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Abby Wetherell, 12, struggled desperately to escape a black bear that was mauling her on a dirt trail in Northern Michigan - and lived to tell about it.

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"I was just thinking, 'This is it, I'm not going to live, I'm going to die here,'" she told the Associated Press in an interview Monday from her home.

Abby, who is still recovering from deep cuts to her left thigh and back, said, "I was really worried about my family, to think they would find me like that."

The seventh-grader was attacked as she jogged at dusk Thursday near her grandfather's cabin in a wooded area outside Cadillac, 200 miles from Detroit.

Wildlife experts don't know what caused a bear to attack Abby, but it happened as she embarked on the trek home from her grandpa's house to hers.

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Christopher Lane, a baseball player for East Central University in Oklahoma, was murdered last Friday in a completely random act by three area teens.

Three boys, ages 15, 16 and 17 are in custody for the slaying.

According to the deeply disturbing AP report, they simply decided to kill the 22-year-old for the heck of it. Duncan, Okla., police chief Danny Ford said:

"They saw [Lane] go by, and one of them said: 'There's our target.'"

He went on, chillingly, adding, "The boy who talked to us said: 'We were bored and didn't have anything to do, so we decided to go kill somebody."

"They followed him in the car to that area, shot him in the back and drove off," Ford said, adding that they decided to murder Lane just for "the fun of it."

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Kaitlyn Hunt, the gay Florida teenager accused of having sex with an underage classmate, has been arrested for a second time, according to reports.

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In February, Hunt, 19, was expelled from school and charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery for having sex with her girlfriend, then 14.

Hunt was 18 at the time their sexual relationship first came to light.

Although Kaitlyn Hunt maintains that the sex was consensual, the State of Florida considers intercourse with a person under 16 to be a felony offense.

That led to her first arrest. But what got her in trouble again??

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Russian athletes Tatyana Firova and Kseniya Ryzhova kissed at the World Athletics Championships last weekend, possibly as a message to their government.

After winning the 4x400 relay, the runners kissed. Then the gold medalists kissed again during the award ceremony. More than just a congratulatory gesture?

Neither athlete has released a statement, but some say it was political - a subtle, yet high-profile violation of the anti-gay law passed by Russia's parliament this year.

The two women could, theoretically, be prosecuted for their public lip-lock, since it could be perceived as "propagating non-traditional sexual relations."

Was that precisely the point of the public embrace?

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A four-inch-fork was recently removed from a man's penis after he apparently inserted it in there as part of a bizarre effort to achieve sexual gratification.

Seriously. This was in the International Journal of Surgery Cases.

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The Canberra, Australia man was hospitalized with "bleeding urethral meatus" after the 70-year-old tried to lodge it in there for reasons unknown.

The fork was removed with forceps and "copious lubrication."

According to the report, this case was a first - but only because of the particular object. Other utensils and foreign objects have been in penises before.

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A disturbing letter to the family of a teenager with autism instructing them to either "move or euthanize him" has shaken the boy's family and their community.

The anonymous note was sent to 13-year-old Max's grandmother's house in Newcastle, Ontario, on Friday, signed by "One pissed off mother." 

Max, the area resident complaints, is a "dreadful" burden whose family should take whatever non retarded [sic] body parts he possesses and donate it to science."

"What the hell else good is he to anyone!!!" the letter says. "Do the right thing and move or euthanize him!! Either way we are ALL better off!!!"

In an interview, Max's mother, Karla Begley, couldn't keep from crying as she read the section of the hateful diatribe that suggests she kill her own son.

"The more you go on, the worse it gets," she said.

"Who says that about a child?"

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Susan Ring, a surrogate mother (or gestational carrier), was forced to care for twins after the biological parents abandoned them - while she was pregnant.

Ring has been a gestational carrier for 11 years and had been a surrogate mother for eight babies, including a son born to this particular couple.

When they asked her to be a surrogate again, she obliged.

What could possibly go wrong?

"First time around actually was really good. I had a little boy for the same couple," she said. "There was no reason to think there could be a problem."

But after getting pregnant again, this time with twins, Ring found out that the couple was divorcing and didn't want the babies inside her after all.

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Albert Murray, an essayist, critic and novelist who influenced the national debate on race by challenging black separatism, has passed away.

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Lewis P. Jones, a family spokesman and executor of Mr. Murray’s estate, confirmed the death (on Sunday) to the New York Times. He was 97 years old.

Murray was one of the last surviving links to a period of flowering creativity and spreading ferment among the black intelligentsia in postwar America.

That was a time when the force of the civil rights movement gave rise to new thought about black identity, political power and the prospects for equality.

As blacks and whites clashed in the streets, black integrationists and nationalists dueled in the academy and in their books and essays as well.

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Legendary actor Dick Van Dyke was unhurt after his Jaguar caught on fire yesterday on the 101 Freeway in Calabasas, Calif., according to his wife Arlene.

Good Samaritans helped the 87-year-old Van Dyke and his wife from the fire after he pulled the car over to the side of the Ventura Freeway in Calabasas.

The fire occurred about 2 p.m. Monday.

Arlene Van Dyke posted video online of the burned-out car and the actor talking to the police. His rep said the three-time Emmy winner was not injured.

Publicist Bob Palmer said Van Dyke was "fine" but "slightly embarrassed" and was extremely "appreciative of the instant help he got on the road."

As are we. Glad he's alright!

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A woman was arrested earlier this month in Florida after allegedly taking off her shirt at a bar, exposing her breasts to the patrons and howling, "It's titty time!"

That will make for some good mammaries ... er, memories.

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Ronda Beckman flashed Captain Jax Sandbar and Grill in Ft. Pierce, and then refused to put her clothes back on, prompting a call to area police.

She was workin' it on the dance floor when police arrived.

She allegedly called a cop "a piece of sh-t and an asshole" and was charged with indecent exposure, lewd lascivious behavior and disorderly intoxication.

And then, like the guy who tried and failed to urinate out the window of a police car en route to jail, Ronda's wild night did not end at the saloon.

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