May 2016

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Taxi Slams Into O'Hare Terminal Entrance

Here’s a different kind of holiday travel problem.  A taxi jumped a curb and smashed into the glass at an entrance to Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Monday evening as Memorial Day travelers returned home.  Images shared on social media by Daniel X. O’Neil show a Prius with markings of the Dispatch Taxi Affiliation in the entrance

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Mexican Soccer Star Rescued After Kidnapping

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The authorities billed it as a rescue, but Mexican soccer player Alan Pulido escaped his kidnappers by punching the one guarding him, snatching a cellphone and calling for help, a top official in the country’s violent northeast said on Monday. State security forces located Pulido within minutes of his call from

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Secret Service jump on stage at Bernie Sanders rally amid commotion

(CNN)At least four people at a Bernie Sanders rally in Oakland rushed the stage Monday evening, spurring Secret Service agents to jump onto the raised platform and protect him. The Democratic presidential candidate was uninjured and continued speaking, but not before several agents hugged him and pushed him away from the microphone. The identities of

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Temple's chatty robot monk dispenses Buddhist wisdom in China

Beijing (CNN)This funny-looking, chubby robot might well be the most popular Buddhist monk in China. Standing two-feet (60 centimeters) tall, Xian’er is based on a cartoon character created by a Buddhist master at Beijing’s Longquan Temple. Himself a graduate of the prestigious Peking University, Xianxun said the main reason is that the temple is in

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China: Man's head gets stuck inside washing machine

(CNN)Firefighters in southeast China’s Fujian province responded to an unusual kind of emergency Sunday — a man had gotten his head stuck inside a washing machine. Luckily, he was pulled out by a team of firefighters after less than an hour, according to the official Weibo social media account of Fuzhou City’s Fire Department.

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Hard-liner takes new post as Israel defense minister

Jerusalem (CNN)One of Israel’s most controversial politicians, hard-liner Avigdor Liberman, was sworn in as the country’s new defense minister on Monday. Liberman’s appointment comes after weeks of political turmoil leading to the resignation of his predecessor, Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon, in protest.

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Explosive package delivered to home of New York correction officer

(CNN)An upstate New York correction officer was severely injured Sunday after opening an explosive package sent to his Floyd home, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office said. The 52-year-old unidentified officer’s upper body was severely burned in the explosion, which happened around 8 a.m. Sunday, Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol said in a statement on Facebook.

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Garland returns to alma mater for commencement

Washington (CNN)Stalled Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland on Sunday returned to his suburban Chicago high school to deliver its commencement address. The former Niles West valedictorian, class of 1970, didn’t touch on his current situation as President Barack Obama’s high court choice — ignored by Senate Republicans — instead focusing on more general themes of