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Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Carlina White, kidnapped baby, reunited with mom; mafia arrest; and octopus Paul gets a statue

By Melissa Bell
A monument of the octopus Paul is presented at the Sea Life aquarium in the western German city of Oberhausen. His ashes are contained within the statue.(Alex Domanski/Reuters)

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National news: Kidnapped baby found 23 years later

At 19 days old, Carlina White was kidnapped from Harlem Hospital. Police could never track down the culprit, but her mother, Joy White, never gave up home that she was living. Twenty-three years later, a woman known as Nejdra Nance sent Joy photographs of a baby that looked just like her daughter. A DNA test soon proved Nejdra Nance was, in fact, Carlina. The mother and daughter reunited Wednesday.


National news: Mafia takedown

A hundred suspected mobsters were arrested in a giant bust of New York's five Mafia crime families. The arrests were made in Brooklyn and New Jersey for murder, extortion and narcotics trafficking.

International news: Brazilian mud rescue

Sixteen hours after a landslide crushed him beneath 13 feet of mud, Marcelo Fonseca was rescued in Brazil.


Bizarrely frightening news: Exercise your face

Slate's Elizabeth Weingarten teaches us that we all need to be exercising our face.

By Melissa Bell  | January 20, 2011; 10:19 AM ET
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