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Dwight Howard picked Houston. And the rest of us said, “Huh?” That’s been the general reaction to the free agent, All-star center after Howard chose a four-year, $88 million deal with the Houston Rockets over re-signing w...


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You’re not paying enough for movie tickets! That’s according to everyone in Hollywood. “Going to the movies is going to cost you 50 bucks, maybe $100, maybe $150,” said director George Lucas recently at a film panel in ...


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Happy birthday, America! You don’t look a day over 200. As Americans, we take special pride in the Fourth of July. It’s about freedom. It’s about history. It’s about stuffing our faces full of potato salad, parading an ...



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Get the shot. Don’t get cancer. A new study found that a vaccine against the human papillomavirus— better known as HPV—cut infections in teen girls by half. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and can ca...


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What’s Russian for “finder’s keepers?” Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots, recently said that Russian President Vladimir Putin stole his Super Bowl ring. The alleged “mooch-insky” of the 4.9-car...


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You can say that again. Or you can just ask your government to rewind the recording. That’s because the National Security Agency this week admitted that it is currently collecting telephone records for millions of U.S. citize...



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Pump the brakes! That’s what one former pro athlete was saying (OK, more like shouting) at pop singer Justin Beiber. Keyshawn Johnson—a retired NFL player and current ESPN talking head—confronted Bieber in the gated commu...


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Chill out, Riverside! Turns out we are a giant ball of neck-knotted, knuckle-biting, finger-pointing stress. That’s according to an annual survey conducted by Forbes, which ranked Riverside as the nation’s 14th most stressf...


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Flying somewhere? Don’t forget your knife. The “friendly skies” have gotten a little stabbier as the Transportation Security Administration considers lifting the ban to allow pocketknives on planes. To the shock of nobody...



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Monocles for everyone! California raked in $4.5 billion over what was expected in state income tax this year, according to state officials. Nearly $2.8 billion arrived on April 17, the third-highest collection day in state hist...


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Did you feel it? The earth shook. This week’s Sports Illustrated features a cover story titled, The Gay Athlete. In it, NBA player Jason Collins became the first male professional athlete from a major American sports team to ...


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Recent articles in The New York Times, Daily Mail and Slate.com have detailed one of the latest parenting trends: a diaper-free style of child-rearing—emphasis on “rear.” Called “elimination communication,” it allows ...



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Deep breath, America. Talk about your rough weeks. Last Friday’s capture of a second bombing suspect related to the bombing of the Boston Marathon capped off one of the most memorably stressful weeks in our nation’s history...


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Beliebe or Not It is so easy to hate Justin Bieber. Oh my god, it is easy. He’s Canadian. He weighs as much as a cocker spaniel. He looks like a young Carol Burnett. (Wait, I’m not done.) He dresses…


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Get in the hole! Mere days after Tiger Woods regained his status as the No. 1-ranked golfer in the world, Nike released a controversial new ad. It features a goateed Tiger staring down a putt, and the tagline, “Winning takes&...



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Reward shmeward! So says Riverside Mayor William “Rusty” Bailey. Mayor Rusty and the City of Riverside are refusing to pay its share of a reward for the capture of deceased cop killer, Christopher Dorner. In February, Dorne...


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Pack your bags. We’re going to Mars! Danish millionaire Bas Lansdorp, founder of the Mars One Project, has promised to put humans on the Red Planet by 2023. Applications to join the Mars mission are open to anyone—no experi...


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All hail the Commander-in-Chief! Just do it from a half-mile away and from behind a 10-foot armored gate. (Please don’t touch the armored gate.) That’s the message sixth graders from Waverly, Iowa, were given when they had ...



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Former Playboy model and former Girls Next Door reality star Holly Madison has given birth to a baby girl, Rainbow Aurora. What’s more surprising: Holly still wanted to name her daughter Rainbow after the drugs wore off. Alre...


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Back to work! That’s what Yahoo’s big boss is telling its 14,500 workforce. Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer recently banned working from home for hundreds of Yahoo telecommuters. All Yahoo employees have until June 1 to start putti...


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The future is coming and it’s going to sit on your face. Google has invented computerized eyewear to video chat, take photos, search the Internet, check weather and get driving directions, according to CNET. Marketed as “Go...



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The Academy Awards are scheduled for Sunday and odds are your favorite movie won’t win. It probably wasn’t even nominated. Recent winners for Best Picture have included The Artist, The King’s Speech and Slumdog Millionair...


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No fair! That’s what Coach Jim Harbaugh is yelling, after his San Francisco 49ers lost the Super Bowl on a controversial last-minute play. Jim Harbaugh—whose team was competing against his older brother, Baltimore Ravens Co...


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We’re fat. We’re lazy. And we lo-o-ove to smoke. That’s according to the 2013 Community Health Profile, a report released by the County of Riverside Department of Public Health. Turns out residents of Riverside County are...



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Beyon-Say-Can-You-Sing? Beyoncé reportedly used a “backing track” during her performance of the national anthem at Barack Obama’s recent presidential inauguration . . . I’m starting to suspect Beyoncé  might not even...


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Think you had a rough week? Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o has been labeled everything from a chump to a con artist after his two-year relationship with girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, turned out to be imaginary. Te’o received ...


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Is Lance Armstrong a weasely little bastard who had the one ball to actually lie to cancer patients? You bet. A “no-holds barred” TV interview with cyclist Lance Armstrong was scheduled to air on Thursday, hosted by Oprah W...



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Get ready to lose all that extra holiday weight… Flu season is here—about five weeks early. It’s been described as “intense” and “severe” and “the feel-good hit of the summer.” (Actually that last quote might...