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  • Dyson 'Airblade Tap' Dries Hands at Sink

    One of my biggest pet peeves has got to be hand dryers in public restrooms. For starters, there's never enough of them and if you don't manage to get to one right away, you're standing there, wet hands dripping, awkwardly waiting your turn. At that point, most people opt for the wipe-hands-on-pants move and call it a day. Nobody wants to contribute to the unnecessary killing of trees, but using ordinary paper towels is quicker and beats waiting around.

    James Dyson, inventor of the famed Dyson vacuum cleaner, thinks he has a solution. His latest creation is the Dyson Airblade Tap hand dryer , a sink faucet with built-in hand dryers that allow users to wash and dry hands without leaving the sink.

    The Airblade Tap is a minimalist, steel faucet tube with two smaller tubes extended on either side. You place your hands underneath the center tube and infrared sensors know to dispense water. To dry your hands, move

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  • Group Hits Obama on Gay Scouts

    A conservative group that wants the Boy Scouts to keep their ban on gays today released an ad apparently countering President Obama's remarks this weekend urging the scouts to drop the ban.

    "To compromise moral principles under political and financial pressure would teach the boys cowardice, not courage," says the ad by the Family Research Council and a number of other religious and socially-conservative organizations.

    In an interview aired Sunday before the Super Bowl, Obama expressed his hope that the ban would become a thing of the past.

    "My attitude is that gays and lesbians should have access and opportunities, the same way as everyone else does, in every institution and walk of life," Obama told CBS' Scott Pelley. "And you know the Scouts are a great institution, that are promoting young people and exposing them to opportunities and leadership that will serve people for the rest of their lives. And I think nobody should be barred from

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  • Gardiners Furniture company, which is based in Baltimore and has five locations throughout Maryland, is planning to make good on its promise to give free furniture to customers after Baltimore Ravens' wide receiver Jacoby Jones opened the Super Bowl's second half with a 108-yard kick return, which helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII, 34-31.

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    For the third year in a row, the company promised that any customer who bought furniture between Jan. 31 and 3 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday would get their goods for free if a player from either team returned a kick for a touchdown at the start of the game or after half-time, as first reported by the Baltimore Sun.

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    In the company's last two years of the publicity campaign, no one on any of the four teams - the New York Giants and New England Patriots

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  • Texas auction house sells Lone Ranger outfit for $195,000

    By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - The western-style outfit actor Clayton Moore wore for appearances as the mysterious, masked Lone Ranger after portraying the character on the popular TV series sold for $195,000 at auction on Saturday, the auction house said. The Lone Ranger ensemble of matching light blue shirt and pants, a red kerchief, Stetson hat, cowboy boots and a belt holster that holds two custom-made Colt pistols, was sold to an undisclosed buyer by Waco, Texas-based auction house A & S Auction Co. The outfit fetched $45,000 more than its top-end pre-sale estimate of $150,000. Davis initially bought the Lone Ranger outfit for more than $100,000 at an auction in California after Moore’s death in 1999. "He was a big fan of the Lone Ranger and watched the show when it originally ran," Earl Davis told Reuters.

  • Billionaire trio unite for US immigration reform
    Billionaire trio unite for US immigration reform

    Three of the world's richest men -- Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson -- put aside their political differences to unite in scathing condemnation of US lawmakers' failure to implement immigration reform. In an opinion column in Friday's New York Times, the trio, who have a net worth of about $160 billion between them, said that a Congress paralyzed by partisanship is failing US citizens by refusing to make the compromises necessary to overhaul a system that Democrats, Republicans and President Barack Obama all say is broken. "Americans deserve better than this," the men wrote, adding that despite their political differences they would be able to draft a bill acceptable to each of them. They took particular aim at the Republican-led House of Representatives, which has stonewalled several attempts to craft legislation.

  • Francis vs. Benedict: Which Pope Is More Soccer?
    Francis vs. Benedict: Which Pope Is More Soccer?

    Unfortunately, in a heartbreaking turn of events, the Vatican has released a statement saying Pope Francis and ex-Pope Benedict XVI will likely not be watching the World Cup final together, avoiding an Papal livingroom showdown as Argentina and Germany face off.  Benedict and Francis are both on record as being football fans, as well as thinking the sport has some major residual benefits in the spiritual growth department. This pope is no fair-weather World Cup fan – he’s here for the long haul. FRANCIS: Then again, Pope Francis loves a club, too – San Lorenzo – and he has the jersey to prove it.

  • BlackBerry explains why its new phone’s keyboard is better than any you’ve ever tried
    BlackBerry explains why its new phone’s keyboard is better than any you’ve ever tried

    BlackBerry has been proudly showing off its new Passport handset all week and now it’s posted a new blog that highlights something every BlackBerry fan will love: The Passport’s physical keyboard. This isn’t just any BlackBerry keyboard, however — BlackBerry is calling it a “revolutionary” design the likes of which we have never seen before. What makes this new keyboard so special? For starters, BlackBerry says it rebelliously decided to “break some cherished rules in order to set a new bar for real productivity.” This willingness to get dangerous in search of a better keyboard led BlackBerry to make physical keys that are “responsive to touch, so you have more ways to control your smartphone without having to use the touchscreen.”

  • Seattle's first legal pot shop runs out of marijuana
    Seattle's first legal pot shop runs out of marijuana

    By Bryan Cohen SEATTLE (Reuters) - Seattle's first and only recreational marijuana store had to close on Friday after running out of stock in just three days since Washington became the second U.S. state to allow pot sales to adults. Cannabis City opened in Seattle on Tuesday with at least 10 pounds (4.5 kgs) of marijuana for sale, and by close of business Thursday it was all gone. There were widespread concerns that shortages of pot would afflict retailers this week after the state issued its first 25 licenses to outlets, under a heavily regulated and taxed system approved by voters in November 2012. Some business owners planned to limit the amount of marijuana early customers could buy to try to make stocks last.

  • Soccer-Sad Brazil players apologise to fans after another heavy loss

    Hosts Brazil lost 3-0 to the Netherlands in their final World Cup match on Saturday and their players apologised to fans after another hugely disappointing performance in the third-place match. "I don't think we deserved for it to end like this," captain Thiago Silva said in a televised interview. It's very tough." Midfielder Oscar looked totally deflated after the defeat, which came just four days after Brazil were crushed 7-1 by Germany in the semi-finals. "We are all very sad, the people are very sad, but we tried and we tried till the end." Robin van Persie got the first Dutch goal from the penalty spot in the third minute, Daley Blind added a second just 13 minutes later and Georginio Wijnaldum rounded it off with a third in stoppage time.

  • Reports: Ian Thorpe to reveal he is gay
    Reports: Ian Thorpe to reveal he is gay

    SYDNEY (AP) — Australian media report five-time Olympic swimming gold medalist Ian Thorpe will reveal he is gay in a television interview with English talk show host Michael Parkinson, to be broadcast in Australia on Sunday.

  • Hubble Telescope Spies Gorgeous Galactic 'String of Pearls' (Photos, Video)
    Hubble Telescope Spies Gorgeous Galactic 'String of Pearls' (Photos, Video)

    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has spotted a strange celestial "string of pearls" wrapped around the hearts of two merging elliptical galaxies. The curly string is about 100,000 light-years long and sports blue "pearls" — actually huge young star clusters — every 3,000 light-years along the way, researchers said. "We were surprised to find this stunning morphology," study leader Grant Tremblay, of the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany, said in a statement. "We've long known that the 'beads on a string' phenomenon is seen in the arms of spiral galaxies and in tidal bridges between interacting galaxies.

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