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Australian official calls cats ‘tsunamis of violence and death’

Forget about dogs. Cats in Australia have a new public enemy No. 1. Environment Minister Greg Hunt told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that cats are, “Tsunamis of violence and death for Australia's native species." >> Read more trending stories  Hunt has been leading the movement to save Australia’s wildlife with ...

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Best tech on the cheap for back to school

Technology is needed for students heading back to class, but you don't want to spend too much on something that may be lost sooner than that math book.  CNET has come up with a list of the best bets for under $50.  Here are their reporters' top five types of tech. ...

Owner claims puppy stolen at knifepoint on train

An 8-month-old puppy and its owner had a frightening experience after the dog was reportedly stolen at knifepoint on a Chicago train. The black-and-white puppy was in a pink carrier when it was reported stolen from its owner while aboard a CTA train, WGN reports. >> Read more trending stories ...

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Spider showcases the art of mating calls on video

What’s tiny and terrifying except for when it’s furry, colored like a zebra and literally always sporting a “headlights” look? (Via The Verge) A peacock spider. Specifically, a Maratus personatus Peacock spider. While insects aren’t generally associated with cute, the mating dance this one particular spider does most certainly is. ...

Must-see: Photo of hawks exchanging food in midair goes viral

It’s the bird version of fast food, delivered midair. >> Read more trending stories Chan says that he captured the images during nesting season, when male northern harriers can have multiple mates and are the sole providers of food to mates and offspring, according to an interview posted on 500px ...

Is optional standardized testing improving diversity on campuses?

College-entry exams have been a staple in the college admissions process. But it hasn't always been that way, and their future seems uncertain as more selective colleges try to improve diversity by making those exams optional. Starting today, standardized test scores wouldn't be required from most undergraduate applicants at George ...

Burglary suspect falls through attic floor

A burglary suspect was recently caught red-handed, thanks to technology. Tulsa police say a homeowner was looking at surveillance footage on his cell phone when he noticed a thief inside his home. He then called police for help.  When officers arrived at the scene, Roy Pilkington was still inside the ...

Take time off or take advantage of co-workers' time off?

When the weather heats up, it's hard to avoid the temptation to take a week and enjoy the summer. Or is it? Should it be?  As it turns out, vacation time is more complicated and less popular than one would assume. People can't seem to agree on whether you should ...

An American Airlines passenger airplane from Miami crosses a blue moon over Whittier, Calif., as it heads to Los Angeles Airport, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

Photos: Rare blue moon seen around the world

Normally, a full moon occurs once a month and three times a season. A "blue moon" can be the second full moon in a month or the third full moon in a season of four.

Wrestlers pay tribute to 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper

Wrestling legend "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, whose birth name was Roderick Toombs, died Thursday. Piper is regarded as the first true great villain in professional wrestling, a role that earned him as much praise as it did criticism and made him truly unique among wrestling superstars. He highlighted the first WrestleMania, ...

Officer Jim Allen was praised after he helped changed the license plate for a woman who was pulled over. "I'm 38 weeks pregnant & it's super hard for me to bend over," the woman, Amby Johnson wrote on Facebook. "I got  pulled over today & instead of giving me a ticket for not having my  new plates on, this Officer gladly helped put them on."

Officer changes pregnant woman's plates during traffic stop

A pregnant woman who was pulled over for a traffic stop posted a photo on Facebook Friday of a police officer changing her license plate. “Instead of giving me a ticket for not having my new plates on, this Officer gladly helped put them on,” she wrote. “Even though it ...

Investigators said Narges Shafeirad, 33, overdosed her son Daniel Dana with Benadryl. 

Sickening twist: Mom poisoned young son before fiery car crash, police say

Police said Friday that a 5-year-old boy found dead in a burning car was murdered before the crash. "Daniel Dana was murdered. The cause of death was Diphenhydramine intoxication and the manner of death was a homicide," said Capt. Darren Francke of the Montgomery County Police Department.  More trending stories ...

A live cam shows bears feeding in a national park in Alaska.

Amazing LIVE CAMS let you watch bears feeding in Alaska river

An organization that calls itself “a philantraphic media organization” has done a huge favor to nature lovers by offering fantastic live cameras of bears feeding at the Brooks river in Katmai National Park, in Alaska. Click here to see what live cameras are available for viewing at any time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3DEih8_6O8 ...

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Delta flight from Orlando-to-NY has close call with drone

A Delta Airlines plane heading from Orlando to New York’s JFK Airport had a close call with a drone Friday, said an official with the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration. More trending stories The crew reported an airborne object near the path to the runway at JFK. The MD-88 ...

The mother of Madyson Middleton, who was killed earlier in the week, called on supporters to howl at the moon Friday, July 31, in remembrance of her daughter. (Photo: Facebook)

Slain girl’s mother invites supporters to howl at the moon

The mother of an 8-year-old Santa Cruz girl who was murdered just days ago invited the community Friday to howl at the blue moon in honor of her daughter, who loved wolves. More trending stories An event called "Howl for Maddy" was actually scheduled for Friday night at the Tannery ...

NEW YORK - MARCH 31:  "Rowdy" Roddy Piper attends the WrestleMania 25th anniversary press conference at the Hard Rock Caf? on March 31, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)

Reports: Wrestling legend 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper dead at 61

TMZ is reporting that wrestling legend Roddy Piper has died. He was 61. Variety confirmed the news via Piper's agent. Piper, born Roderick George Toombs, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but in 2014 he said he was cancer-free, according to TMZ. It is being reported that Piper died from cardiac ...

A blue moon occurs on July 31, 2015.

Enjoy these blue moon photos; there won't be another one for 3 years

The full moon on Friday, July 31, 2015, was the first blue moon since 2012. A blue moon is commonly understood to be the second full moon in a single month. "An older definition of Blue Moon is that it’s the third of four full moons in a single season." (Source: ...

Lee Stoops poses with his grandsons, Casey and Cale, in front of his Cecil the lion sand sculpture Friday. (contributed)

Artist sculpts Cecil the lion memorial from sand

Beachgoers Friday morning shared the shorelines of Delray Beach with a meticulously sculpted sand lion — a “dedication to Cecil” as artist Lee Stoops described it. Stoops, a Delray Beach-based artist, sculpted the 10-foot-long lion with his grandsons, Casey and Cale. The subject of Stoops’ latest sand sculpture is Cecil ...

Boy, 12, opens fire on transgender woman in possible hate crime

A 12-year-old arrested in connection with a shooting in Orlando could soon be charged with a hate crime. A 26-year-old transgender woman said she was chased down the street and shot at several times just before midnight Thursday, police said. The woman, identified as Andrew West, told police that the ...

An Alabama sheriff purchased Bible-themed decals for the squad cars in his department. 

Alabama sheriff puts Bible verse on patrol cars

An Alabama sheriff has purchased $1.60 decals emblazoned with a Bible verse for every squad car in his command.  Houston County Sheriff Donald Valenza said the decals represent what the department stands for, he told The Dothan Eagle. "Blessed are the peacemakers, Matthew 5:9" appears in gold lettering around a ...

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