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Retiree catches notorious ‘testicle-eating’ fish in New Jersey lake

A retired bus driver caught a notorious testicle-eating fish native to the Amazon River while fishing in a New Jersey lake. Tom Boylan, 77, said he caught the 10-inch Pacu fish, which has large teeth with dulled points that resemble human teeth, while angling at a lake in Passaic’s Third…

New Jersey man arrested for returning stolen bras for store credit

A Washington Township man was arrested for returning stolen bras to a Kohl’s store in exchange for store credit, police said. Michael Pederson, 24, is accused of sending an unidentified female into the Kohl’s on…   [Beautiful young woman in shop with underwear via Shutterstock]…

Encroaching vegetation threatens rare Canadian desert Spirit Sands

As desertification creeps into parts of the world, a rare stretch of sand in Canada’s vast western plains is oddly doing the reverse — slowly sprouting with vegetation. Tufts of prairie grasses are emerging throughout Spirit Sands, a stretch of dunes steeped in local lore in a popular nature park…

Sen. Pat Leahy slams surveillance in aim to reform FISA court and NSA’s powers

There have been a number of proposals put forth in response to the Ed Snowden leaks, but many don’t have very much support. However, having Senate Judiciary Committee boss Patrick Leahy pushing strongly for reforms is likely to get some attention. At…  …

Dianne Feinstein plans to ‘move forward’ Senate version of CISPA cybersecurity bill

We had believed, along with a number of others, that the Snowden leaks showing how the NSA was spying on pretty much everyone would likely kill CISPA dead. After all, the key component to CISPA was basically a method for encouraging companies to have…  …

Google’s $168 million Mohave desert solar gamble gets green light

We’ve been following the progress of the massive Ivanpah solar thermal power plant ever since Google put up a cool $168 million to help build it, so we’re happy to report that the plant has passed the critical “first sync” milestone. Built on…  …

Cruz continues ‘filibuster’ with nods to ‘Duck Dynasty,’ ‘Atlas Shrugged’ and Ashton Kutcher

A marathon speech started Tuesday afternoon by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) to block funding for Obamacare continued into Wednesday morning. Cruz started speaking Tuesday at 2:41 p.m., quickly comparing President Barack Obama’s health care reform law to slavery during the Civil War and Nazis during World War II, before reciting…

German tourism company resumes trips to Egypt

German tourism giant TUI said Wednesday it is resuming trips to destinations on the Red Sea in Egypt, which had been cancelled for more than a month due to violence in the country. “The foreign ministry has modified its security advice and no longer advises against travelling to the Red…

Italy intercepts 700 asylum-seekers, including Syrians

Three boats carrying more than 700 asylum-seekers — some of whom were Syrian refugees — have landed on the Mediterranean island of Lampedusa, according to the Italian Coastguard. The new arrivals reflected a sharp increase in boats landing with people fleeing conflict-torn parts of the Mediterranean region and the Horn…

Flawless $60 million pink diamond for auction in Geneva

Sotheby’s on Wednesday showed off a 59.6-carat pink diamond that will be auctioned in the Swiss city of Geneva in November at a record asking price of $60 million. “The Pink Star,” an internally flawless oval-cut vivid pink diamond, will become the most valuable diamond ever to be offered at…

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