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Hurricane Irene Marches North, Claiming Four Lives Thus Far [MAP, VIDEO]

Over a million people in North Carolina and Virginia are currently without power after Hurricane Irene came ashore on Saturday, and other states further north are bracing for impact on Sunday.

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East Coast Rocked by Earthquake, Pentagon Evacuated

An earthquake epicentered in Virginia occurred Tuesday afternoon, with people in Washington, DC, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Toronto reporting they felt the tremors, as well.

Reports thus far indicate the quake registered a 5.9 on the Richter scale.

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Can Wasting Time Online Improve Employee Productivity?

In a study that anyone who works in an office will heartily embrace, researchers found that spending small parts of the day wasting time on the Internet makes workers more productive because it acts to mentally refresh them.

“Browsing the Internet serves an important restorative function,” concludes the report from the National University of Singapore.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Credited with Saving Woman’s Life on September 11

 

There are lots of ways to save a life. You can donate blood, volunteer at an animal shelter or, apparently, almost run someone over as she’s on her way to certain doom.

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Sexting, Retweet and Jeggings Among New Words Added to Dictionary

The ‘Concise Oxford English Dictionary,’ celebrating its 100th birthday this year, has added 400 new entries to the English language.

The freshman class of words that are now officially, well, words include “sexting,” “retweet,” “mankini,” “noob,” “jeggings,” and “woot.”

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U.S. Military Airstrike Kills Insurgents That Shot Down U.S. Helicopter

Recently, we posted the story of 25 special forces members and 5 other miliary members being shot down and killed while flying in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter. Most notable among the casualties is reported to be several Seal Team 6 members, the U.S. Navy's special warfare team that carri

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30 American Troops Killed in Afghanistan After Taliban Attack On Helicopter

Taliban insurgents shot down an American military helicopter in Afghanistan Saturday, killing 30 American troops and 7 Afghan commandos, multiple news outlets are reporting

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‘Smart Cart’ Syncs with Phone Apps to Help You Shop

There’s little more frustrating than making a trek to the grocery store, only to get home and realize you forgot something important.

Mobile service provider SK Telecom hopes to change all that with a tablet PC-equipped Smart Cart that will sync items from a grocery-list smartphone app and show you exactly what you need to get. The WiFi-connected tablet even uses GPS to display product info and discounts while you shop, and makes recommendations based on past purchases.

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Black Valedictorian Sues Her School After Being Forced to Share Honor with White Student

In 1957, nine black students were denied entry at the illegally racially-segregated Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas, setting off a firestorm that became a watershed moment in the civil rights movement.

Now, a young woman claims another school in the state is still discriminating against minority students.

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Oil Patch Looks Active, But Will Our Leadership Do What’s Right?

I took a drive into Wilbarger County over the past weekend and what I saw was impressive.  I saw acres of pump jacks working just as hard as they could.  Obviously, oil at $95 per barrel is attractive enough to the producers to warrant running those pump jacks. 

Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Centern July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began in 1981.   (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)
Space shuttle Atlantis blasts off from launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Centern July 8, 2011 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. This is the final launch of the space shuttle program, which began in 1981. (Photo by Roberto Gonzalez/Getty Images)
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The Final Liftoff Of Space Shuttle Atlantis

In case you haven't heard, today marks the beginning of the end of an era. NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis made its final liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this morning.

As the final mission in a 30 year shuttle program, the crew will deliver a year's supply of supplies to the International Space Station before returning to earth one more time.

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Casey Anthony Sentenced To Four Years In Jail Yet She Will Be Released July 13th

Casey Anthony was sentenced to four years in jail Thursday for lying to investigators in charge of the search for her daughter, Caylee. However, Anthony will be set free on July 13 since she's served almost three years in jail while awaiting trial with a record of good behavior.

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