suspecting the clip was a prank, the TV station sent out its own photojournalist to see if he could document the same weirdness on his own. Guess what? He did.

    Fox 31 aired the footage and interviewed several experts in the field. None could identify the flying object. Aviation expert Steve Cowell told Fox 31's investigative reporter Heidi Hemmat, "That is not an airplane, that is not a helicopter, those are not birds, I can't identify it." Cowell, while mystified, did come up with a less mysterious possibility. "Perhaps there is some sort of debris that is being raised by atmospheric winds."

    [Related: UFO or elaborate hoax? Flying-saucer like object filmed from plane]

    The New York Daily News quotes UFO expert Robert

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  • Today in History

    Today is Monday, July 28, the 209th day of 2014. There are 156 days left in the year.

  • Islamic State jihadists open 'marriage bureau'
    Islamic State jihadists open 'marriage bureau'

    The Islamic State, which advocates public stoning for adultery, has opened a "marriage bureau" for women who want to wed its fighters in territory they control in Syria and Iraq. The jihadist group's office is operating from Al-Bab, a town in Aleppo province of northern Syria, for "single women and widows who would like to marry IS fighters", said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Running twice-weekly tours from Syria's Raqa to Iraq's Anbar, IS buses fly the group's black flag and play jihadist songs throughout the journey. IS has its roots in Iraq, but spread into Syria in late spring 2013.

  • Gaza residents see no joy in Muslim Eid holiday
    Gaza residents see no joy in Muslim Eid holiday

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - One of the most joyous days in the Muslim calendar, the holiday of Eid al-Fitr was marked on Monday by tears and sorrow in the Gaza Strip, left battered by three weeks of merciless fighting between Israel and Hamas Islamists. Marking the end of the holy Ramadan month of fasting, Eid is normally a time of feasts and fun, presents and parties, even in this impoverished and isolated Palestinian coastal enclave. "How should a mother feel when she opens her eyes on the day of Eid and does not see her son next to her?" said Abir Shammaly, whose son was killed during heavy Israeli shelling of the Shejaia district in east Gaza last week. Why did they do this to us?" said Shammaly, who also lost her house in the bombardment of Shejaia that Israel says was a Hamas stronghold.

  • Argentina Dances With Default

    Argentina has earned its status as the world's most downwardly mobile nation, and now the Kirchner government seems ready to further damage its economy and the well-being of its citizens. Instead of negotiating a deal with its creditors after recent losses in U.S. courts, Argentina is dancing with another default and trashing America's legal system to boot. Argentina has until Wednesday to make an interest payment to bondholders or it will officially default for the second time in 13 years. Argentina claims it is willing to pay bondholders who agreed to take less than 30 cents on the dollar in a debt restructuring after its 2001 default.

  • Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk
    Despite Clinton: O'Malley in Iowa amid 2016 talk

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Martin O'Malley's latest foray into Iowa began, appropriately, in a place called Clinton.

  • What not to buy on Amazon
    What not to buy on Amazon

    Many of us assume Amazon has the best prices on everything, but there are some thing that can be found cheaper elsewhere.

  • Russia, Germany up diplomatic battle over Ukraine sanctions

    By Alexei Anishchuk and Michelle Martin MOSCOW/BERLIN (Reuters) - As fighting intensified in Ukraine on Monday, a diplomatic battle also raged, with Berlin warning that new European sanctions would send a "strong signal" to Moscow, and Russia saying the measures could only boost its economic independence. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow had no intention of imposing tit-for-tat sanctions, the day before the 28-nation European Union was set to finalise a package of measures that may close the bloc's capital markets to Russian state banks. The sanctions, and any retaliatory measures, could affect BP, whose 19.75 percent holding in Russian oil producer Rosneft leaves it exposed to the Russian economy. Kremlin-controlled Rosneft also has agreements with ExxonMobil, Eni and Statoil to tap Russia's Arctic offshore oil and gas.

  • Reporter recalls Soviet evasion in '83 jet downing
    Reporter recalls Soviet evasion in '83 jet downing

    Those searching for the truth about what happened in the shoot-down of the Malaysia airliner over Ukraine can take little comfort from the history of another passenger jet that was blasted out of the sky over the Soviet Union more than three decades ago: The Kremlin at the time dodged, weaved and obfuscated. Today, we still don't know what exactly happened to Korean Airlines Flight 007.

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