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  • He's here! He oinks! Get used to it!

    Wilbur is a handsome fella, loyal to owner Nadine Darsanlal and a hit with many in his Queens neighborhood in New York City. And though we doubt he knows it, he's also become something of a poster pig for equal animal rights around the city, CBS 2 reports.

    Wilbur is a certified therapy pig, licensed by the city to provide emotional support to Darsanlal, a disabled Navy veteran who contracted bacterial meningitis while serving overseas.

    While Darsanlal is a big fan of Wilbur and vice versa ("I wake up with him doing piggy kisses on my cheek," Darsanlal tells CBS 2), it's a different story with the city's health department. It recently issued Darsanlal a citation and a $500 fine for keeping a prohibited animal — despite Wilbur's reported status as a service animal.

    CBS 2 reports that a judge reviewed Wilbur's badge (let that statement sink in for a moment) and found that while the pig is indeed a certified emotional support animal, the fine must be

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  • A horse is a horse, of course, of course. And goats shouldn't climb on a horse, of course. Unless of course, that is, of course, it's a very patient horse.

    Like, really patient.

    And there can be no doubt that Mr. G has to be the most even-tempered, chillest, "hey, like, whatever man" horse that ever lived.

    In a video that is quickly going viral, a horse rests on its belly while several baby goats climb all over him. Two goats climb aboard while the littlest goat watches patiently. Florida resident Debbie Spivey Snyder posted the footage to Facebook.

    Mr. G doesn't seem to mind the goats one bit. In fact, who knows, maybe the horse is enjoying the impromptu massage. If only cats and dogs got along this well.

    Although, actually, sometimes they do.

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  • Looks like a good movie, but does the dog die?

    A website answers the question every moviegoer wants to know before watching

    Does the Dog Die?Does the Dog Die?

    Most moviegoers today can handle a disturbing amount of on-screen carnage. Mass planetary extinction? Two tickets, please. A film about a zombie outbreak that leaves billions dead? Sounds fun!

    But there's one thing many do not, under any circumstances, handle well: A flick where the dog (or cat, or horse, or hamster, etc.) dies. That's crossing the line.

    Fortunately, there's a website that can help remove the anxiety surrounding a pooch's potential fate. Aptly titled Does the Dog Die, the simple site for pet-loving movie buffs lists hundreds of films featuring furry companions (but mostly dogs). The site then lets users know if the dog dies, suffers an injury, or wags its tail all the way to a happy ending.

    Of course, all of the films you'd expect are included. Classics such as "Old Yeller" and "The Wizard of Oz" are both spoiled. But the site doesn't stop with the obvious entrants.

    Been jonesing to watch "C.H.U.D. II — Bud the Chud" but worried that it might feature the untimely

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  • 4 hilariously awful Kickstarters that you will not believe are real
    4 hilariously awful Kickstarters that you will not believe are real

    Kickstarter has become a wonderful way to watch hilariously deluded people fail to achieve their completely ridiculous dreams. Thanks to the dedicated crew at Reddit’s /r/shittykickstarters community, we’ve found for more incredible anti-gems for you to check out that will hopefully never find enough suckers to get successfully funded. Free AC Wow! Free air conditioning! That sounds awesome! Tell me how you do it! Oh wait. You just drilled holes into the top of your fridge and used some tubes to funnel the freezer’s cool air through an air conditioner unit? And you think this is actually going to save you money without completely wrecking your freezer? Oh my. The Free AC Kickstarter project has mercifully been halted, likely after the inventor

  • Scottish zoo: 'Bad news' for pregnant giant panda
    Scottish zoo: 'Bad news' for pregnant giant panda

    LONDON (AP) — Edinburgh Zoo warned Monday that its female giant panda, Tian Tian, may have lost her cub.

  • Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US
    Fidel Castro compares NATO to Nazis, lashes out at US

    Cuban ex-president Fidel Castro lashed out at the United States and Europe on Monday, accusing them of war-mongering and comparing the NATO military alliance's representatives to the Nazi SS. In a tortuous column published in Cuban state media, the father of the island's communist revolution also attacked US Senator John McCain over United States policy in the Middle East, calling him "Israel's most unconditional ally."

  • Doubts over whether Detroit bankruptcy plan gets job done
    Doubts over whether Detroit bankruptcy plan gets job done

    By David Greising, Karen Pierog and Tim Reid DETROIT Reuters) - Detroit’s plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. Detroit is far short of the $1.7 billion it needs over the next 10 years to remove abandoned buildings, replace outdated technology and increase public safety to stem the exodus from the city. “What Detroit needed to start with was a reinvestment program,” said James Spiotto, managing director of Chapman Strategic Advisors, a municipal finance consultancy. “If you don’t solve the systemic problem and fix it for real, all you’re going to do is repeat it going forward.” Detroit’s 1,034-page plan for fixing the city’s finances will be the subject of a weeks-long bankruptcy court proceeding, beginning on Tuesday.

  • Man dumps liquid nitrogen on his head in most dangerous Ice Bucket Challenge video yet
    Man dumps liquid nitrogen on his head in most dangerous Ice Bucket Challenge video yet

    The band members of Spinal Tap always talked about “the fine line between stupid and clever,” and that’s about all we can think of while watching this latest Ice Bucket Challenge video produced by chemist Muhammad Qureshi, who decided to one-up everyone else who has taken the challenge so far by pouring liquid nitrogen all over his head. FROM EARLIER: Stephen Hawking delivers the most heartwarming Ice Bucket Challenge video yet For those of you who don’t know your science, nitrogen has to be very cold before it becomes a liquid — it has a boiling point of −321 °F and a freezing point of −346 °F, so any liquid nitrogen you encounter will be within that temperature range. Because Qureshi knows what he’s doing, however, he

  • Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine
    Russia and NATO square off over Ukraine

    Russia vowed on Tuesday to adopt a beefed-up military doctrine over NATO's plans to establish a rapid-response team that could ward off the Kremlin's expansion into Ukraine and feared push further west. Moscow's surprise announcement added a new and threatening new layer of tensions ahead of NATO's two-day summit that starts Thursday in Wales and will see Ukraine's beleaguered leader Petro Poroshenko personally lobby US President Barack Obama for military help.

  • USING MOTHER TONGUE MAKES FAMILY CONVERSATION DIFFICULT

    DEAR ABBY: My son married an educated professional woman from another country. When their twins were born, my daughter-in-law immersed them in her native language so it would become their mother tongue. Although I understand and respect the benefits of being bilingual, this caused a lot of communication gaps and frustration between us and the grandkids during their early years. They attend a bilingual elementary school now, and their English is superb and communication between us is great. ...

  • US urges Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan
    US urges Israel to reverse Palestinian land-grab plan

    Israel faced increasing pressure Monday, including from the United States, after saying it plans to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank. Ally Washington, the United Nations and Egypt all called for an urgent rethink after Sunday's announcement, which angered the Palestinians and alarmed Israeli peace campaigners, and comes days after a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold. "This announcement, like every other settlement announcement Israel makes, planning step they approve, and construction tender they issue, is counterproductive to Israel's stated goal of a negotiated two-state solution with the Palestinians," a US State Department official said.

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