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Judge sends honor student to jail for missing school

A Houston-area teenager has been jailed and fined for missing school by a judge who hopes to make an example of her. 17-year-old Diane Tran is working two jobs while taking advanced placement and dual credit courses at Willis High School in Willis, Texas. Some mornings, she is simply too…

Sea lions stage hostile takeover of Ventura Harbor docks

A large gang of sea lions has taken over three docks at Ventura Harbor in California, and the National Park Service isn’t sure how to tell them delicately that their presence is unwanted. The animals have previously been a common sight on the large buoys that lead out of the…

Economist worries ’20 or 30 billionaires control everything’ in the automated future

Paul Solman of PBS Newshour recently went to a conference run by a California think tank called Singularity University to learn the future of human workers. Solman noted that as far back as the Roman empire, people had worried about being displaced by machines. Emperor Vespasian, who built the Coliseum,…

GOP candidate Jesse Kelly refuses to answer question about white supremacists

Republican candidate Jesse Kelly on Wednesday refused to answer a question about his endorsement by a controversial political action committee linked to neo-Nazi groups. Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) endorsed Kelly in 2010 when he was running against Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona’s 8th Congressional district. The group renewed…

CBS reporter smuggles puppy out of Afghanistan war zone

CBS correspondent Lara Logan recently became part of an effort to rescue a puppy named Bill after he was saved by a group of Marines in Afghanistan. But a warning: This story did not have a happy ending for adorable dog. Marines from the 3rd Platoon were on patrol in…

Personal airplane in development gets better fuel efficency than most cars

A proposed highly fuel-efficient personal private plane called the Synergy is generating buzz and attracting investors in the aviation industry, according to Bloomberg TV. Investors hope to raise enough capital to build a prototype of the Synergy, which is designed to carry up to five passengers with a fuel efficiency…

California police: Dog was strapped with explosives

Police in California are on the hunt for two people they say strapped a stick of dynamite to a dog and set it loose in a Sacramento neighborhood. The explosion, heard around 11 a.m. on Wednesday, severely injured the dog, which police described as a long-haired Dachshund. They expect the…

U.S. Navy nuclear sub catches fire in Maine

A fire on board the U.S. nuclear submarine USS Miami in Portsmouth, Maine on Wednesday night left seven injured and Navy engineers scratching their heads trying to figure out what caused the blaze. Thankfully, the injuries were minor: Rear Admiral Richard Breckenridge told The Associated Press that nobody was seriously…

Stuntman sets record for surviving skydive without parachute

A British stuntman has become the first person to jump from 700 meters high without a parachute and survive. Forty-two-year-old Gary Connery wore a specially designed suit that slowed his descent. But despite the suit, he still shot downward at a speed of about 80 miles per hour. His descent…

Maryland 911 dispatcher falls asleep during emergency call

A woman in Montgomery County, Maryland called for help when her husband had difficulty breathing and started turning blue.  According to CNN, minutes into the call, the dispatcher on duty fell asleep and began to snore. Moments later, a second dispatcher took up the call, but became confused by the…

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