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by Deirdre Blake posted May 30 2014 10:37AM
First it was the FXBG Happy video that went viral, then the hundred-dollar bills, found in California, with at Hidden Cash written on it. The people behind that Twitter handle said it was a social experiment, that appears to be working. A similar effort of people paying it forward has now popped up in Boulder, Colorado. The tweeted clues lead to hidden envelopes contain $40 cash. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:26AM
There's no word on whether it'll happen in DC, Richmond or Norfolk down the road, but some gardeners in southern Michigan could grow some massive veggies, thanks to "zoo doo."
Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek will sell the compostfrom 25 to 35-bucks a load. Zebra, antelope, giraffe and other animals will contribute. Zoo officials say it's a "fun and creative way" to raise money and get rid of waste. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 29 2014 8:14AM
She predicted in her eighth grade yearbook that she would someday be a "Jeopardy!" champion.
As of last night, Julia Collins has done it 18 times and already become the most winning woman in the show's history. If she wins tonight, she'll tie have the second most consecutive wins ever. Of course Ken Jennings tops with 74 of them. Collins told Trebek last night she's looking for a job, but might wait til' next year and enjoy her almost $400,000 in winnings.
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by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:27AM
Someone's dropping envelopes full of cash across San Francisco, causing a social media frenzy.
The mysterious person with the Twitter handle @HiddenCash has been hiding money throughout the city since Friday, like a scavenger hunt. The Hidden Cash creator's Twitter following has exploded from a few hundred on Friday to more than 75,000 and counting. He says his giveaways are a social experiment to teach people to pay it forward. 
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Location : San Francisco
by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:23AM
Google is building a car without a steering wheel.
Co-founder of the tech titan, told a Southern California tech conference this week that Google will make 100 prototype cars that drive themselves - and therefore do not need a wheel. Or brake and gas pedals, just a button for go and stop. It's already tested Lexus SUVs and Toyota Priuses outfitted with the special equipment.
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Location : Southern California
by Deirdre Blake posted May 28 2014 10:17AM

Competitive eating might give folks something to brag about, but is it healthy?
The latest winner is a five foot seven, 125-pound Mom from Nebraska. Molly Schuyler put away a 4 and 1/2-pound steak in just four minutes and then finished the baked potato, shrimp, salad and a roll. The Big Texas Steak Ranch in Amarillo foots the bill for anyone who can eat it all in under an hour. So, how'd she celebrate? She had another 4 and 1/2-pound steak, in 9 minutes, 59 seconds.
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Location : Nebraska
People : Molly Schuyler
by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:37AM

Even before the new Star Wars movie comes out, your younger kids might start talking about the Clone Wars.
A series of educational Star Wars workbooks by Brain Quest are being picked up by lots of Virginia elementary schools. Preschoolers will sing their ABC's with C3PO. Kingerdartners will learn subtraction from Yoda an first and second graders will learn English from Princess Leia. 
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Location : Virginia
People : Leia
by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:22AM

Some young inventors and scientists will be at the White House today when President Barack Obama hosts its annual Science Fair.
One invention is a "concussion cushion" designed by a 19 year old California student, who hopes to be the first female collegiate head football coach. There's also a system designed by three Oklahoma second graders that sounds an alarm when a car gets too hot for people or pets. 
by Deirdre Blake posted May 27 2014 8:19AM
If you're thinking you might need a raise on your way back to work today after the holiday, maybe you should shoot for being your company's CEO.
An Associated Press study shows their pay is climbing higher and higher and the median packagerose above eight figures for the first time last year. The head of a typical large public company earned a record $10.5 million, that's almost a nine percent bump from 2012.
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Topics : Business_FinanceLabor
by Deirdre Blake posted May 22 2014 9:43AM
 If you're headed to Ocean City this weekend or summer, leave your switchblades and laser pointers at home.
The town council has voted to ban them from the resort. Its' police chief says officers are seeing more of them and has gottenalmost 1,000 laser pointer calls over the past three years. Anyone caught with one could face a $1,000 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
by Deirdre Blake posted May 22 2014 9:38AM
If you're looking for a creative Father's Day gift, you could give it early and help make sure the meat you're eating off the grill is safe this weekend.
The iGrillmini is made by iDevices and costs about 40-bucks. It's a basic meat thermometer with a probe, but you can link it to your phone, for a smart thermometer. It's even got a free IOS App for the iPhone 4S, iPad 3 and newer devices. 
by Deirdre Blake posted May 20 2014 8:18AM

