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Escort kills suspected serial killer of prostitutes
2015-07-26 - - The man shot dead by a West Virginia escort he tried to kill on Saturday maybe a wanted serial killer, Charleston Police said.

Robert Allenby, caddie split midway through Canadian Open first round
2015-07-24 - - PGA Tour veteran Robert Allenby and his caddie have split after a heated confrontation midway through the first round of the Canadian Open Thursday. Allenby and his caddie, Mick Middlemo, had a discussion before his fourth shot on the par-5 13th at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Canada.

NASA bares find of most Earth-like planet
2015-07-23 - - The Kepler space observatory has discovered a new planet that most closely resembles Earth, NASA scientists announced on Thursday.

Champion surfer Mick Fanning survives shark attack while waiting to compete
2015-07-20 - - Surfer Mick Fanning survived a shark attack while waiting for his turn at the J-Bay Open Final on the eastern cape of South Africa Sunday.

Patriots infamous Deflategate ball sells for $43,740
2015-07-18 - - Auction house sold a ball from the "Deflategate" game Saturday for $43,740, one of the highest ever paid for a football. The ball was sold on behalf of Laura Nichols, who received it from New England Patriots wide receiver Brandon LaFell in the third quarter after teammate LeGarrette Blount's touchdown.

Eleven planes hit by laser beams over New Jersey
2015-07-16 - - The cockpits of at least 11 commercial planes flying near the Newark-Liberty International Airport and elsewhere in New Jersey were illuminated with laser beams Wednesday night, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said.

New Horizons sends photos of Pluto's mountain range, moons
2015-07-15 - - NASA released Wednesday the first new photos of Pluto's surface and its moons taken by the spacecraft New Horizons during its closest approach to the dwarf planet.

Atom smasher finds new subatomic particle called pentaquark
2015-07-15 - - Scientists with the European Organization for Nuclear Research or CERN announced Tuesday the discovery of a new subatomic particle that was hypothesized 50 years ago.

NASA's New Horizons makes closest approach to Pluto
2015-07-15 - - NASA spacecraft New Horizons made its closest approach to Pluto on Tuesday whizzing within 7,800 miles of the dwarf planet's frigid surface.

Teen girl walks out of plane crash, search resumes for wreckage and 2 missing people
2015-07-14 - - A 16-year-old girl walked out of a plane crash in Washington state and spent two days walking in the forest to find help before she was rescued on Monday.

NASA spacecraft sends photos of Pluto ahead of flyby
2015-07-12 - - NASA spacecraft New Horizons sent back photos of Pluto on Saturday ahead of its flyby of the dwarf planet on Tuesday.

Police pepper-spray kills arrestee in Alabama
2015-07-12 - - A 35-year-old man died Friday night after Tuscaloosa police officers pepper-sprayed him for resisting arrest.

Michigan judge jails 3 kids for refusing to eat lunch with dad
2015-07-10 - - A family court has ordered three children to spend time at a juvenile detention facility for refusing to eat lunch with their father.

Escapee David Sweat back in prison, placed on suicide watch
2015-07-05 - - Escaped prisoner and convicted murderer David Sweat was released from the hospital and taken to a new maximum security prison in New York on Sunday.

Stonie wins Nathan's hot dog eating contest, ends Chestnut's 8-year reign
2015-07-04 - - Matthew " Megatoad " Stonie devoured 62 hot dog sandwiches in 10 minutes Saturday to win the Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest Brooklyn's Coney Island. Consequently, the 5-foot-8, 130 pound Stonie, 23, ended the eight-year reign of Joey Chestnut who tallied with 60 hotdogs.

A-Rod to get 3,000th hit ball from fan for $150K donation
2015-07-03 - - The New York Yankees will donate $150,000 to a foundation in exchange for the ball from Alex Rodriguez's 3,000th hit. In a news release, the Yankees said they will donate $150,000 to Pitch In For Baseball, a charity Zack Hample supports that helps underserved communities afford to play the game.

Saints coach Sean Payton: First female NFL ref will be outstanding
2015-06-21 - - New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton emphasized that NFL's first female official Sarah Thomas earned her position based on her credentials and is going to be outstanding in the job. Payton added that Thomas' appointment is not a mere PR move.

Barry Sanders-signed urinal sells for $3K in eBay auction
2015-06-12 - - Mike Kozan, a huge Barry Sanders fan, now has the spotlight focused on him after a urinal autographed by his idol went for $3000 when he decided to put it on eBay.

Sen. Ted Cruz apologizes for Joe Biden joke amid mourning over VP son's death
2015-06-04 - - Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) apologized on Thursday for making a joke about Vice President Joe Biden during an appearance in Howell, Michigan as the latter was mourning his son's death.

Suspect in D.C. home arson-massacre identified via DNA on pizza
2015-05-21 - - D.C. police has launched a manhunt for a 34-year-old Maryland man believed to be behind the killing of four people in a Northwest Washington home last week.

Rocket sends secret Air Force plane, small satellites to orbit
2015-05-20 - - An Atlas V rocket launched from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Wednesday morning and successfully placed into orbit a Space Shuttle-like plane and 10 small satellites.

Google apologizes after N-word search on Google Maps directed to White House
2015-05-20 - - President Barack Obama became the target of racial slur on Google Maps on Tuesday after the map website directed users to the White House when they typed "n-word house" and "n-word king."

Cargo ship fired at by Iranian gunboats in Persian Gulf escapes to UAE waters
2015-05-14 - - The Iranian Navy tried to seize another merchant ship in international waters on Thursday but the vessel's captain refused and sailed to the waters of the United Arab Emirates when Iranian patrol boats fired warning shots.

SC high school reverses flag-hoisting ban after protest
2015-05-14 - - Officials of a South Carolina high school reversed its ban on a student's flying of the U.S. flag on his pick-up truck after other students, parents and veterans protested outside the campus on Thursday.

Police shoot man who swung hammer on officer
2015-05-13 - - A police officer shot a man who attacked his cop partner with a hammer near the New York Penn Station on Wednesday.

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