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US Working ‘Behind the Scenes’ for Al-Qaeda Hostage Release, State Department Claims

US Working ‘Behind the Scenes’ for Al-Qaeda Hostage Release, State Department Claims

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. government is working “behind the scenes” to secure the release of American al-Qaeda hostage Warren Weinstein, the State Department claims in response to comments made by Weinstein’s family in an exclusive in…

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/30/13

Scoreboard Roundup – 12/30/13

Getty Images/Hemera(NEW YORK) — College Football – Alamo Bowl: (10) Oregon 30 (11-2) – Texas 7 (8-5)
National University Holiday Bowl:  Texas Tech 37 (8-5) – (14) Arizona State 23 (10-4)
Music City Bowl: Mississippi 25 (8-5) – …

Freight Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails in North Dakota

Freight Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails in North Dakota

Kimberly Nelson (via @MatthewFraase)(CASSELTON, N.D.) — A freight train believed to be carrying crude oil derailed in rural North Dakota Monday afternoon, creating a massive explosion.
No injuries have been reported.
Video taken three quarters of a mi…

Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Keeping Calif. Girl on Life Support

Judge Grants Temporary Restraining Order Keeping Calif. Girl on Life Support

ABC News(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Less than an hour before she was set to be taken of life support, a California judge Monday night issued a temporary restraining order mandating that a brain dead teenager remain on life support until Jan. 7.
Jahi McMath, …

Helmet Saved Michael Schumacher’s Life, Doctors Say

Helmet Saved Michael Schumacher’s Life, Doctors Say

iStock/Thinkstock(PARIS) — Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is used to danger at 200 miles per hour.
But skiing the French Alps Sunday, he fell, slamming his head on a rock. Schumacher was severely injured but reportedly still conscious and t…

Stocks, Housing Market End Year on High Note

Stocks, Housing Market End Year on High Note

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The stock market and the housing market are ending 2013 on a high note.
On Monday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day up 25.88 points to 16,504.29. The Nasdaq fell slightly, down 2.40 points, ending the d…

Toby Keith Restaurant’s ‘No Guns’ Policy Under Fire from Fans

Toby Keith Restaurant’s ‘No Guns’ Policy Under Fire from Fans

Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Shock Ink(WOODBRIDGE, Va.) — One of the restaurants that bears the name of top country crooner Toby Keith is under social media fire for its stand against guns.
Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill opened in mid-Dece…

Search Ends for Man Who Went Overboard on RCI Cruise

Search Ends for Man Who Went Overboard on RCI Cruise

iStock/Thinkstock(SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico) — Rescuers have ended their search for a 26-year-old Canadian man who went overboard on a Royal Caribbean cruise Saturday in the Caribbean.
The United States Coast Guard announced in a statement it has ended a…

Danish Cinnamon Roll Faces Crisis Over Toxic Chemical

Danish Cinnamon Roll Faces Crisis Over Toxic Chemical

iStock/Thinkstock(COPENHAGEN, Denmark) — A government study of Danish cinnamon rolls found that the sticky, doughy treats contained too much of a toxic compound found in cassia cinnamon, or coumarin.
Although the European Union set a coumarin limit …

Detroit Lions Fire Head Coach Jim Schwartz

Detroit Lions Fire Head Coach Jim Schwartz

Leon Halip/Getty Images(ALLEN PARK, Mich.) — The Detroit Lions fired head coach Jim Schwartz on Monday. In five seasons roaming the sidelines in the Motor City, he compiled a record of 29-51.
The Lions hired Schwartz in 2009 from the Tennessee Titans,…

Navy Rolls Past Middle Tennessee, 24-6 in Armed Forces Bowl

Navy Rolls Past Middle Tennessee, 24-6 in Armed Forces Bowl

ThinkStock(FORT WORTH, Texas) — Midshipmen sophomore quarterback Kennan Reynolds had two rushing touchdowns as Navy (9-4) rolled past Middle Tennessee (8-5), 24-6 in the Armed Forces Bowl on Monday.
Navy had eight players who rushed for 20 yards or m…

Red-Light Cameras Boost Rear-End Crashes, Experts Say

Red-Light Cameras Boost Rear-End Crashes, Experts Say

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — More than 700 people die in the United States every year as a result of motorists failing to stop when the light turns red.
In response, more than 500 communities in 25 states have turned to red-light cameras to deter th…

Why Russia Attacks Matter to the Olympics

Why Russia Attacks Matter to the Olympics

Gennady Gulyaev/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images(VOLGOGRAD, Russia) — With the Sochi Winter Olympics less than six weeks away, two deadly explosions in the Russian of city of Volgograd have caused widespread concern for the upcoming games.
At least…

Ariana Grande Opens Up About First Date with Nathan Sykes from The Wanted

Ariana Grande Opens Up About First Date with Nathan Sykes from The Wanted

ABC/Richard Harbaugh(LOS ANGELES) — Despite rumors the couple may have split, Ariana Grande is opening up about her romance with The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes.
Grande, 20, said Sykes, who she began seeing this past summer, was the perfect gentleman on the…

Tobacco Breath Saves Hornworm Caterpillars from Predators

Tobacco Breath Saves Hornworm Caterpillars from Predators

Grove Pashley/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Your morning breath has nothing on the tobacco hornworm. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Chemical Ecology in Germany have found a gene that allows the caterpillar to take the nicotine in its diet and…

Google, Audi Teaming Up for In-Car Android System?

Google, Audi Teaming Up for In-Car Android System?

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Google and Audi are expected to announce they are teaming up to develop in-car entertainment and information systems.
The Wall Street Journal reports an announcement will be made at the Consumer Electronic…

Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones Seen Together After Split

Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones Seen Together After Split

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) — Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones were photographed out together for the first time since the couple announced their separation.
Wearing their wedding rings, Douglas, 68, and Zeta-Jones, 44, reunited for a holiday f…

Keira Knightley on Marriage, Guarding Her Privacy

Keira Knightley on Marriage, Guarding Her Privacy

David M. Benett/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Keira Knightley surprised the world this past May when she tied the knot with husband James Righton in a low-key intimate wedding ceremony in southern France. Now the fiercely private star is speaking out ab…

Delivery by Drone? FAA Approves Six Test Sites

Delivery by Drone? FAA Approves Six Test Sites

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — If drones piloted by operators a world away can successfully deliver a GPS-guided missile strike into a war zone, then why can’t they distribute a dozen DVDs through U.S. airspace to your doorstep?While opening up feder…

Ted Cruz Can Renounce His Canadian Citizenship with This 4-Page Form

Ted Cruz Can Renounce His Canadian Citizenship with This 4-Page Form

Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Just one form stands between Sen. Ted Cruz and his status as a former Canadian citizen.
Cruz, who recently discovered that he holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship, has said he will renoun…

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