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Olive Garden trying to get diners back after sales drop

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Italian restaurant chain Olive Garden says, “When you’re here, you’re family,” but in recent years, it’s been more like a dysfunctional family, struggling with dipping sales and a mixed reputation, the Chicago Tribune reported. The restaurant’s parent company, Darden (also the owner of Red Lobster), acknowledged that they let Olive Garden get into a rut, [...] [Read More]
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Steven Tyler’s horrible national anthem

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WATCH Steven Tyler butcher sing the “Star Spangled Banner” at Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. While not quite a Roseanne Barr-sized screw up, I’m not sure the screeching was really necessary. [Read More]
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Joe Paterno’s health reportedly worsens

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A family spokesman says former Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who is battling lung cancer, is in serious condition after experiencing health complications. [Read More]
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Bloomberg, breweries bet big on NFC championship

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You see this hand? This hand is ready to literally slap the entire city of San Francisco if you beat my team this weekend. When the Giants and 49ers square off this Sunday, there will be more than a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Michael […] [Read More]
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Cook: Cruise ship captain ordered food amid emergency

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The captain of the Costa Concordia ordered dinner for himself and a woman after the ship struck rocks off Italy’s coast, a cook from the ship told a Filipino television station, CNN is reporting. [Read More]
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Worst performances of the National Anthem

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Nobody likes an excruciating National Anthem to start our ball games. Even the high-profile Super Bowl performers can screw it up. Remember Christina Aguilera last year in Dallas? [Read More]
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BYU mascot too offensive for Utah high school

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A Utah high school is changing its mascot because the local school board finds it derogatory. [Read More]
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Man arrested for possessing a buttock of Saddam

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A man in England has been arrested for possessing part of a statue of Saddam Hussein — one half of his buttocks, more accurately “a buttock” — which is a violation of the 2003 Iraq Sanctions Order prohibiting the importation of “Iraqi cultural property,” British authorities claim in a story by the Guardian. [Read More]
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