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    Rio statue guy’s guide to taking epic selfies

    There are selfies — and then there are selfies that make people say “Jesus Christ!” That’s one possible reaction to one of the most epic selfies ever snapped. Not just because it was a breathtaking shot, but because of where it was taken. Lee Thompson became an Internet sensation when he became the first ever person to snap a selfie from the top of Rio’s Christ the Redeemer statue. The British co-founder of the Flash Pack travel company scored 50 […]

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    ‘Red eye’ in baby photos alerts parents to tumor

    CHANDLER, Ariz. — Red eye is common in baby pictures, but sometimes what looks like a trick of the camera could actually be a warning sign. When you look at pictures of Elizabeth during her first few months, you’re immediately drawn to her mesmerizing baby blue eyes. “She seemed to be perfectly fine,” said Joanna Murphy, Elizabeth’s mom. It’s always said, a picture is worth a thousand words, and in this case, what Murphy saw behind the cute face in the […]

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    ‘I was the only one that got out of that room,’ Survivor remembers Oklahoma City bombing 20 years later

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Sunday will mark the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Florence Rogers remembers April 19, 1995 like it was yesterday. She worked in the credit union inside the federal building and watched the floor in front of her fall six stories. “I was the only one that got out of that room. All of the other eight that were in there perished,” said Florence Rogers. Rogers was thrown back from the blast […]

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    Hacker steals tax refund from expecting mother in NC

    NEW YORK — For newlyweds Eric and Lauren Oxford, two teachers living on meager salaries in Massachusetts, their expected $3,500 tax refund meant everything. They’ve been saving up diligently since 2013. Combined with their summertime lump pay, they’d have just enough to start shopping for their first home together. Instead, when their lease is up this month, they’ll be moving in with his mom. And it’s all because someone stole Eric’s Social Security number — and the couple’s entire tax […]

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    These 10 universities control a third of the money in higher education – and one is in NC

    NEW YORK — The wealth gap between the nation’s 40 richest colleges and universities and the rest is getting wider. That’s thanks to strong investment returns and a tremendous fundraising advantage, according to credit rating agency Moodys. Eighteen of the wealthiest schools have Aaa credit ratings — that’s a rare achievement for any businesses or government. The top 40 include seven of eight Ivy League schools – all but Brown University – along with prestigious institutions such as Stanford, MIT […]

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    After living on a cardboard box, homeless man finds fat bank account

    TAMPA, Fla. — No identification, no Social Security card and only a box to live on. John Helinski was homeless and nameless for three years. Suddenly, he’s set to buy his own place and collect a nice pension. Helinski hit it big thanks to the Social Security Administration, and a big-hearted cop and a case worker determined to untangle major bureaucracy. Charles Inman could not bear to see his 62-year-old ward land back on the street, he told CNN affiliate […]

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    Jury weighs fate of accused killer of Etan Patz, original ‘milk carton’ missing child

    NEW YORK — When Etan Patz went missing in New York City at age 6, hardly anyone in America couldn’t help but see his face at their breakfast table. His photo’s appearance on milk cartons after his May 1979 disappearance marked an era of heightened awareness of crimes against children. On Friday, more than 35 years after frenzied media coverage of his case horrified parents everywhere, a New York jury will again deliberate over a possible verdict against the man […]

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    Dog found in van two days after fatal crash

    KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho — A small dog survived a fatal car crash Saturday in Idaho, but deputies didn’t find him in the wreckage until two days later. Sadly, the dog’s owner didn’t make it. The dog was his owner’s one and only. “That’s why his name is Uno Solo,” said Autumn Jolley, founder of Power of the Paw. It’s been a confusing week for the little chihuahua since his owner, 85-year-old Marie-Claire Steinkamp, died in the car accident on Saturday when her vehicle crashed […]

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    National parks are free this weekend, some are right here in NC

    HIGH POINT, N.C. — From the giant sequoias of Yosemite to the geysers of Yellowstone, the United States’ national parks were made for you and me. And for Saturday and Sunday, they’re also free. Though most of the National Park Service’s 407 sites are free year-round, the 128 parks that charge a fee — like Yellowstone and Yosemite — will be free those two days. It’s all part of National Park Week, happening April 18 through April 26, and it’s hosted […]

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    Passenger kicked off flight for poking fellow flier with pen

    CHICAGO — Passengers, keep your pens to yourself. A female flier was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight Thursday after allegedly jabbing another passenger in the arm with a pen. The passenger “was removed from the flight for poking her seatmate with a pen to stop him from snoring,” Southwest said in a statement. But it’s unclear whether snoring was the root cause of the incident. Michael Sutton said his friend, Lenny Mordarski, was asleep as Flight 577 was taxiing […]

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    New US citizen sought to execute US soldiers, indictment alleges

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — A naturalized U.S. citizen traveled to Syria for training and wanted to return home to kill Americans — particularly U.S. soldiers, execution style, the U.S. Department of Justice said Thursday. A federal grand jury in Ohio charged Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, of Columbus, with providing material support to terrorists and lying to the FBI. Mohamud told someone that he wanted to target U.S. armed forces, police officers or other people in uniform, the indictment alleges, adding that […]

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    Why Walmart fired 2,200 people immediately

    NEW YORK — Walmart surprised everyone and put 2,200 people out of work Monday when it temporarily closed five stores. The reason for the shut down: plumbing problems, according to the retailer. Two of the stores are in Texas, and the others are in California, Florida and Oklahoma. They will be closed for “extended repairs” for approximately six months, the company said. The stores closed at 7 p.m. Monday, after workers were notified just hours before that they were losing […]

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