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Sandra Bullock’s ‘safe door’

April 10, 2015

The charges against Joshua Corbett, who broke into Sandra Bullock’s home last June, include burglary, stalking and possession of a machine gun. They encompass the events of a night that led Bullock to lock herself in her bedroom closet and call 911. The call was played for the jury in court this week, who heard her shakily tell the 911 operator that someone had begun banging on her bedroom door, which, for what  it was worth, was a “safe door.” Reuters reports that Corbett could face up to 20 years in prison.

Is it a car? A bike?

By Arlene Getz
April 9, 2015

Toyota’s i-Road chief engineer Akihiro Yanaka poses behind one of the electric vehicles that is to be used in a planned car sharing scheme in Tokyo, April 9, 2015. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A watery loophole

April 8, 2015

  A visitor walks near the receding waters at Folsom Lake, which is 17 percent of its capacity, in Folsom, California January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

A visitor walks near the receding waters at Folsom Lake, which is 17 percent of its capacity, in Folsom, California January 22, 2014. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith

Lions and tigers and lawsuits — oh my!

April 7, 2015

  A grizzly bear roams through the Hayden Valley in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

A grizzly bear roams through Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, May 18, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Urquhart

Scrubbing the environment of beads

April 6, 2015

  Boaters make their way along the Willamette River during a heavy morning fog in Portland, Oregon February 17, 2007.  REUTERS/Richard Clement

Boaters make their way along the Willamette River during a heavy morning fog in Portland, Oregon February 17, 2007. REUTERS/Richard Clement

Whiskers, fur, romance

April 2, 2015

  A small mouse sits in a trap after it was baited with candy and raisins in Vienna, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

A mouse sits in a trap in Vienna, December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

Lacking romance in your life? Look to the mice for advice.

Male mice sing “love songs” to woo female mates, according to new research. The sounds they make are not unlike the courtship songs that birds sing. Researcher Erich Jarvis told Reuters, ”I think the mice are saying with the complex songs, ‘Pay attention to me, I’m here, come to me, and see how my complex song sounds great.’” Maybe lead with that in your Tinder bio.

Eagle eyes

April 1, 2015

  The last rays of sunlight illuminate an American Bald Eagle as it soars above the Hudson River just before sunset near Croton Point in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, March 23, 2015.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

The last rays of sunlight illuminate an American Bald Eagle as it soars above the Hudson River just before sunset near Croton Point in Croton-on-Hudson, New York, March 23, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Tax season sure is… taxing

March 31, 2015

  A U.S. $100 dollar bill is seen December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Sam Mircovich

A U.S. $100 dollar bill is seen December 17, 2009. REUTERS/Sam Mircovich

Next to death and taxes, you can add a third thing that’s certain in life: human error.

Before approaching this shrimp, you’ll need a cocktail

March 30, 2015

  Are you trembling with fear yet? REUTERS/POMONA COLLEGE/ROBERT GAINES/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Are you trembling with fear yet?   REUTERS/POMONA COLLEGE/ROBERT GAINES/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Leaping over opponents in a single bound!

March 27, 2015
Able to break glass ceilings with a single kick!

Able to break glass ceilings with a single kick!

 

Move over, G.I. Joe.

A Brooklyn couple has raised $15,000 to begin production on a Hillary Clinton action figure, Reuters reports. The action figure – dressed in a pantsuit, naturally – is intended as a show of support for the would-be presidential candidate. No word on whether she has any super powers.