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Baboon raid temporarily forced Zimbabwe radio station off air

A radio station in Zimbabwe was temporarily forced off the air after a group of baboons raided a transmission tower and chewed through cables, a state daily reported on Thursday.<p>The Chronicle newspaper said the newly launched YA FM went down during the breakfast show on Wednesday, sending …

Africa

Dog follows athletes through mud and water, and melts hearts

After a stray dog in Ecuador met a team of Swedish adventure athletes, he grew so attached to the squad that he ran for miles and swam along to keep …

Deep thrills: Crazy cave trampolines in Wales | CNN Travel

Here's A Quick Guide To The Startling New Scandal Involving Goldman And The New York Fed

"The Ray Rice video for the financial sector has arrived," Michael Lewis said.<p>The report is driven by secret recordings that suggest that the NY Fed regulators were too soft on Goldman and therefore possibly other banks as well.<p>The recordings come from former New York Fed bank examiner Carmen …

Whither the Breadfruit?

By James McWilliams August 1, 2014<p><i>Whither the breadfruit?</i><p>Marguerite Girvin Gillin, <i>Breadfruit</i>, ca. 1884<p>There’s such a thing as the Breadfruit Institute, and there should be. Researchers consider the species a “NUS”—“neglected and underutilized species.” But Ian Cole, the Breadfruit Institute’s …

Tasty or addictive? Chinese restaurant serves noodles laced with opium poppy

The noodles were not just tasty. They were addictive.<p>A Chinese noodle vendor in northern Shaanxi province has been detained for 10 days after admitting he added powdered poppy plant — from which opium is made --- to his dishes to keep customers coming back, Chinese media has reported.<p>The owner said …

Misunderstanding leads to Florida mall shooting; suspects die in car crash | Reuters

ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) - A shooting in a Florida store began with a misunderstanding when a shopper whistled to get his son’s attention and ended with two shot and two dead in a car crash, authorities said on Wednesday.<p>The incident began on Tuesday evening at the Plaza Del Sol mall in Kissimmee, …

#FreeSimmons: Twitter rallies behind Bill Simmons after ESPN suspension

Citing a breach of its journalistic standards,<p>ESPNon Wednesday suspended columnist and commentator Bill Simmons for three weeks following a profanity-laden podcast in which he called NFL commissionerRoger Goodella liar.<p>The decision provoked widespread criticism on social media Wednesday evening, …

Media Industry

Ka'apor warriors in the Amazon confront illegal loggers - Telegraph

Amazon River

Deer slow traffic on San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge

SAN FRANCISCO — What a sight.<p>Two deer that made it onto San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge during Friday's evening commute stopped traffic for about 30 minutes.<p>The deer had gotten onto the bridge going north, heading out of the city towards suburban, leafier, Marin County.<p>The California Highway …

Hunt for potentially lethal albino cobra continues in Thousand Oaks

Officials on the hunt for an albino cobra on the loose in Thousand Oaks are warning residents to keep their pets indoors and doors closed to avoid coming across the potentially lethal snake.<p>Officials with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and local animal control officers were …

Trial of former Virginia governor goes to jury

It had all the elements of a soap opera.<p>A broken marriage. Alleged influence peddling. Courtroom drama.<p>Now the trial of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife has gone to the jury after more than a month of sometimes soul-baring testimony on whether they improperly accepted gifts from a …

Strangers In India Lift Bus To Rescue Trapped Students, Save The Day Together

The teamwork and strength of strangers have been credited with saving the lives of two college students after they became trapped under a bus last week in the Indian city of Pune.<p>According to the Pune Mirror, Ashwin Doshi and Siddharth Dudu had been riding a motorcycle Friday when a bus rammed into …

Protective Pit Bull Saves 8-Year-Old Boy From Swarm Of Bees

A pit bull this week was credited with rescuing an 8-year-old Oregon boy from a swarm of angry bees.<p>According to local news outlet KPTV, Jesse-Cole Shaver on Tuesday was playing with a group of children near a creek in Oregon City when one of the kids stepped on a rotting log, disturbing a beehive …

Final arguments unfold at ex-governor's trial

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife has boiled down to this: Did they knowingly trade special favors …

