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Online video purportedly shows ISIS militant beheading Japanese hostage Kenji Goto

Japanese officials said they are attempting to authenticate a video released on Saturday which shows the apparent beheading of Kenji Goto, a hostage of Islamic State militants, The Associated Press reports.

Pilots land helium-filled balloon safely in Mexico after record-breaking flight


After nearly 7,000 miles in the air, Troy Bradley of Albequerque and Leonid Tiukhtyaev of Russia came back to earth on Saturday, landing their helium-filled balloon four miles offshore of Baja California, The Associated Press reports.

Judge tells jurors in Aaron Hernandez trial they can — very carefully — watch the Super Bowl

Jurors in the murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the Super Bowl, so long as they remain vigilant, Bristol County Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh warned them on Friday.

House hunting: 6 striking homes for minimalists


Amagansett, New York. Architect Julian Neski built this three-bedroom, award-winning home. Set on 2 acres of mature beech trees, this house has a sun porch, tall exposed-beam ceilings, a fireplace, and floor-to-ceiling glass walls throughout.

Chuck Hagel: Ground troops may be needed to push ISIS out of Iraq

While saying that "we're not there yet," outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told CNN on Friday that the United States may eventually have to send ground troops back into Iraq.

U.S. regulators recall more than 2 million vehicles with possible air bag defects

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has recalled more than 2 million vehicles from Toyota, Chrysler, and Honda due to possible air bag problems, Reuters reports.  About 400 cases of inadvertent air bag deployments have been reported in the recalled vehicle models, although the incidents have not resulted in any known deaths, an official for the NHTSA said.

Watch Key & Peele perfectly spoof the Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch and Richard Sherman

Ah, Super Bowl weekend. We could talk more about Deflategate, but why do that when Key & Peele released this perfectly delightful sketch spoofing Seattle Seahawks players Richard Sherman and Marshawn Lynch?

Ohio postpones six executions to prepare new lethal-injection drugs

Ohio's Department of Rehabilitation and Correction announced on Friday that it will postpone all six executions scheduled for 2015, because it needs more time to develop a new execution drug formula, Reuters reports.  In January 2014, Ohio executed Dennis McGuire using a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone; witnesses reported that McGuire's execution took 25 minutes, during which he gasped and seized for 15 minutes.

A Delta Air Lines plane successfully landed with the pilot locked out of the cockpit

This is why planes have co-pilots. A Delta Air Lines flight bound for Las Vegas made an emergency landing at the airport on Thursday after the pilot was locked out of the cockpit.

Japanese officials: Hostage negotiations with ISIS are 'deadlocked'

Japanese and Jordanian officials are struggling to secure the release of two nationals being held by Islamic State militants, but they say negotiations are "deadlocked," Reuters reports.  "We can't predict (what will happen) at all," Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on Saturday.

Watch Los Angeles firefighters carry out a daring rescue for a dog swept into a river

Chances are good this workday was a little more exciting than yours. Los Angeles firefighters received a call about a little dog trapped in a swollen river, and the ensuing rescue involved a helicopter and some serious daring from the diver.

Why do people in interviews say 'That's a good question' so much?

Have you been listening to radio interviews lately, watching experts being questioned on TV, or going to talks at conferences?

Charlie Hebdo staff delay next two issues, citing exhaustion, grief

French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo will delay its next two issues, because staffers are exhausted, grieving, and need a break from constant media exposure, a publicist for the magazine said on Saturday.

African Union to send 7,500 troops to Nigeria to help fight Boko Haram

African Union leaders agreed during a two-day summit in Ethiopia to send 7,500 troops to help push back the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria, The Associated Press reports.

Serena Williams defeats Maria Sharapova to win 6th Australian Open

Notching her sixth Australian Open victory and 19th Grand Slam title, Serena Williams powered through a nagging cough to defeat Maria Sharapova 6-3, 7-6 (5) on Saturday, The Associated Press reports.

Can easy money save the eurozone?

Europe's central bankers are taking a page out of the Federal Reserve's playbook, said Matt O'Brien at The Washington Post.

The boredom of 'driving' a self-driving car

I was a few hours outside of Los Angeles, tooling down I-5 at the wheel of a sleek Audi A7 on a gorgeous day when a little girl in an SUV smiled and waved.

The week's best photojournalism


Indian police officers take part in a dress rehearsal for the Republic Day parade in Srinagar. | (REUTERS/Danish Ismail) Golden retriever Crystal dashes through the snow, and away from owner Danielle Reid, at Revere Beach in Revere, Massachusetts.

Jeb Bush was a pothead

In a new Boston Globe article, Michael Kranish dives into Jeb Bush's four years at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, during which he "smoked a notable amount of pot," according to his classmates.

Jeb Bush admits to smoking pot

In a new Boston Globe article, Michael Kranish describes Jeb Bush's four years at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, during which he "smoked a notable amount of pot," according to his classmates.


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