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UPS cargo plane crashes in Birmingham, Alabama: FAA

(Reuters) – A large UPS cargo plane crashed early Wednesday morning near the airport in Birmingham, Alabama, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The United Parcel Service Inc flight 1354, en route from Louisville, Kentucky, to Birmingham, crashed on approach about 6 a.m., according to the FAA. The plane was identified…

Gunman and hostage killed in Louisiana bank standoff

By Kathy Finn NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) – A U.S. police SWAT team stormed a rural Louisiana bank early on Wednesday, killing a gunman after he shot two hostages, one of whom later died. In a dramatic end to a 12-hour standoff, State Police spokesman Albert Paxton said officers entered the…

School boards searching for Obamacare loopholes to avoid paying some staff health care benefits

By Yasmeen Abutaleb WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Hit by years of budget cuts, some U.S. public school boards are looking to avoid providing health benefits to substitute teachers and supporting staff under President Barack Obama’s reform law, education officials say. According to the law, employers will have to offer health coverage…

Egypt’s government urges Morsi supporters to ‘listen to reason’

CAIRO (Reuters) – The Egyptian government urged supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi to “listen to the voice of reason” and halt violence on Wednesday, praising the security forces for showing self restraint while breaking up their protest camps in Cairo. In a statement, the government said it would press…

Why is the @NSACareers Twitter account following a Pittsburgh car dealership?

The hiring team for the NSA doesn’t have it easy these days. Their advance scouts got absolutely slammed by some college students during a meet-and-greet at a Wisconsin university. And just recently, the agency cut a ton of potential Snowdens loose…  …

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison believes Apple is doomed without Steve Jobs

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison thinks that Apple will collapse without Steve Jobs at the helm. In a televised interview with CBS News, scheduled to air August 13, Ellison called the deceased Jobs “brilliant” and compared him to iconic creators such as…  …

Llamas and goats keep grass cut at Chicago’s O’Hare airport

Chicago’s bustling O’Hare airport has hired a new crew to keep the grass cut: a herd of goats, sheep, donkeys and llamas. Yes, llamas. The llamas help protect the sheep and miniature goats from coyotes that roam the wooded areas near one of the world’s busiest airports. The donkeys are…

Russian law sends LGBT families running and hiding

Maria and Alexandra vaguely considered leaving Russia for several years, but it was not until this year’s anti-gay legislation that they started to gather paperwork. The quiet, academic lesbian couple, who live with a seven-year-old daughter in the outskirts of Moscow, have now lost hope that Russia is moving in…

World’s first study tracks dwarf minke whales

Dwarf minke whales have been tagged and tracked in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in a world-first pilot study which hopes to solve the mystery of where they spend the summer. Scientists at James Cook University in Queensland state are taking part in the project, also involving researchers from Alaska, which…

New Zealand woman drives for 190 miles asleep at the wheel

A New Zealand woman drove for hundreds of kilometres (miles) while asleep at the wheel, sending texts from her mobile phone along the way, police said Wednesday. Police said they received an emergency call just after midnight Wednesday from a friend concerned the woman had gone out in her car…

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