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  • Backflips are usually reserved for the gymnastics mat, the football field or the basketball court but not if you're Guerlain Chicherit, the French sportsman who completed a backflip in a car in the snow.

    Chicherit, 34, drove a specially-outfitted Mini Countryman John Cooper Works SUV up a ramp in the snow-covered landscape of Tignes, France, and soared nearly 40 feet in the air before landing safely again on snow.

    Video of the back flip, being touted as the first-ever full backflip in a car, was posted by the British automaker to YouTube Sunday, where it has already been viewed nearly one million times.

    Chicherit is a former extreme ski world champion who, in 2011, finished fifth in The Dakar Rally, an off-road endurance race, according to his rider sheet on the race's website.

    Chicherit took to social media to show off his accomplishment, tweeting "I did it!!!!!!!:-))))," Sunday and also posting a preview of the backflip video to his

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  • Payroll Tax Increase Weighs on Consumers

    Does it seem like your paycheck has gotten smaller? It has: 2 percent smaller, in fact, than it was in 2011 and 2012.

    Back then, employees only kicked in 4.2 percent of their wages towards Social Security thanks to a temporary rate cut as part of a plan to stimulate the economy. But as of January 1, 2013, the payroll tax, which funds Social Security, among other things, jumped back up to 6.2 percent, where it had been before. That translates to about $700 per average worker annually, reports the Tax Policy Center, a non-partisan research center.

    Many economists and retailers have worried that the increase will affect consumer spending-and so far, at least two stores have noticed a decline in sales.

    Walmart, the world's largest retailer and the biggest private US employer, had the worst start to a month in seven years, based on internal company emails obtained by Bloomberg News.

    In a February 12 email, Jerry Murray, Walmart's vice president of

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  • Girl Catches Fire at Oregon Hospital

    An 11-year-old cancer survivor who was hospitalized with a head injury is now recovering from third-degree burns after her shirt mysteriously caught fire in a Portland, Ore., hospital room.

    The girl, Ireland Lane, had been painting in her room at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, ABC affiliate KATU reported. Moments later, she ran into the hallway screaming, with her T-shirt aflame.

    "I've been in medicine going back 30 years now and never heard anything like this. And hopefully I never will again," Dr. Stacy Nicholson, physician-in-chief at Doernbecher Children's Hospital, told KATU.

    "Our safety experts are working closely with the Oregon State Fire Marshal's office on its investigation," Nicholson added in a statement to "We anxiously await the their findings and will certainly make adjustments if the cause was preventable."

    Hospital staff extinguished the flames, but the cause of the fire remains a mystery. Ireland said she used hand sanitizer to

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