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  • It's raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island

    It's raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island

    Reuters - 5 hours ago
    It's raining cats and tourists on a Japanese island

    By Chris Meyers AOSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) - An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Originally introduced to the mile-long island of Aoshima to deal with mice that plagued fishermen's boats, the cats stayed on - and multiplied. …

  • Artist: Clinton museum portrait has nod to Lewinsky's dress

    Artist: Clinton museum portrait has nod to Lewinsky's dress

    Associated Press - 11 hours ago
    Artist: Clinton museum portrait has nod to Lewinsky's dress

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Philadelphia artist has disclosed that his museum portrait of former President Bill Clinton contains a shadow reference to Monica Lewinsky's infamous blue dress. …

  • Southern California beach turned white by hail from storm

    Southern California beach turned white by hail from storm

    Associated Press - 15 hours ago
    Southern California beach turned white by hail from storm

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif. (AP) — The beach at Southern California's "Surf City" has been turned white by a dumping of hail from a fast-moving storm. …

  • Toronto Police: men built mystery tunnel to use as man cave

    Toronto Police: men built mystery tunnel to use as man cave

    Associated Press - 15 hours ago
    Toronto Police: men built mystery tunnel to use as man cave

    TORONTO (AP) — Two young men who built a mysterious tunnel in Toronto had no criminal intent, police said Monday. They just wanted a man cave. …

  • Nats' Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem

    Nats' Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem

    Associated Press - 18 hours ago
    Nats' Scherzer simulates everything, including anthem

    VIERA, Fla. (AP) — Max Scherzer was warming up in the bullpen, getting ready to head onto the field to throw his first batting practice session for the Washington Nationals. …

  • Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina The Inbox
    Learning about Down Syndrome from Celina

    In their class, Sakiwat is among the oldest and the only one with Down Syndrome. In a country where one in 800 children is born with the genetic condition every year, the awareness of the disability remains low. For Sakiwat’s parents, it took years before they knew what their daughter had, and many more years before they could send her to a proper special education school. February is National Down Syndrome Consciousness Month, a time to raise awareness about the condition and promote rights …

  • Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy The Inbox
    Grief lingers a month after the Mamasapano tragedy

    The old woman sat gravely in a corner of an unfinished classroom in Mamasapano town as an officer from the regional government explained that her group will be receiving complimentary health insurance. The woman’s son Rasul Kamsa had been one of 18 Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters killed when police commandos launched a raid to arrest Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir alias  Marwan last Jan. 25. …

  • Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in  2016 elections The Inbox
    Mamasapano tragedy will be a factor in  2016 elections

    Don’t expect the truth about the Jan. 25 Mamasapano tragedy to come from President Aquino. He had one whole month to tell the Filipino people about his role in the debacle that claimed the lives of 44 members of the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police, 18 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and six civilians including an eight-year old girl who was hit in the crossfire. Jan. 30 necrological service at Camp Bagong Diwa, and Feb. 6 to announce his acceptance of the …