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Dare to be stupid

Piers Morgan, the British-born host of the CNN program “Piers Morgan Tonight,” got into a verbal dust-up Dec. 19 with a guest on his show, Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America. Morgan ostensibly asked Pratt on the ...

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Headline of the Day

In Sandusky, Ohio, a man was minding his own business, watching football in his garage when a drunken neighbor pulled into his driveway. A fight started; the neighbor bit off the eyebrow of the first guy and later was charged ...

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2012 a retrospective (access required)

If you wanted to pick a theme song for 2012, “The Waiting” by Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers might be at the top of the list. It seems like every time you turned around this year, we all found ourselves ...

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Death by document?

A Missouri lawyer is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of her father. She allegedly used an unusual weapon: a forged document. The Kansas City Star reports that Susan Van Note is accused of attacking her father and his ...

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Forms over substance: Agency can’t retract payments by claiming paperwork errors (access required)

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services has been rebuffed in two different cases in its efforts to get back money it paid for services rendered through Medicaid. In cases from Fairfax and Norfolk, DMAS sought to retract payments of ...

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Errors of biblical proportions

A big six-foot monument to the Ten Commandments was placed on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol on Thursday, three years after it was authorized by the state legislature. Two problems with that. Three if you’re the Oklahoma ACLU, ...

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And the word of the year is…

The word of the year for 2012, according to Oxford University Press, is “GIF.” Go figure. A 20-some-year-old word from technology, it stands for “graphics interchange format,” and most designers will tell you that GIF pictures have long since been ...

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