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Americans Are the Coolest People on the Planet, Says the Rest of the World

A survey of 30,000 people in 15 nations by the social networking site Badoo.com has found that America ranks as the world’s “coolest nationality.”

Other countries singled out for their hip nature were Brazil (second coolest overall) and Spain (coolest in Europe.) Belgium edged out Poland for least coolest nationality status.

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What Do Americans Think About Sacrificing Rights to Fight Terrorism After 9/11?

The terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 left an indelible mark on Americans. But even as the first responders climbed through the rubble in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, the country embarked on a “War on Terror.” With that war came years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, indefinite detention of terror suspects without charges or trial, enhanced interrogation techniques, extraordinary rendition and the passage of the USA Patriot Act.

Ten years later, Americans are still wondering if it was wise to sacrifice some privacy and freedoms in order to fight terrorism.

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Madden NFL 2012 Is Out Tomorrow [Video]

"Madden NFL 12" is coming out tomorrow  on Xbox360, PS3, PSP and Wii.
The new features for this year's game include a revamped pregame presentation, a new collision system with over 100 new tackle animations and 40 new gang tackle animations, plus player's attributes that change dramatically depending on their performance during a game.

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Hurricane Irene Marches North, Claiming Four Lives Thus Far [MAP, VIDEO]

Over a million people in North Carolina and Virginia are currently without power after Hurricane Irene came ashore on Saturday, and other states further north are bracing for impact on Sunday.

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Did Barack Obama Bust Out a ‘Fresh Prince’ Handshake? [VIDEO]

A video of Barack Obama doing a ‘Fresh Prince’-style handshake with a constituent has been circulating the internet this morning.

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East Coast Rocked by Earthquake, Pentagon Evacuated

An earthquake epicentered in Virginia occurred Tuesday afternoon, with people in Washington, DC, New York, Ohio, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Toronto reporting they felt the tremors, as well.

Reports thus far indicate the quake registered a 5.9 on the Richter scale.

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See Seven Years of 9/11 Memorial Construction in 90 Seconds [VIDEO]

The National September 11 Memorial will be unveiled on the 10th anniversary of the attacks next month. Workers have been toiling at the site for seven years, but this time-lapse video crunches it all down to just a minute and a half.

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Can Wasting Time Online Improve Employee Productivity?

In a study that anyone who works in an office will heartily embrace, researchers found that spending small parts of the day wasting time on the Internet makes workers more productive because it acts to mentally refresh them.

“Browsing the Internet serves an important restorative function,” concludes the report from the National University of Singapore.

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Gwyneth Paltrow Credited with Saving Woman’s Life on September 11

 

There are lots of ways to save a life. You can donate blood, volunteer at an animal shelter or, apparently, almost run someone over as she’s on her way to certain doom.

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Casey Anthony’s Parents to Appear on ‘Dr. Phil’

The parents of Casey Anthony, who was recently acquitted of killing her young daughter Caylee, will break their silence on the upcoming 10th season premiere of ‘Dr. Phil.’

The embattled couple had its pick of media outlets, but felt the show hosted by psychologist Dr. Phil McGraw was the best option. “We are hoping that by doing this interview, we will be able to help other people who may be experiencing struggles of their own. We certainly don’t want anyone to experience what we have these last three years,” Cindy Anthony said.

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Indiana State Fair Concert Stage Collapses, Killing Five [VIDEO]

Thousands of people were gathered at an outdoor stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday night when high winds from a storm caused the stage rigging to collapse, killing five and injuring at least 40 others, multiple outlets report.

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In Case You Missed It, Congressman Barney Frank Ripped One on Live TV [Video]

So much for the Democratic economic plans!  This sums it up nicely.

Democratic Congressman BARNEY FRANK was talking about the federal debt on "The Rachel Maddow Show" on Monday.  And in the middle of the interview, it looks and sounds like he ripped one.  See video here:

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