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FINAL LOOK: Brad Pitt is looking to jump on the Chilean miner bandwagon

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Here is our roster of stories that managed to evade the full-on blog treatment:

• Brad Pitt's production company is in negotiations to buy the rights to the story of the Chilean miners and their rescue. (Just Jared)

• A word, "refudiate," coined by Sarah Palin when her confusion over the words "refute" and "repudiate" led her to combine the two, has been chosen by the New Oxford American Dictionary as its word of the year. (CBS News)

• A Nebraska woman tried to carve out a tattoo of her name on her boyfriend's neck after getting into a heated argument with him. (Smoking Gun)

• Facebook unveiled a new "modern messaging system" earlier today. (Gizmodo)

• "Dancing With the Stars" host Tom Bergeron has some choice words for anyone who thinks that Bristol Palin is getting favorable treatment from the show and its viewers. (Movieline)

• In the hope that it'll speed colonization of the planet, some scientists are proposing that governments actually offer one-way tickets to Mars to some people. (Associated Press)

• It appears as though the recent outbreak of cholera in Haiti was caused by a shortage of soap. (Washington Post)

• Did the filming of a crime-themed reality show lead to a 7-year-old Detroit girl being shot and killed accidentally by cops? (Mother Jones)

• James Frey would like to help young writers looking for work by offering them jobs no attorney worth his salt would ever advise them to take. (New York Magazine)

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