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  • After 37 years on lam, killer caught by sophisticated software Mar 14, 2014 10:08 PM
    The marshals caught up with Jones on Thursday after using facial-recognition technology to match a Florida driver’s license he was issued in 1981 in Keith’s name with his old military photograph.Jones was arrested outside the Pompano Beach business where he worked.He admitted his real identity as he was being fingerprinted, and the prints confirmed it. He was being held without bail at the Broward County jail, awaiting transfer back to Fort Leavenworth.

  • BC-US--Subway Fall-Blind Man, 2nd Ld-Writethru,433Blind man survives track fall as train arrives Mar 7, 2014 6:11 PM
    “I have used the word miracle before and I still can’t think of a different word,” said Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority spokesman Paul Gonzales after viewing surveillance video of Thursday’s fall at a metro station in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood. “He could have fallen a different way and it would have ended a different way.”

  • Alcoa eagles welcome another egg to nest Feb 28, 2014 8:52 PM
    Two of the world’s most-watched eagles have welcomed a second egg to their nest. The Quad-City Times reports viewers of the Alcoa EagleCam on Thursday spotted another egg in the nest of the eagles, dubbed Liberty and Justice. The nest is on the property of the Alcoa Davenport Works in Riverdale. For the past three years, people have been able to watch online streaming video of the eagles. Company spokesman John Riches says Friday that Liberty laid the second egg about 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Riches says the last egg usually comes within a week of the first egg, so that would mean any additional arrivals would come by Sunday.

  • Ancient dog burial site found in Mexico City Feb 15, 2014 3:01 AM
    Archaeologist Antonio Zamora, who works at the excavation site, said a biologist told the team the remains belonged to medium-sized dogs with full sets of teeth, likely common dogs.Aztecs kept pets Techichi dogs, a breed with short legs believed to be an ancestor of the Chihuahua dog, and Xoloitzcuintlis, whose remains can be identified because of the loss of some of their teeth during adult age.

  • 1120Big, runaway snowball slams into college dormAP Photo LA107, LA108, LA109 Feb 14, 2014 9:22 PM
    After escaping the students' control, the boulder-sized snowball rolled about 15 yards before slamming into Unit-7. Three students heard the smack and discovered the fractured bedroom wall.

  • Mystery of 'jelly doughnut' Martian rock solved Feb 14, 2014 9:29 PM
    Scientists have solved the mystery of the “jelly doughnut” rock on Mars that appeared to come out of nowhere.

  • Kane 4-H robotics team earns top honors Feb 14, 2014 10:41 AM
    Seven years ago, if someone had asked Michael and Carol McKellar of Elgin whether they would be coaches of an award-winning, world-renowned robotics team, they likely would have laughed. But today, it’s a reality.

  • Macabre milestone reached at Dundee cemetery Feb 12, 2014 3:10 PM
    This year, Dundee Township officials reached a macabre milestone. The elected officials, keepers of two cemeteries, filled their 10,000th grave.

  • Border collie wins Westminster agility trial Feb 8, 2014 10:18 PM
    The agility trial added a dynamic, fast-growing sport to the nation’s best-known dog show and marked the first time mixed-breed dogs have appeared there in 130 or more years. Dogs are judged on accuracy and speed as they navigate jumps, tunnels, ramps and other objects off-leash, with handlers guiding them via calls and signals.

  • Bottle released by scientist in 1956 found Feb 7, 2014 5:27 PM
    Warren Joyce said the bottle had been sand-blasted over about 75 percent of its surface. He could still read the words, “Break This Bottle,” so he pried off the rubber stopper. Inside, there was a note from Dean Bumpus explaining that the bottle was among many being released to study the ocean.

  • Punxsutawney Phil predicts weather, not Super Bowl Feb 1, 2014 2:00 PM
    Phil has now seen his shadow 100 times and hasn’t seen it just 17 times, according to the Groundhog Club’s Inner Circle, the top-hatted gents who handle the animal and translate his forecast. There are no records from many of the early years.

