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  • Magician Daryl Easton, 61, Found Dead After Killing Himself in Hollywood’s Famed Magic Castle

    Magician Daryl Easton was found dead inside Hollywood’s famed Magic Castle on Friday, according to multiple reports. Police have ruled his death a suicide, the New York Daily News reported, after the Los Angeles Fire Department had responded to calls from the popular venue at 7:25 p.m. local time. The Magic Castle, which opened its doors in 1963, confirmed Easton’s death early Saturday in a statement on their Facebook page.

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  • Tennessee Preacher Accused of Raping Teenage Student After Binding Her with Rope

    Law enforcement alleges otherwise: Officials say Mike Ulmer, 53, picked up the victim, 18, from Chester County High School on Feb. 16 and brought her to his home in Henderson, Tennessee. Ulmer serves as a pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Henderson, and court records show the victim was paid to clean his house.

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  • 'Jeopardy' contestant gives Trebek the finger

    In the small talk portion of Wednesday night’s “Jeopardy! College Championship” edition, Stanford undergrad Viraj Mehta slyly flipped Alex Trebek the bird while talking about differential geometry and pizza. Mehta, a Texas native, got going about a theorem in differential geometry “that explains really, well, why, if you fold a slice of pizza, the tip stays in the air so you can eat it easily,” all the while flashing his own single-digit salute in the air. The brazen gesticulation went on for about seven seconds before Mehta wrapped up his explanation, adding that it “was really cool to work out in class.” Trebek appears not to notice when he chalks up Mehta’s theorem to “thick crust.” Twitter

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  • GPS device-maker Garmin reeling after workers gunned down

    OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — GPS device-maker Garmin long has revered diversity in its workforce, even when the locale of its ever-sprawling operational headquarters — a largely white Kansas City suburb — didn't reflect it.

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  • Mysterious sea creature that washed ashore in Philippines is identified; video

    The remains of a hairy, white sea creature that washed ashore Wednesday afternoon on a beach on Dinagat Island in the Philippines created a buzz among the locals of Barangay Poblacion and on social media. Most speculated it was a sea cow. Some said it resembled an Old English sheepdog. The creepy beast measured 20 feet long and, as it sat on the shoreline, became the subject of many selfies, photographs and videos. Sky News reported that the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources at first believed it could be the remains of a sea cow. But after testing samples it was determined to be the carcass of a whale in an advanced stage of decomposition, according to the Sun Star. The type of whale

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  • Boy miraculously survives spider bite thanks to quick-thinking dad

    A 10-year-old Australian boy has survived a bite from one of the world’s deadliest spiders after taking a record 12 vials of anti-venom, local media reported. Matthew Mitchell was helping his dad clear out the back shed at their home north of Sydney when he was bitten on the finger by a funnel-web spider that had been lurking in his shoe. “It sort of clawed onto me and all the legs and everything crawled around my finger and I couldn’t get it off,” he told the Australian Daily Telegraph. His family used his shirt as a compression bandage to try to slow the venom’s spread and rushed him to a hospital. He experienced convulsions but survived after being given 12 vials of anti-venom, which local

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  • Big changes are in the works for the Marine Corps' elite snipers

    Since the days of Gunnery Sgt. Carlos Hathcock and his exploits in Vietnam, the image of Marine Corps Scout Snipers has struck fear in the hearts of America’s enemies. The Corps has one of the most comprehensive — and toughest — training schools for its sniper teams, with a grueling curriculum of long-range shooting, covert reconnaissance and advanced camouflage. And that’s the problem, Corps infantry leaders say. Marine officials have confirmed that Commandant Gen. James Neller is considering a plan that would make being a Scout Sniper a primary military occupational specialty in the Marine Corps, a move infantry leaders say would help units better meet the increasing demand for these highly-skilled specialists.

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  • The Best Shows for When You've Exhausted All Those British Period Dramas (7 photos)

    Because we know you've blazed through the entire "recommended BBC titles" list. From Marie Claire

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  • Former Nursing Home Worker Accused of Giving Lap Dance to 100-Year-Old Patient Speaks Out

    A former Ohio nursing home worker accused of performing a lewd act on a 100-year-old patient with dementia is speaking out.

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  • Mama June’s Weight Loss Was a Total Revenge Move Against Sugar Bear

    Mama June Shannon‘s motivation to lose weight has been revealed. The reality star opened up on the premiere of her new show, Mama June: From Hot to Not, that she decided to lose weight when her ex, Sugar Bear, revealed he was getting married and that he wanted her to be there. June’s daughters, Alana “Honey Boo Boo,” and Lauryn “Pumpkin,” encouraged her along the way.

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  • A Trump voter’s message to retailers: ‘Keep your mouths shut about our president’

    Mary Carson picks up her leopard-print tote bag and tugs on her leopard-print scarf. “I’m just going to do a little bit of business,” the 77-year-old says as she walks into Neiman Marcus at the Tysons Galleria in Northern Virginia and asks for the manager. He appears in a pinstripe suit and shakes her hand. “I’m very disappointed in what’s happened with the Trump line,” she tells him. “I hate to do this — I’m not a real activist — but I learned a long, long time ago that you cannot mix business and politics.” The manager listens patiently. Carson, who worked in marketing before she retired, pulls out her Neiman Marcus credit card and prepares to give it back. It was the obvious thing to do, she

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  • NASCAR Rules Changes Came After TV Executives ‘Really Put Their Foot Down’

