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  • Man who lived years as hermit adjusts to society

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — A man who lived nearly three decades in the woods now has a job and is adjusting to life back in society.

  • Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil

    By Belinda Goldsmith and Olivia Harris LONDON (Reuters) - When youth worker Sumreen Farooq was abused in a London street, the 18-year-old decided it was time to take a stand - and she started to wear a headscarf. Farooq is one of many young Muslim women living in Britain who have, for various reasons, chosen to adopt the headscarf to declare their faith to all around them, despite figures showing rising violence against visibly identifiable Muslims. For despite a common view that young Muslim women are forced to wear veils by men or their families, studies and interviews point to the opposite in Muslim minority countries where it is often the case that the women themselves choose to cover up. "I'm going to stand out whatever I do, so I might as well wear the headscarf," said Farooq, a shop assistant who also volunteers at an Islamic youth centre in Leyton, east London.

  • Sicilian hilltop houses on sale for one euro, great view included
    Sicilian hilltop houses on sale for one euro, great view included

    It's an offer you can't refuse: rustic abodes in a picturesque hilltop village on the island of Sicily, once home to Italian peasants and their donkeys, are up for sale for just one euro. Hewn into the Madonie mountains and dotted throughout the town of Gangi, the houses were left empty after their owners emigrated in the 1920s.

  • Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix
    Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

    BERLIN (AP) — Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.

  • Motorcyclist Pulls Off Miraculous Recovery After Collision With Car
    Motorcyclist Pulls Off Miraculous Recovery After Collision With Car

    Usually a collision on the highway would means injuries are sure to follow, but what happens in this video ends in a completely unexpected manner. The incredible nature of the chain of events will most likely cause you to watch the footage a couple of times. At first, it just looks like a normal drive on a bridge, when suddenly, a motorcycle comes into view and goes full speed into another vehicle in front of it. What's astonishing is that the rider doesn't go down. Instead, the motorcyclist goes full-on Spider-Man and appears to land on the roof of the car he or she collided with.

  • Grouper Eats Shark in One Bite in Viral Video
    Grouper Eats Shark in One Bite in Viral Video

    With Shark Week on the Discovery Channel just ending, it's understandable that you may have the carnivorous fish on the mind and think that such a dangerous predator should be avoided at all costs. A certain grouper clearly didn't think so. In this video, which was featured on the front page of Reddit, we see the two fish circling each other right before the 4-foot shark gets caught on a fisherman's line.

  • A Frame by Frame Analysis of George W. Bush and the Ice Bucket
    A Frame by Frame Analysis of George W. Bush and the Ice Bucket

    George W. Bush, 43rd POTUS, biographer of 41st POTUS, and painter of Google images portraits, joined in on the Ice Bucket Challenge with a Facebook video Wednesday. Nominated by New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, pro golfer Rory McIlroy, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and daughter Jenna Bush Hager (where you at, Barbara?), Bush recorded a 48-second video to join in on the cause that's raising awareness and millions in donations for ALS research. After all, we're not getting an Obama Ice Bucket Challenge video.) Bush begins his video by rejecting the Challenge, opting instead to write a check. He's proud of his move. The billowing American flag in the background agrees.

  • Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs
    Casino workers turn to prayer to save their jobs

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — They've turned to politicians, bureaucrats, businessmen and union reps to try to save their jobs at three Atlantic City casinos scheduled to close soon. Now, hundreds of soon-to-be unemployed dealers, cocktail servers and hotel workers are turning to what many say could be their last, best chance.

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