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Danica McKellar: Reality shows ruining kids' lives

Don’t expect Danica McKellar to be starring on a reality show anytime soon.<p>“(Because of reality TV) kids don’t think they have to work hard to be famous and to get glory,” the former child star told FOX411. “If they really look at the trajectory of the lives of these people that they are admiring, …

Brad Pitt: I've been a gun owner since 'I was in kindergarten'

Brad Pitt has been a gun owner for a very long time.<p>The recently married actor told Radio Times he inherited his grandfather’s gun when he was a child.<p>“There’s a rite of passage where I grew up of inheriting your ancestors’ weapons,” said 50-year-old Pitt, according to the Independent. “My brother …

Robert Downey Jr. suiting up as Iron Man for ‘Captain America 3′

It looked like Robert Downey Jr. was heading toward suiting up to do a stand-alone <i>Iron Man 4</i> for Marvel, but he might be stopping into other people’s superhero movies instead.<p>Downey now is headed for <i>Captain America 3</i>, in addition to reprising his Tony Stark/Iron Man role in the next two <i>Avengers</i> …

Guy named Dan Tran tells worst 'Jeopardy!' story ever

Each contestant on the popular game show "Jeopardy!" is traditionally afforded the opportunity by host Alex Trebek early in the program to share something interesting about him or herself. Perhaps he or she collects coins, raises funds to train rat armies, weaves kelpen oven mitts ... you know the …

Dutch biker gang grabs rifles, joins Kurds in fight against ISIS

Members of a massive Dutch motorcycle gang, armed with Kalashnikov rifles, recently joined Kurdish forces battling the Islamic State in Iraq, vowing to “exterminate the rodents.”<p>The leader of No Surrender -- which has dozens of chapters in the Netherlands and across Europe -- told state broadcaster …

Brad Pitt 'honored' to be in presence of U.S. military during 'Fury' filming

To prepare for his role in the upcoming World War II film "Fury," Brad Pitt took lessons from real-life soldiers.<p>The newly-married actor told Details magazine he was honored to be in the presence of United States military men and women.<p>"We were fortunate to have incredibly seasoned soldiers giving …

'Bulgarian Indiana Jones' discovers 'vampire grave'

Just in time for Halloween, the man known as “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones” may have unearthed the grave of one of the undead. On Oct. 9, archaeologist Nikolai Ovcharov announced that he discovered what he called a “vampire grave” that contains a skeleton with a ploughshare – an iron rod used for a …

Statehouse Shootout: Pa. lawmaker exchanges gunfire with would-be robber

They messed with the wrong lawmaker.<p>Two Pennsylvania state representatives escaped unharmed Tuesday night after they were involved in a shootout with a gunman who attempted to rob them near the state Capitol in Harrisburg.<p>State Rep. Marty Flynn, a former prison guard who's licensed to carry a …

Florida man ordered to remove American flag display draws huge support

Residents of a Florida city covered their neighborhood with hundreds of American flags Monday in support of a local hardware store told to remove six American flags from its property, The News-Press reported.<p>The display was put up by Family Hardware employee Jeff Verzi, who was honoring six family …

Afghanistan vet does battle with Michigan teachers union

Michigan high school social studies teacher Adam Neuman was surprised when he saw the $80 deduction on his paycheck from the Brighton Public School District earlier this year, and angry when he was told the same amount would be withheld next year.<p>The U.S. Army veteran, who served one tour in …

John Grisham sorry he called for lighter sentence for sex offender pal

John Grisham is backtracking from controversial statements he made in an interview in which he called for lighter sentences for some people convicted of sex offenses.<p>While speaking with The Telegraph, the best-selling author of "The Firm" and "A Time To Kill" explained his viewpoint, stating that …

Old rivalries keeping Turkey on sidelines of Syria fight, analysts say

Old geopolitical rivalries are throwing a wrench into U.S. efforts to bring Turkey on board with the mission to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State in a Syrian border town.<p>The country's bigger enemy, some analysts say, is still Bashar al-Assad. So why attack the group that is challenging …

Houston to pastors: Forget your sermons, now we want your speeches

Five Christian pastors will no longer have to turn their sermons over to attorneys for the city of Houston. Instead, they will be forced to turn over their <i>speeches</i> related to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO).<p>I don’t mean to point out the obvious here – but what do those attorneys think a …

