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Vanilla shortage may mean pricey cones

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Producers in Madagascar, Mexico, India and Indonesia have had poor harvests this year. [Read More]
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Arizona bill on Internet “trolling” scares some

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Something just about happened in Arizona that has legal watchers a little frightened. HB 2549, a bill designed to limit “trolling” but to some looked like censorship, is basically an effort to apply the state’s telephone harassment law to the Internet and other electronic communications. [Read More]
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Woman snaps photos of attempted kidnapper

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A woman in Southern California escaped kidnapping by a man in a blue SUV, but not before she snapped photos of the guy and his 2010 Mitsubishi Endeavor, police told nbclosangeles.com. [Read More]
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Message in a bottle makes 4,000-mile journey

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A message in a bottle set in Long Island Sound by a Connecticut man a year and a half ago, has turned up 4,000 miles away in the United Kingdom, according to nbcconnecticut.com. [Read More]
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Twitter backlash for freelance writer Samantha Brick

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[View the story "Social media reacts to firestorm over freelance writer" on Storify] [Read More]
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Facebook addiction leads to 10-year prison sentence for sex offender

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A Web developer convicted of “attempted sexual exploitation of a minor” and “surreptitious photographing” who got 10 years probation for his crimes, recently got the book thrown at him for violating one of his conditions of probation: staying off the Internet without permission. [Read More]
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‘Dancing burglar’ wanted in Texas break-in

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Authorities in Galveston are on the lookout for the “dancing burglar,” who was captured on video busting some moves during a break-in of a Duck Tours amphibious vehicle, according to the Galveston County Daily News. [Read More]
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Men (or women) get hotter as women get drunker

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When Katherine Heigl’s character in Knocked Up had sex with Seth Rogen’s character, it was a classic case of “beer goggles.” The agonizing question viewers couldn’t help but ask:  Why him? Turns out, researchers in London have discovered women are much more affected by alcohol when it comes to blurring the judgment of attraction. Mail [...] [Read More]
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