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Teen daughters find strength to lift 3,000-pound tractor off father

Man sitting on his tractor with his 14 and 16 year old daughters standing alongside.  The two girls lifted the 3,000 lb tractor off their dad when it flipped over on top of him.
Jeff Smith of Lebanon, Ore., was trying to pull a stump out of his garden last Monday when his muddy boot slipped off the clutch. The tractor flipped, and the steering wheel pinned his chest to the ground.

The daughters, 16-year-old Hannah and 14-year-old Haylee, heard him screaming and ran to help. They reportedly lifted the tractor enough to free his torso and give him room to breathe.

Smith was treated at the hospital for a broken wrist and other injuries. Hannah said she called her mother before the ambulance ride. The mother thought it was an April Fool’s joke.
Since the ordeal, neighbors have finished tilling the garden, and the family has nicknamed the tractor Satan.
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Mali to give French president new camel after first one is eaten

French President Francois Hollande was given the gift of a camel in appreciation for helping repel Islamist rebels.  

Hollande was presented with the camel when he visited Mali in February.

The president joked at the time about using the camel to get around traffic-jammed Paris. But he chose in the end to leave it with a family in the town on the edge of the Sahara desert.
Unfortunately, the camel was killed and eaten by the family he left it with in Timbuktu, an official in Mali said.
A local government official in northern Mali said on Tuesday a replacement would be sent to France.

"As soon as we heard of this, we quickly replaced it with a bigger and better-looking camel," said the official, who asked not to be named because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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NRA To Gun Owners: Buy 2nd Gun to Protect Self From 1st Gun

NRA's Wayne LaPierre holding two handguns
The NRA stuck fiercely to it's stance that the only way to stop someone with a gun is with a gun and suggested today that firearm owners purchase a second gun to protect themselves from their first gun.
“It stands to reason that if a gun in the home is dangerous, and the best way to confront guns is with guns, then purchasing a second gun is the best way to protect yourself from your first gun,” said NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre. “It’s like buying catastrophic health insurance, in that it has ‘catastrophe’ written all over it.”
  ~Snip
“If someone wants to shoot themselves with a gun, that’s very difficult to stop, particularly if they have a 9mm, which by the way is a great choice for that, ” LaPierre said. “But if I have a second gun, and I make it clear that I will shoot myself if I shoot myself, then I’m going to think twice about shooting myself.”

“The truth is, most people, faced with a gun, will back down,” he added.

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Lady with picket sign saying
Photo of Bible verse that failed to make it to the King James version
Kansas vs Science

Once upon a time, physicians had a duty to give patients advice based on scientific evidence. Which, boring. Now Kansas doctors will be responsible for telling patients scary stories, like the entirely fictional one about how abortion leads to breast cancer.
  ~ Comedy Central's Indecision
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