Spider burrows into man's chest, stays there 3 days

Bali's tourist bureau will not be eager to share this story: A tropical spider burrowed into the skin of an Australian tourist and stayed there for three days before doctors finally figured out what was causing the nasty marks on his chest, reports the NT News of Australia.<p>Dylan Thomas woke up …

Attorney sentenced to jail in scheme to frame California school volunteer for drug possession

An attorney was sentenced Friday to six months in jail after authorities said he tried to frame a school volunteer by planting pot and painkillers in her car because she slighted his 6-year-old young son.<p>Kent Easter, 40, was sentenced by Orange County Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals after he …

Stay-home dad who wanted new life for family accused instead of killing 2 kids, then himself

David Mohney wanted big changes for his family: to end his turbulent marriage, move his children 1,900 miles from Florida to South Dakota and transition from being a stay-at-home dad to starting work as a chiropractor.<p>Instead, authorities say, 52-year-old Mohney reached for a gun after arguing with …

10 Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes in Interior Design

It happens to everyone— you are shopping and see the perfect home decor accessory. Immediately you think, <i>Oh! this will look perfect in my TV room!</i><p>Of …

5 Unexpected Ways to Use Plastic Wrap

Tasting Table | Jolene Bouchon<p>Plastic wrap: It isn't just for (barely) covering casseroles anymore. In fact, the stretchy stuff can be more useful when put to work in other, more unexpected ways. Try one of these tricks:<p>Controlled ripening: Some fruits, like apples, avocados, cantaloupes and …

Los Angeles

New Smartphone Battery Goes From Dead To 70 Percent Charged In 2 Minutes, Scientists Say

A team of scientists say they've figured out a way to supercharge the lithium-ion batteries traditionally found in smartphones and tablets. And all it takes is adding a readily available substance usually found in sunscreen.<p>The new-fangled battery, developed by researchers at Nanyang Technological …

Anonymising router Anonabox suspended from Kickstarter campaign

An internet router that promised to anonymise online activity and raised over $600,000 in funds has been suspended from the Kickstarter fundraising site after an online backlash.<p>Anonabox developer August Germar confirmed to the Guardian on Friday that the fundraising site had suspended its pitch. …

Give student loans the finger: A new solution to a massive generational outrage

<b>(AP/Matt Rourke)</b><p>Young people and their future families are being bankrupted. Here’s a radical response to the heist of the century<p>Kyle Schmidlin<p>October 18, 2014 10:30am (UTC)<p>This post originally appeared on Third Rail News.<p>Recently, news broke that Rolling Jubilee, a nonprofit organization …

Sorry Mr President; your credit card has been declined

Barack Obama’s card rejected at trendy New York restaurant Estela<p>Most New York waitresses are adept at dealing with awkward situations when it comes to customer who are unable to pay their bill.<p>But pity the poor server who had to tell Barack Obama that his credit card had been declined.<p>The …

Earth's Magnetic Field Could Flip Faster Than We Thought

'Down' could become the new 'up' within our lifetimes<p>The magnetic poles of the earth have switched back and forth many, many times during the 4.54 billion years that the Earth has been around. Previous research suggested that the process of reversing the poles took place over a long time period, …

Earth Science

Utah National Guard investigates risque video of women with guns

A risque video shot in conservative Utah featuring bikini-clad women firing high-powered weapons and riding in tanks for a pinup calendar has raised the ire of a pair of law enforcement agencies who suspect some of their equipment and officers may be in the film.<p>The Utah National Guard learned …

2015 Dodge Charger Priced—Including the 707-hp, 204-mph Hellcat

Dodge just announced pricing for the 2015 Charger sedan, with the lineup starting at a reasonable $28,990 for the eminently sensible 292-hp V-6 model. But lest you forget—and how could you?—this is the sedan into which the mad SRT scientists have stuffed a Hellcat V-8—which sends the sticker price, …

'Dragon's Egg': Marines who guarded Saddam's mysterious bunker fear weapons unleashed

The U.S. Marines who guarded the sprawling complex in northwest Iraq where Saddam Hussein’s 1980s war machine churned out some of the most deadly chemical and biological weapons known to man had a name for one especially mysterious bunker: The Dragon’s Egg.<p>Although the Americans assigned to the Al …

How Tesla Did It, Fuel-Cell Questions, Next Electric Chevy: The Week In Reverse (Video)

<i>Is a century-old and very fuel-efficient two-stroke engine poised for a comeback? And, what questions should you ask about upcoming hydrogen</i> …