    NASCAR’s new stage-based race format is kind of a big deal, with some close to the sport applauding the forward-thinking structure and others decrying the break with decades of tradition. But it doesn’t sound like the purists were the ones NASCAR CEO Brian France and the sport’s TV partners were looking to appeal to anyway. In an in-depth look at the format change, USA TODAY’s Brant James provided lots of insight into how much input the FOX and NBC networks, which share NASCAR race coverage, had in the decision. And the answer is, “quite a bit,” from the sound of it. “I think the TV guys have really put their foot down that they want more action, because of the money they’re committing to the

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  • Drunk driver’s mom jailed for laughing at victim’s family

    A Detroit judge threw the mother of a drunk driver out of her courtroom and into the slammer for laughing during a victim’s statement about the man her daughter killed while driving drunk last June. Amanda Kosal, 25, was waiting to be sentenced Thursday for the crime that killed Jerome Zirker, a father of five, when her mother, Donna, and her boyfriend laughed and smiled during a victim statement from Zirker’s sister, according to WDIV Local 4 in Detroit. “It’s time for him to go … Whoever can sit here at a tragic moment like this and laugh and smile when somebody has lost a family member, I mean the entire time that Mr. Zirker’s sister was speaking, that clown, and that’s what I am going to call him, a clown, was sitting there smiling and laughing,” the enraged judge spat at the unruly audience member.

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  • Terrifying drone video shows great white shark stalking surfers

    Incredible drone footage shows a great white shark stalking surfers in Australia. The video shows the shark chasing a surfer off the coastal town of Ballina, New South Wales. Apparently unaware of the predator, the surfer catches a wave and speeds away from the shark. Abandoning its initial pursuit, the shark shifts its attention to another surfer. The second surfer, who is dangling their legs in the water, also appears unaware of the great white’s hulking presence. The shark initially moves toward the second surfer, before suddenly swimming away. The footage was reportedly captured by a New South Wales Department of Primary Industry drone hovering over Ballina’s Lighthouse Beach. The Daily Telegraph

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  • Pink Dog Abandoned with Brother at Shelter Responds Well to Treatment and Rescuers’ Love

    The pink pup and a buddy, who are actually boxers, were there waiting on the morning of Feb. 13 — both suffering from a treatable skin condition called demodex mange. “I felt so badly for Artie and Asia when I first saw them,” says Jennifer Glover, a registered veterinary technician for the shelter, who was the first to meet the dogs that day. Both Asia, the pink 10-month-old, and Artie, 2 years old, suffer from the common infestation of the skin by tiny, eight-legged mites.

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  • Dear Abby: Creepy boy follows around eighth-grade girl

    DEAR ABBY: I’m an eighth-grader with a good life. I go to a good school, have good friends and a happy family. But at school, there is this boy who follows me around. I tell him to stop, but he keeps doing it. When I tell my friends about it, they laugh and think it’s funny. I don’t feel like it’s a joke. It’s creepy. I have tried to tell adults, but they don’t do anything. Recently I dyed the tips of my hair blue, and at lunch he walked up, grabbed my hair and felt it. I feel like it was an invasion of my personal space. Because he won’t stop following me around and being creepy, my grades have dropped. I’m distracted in class and nervous. What do you think I should do? — INVADING MY SPACE DEAR

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  • CBS Cancels Katherine Heigl & Laverne Cox Led Drama 'Doubt' After Just Two Episodes | B. Scott

    After two years and two attempts to make it to network television, CBS has canceled its new series ‘Doubt’ starring Katherine Heigl and Laverne Cox after just two episodes. via IndieWire: The Eye network has pulled the plug on the show effective immediately; next week, CBS will air a repeat of “Bull” in the show’s Wednesday 10 p.m. (ET) time slot. The second season of “Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders” will then slide into the spot permanently on Wednesday, March 8, following a two-hour “Survivor” premiere. “Doubt” made headlines for its casting of Laverne Cox in a key role, making her the first transgender series regular on a primetime broadcast drama. Series creators Tony Phelan and Joan Rater

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  • Amber Tamblyn announces utterly ridiculous baby name - and people aren't quite sure what to think

    The US actress Amber Tamblyn and her husband, comedian and actor David Cross, have welcomed a new baby daughter – and, as per modern tradition, have taken to social media to announce the name of the new arrival. "David and I are proud to announce the birth of our daughter, Dauphinoise Petunia Brittany Scheherazade Von Funkinstein Mustard Witch RBG Cross Tamblyn-Bey jr.," wrote 127 Hours and Two and a Half Men star Tamblyn in a post on Tuesday, as she shared a video of her daughter's foot via Instagram.

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  • See this amazing photo of the Oroville Dam from space

    The Oroville Dam crisis is visible even from space.  International Space Station crew member Sergey Ryzhikov snapped the above photo of Lake Oroville and the Oroville Dam on February 22. The high water levels and emergency spillway were evident from his perch hundreds of miles above the earth.  On February 13, a state of emergency was declared and nearly 200,000 people were evacuated following fears that the spillway would collapse due to heavy precipitation.  Officials have continued to release water from the main spillway in an attempt to decrease reservoir levels and prevent a collapse. Read Michelle Robertson’s latest stories and send her news tips at mrobertson@sfchronicle.com. 

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  • They say runners need flexibility, but you may be surprised at the latest thinking

    For years, runners have believed that their sport makes them too tight and that they should turn to yoga to lengthen their muscles, become more flexible and thereby develop into better runners. It turns out, though, that the opposite may be true: Coaches and physical therapists now say that bending like Gumby may, in fact, cause problems. “When it comes to running, flexibility is overrated,” says Steve Magness, author of “The Science of Running” and cross country coach at the University of Houston. “Research shows that if you are too flexible, you are a less efficient runner.” As Magness explains it, our muscles and tendons are designed like springs. As our feet hit the ground during a run, those

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