The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We'll top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs.
CNN iReporter Eric Rossicci, a lifelong photographer, shot some astonishing photos of wild herons fishing in the waters of Tsawwassen, British Columbia. "There is a rookery nearby, and at this time of year, the herons are busy building their nests and fishing," he said. "The inevitable fight for fishing territory follows as can be expected, so it's always fun to watch them and capture them doing what they do best. They are so engrossed in fishing that they don't mind people getting close to them, which makes it easy for me to get their pictures."
Easy for you, maybe, Eric.
The robots are on our side. The Recon Scout.XT robot is small enough to be carried in a backpack and can be tossed over a wall or through a window to beam back pictures to soldiers outside. Check it out:
Friends of four Florida children who police say were fatally shot by their mother were stunned Tuesday when they found out their classmates were dead. School officials broke the tragic news over the public address system at Space Coast Junior-Senior High School in Cocoa, Florida. Malcolm Murray, a friend of slain teenager Jaxs Johnson, told CNN affiliate WKMG:
It's unfair she had to take his life. I cried so much I can't cry anymore.
Mike Minger doesn't usually frame his gasoline receipts. But this one is a little different. "Twenty-six gallons of gas, for just over $9. I am going to frame it," Minger told CNN affiliate WAOW. Minger is one of dozens who capitalized on a pricey mistake at a BP Station in Plover, Wisconsin. It all started about 8:30 Monday night: A representative for Riiser Energy, which owns the gas station, said an employee accidentally keyed in $0.379 instead of $3.79, making medium-grade gasoline only 37.9 cents per gallon. Hundreds of drivers lined up, hoping to fill their tanks for cents on the dollar.
Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, already the world's busiest airport, debuted its long-awaited new international terminal Wednesday. Traveling through Atlanta can be - how shall we say? - challenging at times, as a couple of commenters noted:
If you die and go to hell, you have to go through Atlanta's airport first.
Not as bad as you'd think. Half the time your trip to hell gets canceled or delayed.
Facebook honchos - perhaps even the Head Hoodie himself, CEO Mark Zuckerberg - will finally tell the world Thursday how much shares of the social network will cost when they are offered for sale to the public. Are you in?