- Letter to mom from missing NH teen Abigail Hernandez a rare ray of hope: Is she a runaway?
A letter from missing New Hampshire teenager Abigail Hernandez has given new hope for resolution to the now two-month-long disappearance of the 15-year-old, who disappeared into thin air on her walk home from school in the ski resort town of North Conway. While the letter has given the agency – and volunteers who have scoured northern New Hampshire valleys for signs of Abigail – a degree of hope and reassurance, agents say they remain concerned for her safety. "Though she could have left willingly, someone now could be coercing her," said FBI special agent Kieran Ramsey at a press conference. Up to 2.8 million American teenagers run away from home each year, primarily because of problems at home, according to the National Runaway Safeline.
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- Google manager reportedly posts photos of prescription Glass, quickly removes them
Google has been promising to bring support for prescription lenses to Google Glass, but it hasn't given much of an indication of what that'll ultimately look like or when it'll be released. But earlier this week, Google community manager Brian Matiash reportedly posted two photos that appear to be of Google Glass with built-in prescription lenses. The photos were caught by Phandroid, and while they've since been pulled from Matiash's Google+ page, the images' embedded GPS data suggests that they were taken right on Google's campus.
- 'Cannibal sandwiches' sicken residents in Midwest
Residents in the upper Midwest should ditch their seasonal tradition of eating "cannibal sandwiches" made of raw ground beef, health officials warned, citing multiple outbreaks of foodborne illnesses since the 1970s and cases last year. Gobbling up raw ground beef spread on sandwich bread or crackers with onions and other seasoning led to more than 50 cases of foodborne illness in 1972, 1978 and 1994 in Wisconsin, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention wrote in a report released this week. Raw beef "cannibal sandwiches" have also been linked to at least four cases, and possibly more than a dozen, of sickness tied to E. Coli bacteria in the central region of Wisconsin over the 2012 winter holiday season, the CDC said.
- Susan Boyle reveals she has Asperger's
Scottish singer Susan Boyle revealed on Sunday that she has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. Boyle, a 52-year-old church volunteer who became a global singing sensation, told Britain's Observer newspaper she had been diagnosed a year ago and spoke of her relief after years of bullying for her learning difficulties.
- Elton John challenges Russian gay ban from stage
British pop icon Elton John escaped serious criticism in Russia on Saturday after using a sold-out Moscow concert to challenge a highly contentious law banning the "propaganda of homosexuality" to minors. The 66-year-old singer is the first Western star known for fighting gay prejudice to tour Russia since it adopted in June a measure making it illegal to explain same sex relationships to children. John -- openly gay and in a civil partnership with filmmaker David Furnish since 2005 -- performed in Moscow on Friday and is due to play in the heart of the Muslim region of Tatarstan on Saturday night. He had been urged by some gay rights advocates to cancel the concerts as a form of protest against President Vladimir Putin's 13-year rule.