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US Marine Corps Scrambles to Apologize After Mix-Up Sends Purple Hearts to Dead Soldiers

The families of US Marines mourning loved ones killed in action recently got a most unwelcome surprise when an epic blunder caused them to receive Purple Hearts intended for soldiers who’d been wounded but survived.

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Have Scientists Found a Way for People to Live Forever? — Health Check [VIDEO]

A 100th birthday is so rare these days that it’s cause for serious celebration. But scientists say that someday in the very near future, people could live well beyond that.

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Should Alec Baldwin Be Able to Play Words with Friends Before an American Airline Takeoff? — Survey of the Day

Was Alec Baldwin striking a blow for the common air traveler when he refused to stop playing Words With Friends on his smart phone while his American Airline flight was awaiting takeoff? While his actions may seem justified to some, almost half of Americans think the cell phone rule should be honored.

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Could the Dangers of Driving and Using a Cell Phone Be a Bunch of Baloney? — Health Check

In recent years, study after study has raised the alarm about the dangers of talking on the phone while driving, with some saying you could be four times as likely to have a crash if you’re using a phone behind the wheel.

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Woman Makes Santa’s Naughty List for Falsely Claiming She Had Cancer [VIDEO]

If anyone is going to get a lumps of coal in his or her stocking this year, it’s Martha Nicholas. The Virginian woman was arrested Wednesday for bilking kind-hearted people out of money by falsely claiming she had cancer. Nicholas, 42, duped even her husband and children along the way, claimed she was a four-time cancer patient and participated in multiple cancer fundraisers

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6 Hardcore GPS Units That Can Take a Beating, No Matter the Weather

If you’re trekking out into the woods or the mountains this winter season, a durable and reliable GPS unit is just the thing to ensure you find your way home. We'r

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The Public Agrees, About $150,000 a Year Makes You ‘Rich’ — Survey of the Day

In light of the Occupy Wall Street movement focusing attention on the “one percent” and the debate over raising taxes on the wealthy, Gallup asked 1,012 adults how much money they would need to make a year in order to consider themselves rich.

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What Are the Most and Least Dangerous Cities in America?

The 2011 CQ Press City Crime Rankings, which purports to identify the most dangerous cities in America, was released on Thursday — but experts say not to put too much stock in the controversial annual report.

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Coke Moves Its Secret Formula for All to See — Kind Of [VIDEO]

Since 1925, the secret recipe for Coca-Cola has been famously locked in a bank vault. But no more — to much fanfare, the coveted list of ingredients was moved Thursday to a new vault that’s on display at the World of Coca-Cola Museum at the company’s headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

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UPDATE: Virginia Tech Gunman Not Believed to Be a Student [VIDEO]

In a frightening reminder the 2007 massacre on Virginia Tech’s campus that left more than 30 people dead, a gunman shot and killed a police officer at the university on Thursday before apparently turning the gun on himself.

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Michelle Duggar Suffers a Miscarriage

Some sad news from Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar — after recently announcing they were expecting their 20th child, they’ve now learned that Michelle, 45, has miscarried in her second trimester.

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Forget the Holiday Parties, Employees Just Want the Bonuses — Survey of the Day

While holiday parties are thought to bring on the holiday cheer in employees, a new survey indicates they’d be a lot happier skipping the revelries and pocketing the cash equivalent instead.

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