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Morgan Freeman is in China! And he's playing golf with Yao Ming

31 minutes agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Morgan Freeman and Yao Ming were among the scores of famous faces to grace the Mission Hills World Celebrity Pro-Am golf tournament in Haikou, Hainan yesterday. [ more › ]

State schools chief race may reverberate beyond California

The race to be California's schools chief is typically sleepy: Incumbents have little power but usually waltz to reelection.

Ten Things You Need to Know Today: Saturday 25 Oct 2014

BLAIR: ED MILIBAND ‘CANNOT WIN’ Tony Blair believes Ed Miliband cannot win the next general election, says the Daily Telegraph. The former Labour leader has reportedly told allies that he believes the Conservatives will win next May because Miliband has failed to connect with Labour voters. Show More Summary

I-485 completition delayed

Imagine that, a major highway project opening behind schedule. In any case, N.C. Department of Transportation officials are now saying that the final 5.7-mile stretch of I-485 in northeast Mecklenburg County won’t now open until the spring instead of in December as previously thought.

Zhejiang man rushes to rescue girl stuck under truck only to discover it's his daughter

1 hour agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

A man rushed to the scene to help a young girl who became stuck under a truck after it turned over on its side during a road accident on Wednesday evening in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, NetEase News reports. [ more › ]

Chinese nationals arrested in Japan after stockpiling 40,000 diapers

1 hour agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Three Chinese men were taken into custody in Japan after they'd violated their visa terms by stocking up on hundreds of packs of disposable baby diapers. [ more › ]

Riverside Marine dies in Iraq, second to die in Islamic State mission

A 19 year-old Marine from Riverside has died in Iraq, becoming the second U.S. military member to die as the U.S. fights the advance of Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria.

4 minors caught smuggling 1.39 kg heroin inside their bodies

2 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

Four girls aged 11 to 14 were caught attempting to transport 1.39 kilograms of heroin hidden inside their bodies after being persuaded by an "unfamiliar auntie". [ more › ]

iPhone 6 plus plan from whom?

3 hours agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

Am still waiting for an iPhone from Telstra 6 weeks after ‘registering interest’. They have a nice plan to go with it. Supposedly. Why ask me to register interest when they have done nothing since, not even an email to tell me they have none yet…presumably SOMEONE is getting an iPhone occasionally from Telstra meantime… My contract was [...]

13 students injured after explosion rips through Hangzhou apartment building

4 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

An explosion rocked a student apartment building of a university in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province this Friday morning, injuring 13 students, ifeng News reported. [ more › ]

The UPoR discovers some CLT-Europe flights at risk

And puts it on the front page of Friday’s paper “American Airlines executives hint at Charlotte flight cuts.” Well yes they did say during yesterday’s conference call. But the even bigger hint came two weeks ago when US Airways loaded a new draft schedule for next summer that didn’t include three summer-seasonal flights destinations from […]

We're Still Processing that Ending to The Walking Dead "Strangers"

I've had a few days to try and recover from that shocking ending to the latest episode of The Walking Dead, but I still get really uncomfortable every time I watch it. Let's not dig too deeply into the fact that I've insisted on rewatching "Strangers" several times even though I get this hollow-pit of just plain old ickiness in my gut every time. Show More Summary

The Power of Partnerships in Early Education

California's momentum on early learning was in the spotlight this week, when the White House came to town for "Children: The Bay Area's Greatest Investment," a Town Hall in San Francisco that celebrated the state's recent successes and...Show More Summary

Los Angeles housing official to head homeless services agency

A city housing official was selected Friday to head the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, the city-county agency that manages $70 million a year in federal, state and local funding for shelters, housing and services for the very indigent.

ACME, Rushcutters Bay, Sydney

Hot summers, BMX bikes and Sunny Boys. One bite of the baloney sandwich ($8) at ACME and you're guaranteed a flashback to your Aussie childhood. Remember devon sandwiches with tomato sauce on white bread? Head chef Mitch Orr takes you on a trip down memory lane but elevates the experience. Show More Summary

Rauner, Quinn pile up cash, compete for women voters

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner head into the final 10 days of the campaign competing for female voters and stockpiling record amounts of campaign cash as they try to drive turnout.

Shanghai boy claims he can tell your video game future

5 hours agoChina / Shanghai : Shanghaiist

The magical powers that be have imbued a teenager in Shanghai the gift of sight: he can predict the most auspicious times for you to dominate in your favorite video game. [ more › ]

You Should Go See Laggies Tonight

5 hours agoUnited States / Seattle : Slog

Chloe Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley sitting in a car in Seattle. Here, let me explain why.

Extra, Extra: Doug Ford Decries Disingenuous Pollsters, Students Protest Grimy Portables, and Paying More to Watch the Jays Lose

5 hours agoCanada / Toronto : Torontoist

Every weekday’s end, we collect just about everything you ought to care about or ought not to miss. Doug Ford says his campaign’s internal polling puts him in a dead heat with John Tory, despite the fact that Tory has led in every single public opinion poll conducted since early July, including one published today […]

Why Every Vote Counts

What do a dairy farmer, the New York State Senate and LGBT equality have in common? The answer: 18 votes. Two years ago, Cecilia Tkaczyk was running for office in the 46th Senate District in the Capital Region of New York. At the time,...Show More Summary

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