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MODERN WARFARE Yesterday at 12:00 AM
The leader of devout Sunni jihadist group Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, making a rare, solemn appearance in July, wore a flashy silver wristwatch various video analysts described as a Rolex, an Omega Seafarer or a feature-laden Saudi …
PAINT IT BLACK Yesterday at 12:00 AM
Clinton Tucker, who is black, sued Benjamin Moore paints in Essex County, New Jersey, in June for wrongful firing — after, he said, he'd tolerated years of workplace racial insults. In fact, Tucker said the company introduced two new paint shades …
HIPPO CAMPUS Yesterday at 12:00 AM
The African hippopotamus is not found in South America — except for an estimated 50 or so that, confusingly to natives, roam the Colombian countryside from Bogota to Medellin. The beasts are the progeny of four smuggled in 30 years ago by cocaine …
PAYBACK'S A BITCH Yesterday at 12:00 AM
A former city official in Ridgewood, New Jersey, pleaded guilty in July to stealing nearly 2 million quarters collected from parking meters — his crime went unnoticed for two years. Under a plea deal, Thomas Rica will likely be spared jail, …
INSIDE JOB Yesterday at 12:00 AM
In July, New York City prosecutors accused a former pharmacist at Mount Sinai Beth Israel hospital of stealing nearly 200,000 oxycodone-strength pain pills over five years, despite his increasingly far-fetched explanations. Anthony D'Alessandro even …
SEND IN THE LAWYER Yesterday at 12:00 AM
British lawyer Gary Stocker, 30, was headed to
WAIT … WHAT? Yesterday at 12:00 AM
Kimberly Williams, 46, was convicted in April in Will County, Illinois, of beating dominatrix Theresa Washington with a baseball bat. Williams admitted to the judge she'd hired Washington, but only because she wanted a "slave" to take pictures of …
FIRST-WORLD PROBLEMS Yesterday at 12:00 AM
U.S. obesity continues to grow — for pets as well as people — and exercise innovations for humans seem to trickle down to dogs. A July Associated Press report noted fat Labradors and poodles now have Pilates ("pawlates") and yoga ("doga") and …
THE NEW NORMAL Yesterday at 12:00 AM
Since high-rise residents value their privacy, Lisa Pleiss of Seattle said she was frightened on June 22 when she saw a drone hovering outside her 26th-floor window: "You don't expect to be walking around indecent in your apartment and then have …
SELFIES AREN'T JUST FOR DUMBASSES Yesterday at 12:00 AM
In June, as Elizabeth Neufeld, 85, backed her car out of her driveway in Bel Air, California, it tipped on a curve and rolled onto its side. Elizabeth wasn't hurt, but was trapped inside while her husband, Benjamin, 87, got out on his own. As they …
 
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