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  • Popular lore has it that few things can be angrier than a wet cat—but perhaps wet cats should be given at least as much credit for their resourcefulness and pluck as for their hissiness.

    That would seem to be the moral of a shaggy-cat tale from last weekend, when a soaking wet feline showed up on the shores of Governors Island in New York. Many believe the feline swam all the way from New Jersey a mile away. In other words: Never underestimate a cat who wants to get out of Jersey.

    catGovernor's Island Cat

    Nobody is sure what happened exactly. However, we do know that security guards on Governors Island found the cat looking a bit worse for the wear last weekend near the island's shore.

    According to the AP, the cat's "fur was salty, matted, and caked with seaweed." Some of the workers on the island think the cat was swept up in a New Jersey rainstorm, and somehow managed to swim to safety. The cat didn't have a collar.

    The story was originally covered by the New York Daily News. Workers on the island have

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  • jamesfreyThe recent "60 Minutes" story on Three Cups of Tea co-author Greg Mortenson sparked an avalanche of online interest. The segment, which aired on Sunday, raised questions as to whether Mortenson fabricated or exaggerated significant portions of his best-selling memoir about building schools in the Middle East.

    Mortenson says he stands by the book. However, many Web searchers are already lumping him in with three infamous writers who took liberties with the truth. Following the expose, online lookups for James Frey (author of A Million Little Pieces), Stephen Glass (former writer for The New Republic and Rolling Stone), and Jayson Blair (former writer for the New York Times) all surged. Here's a look what those writers are up to now.

    James Frey

    In 2003, James Frey (pictured above) released A Million Little Pieces, his memoir of drug addiction and recovery. It sold millions of copies, earned inclusion into Oprah's book club, and helped turn Frey into one of the hottest young writers in

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  • The '80s were a wild decade. Sure, a lot of people made a lot of money, but the fashion still leaves scars.

    So fasten your leg warmers, kids, because here comes "Scenes from an '80s Mall." The collection of images is exactly what it sounds like: a bunch of random photos taken in different shopping malls during the First Decade of Madonna.

    Some photos (OK, a lot of photos) focus on young women with big hair. But there are also some awesome shots of old men sitting on benches looking grumpy, and "Valley Girl"-era guys in day-glo muscle shirts, mullets, mustaches, and perms as far as the eye can see.

    Slideshow: More scenes from '80s malls


    Michael Galinsky/Rumur

    All the photos were taken by photographer Michael Galinsky on a road trip in 1989, with what seems to be a low-tech camera. If you ask us, that adds to the charm. After all, when you're looking at ill-advised outfits, the last thing you want is high-res.  There are plans to turn the collection into a book. You can check 'em all out

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  • French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State
    French jets strike in Iraq, expanding U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State

    By Oliver Holmes and Alexandria Sage BAGHDAD/PARIS (Reuters) - French jets struck a suspected Islamic State target in Iraq for the first time on Friday, expanding a U.S.-led military campaign against militants who have seized a third of the country and also control large parts of neighboring Syria. President Francois Hollande said Rafale jets hit "a logistics depot of the terrorists" near the city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State for more than three months. It promised more operations in coming days. The French military action, which follows U.S. ...

  • Kerry at the UN builds support for anti-IS coalition
    Kerry at the UN builds support for anti-IS coalition

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - US Secretary of State John Kerry brought together 35 countries at the UN Security Council on Friday to build support for Iraq's new government and the campaign to confront jihadists.

  • Record amount of retardant used on California fire
    Record amount of retardant used on California fire

    PLACERVILLE, Calif. (AP) — A massive Northern California wildfire is burning so explosively because of the prolonged drought that firefighters are finding normal amounts of retardant aren't stopping the flames. And so they are dropping record-breaking amounts — more than 203,000 gallons in one day alone.

  • After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide
    After vote to stay in UK, Scots must heal divide

    EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) — Following a long night that brought floods of relief for some and bitter disappointment for others, Scotland awoke with a hangover Friday after voting to reject independence.

  • Home Depot hack hits 56M, Concur surging, JetBlue gets new captain
    Home Depot hack hits 56M, Concur surging, JetBlue gets new captain

    Today's trending tickers highlights moves in Home Depot, Concur, and JetBlue

  • Fence jumper at White House sparks evacuation
    Fence jumper at White House sparks evacuation

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Much of the White House was evacuated on Friday after someone jumped the fence at the executive mansion.

  • Filipino 'warrior peacekeepers' guarding the world's war zones

    Capas (Philippines) (AFP) - After nearly two decades on the frontlines against Muslim insurgents in the Philippines' violence-plagued south, Army Captain Teodoro Nicor is looking forward to guarding a war zone abroad.

  • Virus tally nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic
    Virus tally nears 500,000 in Dominican Republic

    SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) — The mosquito-borne virus known as chikungunya has sickened nearly 500,000 people in the Dominican Republic, including 109 newborn babies, an official with the Caribbean country's health ministry said Friday.

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