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Man Poses As Homeless, Gives Away $1K

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Drivers in Iowa who rolled down their window to give a few bucks to a homeless guy asking for help on Christmas Eve got a surprise gift in return. Read more on Newser…

Boy Scouts Hope For Smooth Transition As They Accept Gay Youth

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The Boy Scouts of America will accept openly gay youths starting on New Year’s Day, a historic change that has prompted the BSA to ponder a host of potential complications — ranging from policies on tentmates and showers to whether Scouts can march in gay pride parades.

Yet despite their be-prepared approach, BSA leaders are rooting for the change to be a non-event, comparable to another New Year’s Day in 2000 when widespread fears of digital-clock chaos to start the new millennium proved unfounded.

“My hope is there will be the same effect this Jan. 1 as the Y2K scare,” said Brad Haddock, a BSA national executive board member who chairs the policy implementation committee. Read more on Newser …

Daughter Finds Mother After 71 Years

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It’s not all that unusual for an adopted child to grow up and seek out her biological mother, but the LA Times has the story of one such reunion that’s remarkable on a few fronts—the big one being that this reunion takes place 71 years after the fact. The story begins in 1941, when Brooke Mayo, a California woman about to set off for London with a civilian Army corps, was raped. She decided to have the baby but give it up for adoption. (“You didn’t go to the police,” she says. “Not back then.”) Read more on Newser …

Private Spying Companies Sell Lists Of Rape Victims

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Secretive data companies are tracking almost every American’s every move online—and compiling and selling disturbingly targeted lists based on that spying, a new Senate Commerce Committee report concludes. That includes lists of rape victims, people suffering from ailments including HIV, AIDS, and dementia, and people with substance abuse problems, a privacy group said in a hearing yesterday, as per CNN. Read more on Newser … 

Teens Threw Mansion Party, Stole $250K Leopard

Sixteen suspects described as “kids of means” have been arrested after a wild party in a wealthy Los Angeles suburb where a $7 million mansion was trashed and partygoers made off with a bizarre assortment of loot—including a mounted snow leopard valued at $250,000. Read more on Newser …

New Trend: “Duck Dynasty”-Inspired Baby Names

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Think you’re soooooo clever naming your baby after a Duck Dynasty star? Think again: Korie and Silas are some of the trendy up-and-comers onBabyCenter’s annual baby names survey. See this years top baby names on Newser…

“Definition Of Evil”: Lab Tech Guilty Of Infecting Patients

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A hospital lab technician in New Hampshire was sentenced today to 39 years in prison for using syringes that later infected at least 46 people with hepatitis C, ABC News reports. David Kwiatkowski, 34, admitted that he stole syringes intended for patients, injecting their anesthetic fentanyl into his arm and filling the syringes with saline. Read more on Newser…

Train In Deadly Metro-North Derailment Wouldn’t Slow Down, Said Operator

Train In Deadly Metro-North Derailment Wouldn't Slow Down, Said Operator

At least four people are dead and 63 hurt after a Metro-North passenger train derailed on a curved section of track in the Bronx this morning, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says, according to the AP. Metropolitan Transportation Authority police say the train derailed near the Spuyten Duyvil station in a “slow speed area,” and one passenger says it seemed to be traveling “a lot faster” than usual as it approached the sharp curve. The train operator, who was injured, told investigators he tried to apply the brakes but the train wouldn’t slow, CNN reports. Read more on Newser…

There’s A $100 Slingshot In Gwyneth Paltrow’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Gwyneth Paltrow has released her GOOP holiday gift guide, and let us start by reminding you that this is the woman who brought you the $90 white T-shirt and who considers $970 glitter boots to be an “essential” wardrobe item. The gift guide is predictably amusing, and E! runs down some of its more ridiculous items. Click to read the full list and her hilarious options for improving her reputation on Newser…

Cops Taser Stepdad Trying To Save Son From Fire

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The outraged family of a stepfather Tasered as he tried to save his stepson from a house fire is considering suing the town of Louisiana, Missouri. Officers used the stun gun on Ryan Miller after he kicked in a front door and tried to enter the burning residence to rescue 3-year-old Riley, Quincy News reports. Read more on Newser…

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