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A South Philadelphia row house exploded Monday, leveling the structure and sending eight people to the hospital, including a 15-year-old girl and an infant.

Laura McColgan lives around the corner from the blast.

"I'm still shaking," she said of her experience.

"I was upstairs brushing my teeth. I heard a very loud noise. Not being sure what it was, I came downstairs and went out my back door," McColgan added.

"I went outside and saw everyone running around the corner. I saw the building down, saw the smoke and smelled the horrible smell of gas as well."

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Pope Francis had a busy week in Brazil, visiting slums and prisons, blessing the Olympic flag and bringing three million people to mass on Sunday.

But it was on the plane back to Rome where the newly-anointed pontiff took questions from reporters and made perhaps his biggest headline of the trip.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, he was asked about homosexuality, the reported "gay lobby" and the topic of gay priests in the Catholic Church.

Here is how Pope Francis, 76, broached the delicate, hypothetical question of how he would respond to finding out that a cleric in his ranks was gay.

"Who am I to judge a gay person of goodwill who seeks the Lord?" the pontiff said, speaking in Italian. "You can't marginalize these people."

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In a word: OUCH!

Last Wednesday, Kristen Beauregard - a resident of Pantego, Texas - took one of her two miniature horses out for a ride when she and the animal were attacked by a swarm of bees. A huge swarm of bees. Like 30,000 of them, according to officials.

“They were chasing us down, they were following us,” Beauregard told The Star-Telegram. “We swept up piles and piles of them. ... It was like a bad movie.”

Many bees

Beauregard was stung about 200 times, her boyfriend was victimized 50 times and both of the couple's horses were killed.

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Sam Simon is giving back in a big way. The Simpsons co-creator is donating his entire fortune to charity as he fights terminal colon cancer.

The 58-year-old nine-time Emmy-winning writer and producer confirmed May 16 that he was given the prognosis of three to six months to live.

As a result, he will donate all of his royalties - "tens of millions" annually - to charity.

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"I get pleasure from it. I love it. I don't feel like it is an obligation," Simon told THR. "The truth is, I have more money than I'm interested in spending."

"Everyone in my family is taken care of. And I enjoy this."

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Religious scholar Reza Aslan recently appeared on the Fox News online show Spirited Debate and found himself grilled on why a Muslim would write a book about Jesus.

Aslan appeared on the show Friday to promote his book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, about how the environment Jesus grew up in shaped him.

But host Lauren Green didn't seem to want to talk about the book so much, however, as she wanted to talk about how Reza Aslan is a Muslim.

She seemed insistent that this fact somehow affects the quality of his new book about Jesus. Her very first question leading off the interview:

"You’re a Muslim, so why did you write a book about the founder of Christianity?"

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Ariel Castro agreed to a plea deal in an Ohio courtroom Friday that will save him from the death penalty, but never again will he see the light of day.

He was sentenced to life, plus 1,000 years in prison.

The deal, reached with prosecutors, would let him avoid the possibility of a death sentence and spare his victims from having to testify at a trial.

The plea deal entails that the Cleveland kidnapping perpetrator be sentenced to life in prison without parole - he will never even get a parole hearing.

It would also mean that a trial Castro was facing on August 5 would not happen and he would not face the possibility of being sentenced to death.

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There are some people out there who rather spend their time without the constraints of clothing. Far be it for me to deny them that opportunity. 

However, there are plenty of people down in Florida (why is it always Florida?) that are none too happy about the nude bed and breakfast they have as neighbors.

Naked Bed and Breakfast

Technically it is a "naked hangout club" according to the home's owners Terry Engels and Chip Malinowski and they offer the rooms for $99 a night.

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We all know that cats aren't the most friendly (just check out this cat's indifference to its owner returning), but this story just confirms what we already believed.

Angry cat

A woman in France was out walking her dog last weekend when all of a sudden a roaming gang of street cats attacked her.

No need for knives in this fight, the cats tore the women's limbs like chicken for salad with their claws. They even nicked an artery. An artery!

The dog, being a typical poodle, was useless and had to be treated for injuries by a local veterinarian.

Is this attack a sign of things to come in feline/human relations?

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A stripper has won a lawsuit against Nebraska police who confiscated over $1 million cash - all in singles - that belonged to her during a routine traffic stop.

Tara Mishra, 33, stripped for 15 years and managed to save $1,074,000, and she gave the cash to friends to open their own New Jersey nightclub.

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Seems innocent (albeit unusual) enough. But when the woman's friends were pulled over in Nebraska, police suspected the money in the trunk was tied to drugs.

It was a reasonable assumption, we suppose, but a judge ruled that the money they confiscated must be returned, since there was no drug activity.

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George Zimmerman got away with the murder of Trayvon Martin ... so says one of the jurors that acquitted him earlier this month in the controversial trial.

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Juror B29 told ABC she favored convicting Zimmerman of second-degree murder when deliberations began amongst the six-member, all-women jury.

"I was the juror that was going to give them a hung jury," she said.

"I fought to the end."

Why'd she cave? Because under Florida law, she says there wasn't enough proof to convict the 29-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer.

"George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can't get away from God," she said. "At the end of the day, he's going to have a lot of questions to deal with."

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