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CNN Heroes: Jake Wood & Team Rubicon

CNN Heroes: Jake Wood & Team Rubicon

Kathleen Toner of CNN.com reports: In the past two years, Jake Wood says, Team Rubicon has built an army of more than 1,400 volunteers -- 80% of them military veterans -- who respond to disasters and help those in need.

The team has conducted 14 missions. It ran triage clinics after the Chile earthquake and the flooding in Pakistan. It traveled to Sudan and Myanmar to help people caught in regional conflicts. And last year, it removed debris and assisted in search-and-rescue missions following tornadoes in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Joplin, Missouri.

Robin's Friday rundown, May 25: Battle of the sunblocks

Robin's Friday rundown, May 25: Battle of the sunblocks

At the start of Memorial Day weekend, let's turn to your skin. Does it make much difference if your sunscreen is the hoity-toity high-dollar stuff or the cheap no-name glob? We have a trusted answer for you! And a tanning butler! I kid I kid.

You know what's weird? Don't we usually quake about the gas prices for the summer driving season? Well step right up and filler up. Why that's not the case this time.

This NOT just in: We're excited for 'Anchorman 2'

This NOT just in: We're excited for 'Anchorman 2'

Wait, it's not in theaters till 2013. And Carlos Diaz says they haven't even started shooting it. But we news geeks are still jazzed about 'Anchorman 2' for the same reason I remade the song "Dirty Laundry”—it's a caricature of the news biz. And if you can't laugh at yourself, well, you know the saying. 

For news types who sit at the anchor desk with tennis shoes and no pants (I kid, I kid), it's the TV biz equivalent of what “Caddy Shack” must be for golfers—or gophers.

Warrior Games athlete salutes fellow troops

Warrior Games athlete salutes fellow troops

Retired Air Force Reserve Major Gwen Sheppard was an inspiration to her teammates at this year's Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She competed in shooting, archery and sitting volleyball at the annual athletic competition for wounded service members from every branch of the military. 

But when HLN caught up with her, she wanted to salute the men and women who are still on active duty. Look for more stories from the Warrior Games in an HLN special hosted by Robin Meade this July 4.  

MIT scientists set ketchup free!

MIT scientists set ketchup free!

Before the squeeze bottle took over the condiment aisle, ketchup was S-L-O-W -- so slow they used to make commercials singing the praises of its slowness. Those ads turned the frustrating process of coaxing the condiment of out a glass bottle from a palm bruising, wrist spraining, butter knife wielding exercise in futility into something that signified quality.

The commercials featured little kids looking longingly at the end of an open bottle of Heinz to the tune of Carly Simon's "Anticipation" -- or ketchup bottles in a shootout to earn the title of "Slowest pour in the West." 

Epic truck crash caught on camera!

Epic truck crash caught on camera!

The author of this YouTube headline really undersold this clip -- according to Google Translate it's simply called "Truck skidded on a sharp turn" -- which really makes us question the accuracy of Google Translate, because it should have been called, "Holy &%@$#, there's a truck flipping over and skidding straight towards me!"

It's unclear when this incredible wreck occurred, but the video was uploaded just yesterday to a YouTube channel called "Driving in Russia all Truth." This channel must be run by the "Committee to Promote Staying Off the Road in Russia" because their videos are truly terrifying. There's clip after clip of cars and trucks either crashing into things or just barely missing things, almost always at a high rate of speed.

Skydiver lands without pulling his 'chute!

Skydiver lands without pulling his 'chute!

He was wearing a parachute ... but he didn't use it -- and he never intended to. 

In what the BBC is calling, "The first skydive without a parachute," Gary Connery jumped out of a helicopter over the English countryside and "flew" 24,000 feet down. Connery was wearing a wingsuit. Kind of a "flying squirrel" style outfit, with webbing between the arms and legs which acts kind of like wings  when spreead. 

Zimmerman flip-flops on Sanford cops

Zimmerman flip-flops on Sanford cops

In less than a year, George Zimmerman went from slamming the Sanford, Florida, Police Department to singing its praises. This apparent shift is raising new questions about the Trayvon Martin case. 

A newly released audio recording captures Zimmerman’s harsh words concerning the Sanford police at a city hall meeting in January 2011, about a year before the fateful shooting that would make him a nationally recognized figure. Zimmerman said he had gotten “the opportunity to take ride-alongs with the city of Sanford Police Department and what I saw was disgusting."

Robin Meade's Thursday rundown: May 24, 2012

Robin Meade's Thursday rundown: May 24, 2012

*Spoiler alert: the name the American Idol winner is revealed below.

Hi team... on what feels like the longest week. Maybe it's anticipation of the longggg holiday weekend, right? At least Thursday is connected to Friday.

Vote: Military Fatherhood Award finalists

Vote: Military Fatherhood Award finalists

Army 1st Lt. William Edwards, Navy Lt. Dennis Kelly and Sr. Airman Jonathan Jackson are the three finalists in the National Fatherhood Initiative's 2012 Military Fatherhood Award!  They're all winners in our book, but ultimately there can be just one who wins the title.

Take a look at the videos from their very proud families and then cast your vote on the National Fatherhood Initiative's Facebook page.

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