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  • 'Phoenix Jones' is unmasked, but not alone: Five other real-life superheroes

    'Phoenix Jones' is unmasked, but not alone: Five other real-life superheroes

    "Phoenix Jones," Seattle's crime fighter, wore a mask as he entered a Seattle courtroom Thursday where prosecutors said they hadn't yet decided whether to file charges against him in an alleged pepper-spray attack. The superhero's brush with the law brought national attention to a citizen superhero who offered a low level of law enforcement for the city. But Phoenix Jones, who's real name is Benjamin John Francis Fodor, says he will continue fighting crime. Fodor is not alone. There are many other 'average Joes' who transform nightly into costumed vigilantes in the name of keeping villains off the streets for good. Here are five.

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  • 'Phoenix Jones' is unmasked, but not alone: Five other real-life superheroes

    'Phoenix Jones' is unmasked, but not alone: Five other real-life superheroes

    "Phoenix Jones," Seattle's crime fighter, wore a mask as he entered a Seattle courtroom Thursday where prosecutors said they hadn't yet decided whether to file charges against him in an alleged pepper-spray attack. The superhero's brush with the law brought national attention to a citizen superhero who offered a low level of law enforcement for the city. But Phoenix Jones, who's real name is Benjamin John Francis Fodor, says he will continue fighting crime. Fodor is not alone. There are many other 'average Joes' who transform nightly into costumed vigilantes in the name of keeping villains off the streets for good. Here are five.

  • Congressman raises stakes in 'Fast and Furious' probe, targeting Eric Holder

    Congressman raises stakes in 'Fast and Furious' probe, targeting Eric Holder

    Rep. Lamar Smith (R) of Texas wants a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress the truth about Operation Fast and Furious, a now-discredited gun-tracking program aimed at Mexico's drug lords.

  • Worry climbs as puzzling bacteria leaves Florida palms withering

    Worry climbs as puzzling bacteria leaves Florida palms withering

    Florida horticulturists worry palm trees throughout the Sunshine State and Southeast could vanish as a new bacterial condition ravages the state’s most iconic scenery.

  • Big 12 Conference fans feel anxiety and frustration

    Big 12 Conference fans feel anxiety and frustration

    Big 12 Conference: Texas A&M withdrew from the conference earlier this month, upset at rival Texas' $247 million cable television deal with ESPN that does not have to be shared with other conference members.

  • The rise of urban farming

    The rise of urban farming

    Urban farming's trendy frugality is drawing converts in an age of economic uncertainty.

  • Shoshana Hebshi, Ohio woman shocked by being taken from plane in US

    Shoshana Hebshi, Ohio woman shocked by being taken from plane in US

    Shoshana Hebshi told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Tuesday that she believes she was targeted because of her Middle Eastern appearance.

  • Gifted students shine when mined

    High-potential students in Hartford, Connecticut show real promise when presented with educational opportunities at a recently opened academy.

  • Earn money with your smartphone: five apps that pay

    Earn money with your smartphone: five apps that pay

    Here’s a sure-fire way to earn a little pocket money. Use your smartphone to snap a photo of a restaurant or scan a barcode in a store. You can earn cash or gift certificates. Companies pay for such information, often because they want to know how their stores and products look in the real world. Here are five free smartphone apps that can earn you money.

  • In Pictures Breaking the class ceiling

    Ikya Kandula, 16, (l.), and Ian McKeachie, 15, work on a problem in pre-calculus, at The Davidson Academy of Nevada for profoundly gifted students in Reno. The school offers personal learning plans to students with ACT, SAT, or IQ scores in the top 99.9 percentile.

  • In Pictures Provincetown, Cape Cod is where wind, water, and art meet

    Once home to playwright Tennessee Williams and artist Jackson Pollock, Provincetown, Massachusetts, located on the tip of Cape Cod, is the oldest continuous art community in the US. Small, historical artists’ shacks along the Cape Cod National Seashore's famous dunes are rented out weekly through a lottery. Access to the dunes is carefully restricted to avoid erosion, making these shacks the perfect isolated spot to create.