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    Visitors ‘scream’ as China’s new glass walkway on 3,500-foot cliff cracks

    Walking on a glass walkway suspended 1,000 meters up a mountain is supposed to be terrifying — but not this terrifying. Just two weeks after it opened to a nervous public, a walkway in China’s central Henan province was evacuated after cracks appeared. Reports describe visitors running and screaming in panic as they saw the damage on the U-shaped path at Yuntaishan (Yuntai Mountain) Scenic Park. “Just witnessed a historic moment — Yuntaishan’s glass walkway is broken,” wrote one user […]

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    It’s time to get your flu shot

    Now is the time to get your flu shot — and this vaccine is expected to be more effective than last season’s. Flu season is that time of year when more of your co-workers call in sick and more of your children stay home from school; it starts in October and typically runs through May. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention doesn’t generally start to keep a running count of the new season’s cases until the end of the […]

  • The portraits of the winners of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2015 (L-R) Sweden's Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich of US and Turkish-American Aziz Sancar are displayed on a screen during a press conference on Oct. 7, 2015 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. (JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

    Professors at UNC, Duke among 3 awarded Nobel Prize in chemistry

    STOCKHOLM — Professors at the University of North Carolina and Duke were among three scientists awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for chemistry, “for their mechanistic studies of DNA repair,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced Wednesday. Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich and Aziz Sancar won “for having mapped, at a molecular level, how cells repair damaged DNA and safeguard the genetic information.” Modrich is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and professor at Duke University School of Medicine […]

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    Orphaned baby possum warms hearts, snuggles toy kangaroo

    MOSMAN, Australia — A baby brushtail possum found abandoned and dehydrated in a suburban neighborhood of Mosman, Australia, is making a healthy recovery thanks to a veterinary nurse from Taronga Wildlife Hospital. The photos of the small marsupial cuddling a stuffed toy kangaroo has softened the hearts of Internet users and earned praise for the efforts from the hospital. Nurse Felicity Evans nicknamed the female possum Bettina. The 4-month-old possum Bettina was brought to Taronga Wildlife Hospital in September. Bettina […]

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    South Carolina flooding: Dams breached, death toll rises more trouble ahead

    The rain may have stopped, but South Carolina is grappling with a host of new concerns. Dam breaks. Billions of dollars in damage. And rivers that still haven’t crested. “God smiled on South Carolina because the sun is out,” Gov. Nikki Haley told reporters on Tuesday afternoon. “That is a good sign, but I will tell you that for us, we still have to be cautious. The next 36 to 48 hours are going to be a time that we […]

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    Watch Bindi Irwin’s emotional ‘Dancing With the Stars’ tribute to her late dad

    Asked to perform a dance inspired by her most memorable year, Bindi Irwin knew the theme of her performance Monday night on “Dancing With the Stars.” The year was 2006, when her father, Crocodile Hunter and wildlife conservationist Steve Irwin, was killed by a stingray during a television shoot. Bindi Irwin, who was growing up on screen with her father, was just 8 years old. Irwin and professional dance partner Derek Hough chose to perform a contemporary dance set to […]

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    Burger King’s Halloween Whopper has unexpected side effect

    MIAMI — You don’t have to go to Japan to try Burger King’s black-bunned Whopper. Burger King is bringing it to the U.S. just in time for Halloween. “Something wicked is coming,” the burger chain on Twitter, with a brief promo video featuring thunder and lightning and a lunar eclipse, with a burger standing in for the moon. But it’s not just the color, insists Burger King. It’s also the flavor, with A.1. sauce baked into the bun. According to […]

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    Jay Leno on why he didn’t appear on Letterman’s final shows

    NEW YORK — One of the biggest questions leading up to David Letterman’s final run as “Late Show” host was whether long-time rival Jay Leno would appear to say goodbye. Leno was invited by the “Late Show” staff, but he declined to be part of the Letterman finale. In an interview with Adweek, Leno said he stayed away because Letterman had refused to honor him with an appearance when Leno left the “Tonight Show” in 2014. “I asked Dave to […]

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    ‘Buffy’ star Nicholas Brendon arrested, accused of choking girlfriend

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Actor Nicholas Brendon, known for roles in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Criminal Minds,” was arrested Wednesday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Brendon was charged with robbery, two counts of criminal mischief and obstruction of breathing or blood circulation. It was his fourth arrest within the past a year and the only incident of the four that involved alleged violence toward another person. According to the police report, Brendon’s current or former girlfriend arrived at his hotel, […]

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    Student spared by Oregon shooter given 2 tasks in exchange for his life

    For reasons he might never understand, Matthew was chosen to live by the gunman in last week’s Oregon community college shooting that left nine people dead. But the 18-year-old had to perform two tasks to save his life: deliver the gunman’s message to police, and watch his classmates get shot right in front of him. The trauma, Matthew’s mother said, has been overwhelming. “He’s different,” Summer Smith said. “He’ll never feel the same. He’ll never feel complete security again.” She […]

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    Ben Carson says he would have confronted Oregon shooter

    WASHINGTON — Ben Carson said Tuesday he would have confronted the shooter at Umpqua Community College if he had been there and would have asked everyone else to gang up on the shooter with him. The presidential hopeful was asked by Fox News “Fox and Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade about what would happen if a gunman pointed a gun at him and asked him his religion. “Not only would I probably not cooperate with him, I would not just stand […]

  • El Faro captain couldn’t beat Hurricane Joaquin due to mechanical problem

    The captain of the missing ship El Faro tried to divert the vessel from dangerous waters plagued by Hurricane Joaquin, but could not due to a mechanical problem, the owner of the ship said, according to the Associated Press. “Regrettably, he suffered a mechanical problem with his main propulsion system, which left him in the path of the storm,” Phil Greene, president and CEO of ship owner Tote Services Inc., told the AP. “We do not know when his engine […]


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