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Secret Service agent removed after leaving bullet in woman's hotel room

A year after a prostitution scandal rocked the Secret Service, the agency is dealing with a new embarrassment after a senior supervisor was removed from his position for trying to retrieve a bullet he left in a woman's hotel room, a source told NBC News.<p>Ignacio Zamora oversaw two dozen agents in …

Pink Star Diamond Mined In Africa Sells For $83 Million

The ‘Pink Star,’ a flawless 59.6-carat (11.92g) diamond, has sold for $83 million – the highest price ever paid for a gemstone.<p>According to a report by the BBC, the diamond was auctioned on Wednesday by Sotheby’s in Geneva, with renowned New York diamond cutter Isaac Wolf making the winning bid. …

Scotland Yard: Dead Spy in a Bag Probably an Accident

Scotland Yard has concluded that British spy Gareth Williams, found padlocked naked inside a gym bag in his apartment, ‘probably’ died by accident.<p>A …

US Marines killed in California base accident

<b>Four US Marines have been killed in what officials described as a tragic accident at a base in southern California.</b><p>They had been clearing unexploded ordnance at Camp Pendleton, near San Diego, a Marine official said.<p>The incident happened on Wednesday morning during a range maintenance operation. An …

It's Not Your Imagination: Fast Food Is Getting Slower

Ever felt like you could read a novel while you waited for your fast-food order in the drive-through lane? It may seem like eternity, but the average drive-through order does take roughly three minutes to get into your hands these days, a new Drive-Thru Performance Study from industry trade …

Hornetgeddon! Authorities swat deadly swarm of giant bugs

ANKANG, SHAANXI PROVINCE, China – A winged menace has killed 42 people and injured at least 1,600 since July, striking fear across this heavily industrialized area of central China.<p>Now local officials in Shaanxi province are declaring an uneasy stalemate with the virulent population of Asian …

Pentagon appoints new envoy to help close Guantánamo Bay prison

The Pentagon has appointed a new envoy for the arduous and controversial task of finally closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, five months after the position was announced.<p>Paul Lewis, a lawyer on the Democratic staff of the House armed services committee, will be the special envoy for …

iPhone 5S Touch ID hacked by fake fingerprints

Hackers claim to have beaten Apple's Touch ID fingerprint security already, using movie-style fake fingerprints to break into the iPhone 5S.<p>The …

Reports: Two Arrests In Chicago Shooting That Wounded 13

"Two men are in custody in connection with last week's shooting in a South Side park that left 13 people injured," the <i>Chicago Tribune</i> reports.<p>The <i>Tribune</i> adds that:<p>"The men, both 22, were arrested around 7:30 p.m. Sunday in an abandoned building in the 5200 block of South Marshfield Avenue, police …

Why Cops and Prosecutors Are Begging iPhone Users to Upgrade to iOS 7

Illegal immigration may be back on the rise

WASHINGTON — After leveling off in recent years, illegal immigration may be back on the rise, according to a new study that will provide ammunition to House Republicans who want to secure the southwest border with Mexico before considering a broader overhaul of the nation's immigration laws.<p>The …

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“Grand Theft Auto V” Made $800 Million In 24 Hours

Take-Two Interactive Software’s highly anticipated video game <i>Grand Theft Auto V</i> went on sale Tuesday at midnight, but it has already broken records by surpassing $800 million in global sales in its first 24 hours, setting a new record for the highest-grossing launch day sales of any entertainment …

Molasses Spill In Honolulu Keeps Getting Worse

When 233,000 gallons of molasses first spilled into Honolulu Harbor last week, it was hard to imagine the situation getting much worse. The number of dead fish has surpassed 25,000, $3 billion worth of coral reefs have died, sharks have been spotted in the harbor feeding on the dead fish, and …

A Facebook Like Is Now Covered by the First Amendment

The Founders could not have anticipated Facebook. In another way, though, they totally anticipated Facebook.<p>In November of 2009, B.J. Roberts, the sheriff of Hampton, Virginia, ran for re-election. A group of workers in Roberts' office, however, among them one Bobby Bland, weren't enthused about …

Baby dies after getting trapped in baggage carousel in Spanish airport

A five-month-old boy has been killed on a baggage carousel at a Spanish airport after his mother rested his baby carrier on the conveyor belt and it became trapped in the machine.<p>The weight of the baby carrier activated the special carousel for outsized luggage, carrying the infant off to the …

Why 'Breaking Bad' Is The Best Show Ever And Why That Matters

Twenty three minutes into Episode 514, entitled “Ozymandias” after a Shelley poem, <i>Breaking Bad</i> made television history. Except that most fans didn’t notice. They were instead ready to cry, scream, vomit, or hurl a waffle iron at the plasma TV, or some combination of the above.<p>Sometime around that …

Average yearly cost for a child's food allergy: $4,184

Children's food allergies cost nation a total of nearly $25 billion a year, study says.<p>Food allergies in children are not only increasingly common, they are expensive – costing an average of $4,184 a child each year, with $931 coming straight out of parents' pockets, a new study finds.<p>The study, …

Runoff from deadly floods threatens towns in eastern Colorado

Sunny skies greeted rescue crews Tuesday working to contain the secondary effects of last week's biblical flooding in Colorado, which has killed at least six people so far.<p>Authorities were focusing their efforts on the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where prairie towns were being evacuated as …

Wayne Newton's Former 36-Acre Ranch Listed For $70 Million

The saga of Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah ranch is a long tale of home sales, plans to convert the property into a museum, lawsuits, unfulfilled bank auctions as well as a cornucopia of zoo animals.<p>Curbed reports that in 2010, a development company called CSD LLC bought the estate for $19.5 …

NFL Referee Bill Leavy Admits to Blown Call During Packers vs. 49ers

NFL referee Bill Leavy has admitted that offsetting unnecessary roughness penalties from Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews and San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Joe Staley were incorrectly assessed Sunday, a mistake San Francisco capitalized on for a touchdown.<p><b>UPDATE: Monday, Sept. 9,</b> …

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Polio eradication: A humanitarian fix.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been spearheading an effort over the past couple of years to close the last mile on polio eradication. …

Canadian's phone 'scares off' polar bear attacker

<b>A Canadian reportedly had a lucky escape as a polar bear mauling him was apparently scared off by the light from the man's mobile phone.</b><p>The man pulled out the handset as the bear pounced on him in the coastal town of Churchill, Manitoba province.<p>The device's light startled the animal allowing him …

Bay Area wildfire has scorched more than 3,700 acres

A wildfire that sparked Sunday in the hills east of San Francisco Bay had charred more than 3,700 acres by late Monday, authorities said, as it became just the latest front in California’s summer-long fire fight.<p>Some 700 state and local firefighters battling the so-called Morgan Fire had brought …

iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C launch to 'brighten everyone's day', says Apple

Apple's invitation to an event at its Cupertino headquarters on Tuesday promises to "brighten everyone's day". Shown via satellite link in Europe it will, for the first time, also be shown to a select group of guests in China.<p>Even though the iPhone maker has said nothing about what is ahead, its …