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Where Are the Coolest Small Towns in America?

The charm of American small towns comes in many forms, and these quaint, less traveled locations are responsible for contributing some tried-and-true slices of real Americana. Because of that, they are some of the coolest places to visit in the country.

But where exactly are these places?

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Getting Hit by Volleyball Saves Man’s Life

Kaipo Pomaikai wasn't feeling so lucky when he was struck in the head by a fast-moving volleyball at his grandson's high school match. To make matters worse, when Kaiko Pomaikia was driving home from the game he started losing vision in his left eye. So Pomaikia went to the hospital, and that's when the story took quite a serendipitous turn.

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Get Your Sugar Fix While You Can — The New York City Soda Ban Has Passed

This morning in New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's ban on large sugar-laden drinks was approved by the Department of Health in a 9-1 vote.

How long do the Big Apple's Big Gulp enthusiasts have until they can't buy a soda bigger than 16 ounces?

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Are You Lower, Middle or Upper Class? — Survey of the Day

There has been much discussion and debate about how much damage the great recession did to the middle class. According to a new survey from the Pew Research Center it has certainly affected at least the way Americans view their financial standing.

Pew asked 2,508 adults if they were in the upper class, upper-middle class, middle class, lower-middle class or lower class. T

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US Ambassador to Libya, Three Others Killed in Attack

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three American staffers were killed in an attack Tuesday on the U.S. consulate in the Libyan city of Bengahzi.

Fox News reports the White House has confirmed the deaths of the four Americans. President Obama issued a written statement this morning in which he called the attack "outrageous" and "senseless."

Fox News says Ambassador J. Chr

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9/11 Moment of Silence
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NBC Skips 9/11 “Moment of Silence” for Kardashian Interview

As if we needed another reason to hate the Kardashians...

At 8:46 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, most national news outlets took a break from their regular programming to air a special "moment of silence" from New York City and Washington D.C. to honor the victims of 9/11. We say "most" because, as it turns out, not everyone was a participant. While FOX, CBS, ABC, CNBC and MSNBC went quiet at this time, which was the moment 11 years ago when the first plane hit the Twin Towers, NBC continued on with the 'Today' show, which just so happened to feature an interview with Kris Jenner of 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians.'

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Macy's Employee Retires After 73 Years
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Macy’s Employee Retires After 73 Years on the Job

In a display of longevity that most of us can only hope for, 92-year-old Rose Syracuse retired last week from her job in the accounting department at Macy's Department Store after a whopping 73 years. But here's the kicker -- she would kept on working, she said, if not for a recently-broken hip.

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Exuberant Fan Catches Obama In Crushing Bear Hug

While on the campaign trail in Fort Pierce, Florida, yesterday, President Barack Obama found himself on the receiving end of a monster bear hug courtesy of a 6-foot, 3-inch tall restaurant owner weighing 260 pounds. Where's the Secret Service when you need them?

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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Get Married
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Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively Get Married in Secret Ceremony

It's official: actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got hitched Sunday night in South Carolina at a secret ceremony that included family, friends, Bette Midler, shoe designer Christian Louboutin, and Florence Welch of indie rock band Florence and the Machine.

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Olive Garden, Red Lobster Employees File Lawsuit for Unpaid Wages — Dollars and Sense

A lawsuit was filed on Thursday in federal court claiming that wait staff employees from Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and other restaurant chains across the country associated with Darden Restaurants were underpaid.

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