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VIDEO: Daredevil in a box drops from plane

A daredevil escape artist was locked inside a coffin-like box and thrown from a plane.Skydivers guided Anthony Martin down while he worked to free himself from inside the box.He landed in an Illinois field, about 70 miles south west of Chicago. View the original article here

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Bezos’ $250 million gamble

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6 August 2013 Last updated at 16:53 By Tara McKelvey BBC News Magazine In a top-secret move, a new-media mogul takes over an old-media institution. Is it vanity, philanthropy – or good business sense? Jeffrey Bezos, the founder of Amazon, knows how to keep a secret. Monday’s announcement about his purchase of the Washington Post [...]

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FBI reopens 1964 missing boy case

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8 August 2013 Last updated at 19:08 The FBI has reopened an investigation into the disappearance of a newborn boy stolen from a Chicago hospital in 1964.It comes after DNA tests showed that the child who was returned to the missing boy’s parents is not their son.Paul Fronczak, 49, was raised by Chester and Dora [...]

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Dying boy is best man at wedding

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4 August 2013 Last updated at 14:00 ET The couple brought forward the wedding so that Logan could be there A two-year-old US boy whom doctors have given weeks to live has served as the best man at his parents’ wedding.Logan Stevenson has acute myeloid leukaemia and has undergone several operations. Late last month doctors [...]

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VIDEO: Walker Evans’ iconic American Photographs

The photographer Walker Evans created some of America’s most iconic images. His work is credited with influencing not only modern-day photography but also literature, film and visual art of all kinds.In 1938 “Walker Evans: American Photographs” was published. The book was instrumental in gaining acceptance for photography as a bone fide art form.To mark its [...]

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Wahlberg actioner tops US box office

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5 August 2013 Last updated at 04:27 ET Wahlberg recently made the top 10 of the highest paid US actors The Mark Wahlberg-led action film 2 Guns has topped the US box office over the weekend, with estimated takings of $27.4m (£18m).The film, which also stars Denzel Washington, is based on a graphic novel of [...]

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Apple faces e-book clamp down

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2 August 2013 Last updated at 11:51 ET Apple contracts pushed up e-book prices in the US US regulators have called for Apple to be forced to cancel certain e-book contracts with major publishers.They added Apple should be hit with a five-year ban on entering distribution contracts deemed anti-competitive.The move follows a court ruling in [...]

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Canadian boys asphyxiated by snake

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8 August 2013 Last updated at 15:32 Two young boys killed by a snake in the Canadian province of New Brunswick died of asphyxiation as they slept at a friend’s house above a pet shop, a post-mortem examination shows.Connor and Noah Barthe, aged six and four, were asleep in the living room in Campbellton when [...]

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Hundreds flee California wildfire

8 August 2013 Last updated at 22:22 Fire officials said about a dozen structures have been damaged or destroyedAbout 1,500 people have been forced to flee their homes in southern California as a wildfire rages out of control, fire officials have said.Two firefighters and a civilian have been injured since the fire started on Wednesday [...]

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VIDEO: 13-foot python found in Florida shed

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