There's a serious new controversy brewing and it involves a favorite childhood arcade game for alot of us...skeeball.
The makers of skee-ball have filed a copyright lawsuit against the creators of Brewskee-Ball. You apparently drink beer while trying to get the ball into the holes. The Brewskee folks say Skee Ball's founder was okay with it in 2005, but now that leagues are all over the country, they don't want to be tied to someone playing at a bar, leaving drunk and getting hurt.     
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Topics : Sports
by Deirdre Blake posted May 12 2014 9:13AM
- Not everybody's grandparents are ready for bingo and afternoon naps.
"Grandma B" has inspired a new zip line course near Billings, Montana. Gary Rylander developed the attraction so his 86-year-old mother could go for a ride. She's Grandma B to the family and was the first to try it out. She says it was fun and easy on her knees. The course, called Outlaw Canyon Adventures, opens to tourists next week.
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Location : BillingsMontana
People : Gary Rylander
by Deirdre Blake posted May 8 2014 7:25AM
Some local parents had to juggle to handle longer days in class, to make up for all the winter snow, but some in North Dakota will have to figure out how to handle longer weekends.
Two school districts will shift to four-day weeks this fall. Officials say it will save money on everything from lunches to transportation, after federal funding cuts. And it should help increase student and staff morale.  
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Topics : Education
Location : North Dakota
by Deirdre Blake posted May 8 2014 7:19AM
Here's another dumb criminal story to make you shake your head this morning.
A suspected bank robber used the wrong piece of paper to write his stick-up note. Police say it was on a grocery receipt that had the last four digits of his food stamp account. That was enough to trace the demand note to him and he's been busted, due in court. 
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Topics : Law_Crime
by Deirdre Blake posted May 7 2014 9:49AM
It's a case of the call of nature versus the call of duty.
Two Florida police detectives are accused of breaking into city hall to use the bathroom and left the building unsecured for a whole weekend. One of them has been let go by the department and the other faces a pre-disciplinary hearing. Investigators say the detectives didn't like using the police bathroom because they say it's "nasty."
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Location : Florida
by Deirdre Blake posted May 7 2014 9:45AM
One D.C. councilmember wants to bring more "Scandal" to the nation's capital, of the TV variety, and it's got some residents ticked.
The hit ABC show Scandal is set in Washington but shoots in L.A. The Councilman is in touch witha show producer, asking then to shoot scenes in DC this August. He says it's contingent on funding from the city's film incentive program. Critics say that money could be better spent on other priorities.
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Location : L.a.Washington
by Deirdre Blake posted May 7 2014 9:42AM
We're used to the NFL draft, but officials at one California high school say the unofficial tradition of the "prom draft" will be no more.
The NFL-style draft had male students ranking the female students and then drafting them for prom dates. It was decided by a lottery, but the guys could trade up by buying higher draft picks. The principal threatened to cancel the prom and says it's not OK to objectify students.
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Topics : EducationSports
Location : California
by Deirdre Blake posted May 2 2014 11:02AM
Lots of high school seniors think about senior pranks this time of year, but they could get your teen into big trouble.
More than sixty teens are arrested this week after breaking into their New Jersey school overnight. They're accused of spraying graffiti, greasing doorknobs with petroleum jelly, taping hot dogs to lockers and even peeing in the hallways. The 24 of them 18 or older are charged with burglary and criminal mischief.  
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Topics : EducationLaw_Crime
Location : New Jersey
by Deirdre Blake posted May 2 2014 10:27AM
And you might love selfies, but everything you see in the wild on your weekends might not. A Maine teenager found out the hard way when he stopped to take a selfie with a friendly looking squirrel on a park railing. The flash apparently freaked it out though and it climbed under his shirt to hang on the boy's back. He had to roll on the ground to scare it off. 
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Location : Maine
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