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Santa's evil spy: the Elf on the Shelf

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Monday, December 10, 2012

Salon: Once upon a time, long ago in 2005, a lady named Carol Aebersold self-published a book about her innocuous holiday tradition. It was the story of an elf who would appear in your home after Thanksgiving to quietly observe how well the family was behaving, report back to Santa at the North Pole each night and reappear somewhere else in the household the next day. Whimsical! Today, the Elf is a best-selling, full-blown industry. And this writer hates the little creep.

 

The 9 beers America no longer drinks

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Monday, December 10, 2012

24/7 Wall St.: While sales of specialty, craft, and small-market beers have improved dramatically, many of the traditional, full-calorie beers that were once the staples of most breweries have fallen behind.

 

Moon tourism may become reality

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Saturday, December 08, 2012

Los Angeles Times: On the 40-year anniversary of the last manned moon mission, former NASA officials and investors have launched a new enterprise in commercial space travel called Golden Spike.

 

Nurse in Duchess Kate hoax dies in apparent suicide

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Friday, December 07, 2012

CBS News: A nurse who fell victim to a prank telephone call seeking information about the Duchess of Cambridge's pregnancy has died, a hospital said Friday.

 

Apple a kinder corporation under Tim Cook

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Friday, December 07, 2012

AP: Apple is emerging as a kinder corporation under the leadership of CEO Tim Cook.

 

Coffee made from elephant dung sells for $500 per pound

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Friday, December 07, 2012

AP: A herd of 20 elephants in Thailand eats coffee beans and then the beans are collected from their dung to make an exotic brew.

 

Portland police release pot guide after Washington legalizes marijuana

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Friday, December 07, 2012

KGW: Portland police released a guide that answers questions Oregonians may have about interstate marijuana use and possession.

 

Netflix signs deal to stream Disney movies

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Businessweek: Netflix announced an exclusive deal with Disney to stream the movies mere months after they are in theaters, a right normally reserved for HBO or other subscription channels.

 

Internet mogul McAfee arrested in Guatamala

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Washington Post: The apprehension follows a chase by authorities that John McAfee documented in updates to Wired magazine and on his own website and Twitter account. He said he previously avoided capture by burying himself in sand and altering his appearance.

 

Seattle pot smokers celebrate

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Chicago Tribune: The crowds of happy people lighting joints under Seattle's Space Needle early Thursday morning with nary a police officer in sight bespoke the new reality: Marijuana is legal under Washington state law.

 

Apple to make some Macs in U.S.

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

Bloomberg Businessweek: Apple plans to spend more than $100 million next year on building Mac computers in the U.S., shifting a small portion of manufacturing away from China, the country that has handled assembly of its products for years. It reflects pressure on companies to create even a modest number of domestic jobs as the unemployment rate hovers near 8 percent.

 

The Hobbit director reveals secrets

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Thursday, December 06, 2012

NBC News: Peter Jackson explains from his native New Zealand why he decided to make the prequel to his Academy Award-winning Lord of the Rings triliogy, and shares some of his filming techniques in advance of its world premiere.

 

Activists hijack Victoria's Secret brand to spread rape awareness

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

The Gloss: An activist group known as FORCE created a fake sexual consent ad campaign that mimicked Victoria's Secret's Pink brand.

 
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