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  • (NBC)

    "Today Show" host Matt Lauer sat down with the Madoff family on Monday, the morning after CBS News aired its exclusive "60 Minutes" interview with Bernie Madoff's estranged wife Ruth, son Andrew and Catherine Hooper--Andrew's fiancee.

    The Today interview was billed by as a "live exclusive." Most of the territory was covered by "60 Minutes" with a couple of exceptions: Lauer told the family he spoke to Bernie Madoff "several times" last night, and that the convicted Ponzi-schemer told him that Ruth Madoff's claim that the two had attempted suicide while Bernie was under house arrest was true. Via the transcript:

    There's been some speculation as to whether your husband agrees with this version of the story because he told New York magazine not long ago on the subject of suicide, "It's just not the way I am." Your husband called me several times last night after the interview on "60 Minutes" aired and he agrees completely with the way you told the story and said, 'Yes, in fact that is what happened.' He went further and said he took Ambien, aspirin and blood pressure medication and--tell me if any of this is right or wrong--the two of you got into bed that night fully dressed, because you suspected that your bodies would be found.

    Ruth: I don't remember that. It could be true, I don't remember that.

    Lauer also has an unusual tie to the Madoff family. On "Today" he disclosed to viewers that he lives in the Upper East Side building where the Ruth and Bernie spent three months under house arrest:

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  • (The Onion)

    Here we go again.

    A fake story published by The Onion is causing some real confusion for a California town and the institute that the humor paper satirized.

    The Onion published a brief, one paragraph story on October 26 with the headline, "Study Finds Every Style of Parenting Produces Disturbed, Miserable Adults":

    SANTA ROSA, CA—A study released by the California Parenting Institute Tuesday shows that every style of parenting inevitably causes children to grow into profoundly unhappy adults. "Our research suggests that while overprotective parenting ultimately produces adults unprepared to contend with life's difficulties, highly permissive parenting leads to feelings of bitterness and isolation throughout adulthood," lead researcher Daniel Porter said. "And, interestingly, we found that anything between those two extremes is equally damaging, always resulting in an adult who suffers from some debilitating combination of unpreparedness and isolation. Despite great variance in parenting styles across populations, the end product is always the same: a profoundly flawed and joyless human being." The study did find, however, that adults often achieve temporary happiness when they have children of their own to perpetuate the cycle of human misery.

    The real institute's executives thought The Onion story was funny--at first. But they were soon deluged with emails and phone calls from concerned residents.

    "I'm totally aware that it's satire," Robin Bowen, CPI's executive director, told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. "But it's spreading through the Internet and people's blogs and where it's coming from is getting left off and it's looking like a news story."

    "We even had parent educators who work here say, 'When did we do a study?' " added Wendy Hilberman, director of marketing and development for the institute.

    There was so much confusion, in fact, that CPI issued a press release on Friday  to clear up the question of which study was real.

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  • An Occupy Wall Street demonstrator is arrested in New York. (AP/John Minchillo)

    Most Web searches for Occupy Wall Street are originating in the hippie-loving states of Vermont and Oregon, according to a topical analysis of search trends by search giant (and Yahoo competitor) Google. Not only that--the volume of searches on the Wall Street protests have eclipsed the number of searches on the tea party. Here are some other pertinent search-related factoids on the protests:

    • Searches for Occupy Wall Street started on Sept 16th & peaked one month later on October 15th.
    • New York is tops in searches, right? Wrong. Top 3 states for most "Occupy" searches: Vermont, Oregon, New York.
    • Search interest in OWS is higher than the Tea Party. Both currently and in looking at the birth of each.
    • Searches for the Tea Party peak each April as Americans begin to file their taxes.

    You can read more on Google's Politics and Elections blog.

    As far as Yahoo search trends go, New Yorkers have the most interest in Occupy Wall Street, followed by Oregon, Connecticut, Maine and Vermont:

    Top States Searching on Occupy Wall Street on Yahoo!:
    (30 Days Ending October 26th, 2011)

    1.    New York
    2.    Oregon
    3.    Connecticut
    4.    Maine
    5.    Vermont
    6.    Colorado
    7.    Pennsylvania
    8.    Washington
    9.    Hawaii
    10.  New Mexico

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    Arsenal survive West Ham test to boost top-four bid

    London (AFP) - Arsenal withstood a second-half onslaught from West Ham to boost their Champions League charge with a 2-1 victory at Upton Park on Sunday.

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