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Friday, January 29, 2010

Bank sues customer who was victim of $800,000 cyber theft

Only in Texas.

Nude Awakening

The dangerous naked machines.

These machines--there are now 40 of them spread across 19 U.S. airports--permit officials from the Transportation Security Administration to peer through a passenger's clothing in search of explosives and weapons.

Plane diverted to Florida in terror scare

A Continental Airlines jet flying from Newark, N.J., to Bogota was diverted to Jacksonville, Florida, on Friday over concerns a passenger was on the government's watch list of suspected terrorists banned from commercial flights

Man-made snow makes way for real flakes in NC town

A North Carolina town's plan to truck in 30 tons of snow for a man-made winter wonderland has been canceled because it looks like Mother Nature will come through with the real stuff.

Man-made snow makes way for real flakes in NC town

Trucker crashes into home after choking on chili

Fast food will kill ya, ya know ...

Police say a lumber truck crashed into a Massachusetts home after the driver was knocked unconscious when he choked on chili from Wendy's.

Lowell police said Eric Gremm reported he choked on the chili when the truck hit a bump, causing him to pass out.

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What Is Nocturia?

The common medical term for individuals who suffer from going to the bathroom during the night is nocturia.


What restaurants don't want you to know

What restaurants don't want you to know

You can reduce your dining bill and avoid extra pounds with these four tips.

How to save $417 and 188,240 calories


Russia debuts top-secret stealth fighter

Russia debuts top-secret stealth fighter

In a bid to challenge U.S. dominance in the skies, Russia unveils a long-awaited new warplane.

'Fifth-generation' craft


Author leaves behind mysterious safe

Author leaves behind mysterious safe

J.D. Salinger's death renews interest in what might be inside a safe in his home.

School district snubs Anne Frank book

School district snubs Anne Frank book

An updated version of her diary will no longer be taught in one school system.

What's the maximum beyond 20/20?

What's the maximum beyond 20/20?

Find out what 20/20 means and the best possible eyesight for humans.

What ID theft victims have in common

What ID theft victims have in common

If you’re wealthy and share these hobbies, you could be a target for identity thieves.

America's fastest-growing cities

America's fastest-growing cities

People are flocking to areas with the best environment for jobs and families.

Frothy Frog Nests

Foam frog nest
Scientists reveal how frogs perform the architectural feat of building floating foam "meringue" nests.

Beautiful Birds

A selection of the best images from the BirdGuides Photo of the Year 2009 competition

Cop News

Obama Goes To repugican Lions' Den -- And Mauls The Lions

President Obama traveled to a House repugican retreat in Baltimore on Friday and delivered a performance that was at once defiant, substantive and engaging.
For about ninety minutes, President Obama lectured repugican leaders and, in a protracted, nationally-televised question-and-answer session, deflected their policy critiques, corrected their misstatements and scolded them for playing petty politics.

(Full video and transcript available HERE.)

And get this ... The president so effective that Faux News cut away from the broadcast 20 minutes before it ended.


You can read the entire transcript here.

Scott Roeder found guilty of first-degree murder

A Kansas jury deliberated just 37 minutes before convicting an anti-abortion activist of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of an abortion provider.
The jury found Scott Roeder, 51, guilty of gunning down Dr. George Tiller

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Since this was the only possible verdict, the jury did their job.
Only why did it take so long - 37 minutes was 37 minutes too long!

He was found guilty on all charges against him in addition to the first degree murder charge as well.

Wolf Moon Tonight

From National Geographic:

Year's Biggest Full Moon, Mars Create Sky Show

Red planet will join supersize "wolf moon"

A full moon on a summer night.

A full moon hangs over Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

The biggest full moon of 2010 will rise in the east tonight, and it'll appear with a bright sidekick: Mars will cozy up just to the left of the supersize moon.

January's full moon is also called the wolf moon, according to Native American tradition associating this month's full moon with wolves howling in the cold midwinter.

