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Weak US dollar hits papal profits

Almost a quarter of the $79.8m worth of offerings the Vatican received last year came from America, which put the church in the red by $7.3m. Guess all that prayer didn’t work.
Still, they raked in 236.7m euros from the gullible (ahh faithful) last year.

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China bans dog from Olympic menu

China has ordered dog meat to be taken off the menu at its 112 official Olympic restaurants in order to avoid offending foreign visitors.

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Indian beggar gets bank account

A bank in the Indian city of Calcutta has opened an account for a beggar who deposited 91kg (200lb) of coins in one of the bank’s branches.

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Top U.S. Housing Markets For Investment

Cash is flowing to cities from coast-to-coast as international buyers see plenty of opportunities

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Battling California fires, inmates find a chance at better r

About 2,500 trained inmate firefighters are providing vital help in the wildfire crisis.

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Jackson wants Obama’s Nuts.

Awww was the mic still on?

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House Cat Adopts Panda

“A zookeeper’s house cat has adopted a baby red panda abandoned by its mother and is nursing the cub along with her own kittens, the Artis zoo said Wednesday.”

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On the trail of ‘Dr Death’

Aribert Heim’s crimes rank among the worst of the Holocaust, and after a hunt that has spanned almost half a century, Nazi-hunters believe they are closing in on him.

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Geeks get a word in with Merriam-Webster

Geek culture is once again showing its influence over the mainstream lexicon in the latest version of the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary, which includes word additions such as webinar, malware, netroots, pretexting.

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New frontiers in on-line defamation

Curt Monash has discovered that he’s a member of the JLove dating service – without being asked. Apparently JLove scrapes web sites for peoples’ names and constructs fake memberships for them to artificially inflate the JLove membership base. Curt has identified at least one blogger who was apparently misled by such an entry.

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