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  • ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman
    ISIS Demands $6.6M Ransom for 26-Year-Old American Woman

    Family Says Iraqi Terror Group Threatened to Execute Aid Worker If Demands Aren’t Met

  • Trio Goes Bananas for Hong Kong Skyscraper Selfie
    Trio Goes Bananas for Hong Kong Skyscraper Selfie

    Self-expression is our God-given right and Photography is just one of the greatest mediums ever invented to do just that with. But who knew that the Selfie could become one the most indulgent forms of self-expression and self-indulgence. Now, taking the Selfie to a whole new level and brand new heights is a group of students in Hong Kong who have gone the distance to capture a Selfie unlike any other. Watch the video-- it's slightly unsettling and this team seems a little bananas to begin with.

  • Saudi set to earn $8.5 bn from hajj
    Saudi set to earn $8.5 bn from hajj

    Saudi Arabia could earn $8.5 billion from this October's hajj, according to a study published on Monday, which predicted that two million Muslims would make the pilgrimage to Mecca. The Mecca Chamber of Commerce said revenues from the world's largest annual gathering of Muslims would increase by three percent from last year. The study was based on estimates that 1.98 million pilgrims will travel to the holy Muslim city of Mecca, including 1.38 million, or 70 percent, from abroad. Millions of people visit Islamic holy sites in Saudi Arabia for the hajj, a pilgrimage all Muslims are expected to make at least once in their lives if health and finances permit.

  • China’s falling real-estate prices trigger protests, clashes

    The sharp drop in China’s housing prices has reportedly led to an outburst of anger among property owners, leading to violent clashes in some cases.

  • Science just gave us another great reason to legalize pot
    Science just gave us another great reason to legalize pot

    We’ve learned about a couple of good medical benefits to marijuana this year and now it seems there’s another one: Using medicinal marijuana makes it less likely that you’ll become hooked on painkillers. CNN reports that a new study published this in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal finds that states that have legalized medicinal marijuana have significantly fewer deaths from painkiller overdoses. FROM EARLIER: Could pot be good for your heart? In all, the study found that states that had legalized medical pot experienced around 1,700 fewer painkiller overdose deaths in 2010 than what would have happened if those states didn’t make medical marijuana legal and available. “We found there was about a 25% lower rate of prescription painkiller overdose deaths on

  • Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs
    Do-it-yourself blood pressure care can beat MDs

    CHICAGO (AP) — "Do-it-yourself" blood pressure measurements and medicine changes work better than usual doctor-office care in some patients, a study of older adults in England found.

  • COUPLE WEIGHS RECONCILIATION FIVE YEARS AFTER VIOLENT SPLIT

    DEAR ABBY: Five years ago, my husband got drunk and physically attacked me in front of his family. It was horrible. I was in shock, and our relationship never recovered. The next four years were a series of court visits for custody of our child and eventually a divorce. Last year, his mother began requesting visits with our son. I was happy about it because I have tried to be accommodating to my ex and his family regarding our son. Finally, late last year, I called my ex to ask if we could sit down and discuss our son (something we had never done). ...

  • Here’s another major iPhone 6 change you didn’t see coming
    Here’s another major iPhone 6 change you didn’t see coming

    An image purportedly showing an iPhone 6 Quick Start Guide page published by Nowhereelse seems to confirm several details about the device, including button placement and announcement date. Moreover, the publication provides some interesting details about the iPhone 6, and some of them had not been mentioned before. FROM EARLIER: Forget the iPhone 6 – here’s the first big iPhone 6s rumor The leaked image shows a black and white image of the iPhone 6 that lists the helps the user identify certain phone elements, including the ring/silent switch and volume buttons on the left side and the relocated sleep/wake button on the right side. The image also mentions the Home button with Touch ID sensor and Lighting connector placement. What’s more

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