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Florida woman delivers baby in front of hospital

A Florida woman went into labor Thursday night and didn’t quite make it to the hospital on time, delivering her new baby right in front of the emergency room, gripping the arms of a wheelchair with midwife looking on. Amy Beth Cavaretta, 36, was fortunate enough to have a friend…

The Orange Couch Does Mad Men: S6E9, “The Better Half”

New Orange Couch! In the above video, Marc and I discuss the “two sides of the same coin” that various characters find themselves up against. One of the more interesting examples is the idea of two New Yorks—the one for the wealthy (and white) and the one everyone else has…

90-year-old woman finds teen sweetheart’s diary in World War II museum

A 90-year-old woman made an astonishing discovery at the National World War II museum recently: searching for a display that she thought might mention her high school sweetheart she instead found his diary, containing a note asking whoever found the book to give it to her. “I figured I’d see…

Original owner of Toronto mayor’s alleged ‘crack’ video may have been killed

Police in Toronto, Canada are investigating whether the original owner of a video allegedly showing Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack cocaine was killed over the footage, the Globe & Mail reported on Monday. The newspaper reported that two separate sources said authorities interviewed a senior member of Ford’s staff regarding…

Vietnam arrests popular blogger for ‘abusing democratic freedoms’

A prominent Vietnamese blogger has been arrested for posting articles critical of the communist government, reports said on Monday, in the latest crackdown on dissent in the authoritarian country. Truong Duy Nhat, 49, was arrested Sunday at his home in coastal Danang city and escorted to Vietnam’s capital Hanoi for…

‘Hot Dog Hooker’ busted after driving wiener truck to hotel encounter

A woman known to New Yorkers as the “Hot Dog Hooker” was arrested Friday after police say she gave a police officer a massage without a license, then allegedly offered to engage in a sexual act for money. Catherina G. Scalia, 47, a hot dog vendor and stripper, is said…

Cash-strapped Italians abandoning autos for bicycles

Bikes are outselling cars in cash-strapped Italy but while cyclists in Milan say their city is ready for a two-wheel lifestyle, there are daily nuisances for riders on Rome’s trafficked streets. Some cities in Italy have bike-sharing initiatives, bike paths and public awareness schemes, while cyclists are still barely tolerated…

South African teen due in court Monday over family axe murder

A South African teenager will appear in court on Monday for allegedly hacking to death four family members with an axe, including his mother and an infant sister. The Benoni Magistrates court will hear the case after the 14-year-old spent the weekend in custody over the grizzly murder of his…

Hanged U.S. scientist’s body may be exhumed again in Singapore

The body of an American scientist found hanged in Singapore last year may be exhumed for a second autopsy in a bid to prove he was murdered, his father said Monday. “Based on my investigations, I believed that Shane did not commit suicide,” Rick Todd, an airline pilot, said in…

Saudi woman who climbed Everest tells countrywomen: Challenge yourselves

Adventurer Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman and youngest Arab to conquer Everest, urged women in the conservative Muslim kingdom of the Gulf to “challenge themselves” as she arrived back in the region. Her group of four, including a Qatari royal, a Palestinian and an Iranian, was greeted with cheers…

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