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September 16, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Italian press again reports rumors of assassination plot against pope

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Iraq’s ambassador to the Vatican  has told Italian newspapers, including Il Mattino, that Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by ISIS when he makes a one-day visit to Albania on Sunday.

“What has been declared by the self-declared Islamic State is clear — they want to kill the pope,” Habeeb Al Sadr told La Nazione on Tuesday. “The threats against the pope are credible.”  Continue Reading →

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September 16, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Pittsburgh most educated city in Pa., analysis finds

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Out of the 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas, Pittsburgh ranks 28th in Wallet Hub’s Most Educated Cities list, making it tops in Pennsylvania. Philly is a distant 77th, Harrisburg 83rd, Allentown 94th, Reading 101st, York 105th, Lancaster 129th and Scranton — sigh — 134th. Continue Reading →

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September 13, 2014
by M.S. Scully


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Updated: End of Appalachian Trail: Mark Sanford breaks up with ‘soul mate’

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Republican Congressman Mark Sanford, the former governor of South Carolina who five years ago pretended to be hiking the Appalachian Trail when he was really cheating on his wife, has announced in a bizarre, rambling post on Facebook that he has broken up with his “soul mate.”

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September 11, 2014
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Professor proves he can live in Dumpster

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dumpsterinterior1What a Dumpster!

At 33 square feet, the home of 6-foot-1 Jeff Wilson — AKA Prof. Dumpster — is smaller than most closets. It does have air conditioning, but not insulation, for the brutal heat of Austin, Texas, where the trash bin has been transformed into a sustainability project on the Huston-Tillotson University campus. Continue Reading →

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September 11, 2014
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Real apple watch carves its own niche online

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Hiromichi ShojiIt turns out you don’t need $350 to own an apple watch, you just need an apple — and a paring knife.

One Japanese fan of the iPhone didn’t wait for the next big thing from Apple. Instead, Hiromichi Shoji made himself a watch.

When he tweeted photos of his creation, it became an Internet sensation, getting more than 32,000 hits from around the world in a few hours, Channel News Asia reports.

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September 7, 2014
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Has DNA finally identified Jack the Ripper?

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aaronkosminskijacktheripperBlood and semen found on a shawl has positively identified the killer who terrorized 1880s London and still haunts the popular imagination, Britain’s Mail on Sunday reports in an exclusive.

Jack the Ripper turns out to be somebody who was one of the suspects all along

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