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BlogPost: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Gaddafi: Is it a laughing matter?

As the protests to depose of Libya's leader have amplified, Moammar Gaddafi has increasingly been on the receiving end of snark, ridicule, and parody.

By Elizabeth Flock  | March 4, 2011; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Christchurch earthquake followup: buy a boulder for charity

Boulder for sale.

By Melissa Bell  | March 4, 2011; 3:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mazda 6 recall: Beware the yellow sac spider and the web it weaves

The yellow sac spider(Alan Moore/Flickr) In Friday's terrifying news story of the day, a tiny spider's web might crack apart your car engine and start a fire. But only if you have a Mazda 6. And no one has any...

By Melissa Bell  | March 4, 2011; 1:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brazilian bike attacker: central banker on trial for attempted murder (Video)

Video footage shows a man running over bikers in his car.

By Melissa Bell  | March 4, 2011; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Libya rocked by fresh protests; thousands march through Jordan's capital

Libya is bracing for another day of mass protests against Gaddafi's rule, in which conflict between anti-government protesters and Gaddafi forces is expected. The protests are expected to start after noon prayers, which are underway now.

By Elizabeth Flock  | March 4, 2011; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Laughing baby, dancing grandpa (Video)

Two videos to welcome the Friday Funday.

By Melissa Bell  | March 4, 2011; 10:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Anti-Muslim videos spark anger; pro-Muslim rally planned for March 6 (#mar6)

Anti-Muslim rallies caught on tape.

By Melissa Bell  | March 4, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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The tragedy of first position (Video)

Some people just don't get it.

By Melissa Bell  | March 3, 2011; 3:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama says Gaddafi 'must leave'; Friday protests planned for Tripoli

Emboldened by their victory Wednesday, some Libyan rebels said they planned to advance west and on to Gaddafi's stronghold of Tripoli, the capital. Gaddafi "has the force, but we have the heart," said Suleiman Abdel, a surgeon and, now, a rebel.

By Elizabeth Flock  | March 3, 2011; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The most typical person on the planet is ...

You are typical.

By Melissa Bell  | March 3, 2011; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UFO files released by the UK government: Balls of light, alien autopsy and more

"X-Files" fans rejoice! The Ministry of Defense just released a treasure trove of documents, the largest release ever, of UFO files. And they are all searchable online for space enthusiasts to pore over and seek out clues to the answer of extraterrestrial life.

By Melissa Bell  | March 3, 2011; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Charlie Sheen tweets: 140 characters of endorsement?

Will Charlie Sheen sell his tweets?

By Melissa Bell  | March 3, 2011; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Ashton Kutcher's Twitter account pranked at TED

Ashton Kutcher was hacked at TED.

By Melissa Bell  | March 3, 2011; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Naked therapy videos, support blogs: how the Daily engages readers outside their app

How the Daily's social media director gets her audience engaged -- even if it isn't her audience yet.

By Melissa Bell  | March 3, 2011; 8:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Did Lady Gaga make an indie band super happy, thanks to Twitter?

Lady Gaga surprises some fans.

By Melissa Bell  | March 3, 2011; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Libya: Rebels repel attack on Brega, Libyans react strongly against foreign intervention

On a day when forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi moved to recapture control of a key oil port in eastern Libya early Wednesday, looking as if they could reverse the tide of the opposition uprising, Gaddafi gave a televised public rally in the capital, Tripoli.

By Elizabeth Flock  | March 2, 2011; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Steve Jobs upstages iPad 2 at product launch

Steve Jobs surprises the audience at the iPad 2 launch.

By Melissa Bell  | March 2, 2011; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Is the U.S. paying attention to war deaths?

Joint US Military personnel salute the flag draped coffin carrying the remains of US Navy Chief Petty Officer Matthew J. Bourgeois during his Fallen Soldier Ceremony at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. (DOD via NSArchive.org) How often do you think about...

By T.J. Ortenzi  | March 2, 2011; 2:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Westboro Baptist Church wins Supreme Court case: Was it the right decision?

The Westboro Baptist Church won its Supreme Court battle to protest at military funerals.

