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Brain amoeba found in tests of water supply where boy died in Louisiana

Tests of a Louisiana parish's water supply confirmed the presence of a rare brain-eating amoeba blamed for last month's death of a 4-year-old boy. The state's Department of Health & Hospitals said Thursday that tests conducted by the Centers for D

E-cigarettes: Healthy tool or gateway device?

If the tiny sample of smokers in a new study in the British journal Lancet are any indication, electronic cigarettes might be slightly more effective than nicotine patches in helping people quit smoking. Great, right?

REPORT: Man plotted to kill and eat children

A Boston-area man, who was planning to kidnap children, lock them in a basement dungeon, rape and eat them, should be imprisoned for at least 27 years, federal authorities said in court documents filed this week.

Man distributes nude videos of victim, charged with extortion

A man has been placed behind bars after he threatened a victim that he would distribute nude videos of her, then actually did distribute the aforementioned videos.

Rocket frog takes a flying leap

Frogggsss in spaaaccceee! Or frog, at least.

Official says CIA-funded weapons have begun to reach Syrian rebels; rebels deny receipt

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- CIA-funded weapons have begun flowing to Syrian rebels, a U.S. official told CNN. But opposition groups say they have yet to receive any.

Vladimir Putin's comments on American exceptionalism, Syria cause a fuss

If Vladimir Putin wanted to get Americans' attention, he seems to have done a pretty good job. The Russian president's op-ed article arguing against military intervention in Syria, published on The New York Times' website late Wednesday, set off a

Honolulu Harbor molasses spill could have long-term effects on marine life

A massive molasses spill this week in Honolulu Harbor is likely to have a long-term impact on fish and other marine wildlife, experts say. "It's in a bay, so there's not a lot of circulation, so you're not going to have flushing of this water out,

Diana Nyad to critics of her Cuba-Florida record-making swim: 'No one's going to take our joy and our moment'

Saying no one can can diminish what she and her team accomplished, a confident Diana Nyad took on her critics Wednesday night on "Piers Morgan Live." Her record-breaking Cuba to Florida swin, she said, was by the book.

Prince William to leave military service, will devote time to charities

After more than seven and a half years of military service, Prince William is leaving the armed forces to focus on royal duties and charity work, Kensington Palace said Thursday.