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 Shawshank Redemption

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For real Shawshank escapee, 56-year run is over

It's a case where real life seemed to parallel art -- until the crucial last scene.

In the 1994 film "The Shawshank Redemption," the last we saw of fugitive Andy Dufresne, he was enjoying life on the lam fixing up his fishing boat in Mexico...

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City worker watched 39 hours of porn in 2 weeks

A Baltimore city worker was fired after watching 39 hours of porn within an 82-hour work period, the city's inspector general said.

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Middle finger emoji part of Windows 10 update

Ditch the smiling turd emoji and start flipping your frienemies the bird.

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Pentagon dispels rumors of Texas takeover

Don't mess with Texas -- even if it's just an exercise.

Amid unfounded, Internet-fueled rumors that U.S. Special Operations Forces might be trying to take over parts of the southwest, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott ordered Texas State Guard forces under his c...

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Man charged with hiding drugs in his skivvies

A Jamaican man is facing federal narcotics smuggling charges after allegedly trying to bring a pound of cocaine tucked in his underwear into the United States.

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Church bells drive residents batty

Electronic church bells are beginning to drive residents of a Vermont town batty.

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Man uses cake to resign from job

One man’s letter of resignation pulled double duty – not only did it announce his departure, it also served as a sugary treat for his coworkers.

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Suspect likes own wanted photo

An alleged criminal in Montana was a little too proud of one of his Facebook photo tags.


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Coach makes players spit in his face

A high school baseball coach in North Carolina has been suspended after he made his players spit in his face.

Man thought pontiff's phone call was a hoax

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Ill Italian man hangs up on pope -- twice

Good thing Pope Francis has a sense of humor. He called an Italian man Monday to inquire about his poor health, according to the Vatican newspaper, only to have him hang up twice.



Taser used on man flying drone over volcano

A Hawaii park ranger deployed his Taser on a man flying a drone over a volcano, according to an Associated Press report.

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Man banned from using vending machines

Well, think of all the money he'll be saving from vending machines and pinball.


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  • Pizza Hut hostage order

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    Hostage uses pizza order to ask for help

    A Florida mother ordered one hand-tossed pizza this week -- and potentially saved four lives.

    Cheryl Treadway was held hostage by her boyfriend at knifepoint Monday afternoon, together with her three children, authorities said.

    She persuaded him to let...

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  • Here's how to make espresso in outer space

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    Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is not only the first Italian woman in space, but she's the first astronaut to drink espresso in orbit.

  • Rihanna's dress detractors are missing the point

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    Even Chinese people were bewildered by Rihanna's China-inspired gown.

    The singer showed up to New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala -- which asked stars to honor Chinese fashion this year -- wearing a fur-trimmed yellow cap...

  • Woman in wheelchair wins -- a treadmill?

    Drew Carey Price is Right

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    Any "Price is Right" fan has probably dreamed of one day going on the show and being summoned to "Come on down!" while simultaneously fearing the worst-case scenario of never making it on stage to meet host Drew Carey, or going over on the showcase s...

  • Woman gets 24 years for fatal crash after drunken tweet

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    A woman who tweeted about being drunk minutes before causing a crash that killed two people has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

  • Cop burned by free coffee sues Starbucks

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    A police officer is suing Starbucks for $50,000 after he spilled a complementary cup of coffee in his lap.

  • Middle finger emoji part of Windows 10 update

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    Ditch the smiling turd emoji and start flipping your frienemies the bird.

  • Met Gala 2015: Beyoncé turns heads

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    When will the world learn that you cannot beat Beyoncé?

  • 'Walking Dead' star arrested

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    "The Walking Dead" has begun shooting its sixth season, but not without incident.

    Seth Gilliam, who joined the cast last season as the morally conflicted Rev. Gabriel Stokes, was arrested early Sunday in Peachtree City, Georgia.

    According to the Peacht...

  • Study: Taste for new music dies at 33

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    The age of 33 -- when you might be buying your first house, getting married and perhaps having children -- also has been determined to be when your taste for new music bites the dust.

  • UK princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

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    And the princess has a name!

    The newest UK royal, a girl born on Saturday, has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

    The middle names, of course, hark to her great-grandmother, the current queen, and her paternal grandmother, Princess Diana, who died ...

  • Sleep terrors in kids may lead to sleepwalking

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    Does your little one suffer from sleep terrors? Then get ready to lock the window and doors, because they might soon sleepwalk, too.

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    10 foods you should never feed your dog

    Chocolate isn't the only human food that can do harm to your dog. Click through for a brief refresher on what could be poisonous to your pooch.

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  • 2015 Met Gala: Red carpet looks

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    A-list celebrities attended the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Gala in New York City on Monday.

  • 14 places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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    Happy Cinco de Mayo! Here are 14 places to celebrate the holiday in style.

  • Notable TV exits through the years

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    David Letterman will retire from the "Late Show" on May 20. Take a look at other high-profile personalities and their exits from particular shows or TV altogether.

  • Popular baby names 2015

    The website BabyCenter has released their updated list of the popular baby names for 2015. Check out the popular boys and girls names in this slideshow.

  • Royals welcome Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

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    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named the royal baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, according to a statement released by Kensington Palace,

  • 'Star Wars' stars: Where are they now?

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    Today is national "Star Wars" Day in honor of the pun spoken on this date: "May the forth be with you." Find out what the stars of the blockbuster films are up to today.

  • Biggest opening weekends for movies

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