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  • Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls from northeast Nigeria
    Suspected Boko Haram fighters kidnap 25 girls from northeast Nigeria

    YOLA Nigeria (Reuters) - Suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped at least 25 girls in an attack on a remote town in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses to the attack said, despite talks aimed at freeing more than 200 other female hostages the militants seized in April. John Kwaghe, who witnessed the attack and lost three daughters to the abductors, and Dorathy Tizhe, who lost two, said the attackers came late in the night, forcing all the women to go with them, then later releasing the older ones.

  • Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse
    Here are the best times to watch tomorrow’s partial solar eclipse

    On Thursday, a partial solar eclipse is expected to darken the skies above. A partial solar eclipse occurs when the sun and moon are not exactly in line and the moon only partially obscures the sun. We’d like to reiterate that just because the sun is partially obscured, it’s still a very bad idea to stare directly into it, no matter how much you may be tempted to try. With that warning out of the way, here are the best times to watch: 1:35 p.m. local time in Seattle 1:52 p.m. in San Francisco 2:08 p.m. in Los Angeles Phoenix  around 2:21 p.m. Denver at 3:18 p.m. Chicago at 4:36 p.m. Dallas at 4:48 p.m. 5:45 and 6 p.m. local time in

  • The Science Behind Renée Zellweger's New Face

    Photographs of actress Renée Zellweger at the Elle magazine's Women in Hollywood awards this week, showing her dramatically different appearance, have sparked the Internet's interest. The 45-year-old actress looked almost unrecognizable to fans who know her best from her earlier movies such as "Jerry Maguire" and "Bridget Jones's Diary." But two cosmetic surgeons told Live Science that Zellweger's transformation could be the result of relatively minor procedures, as well as weight loss and normal aging. Zellweger looks so different because her most distinctive features are the ones that changed dramatically, said both Dr. Michael C. Edwards, the president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, and Dr. Stuart Linder, a board-certified plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California. "That's what made her Renee Zellweger," Edwards told Live Science.

  • Canada gunman wanted a passport to go to Mideast
    Canada gunman wanted a passport to go to Mideast

    OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — He was a recent convert to Islam and a petty criminal with a long rap sheet, including a string of drug offenses. In recent weeks, he had been staying in a homeless shelter, where he talked about wanting to go to Libya to get away from drugs but griped that he couldn't get a passport.

  • Takata shares drop on report of US air bag probe
    Takata shares drop on report of US air bag probe

    Shares in Japanese auto parts maker Takata sank in Tokyo on Thursday as nervous investors reacted to a report that US justice officials are investigating the firm over an air bag defect that may have killed several drivers. The embattled firm's shares fell 6.16 percent to 1,582 yen ($15) in Tokyo, after plunging 22 percent on Tuesday following an earlier air bag safety warning. The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that federal prosecutors in New York are probing whether Takata made misleading statements about the safety of its bags to US regulators. According to the New York Times, at least 139 injuries have been linked to Takata air bags, including 37 reported as exploding.

  • US: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales
    US: IS earns $1M per day in black market oil sales

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Islamic State militants are amassing wealth at an unprecedented pace, earning about $1 million a day from black market oil sales alone, a U.S. Treasury Department official said Thursday.

  • Second White House fence jumper faces mental evaluation
    Second White House fence jumper faces mental evaluation

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The man arrested after jumping the White House fence on Wednesday night was charged in court with two federal offenses on Thursday, including harming a dog the Secret Service used to stop him from entering the presidential mansion. Federal Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson ordered a mental screening for the man, Dominic Adesanya, 23, of Bel Air, Maryland. Adesanya was also charged with unlawfully entering the restricted grounds of the White House. Both charges are misdemeanors that carry up to one year in prison. ...

  • 911 calls show chaos after Delaware tour bus crash
    911 calls show chaos after Delaware tour bus crash

    DOVER, Del. (AP) — Emergency calls made by passengers and passing motorists capture the chaos, fear and confusion in the aftermath of a tour bus crash in Delaware that left three people dead.

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