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This Day in History for August 17 – Clinton Admits Affair and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1807 – Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat begins its trip up the Hudson River to Albany, New York, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world (More info)

1962 – East German border guards spur riots when they kill 18-year-old Peter Fechter as he attempts to cross the Berlin Wall into West Berlin (More info)

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Restaurant Offers Discount to Customers Who Hand Over Their Cell Phones — Dollars and Sense [POLL]

In the past few years, it’s become increasingly common to see cellphones on restaurant tables alongside the standard napkin and silverware.

But one Los Angeles eatery wants to change all that — and playing along will save you money.

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Will ‘Yo-Yo Dieting’ Really Wreck Your Metabolism?

For years, the conventional wisdom among diet experts is that so-called “yo-yo dieting” — repeatedly gaining and losing weight — wreaks havoc on one’s metabolism, causing it to slow down.

But as it turns out, that may not be so true after all.

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Celebrity Birthdays for August 16 – Madonna, Steve Carell and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Madonna
Age: 54
Occupation: Singer, “Actress” and Attention-Hog
Known For: Being the world’s top-selling female recording artist of all time, dozens of hit singles you no doubt know by heart, her controversial personal life, and recent stage antics that have served only to make her reek of desperation

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This Day in History for August 16 – Elvis Presley Dies and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1858 – President James Buchanan inaugurates the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria of the UK (More info)

1896 – Gold is discovered in a tributary of the Klondike River in Canada, setting off the Klondike Gold Rush (More info)

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New Movie Releases — ‘The Odd Life of Timothy Green,’ ‘The Expendables 2,’ ‘ParaNorman’ and ‘Sparkle’

The four new movies opening in theaters this weekend include everything from action to heartwarming family fare to Whitney Houston’s last big-screen appearance.

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This Spells ‘Trouble’ — Scrabble Player Punted from National Tournament After Cheating

In just about any game, there’s a way to cheat — and consequences if you get caught.

That’s something a young Scrabble player learned this week when he was kicked out of the game’s national tournament after a competitor noticed him doing something untoward.

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