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  • Is Prince Harry Unlucky in Love?

    On the frontlines, Prince Harry is the soldier everyone can relate to, a guy among the guys.

    Now that he's returned from his tour of duty in Afghanistan, however, Harry, 28, has come under attack for everything from being too candid about the war to comparing his skill as an Apache helicopter pilot to his skill at playing video games.

    Upon returning from Afghanistan last month, "Captain Wales," as he is known in the British army, said his time in war had made him a stranger to "normality' and made headlines again when he suggested that he had killed insurgents while there.

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    "I don't know what normal is anymore," he said. "In the last day I was there, a 7-and-a-half-year-old girl got shot down by the insurgents. So normality is [a] very, very ambiguous thing, if you know what I mean."

    "You get asked to do things," Harry added. "You get asked to do things you would

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  • The bet Gardiners Furniture, a Baltimore-based furniture chain, made with its fellow hometown fans of the Baltimore Ravens ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl seemed like a long shot.

    If the Ravens returned the opening kickoff of either half for a touchdown during Sunday's Super Bowl, then all furniture customers bought between Jan. 31 and 3 p.m. the day of the game would be free.

    The odds, experts say, of a player returning a kick for a touchdown are about 300 to 1, and, before Sunday, it hadn't happened in nearly 50 years.

    The first half of the game, all was calm. But when the San Francisco 49ers kicked off to start the game's second half, the furniture buyers got a thrill.

    Ravens' star Jacoby Jones returned the kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, prompting the store to give away a reported $600,000 in furnishings.

    "Within seconds my phone was ringing," said store co-owner, Gary Mullaney. "Nobody was more surprised than I was when the second half opened and Jacoby Jones

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  • Biggest Home Prices Rise in 6 Years

    Home prices are accelerating in most local markets. CoreLogic, a real estate data provider, says average home prices rose 8.3 percent in December compared with a year earlier, the biggest annual gain since May 2006. Prices rose last year in 46 of 50 states.

    Home prices also rose 0.4 percent in December from the previous month: a healthy increase given that sales usually slow over the winter months.

    SLIDESHOW: View the most expensive homes in the US.

    Steady increases in prices are helping fuel the housing recovery. They're encouraging some people to sell homes and enticing some would-be buyers to purchase homes before prices rise further.

    Higher prices can also make homeowners feel wealthier. That can encourage more consumer spending.

    CoreLogic says January home prices, including distressed sales, are expected to rise by nearly 8 percent on a year-over year basis from January 2012, and fall by 1 percent compared with

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