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Video: Bird uses jar lid to repeatedly snowboard down roof

December 15, 2013 6:06 pm

The video shows the crow sliding down a roof on a plastic mayonnaise jar lid. Once at the bottom, the he (or she,) picks up the “sled” and flies back to the top of the roof and does it all again. The bird repeated the winter fun time after time. The video was uploaded to […]

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Chiefs clinch playoffs with 56-31 win vs. Raiders

December 15, 2013 5:17 pm

Jamaal Charles carried the Kansas City Chiefs straight into the playoffs with a record performance. Charles tied a franchise record with five touchdowns in a game and gained 215 yards from scrimmage as the Chiefs beat the Raiders 56-31 on Sunday to clinch at least a wild-card spot. Alex Smith threw five TD passes, going […]

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Syrian Helicopter Bomb Raids Kill Dozens in Aleppo

December 15, 2013 5:12 pm

Shattered glass crunches against the concrete. A haze of smoke drifts above the street. And dozens of Syrians scream through the commotion of another deadly attack. New amateur video appears to show the aftermath of an air raid in Aleppo. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Syrian army helicopters dropped improvised barrel bombs […]

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Kerry Says North Korea´s Leader Reckless, Ruthless

December 15, 2013 5:12 pm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Vietnam to shore up a multi-national trade deal, made news over the weekend with his comments about another Asian country. In an interview with ABC's program "This Week," Kerry weighed in on North Korea's Kim Jong Un executing his powerful uncle: "It tells us a lot […]

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Sonoma fairgrounds plays host to pot contest

December 15, 2013 4:41 pm

The first time marijuana growers in Mendocino and Humboldt counties gathered to compare crops a decade ago, it was an underground, end-of-harvest celebration open only to a small number of cannabis cognoscenti. In a sure sign of the sizable role marijuana has come to play in California’s agricultural economy, this year’s Emerald Cup — a […]

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Three Days of Heavy Snow Cover Israel, West Bank

December 15, 2013 4:11 pm

A rare, intense winter storm covered the Golan Heights, Jerusalem and Ramallah with snow on Sunday (December 15) choking off hills and causing damages in vehicles and electricity. Israeli authorities said at least 50 centimeters (20 inches) fell since Thursday (December 13). In the Golan Heights, the tensed border with Syria was covered with snow, […]

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Syrian Helicopter Bomb Raids Kill 36 in Aleppo: Monitor

December 15, 2013 4:11 pm

Thirty-six people, nearly half of them children, were killed on Sunday (December 15) when Syrian army helicopters dropped improvised "barrel bombs" on the disputed northern city of Aleppo, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Video uploaded by local activists showed a fire in a narrow street covered in debris and dust after one air […]

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Coroner identifies 75-year-old man found dead after house fire

December 15, 2013 4:05 pm

A 75-year-old Oakland man who was found dead in a home following a one-alarm fire on Saturday has been identified as Richard Drobus, according to the Alameda County coroner’s bureau. Drobus was found when firefighters responded to the blaze reported at 2383 Thackeray Drive at 4:30 p.m., according to Battalion Chief Adrian Sheppard. The single-alarm […]

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Actor Peter O´Toole Is Dead at Age 81

December 15, 2013 2:55 pm

Peter O'Toole, the charismatic actor who achieved instant stardom as Lawrence of Arabia and was nominated eight times for an Academy Award, has died. He was 81.

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Coastal swell brings large waves, rip tides to Bay Area beaches

December 15, 2013 2:07 pm

Anyone heading to Bay Area beaches on Sunday and Monday should keep an eye on the ocean, as a coastal swell is expected to bring big waves and rip currents to the regional coastline. The National Weather Service issued a beach hazards statement for Northern California beaches from Sonoma County to Monterey, saying coastal spots […]

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