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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Clowning Around?

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A video played at a trial to determine whether or not the late Anna Nicole Smith was being held in a drug stupor for up to two years before her death by Howard K. Stern, shows a bewildered Smith with her face painted like a clown mistaking a doll in a pram for her unborn child. Stern’s lawyers say ...

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Bear Faced Terror

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“A wild bear mauled to death two militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit in a south Kashmir forest on Monday,” officials told Samay Live. “A spokesman of the army said a wild bear entered the forest hideout of the separatist guerrillas and killed two of them in Kulgam district. ‘The bear entered ...

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Little Mother

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An 11-year-old Bulgarian girl has become a mother after going into labor during her wedding to her teenage boyfriend. Kordeza Zhelyazkova was admitted to hospital to give birthwhile wearing her wedding dress – but she insists she did not know she was pregnant. "I'm not going to play with toys any ...

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TV Boob?

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“[When a television company] ran a four-part series about breast cancer last week that went where no one—except perhaps Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake—has gone before. As part of the series, the station showed two women performing self-exams with their breasts completely uncovered. The report ...

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“I Can’t Recall”

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney was famously declared to have “a cloud over him” by federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald during the Valerie Plame affair. The release of FBI interviews regarding the affair last week underscores this sentiment, according to ABC, as Cheney’s vagueness under ...

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Organ Grinder

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People generous enough to donate a kidney to a loved one or complete stranger could be penalised by health insurance companies which specify having just one kidney as a “pre-existing” condition which can constitute denial of cover. This is an additional insult to the injury that has been suffered by ...

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Crooked Victory?

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“The election in Afghanistan has turned into a disaster for all who promoted it,” writes The Independent. “Hamid Karzai has been declared re-elected as President of the country for the next five years though his allies inside and outside Afghanistan know that he owes his success to open fraud ...

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Going Broke?

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“The idea that the government of a major advanced country would default on its debt -- that is, tell lenders that it won't repay them all they're owed -- was, until recently, a preposterous proposition. Argentina and Russia have stiffed their creditors, but surely the likes of the United States ...

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Facebook Rescue

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“Five different authorities were involved on both sides of the Atlantic after a boy, 16, told his friend of his plans to kill himself,” writes The Telegraph. The teenager from Oxford posted a message on Facebook which said: “I’m going away to do something I’ve been thinking about for a while then ...

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Artificial Flutter

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“Chinese meteorologists covered Beijing in snow Sunday after seeding clouds to bring winter weather to the capital in an effort to combat a lingering drought, state media reported,” writes Press Association. “The unusually early snow blanketed the capital from Sunday morning and kept falling for ...

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Seahorse Sex

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Seahorses are not only extraordinary for their ethereal transparency and beautiful equine faces, but also because they are the only species known to man in which the male carries babies in pregnancy. Here’s a description of the seahorse mating ritual: “The first time a seahorse couple meet, this ...

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Pain and Simple

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“Granddads would have you believe things were better in the good ol’ days, but a short stroll through the International Museum of Surgical Science in Chicago makes liars of them all,” writes Wired. “From graphic paintings of childbirth to a vast collection of often-ghastly tools of the trade, the ...

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Dietary Balance

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Eating a diet high in processed food increases the risk of depression according to research from University College London. It found that foods we know are bad for our bodies, such as high levels of dairy products, fats and sugars, can actually also be bad for our emotional well being. Fresh ...

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Them Apples?

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If there is one thing you can say for the Apple marketing department it is that they love nothing better than taking subtle swipes at Microsoft, claims The Inquisitr. Although it has traditionally made jibes via TV and web advertising, Apple has recently expanded its arsenal to include Google ...

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Child Labor

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“Walmart, the world's largest retailer, is embroiled in a child labor scandal in the United States, after children as young as five were found working on a farm that supplies blueberries to the company,” reports The Independent. “Human rights groups have stepped up their calls for a clampdown on ...