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Fire Going Out, Gas Leak Blocked At Gulf Of Mexico Rig

"Natural gas has stopped flowing to a drilling rig on fire in the Gulf of Mexico," NPR's Jeff Brady tells our Newscast Desk.<p>As he reports:<p>"A drilling crew lost control of the well on Tuesday, then gas escaping from the well caught fire. No one was injured, but the flames heavily damaged a drilling …

Paula Deen’s “soul sister” speaks out

Dora Charles, the 59-year-old black cook that worked with Deen for 22 years, says she felt unequal<p>A month after disgraced celebrity chef Paula Deen lost her food empire over allegations of racism, another employee and former friend -- her self-identified soul sister, in fact -- is speaking out …

Taller women more likely to get cancer, large study finds

The taller a postmenopausal woman is, the greater her risk for developing cancer, according to a new, large study of American women. Similar results have been found in other Western populations, including in the United Kingdom and Canada, and in Asia.<p>“There had been several previous studies but …

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Royal baby George, Kate and Wills head to Middletons' Bucklebury home

Prince William, theDuchess of Cambridgeandroyal babyPrince George have left Kensington Palace in London for the seclusion of the Middleton home on the countryside.<p>After spending their first night away from the hospital at Kensington Palace, the new parents loaded up their newborn son into their SUV …

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U.S. Carmakers Are Riding High, But Detroit May Not Feel It

The news out of Detroit has been grim of late, but there are some bright spots coming from one corner of the Motor City. On Thursday, General Motors posted its 14th straight profitable quarter since emerging from bankruptcy. Ford announced its 16th consecutive profitable quarter Wednesday, and …

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Terminally ill “Simpsons” co-creator to leave entire fortune to charity

<b>(Wikipedia)</b><p>A dying Sam Simon takes a big swipe at environmental groups while announcing plans to give away everything<p>Prachi Gupta<p>July 25, 2013 9:30pm (UTC)<p>Sam Simon, the 58-year-old nine-time Emmy-winning "Simpsons" co-creator who was recently diagnosed with terminal colon cancer, has decided to …

Cyclo-What? A Nasty Stomach Bug Spreads In The Midwest

It seems like the Midwest is a hotbed for medical mysteries these days.<p>Earlier this week, scientists traced a brand-new virus to ticks in Missouri. Now disease detectives are hot on the trail of another puzzling pathogen in the heartland.<p>A stomach bug has sickened at least 321 people across 14 …

L.A. girl kept in metal box on pot farm for sex, authorities say

A missing Los Angeles teenager was sexually assaulted, kept in a metal box and forced to process marijuana for her two captors, according to a federal criminal complaint filed this week.<p>Prosecutors said the girl was held by Ryan Balletto, 30, and Patrick Pearmain, 24, who are charged with …

Crime

Deen Denies New Racism Claims

'Fat shaming' actually increases risk of becoming or staying obese, new study says

Making overweight or obese people feel bad about their bodies doesn’t do anything to motivate them to lose weight – actually, a new study finds it does just the opposite.<p>People who felt discriminated against because of their weight were more likely to either become or stay obese, finds a new report …

Ariel Castro pleads guilty in kidnappings, agrees to life sentence without parole

Ariel Castro, the Cleveland man accused of imprisoning and raping three women for a decade, pleaded guilty Friday and agreed to serve life without parole — sparing the city an agonizing trial and perhaps the women from reliving their nightmare on the witness stand.<p>Under a plea agreement, Castro …

Gunman kills six then shot dead by SWAT team in Florida hostage drama

A gunman holding hostages inside a South Florida apartment complex killed six people before being shot to death by a SWAT team that stormed the …

Man Charged in Hudson River Boat Crash That Left Bride, Best Man Missing

A man was charged today with vehicular manslaughter in a boat crash on the Hudson River in which a bride-to-be and the best man in her wedding party …

Flash floods trap residents, wash out roads in North Carolina

Severe thunderstorms across western North Carolina dumped nearly a foot of rain Saturday, causing flash floods that trapped residents and washed out roads.<p>Officials in Catawba County were called to about 10 swift-water rescues, Mark Pettit, assistant director of emergency services for Catawba …

Stephen Hawking tells how doctors offered to turn off life support in 1985

Prof Stephen Hawking has said he became so ill while writing A Brief History Of Time that doctors offered to turn off his life support machine, it …

2nd body found in boat crash; driver has drug history

Authorities have accused the boat operator of being drunk at the helm.<p>PIERMONT, N.Y. — Wedding plans turned to funeral arrangements Sunday as a community grieved an unfathomable tragedy and two families prepared to bury a bride-to-be and best man killed in a violent boat crash near the Tappan Zee …

Cleveland Kidnapping Victim Amanda Berry Makes First Public Appearance at Music Festival

Amanda Berry, one of three women held captive for a decade, surprised the crowds at a Cleveland music festival this weekend when she attended her …

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Prison hunger strike leaders are in solitary but not alone

Convicted killer Todd Ashker, the legal brains behind the strike, and three other leaders are confined at Pelican Bay prison.<p>July 28, 2013|By Paige St. John<p>PELICAN BAY STATE PRISON — Inside the concrete labyrinth of California's highest-security prison, an inmate covered in neo-Nazi tattoos and …