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  • Lisa Miller has a powerful retort to anyone who says the Facebook game "Farm Town" is a waste of time; it literally helped her save a woman's life.

    A screenshot from the game Farm Town (Facebook)"We just started chatting away and she started telling me about her daughter," Miller told CBS Atlanta. As it turned out, the Idaho woman's daughter was in desperate need of a kidney transplant.

    Miller then befriended "Tiffany," who is in her late 20's and asked to withhold her full-name. "I really needed to help her out," Miller said.

    "She struck me to move forward and help her. I don't know what it was about her."

    In some ways, it makes sense that Miller was willing to reach out to someone she met on a Facebook game. After all, Farm Town is a farming simulation game that leans heavily on cooperation between human players, to plant and harvest their respective crops.

    Miller says she used her Facebook account to reach out to friend and potential donors for three years, but had come up empty-handed in her search.

    In fact, it was two older

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  • Eight tentacled snakes were recently born in captivity (Wikicommons)Indiana Jones and Samuel L. Jackson may need to start their own group therapy session: Eight tentacled snakes were recently hatched at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

    These babies belong to an aquatic species of snake native to Southeast Asia, formally known as Erpeton tentaculatus, according to the Mother Nature Network.

    Scientists say it is the only known species of snakes to have tentacles, which are used to sense vibrations from fish swimming by. The snakes are relatively small, usually growing to lengths of about 20 to 35 inches.

    The tentacled snake spends almost all of its life hiding in murky waters, and scientists say its venomous fangs are not a threat to humans.

    Beyond its unusual sensory devices, the tentacled snake has some other impressive evolutionary traits as well, including the ability to predict where a startled fish will maneuver, allowing the tentacled snake to literally guide the prey into its open mouth. A 2009 report from Science Blogs explains in detail how

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  • Robert McDonald has learned the hard way that every vote really does count.

    The candidate for Kentucky's Walton City Council finds himself tied with rival Olivia Ballou for the sixth seat at 669 votes each. Most likely, the race will be decided by a coin toss. But it could have been decided by McDonald's wife, Katie, who didn't make it out to vote.

    McDonald's wife works nights as a patient care assistant at Christ Hospital and is completing her nurse's training at Gateway Community and Technical College. She sleeps during the day and cares for their three children.

    McDonald told the Kentucky Enquirer he can't blame her. "She woke up about 10 minutes before the polls closed and asked if she should run up, but I told her I didn't think one vote would matter."

    Clearly, McDonald does not think that anymore.

    Rules in Boone County for absentee voting are restrictive, so that wasn't an option. The coin toss will go forward unless one of the candidates requests a recount.

    Neither the

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    Shares of some top railroad companies were down at the close of trading: CSX fell $.21 or .7 percent, to $30.52. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.77 or 1.1 percent, to $67.58. Canadian Pacific Railway ...

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    10 Things to Know for Today

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  • Israel hits symbols of Hamas power in Gaza war
    Israel hits symbols of Hamas power in Gaza war

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Israel escalated its military campaign against Hamas on Tuesday, striking symbols of the group's control in Gaza and firing tank shells that shut down the strip's only power plant in the heaviest bombardment in the fighting so far.

  • One-third of Americans are delinquent on their debt
    One-third of Americans are delinquent on their debt

    More than one-third of Americans had debt in collections in 2013, according to a new study by the Urban Institute.

  • Blast in Gaza during CNN live shot sends reporter, crew ducking for cover
    Blast in Gaza during CNN live shot sends reporter, crew ducking for cover

    Karl Penhaul was delivering a live report from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday and was forced to take cover when a blast from Israel's shelling of Gaza City rocked a building just 200 yards behind him.

  • 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.

  • Celebrities stir passions with Gaza views
    Celebrities stir passions with Gaza views

    Pop idols and professional athletes are going public with strong views about Gaza, putting their relations with fans on the line while stirring up a social media frenzy. More often than not, celebrity sympathies have been leaning in favor of Palestinians as the Israeli assault on Hamas rolls into its fourth week and the death toll keeps rising. Zayn Malik of the British boy band One Direction was the latest boldface name to voice his concern when he posted "#FreePalestine" on his Twitter account Sunday. "People who don't live in Israel don't have any right to say their opinion out loud," tweeted one young woman, Shaked Erez, who added the hashtag #freeisrael for good measure.

  • Ronstadt gets answer to 'When Will I Be Loved?'
    Ronstadt gets answer to 'When Will I Be Loved?'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Linda Ronstadt got the answer to that question she's been asking for decades: "When Will I Be Loved?"

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