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Berlin Owes $136 Million To Town Of 8800 People

Posted 7/19/2012 5:30 am by

Once upon a time, the town of Mittenwalde, Germany, was a seat of medieval power in Germany.  However, since the glory days of the 1500s, Mittenwalde has fallen on hard times and its population has shrunk to 8,800 people.  Meanwhile, Berlin has become one of the world’s most powerful capitals, but Mittenwalde hasn’t forgotten its […]

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Kim Jong Un’s Growing List Of Fake Titles

Posted 7/18/2012 7:30 am by

On July 17, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, third of the Kim dynasty that has ruled the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea since the communist revolution in 1953, earned a new title.  His late father and grandfather have permanent titles, even after death, but that doesn’t mean Kim Jong Un isn’t getting his fair share of […]

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Coachella Music Festival Hits The High Seas

Posted 7/18/2012 7:00 am by

Since Coachella started in 1999, the music festival in Coachella, California, has grown by leaps and bounds.  Coachella now fills 6 days–two three-day weekends— in order to meet the demand of fans wanting to see the best music in the world.  Well, now Coachella is leaving Southern California and is heading out to sea.  Goldenvoice […]

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President Obama Caught On Kiss Cam

Posted 7/17/2012 7:00 am by

The President of the United States is always being watched by cameras.  That’s either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your proclivity for gaffes.  In the case of President Barack Obama, that has been both good and bad in equal measure in his career.  He’s screwed up majorly and he’s indulged his […]

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FDA Approves HIV Prevention Pill

Posted 7/17/2012 6:30 am by

The battle against the global pandemic HIV won another victory for humanity against the dreaded disease, thanks in no small part to the efforts of scientists and pharmaceutical companies.  Since 2004, Gilead Sciences has marketed its pill Truvada as an HIV-fighting medication that has extended and improved the life of thousands of people with HIV. […]

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Google’s First Female Engineer Becomes Yahoo’s Newest CEO

Posted 7/17/2012 6:00 am by

Marissa Mayer has made a history of achieving despite expectations.  The former ballerina (she danced in The Nutcracker at Stanford) has achieved a lot in a comparatively short time.  In 1999, she became Google’s 20th employee and first female engineer.  The nicknamed Googirl rose up the ranks at that company to become one of Google’s […]

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Microsoft Out, MSNBC To Become NBC News

Posted 7/16/2012 10:45 am by

There’s never a good time to break up one of the online world’s earliest and most successful joint news ventures, but sometimes you have to do what you have to do to expand your brand and make the most of what you’ve started.  For Microsoft and NBC, the time to break up MSNBC is now. […]

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Sylvester Stallone’s Son Found Dead

Posted 7/14/2012 9:00 am by

Tragedy has struck the Stallone family.  According to authorities, the body of Sage Stallone, Sylvester Stallone’s son, was found dead in his home in Los Angeles.  The 36-year-old starred alongside his father in Rocky V and Daylight before becoming an actor and director in his own right.  He was also the founder and president of Grindhouse […]

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Saudi Arabia To Send Two Women To The Olympics

Posted 7/13/2012 8:00 am by

Since their first year participating in the Olympics, three countries have never sent a woman athlete:  Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Brunei.  Two of these countries agreed to send their first female competitor to the London Olympics in 2012.  Saudi Arabia was the last hold-out, forcing a face-off with the International Olympic Committee.  Well, Saudi Arabia […]

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Autistic Man Survives 3 Weeks In Utah Desert

Posted 7/13/2012 7:30 am by

For three weeks, an autistic 28-year-old named William Martin LaFever was lost in the desert in southern Utah.  Searchers had given up finding him alive, due to the incredible heat and dryness in the nation, let alone the fearsome Escalante Desert.  However, William LaFever somehow survived three weeks in the desert eating roots and frogs […]

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Steven Tyler Quits American Idol

Posted 7/13/2012 7:00 am by

Well, that was fast.  One season, Steven Tyler joins American Idol as a new judge.  The next thing you know, the show gets interesting with some weird guest singers and Steven Tyler is a hit.  A strange hit, but a hit nonetheless.  Next thing you know, Steven Tyler is quitting American Idol to concentrate on […]

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Hackers Steal 450,000 Yahoo Passwords

Posted 7/12/2012 7:30 am by

When it rains, it pours for troubled companies.  Such is the case with former tech giant Yahoo!, who has struggled recently with CEO firings and the recent departure of founder Jerry Yang.  Well, now they’ve got a security problem and public relations nightmare to deal with.  Hackers apparently used Yahoo Voices to break into Yahoo […]

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Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Being Treated For “Mood Disorder”

Posted 7/12/2012 7:00 am by

Jesse Jackson Jr., the son of civil rights leader and political gadfly Jesse Jackson and a member of the House of Representatives from the south side of Chicago, Illinois, hasn’t been showing up for work very much lately.  In fact, no one has seen him in Congress for over a month, and no one really […]

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Pluto Gets A Fifth Moon

Posted 7/12/2012 6:30 am by

Once upon a time, there were nine planets in the solar system.  Then some crazy astronomer got it in his head to remove Pluto from the equation, describing the smallest and most distant planet in the solar system as something more like a moon and less like an actual planet.  Well, the joke’s on him, […]

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San Bernadino Joins Stockton In California City Bankruptcy

Posted 7/11/2012 8:00 am by

The state of California, despite struggling with municipal debt, had not had a city declare bankruptcy since 2008.  However, that streak has been broken.  First, the city of Stockton became the largest US city to declare bankruptcy.  Now, a second California town has cashed in its chips and declared Chapter 9 bankruptcy.  San Bernadino, a […]

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US Olympian Hope Solo Warned Over Drug Test Results

