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‘Potter’ author explores drug abuse, profanity

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“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s debut adult novel is packed with foul language and graphic descriptions of sex, drug-taking and self-harm. The British writer shot to fame with her family-friendly wizard franchise, but she has taken the opportunity to indulge her dark side in new book “The Casual Vacancy,” which is released on Thursday. Details [...] [Read More]
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Hubble image shows deepest view of universe ever

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Feast your eyes on this: The deepest and most detailed view of the universe that exists on Earth. The assembled image below was released today by NASA, showing a what actually lies within a relatively small field of view just a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full moon. Impressive, right? But maybe [...] [Read More]
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Dad catches online heat for parenting no-no

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Do you have a favorite kid? One dad in Canada does, and he’s not ashamed to broadcast his preference to the online universe. In a blog post entitled “The Time When My Girlfriend Got Pregnant,” radio show host Buzz Bishop states, “If I were to be absolutely honest, my older son is my favorite of [...] [Read More]
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Reckless driver tells cop squirrel was eating him

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Driver Warren Thomas Michael III pulled over after swerving and weaving on and off a road in Jacksonville, Fla., Saturday night and told a Clay County sheriff’s deputy that the squirrel did it, wptv.com is reporting: Michael opened his window to greet officers, he wasn’t holding his driver’s license and registration — he was holding [...] [Read More]
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Paul Ryan compares Obama to NFL replacement refs

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He told a crowd in Cincinnati that the NFL’s controversial replacement referees remind him of the president’s handling of the economy. [Read More]
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Guinness World Records gives props to ‘Gangnam Style’

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Psy’s viral sensation “Gangnam Style” has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the most “liked” video on YouTube with more than 2.7 million likes. [Read More]
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Madonna calls Obama a ‘black Muslim’

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Madonna was in Washington, D.C. on Monday, and offered an odd take on politics and President Barack Obama. In her bizarre speech, she urged the crowd to vote for Obama in November and added “We have a black Muslim in the White House,” the Huffington Post reported. In her speech she also talks about Martin [...] [Read More]
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Global bacon shortage predicted for 2013

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A United Kingdom group is warning that a bacon and pork shortage in Britain is “unavoidable” and may already be a global problem. Britain’s National Pig Association said in a press release that new data shows that the European Union pig herd is declining at a significant rate, a trend mirrored around the world. In [...] [Read More]
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