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Wal-Mart Holds a Food Drive for Its Own Struggling Workers

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>An Ohio Wal-Mart is holding a food drive for underprivileged families who can't afford Thanksgiving …

'There's nothing left' after storm blasts Illinois town

Six people were killed in Illinois as twisters flattened entire blocks in some towns.<p>WASHINGTON, Ill. -- Residents of this shattered community were in recovery mode Monday, a day after tornadoes ripped through the state, killing six and leaving much of this town in ruins.<p>Two additional deaths were …

Of Course Gas Stations Will Use Facial Recognition Tech to Serve 'Relevant' Ads

Because who hasn't seen Minority Report, right?<p>Say you're at a gas station. Say you're buying some supplies—bottled water, coffee, maybe some M&Ms—before you head back to your car. And as you're buying your loot, an ad pops up on a screen next to the cash register: it is really relevant to you. …

Two skydiving planes collide in Wisconsin - and everyone lives

It was Mike Robinson's 937th skydive and his very first"freak" accident.<p>One moment, the 64-year-old skydiving instructor was clinging to a plane over Wisconsin on Saturday at sunset, ready to jump with eight others. All nine were on two Cessnas cruising in close formation, with all but two jumpers …

Netflix Flirts With a New Idea: “Big” Movies at Your House, the Same Day They’re in Theaters

Netflix made a splash this year by creating its own TV shows and delivering them over the Web. Now it’s toying with the same idea for movies.<p>This …

Box Office Shocker: People like fart jokes more than nihilistic philosophizing

J<i>ackass Presents: Bad Grandpa</i> from Paramount and <i>The Counselor</i> (our review) from Fox were the two major releases this weekend, and it won’t come as a shock to anyone who’s seen either of them to learn that <i>Bad Grandpa</i> made it rain while <i>The Counselor</i> got garroted. It was little kids and old people and …

Michael Jackson's doctor free after 2 years in jail

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The doctor convicted of killing Michael Jackson was released from jail Monday after serving nearly two years of a four-year sentence.<p>Conrad Murray was released from a downtown Los Angeles jail at 12:01 a.m., according to the sheriff's office. A change in California law allowed …

Greek Mystery Girl Maria's Bulgarian Mother Denies Selling Daughter

The Bulgarian Roma mother of Maria, a young blonde girl whose fate made headlines around the world when she was found in a Greek Roma camp, tearfully denied on Sunday that she had sold her daughter.<p>"I have not sold her! I have not... I gave her, I made a mistake. But I haven't taken any money," …

Ride operator arrested after 5 hurt at North Carolina state fair

Authorities say that the operator of a ride that injured five people at the North Carolina State Fair has been charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.<p>Timothy Dwayne Tutterrow, 46, of Quitman, Ga., was arrested Saturday, the fair confirmed in a statement. Wake County Sheriff …

Report: American Education Isn't Mediocre—It's Deeply Unequal

Students in Massachusetts are doing great compared to their international peers, according to the National Center for Educational Statistics. Students in Alabama, Mississippi, and D.C., however, are languishing.<p>It’s so common to see studies about the United States’s lackluster academic performance …

Ore. School Board Votes to Allow Staff to Pack Heat at School

A school board in St. Helens, Ore., voted to allow teachers and staff to pack heat on school grounds, an official said.<p>St. Helens School Board …

Much breast milk bought online is contaminated, analysis shows

Desperate for breast milk, some new mothers who can't nurse their babies are turning to online sources, typically strangers with ample supplies. But a new study finds that human milk bought and sold on the Internet may be contaminated — and dangerous.<p>Nearly 75 percent of breast milk bought through …

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Presidential party: Obama hosts wedding of White House photographer Pete Souza

Official White House photographer Pete Souza married Patti Lease on Saturday in a small wedding hosted by President Barack Obama in the Rose Garden.<p>"The ceremony was performed by Chaplain [Stan] Fornea and they were joined by roughly 35 family members and friends," a White House official said. "We …

Mars Rover Proves Some Earth Meteorites Are Indeed Martian

Some pieces of rock that fell to Earth from space are indeed from Mars, new measurements reveal.<p>New data collected by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity has pinned down the exact ratio of two forms of the inert gas argon in the Martian atmosphere. These new measurements will not only help confirm the …

France Is Not Happy About the Latest Snowden Leak

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A new allegation, reportedly based on leaks from Edward Snowden, claims that the NSA spied on …

Family of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke say his body has disappeared

The case of Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke has taken on another bizarre twist as his family said it doesn't know where his body is.<p>Family lawyer Paolo Giachini said he and the former SS captain's family lost track of Priebke's casket on Tuesday night, when they tried to celebrate a funeral Mass …

Email users sue Yahoo over keyword scanning as Google prepares to fight Gmail suit

A week after Google failed to convince a judge that Gmail keyword scanning didn't violate wiretap laws, Yahoo has also been slapped with a class-action privacy lawsuit. A pair of non-Yahoo users say that by scanning incoming emails to serve more targeted ads, Yahoo was effectively intercepting and …

Snapchat's next big thing: 'Stories' that don't just disappear

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel's hands are shaking as he points to his iPhone.<p>He's unmistakably nervous, and not in a sweaty, early-Mark Zuckerberg kind of way. There must be a lot on his mind as the young CEO of a company bounding toward a $1 billion valuation — a company that has changed the course of …

Woman shot and killed by Capitol police after chaotic chase from White House

A woman who tried to force her car through a White House security fence Thursday afternoon was shot and killed by police after a 12-block chase past the Capitol, which was locked down for a half-hour, authorities said.<p>The suspect — a dental hygienist with a history of mental issues, according to …

U.S. Postal Service Owes Nearly $685,000 in Lawsuit Over Stamp

For most people, a stamp is worth a few dimes. For Frank Gaylord, however, it’s worth $684,844.<p>Sev­en years ago, the sculptor filed a law­suit …

35-Year-Old Man Gets Hundreds Of Girls To Strip For Him On Webcam By Posing As Justin Bieber

Police reportedly found 800 illicit videos in Robert Hunter's possession. He targeted hundreds of underage girls and boys from all over the world.<p>Hunter used Facebook, Skype, and MSN to communicate with the young victims, according to Sky News.<p>Prosecutor Richard Bennett told the British publication …

Massive New Jersey Boardwalk Fire Caused By Electrical Problem In Custard Stand

The fire wiped out 80% of a boardwalk that was just rebuilt this year after being destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.<p>More than 50 businesses were reduced to rubble.<p>Kohr's Frozen Custard went up in flames because of some unspecified electrical problem, officials told The Star-Ledger, but high winds drove …

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Gwyneth Paltrow Wants Us All To Boycott Vanity Fair

We haven't met Gwyneth Paltrow (yet!), but we're pretty sure she rules everything in her world with an iron fist. It's just the nature of a …