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Florida Man Who Woke Up Speaking Swedish Is ID'd By Sister

One of the odder stories of the day is that of 61-year-old Michael Boatwright, "a Florida man who awoke speaking only Swedish, with no memory of his past, after he was found unconscious four months ago at a Southern California motel," as The Associated Press writes.<p>Now, <i>The Desert Sun</i> in Palm …

Unlikely Allies Shake Up Military Sex Assault Debate

On most recent days, nothing that wasn't bitterly partisan has seemed possible in the nation's capital.<p>On Tuesday, the city got its exception.<p>Republican Tea Party Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas stood with liberal Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, endorsing her bill that would …

2,500 inmates still on hunger strike, Lancaster on lockdown

SACRAMENTO -- The number of California inmates continuing a statewide hunger strike hovered at 2,500 on Tuesday, as prison medical workers worked to finish the first round of health checks.<p>Corrections officials Tuesday confirmed parts of the California State Prison near Lancaster had been on at …

Invasive insect species on the move, with big consequences

Jim Labonte works with bugs.<p>A single scoop full of Oregon dirt can contain a dozen of the creatures, black and no larger than a fingernail. Labonte, an entomologist with the Oregon Department of Agriculture, is studying the creatures, which only were first discovered in North America just a few …

Queen Elizabeth gives official OK to same-sex marriages in Britain

LONDON -- Queen Elizabeth II gave final approval Wednesday to Britain’s controversial same-sex marriage bill, bestowing her royal assent as is common to all new laws.<p>The measure passed its final legislative hurdle on Tuesday when the House of Commons approved the bill allowing same-sex couples to …

After Trayvon: Will There Be Justice for Florida's Other Stand Your Ground Victim?

In the backdraft of the Trayvon Martin debacle, Florida – and its bungling special prosecutor, Angela Corey – will be under fierce pressure to …

Crime

Massive 576-page indictment of alleged Cleveland kidnapper reflects horror — and seriousness — of case

The 977-count indictment that accused Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro pleaded not guilty to on Wednesday is a catalog of the rape, torture, and brutality prosecutors say he inflicted on three women at his home on Seymour Avenue for over a decade.<p>The 576-page litany of alleged wrongdoings can also …

New dinosaur with huge nose and horns unearthed in Utah

A new breed of dinosaur with a massive nose has been identified in Utah. Dubbed the Nasutoceratops Titusi, the dinosaur was about 15 feet long when it roamed earth about 75 million years ago, according to the Natural History Museum of Utah. The Nasutoceratops — which translates to "big nosed horned …

Man Wrestles 7-Foot Shark to Nantucket Beach

Surf fisherman promotes catch-and-release but still angers shark advocates.<p><b>When Elliot Sudal goes to the beach, he doesn't just lay out in the sun. He wrestles sharks.</b><p><b>On July 14, Sudal spent 45 minutes writhing in the Nantucket surf with a seven-foot (two-meter) sandbar shark. Eventually, he got</b> …

George Zimmerman trial: juror calls for change to 'stand your ground' laws

A member of the jury that found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin called for changes in Florida's self-defence law, which she said gave jurors no option but to acquit the defendant.<p>The juror's statement adds to pleas from around the country …

Justice

Everyone saw the biracial Cheerios commercial, but kids saw it differently

This video will restore your faith in the new generation. Here, kids watch the needlessly controversial Cheerios commercial featuring a biracial …

Parenting