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Archive for December, 2013

Wealthy Catholic donors upset at Pope’s rhetoric about rich

Pope Francis’ critical comments about the wealthy and capitalism have at least one wealthy capitalist benefactor hesitant about giving financial support to one of the church’s major fundraising projects. At issue is an effort to raise $180 million for the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York being spearheaded by billionaire Ken Langone, the investor known for founding Home Depot, among other things.  More…

Robin Roberts publicly acknowledges she’s gay

"Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts used a Facebook post to acknowledge what friends and co-workers have long known: She’s gay. Roberts, 53, has been very open about her health battles, but she has not previously spoken publicly about her sexuality.  More…

Arizona mayor injured and husband killed in dog attack

The husband of an Arizona town’s former mayor, himself a popular high school teacher, was mauled to death Saturday by the family dog. Thomas Vick, 64, husband of former Bullhead City mayor Diane Vick, died in a hospital from wounds suffered after being attacked by the family’s boxer. Ms Vick, 65, was injured in the attack.  More…

Victims Strip Suspect Naked, Take His Gun During Robbery

Several victims fought back against a suspect armed with a gun, leaving the man naked and injured outside an Oklahoma City hair salon.  More…

A&E calls off ‘Duck Dynasty’ suspension

A&E has ducked away from a controversy surrounding the stars of its hugely popular reality series Duck Dynasty. The network issued a statement late Friday backing away from its previously announced suspension of Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the clan behind the successful Louisiana-based Duck Commander duck-calling business.  More…

Woman charged with stabbing husband with a ceramic squirrel

A South Carolina woman was held on a domestic abuse charge for allegedly stabbing her husband with a decorative ceramic squirrel when he came home late on Christmas Eve without any beer.  More…

‘Duck Dynasty’ supporters to flood A&E offices with tiny rubber ducks

Phil Robertson’s fans are mailing A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc thousands of yellow rubber ducks. Robertson has been suspended from ‘Duck Dynasty’ after making incendiary remarks about homosexuality and African-Americans.  More…

Man given 3 months to live in 1944; celebrates his 100th birthday

When Percy Norton came back from the World War II, his injuries were so serious he was given just three months to live. But against all odds the father-of-two today celebrated his 100th birthday with a card from the Queen.  More…

Python kills security guard in Bali

A python has killed a security guard near a luxury hotel in Bali, Indonesia. The python remains on the loose after strangling the guard, who was trying to capture the large snake, according to Agence France-Presse.  More…

Drunk cross-dresser jumps airport fences in Newark

The breach at Newark exposed a failure of a $100 million system designed to protect New York City area airports. When Siyah Bryant, 24, allegedly mounted the barrier at Newark Liberty International Airport, it went unnoticed for a day. On Thursday, a review of security camera footage revealed his ascent, according to Port Authority police. The cross-dressed suspect then ran across two runways to get to Terminal C, police sources said.  More…

Firefighter arrives at fatal crash, finds daughter is victim

A New Hampshire volunteer firefighter arrived at the scene of a car crash Christmas Eve, only to make a heartbreaking discovery. One of the first rescue workers on the scene of a three-car pileup, Steve Whitcomb pulled a dying woman from an SUV. He later discovered she was his own daughter.  More…

Common knee surgery ineffective in study

Repair of the meniscus, which cushions the bones of the knee, is one of the most common types of knee surgery and has been shown to be no more effective than fake surgery, according to a new study. Nevertheless, 700,000 such surgeries are done in the U.S. each year at a cost of $4 billion.  More…

Las Vegas cabbie finds $300K in backseat, returns it

A Las Vegas cabbie had no second thoughts when he found $300,000 in cash in a brown paper bag in his cab this week. He made sure it was returned to the forgetful owner. The loser of the money – at least temporarily, thanks to Gamboa’s good deed – was a famous 28-year-old professional poker player.  More…

Santa’s sleigh delayed after problems at UPS, FedEx

It wasn’t a problem at Santa’s workshop that held up Christmas presents for some this year, but rather, shipping problems at UPS and FedEx. The delays were blamed on poor weather earlier this week in parts of the country as well as overloaded systems. The holiday shopping period this year was shorter than usual, more buying was done online and Americans’ tendency to wait until the last possible second to shop probably didn’t help either.  More…

Eliot Spitzer, wife announce end of marriage

More than five years after he resigned in disgrace over a prostitution scandal, former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Silda Wall Spitzer are splitting up.  More…