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Nearly 120 People Overdose on Synthetic Marijuana in 5-Day Period

Almost 120 people in a five-day period in Texas overdosed on a synthetic drug that mimics the effects of marijuana.<p>Police believe the drug on which …

Vaping Electronic Cigarettes Gets Green Light in Some Offices

Forget a foosball table. Vaping an e-cigarette at your desk is the new workplace benefit of choice.<p>Just eight years after their introduction in the U.S., e-cigarette devices have expanded to a nearly $2 billion industry. Last week, the FDA took the first stepsto extend its authority from …

Injured Ringling Bros. Acrobat Vows to Return After Accident

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- One of eight circus acrobats who plunged about 20 feet to the ground during a hair-hanging act witnessed by thousands says she'll perform the stunt again.<p>"For me, you gotta get back up and do it again," Samantha Pitard told The Associated Press after being released from a …

Airport Security Video Shows Wobbly Teen Stowaway Shortly After Landing

A teenage stowaway who miraculously survived a 5 ½-hour flight from California to Hawaii is seen wobbling around the Hawaiian Airlines jet shortly after it landed in airport security footage obtained by NBC News on Tuesday.<p>Yahya Abdi, 15, is seen in the 6-minute clip dropping to the tarmac from the …

Philippines seizes Chinese boat in dispute

The Philippine government has seized a Chinese fishing boat and its 11 crewmen on charges of catching endangered sea turtles in disputed South China Sea waters, prompting China to demand their release.<p>The boat was loaded with more than 350 endangered turtles when it was seized on Tuesday near …

Thailand Earthquake Beheads Buddha Statue And Devastates Wat Rongkhun Temple

Myanmar and parts of northern Thailand were rocked by a strong earthquake on Tuesday that killed one person and hurt several dozen more.<p>Another casualty of the seismic disruption was a huge statue of the Buddha in the Chiang Rai province of Thailand, which was decapitated by the earthquake. Monk …

Macquarie: Why the Canadian dollar's drubbing could last a decade

The Canadian dollar, commonly known as the loonie, has taken a beating over the past year, sinking to an 11-year low against the U.S. dollar in July.<p>The currency has since extended its decline to break below 76¢ (U.S.).<p>The loonie's swoon has presumably been linked to the cratering price of oil, …

Rob Ford: 'Rehab Is Amazing,' Just Like 'Washington Redskins Camp'

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Fresh off the second documented instance of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford using crack cocaine — and while …

Jump in left-wing violence in Germany 'alarming'

BERLIN — Black-clad crowds stormed past closed and boarded banks, businesses and stores, shouting anti-fascist and anti-capitalist slogans in Berlin's trendy Kreuzberg district.<p>But leftist protests like this one on May Day have for many years ended not in song but riots, car burnings and broken …

'We can't let this be the new normal'

"There is a market for selling humans."<p>That unsettling fact was pushed into the front of the news cycle on Monday when a man who claims to have kidnapped 276 teen girls announced in a video message that he would sell the young women into marriage or slavery.<p>"I abducted your girls. I will sell them …

Beached whales buoy Canadian town's tourism | Environment

<b>Trout River, Canada</b> <b>-</b> What to do with the rotting remains of a 25-metre long blue whale washed up on the beach right next to where people live, work and play?<p>That's a question gripping the pretty hamlet of Trout River, on the coast of Canada's eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador. "We were …

Cleric al-Masri takes the stand at New York terror trial

He came to London as a young man who loved the Western lifestyle, wanted to make money and have fun. "American style," smiled Abu Hamza al-Masri as he began his testimony Wednesday in his federal trial on terrorism charges.<p>The 56-year-old Egyptian-born al-Masri worked as a bouncer and strip-club …

White House locked down after car drives into secure area

Officials temporarily locked down the White House late Tuesday afternoon after a man followed a motorcade into a secure area of the heavily guarded complex, authorities said.<p>Around 4:40 p.m., the driver entered the restricted area, behind a motorcade that included President Barack Obama's two …

The internet will have almost 3 billion users by the end of the year, UN report says

The internet will have nearly 3 billion users, about 40 percent of the world's population, by the end of 2014, according to a new report from the United Nations International Telecommunications Union. Two-thirds of those users will be in developing countries.<p>Those numbers refer to people who have …

Kenyan killer brew leaves dozens dead

At least 60 people have died after drinking illegally brewed alcohol in Kenya. Several dozen more are being treated in hospital.<p>The spirits were consumed in the eastern and southern counties of Embu, Kitui and Kiambu. It been that it was bought from licensed bars and on the street.<p>Medical …

Oxford Union president questioned over rape

The president of Oxford University's historic debating society is arrested by police and questioned over rape allegations made by two undergraduates<p>The president of the Oxford Union has been arrested by police on suspicion of the rape and attempted rape of two undergraduates.<p>Benjamin Sullivan, 21, …

Two Ugandans Are About To Become The First People Ever Tried Under The Country's Anti-LGBT Laws

The two individuals, whose trial was scheduled to begin today, would be the first Ugandans ever to be tried for same-sex intercourse.<p>If a trial that was due to start today in Uganda had proceeded on schedule, it would have been the first time Ugandans had been tried for homosexuality.<p>That's not …

House of Lords committee calls for fracking to be 'national priority'

A House of Lords committee has urged changes in the law to fast-track fracking and ensure property owners cannot delay drilling under their land.<p>The economic affairs committee (EAC) is also demanding ministers set up a special cabinet committee on the issue and make it a "national priority" to sell …

Pakistan 'blasphemy lawyer' shot dead in Multan office

<b>Gunmen in the Pakistani city of Multan have shot dead a lawyer defending a university lecturer accused of blasphemy, police and officials say.</b><p>Police said that Rashid Rehman was sitting in his office when he was shot. Two of his assistants were injured.<p>Allegations of blasphemy against Islam are …

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India court bans jallikattu bull fighting festival in Tamil Nadu

<b>The Indian Supreme Court has banned a version of bull fighting which has been popular for centuries in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.</b><p>Jallikattu is an annual festival in which thousands of men chase the bulls to grab prizes tied to their horns.<p>The court said that use of bulls in the sport …

US arrests scores in nationwide drug raids

Authorities in the United States have arrested more than 150 people in drug raids across 28 states.<p>Federal drug, customs and border patrol agents joined local authorities to target synthetic drugs.<p>The investigation, called Operation Synergy, has lasted four months and accrued more than $20m in cash …

National Guard Spends Millions Sponsoring NASCAR, But Fails To Get New Recruits

The National Guard spent $88 million over three years on NASCAR sponsorships that may not have recruited any new soldiers.<p>It was either a costly and failed experiment or a pricey branding exercise. But one thing is clear: The National Guard has dumped a fortune into car racing over the last few …

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Heat Wave Grips American Plains, South

As the White House warns of rising temperatures and far-reaching effects of climate change, millions throughout the Southeast and Plains are in the grip of high temperatures pushing toward triple digits.<p>Records are in danger Wednesday from Lincoln, Neb., to Charleston, S.C. Many cities will see …