• Pirates call it sickening to see 'Jihadi John' in team hat

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pittsburgh Pirates say it's "absolutely sickening" to see a photo of the Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" wearing a Pirates hat. Sky News published a photo Friday of Mohammed Emwazi, who officials say is the masked frontman for IS hostage beheading...

  • Testimony: Several Hernandez texts are missing from phone

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Texts and phone records shown to jurors Friday in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez showed that several messages he exchanged with a co-defendant before the killing were deleted from his phone. Evidence presented to the...

  • Maine weighs revoking seat belt law days after 75-car pileup

    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — It's an effort that even the bill's sponsor acknowledges is poor timing. Just two days after a 75-vehicle pileup injured at least 17 people in the state, lawmakers in Maine are considering legislation that would allow adults to opt out of wearing seat belts....

  • Debates rage over color of dress photographed in rare light

    Associated Press
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    It's the dress that's beating the Internet black and blue. Or should that be gold and white? Friends and co-workers worldwide are debating the true hues of a royal blue dress with black lace that, to many an eye, transforms in one photograph into gold and white. Optometry...

  • Leonard Nimoy's death draws reaction on Earth — and in space

    News services
    Updated: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    A sample of some of the reaction to the death of Leonard Nimoy,  the actor known and loved by generations of "Star Trek" fans as the pointy-eared, purely logical science officer Mr. Spock. Nimoy died Friday at age 83. - "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his...

  • $150K dress worn by Lupita Nyong'o at Oscars reported stolen

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The theft of a $150,000 pearl-covered gown worn by Lupita Nyong'o at the Oscars doesn't surprise Hollywood stylists who have personally experienced the seedy side of red carpet fashion. Style expert and fashion commentator Mary Alice Stephenson has for years heard...

  • 'Jihadi John' raised in UK, studied computers, reports say

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    LONDON ( — The world knows him as "Jihadi John," the masked, knife-wielding militant in videos showing Western hostages being beheaded by the Islamic State group. A growing body of evidence suggests he is a London-raised university graduate, described by one man who knew him as kind,...

  • Regulators OK 'net neutrality' rules for Internet providers

    Associated Press
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    WASHINGTON — Internet service providers like Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile now must act in the "public interest" when providing a mobile connection to your home or phone, under rules approved Thursday by a divided Federal Communications Commission. The plan, which...

  • First full body transplant is two years away, surgeon claims

    The Guardian
    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A surgeon says full-body transplants could become a reality in just two years. Sergio Canavero, a doctor in Turin, Italy, has drawn up plans to graft a living person’s head on to a donor body and claims the procedures needed to carry out the operation are not far off. Canavero...

  • Militants abduct more Christians, smash ancient artifacts

    Updated: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants seized more Christians from their homes in northeastern Syria in the past three days, bringing the total number abducted by the extremist group to over 220, activists said Thursday. At the same time, the extremists also released a video showing...

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