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Free Pot with Donation to Marijuana Dispensary Has Stoners Giving Back

Like most medical marijuana dispensaries, Granny Purps in Soquel, CA sometimes struggles with an image problem. While it genuinely believes it’s helping people, pot remains illegal at the federal level and the “stoner” culture often stigmatizes what is otherwise a legitimate operation.

However, Granny Purps is trying to redeem itself in the eyes of the public. For the second year in a row, it’s feeding the less-fortunate by offering an unusual trade — one free joint for every six cans of donated food.

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What Are the Most and Least Dangerous Cities in America?

The 2011 CQ Press City Crime Rankings, which purports to identify the most dangerous cities in America, was released on Thursday — but experts say not to put too much stock in the controversial annual report.

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Does Obama Age Faster Than the Rest of Us Because He’s the President?

US presidents like Barack Obama, who seemed so youthful just a few years ago, appear to age right before our very eyes during their terms in office. This simple observance led Jay Olshansky, PhD, a professor of public health at the University of Illinois–Chicago, to question whether the stress of being Commander-in-Chief can really take years off someone’s life.

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Vermont Named Healthiest State, But What’s the Unhealthiest?

If you live in Vermont, congratulations — for the fifth year in a row, your state has been named as the healthiest in the country.

The United Health Foundation’s 2011 America’s Health Rankings, released Monday, also put New Hampshire, Connecticut, Hawaii and Massachusetts in the top five.

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Mythbusters Stunt Sends Cannonball Through Homes

According to CBS Los Angeles, a Mythbusters TV show experiment went wrong and sent a cast iron cannonball rocketing through two homes before landing in a minivan...

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Are You Like Most Who Think We Celebrate Christmas Too Early? — Survey of the Day

These days, the Christmas season kicks into full swing right after Thanksgiving ends, but it looks like the majority of Americans aren’t particularly thrilled with spending an entire month celebrating the holiday.

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Yes, Virginia, Women Really Are Catty with Each Other

Well here’s a whopping non-surprise: a new study reveals women aren’t always very nice to one other, primarily when other women are attractive.

Women recruited for a phony study by University of Ottowa professor Tracy Vaillancourt were interrupted by another woman walking into the room during the session — and that’s when the real research began.

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Is America the Best Country in the World? — Survey of the Day

According to a survey from the Pew Research Center of 2003 American adults, the idea of American exceptionalism is alive and well among the 48 percent of the country who say the US stands alone as the best country in the world.

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Russian News Anchor Flips Bird at President Obama

A Russian News Anchor flipped the bird at United States President Barack Obama during a newscast earlier this month.

The Telegraph reports that the online footage is "being avidly viewed both in Russia and the United States...

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Royal, Bear and Happy Top the Most Popular Baby Name Predictions for 2012

Baby name site Nameberry.com released its predictions for 2012, and if you thought the noun trend — like naming kids after apples and other objets — was weird, just wait until you get a load of the hot new adjective fad.

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