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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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  • Today in History

    Today is Wednesday, August 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year.

  • 9 essential facts about Ferguson and the shooting of Michael Brown
    9 essential facts about Ferguson and the shooting of Michael Brown

    On August 9, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days since his death, Ferguson has been rocked by protests, some of which have turned violent. On Saturday, August 16, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew on Ferguson, closing the streets from midnight to 5am. Here are the essential facts you need to know to understand who Brown was, how he was killed, and why the nation's eyes are on Ferguson.

  • Gov. Nixon Calls For ‘Vigorous Prosecution’ Of Darren Wilson
    Gov. Nixon Calls For ‘Vigorous Prosecution’ Of Darren Wilson

    Not content with a regular prosecution or a vigorous investigation, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said he hopes that Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson will receive a “vigorous prosecution” in the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9. “A vigorous prosecution must now be pursued,” Nixon said in a five minute video address posted to his website Tuesday. “Their obligation to achieve justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown must be carried out thoroughly, promptly, and correctly,” said Nixon of investigators.

  • iPhone 6 sales seen topping a crazy 10 million in just the first week
    iPhone 6 sales seen topping a crazy 10 million in just the first week

    Apple is getting ready for its most massive product launch yet with the iPhone 6, with Business Insider pointing to a new RBC note to investors that says the upcoming smartphone will be a smash hit for the iPhone maker. FROM EARLIER: Incredible trade-in deal could net you $350 to spend on the iPhone 6 “Most supply chain data is pointing towards Apple gearing up to ramp 70-80 million iPhone 6 units across the two form factors (4.7”/5.5”),” RBC analyst Amit Daryanani said. “This is a notable uptick from last year when the supply chain ramped 50-60 million units.” By making around 75 million iPhone 6 units for 2014, Apple is increasing orders by 36% compared to its orders to

  • Couple Returns Home From Honeymoon to Find Home Covered in Post-It Notes
    Couple Returns Home From Honeymoon to Find Home Covered in Post-It Notes

    Meet Jamie and Emily Pharro, newlyweds from Lincolnshire, England. After their nuptials on Aug. 1, the pair handed their keys over to friends to look after their cats while they were on their honeymoon. Upon their return from a glorious holiday in Italy, the Pharros found that their prankster pals had arranged a noteworthy welcome — in the way of 14,000 Post-it notes covering the first floor of their house. The sticky pieces of paper covered the entryway, the living room, and the kitchen.

  • Charities Seek Their Own Ice Bucket
    Charities Seek Their Own Ice Bucket

    The Success of the ALS Challenge Has Other Nonprofits Hoping to Capture the Viral Wave

  • Ex-CEO Ballmer quits Microsoft board to focus on NBA's Clippers
    Ex-CEO Ballmer quits Microsoft board to focus on NBA's Clippers

    By Bill Rigby SEATTLE (Reuters) - Former Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has left the software company's board in order to spend more time on his newly acquired Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, but said he plans to hang on to his 4 percent stake in Microsoft. "I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time," Ballmer said in a letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella made public by Microsoft on Tuesday. Ballmer, 58, paid an NBA-record $2 billion for the Clippers.

  • Scientists warn Florida governor of threat from climate change

    By Bill Cotterell TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) - Five climate scientists warned Florida Governor Rick Scott in a meeting on Tuesday that a steadily rising ocean was a major threat to the state's future, urging it to become a leader in developing solar energy and other clean power sources. The Republican governor, who disputed the human impact on climate change in his 2010 campaign, agreed recently to meet with the scientists after his main Democratic challenger for re-election this year, former Governor Charlie Crist, proclaimed himself a firm believer in global warming. “I’m inherently an optimist,” said David Hastings, a professor of marine science and chemistry at Eckerd College on Florida's west coast. I’m concerned he might not do anything.” The scientists said they hoped Scott would respond to the Obama administration's proposal to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 38 percent in Florida by 2030.

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