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    Scrap all those other bucket lists you’ve been compiling. Put away the brochures. We’ve just put together a pretty special collection of crazy, fun and exclusive experiences that have your next 19 vacations covered. ASIA Swimming with blue whales (Weligama, Sri Lanka) Manta rays and whale sharks are so 20th century. The real catch for divers today is the blue whale, the heaviest animals that ever lived, and the best way to experience a close encounter is to sign up […]

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    Obama flies to Europe with a warning for Putin

    WASHINGTON — When Air Force One lands in Estonia’s capital Wednesday, the U.S. message to Vladimir Putin — only 500 miles away in Moscow — will be clear: Stay put. President Barack Obama’s trip to the former Soviet state, ahead of this week’s NATO summit in Wales, is meant to reassure nervous Eastern Europe that Putin’s support for separatists in Ukraine doesn’t mean he has a free pass for territorial gains elsewhere. The warning to Russia was summed up by […]

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    Decision upholds employees’ right to complain about work on Facebook

    LOS ANGELES — Disgruntled workers of America, it may be getting safer to kvetch about your job on Facebook. According to a National Labor Relations Board ruling made public in August, the Triple Play Sports Bar and Grille, of Watertown, Connecticut, has until Friday to re-hire employees fired in 2011 over a negative Facebook post and for clicking the “like” button. The NLRB said in a 3-2 ruling that Triple Play shouldn’t have fired the workers because they were simply […]

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    Report: Gun violence cost taxpayers $500 million in one year

    WASHINGTON — Gunshot wounds are costing the American taxpayer some half a billion dollars a year, according to a study from the Urban Institute. Most of the victims are either uninsured or on public insurance like Medicaid, which means that the hospital costs get passed on to the taxpayer, the think tank said. The Urban Institute’s study was based on statistics from 2010, when hospital costs from firearm assaults totaled $669.2 million. About 73% of that amount came a combination […]

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    Home Depot investigating ‘massive’ hack of payment information

    NEW YORK — Home Depot is investigating a hack that possibly exposed its customer payment information. The company on Tuesday confirmed it has partnered with banks and law enforcement to look into “some unusual activity” relating to customers. Independent cybersecurity journalist Brian Krebs was the first to report this, saying “a massive new batch of stolen credit and debit cards” went for sale Tuesday in the black market online. In a statement, Home Depot spokeswoman Paula Drake said: “Protecting our […]

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    Colts owner Jim Irsay suspended six games, fined $500,000 after DUI plea

    INDIANAPOLIS — Hours after Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay pleaded guilty Tuesday to one misdemeanor count of operating a vehicle while intoxicated, the league suspended him for the first six games of the 2014 season and fined him $500,000 for violating the league’s Personal Conduct Policy. As part of the plea agreement, Irsay also received one year probation and will continue treatment. He will also have to pay $368.50 in court costs. The Colts open the season Sunday night against […]

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    Eric Cantor takes cushy job on Wall Street, prompting jeers from Tea Party

    WASHINGTON — Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s new gig on Wall Street will line his pockets, to the tune of more than $1 million per year. And for those who played an instrumental role in his defeat in Virginia’s primaries, the justification of their concerns about the former congressman is quite fulfilling. Kevin Broughton, communications director of the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, said, “many analysts accused Eric Cantor of paying more attention to Wall Street than to the […]

  • Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress by Versace … and her kids

    Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s marriage ceremony was the very definition of a family affair. When the longtime partners wed at their estate in France on August 23, they made sure each of their six kids had a part to play in the event. According to People and the UK’s Hello magazine, which have exclusive photos from the couple’s intimate wedding, the young Jolie-Pitts helped write their parents’ wedding vows and even inspired Jolie’s bridal gown. The 39-year-old actress wore […]

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    Justin Bieber charged with assault after ATV crash in Canada

    ONTARIO, Canada — Justin Bieber was arrested on assault and dangerous driving charges stemming from an alleged fight after his ATV collided with a mini-van in Canada Friday, a police spokesman said. The alleged incident happened on a road in Perth County, Ontario, the community where Bieber, 20, lived as a child. “Investigation revealed that after colliding, the driver of the ATV and an occupant of the minivan engaged in a physical altercation,” Ontario Provincial Police spokesman Kees Wijnands said. […]

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    ‘Fifty shades’ of parenting: Does film send wrong message about sex to young women?

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    Seat recline fight diverts another flight

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Another day, another fight about reclining seats on a U.S. airline flight. In the third serious airline legroom incident in two weeks, an angry passenger caused yet another flight to divert Monday night. Delta Air Lines Flight 2370 from New York’s LaGuardia Airport to West Palm Beach, Fla., was rerouted to Jacksonville, Fla. A passenger became irate about the traveler in front of her trying to recline her seat, a fellow passenger told WPTV. “This woman who […]