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  • Zeus, world's tallest dog, dies at age 5

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    The Great Dane from Michigan that held the title of world's tallest dog has died at age 5, according to The Associated Press. Owner Kevin Doorlag told the Kalamazoo Gazette that Zeus made his debut in the 2012 edition of Guinness World Records as the tallest living dog. Zeus was 44 inches tall at the shoulder and 7 feet, 4 inches on his hind legs. Zeus weighed 165 pounds and ate a 30-pound bag of food every two weeks, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported.

  • KOCO: Elephants to be sent back to Oklahoma after caretaker's death

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    HOPE, Maine — A Maine elephant rehabilitation facility says its two pachyderms are being sent back to an Oklahoma sanctuary in accordance with the wishes of their caretaker, who died when one of the animals stepped on him, KOCO reports. Authorities found caretaker and Hope Elephants co-founder James Laurita unresponsive at the Hope facility on Tuesday, and police say one of the elephants apparently accidentally stepped on ...

  • Apple Store Crashes As iPhone 6 Goes On Sale

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Apple's website collapsed under increased traffic early Friday morning after eager customers waited until midnight to order the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, reports Yahoo/Business Insider. Users logging onto the online Apple Store at midnight —when the new iPhones were scheduled to go on sale — reported slow load times and a long delay in the devices becoming available to purchase.  Some service appears to have been restored after about 30 minutes. But later Friday morning, the store was down for some users. Its availability appears to be intermittent.

  • Sarah Palin and family 'caught up in Alaska mass brawl'

    Published: Fri, Sep 12, 2014

    Sarah Palin and her family were reportedly involved in a mass brawl at a snowmobile party which had to be broken up by police, reports The Telegraph. Alaska's gossip blogs lit up with accounts of the Saturday night fight, claiming that the former governor's son and daughter both threw punches while Mrs Palin herself shouted: "Don't you know who I am?" as the scene descended into chaos. Police confirmed that "some of the Palin family members" were at the party, where a "physical altercation [was] taking place between multiple subjects". A spokesman added: "Alcohol was believed to have been a factor in the incident."

  • Dozens of children at N.J. day care center accidentally drink bleach

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Twenty-eight preschoolers and two adults mistakenly drank bleach at snack time at a New Jersey day care center on Thursday and were taken to a hospital after some complained their stomachs were burning. The children, aged 3 and 4, and adult staff members of the Growing Tree Learning Center in downtown Jersey City were transported in five ambulances to the Jersey City Medical Center after a late-morning call to 911, said Mark Rabson, a hospital spokesman. "There was a poisoning and many children were injured," he said, adding the children were walking on their own or were being carried out by their parents and "have smiles on their faces." Keith Kearney, executive director of United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County, which runs the day care center that is open to all community members and serves 65 children from infants to age 4, said he had heard no reports of injuries and that the hospital visits were a precaution.

  • Oklahoma lawmaker defends his remarks criticizing Islam

    By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau | Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The war of words between Islam critic Rep. John Bennett and a group that advocates for the religion ratcheted up a notch on Thursday. Bennett, R-Sallisaw, issued a two-page, inflammatory press release on Thursday following a Capitol press conference organized a day earlier by the Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He made several allegations against the organization. The group came out against Bennett’s Facebook remarks that people should be “wary of individuals who claim to be Muslim American.”

  • Six reasons Condoleezza Rice should not replace Roger Goodell

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Ray Ratto of Comcast SportsNet says now that Ginger-Tin-Ears (Roger Goodell) has managed to completely ruin a job that pays $44 million a year, the ever-vigilant I-wonder-what-will-move-the-story-forward-three-years media has seized upon a list of successors, and foremost among them is . . . wait for it . . .

  • Hilarious video explains why Starbucks baristas spell your name wrong

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    How annoying is it when the Starbucks barista misspells your name on your drink? Maybe it's too loud in the cafe or maybe spelling just isn't their forte, you rationalize. But here's the cold, hard truth, fellow latte drinkers: The baristas are messing with you. That's the punchline of the viral YouTube video, "Why Starbucks Spells Your Name Wrong," produced by filmmakers Paul Gale and T.J. Misny, USA TODAY reports.

  • Solar storm heading for Earth

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    A "strong" solar flare that launched off the sun Wednesday afternoon could cause some fluctuations in Earth's power grid and slight disturbances in satellites and radio transmissions on Friday and Saturday, according to USA TODAY. Major disruptions are not expected, even though the flare was classified as an "X-class" flare, which is at the high end of the solar flare scale. Wednesday's flare followed a weaker flare late Monday. "We expect geomagnetic storm levels in the G2 (moderate) and G3 (strong) range," said Bill Murtagh, space weather forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Mike Tyson Lashed Out At A TV Reporter Who Asked Him About His Rape Conviction

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Mike Tyson has been hanging out in Toronto, Canada, with incumbent Mayor Rob Ford, who is currently running for re-election. Tyson went on Canadian cable channel CP24 Wednesday and talked about his visit, according to BuzzFeed. During the interview, reporter Nathan Downer asked Tyson about his criminal past: "There's a race for mayor, we know you're a convicted rapist, this could hurt his campaign. Now how do you respond to that?" Tyson got pissed, First, he said that the only person bringing up the rape was Downer: “I don’t know who said that. You’re the only one I heard who said that.”

  • Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Admitted To Hospital With Tumor

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was admitted to a hospital Wednesday after being diagnosed with a tumor, hospital officials said. BuzzFeed reports Humber River Hospital head Dr. Rueben Devlin said over the next week Ford will undergo a biopsy of the growth in his abdomen. Those results will determine next steps, Devlin said. Ford was admitted Wednesday after going to an emergency room complaining of severe pain. An initial CT scan was “very definitive for the tumor,” Devlin added.

  • Sleepwalking camper plunges off cliff

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    The Ohio man who fell 60 feet off a cliff when he went sleepwalking while on a camping trip says as soon as he landed he thought he was going to die, according to Yahoo News. A rhododendron bush saved his life. “I was sure I was dead, or at least severely messed up,” Ryan Campbell told ABC News. “You don't think you're going to fall that far and walk away from it.”

  • Burger King Introduces a black burger, sauce and cheese

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Blackboard. Blackberry. Black widow. But a black burger? Yup. A dark-colored hamburger — that isn't burnt — is now being sold in Japan by fast-food giant Burger King, according to Yahoo's Trending Now. Called the Kuro Burger, it features a black bun, meat with black pepper, and black cheese. The bread and cheese contain bamboo charcoal, popular in Japanese cuisine. The sandwich also has an onion-and-garlic sauce made dark with squid ink. But don't be alarmed — squid ink is commonly used for cooking, food coloring, and flavoring. The other use is confined to the ocean.

  • Residents warned: Don't touch this critter

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    In one of the weirder public service announcements we've ever seen, scientists in Florida are warning residents not to touch a caterpillar, according to Yahoo Screen. The caterpillar in question is known as the Puss Caterpillar, and is especially prevalent in the Southeast this time of year. While the furry caterpillar looks cute to some, what's hiding under that fur is a bunch of venomous stingers.

  • Where you can't have ketchup or a handgun

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Ketchup is banned in French primary school cafeterias. Owning or selling a child walker in Canada can result in 6 months in jail or fines of up to $100,000, according to Yahoo Screen. Chewing gum is banned in Singapore unless it's being used for medicinal purposes. And, handguns are banned in Japan.

  • How to ruin Batman with one photo

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Batman doesn't kill people. So why does his new car showcase a hood-mounted machine gun? Last night, the director of Batman v. Superman, Zack Snyder, revealed the first clear look at the new batmobile, designed exclusively for his upcoming film. It takes a sharp turn in a disappointing direction for the caped crusader, downgrading Batman from a genius detective to a rich bro with a tank, according to The Verge. Over the past decade, we've seen variations of the batmobile in Christopher Nolan's films. Batman's bike, tumbler, and plane riffed on the idea of mobility rather than lethality. Batman's transportation had the singular purpose of closing the gap between point A and B, A being villain and B being Batman.

  • 'Married With Children' Just Had The Best Family Reunion Ever

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Katey Sagal was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, and she celebrated the occasion by reuniting with her "Married With Children" co-stars, according to The Huffington Post. Seventeen years after the groundbreaking sitcom went off the air, Sagal posed for a classic picture with Christina Applegate, Ed O'Neill and David Faustino. “I thought she was the coolest person I had ever met in my life,” Applegate said of meeting Sagal in a speech at the ceremony. “But what I didn’t realize is that that person was gonna become my mom. I spent more time with Katey and Ed and David than I did my own family … and I couldn’t be more proud of her, and I couldn’t love anybody more."

  • Stephen Hawking shows off Intel's connected wheelchair

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    While Apple was announcing its latest iPhones, Intel was showing off a wheelchair, The Verge reports. The chipset maker revealed its connected wheelchair on Tuesday,  complete with endorsement from one of the world's greatest living scientists , Dr. Stephen Hawking. The wheelchair is being created by Intel's internet of things department, and is designed to take biometric information from the user and display it on touch screens. The device is capable of measuring the health of the user, including body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure, in addition to the status of the wheelchair itself. It also allows people to quickly judge the wheelchair accessibility of places they visit.

  • Woman makes yarn from dog hair, fashions them into high end purses

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    A Florida woman is hoping to kick start a new fashion craze: dog hair, WPTV reports. She's found a unique way to recycle the hair left over from the groomer's. Her kick starter video shows a Tampa woman who's trying to raise $15,000 to start a business where she turns dog hair into high end purses.  50-year-old Doris Carvalho says her purses are also environmentally friendly and can be made from your own pets fur.

  • Teens who Smoke Cannabis Daily 'Seven Times More Likely to Commit Suicide'

    Published: Thu, Sep 11, 2014

    Teenagers who start smoking cannabis daily before the age of 17 are seven times more likely to commit suicide, International Business Times reports a study has found. According to the paper, published in the Lancet Psychiatry journal, youths who smoke marijuana on a daily basis are also 60% less likely to finish high school. Researchers led by the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre at the University of New South Wales analysed results of three large, long-running studies from Australia and New Zealand involving nearly 3,800 people.