By Melissa Bell  | March 2, 2011; 11:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Slain Pakistani minister says he's prepared to die in video recorded before his death

A video of slain Pakistani minister surfaces.

By Melissa Bell  | March 2, 2011; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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USS Ponce and USS Kearsarge get closer to Libya

Two U.S. amphibious warships, the USS Ponce and the USS Kearsarge, passed through Egypt's Suez Canal on Wednesday and arrived in the Mediterranean, Reuters reported.

By Elizabeth Flock  | March 2, 2011; 10:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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#TigerBlood: Charlie Sheen has infiltrated Twitter

Charlie Sheen on Charlie Sheen on Twitter.

By Melissa Bell  | March 2, 2011; 9:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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♪♫ Dr. Seuss's birthday celebrated by Michelle Obama, schoolchildren across America

Dr. Seuss would have been 107 on Wednesday.

By Melissa Bell  | March 2, 2011; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Libya in stalemate; Yemen opposition joins demonstrators

Anti-government demonstrations grew larger and more boisterous Tuesday. Tens of thousands calling for an immediate end to President Ali Abdullah Saleh authoritarian rule. Organizers called it the "day of rage," a name chosen to echo the protests in Egypt that led to President Mubarak's ouster. Since the protests in Yemen began Feb. 16, human rights activists say at least 27 people have been killed.

By Elizabeth Flock  | March 1, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Wisconsin protests: Sleepover camp in the capitol (Photos)

Wisconsin protesters have set up camp in Madison.

By Melissa Bell  | March 1, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Charlie Sheen high on Charlie Sheen -- and the world can't get enough

Charlie Sheen. (Rick Wilking/Reuters) Charlie Sheen is on a media tear. He's on "Good Morning America"! He's on "The Howard Stern Show"! He's everywhere, providing sound bites so terrible, you can't tear yourself away. Tiger's blood? Adonis DNA? Charlie Sheen...

By Melissa Bell  | March 1, 2011; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Rick Perry's media melee

Rick Perry is having some problems with the media.

By Melissa Bell  | March 1, 2011; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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John Galliano fired from Dior after racist video surfaces

John Galliano is in hot water over racist, drunk comments.

By Melissa Bell  | March 1, 2011; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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IHOP pancakes: Saving babies lives?

National Pancake Day at IHOP offers free pancakes to raise money for children.

By Melissa Bell  | March 1, 2011; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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♪♫ Jane Russell: Hollywood's 'First Brunette' dies

Jane Russell died at the age of 89.

By Melissa Bell  | March 1, 2011; 7:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Middle East in turmoil: Gaddafi interviewed by Christiane Amanpour

State television announced Monday that ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his family had been banned from foreign travel, and their financial assets were being freezed inside the country, wire services reported.

By Elizabeth Flock  | February 28, 2011; 4:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Yemen: "Day of Rage" tomorrow

As unrest continues to grow in the troubled southern Arabian state of Yemen, President Ali Abdullah Saleh was today dealt yet another blow when the opposition coalition rebuffed his offer of a unity government

By Portia Walker  | February 28, 2011; 4:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Donald Trump's hair feels like _________ (Must-read Oscar roundup)

Best Oscar stories to read.

By Melissa Bell  | February 28, 2011; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moammar Gaddafi Auto-Tuned speech finds fans in Arab world

A YouTube video mocking Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi became a viral hit over the weekend, much to the glee of Arab protesters.

By Melissa Bell  | February 28, 2011; 1:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Andrew Sullivan: The latest pick for Tina Brown's Daily Beast

Andrew Sullivan and his Daily Dish column are nabbed by Tina Brown at the Daily Beast.

By Melissa Bell  | February 28, 2011; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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♪♫ PS22, Autotuning the Movies: even borrowing from the Internet couldn't save the Oscars

The Oscars stole the best from the Internet.

By Melissa Bell  | February 28, 2011; 10:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Frank Buckles dies, Gmail loses messages, Middle East unrest continues

Morning links

By Melissa Bell  | February 28, 2011; 9:33 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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♪♫ Trent Reznor's Oscar shocker

Trent Reznor wins an Oscar.

By Melissa Bell  | February 28, 2011; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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