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New laws for 2010

No matter where you live on January 1st, plenty of new laws go into effect. In New Hampshire, as of the first of the year, it is now going to be legal for same-sex couples to be married, which is quite a significant law. This year New Hampshire also has a bizarre law going into effect, which states that physical therapists can now be certified to practice on animals. In California, restaurants are no longer allowed to use any oils, margarine, or shortenings that contain more than half a gram of trans fat per serving. Louisiana has just enacted a law that prohibits stores from selling lighters that appeal to children. Many more notable laws have been passed, so be sure to check out any changes that have been made in your state. ...

HGTV's 2010 Dream Home Give Away

Well, this is new to me, but evidently HGTV has been giving away a 'dream house' every year for the last fourteen years. Now, the internet is all a buzz after the 'HGTV Dream Home 2010 special'. This year the give-away is a Pueblo style contemporary home that is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (The home is part of a $2 million dollar grand prize package that includes $500,000 and a 2010 GMC Terrain.) I don't enter to many contests, but I find it interesting because I do enjoy nice architecture and much of the house is impressive. Although contemporary/modern is not my first style choice, I would not balk if someone handed me the keys. Here's a quick tour of the home.

Rush Limbaugh Rushed to Hospital With Chest Pains

Hawaii's KITV television is reporting that Rush Limbaugh, who is on vacation in Hawaii, has been rushed to the hospital with chest pains. The 58 year old talk-show host was reported to be in serious condition at Honolulu's Queen's Medical Center.

Suspicious Van in Times Square Inspected and Declared Safe

In the mood of heightened security, NASDAQ employees had to evacuate today after a suspicious van was found in the parking lot next to their building. The van, which had no license plates, was reported to have been there several days. It also had a placard in its window reading "Detective's Crime Clinic, Metropolitan New Jersey and New York", although police investigation revealed that this was a phony law enforcement agency. After securing the area and warning office workers in nearby Conde Nast and NASDAQ buildings to evacuate, bomb squad officers sent in a robot to examine the vehicle. After the robot looked inside the vehicle, policemen opened it up and found piles of clothing and scarves, which looked like the belongings of a street peddler. They also found an altered registration card, and are currently trying to locate the van's owner. ...

Bristol Palin Sues For Full Custody of Son

Details about a custody case between Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin were revealed this week as Palin's request for a private trial was denied by a Superior Court Judge. Bristol is suing for full custody of their son, Tripp, as well as for child support and a set visitation schedule for Levi. Bristol claims that she provides almost complete care for the child currently and that Levi is "not yet mature enough to take on significant parental responsibilities", citing his recent naked photos for Playgirl magazine. She also wants to make sure that Tripp is not left unsupervised with Levi's mom, who is on home confinement after a recent drug arrest. Levi, however, wants shared custody of their son and claims in court documents that he has not been shirking his parental responsibilities. ...

Boom! Lake Champlain Bridge was Demolished (with Video)
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The Lake Champlain Bridge that connected Crown Point, New York, with Chimney Point in Vermont was demolished in a controlled explosion this morning. ...

Santa Goes High-Tech With NORAD and Google Maps

When you were a kid, you probably tried to stay up all night on Christmas at least once. You wanted to see Santa, and so you would camp out in your living room, struggling to keep your eyes open so you could catch a glimpse of him. If only you had had Google maps back then, all your problems would have been solved. With the help of NORAD and the technicians at Google Maps, one can watch Santa's journey around the world for themselves. ...

David Goldman Reunited With Son After Five Years

After a five year long, international custody battle, David Goldman was finally allowed to bring his son home to New Jersey on Thursday. David was reunited with his son, Sean, at the Brazilian consulate on Christmas Eve morning, after the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled that the boy must be returned to the United States. Although the boy was seen crying on his way into the consulate, he had a happy reunion with his father. Goldman's lawyer said that "they looked just like best buddies". ...

Kim Peek, the inspiration for 'Rain Man', has died

Kim Peek has died from a heart attack according to the Salt Lake Tribune and the Associated Press. Kim Peek was the inspiration for Dustin Hoffman's character in the movie 'Rain Man'. Kim's constant companion and caregiver was his father Fran Peek who took him on speaking engagements and essentially shared Kim's amazing memory with the world. Kim Peek was 58. ...

Travelers Let Out a Sigh of Relief as a ''Passenger's Bill of Rights'' is Created

Everyone knows someone with an airplane delay horror story. For years, getting stuck on the tarmac for hours has been a risk one takes when flying, especially during the holidays. Today, though, the Obama administration took a stand and created a bill of rights for passengers. Domestic airlines will now be required to let passengers deplane after a delay of three hours. They will also be required to provide functioning bathrooms, medical care and food and beverages within two hours. If airline companies don't comply, they'll be forced to pay $27,500 per passenger who was kept on the plane after three hours. ...

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