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Waiter, there's a mouse in my coffee

When you go to McDonald's and order coffee, you expect the house blend, not the mouse blend. "It was a dead mouse."

UN asks $1 billion for Ebola, gets $100,000

An alarmed United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in late September asked nations around the world to quickly help raise $1 billion to fight the deadly virus Ebola. As of Friday, only $100,000 has come in -- from Colombia.

Starbucks baristas getting raises and a snack

Starbucks is overhauling its employee manual. The changes include pay raises and a more relaxed dress code for its U.S. employees.

10-year-old competitive shooter: 'I want to be an inspiration'

 She picks up the custom handgun painted in her favorite colors, purple and black.

Man arrested for allegedly performing sexual acts with toy at department store

A Florida man is behind bars after he allegedly performed sexual acts with a toy at a department store.

Germ-zapping robot Gigi sets its sights on Ebola

Gigi the robot looks like a skinny, harmless cousin of R2-D2, but the machine is a cold-blooded killer for hire, a germ zapper that could become an important weapon in the fight against Ebola.

From bridal shop to Ebola ward: Who is Amber Vinson?

Over the weekend, Amber Vinson was in Ohio to plan her wedding. Today, the 29-year-old nurse is hospitalized in Atlanta, fighting the Ebola virus. What a difference a few days can make.

John Grisham apologizes for remarks on child porn

John Grisham is taking back statements he made about child pornography and sex offenders.

NY medical examiner releases Joan Rivers' cause of death

Comedian Joan Rivers died of "therapeutic complications" during a procedure to evaluate her "voice changes" and stomach reflux, the New York medical examiner said Thursday.

Under conservative assault, Vatican backtracks on gay comments

Under furious assault from conservative Catholics, the Vatican backtracked Tuesday on its surprisingly positive assessment of gays and same-sex relationships.