Car Dangles From Unlikely Perch After Skid in Los Angeles

It's the kind of maneuver you're more likely to expect of a skateboard: A car skidded up the concrete retaining wall after losing control and ended up precariously balanced on the top of an embankment on South La Brea Ave in Baldwin Hills, Los Angeles on Sunday. The driver and his passenger escaped …

Los Angeles

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is indicted

Texas Gov. Rick Perry was indicted by a grand jury Friday, accused of two felony counts of abusing his power by eliminating funds for the state's ethics watchdog.<p>The byzantine case involves the drunk-driving conviction of a Democratic prosecutor, deep-seated partisan tensions and a test of Perry's …

Corruption

Pro-pot lawyer will defend for free

WILMINGTON, Del. — It's bad enough that someone charged with simple possession of marijuana in Delaware faces more than $1,100 in fines and court costs; the possibility of probation; and the stain of a criminal conviction on their record, attorney Thomas D. Donovan says.<p>They shouldn't have to pay …

The Mysterious Fungus Infecting the American Southwest

Valley fever has been around for more than 100 years, and disproportionately affects poor farmworkers. For some, it becomes a lifelong illness, and doctors don't know why.<p>Last fall, Kirt Emery was on his motorcycle, cruising up the 99 freeway over the mountains from Santa Barbara to Bakersfield, …

St. Vincent to Fill in for Fred Armisen as "Seth Meyers" Band Leader

<i>Photo by Morten Aagaard Krogh</i><p>St. Vincent, aka Annie Clark, is set to lead the "Late Night With Seth Meyers" house band on August 11 and 12. The band is normally led by "Saturday Night Live"/"Portlandia" star Fred Armisen and has hosted guest players before—J Mascis and Marnie Stern among them—but …

FKA twigs Plays "Two Weeks", "Give Up", and "Pendulum" on BBC Radio 1

FKA twigs was on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show today. She played a live session that included three songs from the forthcoming <i>LP1</i>: "Two Weeks", "Give Up", and "Pendulum". She and her band also sat down for an interview with Lowe, chatting about her connections with the dance world and the start of …

SNL's Vanessa Bayer Roasts United Nations

SNL's Vanessa Bayer has been offering fake advice to several artists lately (Drake, TV on the Radio, Interpol, Haim, and others). Over the weekend, she was on hand for a roast of United Nations before their sold out set at Saint Vitus Bar in Brooklyn. (Fun fact: Bayer's brother Jonah is a member of …

Mass. To Make Big Food Wasters Lose The Landfill

Sure, there's plenty you can do with leftovers: foist them on your office mates or turn them into casserole.<p>But if you're a big food waste generator like a hospital or a supermarket, your scraps usually go to the landfill to rot.<p>In Massachusetts, that's about to change, as the state prepares to …

The Gift Of Graft: New York Artist's Tree To Grow 40 Kinds Of Fruit

It sounds like something out of Dr. Seuss, but artist Sam Van Aken is developing a tree that blooms in pink, fuchsia, purple and red in the spring — and that is capable of bearing 40 different kinds of fruit.<p>No, it's not genetic engineering. Van Aken, an associate professor in Syracuse University's …

CIA Denies Email Release Until Person Requesting Them Can Figure Out Unknowable Details

This interesting Catch-22 stems from a request under the Freedom of Information Act from Michael Morisy of the website MuckRock, who had asked for emails related to technical issues the agency was having with its online FOIA website.<p>While I've personally had my share of agency non-responses — "we …

Senator: The White House Should Launch a Criminal Probe of the CIA

The agency spied on a congressional investigation into the torture of prisoners, then claimed it hadn't.<p>Senator Mark Udall, a member of the committee that conducts oversight of the Central Intelligence Agency, declared Thursday that the agency should be investigated by an independent counsel for …

Giraffe dies from head injuries after trip in back of open truck in South Africa

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals suspect the giraffe died after hitting its head against an overhead bridge<p>A young giraffe has died from head injuries sustained while being transported, blindfolded, in an open truck along a South African highway, an animal welfare agency said.<p>The …

Senators ask W.H. to clarify pot laws

The Senate delegations from Colorado and Washington are warning about the uncertainty surrounding federal marijuana laws and seeking clarification from the Obama administration of the regulations that will impact the legal marijuana trade in those two states.<p>Democratic Sens. Michael Bennet and Mark …

Armed bandits demand water in dry northern India

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Armed bandits in drought-stricken northern India are threatening to kill hundreds of villagers unless they deliver 35 buckets …