Posted 7/11/2012 7:30 am by

The US Women’s National Team is one of the medal favorites at the 2012 London Olympics, and a great deal of those hopes rest on Dancing With The Stars contestant and USWNT goalie Hope Solo.  One of the keys of the women’s soccer team, without Solo the ladies would face a much tougher road to […]

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Fish Parasite Named After Bob Marley

Posted 7/11/2012 7:00 am by

It is a huge honor to have something named after you.  From stars to species, getting your name on something is a really cool honor.  However, is it as big of an honor when the creature bearing your name is kind of disturbing and gross?  That’s a big question.  A newly-discovered fish parasite has been […]

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Giants Stars Drive NL To 8-0 All Star Game Win

Posted 7/11/2012 6:30 am by

Retired manager and the National League coach for the 83rd All-Star Game Tony La Russa received quite a bit of criticism for his choice to start San Francisco Giants ace Matt Cain–who threw the first perfect game in Giants history earlier this season–over surprise success story R.A. Dickey.  As it turns out, that wasn’t a […]

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Twilight Fan Hit, Killed By Car At Comic-Con

Posted 7/11/2012 6:00 am by

Gisela Gagliard, a 53-year-old accountant from Kingston, New York, i is a hardcore Twilight fan.  One look at her Facebook would tell you that.  Unfortunately for Gisela, her Twilight fandom cost her her life yesterday.  On Sunday, fans started lining up to get tickets for a San Diego Comic-Con panel about The Twilight Saga: Breaking […]

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“Fifty Shades” Coming To Movie Theaters

Posted 7/10/2012 8:00 am by

You can call Fifty Shades of Grey and the other entries in the Fifty Shades trilogy a mommy porn version of Twilight, and that’s not far from the truth.  After all, the best-selling series of books by E. L. James started life as Twilight fan-fiction and became something significantly more disturbing.  Well, that disturbance is […]

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Kayaker Gets Chased By Shark

Posted 7/10/2012 7:30 am by

For 41-year-old Walter Szulc, Jr., his first trip on a kayak might just be his last.  The Manchester, New Hampshire, native hit nearby Nauset Beach in Orleans on Saturday, content to spend the Fourth of July weekend in the peace and tranquility of the water.  Instead, Szulc had a brush with death as a great-white […]

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Police Catch Furry Cemetery Flag Thief

Posted 7/10/2012 7:00 am by

Last week, 35 American flags were stolen from the graves of Civil War veterans in Hudson, New York’s Cedar Park Cemetery.  Police figured that the flag thief was probably local kids, or someone looking to cause trouble, and volunteers replaced the flags.  The following night, 17 more US flags were taken.  That’s when police set […]

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Prince Fielder Claims The 2012 Home Run Derby

Posted 7/10/2012 6:30 am by

In the first half of the 2012 season, Prince Fielder has 15 home runs and is a threat to take home the league MVP award.  On Monday, Fielder nearly doubled his home run total.  Prince Fielder smashed a staggering 28 homers, good for first place in the 2012 Home Run Derby.  Fielder has two wins […]

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Ernest Borgnine Dies At Age 95

Posted 7/09/2012 7:30 am by

When it comes to unusual lives, nobody had a better run than Ernest Borgnine.  Born Ermes Effron Borgnino, the actor’s career started out in serious acting, but he would go on to become a sitcom legend before all was said and done.  After spending 10 years in the Navy and fighting in World War II–where […]

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Roger Federer Claims Seventh Wimbledon Title

Posted 7/09/2012 7:00 am by

Say what you want to about Roger Federer, he’s cemented his place among the all-time great men’s tennis players on Sunday at Wimbledon.  At the venerable All England Club, Federer channeled his favorite player, grass court legend Pete Sampras, and in the process, tied Sampras for most Wimbledon wins all-time.  Roger Federer bested Andy Murray […]

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“Amazing Spider-Man” Part Of A Reboot Trilogy

Posted 7/06/2012 7:00 am by

Spider-Man remains one of Marvel’s most enduring creations.  The story of Peter Parker, a nerdy teenager who gets super-powers after a bite from a radioactive spider, fits in the classic Marvel comic book mold of accidents granting super powers.  As it turns out, the latest adventure of Spider-Man is only the first part of a […]

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San Diego Fireworks Prematurely Ignite

Posted 7/06/2012 6:30 am by

Every year since 2001, the people of San Diego have traveled down to the water front of San Diego Bay for the Big Bay Boom, a massive community fireworks display for the 4th of July.  However, this year, the crowd of expectant San Diegans got a huge bang for their buck, but not the 17 […]

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Steve Nash Traded To The LA Lakers

Posted 7/05/2012 7:30 am by

The Los Angeles Lakers have needed a point guard for the better part of a decade.  The team had Derek Fisher for years, but he was never really a good point guard.  After trying to get Chris Paul only to have the trade rejected by the NBA, the Lakers made due with what they had […]

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Joey Chestnut Eats 68 Hot Dogs To Win Nathan’s Famous Contest

Posted 7/05/2012 7:00 am by

Another year, another dominating victory for the world’s best competitive eater.  Joey “Jaws” Chestnut, for the last several years, has been the man to beat at the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Coney Island, New York.  This year was no different.  Joey Chestnut ate a staggering 68 hot dogs and buns–besting his closest […]

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Lifeguard Fired For Helping Drowning Swimmer

Posted 7/05/2012 6:30 am by

The tendency is to dismiss lifeguards as a joke, thanks to people like Pam Anderson and the incredibly popular yet incredibly stupid show Baywatch, but in the real world, lifeguards are heroes.  Water can be very dangerous, and the whole role of a lifeguard is to wade into the water and rescue helpless swimmers, which […]

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