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BBC News - Home Sat, 02 Aug 2014 05:53:58 GMT - Top Stories 
  • Hilary Duff: Breakup is 'very difficult' Hilary Duff says her new album is "very positive" but admits that it started out "a lot heavier and a lot darker" because of the separation from her husband, Mike Comrie.
  • Will this film make Chris Pratt a star? Hollywood's A-list is a very tough club to crack, and membership is limited to stars of vast appeal with worldwide fame. Chris Pratt may soon get his invitation to join.
  • Actor transforms into James Brown Chadwick Boseman has every reason to feel good as "Get On Up" opens in theaters.
  • From sex offender to millionaire Michael Phillips has been spending most of his time these days living in a tiny room in a no-frills northeast Dallas nursing home.
  • 'UPS driver handed me a noose' A man claims a white UPS driver handed him a makeshift noose during an office delivery.
  • Needles found in meat at store An Illinois man is facing federal charges for allegedly putting needles in packaged meat at a Shop 'N Save grocery store.
  • This man claims he's a cyborg  A man with an antenna implanted in his skull identifies as a cyborg. CNN's Laurie Segall reports on this growing trend.
  • Little girl has a mortality meltdown Watch 5-year old's meltdown over age and death. Jeanne Moos reports on a sis who doesn't want her bro ever to grow up.
  • Next Mars rover has different mission For 17 years, NASA rovers have laid down tire tracks on Mars. But details the space agency divulged this week about its next Martian exploration vehicle underscored NASA's ultimate goal.
  • 'Big Bang Theory' stalls Brace yourselves, "Big Bang Theory" fans: Production on the CBS comedy has been put on pause.
  • 'Die Hard' actor dies James Shigeta, a prolific and pioneering Asian-American actor whose 50-year career includes the movies "Die Hard" and "Flower Drum Song," died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Monday, his agent said. He was 81.
  • The big stories pushed to the wayside While Israel, Ebola and Malaysia Airlines have dominated news cycle, violence unfolds in Syria, Libya, Nigeria and China.
  • 5 medical studies you also missed Here's a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation -- so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn't mean that one causes the other.
  • Watch robbers get a beat-down Robbers get beat-down by cashier cashing in on his martial arts skills. Jeanne Moos reports on flying feet, and fists.
  • How often do you wash your sheets? How often do you wash your jeans, bras and pillows? Here's a definitive guide to keeping all your quarters clean.
  • Rarely used isolation ward put to the test It's one of four such facilities in the U.S. See how doctors plan to treat two infected Americans.
  • Patients being brought to Atlanta Two Americans infected with Ebola are being moved separately from West Africa to a Georgia base and then transferred to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital, officials say.
  • Outbreak could be 'catastrophic'  Fear over Ebola is growing as international leaders and health organizations struggle to try to stop the deadly epidemic in West Africa.
  • Obama: U.S. is prepared The President comments on the Ebola outbreak and precautions being taken in advance of the upcoming Africa summit.
  • Anne Frank's final entry Seventy years ago, Anne Frank made her final entry in her diary -- a work, says Francine Prose, that provides a crucial link to history for young people
  • Gingrich: Get schools out of the 1890s  Newt Gingrich says now is the time to experiment with learning that combines teachers and digital resources like the Khan Academy
  • Why the 99% support the 1% Here's something you don't see every day: The 99% demonstrating in support of the 1%. But that's exactly what's been happening for several weeks all around New England at Market Basket grocery stores.
  • Stephen A. Smith did nothing wrong After football player Ray Rice was caught on video dragging his unconscious fiancee out of an elevator, his attorney called the incident a "very minor physical altercation." Where I'm from, when one combatant in a fight gets knocked out, that is no longer "minor."
  • House GOP passes border bill  In a late night vote after a bitterly partisan debate, the House of Representatives passed a $694 million border bill Friday, but the measure has no chance of becoming law.
  • Obama: U.S. 'crossed a line' President Barack Obama acknowledged Friday that the United States "crossed a line" and tortured al Qaeda detainees after the 9/11 terror attacks.
  • Fate of Israeli soldier unknown A cease-fire faltered as Israel accused Hamas of capturing one of its soldiers. Hamas denied it, and its military wing suggested 2nd Lt. Hadar Goldin might have died in an Israeli strike.
  • U.S. OKs more Iron Dome funds Divided on other issues, U.S. lawmakers united in support of Israel on Friday with the Senate approving another $225 million for the Iron Dome missile defense system.
  • Choke-hold death ruled homicide The New York City medical examiner's office confirmed what demonstrators have said for weeks about the death of Eric Garner. The district attorney's office says it's still investigating.
  • Accused girl ruled incompetent One of the 12-year-olds charged with stabbing a friend to impress the fictional Internet bogeyman, Slenderman, was deemed incompetent to stand trial Friday -- at least for now -- according to court documents.
  • Grandma, 90, in standoff with police A 90-year-old woman who was fed up with ongoing construction next to her home in Texas, aimed her shotgun at the workers.
  • Grisly search at MH17 site The largest group yet of international monitors and experts reached the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine on Friday, where they will push forward with the grisly task of recovering human remains.
  • 65 die in factory explosion A factory explosion killed 65 people early Saturday in China, according to state news agency Xinhua.
  • 'Fire challenge' injures teens A "fire challenge," where teens pour rubbing alcohol over their bodies and set themselves on fire, is gaining popularity.
  • 1st grade teacher: No desk for you! A first grader was forced to sit on the floor for four week as punishment for drawing on her desk. KHOU has more.
