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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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  • Large wildfire in Dutch national park

    EDE, Netherlands (AP) — A large wildfire destroyed at least 530 hectares (1,300 acres) in the Netherlands' Hoge Veluwe National Park on Sunday, one of the worst fires seen in the region for decades, Dutch authorities said.

  • Gomez, Snider Ejected After Brewer-Pirates Brawl

    Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez, Pittsburgh's Travis Snider ejected following Brewers-Pirates brawl

  • Illinois mayor sends cops after man who created parody Twitter account
    Illinois mayor sends cops after man who created parody Twitter account

    The local story has made national headlines after readers across the country protested the official response to the Twitter parody account.

  • Iran slams U.S. justice verdict on Manhattan skyscraper

    Iran on Saturday criticized a U.S. government move to seize a Manhattan skyscraper owned largely by a foundation that promotes its language and Islamic culture, saying this violated the right to religious freedom in the United States. According to a court document filed in New York on Thursday, the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to distribute proceeds from the sale of the Fifth Avenue high-rise to families affected by alleged Iranian-aided attacks, including the 1983 bombing of the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut. The settlement marks the latest turn in a long-running battle over the 36-storey building owned chiefly by Alavi Foundation, a non-profit Persian and Islamic cultural center. Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said the decision "lacks legal justification and negates America's commitment to protecting its citizens' religious freedom." "Confiscation of the properties of an independent charity organization raises doubt about the credibility of U.S. justice," she was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency.

  • Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse
    Special Report: How the U.S. made its Putin problem worse

    By David Rohde and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON AND NEW YORK (Reuters) - In September 2001, as the U.S. reeled from the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Vladimir Putin supported Washington's imminent invasion of Afghanistan in ways that would have been inconceivable during the Cold War. He agreed that U.S. planes carrying humanitarian aid could fly through Russian air space. He said the U.S. military could use airbases in former Soviet republics in Central Asia. And he ordered his generals to brief their U.S. counterparts on their own ill-fated 1980s occupation of Afghanistan.

  • Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules
    Navy OKs changes for submariners' sleep schedules

    GROTON, Conn. (AP) — With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors' working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean's surface.

  • Tennis-Wawrinka fights back to beat Federer in Monte Carlo final

    (Adds Wawrinka quotes) MONTE CARLO, April 20 (Reuters) - Stanislas Wawrinka signalled his French Open ambitions by beating Roger Federer 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-2 in an all-Swiss Monte Carlo Masters final on Sunday. Third seed and Australian Open champion Wawrinka recovered from the loss of the opening set to claim his maiden Masters title on the Monte Carlo clay just six weeks before the May 25-June 8 grand slam tournament in Paris. It's always easy." Federer, whose only defeat in 14 previous matches against Wawrinka was in Monte Carlo in 2009, said: "I had a great week. Wawrinka played with great depth as Federer was eventually pushed back far from his baseline and was prevented from attacking.

  • Malaysia Airlines jet turns back after gear fails

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia Airlines says a flight heading to India made an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur after it was forced to turn back when its right landing gear malfunctioned.

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