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BlogPost: September 19, 2010 - September 25, 2010

Stuck in space: Astronauts unable to return to Earth

There is a delay in return of international space station crew members, who remain stuck in orbit due to a faulty hatch.

By Melissa Bell  | September 24, 2010; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Ice queen' and 'mean girl': What not to call a woman politician

A new report from the "Name It, Change It" campaign examines how sexist slurs hamper a female candidate's approval rating.

By Melissa Bell  | September 24, 2010; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stephen Colbert's testimony before Congress (Text)

Stephen Colbert is testifying in front of Congress today on behalf of the United Farm Workers as they petition Congress for immigration reform. Below is Colbert's opening statement. His full testimony will come soon.

By Melissa Bell  | September 24, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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'Saturday Night Live' and the best skits of its past 35 seasons

Saturday Night Live enters its 36th season this Saturday.

By Melissa Bell  | September 24, 2010; 9:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Stephen Colbert comes to Congress

Stephen Colbert will testify in front of Congress today on behalf of the United Farm Workers.

By Melissa Bell  | September 24, 2010; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Morning music: Eddie Fisher walks ahead of us

Eddie Fisher was 82 when he died Wednesday night.

By Melissa Bell  | September 24, 2010; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Talking newspapers invade Indian breakfast tables

(Jochen Eckel/Bloomberg) On Tuesday, thousands of Indians got a rather jarring surprise when they opened their morning newspaper: a voice started hawking a Volkswagen vehicle. "The new Volkswagen Vento, crafted with so much care, it's hard to let it...

By Melissa Bell  | September 23, 2010; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Teresa Lewis's execution and the reaction to women on death row

Teresa Lewis will be executed tonight at 9 Eastern for conspiracy to murder. She is the first women to be killed in Virginia in 100 years.

By Melissa Bell  | September 23, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
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Stink bugs to bed bugs: It's been a creepy, crawly year

From cicadas to Asian long-horned beetles, insects have had a way of creeping into headlines this year.

By Melissa Bell  | September 23, 2010; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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'Sesame Street' singers who made it on the show (sorry, Katy Perry)

Katy Perry will not be singing on Sesame Street, so we looked back on some singers who did.

By Melissa Bell  | September 23, 2010; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Animating philosophy: RSA Animate draws human behavior

RSA Animate illustrates philosophical speeches.

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'Sesame Street': Katy Perry's cleavage, 'True Blood' and other questionable moments in Muppet history

"Sesame Street" has two new scandalous skits online with Katy Perry showing too much cleavage and a "True Blood" parody. The show has a long history of controversy.

By Melissa Bell  | September 23, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Warren Buffett: 'We're still in a recession'; 'the government did the right thing' (Videos)

Warren Buffett says we are still in a recession.

By Melissa Bell  | September 23, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Music Morning: Ray Charles got a woman

Ray Charles was born on September 30, 1930. He sings "I got a woman."

By Melissa Bell  | September 23, 2010; 7:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Zuckerberg donates $100 million to Newark schools; surpasses Steve Jobs on Forbes' rich list

Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.com, is said to be donating $100 million to Newark, New Jersey schools, thanks to his new friendship with Newark mayor Cory Booker. They plan to announce the donation on Oprah Winfry's show this Friday. Zuckerberg recently surpassed Steve Jobs on the Forbes 400 list of wealthiest Americans.

By Melissa Bell  | September 23, 2010; 2:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
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Ganesh celebrations in India (Photos)

In western India, the streets were thronged during a 10-day riotous festival that early ended today. Ganesh Chaturthi celebrates the birthday of the Hindu elephant god Ganesh.

By Melissa Bell  | September 22, 2010; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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'Super harvest moon': First day of fall meets full moon

Tonight will be a rare occurrence when the first day of fall meets a full moon. It is called a "super harvest moon" and is must-see sight.

By Melissa Bell  | September 22, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
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A dose of daily affirmation for lunch

Jessica gives her Daily Affirmation.

By Melissa Bell  | September 22, 2010; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Egypt's altered photograph just one in a long line of photo manipulation

An Egyptian newspaper manipulated a photograph to place Hosni Mubarak in front of Binyamin Netanyahu, President Obama, Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdullah II. We look back at other famous incidents of photographic manipulation.