(Take a moon myths and mysteries quiz.)

The 2010 wolf moon will appear 30 percent brighter and 14 percent larger than any other full moon this year, because our cosmic neighbor will actually be closer to Earth than usual.

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Tonight's 'wolf' moon promises rare treat

You won't need a telescope to catch the best view of the moon we'll have all year.

There are three religious truths

1. Jews do not recognize Jesus as the Messiah.
2. Protestants do not recognize the Pope as the leader of the Christian faith.
3. Baptists do not recognize each other in the liquor store or at Hooters

Group seeks key to 'Mona Lisa' mystery

Group seeks key to 'Mona Lisa' mystery

Experts believe that Leonardo da Vinci's tomb holds the answer to one of art's greatest questions.

Look for tax documents in the mail

Look for tax documents in the mail

By now, you should be receiving some of your most important tax statements.

Careers that are on the way out

Careers that are on the way out

Modern advances are making some positions and professions simply obsolete.

Couple's Umbrella Stand Is Lost Chinese Vase

An ancient Chinese vase used as an umbrella stand by an elderly couple for 50 years has turned out to be worth up to A 500,000 - more than the value of their house.A Ming vase formerly used as an umbrella stand is up for sale at Duke's auctioneers.

The vase is from the golden era of Chinese porcelain production.

Motor Mania

Goofy shows us how it's done.

The Money-Free Man Goes Dumpster Diving

From Treehugger:

freeconomy dumpster diving photo
Image credit: The Guardian

Whenever we write about the money-free adventures of Mark Boyle, and his efforts to promote what he calls a Freeconomy community, responses are inevitably split between those who find it an inspiring example of at least trying to tackle consumption, and those who see it as nothing more than idealistic self-promotion. Now The Guardian has gone to visit Mark on the farm where he has parked his trailer, went dumpster diving with him, and they took their video camera along for the ride. Predictably, the responses at The Guardian's site are equally divided—but say what you like about Mark, he makes an eloquent case for the insane waste inherent in our current economic and social systems.

I, virus

Tiny invaders have been making themselves at home in our DNA for millions of years - and now we can't live without them.

Why you're only half human

Making them a long time

Roman 'Swiss army knife' among treasures on show

It's Mexico vs. Iceland ... in Charlotte

Mexico will face Iceland in an international soccer exhibition at Charlotte's Bank of America Stadium on March 24.

The Mexican team will play in this summer's FIFA World Cup and the game in Charlotte will be part of a series of friendlies the "Tricolores" will play in the United States beforehand.

The schedule of the rest of Mexico's U.S. tour will be released later.

A week-long Visa pre-sale begins today and tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 8 at 10 a.m. Tickets for the game are available at Ticketmaster.com or the Bank of America Stadium box office or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Tickets range from $30-$80.

Interesting Trivia

Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven" was first published, in the New York Evening Mirror on this the 29th day of January in 1845.

Storm wreaks havoc as it churns east

Storm wreaks havoc as it churns east

Heavy ice and snow shut down major highways and cut power to tens of thousands.

Today is ...

Today is Friday, January 29, the 29th day of 2010.

There are 336 days left in the year.

Today In History January 29

Today's unusual holiday or celebration is:

Free Thinkers Day

Our Readers

Some of our readers today have been in:

London, England, United Kingdom
Stevenage, England, United Kingdom
Bucharest, Bucuresti, Romania
Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Padova, Veneto, Italy
Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
Devonport, Tasmania, Australia
Dublin, Dublin, Ireland
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Daily Horoscope

Today's horoscope says:

You've got something to say, and you won't be able to hold it back another second.
This has been a long time coming, but with the stars' intense emotional energy arriving this morning, keeping quiet any longer isn't necessary, and won't be possible.
You're being asked to express yourself, and knowing you, you'll find a gracious, affable way to do it -- even if what emerges is a good-bye.
You have to do this.
Now do it.

OK, if I have to.