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Monday May 28, 2012    02:55 PM
BEIJING — Social media sites and blogs have lit up after eagle-eyed viewers spotted a surprise cameo in a Chinese TV documentary about the country's police force: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his now-wife, Priscilla Chan.

The documentary by CCTV was part of a series on Chinese police and high-tech crime-solving methods. A few seconds of footage showing Zuckerberg and Chan walking behind two police officers were shown included in a brief clip posted online by the Hebei province satellite station.

The footage shows the couple wearing the same clothes they were photographed in during a March 27 visit to Shanghai. Zuckerberg wears his custom hooded sweat shirt, this time in brown,


Monday May 28, 2012    12:14 AM
Singer Tim McGraw announced on Thursday that he’s going to give away 25 mortgage-free houses -- one for each stop on his upcoming “Brothers of the Sun” tour with Kenny Chesney -- to wounded or needy service members.

The campaign, which kicks off with a Memorial Day concert for military members at the Beacon Theater in New York, was inspired by the close relationships McGraw has with veterans in his life.

“My sister’s a veteran, my uncle’s a veteran, my grandfather was a veteran, one of my best friends is a veteran,” McGraw said in an interview. “I’ve known people my whole life who are in service to America. And I think in my position to be able to do something like that is probably the


Monday May 28, 2012    12:10 AM
A 22-year-old pregnant woman and her unborn baby are alive expected to live after being kidnapped, set on fire and shot in Warren, Mich., police said.

The woman, who is nine months pregnant, told police she was dropping her ex-boyfriend at his new girlfriend’s home early Saturday morning after seeing a drive-in movie. After they pulled into the garage and got out of the car, the garage door closed unexpectedly, she told police.

“The next thing she knew she was grabbed by the throat and a gun was put to her head,” Warren Police Commissioner Jere Green told ABC News affiliate WXYZ-TV in Detroit. “She was ordered to the ground.”

Duct tape was placed over her mouth and wrapped around he


Sunday May 27, 2012    11:56 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M – Johnny Tapia, the five-time boxing champion whose turbulent career was marked by cocaine addiction, alcohol, depression and run-ins with the law, was found dead Sunday at his Albuquerque home. He was 45.

Authorities were called to the house at about 7:45 p.m. on Sunday, spokesman Robert Gibbs said. The death didn't appear to be suspicious, he said.

Tapia won five championships in three weight classes, winning the WBA bantamweight title, the IBF and WBO junior bantamweight titles and the IBF featherweight belt.

He was regarded as the consummate underdog by his fans. The more trouble he found outside the ring -- including several stints in jail -- the more they ral


Sunday May 27, 2012    11:53 PM
LAFAYETTE, La. – Police have confirmed that an abandoned bicycle found under a highway bridge belongs to missing college student Mickey Shunick, Fox 44 reports.

Two fisherman reportedly spotted the bicycle in a remote, swampy area in Iberville Parish, about 25 miles from where Shunick was last seen on May 19.

Several police agencies are now searching the area for clues and have dispatched search dogs under the bridge.

"Police are asking the public to remain out of the area so that law enforcement officials can search," Cpl. Paul Mouton, a Lafayette police spokesman said in an emailed news release obtained by The Associated Press.

Shunick, a 21-year-old student at the Universit


Saturday May 26, 2012    09:21 PM
A video of an elderly woman’s skydiving adventure gone horribly awry has gone viral, perhaps serving as a warning literally to look before you leap — or at least to mind your elders when it looks like they actually don’t want to jump out of the plane.

The video was created by The Parachute Center, a skydiving company in Acampo, Calif., as a memento for jumpers to take home after their airborne adventures.

But someone posted it on The Chive, a video site on which a counter said it has been viewed more than 170,000 times. It shows Laverne, an energetic woman who has just turned 80 and has rounded up a crew of female relatives to go skydiving with her. She tells the camera that she’s “rea


Saturday May 26, 2012    09:15 PM
A onetime California high school football star who spent five years in prison on a false rape allegation is hoping that at age 26 he still has a shot at an NFL contract.

"I think that any team that gives me an opportunity will be really impressed with what I can do despite all of what I've been through these past 10 years," Brian Banks said Friday on NBC's "Today" show.

Charges of rape were officially dropped a day earlier after Banks' attorney gave prosecutors a tape in which his accuser said she felt guilty about making up the allegations in 2002.

At the time, Banks was a star linebacker at Long Beach's Polytechnic High School, with plans to play at USC. His dreams of an NFL caree


Friday May 25, 2012    05:30 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Authorities say an upstate New York man angry over getting tossed out of his brother's home poisoned his sibling's two toddlers by pouring bleach in their milk.

Syracuse police say Friday that 20-year-old Aaron Hickman had been living with his brother but got into an argument with him Wednesday night and was told to leave. Before doing so, officials say, Hickman poured bleach into a container of milk in the refrigerator.

Police say the brother's 1- and 3-year-old sons drank the milk Thursday morning and got sick, suffering severe vomiting and diarrhea. The boys were treated at a hospital and were released, according to CBS affiliate WTVH in Syracuse, N.Y.

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Friday May 25, 2012    01:31 PM

Stockton California police on Thursday were searching for two people wanted in a horrific attack on a little dog.

Police said they received a call on Wednesday from a witness who saw a man and a woman attach an M-80 firecracker to a male long-haired dachshund and detonate it.

Animal control officers were called in and the dog was rushed to an area pet hospital.

The suspects were described as an African-American male age 25-30 and an African-American female approximately 20 years of age.

The dog was treated for gashes and internal injuries to his neck and was still recovering Thursday.

"He's making tremendous strides in how he's doing, said veterinary technician Maddy Fawn.


Friday May 25, 2012    12:01 PM
At a college reunion, it's common for alumni to share post-collegiate achievements with each other.

But a report compiled for this year's 50th reunion class at Harvard University contained an unusual entry.

Ted Kaczynski, the so-called "Unabomber" and Harvard alumnus, listed his eight life sentences for a string of bombings that killed three people and wounded 23 others as an "award" in the class of 1962 report.

The Harvard Alumni Association said in a statement Thursday that they "regret publishing Kaczynski's references to his convictions and apologize for any distress that it may have caused others."

The Boston Globe published an apparent photo of the entry, which lists Kaczyn


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