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Who invented crossword puzzles?

They are a fixture in daily newspapers, varying enormously in difficulty and complexity. Crosswords range from simple puzzles that provide amusement in waiting rooms and coffee-breaks to fiendish tests of intelligence that were even used to recruit…  …

New Hampshire firefighter pulls dying woman from vehicle only to realize she’s his daughter

A firefighter responding this morning to a call of a wrecked vehicle in Brookline, New Hampshire was shocked to discover that the dying woman in the wreckage was his daughter. According to Brookline Police Chief William Quigley, when the firefighter arrived on the scene, he began to break down the…

Pope Francis continues to preach reform at first Christmas mass

Pope Francis delivered his first Christmas homily tonight, and like much of what he has said since ascending to the papacy, he spoke of love and compassion. As was befitting of the occasion, however, the pope spoke in a less pointed manner. “On this night, let us share the joy…

Black drag dance troupe uninvited from Mobile, Alabama New Year’s festivities

Mere days after a small Alabama town accidentally invited a troupe of black drag queens to dance in its Christmas parade, the “Prancing Elites” have been asked not to perform in Mobile, Alabama’s “MoonPie Over Mobile” parade on New Year’s Eve. According to members of the troupe, they had been…

Imprisoned Pussy Riot members underwent daily ‘forced gynecological examinations’

After nearly two years in prison for singing a song about Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral, the women of Pussy Riot are no less defiant. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have walked free from prison , and pledged to devote their energies to changing the political system in Russia…

Girlfriend transports man shot in stolen Christmas present dispute to hospital in stolen truck

Police in Portland, Oregon arrested a man on Saturday after he allegedly shot another man during an altercation over stolen Christmas presents. According to authorities, Martin Luther Hartley shot Keytar Donesouda during a fight outside an unrelated home. Donesouda’s wounds were not considered to be life-threatening. Donesouda and his girlfriend,…

Chicago-area library rejects $3,000 donation from atheist blogger because he is ‘a hate group’

The trustees of the Morton Grove Library rejected a $3,000 donation from the “Friendly Atheist,” Hemant Mehta, because they believe he’s “a hate group.” The controversy began when Park Commissioner Dan Ashta refused to to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance at a board meeting because, he told the Morton…

U.S. stocks close for Christmas at record highs

US stocks continued their record-breaking run Tuesday, closing before a Christmas break at a new all time high following solid reports on durable goods and new home sales. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both hit their highest ever levels, rising 62.94 points (0.39 percent) to 16,357.55…

Bill de Blasio’s daughter reveals her battle with depression and drug abuse

The teenage daughter of New York’s incoming mayor confessed on Christmas Eve to smoking pot and underage drinking in an astonishing video she said could help others battling depression. Nineteen-year-old Chiara de Blasio features alone in the nearly five-minute video, announcing that she suffers from clinical depression, had smoked weed…

Putin ready for post-Soviet economic union with Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday the final pieces were in place for the 2015 launch of an economic union with Belarus and Kazakhstan that Moscow hopes can also be joined by Ukraine. Putin promised following talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Belarussian leader Alexander Lukashenko that the…

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