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Shoplifter makes it out of store with 42-inch TV under her skirt

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A shopper in Norway allegedly made off with a 42-inch flat-screen TV by hiding it under her skirt. She was seen hobbling out of a store by an employee who confronted her. You won’t believe her response. [Read More]
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Love potions, spells to disappear from eBay

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Hoping to use a potion or spell to make that person down the street fall madly in love with you? Well, forget eBay. They’ve just banned all such wizardly wonders, according to Mashable. Psychic readings are now forbidden as well — your knights will no longer have the confidence of entering into battle with their [...] [Read More]
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Costco shoppers want ‘American only’ hours

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If you’ve ever shopped at Costco on a weekend, you know it’s like an endurance sport, with tough parking, packed crowds and competitive lines for those mini-sausage samples. But Costco shoppers in Bellingham, Wash. have an additional challenge: Canadians. It seems that the store, 90 miles north of Seattle and near the border, attracts flocks [...] [Read More]
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World’s top-earning authors

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In the literary arena, women writers are beginning to show the same sort of competetive edge, according to the Forbes.com list of highest paid authors. Janet Evanovich, Nora Roberts, Danielle Steel, Suzanne Collins, J.K. Rowling and Stephenie Meyer claimed spots in the top 15. Evanovich, #3, got the top female slot, earning $33 million with her Stephanie Plum suspense […] [Read More]
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Watch child survive 3-story fall

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A child in Russia survives a three-story fall from an escalator.

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The Northeast Blackout of ’03: Nine years later

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Nine years ago today much of the United States and Canada was hit with the Northeast Blackout of 2003, which affected 45 million Americans and another 10 million north of the border. What do you remember about that day … and night … and next day? [Read More]
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Florida woman arrested on way to a bar with 8 kids, charged with DUI

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A Florida woman who was arrested Friday and charged with drunken driving while on her way to a bar with eight children in her van remained in jail Tuesday on $325,000 bond, according to public records. Lawanda Lowery-Gale of Gainesville also is charged with eight counts of child neglect, property damage and driving with a [...] [Read More]
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Obama conjures the sun: A caption contest

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Ok, this isn’t really a contest, but whatever, this AP photo from a campaign event yesterday is sure to inspire some sort of Obama-as-sorcerer/wizard meme. [Read More]
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