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Climber Makes Phone Call: I’m Committing Suicide

July 15, 2018 |

A mountain climber who called authorities threatening to commit suicide was saved Friday in a hair-raising helicopter rescue, the Statesman Journal reports. The Oregon Army National Guard lowered six rescuers to the summit of Mount Hood—with only rear wheels touching and a plank used to reach the climber, Oregon…
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Private equity sleight of hand makes so-so investments look superb, CalPERS says

July 3, 2018 |

Pension funds are taking aim at private equity firms for exploiting a financial sleight of hand that can make even mediocre investments look brilliant.

Discontent has been simmering for a couple of years, but now the California Public Employees’ Retirement System and others are more forcefully…


L.A. Times – Business

Notorious French Inmate Makes Brazen Helicopter Prison Break

July 1, 2018 |

A notorious French criminal serving 25 years for murder made an audacious escape from prison Sunday after several heavily armed men landed a helicopter in a courtyard, freed him from a visiting room and carried him away. Per AP , it was the second daring escape by Redoine Faid, who once…
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Double Whammy Makes for Spotty Comcast Day

June 30, 2018 |

Comcast customers across the country are having a rough day with cable and internet. The giant provider initially took note of widespread service outages and explained that a fiber line had been cut. Then the explanation got worse: “We identified two, separate and unrelated fiber cuts to our network backbone…
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TMZ

Wayne Rooney Makes It Official With D.C. United, ‘Let’s Get To Work’

June 28, 2018 |

Wayne Rooney — one of the most famous soccer players in the world — has made it official … he’s joining D.C. United … and his first game in the MLS is in TWO WEEKS!! The team announced Rooney’s arrival with a dope hype video … titling it,…

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Route 66 Makes It Onto a Dubious List

June 27, 2018 |

Hundreds of historic sites have found their way over the past three decades onto the annual “endangered sites” list put out by the National Trust for Historic Preservation , and this year’s lineup includes one of America’s most famous thoroughfares. Route 66 joins 10 other cultural or architectural gems that are…
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French Executive at Toyota Makes Nearly Triple Japanese CEO’s Pay

June 26, 2018 |

Toyota Motor’s highest-paid executive got a pay increase of millions of dollars, and he now makes nearly three times as much as his boss.
WSJ.com: What’s News Asia

Very Special ‘Student’ Makes Appearance in School Yearbook

June 23, 2018 |

A service dog has his own photo in an upstate New York middle school’s yearbook. Oscer accompanies 14-year-old Hudson Golebiewski, an eighth-grader who has autism, to the Vestal Middle School. Like the other students, the 3-year-old golden retriever was photographed against a gray background and was placed in the book…
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Reality Winner Makes Plea, Mother ‘Disagrees Strongly’

June 23, 2018 |

More than a year after her arrest, Reality Leigh Winner is pleading guilty. The former NSA contractor—who allegedly supplied the media with secret intel on Russians hacking US voting systems—planned to enter her plea agreement Friday in federal court, Engadget reports. “I do know that she has always…
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Artist Makes a Point Outside Drugmaker’s Headquarters

June 23, 2018 |

An 800-pound, nearly 11-foot-long steel sculpture of a bent and burned drug spoon was placed Friday in front of the Connecticut headquarters of drugmaker Purdue Pharma as part of an art protest against the opioid crisis. Artist Domenic Esposito and art gallery owner Fernando Alvarez placed the sculpture at the…
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