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  • Who is this man and why did he take 445 photos of himself over 30 years?

    The mysterious collection of images is being shown at Rutgers' Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, N.J.

    Who is he? What did he do? What was he thinking about as he sat down in the photo booth 445 times and waited for the camera to take his picture? And why did he keep the photos?

    Visitors to the Rutgers' Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick, N.J., can ask themselves those questions and more as they examine three decades of photographs of an unidentified man of many emotions.

    Collection of Donald Lokuta, Courtesy Rutgers Zimmerli Art Museum

    Just don't expect any answers. Sometimes he looks happy. Other times he appears less than pleased. Like all of us, his face changed quite a bit over the course of 30 years. The hair grays and then thins. The cheeks fall a little lower on the face. The wrinkles become more defined.

    All of that is universal (outside of Hollywood), which is part of what makes the exhibit such a draw. The images, owned by photography historian Donald Lokuta and lent to the Zimmerli Art Museum, were taken during the time between the Great Depression and the 1960s, according to a blog from Rutgers.

    Collection of Donald Lokuta, Courtesy Rutgers Zimmerli Art Museum

    Lokuta came across a few of the images

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  • Woman saves father from burning home after father went in to help neighbor

    'It’s not every day that a dad is saved by his baby girl,' man says

    When Roger Huff of Virginia Beach, Va., heard his neighbor scream for help with a fire, he rushed into action.

    Little did Huff know that he would need to be rescued himself and that his daughter, 22-year-old Ashleigh Williams, would save his life.

    WAVY reports that after Huff rushed into Larquan Shoulders' home with his fire extinguisher on Tuesday evening, he became overwhelmed by the thick smoke. Williams, who followed him to the fire, spoke to WTKR about how she and Shoulders saw her father choke and fall to the ground. 

    Williams and Shoulders, 18, dragged Huff out of the smoke-filled apartment. She performed chest compressions, and Huff soon came back around and gasped for fresh air.

    She told WTKR, "I know he would do it for me or any of our neighbors had that he would do the same thing. He proved that yesterday also."

    The father, clearly proud of his daughter, said, "It’s not every day that a dad is saved by his baby girl or any of his kids."

    Shoulders' mother, Tiniki Riddick,

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  • Newborn elephant's charming attempt to stand on its own 4 feet

    Struggle captured on video demonstrates extra-large animals can be cute and adorable, too

    An elephant may be the only creature that can weigh over five tons and still be accurately described as "cute." Could be the trunks. Could be the ears. Or it could be their ability to be adorably helpless as babies and surprisingly athletic as adults.

    Two videos bring home the point: The first video (above) features a newborn elephant attempting to stand for the first time. Notice we wrote "attempting." Like a college student who can't quite get up for that 8 a.m. class across campus, this elephant tries to stand but doesn't have the muscles or coordination.

    The video was shot by Brad Wishen in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in 2012. We're not sure how the elephant is doing now, but we bet it's a lot more mobile these days. Who knows — maybe it even plays soccer like a pro ... a giant, lumbering pro, just like Beco. In a video provided by Buzz60, the elephant from the Columbus, Ohio, zoo is given a ball for his fifth birthday. Athletic feats ensue.

    Beco bends it like Beckham, heading the ball

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  • China's Xi purging corrupt officials to put own men in place: sources

    By Benjamin Kang Lim and Megha Rajagopalan BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to use a purge of senior officials suspected of corruption to put his own men and reform-minded bureaucrats into key positions across the Communist Party, the government and the military, sources said. Xi hopes that removing corrupt officials and those resisting change will allow him to consolidate his grip on power and implement difficult economic, judicial and military reforms that he believes are vital to perpetuate one-party rule, said the sources, who have ties to the leadership. In the most far-reaching example of his intentions, Xi plans to promote about 200 progressive officials from the eastern coastal province of Zhejiang, where he served as party boss from 2002 to 2007, to senior positions across the spectrum in the years ahead, two of them said. The biggest investigation Xi has ordered so far revolves around retired domestic security tsar Zhou Yongkang, who is under virtual house arrest.

  • Experts say video doesn't show Earhart wreckage
    Experts say video doesn't show Earhart wreckage

    CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Experts retained by an aircraft preservation group say underwater video shot in the South Pacific yields no evidence of the wreckage of the missing plane piloted by aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart.

  • Vice President Biden Applauds Boston's Courage
    Vice President Biden Applauds Boston's Courage

    On the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 200 others, Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute today to the bravery and courage of survivors and first responders. “In my career I’ve been part of or witnessed...

  • Injuries mar Barcelona, Madrid Cup final preparations
    Injuries mar Barcelona, Madrid Cup final preparations

    Barcelona and Real Madrid face off for the first major title of the Spanish season in the Copa del Rey final at the Mestalla in Valencia on Wednesday. World Player of the Year Cristiano Ronaldo is a major doubt for Real due to a hamstring injury suffered in his side's 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago. The Portuguese hasn't played in three games since and is unlikely to be risked with Real's Champions League semi-final first leg against Bayern Munich just seven days away. Brazilian full-back Marcelo is also expected to miss out due to a similar injury, but Sergio Ramos should be fit despite missing Saturday's 4-0 win against Almeria due to a neck problem.

  • Ukraine launches 'gradual' operation, action limited
    Ukraine launches 'gradual' operation, action limited

    By Gabriela Baczynska and Thomas Grove KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking East, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited. In Kiev, acting President Oleksander Turchinov declared a much-needed victory over pro-Russian rebels by saying the air base had been "liberated." But there was no sign of militants. A senior Ukrainian officer told the unarmed crowd that he had come to direct an "anti-terrorist operation" that Turchinov announced earlier in the day, after more than a week of missed deadlines set by Kiev for armed pro-Moscow activists to end occupations of public buildings in some 10 places in the east. Ukraine's state security service said an "anti-terrorist" operation was also in progress against separatists in the nearby town of Slaviansk but there was no immediate evidence of action.

  • Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site
    Boston police destroy 2 backpacks at marathon site

    BOSTON (AP) — Police have blown up two unattended backpacks found near the Boston Marathon's finish line. They say they've taken a man into custody in connection with them.

  • Here are all the passwords you need to change right now because of Heartbleed
    Here are all the passwords you need to change right now because of Heartbleed

    By now, we all know what a huge deal Heartbleed is. The massive vulnerability in OpenSSL protocol impacted 66% of all sites on the Internet at the time of its discovery, and now companies are scrambling to fix the issue. Most big companies seem to have done a pretty good job of acting quickly, but this bug is several years old so users have been at risk for quite some time regardless of how quickly a site might have patched the flaw. As such, the cybersecurity experts at LWG Consulting have compiled a great list of all the huge sites that were impacted by Heartbleed. Do you have accounts on any of the sites listed below? Change your password immediately —

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