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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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  • Los Angeles won't require skyscraper helipads
    Los Angeles won't require skyscraper helipads

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — New skyscrapers will no longer be required to have rooftop helicopter landing pads under a change in city rules allowing alternative safety measures that will enable architects to design buildings with something other than the flat tops mandated since the 1950s.

  • Watch This F-15 Take Out An ISIS Compound With A ‘Sniper’ Weapon
    Watch This F-15 Take Out An ISIS Compound With A ‘Sniper’ Weapon

    As U.S.-led airstrikes continue in Syria and Iraq, the Pentagon has released a video of an F-15 Eagle wiping out an ISIS compound near Kobani, Syria (close to the central Turkish border) with a Lockheed Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod.

  • Is the iPhone 6 Plus not the smash hit we thought it was?
    Is the iPhone 6 Plus not the smash hit we thought it was?

    The instant sell-outs and rapidly lengthening delivery estimates of the iPhone 6 Plus have led many observers to believe that the most jumbo version of iPhone is capturing a big chunk of the new iPhone sales in North America. But new statistics from Chitika indicate that people may have been jumping the gun because it’s possible that the low early production volumes of iPhone 6 Plus are the reason for its relative scarcity compared to the smaller iPhone 6. RELATED: The iPhone 6 Plus is so popular that even Apple employees can’t get one yet According to Chitika, three days after the launch of the new models, the iPhone 6 made up 1.6% of the internet traffic volume generated by all

  • Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport
    Ukraine rebels close in on Donetsk airport

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine advanced Wednesday on the government-held airport in Donetsk, pressing to seize the key transportation hub even as the two sides bargained over a troop pullout under a much-violated truce.

  • China tells foreign countries not to meddle in Hong Kong

    By Lesley Wroughton and Arshad Mohammed WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi responded on Wednesday to comments by the United States and others on pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, saying foreign countries should not meddle in China's domestic affairs. Wang, the most senior Chinese official to speak publicly about the protests, said Beijing had "very formally and clearly stated its position: Hong Kong affairs are China's internal affairs. All countries should respect China's sovereignty." He was speaking at the U.S. ...

  • Sea change: Satellite photos show world's fourth-largest lake disappearing
    Sea change: Satellite photos show world's fourth-largest lake disappearing

    The Aral Sea, once the fourth-largest lake in the world, is nearly gone, images released by NASA this week show.

  • Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy
    Facebook apologizes to drag queens for name policy

    NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is apologizing to drag queens and the transgender community for deleting accounts that used drag names like Lil Miss Hot Mess rather than legal names such as Bob Smith.

  • O'Reilly: Colbert 'has no bleeping clue how to fight the jihad'
    O'Reilly: Colbert 'has no bleeping clue how to fight the jihad'

    Bill O'Reilly's plan to defeat the Islamic State militants with a 25,000-person mercenary army has been widely mocked since he introduced it last week. But the Fox News host is not backing down.

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