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Tupac hologram stuns audience [explicit lyrics]

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The crowd went silent when Tupac took the stage with Snoop and Dre yesterday at Coachella — and for good reason, he’s been dead since 1996. Appearing this time in hologram form, Makaveli launched into “Hail Mary,” before exiting the stage in a flash of light. It’s kind of freaky. [Read More]
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Australian walks across country in Stormtrooper outfit

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If Darth Vader had a heart, he might be proud of Jacob French. [Read More]
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Hug-operated vending machines give free Cokes

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A Coca-Cola promotion in Singapore lets soda-drinkers embrace giant vending machines that say “Hug Me” to get their beverage. It’s that simple. And that awesome. The company plans to roll out the Hug Me machines across Southeast Asia as a part of a global “Spread Happiness” campaign. The “reaction was amazing,” said Coke marketing director [...] [Read More]
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Walmart, big-box stores linked with hate groups in study

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The number of big-box retailers in a community can have social and economic effects that lead to the formation of hate groups, a recent study found. Researchers found a stronger correlation between the number of Walmart stores in a county and local hate group activity than other factors such as unemployment, crime and low education. [...] [Read More]
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Police: Drug dealer tries to use welfare cash for bail

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A convicted drug dealer — who police said wanted to use cash from his taxpayer-funded benefits card to post bail — is the new face of welfare abuse, according to Massachusetts lawmakers who are pushing for a crackdown, MyFoxBoston is reporting. [Read More]
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Get a free Tax Day treat

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Seattle’s Best Coffee is giving away 100,000 free samples by mail as a Tax Day treat through Facebook. [Read More]
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Drinking makes you smarter

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Drinking makes you smarter. Well, not really, but researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, have determined that “moderate alcohol intoxication” among test takers resulted in more correct answers on a common problem solving test. ScienceDirect.com: …alcohol provides a benefit to creative processes has long been assumed by popular culture, but to date has [...] [Read More]
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Zimmerman will be charged, reports say

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Florida special prosecutor Angela Corey will announce that she is charging George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, Fox News is reporting via The Washington Post: It is unclear what charges he will face. The unarmed Martin, an African-American, was shot and killed in a gated community in Sanford, Fla., by neighborhood [...] [Read More]
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