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  • Sometimes one forklift just isn't enough.

    Case in point: This merry crew of movers who found a creative way to get a large crate all the way inside a truck.

    First, they used one forklift to pick up the crate and place it just inside the truck as far as the lift could reach. Next came forklift No. 2, which picked up the first forklift and pushed it (along with the crate) into the recesses of the trailer. The second forklift then helps the original return to ground level.

    Mission accomplished.

    The video, which was posted to Facebook on July 2, is making the rounds on social media and blogs. Everything worked out for the best for these workers, but keep in mind that a lot can go wrong when you're doing unconventional tricks with heavy equipment.

    Of course, forklifts aren't the only piece of construction to be used creatively. Earlier this year, YouTube user kwirls posted footage of an excavator on the back of a trailer truck that had apparently run out of gas. Workers used the

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  •  A woman in Santa Fe, New Mexico, had just left her home early Thursday morning when her car suddenly stalled. A good Samaritan pulled over to help, but when he opened the hood of the car he didn’t find a dead battery. Instead, he found a very much living 9-foot, 20-pound python..

    “It was looking right at me. It flicked its little tongue, and I kind of freaked out a little bit,” Jackson Ault said of the discovery.

    So Ault and the woman, who wasn't identified, called the local police to help. The first officer on the scene wasn’t anymore interested in dealing with the snake (believed to be a Burmese python) than Ault.

    But then police Lt. Louis Carlos showed up and the story suddenly became much less frightening and far more adorable.

    “Cool, I want to hold it!” Carlos told local affiliate KOAT about his reaction to seeing the snake. “It was easy for me to just go in there, pick her up and hold onto her and let her feel the warmth of my hands and my body.”

    After soothing the snake,

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  • If you love smoking pot, live in Berkeley and don’t make a lot of money, the City Council has some good news for you: Your pot might now be free.

    An ordinance approved by the Berkeley City Council says that at least 2 percent of all pot carried by medical marijuana dispensaries must be provided “at no cost” to “very low-income” individuals and families.

    The council defines the “very low income” as individuals making $32,000 or less a year or families of four collectively earning $46,000.

    And unlike the cliched image of “government cheese,” the ordinance also requires that the free marijuana “shall be the same quality on average as Medical Cannabis that is dispensed to other members.”

    “It’s sort of a cruel thing that when you are really ill and you do have a serious illness ... it can be hard to work, it can be hard to maintain a job. And when that happens, your finances suffer and then you can’t buy the medicine you need,” said Sean Luce, who works at local collective Berkeley

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  • Graham: Remark about helping white men was joke
    Graham: Remark about helping white men was joke

    COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's remark at a private, all-male dinner about mainly helping white men if he became president was a joke taken out of context, his campaign said Thursday.

  • Jon Stewart welcomes newest 'Daily Show' advertiser: Koch Industries
    Jon Stewart welcomes newest 'Daily Show' advertiser: Koch Industries

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  • LG Electronics profit surges on smartphone sales
    LG Electronics profit surges on smartphone sales

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  • Individual genetic differences may affect Ebola survival: study
    Individual genetic differences may affect Ebola survival: study

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  • Suspect in Pennsylvania police ambush captured after seven-week manhunt

    By Joe McDonald BLOOMING GROVE Pa. (Reuters) - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a sniper attack in September could face the death penalty, prosecutors said, after a seven-week manhunt in the Pocono Mountains ended with his arrest on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, had eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers since the Sept. 12 ambush outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove. The attack killed Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and wounded Trooper Alex Douglass, 31. ...

  • Boeing exec says NASA crash underscores need for new U.S. engine

    By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The crash of an unmanned Orbital Sciences Antares rocket is a "wake-up call" to the U.S. space community about the need to develop a new U.S. rocket engine, the head of Boeing Co's defense division said on Thursday. Chris Chadwick, chief executive of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, said the failure of the rocket on Tuesday was a "sad and tragic" reminder that the space business was complex and difficult, but he did not expect a lasting setback to the overall industry. The incident underscored growing concerns about U.S. ...

  • Pennsylvania boy who disappeared with father on sailboat found in South Pacific

    SEATTLE (Reuters) - A 9-year-old boy reported missing after he disappeared with his father aboard a sailboat in Washington state has been located on an island in the South Pacific and will be reunited with his mother, the FBI said on Thursday. His father, Jeffrey Ford Hanson, 46, has been charged with international parental kidnapping and was taken into custody by authorities in Niue, an island country more than 5,000 miles from the U.S. mainland, the FBI said. ...

  • Arias judge bars public from witness' testimony
    Arias judge bars public from witness' testimony

    PHOENIX (AP) — The judge in the Jodi Arias trial took the highly unusual step Thursday of barring the public from watching the first witness called by the convicted murderer's legal team as she fights to be spared the death penalty.

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