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Three young women who went missing separately about a decade ago were found alive Monday in the same home just south of downtown Cleveland.

They had likely been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three men - all brothers - for the abductions that took place from 2002-2004.

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One of the women who had been missing for the better part of a decade said she had been abducted and told a 911 dispatcher in a frantic call, "I'm free now."

Crowds gathered on the street near the home where the city's police chief said he thought Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight had been held.

They were in their teens or early 20s when they vanished.

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A Spanish organization created an anti-child abuse ad that actually displays a different message targeted at adults and children at the same time.

Aid to Children and Adolescents at Risk Foundation (ANAR) designed the ad to shows different images at varying angles, and thus to different people.

When an adult, or someone taller than 4'5", they see a sad child and the following line: "Sometimes, child abuse is only visible to the child suffering it."

A child looks at the same ad, from a lower vantage point, they see a bruised face and a different message: "if somebody hurts you, phone us and we’ll help you."

Alongside the face is the foundation's phone number. Beyond being technically and visually impressive, what was the impetus behind creating this?

The ad is designed to empower kids, particularly if their abuser happens to be standing right next to them, which is tragically common with child abuse.

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The first gun made from a 3D printer shot its very first bullets yesterday.

The gun, designed on a computer program and made of plastic, is designed to be easily replicated. Watch this video of the 3D-printed gun in action:

The gun is made by Defense Distributed, a company hoping to spread the prevalence of DIY firearms--what they call "Wiki Weapons."

3D printing technology is still in its very early stages of development and use. By constructing items from hot plastic, based on a set of plans drawn up on the computer, a user can essential create any 3D object.

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Actor/Newscaster Mario Machado has died. He passed away this weekend at the age of 78, from complications due to pneumonia.

Machado, born in Shanghai, China, became Los Angeles' first Asian-American news anchor in 1967, for KHJ-TV.

He went on to portray a newscaster in various films, including ScarfaceRocky III, and the Robocop movies.

Mario Machado

Machado had been ill for some time with Parkinson's disease. He died at a West Hills convalescent facility.

He will be missed.

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Scientists are warning about an aggressive "sex superbug" spread by unprotected sex - a potentially deadly strain of gonorrhea that's resistant to antibiotics.

So far, there have reportedly been two cases in Hawaii, where the first case was documented in a letter from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A May 2011 Gonorrhea sample from a young woman in Hawaii marked the "first case with high level resistance to Azithromycin to be detected in the U.S."

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A six-year-old Florida girl is in critical but stable condition at a local hospital after being accidentally shot by her teen brother Saturday evening, officials said.

The teen shooting his sister happened about 7 p.m. Saturday inside the siblings' home in Oakland Park, Fla., the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The shooter, whose name has not been released, is only 13.

"The siblings had been home alone when the teen found the handgun," sheriff's office spokeswoman Dani Moschella said Monday in a press release.

Luckily, it looks like she will survive. After being shot, the girl was taken to Broward Health Medical Center; she was listed in critical but stable condition.

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has a growing fan base on Tumblr apparently.

Up until last week, "One Direction Infection" was a Tumblr blog created and maintained by an eighth grader devoted to the British boy band heart throbs.

Now, it's devoted to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Tumblr

Jahar, as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends and Twitter followers call him, has amassed a pretty huge following for a man charged with terrorism and WMD use.

He has his own hashtag, #FreeJahar, on Twitter, while thousands of Tumblr and Facebook fans closely follow his case and discuss his "innocence."

Beyond the boilerplate Boston bombing conspiracy theories that claim he's the fall guy or the whole thing is a hoax, there are other reasons for his appeal.

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A limo fire killed five lives, including a bride-to-be, while transporting nine women to a bachelorette party Saturday night, the California Highway Patrol said.

The tragic limo fire took place at around 10 p.m. Saturday on the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge, one of the busiest bridges on San Francisco Bay.

Five of the women were trapped, but the four other women managed to get out after the vehicle came to a stop on the bridge, the CHP said Sunday.

Rosita Guardiano told the San Francisco Chronicle that the woman for whom the bachelorette party was being thrown was to be married next month.

Guardiano said her daughter was one of the survivors.

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A Utah community is mourning the death of a soccer referee, Ricardo Portillo, who was allegedly punched in the head by a teen he called a penalty on.

The punch occurred April 27, and he died May 4, Salt Lake City police say.

Portillo, 47, passed away after slipping into a coma after being hospitalized from the attack. He reportedly suffered from extreme swelling of his brain.

The 17-year-old was arrested for aggravated assault, but prosecutors could add more charges related to the man's death. He may be tried as an adult.

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Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, as is commonly believed.

It is, however, a special event for those in our southern neighboring nation.

It's also an excuse to sample all of your favorite margarita recipes! Woo!

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In the state of Puebla, the date is observed to commemorate the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

In the U.S., it originated with Mexican-American communities in the West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the Civil War.

Today, the day is most commonly observed in the United States as a broad, all-encompassing celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, which is cool too.

Falling on a Sunday, this year, no less? Best. Cinco de Mayo. Ever.

Seriously ... it's 5 o'clock somewhere and you've got a blender.

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