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The prisoners used power tools to saw through a steel cell wall and several steel steam pipes, bashed a hole through a 2-foot-thick brick wall, squirmed through pipes and popped out of a manhole outside the prison.

Gov. Cuomo: Escaped prisoners had sights on Mexico but ride backed out

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. Two convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. David Sweat, 35, was ho …


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Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in S.C. (w/video)


  1. Poland wants bison to multiply, but others prefer subtraction


    BIALOWIEZA NATIONAL PARK, Poland — The two great, glowering creatures paused from their noisy feeding, silhouetted against the pencil-thin pines on the far side of a meadow, and emitted a couple of steam-train snorts.

    European bison graze at Bialowieza National Park, which holds the largest concentration of the protected creatures in the world, in Poland on May 30. [New York Times]
  2. Seattle's little 'Up' house faces razing after sale falls through (w/video)


    SEATTLE — Edith Macefield's tiny house in the old waterfront neighborhood of Ballard — likened by many people to the house in the Disney movie Up, in spirit and architecture — will have to be torn down or hauled away, its owner said on Monday.

    A retail complex was built around Edith Macefield's small home when she  refused to sell to developers almost a decade ago in Seattle. [New York TImes]
  3. Survey shows enough votes to remove Confederate flag in S.C. (w/video)


    CHARLESTON, S.C. — What finally opened Paul Thurmond's eyes and changed his heart was in the Book of Mark — the very New Testament passage that his state Senate colleague Clementa Pinckney and eight other members of Emanuel AME Church here were studying the night they were gunned down in an apparent racist …

  4. Bomb kills Egypt's top prosecutor as he drives to work (w/video)


    CAIRO — A car bomb killed Egypt's chief prosecutor Monday in the country's first assassination of a senior official in 25 years, marking what could be an escalation in a campaign by Islamic militants toward targeting leaders of a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Security personnel investigate the site of a Cairo bombing that killed Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat. Five guards, two drivers and a civilian also were injured Monday.
  5. Here's why June 30 will have one extra 'leap second'


    On June 30, the world will receive a gift of time: a single, extra second known as a "leap second."

    Leap years come like clockwork every fourth calendar year, but leap seconds are less predictable. The June 30, 2015, leap second is the 26th time an extra second has been tacked on to a day since atomic clocks began governing our time in 1967. The June 30 leap second was decreed in January by astronomers at the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service in Paris, who measure Earth's rotation and compare it with the time kept by atomic clocks. The leap second is designed to keep astronomical time in sync with atomic time. []