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    BMW recalls more than 91,000 Mini Coopers over air-bag sensor

    DENVER — BMW of North America will recall 91,800 Mini Coopers because of a faulty sensor that might not trigger the front-passenger air bag during a crash, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Saturday. The agency said the sensor in a detection mat might not recognize there is a passenger in the front seat and the air bag wouldn’t deploy during an accident. The affected models are 2005-2006 Mini Cooper and Cooper S vehicles manufactured between January 5, 2005, […]

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    ISIS militant bomber on motorbike kills 33 at bank in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber on a motorbike blew himself up in front of the Kabul Bank in Jalalabad early Saturday, a local government spokesman said. The ISIS terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack. The explosion killed at least 33 people and injured more than 100 others, public health spokesman Najibullah Kamawal said. The claim appears to be the first in Afghanistan by ISIS, Nick Paton Walsh said. It was made by an offshoot called ISIS Wilayat Khorasan. […]

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    Why failure is so important to career success

    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Failure is not a dirty word. Yet for too many professionals, it’s seen as something that should never happen to you – and if it does, you should be ashamed of it. Well, that’s wrong, according to Naama Bloom, the founder and CEO of HelloFlo, a period products startup. (You’ve probably seen their viral marketing videos.) “Every successful person that you know has failed their way into where they are,” Bloom said in her keynote Saturday at […]

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    Good Samaritan pulls man from truck as it hangs over cliff

    SPOKANE, Wash. —  A freshly fallen tree in the roadway was Jason Warnock’s first clue. Warnock was driving through a canyon in Lewiston, Idaho, on Wednesday when he saw the tree, then looked up to see an SUV dangling over the edge of a cliff. The only thing holding the GMC Yukon and its terrified driver from a 30-foot drop was a crumpled chain-link fence, still clinging to the earth above Bryden Canyon Road. “I seen that guy hanging there […]

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    ‘Goopy, mushy’ creatures invade Pacific Northwest beaches

    SEATTLE — Otherworldly goo lumps in blue and purple speckled beaches in Oregon and Washington states this week, after strong wind got caught in their sails. Millions of jellyfish are washing up on shore, leaving beachgoers watching their steps. Except for at least one child, who couldn’t resist putting a shoe on them. “They were really goopy and mushy and they were weird to step on,” Brooke Brandweide of Seattle told KOMO. These bluish, purple jellyfish, called Velella velella, sometimes […]

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    Rash of hospitalizations in New York state linked to synthetic marijuana

    NEW YORK — New York state authorities have issued a health alert following a dramatic spike in hospital visits for synthetic marijuana-related emergencies. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday that more than 160 patients in nine days have been rushed to hospitals across the state for adverse reactions to synthetic cannabinoid, known as “spice” or “K2.” “Spice” and other similar synthetic drugs are often marketed as legal plant material coated with chemicals that are supposed to mimic the effects of marijuana, […]

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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 WFTS. The […]

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    Why Wal-Mart fired 2,200 people without warning

     Wal-Mart 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 their jobs. “Everybody […]

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    Passenger kicked off flight for poking snoring man with a 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 was asleep as Flight 577 was taxiing down the […]

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    NFL to reinstate Adrian Peterson on Friday after child abuse controversy

    NEW YORK — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be reinstated as an active player by the NFL on Friday after a five-month suspension, the league said Thursday. The NFL suspended the 30-year-old football star in November over allegations that he disciplined his son too harshly with a “switch,” or thin stick, in May. Peterson played in one game last season, a 35-6 win against St. Louis in September, before the league put him on an exempt list September […]

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    Chris Christie: As president, I would not let states legalize marijuana

    NEW YORK — Chris Christie would “crack down and not permit” legalized marijuana if elected president, he told conservative Iowa radio host Hugh Hewitt on Thursday. The pledge from New Jersey’s Republican governor, who is openly teasing a bid for the White House, would be a departure from President Barack Obama, who has made clear that while he doesn’t support full legalization, the Justice Department won’t be getting in the way of the handful of states that have voted to […]

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    Tour bus of country band Lady Antebellum burns on Texas freeway

    GARLAND, Texas — Lady Antebellum singer Hillary Scott’s tour bus caught fire on a Texas freeway Thursday morning, but everyone on board was safely evacuated. Michael Barnett captured dramatic video of the fire, on Interstate 30 just northeast of Dallas. Smoke and flames poured from the rear of the bus as traffic slowed to a crawl and Barnett slowly approached in his vehicle. As he drew closer to the bus, Barnett decided to stop filming because he didn’t know what […]