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  • Did you cut your hair?

    Kids will be kids, the saying goes, but what about overzealous school principals?

    Twelve-year-old Sheldon Williams went to school one day with a sharp new haircut and went home with permanent marker all over his head. Apparently, Sheldon's haircut had a nifty design shaved into it, which is against school rules.

    Rather than send Sheldon and his offending hairs (or lack of them) home, Assistant Principal Michael Morse decided to fill in the "bald spots" with a marker. A permanent marker.

    Poor Sheldon: It was probably the first time his parents were angry at him for bringing home "high marks." The Williams family eventually got an apology and Mr. Morse was reprimanded.

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  • How to help: Turkey earthquake

    On Sunday, October 23, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake hit the eastern region of Turkey, toppling buildings and killing hundreds of people. Thousands were injured and left without shelter. Below are organizations that are working on relief and recovery in the region.

    GlobalGiving: This project will disburse funds to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims. They have several partners in the organizations that they are getting in touch with. As they did with our Japan Earthquake fund, they are committed to ensure that your donation goes to help local relief efforts and will post more details as they have them. Donate here.

    Catholic Relief Services: An emergency response team from Caritas Turkey is on its way to the site of Sunday's earthquake. Caritas will assess the needs of people whose homes or livelihoods have been impacted by the quake. To designate your gift to Disaster Relief, write "Disaster Relief Fund" in the designation field. Donate here.

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  • Instagram and Facebook users, beware! Companies are scanning your photos
    Instagram and Facebook users, beware!  Companies are scanning your photos

    Advertisers have access to what you do online —targeted ads come from your emails, web searches, and the websites you visit. But your photos have been largely off limits—until now. A company called Ditto is now scanning photos posted to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for branded products and selling that information to companies and advertisers.

  • Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans
    Judges chide state lawyers over gay marriage bans

    CHICAGO (AP) — Federal appeals judges bristled on Tuesday at arguments defending gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin, with one Republican appointee comparing them to now-defunct laws that once outlawed weddings between blacks and whites.

  • More big Windows 9 UI updates revealed in new leak
    More big Windows 9 UI updates revealed in new leak

    Based on several trusted sources from around the Internet, the Windows Threshold (aka Windows 9) technical preview will be available at the end of September for everyone to try, but there’s still plenty we don’t know about Microsoft’s next major operating system. Much has been made of the returning Start menu and Cortana’s transition to the desktop, yet we still don’t have a clear picture of how Threshold will build upon the interface of Windows 8. FROM EARLIER: Microsoft’s plan to rescue Windows RT: Give everyone more Metro According to WinBeta, Microsoft will be looking to include features in Threshold that will make it more competitive with mobile operating systems such as iOS and Android. In fact, based on this report, any device that doesn’t require

  • IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case
    IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case

    IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister. The shock announcement came a day after she was grilled for more than 15 hours by a special court in Paris that probes ministerial misconduct, the fourth time she has been questioned in a case that has long weighed upon her position as managing director of the International Monetary Fund. "The investigating commission of the court of justice of the French Republic has decided to place me under formal investigation," she said in exclusive comments to AFP. In France, being placed under formal investigation is the nearest equivalent to being charged, and happens when an examining magistrate has decided there is a case to be answered.

  • RING FROM BROKEN ENGAGEMENT GETS ANOTHER CHANCE TO SHINE

    DEAR ABBY: I was engaged several years ago, but the engagement didn't last. We broke up and I gave him back his ring. We remain close friends, however, and hang out at least once a week. I have been dating another guy for a couple of years, and we're thinking about getting engaged. I am wondering if it would be improper to ask my ex if we could buy my old ring from him. It was -- and still is -- my "dream ring," and I know my ex has kept it in the glove box of his car ever since I gave it back to him. I don't want to commit a faux pas, but it seems silly to buy another identical ring. ...

  • Sanctions-hit Russian economy nears recession
    Sanctions-hit Russian economy nears recession

    The Russian economy is nearing recession, officials said Tuesday, with punishing Western sanctions over the Ukraine conflict set to keep growth at ultra-low levels and drive up inflation. "The economy is close to recession," said Oleg Zasov, the head of forecasting at the economy ministry, according to Russian news agencies. Russia's statistics office reported earlier this month that the economy grew by 0.8 percent in the second quarter on an annual comparison. Seasonally-adjusted quarterly data has yet to be released, which could show that Russia entered a technical recession as the economy contracted by 0.5 percent in the first three months of the year.

  • More quakes jolt Iceland overnight, spread to second volcano

    Two earthquakes measuring more than magnitude 5 hit Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano overnight and another quake shook a nearby volcano, with overall seismic activity staying high, the country's Meteorological Office said on Wednesday. The rumblings at Iceland's largest volcano system have raised worries of an eruption that could spell trouble for air travel. In 2010, an ash cloud from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed much of Europe's airspace for six days. "During the night we have had three larger events, two of them in the Bardarbunga caldera.

  • U.S. eager to cater to Chinese tourists
    U.S. eager to cater to Chinese tourists

    Nearly two dozen Chinese tourists descended from a white shuttle bus for an afternoon of shopping at one of Southern California's signature upscale malls.

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