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  • Stuyvesant High School is considered one of New York City's top public high schools, but some of the students there think a recently imposed dress code is just dumb.

    The New York Post reports that about 100 students decided to protest the code, which bans girls from exposing their shoulders, midriffs, lower backs, bras and underwear, by having a "Slutty Wednesday," during which they intentionally broke the conservative dress standards.

    "We work our asses off here, and school is about learning. Clothing is not important," ninth-grader Lucy Greider told the Post. Greider says she's been brought into the office 10 times this year for violating the dress code, which was introduced last fall. "A lot of the classrooms don't have a/c's and when it is 80 degrees outside and it is really hot, it's perfectly OK to show a little skin."

    A 2010 poll by the National Center for Education Statistics found that about 57 percent of public schools enforce some kind of dress code. In addition, 19 percent of public schools require school uniforms, a 12 percent increase over the previous decade.

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  • Rambo (Dominic Genetti/Courier-Post)

    A dog accidentally left at a rest area waited there for two days before his truck-driving owner was able to locate him.

    Rambo, an inexplicably named 9-month-old Yorkie, apparently jumped out of Michael Siau's rig when Siau stopped at a Missouri rest area late last week.

    "Didn't even cross my mind that he might jump outhe never has before," Siau told the Hannibal (Mo.) Courier-Post. "I jumped back in the truck, put it in gear and drove off. And I just thought he was in the back asleep."

    Several hours later170 miles away in Cedar Rapids, IowaSiau realized Rambo was gone.

    "I was freaking out," Siau said. "I had to calm down and think about how he could have possibly gotten out. And it came to me that was the only time that I could have got out and I wouldn't have seen him. I was just sure he was there."

    But the Arkansas-based truck driver feared he'd lose his job if he turned around. He called authorities, eventually reaching a local animal control officer who went to the site on Sunday.

    "Sure enough," the Associated Press reported, "little Rambo was there, sitting patiently." He was taken to an animal shelter in Hannibal until Siau could collect him.

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  • A massive, 66-foot concrete dock mysteriously washed up on the Oregon shore this week. And officials are trying to figure out if the floating structure had traveled all the way from Japan after the March 2011 tsunami.

    Local affiliate KATU reports that the dock has a placard with Japanese writing that they are attempting to translate. In addition, the station traced a phone number on the placard to a business located in Tokyo.

    The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department sent a picture of the placard to the Japanese consulate in Portland for review.

    "We don't know where it's from," said Chris Havel with the parks department. "We don't know if it's from Japan or not but we have to eliminate those possibilities as we go forward."

    Even if the dock did travel thousands of miles to reach the shores of Oregon, it did not defy physics to get arrive there. While the structure is nearly 70 feet long, 7 feet tall and 19 feet wide and made of concrete and metal, it was also reportedly designed to float.

    The dock was first spotted floating offshore but has now made its way to land. Kirk Tite was walking along the beach on Tuesday with his two sons and described the dock as a "massive hunk of concrete and metal covered in sea creatures." They also found a Japanese symbol and imprint on tires attached to the dock, although those could simply indicate that the tires themselves were made in Japan.

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  • Israel says ready to extend short Gaza truce; many bodies pulled from rubble

    By Nidal al-Mughrabi and Maayan Lubell GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel will extend a humanitarian truce in the Gaza Strip by a further four hours, a government source said on Saturday, as the number of Palestinian deaths in the 19-day war topped 1,000. It was not immediately clear if Hamas Islamists, who control the coastal enclave, were also willing to prolong the ceasefire, which was originally due to last just 12 hours. "It's all gone, our whole lives were in that house, home to 18 people!" screamed Zaneen, a small woman in a black robe and purple head scarf, as she wondered through the debris in the town of Beit Hanoun in the northern Gaza Strip. "My God, we want peace, peace and for all this to stop!" Israel's security cabinet was due to convene later on Saturday to discuss international efforts, being led by U.S, Secretary of State John Kerry in Paris, to secure a longer lasting truce.

  • Israel extends temporary truce as Gaza toll tops 1,000
    Israel extends temporary truce as Gaza toll tops 1,000

    Israel on Saturday approved a four-hour extension of a temporary truce in Gaza, Israeli television said, after the Palestinian death toll topped 1,000 with the retrieval of more than 130 bodies. The decision came after US Secretary of State John Kerry and foreign ministers from Europe and the Middle East urged Israel and the Hamas movement to extend the fragile truce. "We all call on parties to extend the humanitarian ceasefire," France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters in Paris after meeting Kerry and foreign ministers from Britain, Germany, Italy, Qatar and Turkey, as well as an EU representative.

  • Hollande declares three days of mourning over Air Algerie crash

    By Michel Rose and Emma Farge DAKAR/PARIS (Reuters) - French President Francois Hollande ordered that flags on government buildings across France fly at half-mast for three days from Monday after the death of 118 people including 54 French nationals in the crash of an Air Algerie flight in Mali. Hollande, who met with relatives of victims for three hours on Saturday afternoon, said that all the bodies would be flown to France and that he would make sure that families can, at some point, travel to the crash site to help them cope with grief. "A headstone will be erected so that no one ever forgets that on this land, on this site, 118 people perished," Hollande said in a television address, his third on the air disaster in three days. The United Nations said on Saturday that its experts had located the second black box from flight AH5017 that crashed in the West African country earlier this week.

  • Cops nab criminal who taunted them on Facebook
    Cops nab criminal who taunted them on Facebook

    “Y’all will never catch me,” Roger Ray Ireland commented on the Anne Arundel County Police Department's Facebook page. A day later Ireland was behind bars.

  • Son: Joe Paterno feared wrongly accusing Sandusky
    Son: Joe Paterno feared wrongly accusing Sandusky

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in a new book.

  • Texas Dad's Invention That Fills 100 Water Balloons in a Minute Inspires Robust Kickstarter Campaign
    Texas Dad's Invention That Fills 100 Water Balloons in a Minute Inspires Robust Kickstarter Campaign

    Summer after summer of filling and knotting water balloons was taking the fun out of water balloon fights. So one Texas family took matters into their own hands and came up with a way to save time. After some experimentation, engineer Josh Malone and his kids came up with a prototype of a prepackaged balloon set, which attaches to a hose. After a group of balloons are filled with water simultaneously, they tie themselves before falling off — in one minute. "We knew there had to be a better way," Malone tells Yahoo News.

  • Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall
    Gaza sides agree to lull but truce efforts stall

    Israeli media say the country's Security Cabinet has unanimously rejected a U.S. proposal for a temporary pause in Israel-Hamas fighting.

  • Obama urges Latin leaders, Republicans to help
    Obama urges Latin leaders, Republicans to help

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Friday urged Central American presidents and congressional Republicans to help ease the influx of minors and migrant families crossing the southwest border of the U.S.

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