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  • Alvin and Pat Tjosaas, a retired couple in Woodland Hills, Calif., had the bad luck of having their home mistaken for a neighboring foreclosed home and being cleared by contractors hired by Wells Fargo -- not once but twice.

    The Tjosaas' home before contractors mistakenly cleared it. (Courtesy Pat Tjosaas)

    A retired bricklayer, Alvin Tjosaas, 77, was the caretaker of his late parents' two-bedroom home in Twentynine Palms, about 200 miles east of his home in Woodland Hills, north of Los Angeles. He is a part owner of the home with his sisters.

    Alvin Tjosaas visited the home every four to five months, he said, for maintenance and to work on hobbies in the garage.

    "He just loves it up there," Pat Tjosaas, 75, said. "He was in the process of getting ready to re-plumb the house, so he had lots of his tools up there – just a garage full of tools that any man would die for."

    But on June 1, a neighbor in Twentynine Palms called the Tjosaas family, asking if they had authorized people to

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  • A true "happily ever after" moment went very awry for one Michigan couple. But don't worry, it has a happy ending.

    Nathan Bluestein, 27, of NorthCourtesy Nathan Bluesteinville, Mich. had every detail meticulously planned for his proposal to his girlfriend, May Gorial 32, of Madison Heights, Mich. He was going to take her boating. He had thought of everything. Except for the weather forecast.

    "When we got up there it was warm. It didn't seem very windy. Seemed like a pretty normal day. I've never been on Lake Huron, and didn't know what to expect. I was just looking forward to getting out on the canoe and it was pretty exciting," Bluestein said in an interview with ABC News.

    On Sept. 1, Bluestein and Gorial set out in a canoe in Michigan's Wild Fowl Bay for what Gorial thought was just a beautiful day for a boat ride. Little did she know that Bluestein had secretly packed a bottle containing a French poem, along with the introduction to his proposal, on paper he antiqued by dying it in tea and burning

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  • Dallas Stripper Claims Club Stiffed Her

    Esther Sue Eliazio, a Dallas stripper, works hard for her money-and she wants to be treated right. But, she argues in a lawsuit that a "family of gentlemen's clubs" for whom she dances more than 40 hours a week- haven't been paying her what they are supposed to.

    According to Eliazio, the defendants operating the Baby Dolls Topless Saloons, DB Entertainment, BDS Restaurant, and Baby Dolls of Dallas have not paid her the overtime they owe her, nor have they paid her any actual wages. Instead, the lawsuit claims, she has had to rely exclusively on tips. What's more, she claims her employers required her to share her tips with management, disc jockeys and other employees, her lawyer, Galvin Kennedy, of Kennedy Hodges, LLP, in Houston, told ABC News.

    "There's no actual income or compensation from the club to the dancers," he said. "The only payment they receive is from customers or clients. This is a common industry

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  • Skiing U-turn made me a champion, says Djokovic

    By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - The dedication to sporting excellence which moulded Novak Djokovic into the world’s top tennis player was preceded by a passion for skiing which remains one of his greatest joys, the 27-year old Serb told Reuters on Sunday. Cutting a relaxed figure following afternoon practice less than 24 hours after losing the Dubai Open final to Roger Federer, the eight-times grand slam champion explained the tough decision which changed his life. “My father was a skiing instructor and competitor as well as my uncle and aunt and I really do come from a family which nurtures a skiing culture.

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