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Indiana Teen Paralyzed at Sugarland Show Talks Life After Stage Collapse

An Indiana State Senate Committee is considering adding another $5 million to the compensation given to victims of last August’s stage collapse at the state fair, which occurred just before country duo Sugarland was due to perform. But one local teenager, who was partially paralyzed as a result of the tragedy, appeared in court to talk about how his life has been changed since then — or as he puts it, how the quality will forever be “measured as in before Sugarland and after Sugarland.”

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High School in Utah Can’t Be the ‘Cougars’ Because Name Could Offend Women

There is no doubt that the word “cougar” has undergone a metamorphosis over the last few decades — no longer just meaning a “a large American wild cat with a plain tawny to grayish coat,” it now also suggests a whole different kind of animal — usually a Chardonnay-drinking woman of a certain age on the prowl for younger man meat.

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It’s PIPA, Not Pippa! Get It Right, Twitter SOPA Bill Protesters [IMAGES]

There’s a lot of talk right now about the Web blackout for PIPA and SOPA. And, of course, some folks are mighty confused. That’s where we come in. 

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What Websites Went Dark For the SOPA Blackout? [IMAGES]

On Tuesday, we told you about some of the sites — Wikipedia, Reddit and the Cheezburger network among them — that planned to go dark today in protest of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), anti-piracy legislation under consideration by the US Congress.

They weren’t the only stops on the internet to take a stand — here’s a roundup of some of the most prominent peaceful protestors.

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Twitter Users Completely Freak Out Over the SOPA and PIPA Blackout [IMAGES]

Who would’ve thought that a simple Congressional bill aimed at ending online piracy with the same potential to censor the entire internet community would cause such a mass panic? But that’s exactly what’s going on, especially with Twitter users.

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Wikipedia (and others) to Shut Down in Protest of Proposed SOPA and PIPA Legislation [VIDEO]

Do you use the internet? Do you think the government, any government, should have the power to decide what sites you have access to? There are two a new pieces of legislation in the works called SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) and PIPA (Protect IP Act) and some say thew will do anything but protect the internet

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10 Absurd Consequences of Hostess Filing for Bankruptcy

Hostess, which makes such iconic foods as Wonder Bread and Twinkies, has filed for bankruptcy. The company is some $860 million in debt, so clearly some restructuring is in order.

What happens now, you ask? Here are some possible scenarios of what may take place:

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John Rich Reaching Out to Young Oklahoma Mother Who Shot and Killed Intruder

On New Year’s Eve, an 18-year-old Oklahoma mother shot and killed an intruder to protect her 3-month-old baby, after she had just lost her husband to cancer on Christmas day. Now, John Rich of Big and Rich is on a mission to find this young mother and give her some much-needed help.

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Heroic Wheelchair-Bound Man Thwarts Convenience Store Robbery [GRAPHIC VIDEO]

In Vancouver, Canada, a courageous wheelchair-bound man wrestled a would-be robber to the ground during an attempted robbery at a convenience store. And a security camera caught the brave struggle on tape.

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Ludie Cochrane, Flickr
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Americans Say 2012 Will Be Awesome — Survey of the Day

According to a new poll, the majority of Americans believe that 2012 will be a good year.

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Two Women Charged for Making False Claims Following Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

Sadly, there will always be a few bad apples who attempt to make selfish gains from the misfortune of others. Thankfully, in this case, two women who made false claims in order to get free money following the Indiana State Fair stage collapse have been caught — and are being charged.

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Troops Returning From Iraq War Have Americans Split — Survey of the Day

Earlier this week, the Pentagon declared the end of the Iraq War, an almost nine-year conflict which claimed 4,487 American lives and removed Saddam Hussein from power. Now, Americans are are conflicted over whether the entire endeavor was worth it.

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