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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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    Jan 30 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the European championships Men's Free Program on Friday 1. Javier Fernandez (Spain) 173.25 2. Maksim Kovtun (Russia) 157.47 3. Sergey Voronov (Russia) 151.99 4. Alexei Bychenko (Israel) 146.59 5. Ivan Righini (Italy) 143.30 6. Adian Pitkeev (Russia) 141.09 7. Michal Brezina (Czech Republic) 139.25 8. Peter Liebers (Germany) 138.09 9. Daniel Samohin (Israel) 137.28 10. Florent Amodio (France) 136.05 11. Alexander Majorov (Sweden) 134.47 12. Petr Coufal (Czech Republic) 130.35 13. Franz Streubel (Germany) 121.73 14. Javier Raya (Spain) 119.90 15. ...

  • Toulon turn focus from Europe to Bayonne in French Top 14
    Toulon turn focus from Europe to Bayonne in French Top 14

    Toulon return to Top 14 action against Bayonne this weekend fresh from qualifying for the European Champions Cup but missing a host of players who have received international call-ups for the Six Nations. Argentina's Juan Martin Hernandez starts at fly-half in the absence of both Australian Matt Giteau, who underwent a groin operation on Tuesday and will be out for two months, and Frederic Michalak, still to make his comeback from a shoulder injury.

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