  • Skydive accident survivor to leave hospital Jan 31, 2014 1:37 PM
    A 16-year-old Texas girl who survived a fall of more than 3,000 feet in a skydiving accident last weekend will be discharged from an Oklahoma City hospital on Friday, a hospital spokesman said. Makenzie Wethington was flown to the OU Medical Center on Saturday after the accident at a skydiving school in Chickasha. She will be transferred to a Dallas-area rehabilitation facility, OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger said. Wethington’s parents agreed to allow her to skydive as a 16th birthday present, and her father jumped ahead of her. When the teen, from Joshua, Texas, jumped, her canopy opened but with a malfunction that she was unable to correct, and she did not deploy a reserve parachute as she had been taught to do. Her father, Joe Wethington, has said she told him she blacked out as she plummeted to the ground. She landed on grass. The impact of Wethington’s dramatic fall damaged her liver and broke her pelvis, lumbar spine in her lower back, a shoulder blade, several ribs and a tooth. Doctors said it would be weeks before she could bear any weight, but described the speed of her recovery as remarkable. She has not yet had any surgery to correct her myriad injuries. “Our trauma physician who saw her expected her not to make it when he first saw her,” Coppenbarger said. “The family thinks this is a miracle. It’s remarkable that this happened on a Saturday and she’s getting discharged today.” Joe Wethington has said the skydiving company erred in allowing someone so young to jump, even though he signed the company’s waiver. The company’s owner said the teenager was taught how to correct the malfunction she experienced during a 6-hour training session that she attended with her father before they made their skydives.

  • Boulder nearly wipes out Italian farmhouse Jan 31, 2014 6:08 PM
    A huge boulder unleashed by a landslide in northern Italy narrowly missed a farmhouse, destroyed a barn and came to a stop in vineyards. A second boulder stopped just feet behind the traditional stone farmhouse in the rocky region of Alto-Adige.

  • New river dolphin species found in Brazil Jan 25, 2014 4:30 PM
    “The Araguaia dolphin is very similar to its Amazon river cousin although somewhat smaller and with fewer teeth,” bilogist Tom Hrbek said. He added that there were about 1,000 “Inia araguaiaensis” dolphins living in the 1,630-mile river.

  • Moving Jeep explodes in Washington city Jan 25, 2014 2:56 PM
    An explosion from a firecracker inside a moving Jeep blew off the driver’s hand early Saturday and scattered debris over half a block, prompting initial fears over the man’s intent, police and neighbors said. Witnesses saw a flash of light from inside the vehicle, a red Jeep with a gray top, as it drove down a residential street in north Spokane, police said.

  • Panda cub Bao Bao makes public debut at National Zoo Jan 18, 2014 6:52 PM
    Although members of Friends of the National Zoo have been given preview peeks, Saturday offered the public at large its first chance to see the 18-and-a-half-pound panda in person, instead of via the zoo’s panda cam. The zoo has extended hours through Monday to accommodate the 10,000 people expected to pass through the giant panda house over the holiday weekend.

  • Couple advertises home as ‘slightly haunted’ Jan 17, 2014 3:10 PM
    There were calls from ghost hunters. An open house attracted lots of curiosity seekers, but no legitimate buyers. And a former resident came out of the woodwork to tell the couple that when he was a kid, he found a human skull in the basement — the same basement whose door Sandi Leeson once barricaded because she swore she could hear the clicking of a cigarette lighter emanating from the subterranean depths.

  • Appeals court upholds sex change for inmate Jan 17, 2014 5:20 PM
    U.S. 1st Circuit Court of Appeals Judges O. Rogeriee Thompson and William Kayatta Jr. said in their ruling they were “assuredly mindful of the difficult tasks faced by prison officials every day.”“But as the Supreme Court has cautioned, while sensitivity and deference to these tasks is warranted, `(c)ourts nevertheless must not shrink from their obligation to `enforce the constitutional rights of all `persons,’ including prisoners,”’ the two judges wrote. “And receiving medically necessary treatment is one of those rights, even if that treatment strikes some as odd or unorthodox.”

  • Cat rescued after 3 cold days in Ohio drainpipe Jan 12, 2014 2:02 AM
    The male cat has been named Piper. It has a broken leg and other injuries signaling it’s had a rough time lately. But things are looking up, with a number of people volunteering to adopt if it goes unclaimed.

  • Kill a black rhino to save a black rhino? Jan 12, 2014 2:43 AM
    Jim and Lauren Riese traveled with their children from Atlanta to protest the auction of the rare black rhino hunting permit in Dallas. Ries said it was his son Carter, 12, and daughter Olivia, 11, who pushed for them to go and participate.

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