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Pa. woman abandoned in Burger King bathroom as a newborn uses Facebook to seek birth mom

In 1986, a newborn wrapped in a red sweater was found abandoned in the bathroom of a fast-food restaurant in Pennsylvania. Nearly three decades later, the baby is all grown up and looking for her biological mother — and tens of thousands of people are trying to help. Twenty-seven-year-old Katheryn Deprill began her quest on March 2 by posting a photo on Facebook. The photo shows Deprill holding up a sign that says, "Looking for my birth mother ... She abandoned me in the Burger King bathroom only hours old, Allentown PA. Please help me find her by sharing my post."

Japan's tallest building Abeno Harukas fully opens in Osaka

Japan's tallest skyscraper, the 300-meter Abeno Harukas, fully opened Friday morning in Osaka, western Japan. The skyscraper, owned by railway operator Kintetsu Corp., was built with investment of 130 billion yen and its gross floor area reaches 300,000 square meters across 60 stories above ground and five below. Abeno Harukas took the tallest building mantle from Landmark Tower, a 296-meter high rise housing offices, shops and a hotel in Yokohama city.

Daredevils scale world's second tallest building in China

A pair of daredevil climbers ascended to the top of the world's second tallest building in China's commercial hub Shanghai, posting a stomach-turning video which has received more than a million views. The duo, who identified themselves as Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov, said they scaled the Shanghai Tower, which will reach over 630 metres (2,067 feet) when it is finished this year if construction goes according to schedule. Globally it will be second only to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, which stands at 828 metres.

Flushmate expands recall of toilet parts that can burst, shatter tank

WASHINGTON - Watch out for exploding toilets. Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe's, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says Thursday that the company is recalling 351,000 units in the U.S. and about 9,400 units in Canada of the Series 503 Flushmate 111 Pressure Assist flushing systems installed inside toilet tanks that were made from March 2008 through June 2009.

Thieves clear out Edmonton show home; almost get the kitchen sink

EDMONTON - They even tried to take the kitchen sink. RCMP say the are looking for thieves who broke into an Edmonton-area show home and cleaned the place out. Police believe the culprits kicked in the back door of the estate home west of the city late last week and then backed a truck into the garage. They loaded up the fridge, oven, microwave, dishwasher, living-room furniture and an entire king-size bedroom set with dress and night stands. A wine fridge and audio equipment were also stolen.

Dubai 2014 firework display breaks world record

Dubai shattered the world record for the largest ever pyrotechnic display on New Year's Eve with a show involving more than half a million fireworks, Guinness World Records said Wednesday. "Ten months in planning, over 500,000 fireworks were used during the display which lasted around six minutes, with Guinness World Records adjudicators on hand to confirm that a new record had been set," the Guinness website said.

U.S. Capitol faces massive overhaul - and not via the ballot

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Americans longing for a makeover in Washington will get their wish partially granted as the dome of the U.S. Capitol - but not the lawmakers who work inside - undergoes a $60 million restoration. After 150 years of exposure to rain, snow, sun and sleet, the cast-iron landmark is suffering from water leaks, cracks and corrosion that urgently need repair, Stephen Ayers, the Architect of the Capitol, said on Thursday.

B.C. politicians resort to 'Flash Gordon' device to monitor legislature dome movements

VICTORIA - British Columbia politicians are preparing to use what one assembly member says is a Flash Gordon-type device to monitor any movements of the provincial legislature's green dome. An all-party committee of the legislature decided Thursday to bring in an accelerometer to measure movements of the dome at the more than 100-year-old building. Speaker of the Legislature Linda Reid said the highly accurate device will be attached to the dome area and is capable detecting any movement.

Sydney Opera House tiles up for 'virtual' sale

The Sydney Opera House has come up with a novel new way to raise funds and boost the building's profile by selling "virtual" ownership of the tiles on its tallest sail. On Monday, 125,000 of the tiles went on sale, with Hollywood star Hugh Jackman among the first to put his money behind the initiative which hopes to raise Aus$15 million (US$13.7 million). Under the scheme, people can buy a tile online for between Aus$100-400 in a hi-tech campaign called Own Our House to help fund renewal of the building and ensure more free events for the public.

Eco-friendly construction giant LEED faces attacks from policymakers, Oregon-based rival

PORTLAND, Ore. - An eco-friendly building rating system that has powered a green arms race across the nation now faces a challenge from policymakers and an upstart rival. LEED, the longstanding king of green construction and renovation projects, has become a de facto brand in cities such as Portland, Ore., where sustainable growth has been the rage for years. But that could change as legislation and executive orders in several states have all but banned Leadership in Energy
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