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Baby buys car on eBay using her dad's phone

Paul Stoute’s 14-month-old daughter has been drawn to technology throughout her short life, but he underestimated her tech savvy.<p>Last month, Stoute received an email from eBay that he had the winning bid for a 1962 Austin Healey Sprite. Trouble was, he never knew about the car and certainly didn't …

Mom of toddler in hit-and-run: 'I was so close to losing my son'

Michigan police are asking for the public’s help in finding a driver who backed into a mother and her toddler and then fled the scene after dragging the stroller containing the child across a parking lot.<p>Amazingly, the child was not injured and the mom escaped with only minor injuries in the …

From errand to crime: Parents now face hard consequences for leaving kids in car

By the time Christina Moon pulled up to her local J.C. Penney to make a return after a morning of errands, her 4-year-old daughter was engrossed in a film in the back of the family’s SUV.<p>So when it came time to go inside the store, the girl protested.<p>“She said, ‘Mom, I don’t want to go shopping, I …

Taking flight! Teen becomes youngest licensed plane and copter pilot

Some teens use their summer vacations to sunbathe, or play video games, or watch TV, or sleep. But one 17-year-old in New Hampshire <i>really</i> has his head in the clouds.<p>On Thursday evening, Robert Pinksten attained a dizzying new record: He became the youngest person in aviation history to obtain …

Bulletproof glass foils assassination attempt

If you want your Twinkies rush earlier, head to Wal-Mart

Business News<p>The return of Twinkies is being billed as the "sweetest comeback in the history of ever" and now customers may be able to get their hands on the pastries earlier than expected.<p>Wal-Mart Stores, the nation's largest grocer, announced Friday that it will sell Twinkies in all of its …

Third girl dies from injuries in Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco

A child who was injured in the Asiana Airlines crash in San Francisco died Friday morning, hospital officials said, bringing the death toll from the accident to three.<p>The unidentified girl had been in critical condition since the crash, according to Rachael Kagan, the chief communications officer …

Harrison Ford is 71! Watch him talk 'Star Wars' on TODAY in '77

Popculture<p>A long time ago, in a galaxy ... ah, forget it. That's no way to wish a guy a happy birthday. Especially not someone like Harrison Ford, with a film resume that reaches far beyond "Star Wars."<p>But as we tip our Indiana Jones fedora to recognize the actor's 71st on Saturday, it's necessary …

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Jury finds George Zimmerman not guilty

A Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman on Saturday night in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, which touched off an intense national debate about race, guns and self-defense.<p>The verdict was returned by a jury of six women who worked into the night on their second day of deliberations. They …

Rock on the Simpsons

Ringo Starr<p>Ringo Starr appears in the episode "Brush With Greatness," which first aired on April 11th, 1991.<p>Michael Jackson<p>Michael Jackson voiced the …

14 Gorgeous Structures In The Running For The 'Building Of The Year' Award

This year's festival will be held from October 2nd - 4th in Singapore at the Marina Bay Sands, a building which was itself once a WAF Award winner.<p>More than 300 projects from 50 countries made the official 2013 shortlist, and the architects responsible will each have a chance to make their case to …

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Sinkholes: When the Earth Opens Up

The ground beneath our feet, our cars, our buildings, appears to be incredibly solid. But, rarely, that solid ground can simply open up without warning, dropping whatever was above into an unpredictably deep.hole. Sinkholes can be anywhere from a few feet wide and deep, to two thousand feet in …

Hiding The Cost Of Your Smartphone

The price of your smartphone in the stores bears little relationship to the actual bill of materials. But the artificial prices set by the networks do tell us something about the state of the mobile phone market.<p>Two examples first. Look at the new US pricing for the BlackBerry Z10 – a handset price …

Dual-SIM HTC Butterfly s certified for China, comes with removable back cover

It's a given that HTC will eventually launch its new Butterfly s in China, but will it be a dual-SIM version like the One Dual variants offered over there? The answer is yes, according to a filing in TENAA's database. This particular "9060" device comes with WCDMA radio, meaning it'll be picked up …