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  • Brett Cohen isn't your typical 21-year-old, at least not according to the tourists in New York City's Time Square on July 27.

    Cohen is now "famous" after pulling a huge prank on the city, posing as a celebrity and wandering the streets of Manhattan.

    Courtesy Brett CohenAccompanied by two bodyguards he hired on Craigslist, as well as three cameramen and four photographers acting as his own paparazzi, he attracted a huge fan following and caused quite a stir in response to what he calls his "social experiment."

    "It was a social experiment. It confirms the theory of how our culture is so obsessed with celebrity and fame," Cohen told ABC News.

    Cohen recorded the entire experience and posted the video on YouTube on Aug. 21. It went viral almost overnight. He said the entire idea originated from a simple conversation he had with one of his best friends.

    "I said, 'Hey, wouldn't it be cool if we did this?' joking around. What would we need to pull off a stunt like this, never thinking we would or

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  • Naked Prince Harry Photos: British Media Shy Away

    The story of Prince Harry's strip billiards may be splashed all over the British papers, but the normally scandal-hungry tabloids have, so far, decided not to publish the photos of the naked royal in a Las Vegas hotel room. In fact, not a single newspaper or broadcaster has shown the photos yet.

    St. James's Palace has warned that any media organization that runs the photos would risk violating the prince's privacy. Great Britain has a self-regulatory code for the press that says individuals are entitled to a "reasonable expectation of privacy."

    The Sun newspaper has had to make do by showing a mock-up on its front page, showing a reporter recreating the scene.

    So why the reticence to run the photos that have already attracted millions of hits to the TMZ website that first published them? After all, newspaper editors in Britain could have argued that publishing the images is in the public interest because Prince Harry is a military officer and third in

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  • Beer Enthusiasts Seek White House Recipe

    Activists have filed a Freedom of Information Act Request and started an online petition to get access to critical information that serves the public interest: the recipe for the White House home-brewed beer.

    The honey ale - brewed from honey from the White House beehive - first came to light when President Obama served it to his guests at the White House during the 2011 Super Bowl, and then again on St. Patrick's Day. Most recently, it became known that the president carries the beer with him on the campaign trail, where he offered a bottle to a potential voter in Iowa.

    The FOIA, posted on Redditt by its submitter, argues that the recipe for the brew should be released for greater "public understanding of the operations or activities of the government," but in a bolder move, adds, ""If you could send me a copy autographed by the president, you'd be the coolest FOIA officer in the whole federal government."

    Beer enthusiasts also started an online

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  • World Cup over, but some Argentines won't go home
    World Cup over, but some Argentines won't go home

    RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Lucas Bazan Pontoni rifled through his pockets for the 45-cent lunch fee as he stood in line at a downtown soup kitchen. When he came up short, an acquaintance sprang for the government-subsidized meal.

  • Divorce sheds light on Michael Moore's wealth
    Divorce sheds light on Michael Moore's wealth

    Oscar-winning director Michael Moore, famous for documentaries challenging capitalism, has divorced his wife of 22 years following a civil court proceeding in Michigan that drew attention to his wealth. "'Kathleen and Michael have mutually and amicably reached a divorce settlement'," read a posting this week on Moore's Facebook page, confirming his split from Kathleen Glynn, 56. Moore -- whose films include "Fahrenheit 9/11," "Bowling for Columbine" and "Capitalism: A Love Story" and whose net worth has been estimated at $50 million -- filed for divorce a year ago. He is currently busy finalizing the 10th edition of his Traverse City film festival in Michigan, opening Tuesday.

  • Tribute flag found at flea market to be given to fallen Marine's mother
    Tribute flag found at flea market to be given to fallen Marine's mother

    A $5 flea market find surprises a mother whose son was killed in Iraq nine years ago.

  • Female Separatist Posts Instagrams Showing Off Makeup Looted from MH17
    Female Separatist Posts Instagrams Showing Off Makeup Looted from MH17

    Unfortunately, these products appeared to taken from the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, which was looted after the plane went down last week.  She described herself as a separatist and said she is "sick of everything Ukrainian due to the recent events." On one particular photo, in which she is holding blue "Catrice" mascara, she writes, "Mascara from Amsterdam, or rather from the field, well you understand." She also posted two selfies wearing the mascara.

  • Final Glance: Banks companies

    Shares of some top banks companies were mixed at the close of trading: Bank of America Corp. fell $.03 or .2 percent, to $15.59. Citigroup Inc. fell $.06 or .1 percent, to $50.03. Goldman Sachs fell $.86 ...

  • Ex-FBI director warns that Gaza violence will fuel al-Qaida threat
    Ex-FBI director warns that Gaza violence will fuel al-Qaida threat

    Former FBI Director Robert Mueller warned that the current violence in Gaza will inflame anti-U.S. sentiment in the region and exacerbate an increasingly dangerous terror threat to the U.S.

  • Wreckage, remains from missing Air Algerie flight AH5017 reported found in Mali
    Wreckage, remains from missing Air Algerie flight AH5017 reported found in Mali

    Wreckage and remains from Air Algerie flight AH5017 has been found in northern Mali several hours after the plane carrying116 people crashed in that region, Mali's president said.

  • Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban
    Pot may be legal, but homeowner agreements can ban

    DENVER (AP) — Pot may be legal in some states — but the neighbors don't have to like it.

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