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Families of Military Suicide Victims Will Now Receive Presidential Condolences
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Families of Military Suicide Victims Will Now Receive Presidential Condolences

Overturning a policy that has been in place for many years, the Obama administration announced Wednesday it will now send condolence letters to the families of service members who commit suicide.

"This issue is emotional, painful, and complicated," President Barack Obama said in a statement. "But these Americans served our nation bravely ... They didn't die because they were weak. And the fact that they didn't get the help they needed must change."

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Apocalypse Preacher Harold Camping Recovering from Stroke
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Apocalypse Preacher Harold Camping Recovering from Stroke

Harold Camping, the preacher who famously predicted the apocalypse would happen in May, has been moved to a nursing home to regain his strength after suffering a stroke on June 9.

Camping, 89, has twice predicted the rapture -- first in 1994 and again this past May 21. To get the word out, he and his followers spent millions over seven years on billboards and ads about the impending Judgment Day and the end of the world that will supposedly occur in October.

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Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty in Daughter Caylee’s Death
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Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty in Daughter Caylee’s Death

After deliberating for 10 hours and 40 minutes, a jury found Casey Anthony not guilty in the death of her two-year-old daughter, Caylee.

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Could Getting Paid Be Harmful to Your Health? [VIDEO]

With the end of the month fast approaching, many people are looking forward to an upcoming payday. But researchers have found getting paid may actually be hazardous to your health.

A study from Notre Dame says people are more likely to die during the week after being paid, citing a temporary but significant spike in traffic fatalities, heart attacks and increased substance abuse during that time period.

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Experiment With the Electrical Grid Could Make Your Clocks Wrong

Starting in mid-July, your electric clocks and coffeemakers could be running up to 20 minutes fast, and you probably won’t know why.

For the past 80 years, clocks plugged in to an electrical source have kept time based on the rate of the electrical current that powers them. If this current doesn’t keep its usual rate, clocks run a bit fast or slow. Right now, power companies now take steps to ensure the frequency of the current – and the time – is as precise as possible.

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Parents Would Rather Have a Boy Than a Girl: Poll

A recent Gallup poll of 1,020 adults shows that, if Americans could only have one child, they’d rather have a boy than a girl

According to the poll, published Thursday, 40 percent said they’d want to have a boy, while 28 percent said they’d rather have a girl instead.

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2 Arrested in Plot to Attack Seattle Military Center

Two men were arrested late Wednesday after federal officials said they planned to attack a military processing center in Seattle using grenades and firearms.

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Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes in New York

New York legislators passed a bill legalizing gay marriage in the state on Friday night, with the state Senate approving the bill to a cheering room before 11 p.m.

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‘King of Infomercials’ Don Lapre Arrested

Looks like Don Lapre finally found an audience who wouldn’t buy what he was selling.

After the self-proclaimed ‘King of Infomercials’ failed to appear for his Wednesday arraignment on 41 counts (including conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and promotional money laundering), a bench warrant was issued for his arrest. Deputy US Marshals caught up with him the next day in Tempe, AZ.

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Aww! Man Finds Mister Rogers Letter From His Childhood

Just when we thought we were over the 2003 passing of Mister Rogers, a man named Christopher Barranco dug up a letter from the children’s show star that he received at age six and posted it to Reddit. In it, the late Fred Rogers expresses his condolences that Christopher cannot visit his neighborhood in real life, but they can still have “television visits and a letter visit like this one.” Even more sniffle-inducing is Rogers’ suggestion that he create a pretend visit between the two, noting that, “When you pretend, things can be any way you want them to be.” Read the full letter below:

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60-Year-Old Grandmother Runs Marathon in All 50 States

She may be 60, but Gloria Linares still likes to be on her feet.

Linares has finally completed her goal of running a marathon in all 50 states.

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Miss California Alyssa Campanella Crowned Miss USA 2011 [VIDEO]

In what came down to a battle between two best friends, Alyssa Campanella of Los Angeles, California was crowned Miss USA 2011 Sunday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV.

The 21-year-old beauty beat out Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham to take the title, the 60th in the pageant’s long-running history.

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