By Melissa Bell  | September 22, 2010; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Bob Woodward book buildup: The reactions begin

Bob Woodward's book "Obama's War" will launch Sept. 27. Reactions have started today.

By Melissa Bell  | September 22, 2010; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
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Twitter virus 'onMouseOver' pinned on 17-year-old Australian and Japanese developer

The creators of the Twitter virus come forward to talk about how it spread.

By Melissa Bell  | September 22, 2010; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Music Morning: Nick Cave and Joan Jett do not duet

Singer Joan Jett and singer Nick Cave both celebrate birthdays today. Nick Cave turns 53, while Joan Jett turns 52.

By Melissa Bell  | September 22, 2010; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Racial segregation of D.C. and other cities

Eric Fischer plotted the racial data of the 2000 US census on maps to highlight the racial segregation of the top US cities.

By Melissa Bell  | September 21, 2010; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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As National Book Festival approaches, we wonder: Which books changed your world?

It's safe to say that as we become deeper immersed in a world of tweets, blogs and all things bulleted list, we begin to forget what it was that made us first start sneaking our favorite stories under the covers after bedtime.

By Katie Rogers  | September 21, 2010; 2:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (58)
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Twitter bug attacks the Internet interface

A Twitter bug ran rampant across the new Twitter interface today, spreading a malware virus that led to a Japanese porn site if users ran their mouse over the bad link.

By Melissa Bell  | September 21, 2010; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Glenn Beck approves of Jon Stewart/Stephen Colbert rallies

Glenn Beck released a statement approving of Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" and Stephen Colbert's "March to Keep Fear Alive."

By Melissa Bell  | September 21, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (65)
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Time-lapse Tuesday (Videos)

Timelapse videos seem to be the web's most popular photography style these days, and for good reason. They're beautiful mediations on the passing of time.

By Melissa Bell  | September 21, 2010; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The war in Afghanistan: What's the cost to your community?

Deaths of servicemen and women are reported in obituaries and news reports. Some men and women are commemorated in public tributes and memorials. Others are mentioned in little more than a press release. But families, friends and entire towns mourn each death.

By Katie Rogers  | September 21, 2010; 11:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Sarah Palin and President Obama share a milkshake

Archie Comics introduces a Sarah Palin and Barack Obama comic book.

By Melissa Bell  | September 21, 2010; 9:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Morning music: Leonard Cohen is your man

Leonard Cohen turns 76 today. He's a musical genius and sang "Suzanne" like a champ.

By Melissa Bell  | September 21, 2010; 8:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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OK Go: Synchronized dancing + dogs = Internet magic (Video)

Ok Go launches a new music video destined for viral goodness -- this time with synchronized dogs dancing.

By Sam Sanders  | September 20, 2010; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Facebook phone? Enough with the phones; how about a Flickr camera?

The Facebook phone may or may not be a rumor, but either way, it's a bad idea. We decided to come up with some hardware ideas that were not bad ideas.

By Melissa Bell  | September 20, 2010; 4:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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YouTube Play goes to the Guggenheim; Vimeo Awards heads to New York

YouTube Play announces finalists and Vimeo does the same for their online film making contests.

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Yelp! Allen Ginsburg's 'Howl' gets updated for a digital generation

Our Internet-addled brains can all use what Tiffany Shlain and Ken Goldberg call a "technology shabbat," a once-a-week break from the web. To inspire us wired mortals, they wrote a poem based on Allen Ginsburg's Howl.

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Mexican media ask drug cartels, 'What do you want from us?'

El Diario, a Juarez city paper, ends its coverage of the drug wars in Mexico after the killing of its second journalist this year.

By Melissa Bell  | September 20, 2010; 11:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Nucky Johnson, 'Boardwalk Empire' and the real-life gangsters of the show

HBO's new show Boardwalk Empire has its roots in reality with the stories of Nucky Thompson based on Enoch "Nucky" Johnson.

By Melissa Bell  | September 20, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Steve Jobs doesn't like college students; transgender tax collectors; tweeting about rape

Round up of weekend stories, including how Fenty lost the race, tax collection in Pakistan, the fall TV season, and transgender tax collectors.

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Morning music: 'After the Rain' by the Nelson brothers

Nelson brothers turn 43 today.

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