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Obama: Only one way out of shutdown

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President Barack Obama went on a rhetorical offensive against House Republicans on the third day of the federal government shutdown, telling a crowd in Maryland Thursday that there’s only one party at fault and one remedy.

“There are enough Republicans and Democrats in the House of Representatives today that if the speaker of the House, John Boehner, simply let the bill get on the floor for an up or down vote, every congressman could vote their conscience, the shutdown would end today,” Obama said in a speech in Rockville, Maryland.

“The only thing that is keeping the government shut down, the only thing preventing people from going back to work, and basic research starting back up, and farmers and small business owners, getting their loans — the only thing that’s preventing all that from happening right now today, in the next five minutes, is that Speaker John Boehner won’t even…

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Half-Ton of Bacon Falls On Unsuspecting Man


It turns out there is such a thing as too much bacon, much to the chagrin of Ron Swanson.

An unsuspecting Swede found that out the hard way 7 a.m. Thursday after a whopping 600 kgs —that’s 1,322 pounds — tumbled from a trolley in the meatpacking district onto one early morning commuter.

“It’s a rather unusual accident, you might say,” police spokesperson Peter Adlersson told Sweden’s The Local.

The man sustained minor back injuries. His cholesterol levels are unknown.

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Your Vanilla Ice Cream May Actually Smell Like Beaver Butt


As any Cosmo reader will tell you, it’s a well-tested truth that men love the smell of vanilla. Turns out though, that men may not be falling for a scent that reminds them of childhood, but for something else entirely: Castoreum a.ka. a fragrant, brown slime that comes from a beaver’s castor sacs, which are located pretty much where you expect them to be located.

The chemical compound that beavers use to mark their territory has a musky, vanilla scent, which is why some perfume makers incorporate the component into their products and food scientists add the all-natural ingredient into recipes. As one can surmise, the vanilla aroma is not typical of the area, but is a product of the beaver’s unique diet of leaves and bark, said Joanne Crawford, a wildlife ecologist at Southern Illinois University, speaking to National Geographic.

Collecting castoreum can be a tricky endeavor though. A beaver’s…

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WATCH: Updates on Shots Fired at U.S. Capitol


Updated 5:25 p.m. ET

Further details on the car chase that ended near the U.S. Capitol, after which the driver was reportedly shot and killed.


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Updated 4:46 p.m. ET

Amateur video shows police surrounding a black car that later speeds off.

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Updated 4:33 p.m. ET

A witness near the Capitol describes police cars pursuing the suspect in a black car and one police car flipping over the barricade.

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Updated 4:22 p.m. ET

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine reports the situation appears to be an “isolated incident with this one vehicle involved.”

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Updated 4:09 p.m. ET

As police officers move quickly, lawmakers near the U.S. Capitol are ushered away

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Updated 3:57 p.m. ET

A witness describes police cars chasing a black car and hearing seven to 10 shots fired.

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Updated 3:38 p.m. ET

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard describes…

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