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  • Anchors Away
  • Anchors Away

    • Canada's National Defence decided to decommission a 45-year-old navy supply ship without a replacement because mechanics in Halifax were spending a "disproportionate amount of time" keeping the vessel operating ...
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  • Ablution Solution
  • Ablution Solution

    • Spas in Japan now offer ramen-noodle baths. The baths are filled with ramen pork broth and synthetic noodles. Soaking in the broth is said to be good for the skin and to boost metabolism.
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  • Milking the System
  • Milking the System

    • The federal Medicare Fraud Strike Force concluded a nationwide investigation into home health-care fraud by charging 243 people, including 46 doctors and other medical professionals.
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  • Mensa Reject of the Week
  • Mensa Reject of the Week

    • Adam Hirtle, 30, told police in Colorado Springs, Colo., that he removed his boot and shot himself in the foot on purpose because he wanted to see how it felt.
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  • Hand Babies & Holy Erections
  • Hand Babies & Holy Erections

    • Muslim televangelist Mücahid Cihad Han warned his Turkish audience that Islam strictly prohibits masturbation and "that those who have sexual intercourse with their hands will find their hands pregnant in the afterlife."
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  • Oy Vey
  • Oy Vey

    • President Obama considers himself the "closest thing to a Jew that has ever sat in this office," according to longtime Obama adviser David Axelrod. Axelrod revealed that the president "bristled" at charges he was anti-Israel.
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  • Slightest Provocation
  • Slightest Provocation

    • Thirty people were asked to leave an America's Best Value Inn in Mason County, Mich., after a disagreement over the waffle maker in the buffet-style breakfast area. "It sounded like one lady walked up and asked the other lady if she was in line for the waffle maker," Sheriff Kim Cole said.
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  • Drone On
  • Drone On

    • Four months after a U.S. intelligence employee landed a personal quadcopter drone on the roof of the White House, the Secret Service apprehended Ryan MacDonald, 39, for flying a drone across the street from the White House. MacDonald was asked to land the device, about the size of an iPad, and complied.
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  • Better World Without People
  • Better World Without People

    • Nevada granted permission for Daimler to test self-driving trucks on public roads. Daimler's Wolfgang Bernhard said autonomous trucks were likely to be on the road before driverless cars because they operate "in a less complicated traffic environment" on open highways, whereas passenger cars spend more time in congested urban settings.
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  • Fruitful Gesture
  • Fruitful Gesture

    • Hoping for a new home in Venezuela's Anzoategui state, Marleni Olivo, 54, wrote her name and phone number on a mango and threw it at visiting President Nicolas Maduro, hitting him in the head. Maduro kept the mango and later announced that he had approved a new apartment for Olivo.
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