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This Day in History for July 9 – Zachary Taylor Dies and More
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This Day in History for July 9 – Zachary Taylor Dies and More

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

1850 – President Zachary Taylor, the 12th president of the US, dies after only 16 months in office (More info)

1868 – The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, guaranteeing African-Americans full citizenship and all persons in the United States due process of law (More info)

1900 – Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom gives royal assent to an act uniting the six Australian colonies as the Commonwealth of Australia (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack White and More
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Celebrity Birthdays for July 9 – Tom Hanks, Jack White and More

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

Tom Hanks
Age: 55
Occupation: Actor, Producer, and Director
Known For: An incredibly long and decorated Hollywood résumé, including back-to-back Best Actor Oscars for the films 'Forrest Gump' and 'Philadelphia'

Jack White
Age: 36
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, and Producer
Known For: Being half of the rock duo known as the White Stripes, producing Loretta Lynn's Grammy-winning 2004 album 'Van Lear Rose,' and recently throwing a divorce party with his soon-to-be ex-wife

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This Week in Viral Videos: One Lucky Squirrel, The Phoenix Dust Storm, and Plenty of Laughs [VIDEOS]
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This Week in Viral Videos: One Lucky Squirrel, The Phoenix Dust Storm, and Plenty of Laughs [VIDEOS]

We're not sure if the squirrel in this week's top viral video was put over the edge by the last 'Fast and the Furious' movie or if he's just playing chicken with his squirrel squad. Either way, he's is now a viral celeb squirrel and has earned the top spot in our top 10 this week.

This video deserves it, people are going nuts over it. Sorry, we couldn't resist the pun.

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Three Kids Served Spiked Smoothies at a Colorado Restaurant
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Three Kids Served Spiked Smoothies at a Colorado Restaurant

Lately, it seems easier for a small child to score a cocktail than an 18-year-old with a fake ID.

In the most recent story, Pam Bruenning and her three young children went into a Chili's in Longmont, Colorado on July 4 and ordered fruit smoothies. When her daughter complained of dizziness and stomach pains, Bruenning took a sip of the girl's drink and discovered it was loaded with tequila.

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Fan Dies at Texas Rangers Game While Trying to Catch Ball
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Fan Dies at Texas Rangers Game While Trying to Catch Ball

A man died at the Oakland A's-Texas Rangers game Thursday night in Arlington, Texas when he fell 20 feet over the left field wall while trying to catch a ball.

The victim, identified as Shannon Stone, had reached over a rail to grab a foul ball thrown into the stands by Rangers' star Josh Hamilton in the second inning. Stone, who was in the lower level with his son, tumbled into an area behind a wall near a scoreboard.

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Barbara Walters Grills Bristol Palin on Her ‘Stolen’ Virginity [VIDEO]
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Barbara Walters Grills Bristol Palin on Her ‘Stolen’ Virginity [VIDEO]

In her new book 'Not Afraid of Life: My Journey So Far,' Bristol Palin wrote that former boyfriend Levi Johnston "stole" her virginity one drunken night while camping. Barbara Walters questioned her statement on 'The View' yesterday, suggesting that perhaps Palin used hyperbole to describe the incident.

"It must have been okay, because you kept on having sex with him, yeah?" asked Walters.

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Women Drivers Are More Likely Than Men to Cause Traffic Accidents
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Women Drivers Are More Likely Than Men to Cause Traffic Accidents

A new study suggests that women are more likely than men to cause traffic accidents.

Researchers from the University of Michigan analyzed at 6.5 million car crashes. They also calculated, based on the number of miles men and women drive, that if all things were equal, male-to-male crashes would account for 36.2% of accidents, female-to-female would make up 15.8 percent, and male-to-female would make up 48 percent.

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Fort Hood Shooter Could Face the Death Penalty
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Fort Hood Shooter Could Face the Death Penalty

The Army has announced that Maj. Nidal Hasan will be tried in a military court and is eligible for the death penalty for his role in a 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas.

An attorney for the former military psychiatrist, who's been charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in connection with the deadly rampage, wanted capital punishment taken off the table. It has not yet been decided whether an insanity defense will be used.

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This Day in History for July 8 – Liberty Bell Rings and More
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This Day in History for July 8 – Liberty Bell Rings and More

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

1776 – The first public reading of the Declaration of Independence happens in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after which the Liberty Bell is rung (More info)

1777 – Vermont becomes the first colony to abolish slavery (More info)

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Celebrity Birthdays for July 8 – Kevin Bacon, Toby Keith and More
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Celebrity Birthdays for July 8 – Kevin Bacon, Toby Keith and More

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

Kevin Bacon
Age: 53
Occupation: Actor, Singer, and Songwriter
Known For: His star-making turn in 1984's 'Footloose,' his musical group The Bacon Brothers, and being separated from everyone in Hollywood by no more than six degrees

Toby Keith
Age: 50
Occupation: Singer and Songwriter
Known For: Selling millions of country albums, his song 'Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue,' and a well-publicized feud with the Dixie Chicks

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Teacher Uses Angry Birds to Explain Projectile Motion to Students
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Teacher Uses Angry Birds to Explain Projectile Motion to Students

With over 200 million downloads to mobile devices, Angry Birds is a full-fledged phenomenon. Now an Atlanta teacher has found a way to use it as an educational tool as well.

Since the birds are catapulted into the sky, John Burk, a ninth-grade physics teacher, felt it was a great way to teach students the laws of projectile motion.

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