  • Coyotes chase man and his dog A California resident's home-surveillance shows a large pack of coyotes roaming through his neighborhood. KTLA reports.
  • Reporter eats 'unhealthiest' meal A new survey calls Red Robin's "Monster" burger the "single unhealthiest" meal at a chain restaurant. KXTV reports.
  • What's new on Netflix and Amazon Netflix and Amazon are adding titles to their streaming options in August.
  • Why are these celebs fighting? CNN's Lisa France looks at the latest Bieber fiasco with Orlando Bloom and other celebrity beefs. Mmm, celebrity beefs.
  • Ellsberg: He's a hero Daniel Ellsberg tells CNN's Don Lemon that NSA leaker Edward Snowden showed courage, has done an enormous service.
  • This matters? MANternity photos Justin Sylvester's wife is pregnant. With a baby. Their second. His first
  • 1-in-30M, this one saved from Publix  Social media helps find home for rare lobster. Central Florida News 13 has the story.
  • World's best city beaches In these cities, worker drones can strip off the suit and tie, jump into shorts or a bikini and enjoy the beach without leaving the urban perimeter.
  • 10 spectacular U.S. waterfalls You're likely to sweat a little to get to some of the best waterfalls. But they deliver a cool refuge and a powerful reminder of nature's force.
  • See what treasure hunters found A family of treasure hunters found a mystery artifact on the ocean floor in Florida. The gold piece is worth thousands.
  • Married 62 years, they die hours apart This couple was married for 62 years and died hours apart -- while holding hands. KERO reports on the idyllic love story.
  • Mars rover will make oxygen For 17 years, NASA rovers have laid down tire tracks on Mars. But details the space agency divulged this week about its next Martian exploration vehicle underscored NASA's ultimate goal.
  • The week in 33 photos 
  • Men caught stealing WHAT in 2 min.? Eight men broke into a store and stole thousands of dollars worth of hair extensions. CNN affiliate KHOU has more.
  • 20 most beautiful World Heritage Sites Last year luxury website unveiled a 990,000 ($1.5 million) trip, a luxury expedition to all 962 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in what was billed as the world's most expensive vacation.
  • World's largest naval exercise 
  • Dog passes out from excitement A dog passed out from excitement when her owner came home from Slovenia after being gone for two years.
  • ATM shocks customers with ... A Canadian ATM moved customers to tears by giving them money and gifts. The bank said it just wanted to say thanks.
  • Neverland Ranch: Take a buyer's tour Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch may be changing hands. A look at what the new owners will get.
  • Adorable, rare sheep-goat hybrid This rare sheep-goat hybrid is known as a "geep." The newborn is named Butterfly and was born at an Arizona petting zoo.
  • On board the world's newest jetliner Takeoff on one of Airbus' new A350WXB test planes is a strangely quiet experience.
  • Bieber v. Bloom: Feud fuels buzz Justin Bieber tweeted "Keeping it positive" just hours after a clash in a Spanish nightclub with Orlando Bloom on Wednesday.
  • Watch THIS and find the love of your life Hugs, eye contact and of course, sex. Paul Zak breaks down the "love molecule" and how it effects our lives.
  • Obama: U.S. tortured The comments were the President's strongest on the subject since he came into office denouncing the Bush years of "enhanced interrogation" of suspected terrorists.
  • 72-hour cease-fire fails in 90 minutes Israel says one of its soldiers has been captured, and the conflict in Gaza edges closer to escalation than to reconciliation.
  • Ebola outbreak could have 'catastrophic' consequences Fear over Ebola is growing as international leaders and health organizations struggle to try to stop the deadly epidemic in West Africa.
  • Ebola patients coming to U.S. triggers fears The news that two U.S. Ebola patients are being brought to the United States has waves of concern ranging from worry to Hollywood "Outbreak" scenarios and conspiracy theories.
  • Cop: 'This wasn't going to end well' Former militia leader David Burgert, who first vanished in '02, evaded capture again in '11, is profiled on "The Hunt"
  • Cops tipped during 'The Hunt' Investigators say they sifted through hundreds of tips in their search for Charles Mozdir, but a phone call they got during CNN's "The Hunt" with John Walsh helped them crack the case.
  • Ebola The news that two Ebola patients are being brought to America has created waves of concern ranging from mere worry to Hollywood "Outbreak" scenarios to conspiracy theories.
  • Israel-Gaza conflict After weeks of fighting and more than 1,500 deaths, a humanitarian cease-fire began Friday between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.
  • Choke hold death The New York City medical examiner's office Friday confirmed what demonstrators had been saying for weeks: A police officer's choke hold on a man being arrested for selling loose cigarettes killed him. The death has been ruled a homicide.
  • MH17 The grisly search for human remains from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 entered a new phase Friday, as the largest group yet of international experts scoured the crash site in eastern Ukraine.
  • Slenderman stabbing One of the 12-year-olds charged with stabbing a friend to impress the fictional Internet bogeyman Slenderman was deemed incompetent to stand trial Friday -- at least for now -- according to court documents.
  • Anne Frank On Friday, August 4, 1944 -- a beautiful summer morning, not unlike the one on which I am writing this now -- a car pulled up in front of a spice warehouse at 263 Prinsengracht in Amsterdam. Inside the car were an Austrian Gestapo officer and his Dutch subordinates, who, acting on a tip-off (whose source has never been identified), had come to arrest the eight Jews who had been hiding for two years in an attic above the warehouse.
  • 'Big Bang Theory'  Brace yourselves, "Big Bang Theory" fans: Production on the CBS comedy has been put on pause.
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