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Su Daocheng rides his home-made mechanical horse vehicle on a street in Shiyan, Hubei province January 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Stringe)

While many retirees take up interesting hobbies when they leave the workforce, Su Daocheng, 60, might be able to claim the title of most unusual post-work activity – designing a rideable robotic horse. Su built the robot that stands just under five feet and weighs about 550 pounds over a two-month period, according to CNET.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Friday that 1,000 of the more than 36,000 "criminal aliens" released by federal immigration authorities in 2013 have been convicted of new crimes.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, cited Department of Homeland Security statistics in a statement released by his office. The list of crimes included assault with a deadly weapon, terrorist threats, failure to register as a sex offender, lewd acts with a child under 14 and spousal rape by force.

By Keith Coffman

DENVER (Reuters) - The parents of a 17-year-old girl shot dead this week by Denver police while she was driving a stolen car have called for a U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigation into her death.

The teen's parents, Jose Hernandez and Laura Rosales, said in a letter sent to U.S. Attorney John Walsh that Denver police have a history of conducting lengthy investigations that "serve only to exonerate its officers.

BEIRUT (AP) — The latest Islamic State hostage drama involving a veteran Japanese war correspondent and a young Jordanian pilot marks the first time the group has publicly demanded prisoner releases. It also signals a change in the extremist group's propaganda technique.

Far from the high-tech, slickly edited videos involving beheaded Western hostages through which the group impressed supporters and terrorized opponents, recent messages purporting to be from Japanese hostage Kenji Goto have been through digitized, audio dispatches featuring either still photos or text.

WASHINGTON (AP) — There's a good reason the U.S. economy is impressing the world right now despite a slowdown in the final three months of 2014: In a word, steadiness.

Companies have been hiring at healthy rates for the past year. Layoffs hover near historic lows. Auto sales are strong. Gas prices have sunk. Congressional budget fights have faded. Americans are increasingly confident.

All that fed a surge of consumer spending last quarter, offsetting weaker business spending caused in part by a pullback by oil drillers and a frail global economy.

Lafayette gets Uber ride-share service
Friday, 30 January 2015 22:22

The ride-share service, Uber, launches in Lafayette Friday afternoon with Lafayette City-Parish President Joey Durel as “rider zero.”

The service will be available to the public starting at 1 p.m.

“We are excited that this service will be available in Lafayette. Many Lafayette residents have been requesting this service, and we are thrilled that Uber has seen enough demand to warrant beginning operations here,” Durel said in a news release.

Uber is currently available in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Six hours after he was released from jail on a DWI count, a Duson man believed to be drunk drove head on into another car Friday, killing its 52-year-old driver, State Police said.

Michael Fontenot, 47, has been charged with vehicular homicide in the crash at 5:30 p.m. on La. 3042 near the intersection with Lincoln Road in Evangeline Parish that took the life of Arleen Soileau, of Ville Platte.

State Police said Fontenot was driving a 2008 Mazda MZ6 westbound and, as both vehicles entered a curve, crossed the center line and struck Soileau in a near head-on collision.

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Frankly, from the day he arrived in the NBA, Austin Rivers was doomed.

When the New Orleans Pelicans, then Hornets, picked Rivers with the 10th overall

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