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Toddler fine after being thrown from SUV in rollover crash

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A toddler was thrown from a rolling SUV in Texas Saturday night and, amazingly, got back up tried to get back in the vehicle after a violent end to an armed robbery that was caught on dashcam video, Lubbock, Texas, police say. [Read More]
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‘Mr. McFeely’ gives his take on viral Mister Rogers video

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As more than a million people a day watched the viral video of an auto-tuned Mister Rogers last week, David Newell’s inbox started to fill. Newell, who played speedy deliveryman Mr. McFeely on ‘Mister Rogers Neighborhood,’ heard about the clip from a friend in Sweden. Another friend in Italy also sent him the link, as […] [Read More]
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Study finds ‘stand your ground’ laws increase murder rates

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The study, which looked at 23 states that have passed the castle doctrine laws, comes at a time when many critics say such self-defense statutes encourage vigilantism and escalate violence. At the center of that debate is the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was fatally shot in February in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman. [Read More]
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Sweet n’ healthy

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Choosing a substitute for sugar isn’t just a matter of preference, it’s a health concern. But one that science can’t agree on. The New York Times recently examined the three leading brands of sweetener and public attitude towards each. Saccharin, Aspartame and Sucralose are the respective ingredients of Equal, Sweet ‘n Low and Splenda. And […] [Read More]
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George H.W. Bush says birthday ‘better than the alternative’

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As former President George H.W. Bush, the only Houstonian elected president of the United States, celebrates his 88th birthday Tuesday, he shares this insight:

“It’s pretty darn old,” he said. “I’ll tell you I never thought I get this far in chronology,” adding that aging is “better than the alternative.”

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Dad accused of beating daughter’s alleged molester to death

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A father who said he saw a man molesting his 4-year-old daughter behind a barn apparently beat the man to death Saturday afternoon, according to the Houston Chronicle. The death occurred about 3:45 p.m. at a horse barn near Shiner, Texas, about 127 miles west of Houston, said Lavaca County Sheriff Micah Harmon. Harmon said […] [Read More]
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High-tech solution to dog poop coming to Israel

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Jerusalem has a dog poop problem. It’s apparently so bad, city officials are going high-tech to deal with it. They’re planning to compile a DNA database of city dogs and when they collect the illegal poo, they’ll be able to track down the offending pups. And the owners pay, according to The Daily Mail. [Read More]
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Fake tax return nets Oregon woman $2 million, then theft charges

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Authorities arrested a Salem, Ore., woman last week, accused of swindling the Oregon Department of Revenue out of more than $2 million by filing what could be one of the biggest fraudulent tax returns in state history, Oregon Live is reporting. [Read More]
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