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Sgt. Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police, dressed as an Amish woman

Male Cop Dresses as Amish Woman to Stop Flasher

CRIME | By Joe Mandak | Thursday Apr 17, 2014
A western Pennsylvania police officer says he spent much of December and January dressed as an Amish woman in hopes of scaring off a man suspected of exposing himself to Amish children.

Andre Johnson a.k.a. Christ Bearer

Report: Rapper Severs Penis, Jumps Off Balcony, Survives

NATIONAL | By Jason St. Amand | Apr 17
In a bizarre alleged suicide attempt, a rapper connected to the iconic hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan was taken to the hospital Wednesday after he reportedly cut off his penis and jumped off the second-floor balcony of his North Hollywood home.

Dress Codes: Where Should Schools Set Limits?

FASHION | By Martha Irvine | Apr 17
Leggings. Shaved heads. Graphic T-shirts. The list goes on and on. What is the latest fashion trend to come under fire for teens and why are parents and administrators making such a fuss?

Director Bryan Singer

Lawsuit: Gay ’X-Men’ Director Accused of Sex Abuse of Teen Boy

CELEBRITIES | By Oskar Garcia | Apr 17
A former child model and aspiring actor is accusing "X-Men" franchise director Bryan Singer of sexually abusing him as a teenager in a federal lawsuit filed in Hawaii.

Former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes Linda Perry

4 Non Blondes to Reunite for 1 Night at LA Event

By Mesfin Fekadu | Apr 17
The ’90s rock band will perform May 10 at "An Evening With Women" to benefit the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. Linda Perry, the band’s former lead singer and hit songwriter, has produced the event for years.

Hearing Set in Challenge to Arkansa’s Gay Marriage Ban

NATIONAL | Apr 17
Advocates of ending Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage are to make their case before a circuit judge in Pulaski County.

Capogiro Gelato, Philadelphia.

Go for the Food: Philadelphia

FOOD/DRINK | By Kathy Matheson | Apr 17
Philadelphia food-lovers head to 13th Street, where you can find great eateries and wine bars, a place to get anything from artisanal pizza and gourmet vegan to Asian fusion and modern Indian. And don’t forget the freshly made prickly-pear gelato.

A sea lion pup named Hoppie who was found at Mape’s Ranch near Modesto, Calif.

Lost Sea Lion in California Found Mile from Water

CORPORATE | Apr 17
Workers at a central California ranch could hardly believe their eyes when they spotted a sea lion pup hopping through an almond orchard, a mile from the San Joaquin River.

Mustang’s 50th Anniversary Atop Empire State Building

CORPORATE | Apr 17
Michelle Miller reports from the observation deck of the Empire State Building, where a new Ford Mustang convertible is on display to celebrate a big anniversary for one of America’s most iconic cars.

Mel Gravely, president of TriVersity Construction, poses in his office in front of some paintings of work his company has done.

Mentors Help Minority Companies accelerate Growth

CORPORATE | By Joyce M. Rosenberg | Apr 17
Mel Gravely says his construction company might not exist today if he didn’t have mentors to guide it. Gravely’s company, TriVersity, joined a program called a minority business accelerator even before he bought a controlling interest in the company.

Roofers installing a roof on a new construction home in Pepper Pike, Ohio.

US Home Building Up in March After Frigid Winter

FINANCE | By Paul Wiseman | Apr 17
U.S home construction rose moderately in March as builders resumed work at the end of a frigid winter. But applications for building permits slid, clouding the outlook for future construction.