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Tuesday August 12, 2014    10:17 AM
Two badly damaged vehicles remain at the scene of an accident with multiple fatalities early Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 in in League City, Texas. Authorities say six people have been killed, including a family of four, when an SUV speeding from police struck another vehicle southeast of Houston.

League City police forensics specialist Eric Richardson documents the scene of an accident with multiple fatalities early Monday, Aug. 11, 2014 in in League City, Texas. Authorities say six people have been killed, including a family of four, when an SUV speeding from police struck another vehicle southeast of Houston.

League City Police officers and Texas State Troopers investigate the scene of an


Tuesday August 12, 2014    10:09 AM
Robin Williams was a troubled genius. This may come as no surprise to others who are labeled 'genius' and, well, even the rest of us. After his role as the alien Mork in the TV series Mork & Mindy (1978–1982), Williams went on to establish a successful career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. His film career included such acclaimed films as The World According to Garp (1982), Good Morning, Vietnam, Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher King (1991), and Good Will Hunting (1997), as well as financial successes such as Popeye (1980), Hook (1991), Aladdin (1992), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995), The Birdcage (1996), Night at the Museum (2006), and Happy Fe


Monday August 11, 2014    05:57 PM
Oscar-winning actor and comedian Robin Williams apparently took his own life at his Northern California home Monday, law enforcement officials said. Williams was 63.

"He has been battling severe depression of late," his media representative Mara Buxbaum told CNN. "This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time."

Coroner investigators suspect "the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia," according to a statement from the Marin County, California, Sheriff's office.

Williams married graphic designer Susan Schneider in Napa Valley, California, ceremony in October 2011. Schneider sent a written statement to C


Sunday August 10, 2014    01:43 PM
Drafted by a suffragette in 1923, the Equal Rights Amendment has been stirring up controversy ever since. Many opponents considered it dead when a 10-year ratification push failed in 1982, yet its backers on Capitol Hill, in the Illinois statehouse and elsewhere are making clear this summer that the fight is far from over.

In Washington, congresswomen Jackie Speier, D-Calif., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., are prime sponsors of two pieces of legislation aimed at getting the amendment ratified. They recently organized a pro-ERA rally, evoking images of the 1970s, outside the U.S. Supreme Court.

"Recent Supreme Court decisions have sent women's rights back to the Stone Age," said Speier, e


Saturday August 9, 2014    02:17 PM
Yes, they found the money but they returned all of it to the 91-year-old widow whose couch had been given away.

"We just pulled out envelopes and envelopes," said Cally Guasti, a social worker with Family of Woodstock who shares an apartment with two friends in New Paltz, 75 miles north of New York City. "My mouth was literally hanging open everybody's was it was an unfathomable amount."

Guasti told The Associated Press that she and her friends had bought the beat-up couch and a chair for $55 at a Salvation Army thrift shop in March. They noticed the arm cushions were weirdly lumpy. Then, one night in April, one of them, State University of New York at New Paltz student Reese Werkhoven


Saturday August 9, 2014    02:15 PM
A Florida man who feels he is being unfairly treated by local code enforcement officials has mounted an unusual protest - he painted his house like the American flag.

"It's just total government abuse. This is still America," said Brent Greer, who lives in Bradenton, Florida.

Greer is upset that city code enforcement officers inspected his home in February after an anonymous complaint that a 15-foot(4.5-metre)-tall Christmas tree on his front porch had fallen over, he said.

A code enforcement officer came to inspect, and Greer said, "My wife gladly took it down."

The officer went on to cite Greer for a list of violations including lack of screens on some windows, peeling house pa


Saturday August 9, 2014    02:13 PM
This year's winner is a A 2-year-old mutt named Peanut, whose wild white and brown hair, bulging eyes and protruding teeth belie his sweet, energetic personality.

Although Peanut is healthy now, his owner, Holly Chandler of Greenville, North Carolina, says he was seriously burned as a puppy, resulting in bald patches all over his body.

Chandler hopes Peanut's victory will help raise awareness about animal abuse.

"We're trying to use him as a poster child for what can happen to animals who are abused," she said.

She plans to use the $1,500 prize to pay for other animals' veterinary bills.

The contest, held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California, is in its 26th


Saturday August 9, 2014    02:11 PM
A steady rain drenched hundreds of kids and parents Tuesday as they ran, jumped and waded into a 75-by-150-foot mud pit during the 26th annual event at a suburban Detroit park.

Todd Mueller missed 2013's sunny Mud Day because he had to work. But the 43-year-old consultant from Ann Arbor took the day off this year to make it to the Hines Park-Nankin Mills recreation area in Westland with his wife and their two kids.

Not more than 10 minutes in, Mueller was on his back in the middle of the pit covered from head to toe in mud, which he described as "soft and squishy" before his daughter jumped up and slathered on some more.

Jillian Palshan was rewarded for covering herself in the brown


Saturday August 9, 2014    02:09 PM
San Francisco - A long-shot effort to break California into six separate states got a boost on Monday, when the billionaire venture capitalist behind the proposal said he had gathered enough signatures to place it on the ballot in two years.

Timothy Draper, a founder of a Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm that has invested in Twitter, Skype and Tesla, among other companies, has been agitating for months for a ballot initiative to chop the most populous U.S. state into smaller entities.

"It??s important because it will help us create a more responsive, more innovative and more local government, and that ultimately will end up being better for all of Californians," said Roger Sal


Thursday August 7, 2014    11:07 AM
A Perth man whose leg slipped into a space between a train and the platform was freed by his fellow passengers, who formed a human bond and pushed the train car enough to release his trapped limb.

The man was boarding the train in Perth, Australia around 9 AM, and misstepped right next to the painted warning to ‘Mind The Gap’.

One eyewitness said, “He stood in the doorway and as he was sort of taking up his position there, one leg slipped outside the door, slipped outside the gap, and he was stuck. “We alerted the driver, made sure the train didn’t move.”

The surveillance camera caught the spontaneous community rescue and the video was shared with Australian media.