Mario Woods died of at least 20 gunshot wounds, autopsy shows

Mario Woods died of at least 20 gunshot wounds, autopsy shows

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Mario Woods, the San Francisco man whose fatal shooting by police was recorded in a harrowing video posted to social media in December, suffered at least 20 gunshot wounds and had a combination of drugs in his system at the time of his death, autopsy results showed Thursday

Woods, 26, died from 20 gunshot wounds to his back, head, buttocks, legs and hands, with an additional “probable gunshot graze wound” to his cheek, according to the autopsy report released by San Francisco Chief Medical Examiner Michael Hunter.

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American woman flies to India to attend Facebook son's wedding

American woman flies to India to attend Facebook son’s wedding

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A 60-year-old American woman named Deborah Miller flew halfway across the world to attend her “Facebook son’s” wedding in India. The two had developed a close bond after 28-year-old Krishna Mohan Tripathi befriended Miller four years ago on Facebook.

Tripathi, whose mother had died when he was a teenager, chanced upon Miller’s profile while browsing Facebook. The two kept in touch over the next four years, despite the distance between them — while Tripathi is from a village near the Indian town of Gorakhpur, Miller is a resident of California. When he decided to get married on Jan. 29, he extended an invitation to Miller, who surprised him by flying all the way to India. Read more…

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Georgia executed its oldest death-row inmate for 1979 shooting

Georgia executed its oldest death-row inmate for 1979 shooting

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Georgia executed a 72-year-old man, the state’s oldest death row inmate, early Wednesday for the killing of a convenience store manager during a robbery decades ago.

Brandon Astor Jones was pronounced dead at 12:46 a.m. (5:46 GMT) Wednesday after an injection of barbiturate pentobarbital at the state prison in Jackson. He was convicted in the 1979 shooting death of suburban Atlanta store manager Roger Tackett.

Jones declined to make a final statement in front of witnesses but agreed to have a prayer read.

Georgia doesn’t announce exactly when lethal injections begin, and the injection isn’t visible to observers. But the warden left the execution chamber at 12:30 a.m. (5:30 GMT), and records from past executions show the lethal drug generally begins to flow within a minute or two of the warden’s departure. Read more…

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WWII scrap metal drives had people ripping fences off the street

WWII scrap metal drives had people ripping fences off the street

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When the United States joined World War II after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the global trade of raw materials was in a state of uncertainty and disruption. Basic commodities such as rubber and cloth immediately became precious and valuable to the war effort

Scrap drives were organized across the country, encouraging citizens to contribute their rubber to make jeep tires, their clothing to make cleaning rags, their nylon and silk stockings to make parachutes, and their leftover cooking fat to make explosives

One of the most vital materials to collect was scrap metal. A single medium tank required 18 tons of it, and a single Navy ship hundreds more Read more…

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In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois led exhibit promoting African-American progress

In 1900, W.E.B. Du Bois led exhibit promoting African-American progress

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At the turn of the 20th century, African-American lawyer Thomas Calloway had an idea for an exhibit for the upcoming 1900 World’s Fair in Paris

Writing to over a hundred prominent black Americans, Calloway laid out his vision for a multimedia presentation which would paint a picture of African-American society nearly four decades after the end of slavery

His proposal was heard by Booker T. Washington, who brought it to President William McKinley. With just four months to go before the start of the World’s Fair, Calloway was given Congressional approval and $15,000 to execute the exhibit Read more…

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Surfer survives insane 40-foot fall off Maui wave

Surfer survives insane 40-foot fall off Maui wave

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Professional surfer Tom Dosland was caught on camera during a scary free fall from a huge wave in Maui, Hawaii, on Jan. 27. Dosland described the incident to Surfer Magazine later, saying that striking the face of the wave was “a brutal beating, like I was in a car crash.” Thankfully, Dosland emerged unscathed, but his board was completely destroyed

Additional reporting by Storyful Read more…

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Woman pulls over cop for speeding, gives him a lecture

Woman pulls over cop for speeding, gives him a lecture

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A woman in Miami recently performed a role reversal on a police officer by pulling him over for speeding.

Claudia Castillo, who says she was the driver, posted three YouTube videos on Friday of her following a supposedly speeding Miami-Dade police officer. She takes several minutes to catch him, but finally gets him to pull off the highway

When the officer hops out of the car to talk to her, she gives him an earful about responsibility

“You passed me like I was standing still,” Castillo tells the officer. “I pushed 80 to try and catch up with you…and I was still eating your dust.” Read more…

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Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were closer than anyone ever expected

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton were closer than anyone ever expected

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Bernie Sanders, voice straining as he spoke in a hotel ballroom near the Des Moines airport on Monday night, was triumphant

“It looks like we are in a virtual tie,” Sanders said to a roaring crowd of jubilant supporters. “While the results are still not complete, it looks like we’ll have about half the Iowa delegates.”

Just a little while earlier, Hillary Clinton had claimed victory in the Iowa caucuses, rankling Bernie Sanders supporters, especially since the results were continuing to roll in. It is unclear when a final tally will be available

Clinton said she was “breathing a big sigh of relief” after the Iowa contest. The state famously stung her in 2008, when she finished third in the Iowa caucuses. Read more…

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Lego Iowa: The 2016 caucus results, brick by brick

Lego Iowa: The 2016 caucus results, brick by brick

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Tracking the Iowa caucus results, brick by brick

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After a year of campaigning, the first votes of the 2016 primary season were finally cast in the Iowa caucuses. And that means it was finally time to record the first results … in Lego bricks.

Everything was awesome for Ted Cruz, who won the GOP caucuses. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were interlocked in a virtual tie. We tracked it all on our two #LegoIowa maps. (Here are the full results.)

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'Doomsday Clock' scientists will set the new time for our demise

‘Doomsday Clock’ scientists will set the new time for our demise

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Scientists behind a “Doomsday Clock” that measures the likelihood of a global cataclysm are set to announce Tuesday whether civilization is any closer or farther from disaster.

The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists is expected to unveil the minute hand on the metaphorical clock in Washington, D.C. The clock reflects how vulnerable the world is to catastrophe from nuclear weapons, climate change and new technologies, according to the bulletin.

They will reveal the new time at 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. You can watch it live here.

California Gov. Jerry Brown will join former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry for a discussion at Stanford University after the unveiling. Read more…

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