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  • New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly
    New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly

    New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality. "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign.

  • World's Largest Weenie Roast? Where Recalled Hot Dogs May Go
    World's Largest Weenie Roast? Where Recalled Hot Dogs May Go

    The 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners recalled by Kraft may have a fighting chance of making it to the grill after all. “When we issue a recall, we always put safety first,”  Joyce Hodel of Kraft Corporate Affairs told ABCNews.com. “If the recalled product...

  • How to Steal a Submarine: Call the CIA and Howard Hughes
    How to Steal a Submarine: Call the CIA and Howard Hughes

    Ever have a hankering to steal a submarine — maybe a sunken Soviet model loaded with nuclear warheads — but you just weren't sure how to do it? After a Soviet Golf II submarine carrying four-megaton nuclear warheads and a crew of 70 sank in the Pacific Ocean in 1968, the Soviet Navy failed to locate the vessel despite several months of searching. But to cover its tracks, the government first enlisted the help of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes, according to recently declassified CIA documents. The secretive search and attempted salvage of the sub was given the code name "Project AZORIAN."

  • Happy Earth Day! The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet
    Happy Earth Day! The 8 Biggest Mysteries of Our Planet

    When the first Earth Day was held in 1970, geologists were still putting the finishing touches on plate tectonics, the model that explains how the Earth's surface takes shape. For today's Earth day, here are some of Earth's biggest unsolved mysteries. Scientists think Earth was a dry rock after it coalesced 4.5 billion years ago. But the beginnings of Earth's water are shrouded in mystery because so little rock evidence remains from this time period.

  • British stars say farewell to Peaches Geldof at private funeral
    British stars say farewell to Peaches Geldof at private funeral

    Celebrities from Britain's television and music worlds attended the funeral on Monday of Peaches Geldof, the 25-year-old daughter of Band Aid founder Bob Geldof whose death two weeks ago remains unexplained. Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, model Kate Moss and Sarah Ferguson, the ex-wife of Prince Andrew, were among the mourners gathered to pay tribute to Geldof, whose coffin arrived painted with blue sky, clouds, flowers, and a portrait of her family. Geldof, a media and fashion personality in her own right and mother of two boys aged 23 months and 11 months, was found dead at her home in Wrotham, Kent, in southern England, on April 7. Her father was expected to deliver the eulogy at the private funeral held at the same church in Davington, Kent, where Peaches married musician Thomas Cohen in 2012 and near where she grew up.

  • Why You Can’t Debate Creationists
    Why You Can’t Debate Creationists

    Advocates of the pseudo-scientific, secularized version of creationism love debates, because they give the appearance of two equal sides. Here’s what it’s like to participate in one.

  • U.S. backs Ukraine, warns Russia with Biden visit

    By Jeff Mason and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - In a show of U.S. support for Ukraine's embattled government, Vice President Joe Biden delivered an aid package on Tuesday and demanded Russia back off but also warned Kiev it must tackle the "cancer of corruption". Demanding Moscow "stop talking and start acting" to disarm pro-Russian separatists who Ukraine says aim to undermine the May 25 election, Biden told presidential candidates it may be "the most important election in Ukrainian history". Part of the $50-million aid package was earmarked to support the "integrity" of the vote. But after 23 years of post-Soviet independence from Moscow that have seen endemic graft sap the economy and public faith in the state, Biden told lawmakers: "To be very blunt ... you have to fight the cancer of corruption." Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk, who took office after the overthrow of Ukraine's Kremlin-backed president two months ago, told him that this would be a priority of the new administration.

  • Teen who stowed away on flight to Hawaii remains hospitalized
    Teen who stowed away on flight to Hawaii remains hospitalized

    A teenage boy who stowed away on a flight from California to Hawaii in the frozen, oxygen-deprived wheel well of a passenger jet remained hospitalized on Tuesday, two days after his death-defying jaunt over the Pacific Ocean, a Hawaii official said. The teenager, whose name has not been released, is "resting comfortably" at a hospital in Hawaii, spokeswoman Kayla Rosenfeld of state's Department of Human Services said in a statement. The boy is in the custody of the department's Child Welfare Services division, and officials are working to ensure his safe return to California, she said. There has been conflicting information on whether the boy, who is from Santa Clara, California, is 15 or 16 years old.

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