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  • Sheriff: Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car crash
    Sheriff: Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car crash

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A SUV full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday.

  • Tiny Hamster Takes On Kobayashi in 'Hot Dog' Eating Contest
    Tiny Hamster Takes On Kobayashi in 'Hot Dog' Eating Contest

    Takeru Kobayashi has destroyed heaping amounts of food and numerous challengers over the years as a competitive eater. He once ate 110 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He smashed a world record when he ate 97 hamburgers in 94 seconds. The burgers were slider-sized, but still, it's impressive. Even though it has been a few years since he has participated in competitive eating's largest event, Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest, he's still getting his name out there in the gustatory world. His newest challenger is the hungriest — and tiniest — yet.

  • Walker's allies rush to aid Wisconsin GOP governor
    Walker's allies rush to aid Wisconsin GOP governor

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is in another tight political spot, and his allies are again rushing to the Republican's rescue, powering his re-election bid and trying to keep alive his presidential prospects.

  • Jaguar XKE stolen in NY in 1968 recovered en route to Netherlands
    Jaguar XKE stolen in NY in 1968 recovered en route to Netherlands

    (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have recovered a Jaguar XKE stolen 46 years ago outside a New York City apartment after finding it on a ship to the Netherlands and tracking down the 82-year-old original owner of the British luxury car, officials said on Wednesday. A man who shipped the car from the Los Angeles and Long Beach seaport complex submitted paperwork to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in June, and an analyst who checked out the vehicle saw it had been reported stolen, said California Highway Patrol investigator Mike Maleta. ...

  • IS group seizes 16 villages in northern Syria

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State fighters backed by tanks have captured 16 Kurdish villages over the past 24 hours in northern Syria near the Turkish border, prompting civilians to flee their homes amid fears of retribution by the extremists sweeping through the area, activists said.

  • The top 10 books on Apple's iBooks

    iBook charts for week ending September 15, 2014: Top Paid Books 1. Personal by Lee Child - 9780804178761 - (Random House Publishing Group) 2. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva - 9780062073174 - (Harper) ...

  • Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy
    Surprise! Monster Black Hole Found in Dwarf Galaxy

    Astronomers have just discovered the smallest known galaxy that harbors a huge, supermassive black hole at its core. The relatively nearby dwarf galaxy may house a supermassive black hole at its heart equal in mass to about 21 million suns. The discovery suggests that supermassive black holes may be far more common than previously thought. A supermassive black hole millions to billions of times the mass of the sun lies at the heart of nearly every large galaxy like the Milky Way.

  • Netanyahu rival shocks Israel with sudden plan to quit cabinet
    Netanyahu rival shocks Israel with sudden plan to quit cabinet

    Israel's interior minister, seen as a rival and potential successor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced on Wednesday he was quitting the government, in a move that stunned the political right. Gideon Sa'ar, 47, widely viewed as a favorite to one day challenge Netanyahu for the leadership of the ruling Likud, told party faithful that he would step down from both the cabinet and parliament after the Jewish New Year later this month.

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