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Is a Global Bacon Shortage in the Future?

So far we've learned that the worst US drought in 50 years will cause meat prices to rise and has even forced some ranchers to feed candy to their cattle. But now comes truly disturbing news from the UK's National Pig Association (who knew there was such a thing?): a worldwide bacon and sausage shortage may also be in the future.

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What Are the Most Educated Countries in the World?

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released its Education at a Glance 2012 report, and two of its conclusions jumped out at us: 1) countries that spend more on education tend to have more highly educated populations, and 2) the more educated you are, the more likely you are to be employed.

While that may not sound too surprising, it’s an important reminder of just how valuable education is in the current globalized economy—especially following a calamity like the 2008 financial collapse and subsequent recession that America is still ever-so-slowly recovering from.

Taken as a whole, the report is a good indicator of which countries are the most educated, and, helpfully, the OECD showed us how they made those determinations.

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Riot at iPhone Manufacturing Plant: 2,000 Workers Rumble in China

A super-bout of fisticuffs among more than 2,000 employees broke out Sunday night at an iPhone-manufacturing plant in China, sending 40 people to the hospital. But don't worry: it won't affect shipping dates. (We think.)

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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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Brussels Plans to Battle Offensive Language With Hefty Fines

Brussels, Belgium, has unleashed a sonic street sweeper into the city, hoping to curb the verbal cesspool coming from the mouths of its citizens and, in turn, make the city a more habitable community for its residents.

According to a spokesperson for Brussels mayor Freddy Thieleman, any form of insult, be it racist or homophobic, offensive language or words used to sexually harass someone in public is now punishable with fines anywhere from $95 to $315.

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McDonald’s Plans to Open Its First Vegetarian Restaurants in India

McDonald’s plans to trade in signature fare like the infamous Big Mac for menu items that are more McVegan friendly, as the chain prepares to unleash a couple of vegetarian restaurants in India sometime net year — the first such eateries of the chain’s kind in history.

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Armstrong to Be Stripped of Titles, Banned for Life

Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong will be stripped of his titles and banned for life after giving up his fight against doping charges leveled at him by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Armstrong released a statement Thursday night saying the emotional toll the fight was taking on him and his family was just not worth it anymore

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What Are the World’s Most Livable Cities?

The US has some beautiful places, but if you want to root yourself in the world’s most livable city, you’ll need to head Down Under because Melbourne, Australia has again been ranked at the top of the list.

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Air France Asks Passengers if They Could, Like, Borrow Some Money for Gas

Seriously, if we were on a road trip with Air France, we’d be pretty miffed — these pretzels are dry, and you said you’d cover the gas!

Recently, passengers found themselves being asked by the airline if they had any money to spare, because they were looking a little cash poor and needed fuel to get out of Syria, where there is currently a civil war, and into Beirut, where they were supposed to land in the first place.

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What are the Most Popular Websites in the World?

If you’re like most people, you have one or more websites that you simply cannot live a day without clicking over to it in order to get your dose of the World Wide Web.

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