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California Politician Proposes South California as 51st State
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California Politician Proposes South California as 51st State

We've been doing the 50-state thing since Hawaii got the nod in 1959. But if one California politician gets his way, we're going to have to add another star to the flag.

Jeff Stone, who sits on Riverside County Board of Supervisors, is proposing that his and 12 other counties in the southern half of California break away from the Golden State and form their own state called South California.

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Glenn Beck Relocates to Texas
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Glenn Beck Relocates to Texas

Texas is a pretty big place -- but is it big enough for Glenn Beck? The Lone Star State is about to find out.

Conservative pundit Beck, whose New York-based television show for Fox News was recently canceled -- or he voluntarily left, depending on whom you ask -- sold his $3.6 million Connecticut home and is renting a $20,000-a-month two-acre spread in Dallas. “I can’t wait,” Beck told listeners during his radio broadcast on Monday.

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Westboro Baptist Church Will Picket Betty Ford's Funeral
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Westboro Baptist Church Will Picket Betty Ford’s Funeral

The Westboro Baptist Church is at it again.

The fundamentalist and anti-gay group has announced it will picket the funeral of former first lady Betty Ford, who died last week, because she got divorced before marrying the man who would later become President Gerald Ford. This, the group says, made her an adulterer who "loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex."

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This Day in History for July 12 – Mondale Chooses Ferraro and More

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

1543 – King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, at Hampton Court Palace (More info)

1812 – The United States invades Canada at Windsor, Ontario (More info)

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Restaurant Causes Uproar By Banning Kids Under Age Six.txt
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Restaurant Causes Uproar By Banning Kids Under Age Six

McDain's Restaurant, in suburban Pittsburgh, isn't what you would call a kid-friendly establishment.

The eatery has instituted a new policy banning children younger than six beginning this coming Sunday.

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Sherwood Schwartz, Creator of ‘The Brady Bunch’ and ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dead at 94
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Sherwood Schwartz, Creator of ‘The Brady Bunch’ and ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dead at 94

Sherwood Schwartz, the man who created or contributed to several iconic television shows, died Tuesday at 4AM of natural causes. He was 94.

Schwartz worked in radio for Bob Hope before transitioning to television, where he won a 1961 Emmy as part of the writing team for 'The Red Skelton Show.' He also worked on series such as 'My Favorite Martian' and 'Harper Valley PTA.'

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Study Finds Webpages are Read By People in an F-Shaped Pattern.txt
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Study Finds Webpages are Read By People in an F-Shaped Pattern

A new study by usability expert Jakob Nielsen reveals that when webpages are read, we read and scan the text in an F-shape.

Using eyetracking software, he found the first paragraph gets the most attention, making the top horizontal line of the F. The next paragraph only gets half the attention of the first, tracing the second shorter horizontal line of the F. And finally, we skim down the rest of the article vertically.

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This Day in History for July 11 ­ Babe Ruth Debuts and More
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This Day in History for July 11 – Babe Ruth Debuts and More

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

1798 – The United States Marine Corps is re-established after being disbanded following the Revolutionary War (More info)

1804 – Former US Vice President Aaron Burr fatally wounds former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton in a duel (More info)

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Janitor Wins $3.4 Million Lottery -- and Continues to Be A Janitor [VIDEO]
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Janitor Wins $3.4 Million Lottery — and Continues to Be A Janitor [VIDEO]

Tyrone Curry doesn't have to wake up at 4 a.m. and mop the floors at Evergreen High School in Seattle.

Not after the custodian won the Washington State lottery to the tune of $3.41 million five years ago.

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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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