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Ukraine's Pro-Russia 'Militia' Look Suspiciously Like Veteran Russian Soldiers

Mon, 2014-04-21 10:07
In a totally unsurprising development, there seems to be mounting and significant evidence that pro-Russia Ukrainian separatists are probably actual Russian soldiers.  The New York Times reached this conclusion after comparing a number of photographs of the militia to those of "activists" in Crimea and Russian soldiers who fought in the Chechen war.  The Times analysis reveals that one bearded gentleman bearing a Russian Special Forces patch in one photo, taken in Georgia in 2008, looks suspiciously like a "Ukrainian" separatist seen in the east Ukrainian cities of Kramatorsk and Slovyansk. Other photos show men who appeared in a military group photo, taken in Russia, in those two cities as well.

Soldiers, vigilantes hunt for kidnapped Nigeria girls

Mon, 2014-04-21 10:06

Nigerian soldiers patrol in the north of Borno state close to a former Boko Haram camp on June 5, 2013 near MaiduguriKano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Nigerian soldiers and vigilantes are hunting "around the clock" for the Islamist fighters holding scores of schoolgirls hostage, an official said Monday, as locals claimed the number kidnapped was far higher than first reported. The mass abduction blamed on Boko Haram militants in northeastern Borno state has been described as one of the most shocking attacks in the group's five-year extremist insurgency. Isa Gusau, a spokesman for Borno's Governor Kashim Shettima, said that 52 had escaped so far, after seven more girls were found safe on Monday. "This is the most trying moment Governor Shettima has faced in the last three years," he said.

Court won't hear Fla. employee drug testing rule

Mon, 2014-04-21 09:59
MIAMI (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to hear an appeal by Florida Gov. Rick Scott on his 2011 executive order that would have required random drug tests for as many as 85,000 state workers.

Prosecutor: Minn. homeowner lay in wait for teens

Mon, 2014-04-21 09:48
LITTLE FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man on trial for killing two teenagers after they broke into his house had been lying in wait in his basement with a book, some snacks and two guns, a prosecutor said Monday in his opening statement.

World's Largest Weenie Roast? Where Recalled Hot Dogs May Go

Mon, 2014-04-21 09:37

World's Largest Weenie Roast? Where Recalled Hot Dogs May GoThe 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners recalled by Kraft may have a fighting chance of making it to the grill after all. “When we issue a recall, we always put safety first,”  Joyce Hodel of Kraft Corporate Affairs told “If the recalled product...

Obamas host Easter Egg Roll under sunny skies

Mon, 2014-04-21 08:29
WASHINGTON (AP) — First Lady Michelle Obama applied a healthy-eating theme to this year's Easter Egg Roll, as she and President Barack Obama lead the annual festivities Monday on the South Lawn of the White House.

The phone call that may have saved a building from falling onto New York City

Mon, 2014-04-21 08:28
Walk around Manhattan and you're sure to see dozens, if not hundreds of feats of engineering that are likely to leave even the most cynical citydweller gobsmacked. One of the most amazing buildings in the Big Apple is located at 601 Lexington Avenue.

What Your Sleeping Style Reveals About Your Relationship

Mon, 2014-04-21 07:50

What Your Sleeping Style Reveals About Your RelationshipAre you a creative person stuck in an unhappy relationship? Your preferred sleeping position may reveal the answers to these questions, and other secrets about your personality and relationship. In a survey, 1,000 people reported their preferred sleeping positions, and also gave information about their personalities and relationship quality. "I think it just underlines the point that the night is not downtime," said study researcher Richard Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire in England.

Why are Americans obsessed with missing plane?

Mon, 2014-04-21 07:25
PERTH, Australia (AP) — From the disappearances of aviator Amelia Earhart to labor union leader Jimmy Hoffa, there's just something about a good mystery that Americans find too tantalizing to resist. Perhaps that's why the saga of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has continued to rivet the country long after people elsewhere have moved on.

Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school

Mon, 2014-04-21 07:16
CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.

New York Times pits Galaxy S5 against iPhone 5s, says competition isn’t even close

Mon, 2014-04-21 07:16

New York Times pits Galaxy S5 against iPhone 5s, says competition isn’t even closeLast week, we took an in-depth look at Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smartphone to see how it compared with the HTC One (M8). While the competition was certainly intense, in the end we called HTC’s new flagship phone the best Android smartphone in the world. In terms of sales, however, the M8 will never compete with the Galaxy S5. Even HTC knows that. Apple’s flagship iPhone 5s is the only smartphone that sits at the top of the food chain alongside the Galaxy S5 when it comes to sales, and The New York Times recently pitted these two leading smartphones against each other to see which one should be called the best smartphone in the world. Interestingly, the newspaper found that

From Bullied to Bank: How Bethany Mota Created a YouTube and Fashion Empire

Mon, 2014-04-21 07:06
Bethany’s rising stardom goes far beyond her YouTube channel. She is an inspiration to pre-teens everywhere who’ve ever struggled with boredom, shyness and bullying.

Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet

Mon, 2014-04-21 07:03

A 16-year-old boy, seen sitting on a stretcher center, who stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from San Jose, Calif., to Maui is loaded into an ambulance at Kahului Airport in Kahului, Maui, Hawaii Sunday afternoon, April 20, 2014. The boy survived the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen, FBI and airline officials said. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on Sunday night that the boy was questioned by the FBI after being discovered on the tarmac at the Maui airport with no identification. "Kid's lucky to be alive," Simon said. (AP Photo/The Maui News, Chris Sugidono)HONOLULU (AP) — Officials say a 16-year-old boy is "lucky to be alive" and unharmed after flying from California to Hawaii stowed away in a plane's wheel well, surviving cold temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen.

Cyclone threatens to disrupt search for missing Malaysian plane

Mon, 2014-04-21 06:38

Handout photo of staff checking Phoenix International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Artemis before search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370The search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which vanished on March 8 with 239 people on board, has narrowed to a 10 sq km (6.2 sq mile) patch of sea floor about 2,000 km (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth. Search authorities and the Australian and Malaysian governments have said a series of sonar signals, or "pings", traced to the area may have emanated from the plane's "black box" and present the most credible lead as to its whereabouts. However no pings have been detected in almost two weeks and authorities now fear that, with the flight data recorder's battery several weeks past its expected expiry date, the black box may not emit further signals. "Bluefin-21 has searched approximately two-thirds of the focused underwater search area to date.

Rolling at The White House (The Note)

Mon, 2014-04-21 06:23
By MICHAEL FALCONE (@michaelpfalcone) NOTABLES TODAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE: This morning at the White House, President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama host the annual Easter Egg Roll. Meanwhile, Vice President Biden is on his way to Kiev, Ukraine for a two-day trip. He’ll...

Lindsay Lohan Secretly Miscarried While Filming Her Documentary Series

Mon, 2014-04-21 05:52

Lindsay Lohan Secretly Miscarried While Filming Her Documentary SeriesToday in celebrity gossip: Lindsay Lohan came clean about some things, Justin Bieber's beef with Drake Bell continues, and Miley Cyrus has postponed the rest of her U.S. Bangerz Tour dates. We have to talk about Lindsay Lohan. None of us has a choice! That being said, Lindsay Lohan sure is an endless font of eyebrow-raising scenarios lately. Ironically, for the first six weeks of the Oprah-masterminded docuseries Lindsay, our steady diet of Lohan news derived mainly from realtime tabloid reports and not that allegedly unflinching weekly TV glimpse into her nightmarish life.

A Marine's story: Women set up to fail USMC’s most grueling test

Mon, 2014-04-21 04:34
2nd Lt. Sage Santangelo on why she failed the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course

How did teen stowaway survive 5-1/2 hour flight to Hawaii in wheel well?

Mon, 2014-04-21 04:14
A 16-year-old runaway hopped the security fence at San Jose airport in northern California, climbed into the wheel well of a Hawaiian Airlines flight, and was found more than six hours later wandering around the tarmac at Maui's Kahului airport, the FBI said Sunday. But the FBI says it has video of the teen climbing the fence in San Jose. "His story checked out," Tom Simon, an FBI spokesman, told Reuters. The boy apparently ran away from home after a fight with his parents, according to the FBI.

APNewsBreak: Africa land grabs endanger elephants

Mon, 2014-04-21 04:09

FILE - This June 21, 2103 file photo shows a steamroller and a backhoe used to crush seized elephant tusks during a destruction ceremony at the Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Quezon city, northeast of Manila, Philippines. Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa’s last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group’s report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — Political and military elites are seizing protected areas in one of Africa's last bastions for elephants, putting broad swaths of Zimbabwe at risk of becoming fronts for ivory poaching, according to a nonprofit research group's report that examines government collusion in wildlife trafficking.

Obama plans clemency for hundreds of drug offenders

Mon, 2014-04-21 03:55
For Scrivner, time has crawled, it’s dawdled, and on bad days, it’s felt like it’s stood completely still. She was 27 years old when she started serving a 30-year sentence in federal prison for selling a few ounces of methamphetamine. Now, 20 years later, she feels like she’s still living in the early 90s—she’s never seen or touched a cell phone, she still listens to her favorite band The Scorpions, and she carefully coats her eyelids in electric blue eyeshadow in the morning.