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Saturday March 3, 2012    05:46 PM
CINCINNATI (AP) - A man who was threatened with jail time for posting comments about his estranged wife on his personal Facebook page unless he posted daily apologies for a month says the court ruling violates his freedom of speech.

Mark Byron, who is making the apology to avoid 60 days in jail, said Friday night that he believes it's too late for him to appeal the domestic relations court ruling as planned. But the Cincinnati man and free speech and media experts say it should concern other users of the social networking site.

With hundreds of millions of people using Facebook for communication, Byron said that "if they can do this to me, they can do it to others."

The idea "that a


Friday March 2, 2012    05:38 PM
Rocks that fell from the sky and landed in Morocco last summer came from Mars, scientists have confirmed.

The meteorite chunks, including one that weighed more than two pounds, rained down in North Africa last July.

A special committee of meteorite experts, including some NASA scientists, studied the rocks and determined their origin.

It is only the fifth time in history that experts have been able to confirm by chemical analysis that rocks landing on Earth came from the red planet.

Astronomers believe something smashed into Mars millions of years ago and kicked up rock fragments that have been hurtling through the solar system ever since.

The landscape in parts of Morocco so


Thursday March 1, 2012    05:34 PM
A man who spent two years in solitary confinement after getting arrested for DWI was awarded $22 million for suffering inhumane treatment in New Mexico's Dona Ana County Jail.

Stephen Slevin was arrested in August of 2005 for driving while intoxicated, according to NBC station He said he never got a trial and spent the entire time languishing in solitary, even pulling his own tooth when he was denied dental care.

"'[Prison officials were] walking by me every day, watching me deteriorate," he said. "Day after day after day, they did nothing, nothing at all, to get me any help."

Slevin said he made countless requests to see a doctor to get medication for his depression, but w


Tuesday February 28, 2012    05:20 PM
San Francisco biologists recently made a macabre discovery that might help explain the mysterious crash of honeybee populations: parasites that turn bees into zombies.

Infected bees go mad, abandoning their hive in a suicidal rush toward bright lights, according to a new study by San Francisco State researchers.

"It's the flight of the living dead," said lead investigator and biology professor John Hafernik, also president of the California Academy of Sciences.

The parasite, a tiny fly, has been found in bees from three-quarters of the 31 surveyed hives in the Bay Area -- essentially, everywhere except Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.

In a plot line similar to a George Romero


Monday February 27, 2012    05:02 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome 2012's first harbinger of the apocalypse: Jack in the Box is selling a bacon-flavored milkshake.

The Bacon Shake, available in limited-edition supply, contains vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, a maraschino cherry and "bacon-flavored syrup." The Orange County Register notes that the milkshake is not listed on the restaurant's menu and was not promoted in any of the chain's Super Bowl advertisements. The under-the-radar roll-out may have something to do with the Bacon Shake's super-sized nutritional credentials: the 24-ounce cup packs in 1,081 calories and 54 grams of fat. What's more, the shake is getting panned by the fast-food intellig


Sunday February 26, 2012    04:57 PM
We hear Baaaa but goats hear Baawww.

Goats acquire different “accents” depending on where they’re put to pasture, according to a recent study by Queen Mary University of London.

Researchers found that as goats grew older and moved with different herds, their voices changed to adopt the specific call of their new herd, the U.K. Daily Telegraph reported. That suggests a goat’s voice is not solely genetic, but is also a product of their environment.

Scientists monitored noises from half-sibling baby pygmy goats of several different herds. When the goats were one week old, their calls showed little likeness to the rest of their herd. By the fifth week, the goats’ calls were very similar


Saturday February 25, 2012    04:53 PM
A maintenance man cleaning out a newly vacant apartment in Jonesboro, Arkansas found 25 vials of E. coli bacteria in the refrigerator, according to reports.

The vials marked “E. coli” were in a foam box in the fridge at a Willow Creek Apartments unit, The Associated Press reported. After the facilities manager alerted authorities, an Arkansas National Guard hazardous material crew removed the bacteria.

The bacteria were determined to be medical grade, Fire Battalion Chief Marty Hamrick told the Jonesboro Sun.

While E. coli can cause diarrhea, urinary tract infections and pneumonia, officials determined there was not enough of a safety danger to evacuate the apartment complex, the AP


Friday February 24, 2012    04:48 PM
And you thought "pink slime" in your hamburger sounded unnatural.

A research team that's growing beef in a petri dish instead of a cow is planning to serve the first ever lab-grown hamburger to a celebrity taster this fall.

The project is being spearheaded by Mark Post, a physiologist at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, and funded anonymously by an investor who thinks lab-grown meat could fundamentally alter the way food is manufactured.

The raising of livestock and production of meat have garnered attention in recent years for how much energy they use and pollution they create. But the new beef Post and his team hope to have an experimental chef grill up in October


Thursday February 23, 2012    04:45 PM
An errant wild goose is the culprit in a Marin County wildfire. The goose is now in custody.

A goose flew into power lines in a remote area of Marin near the Gnoss Field airport and a marina, according to the Marin Independent Journal. "The goose caught on fire, and fell. The grass caught on fire. And the rest is history," said Capt. Alex Bowlds of the Novato Fire Protection District.

Firefighters were forced to travel on foot at noon on Sunday to find and extinguish the half-acre fire, according to the newspaper. When they arrived and put out the fire by 3:30 p.m., they found the goose -- "well burned, but still alive," according to authorities.

The goose was sent to the Marin Coun


Wednesday February 22, 2012    04:39 PM
No airbags, no problem.

A Brazilian model, actress and former record holder for the world’s largest fake bosom has credited her enormous assets with saving her life.

Sheyla Hershey, of Kingwood, Texas, said her size 38KKK chest cushioned the blow from a post-Super Bowl car accident when her airbags failed to deploy. “I’m so lucky to be alive right now,” Hershey told Houston TV station Fox 26.

Hershey said she was on her way to visit family Sunday when she lost control of her vehicle and slammed into a tree.

Authorities have charged Hershey with a DWI, though she said she wasn’t drinking and passed a breathalyzer test. Hershey takes medication for bipolar disorder and depression


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