George H.W. Bush jumps out of a plane on his 90th birthday
The man is an animal. Former president George H.W. Bush turned 90 years old and celebrated the only way he knows how: skydiving. Just as he did for birthdays 80 and 85, Bush marked the end of his ninth decade with a parachute jump. It's his eighth one — starting with the one he made after the Japanese shot down his fighter plane over the Pacific during World War II on Sept. 2, 1944.
Brazilians protest World Cup opening
An event like the World Cup is disgustingly expensive. For many in football-obsessed Brazil, the cost of the party just isn't worth it — and they made their feelings known. On Thursday, ahead of the first match, protesters and Brazilian police clashed in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. More than 300 demonstrators gathered along a main highway leading to the stadium in Sao Paulo, with some trying to block traffic. Police repeatedly pushed them back, firing canisters of tear gas and using stun grenades. Nothing stopped the action on the pitch, though: Brazil beat Croatia 3-1 in the World Cup opener.
Bergdahl is coming home
After five years in captivity, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is coming home. He's expected to arrive in the U.S. sometime early Friday, a senior Pentagon official told USA TODAY. Bergdahl h was treated at the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany. His treatment continues at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Insurgents vow to take Baghdad
They're marching toward the capital. In a new video out Thursday, an al-Qaeda splinter group vowed to seize Baghdad following this week's takeover of major cities Mosul and Tikrit. The U.S., which withdrew from the country almost three years ago, is in the difficult position of deciding what, if any, action it should take. The militants are largely Sunni, while the Iraq government is Shiite-dominated, which means the country could be on the brink of a new Sunni-vs.-Shiite civil war. About 500,000 refugees have fled the fighting, setting the stage for a humanitarian crisis. Want to know more about the crisis? Here are answers to five key questions on Iraq.
Radical militants moved closer toward Baghdad, seizing key cities and confronting President Obama with a fresh foreign-policy crisis. VPC
N.Y. strippers gave rich guys Molly — and then rob them
They were on Molly, so everybody was their friend. A New Jersey doctor, a banker, a hedge fund executive and a real estate attorney were among those ripped off by a crew of New York City strippers who went on "fishing" expeditions to find guys and then, on follow-up dates, secretly dosed their drinks with Molly and Ketamine. The men were then driven to Scores in Manhattan and the RoadHouse in Queens, where their credit cards were swiped. The men above were each out $200,000. The strippers were arrested on charges including grand larceny, assault and forgery.
Actress and activist Ruby Dee dies at 91
Acclaimed actress and civil rights activist Ruby Dee has died. Dee was revered not only for a career that spanned television, movies, radio and the stage, but also for her social and cultural activism, and civil rights work. In 1961, Dee memorably starred in A Raisin in the Sun opposite Sidney Poitier. She earned an Academy Award nomination in 2007 for playing Mama Lucas in Ridley Scott's American Gangster opposite Denzel Washington. Here are six of our favorite moments from her legendary career.
Starbucks brews wireless cellphone charging
Okay power users and coffee luvahs, this is big. As if you needed another reason to head to Starbucks, the company is rolling out wireless phone chargers in Starbucks and Teavana locations. Starting with stores in the San Francisco Bay Area, customers will be able to set their cellphones down on designated spots on tabletops and charge their batteries as they eat, drink, read or chat. No plugs. No cables. No cost. No joke.
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The best car detour you will see in your life: Baby toads cross the road.
With the help of a detour set up along a busy street in Philadelphia, thousands of toadlets now have a much better chance of surviving the journey to their natural habitat. (June 12) AP
Oh, Han! Harrison Ford injured on the Star Wars set.
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