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  • Persuading people to put down their phones while behind the wheel is an ongoing struggle for companies, police departments, your mom and just about everybody who has a vested interest in your not dying.

    And yet, people still do it. Perhaps this interactive PSA from Volkswagen will do a bit of good. In a video that's quickly going viral, a crowd of moviegoers enters a theater and gets ready to enjoy a flick (hopefully not "Blended").

    The lights dim and what looks like a commercial begins to roll. It's a first-person-POV video of somebody driving. Just motoring along, la dee da. Not much going on. The seconds tick by, the crowd is lulled into boredom, until everybody in the audience receives a "location-based" text message from someone behind the scenes.

    As soon as the moviegoers take their eyes off the commercial to reach for their phones, the car swerves off the road and crashes. The audience members gasp and then are silent as they ponder what just happened.

    The point is clear: Don't

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  • The words "paddle boarders" and "deer rescue" don't often belong in the same sentence, but when they do, it's usually a story worth writing about.

    Two paddle boarders helped authorities from New Hampshire Fish and Game and the Hampton, N.H., police department rescue two deer that had wandered into the ocean Friday.

    Paddle boarders Matthew Roy and Eric Tidman told WMUR that they were enjoying their morning out on the water near Hampton Beach when they saw two deer struggling to swim in the surf. Authorities were called, and Operation: Aqua-Bambi was underway.

    The rescue took more than two hours, and the paddle boarders ended up playing a big role. Initially, rescue crews attempted to coax the deer back to the beach, according to WMUR. However, rather than return to shore, the distressed and clearly exhausted deer kept swimming.

    The paddle boarders, who we're guessing had no idea their morning was going to take a turn for the heroic, paddled out into the ocean to assist. Roy used a snare

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  • Fair or not, the postal service isn't exactly known for innovation. But 55 years ago, they tried something very different — maybe a little too different: delivery via guided missile.

    The missile wasn't intended to replace your friendly neighborhood mail carrier, make 53 different stops on Main Street, and develop an irrational fear of dogs. Instead, it was tested as a new way of getting large amounts of mail from point A to point B, where it would then be delivered the old-fashioned way, CBS News explains.

    The method was tested on June 8, 1959, when an unmanned missile was launched from a submarine off the coast of Florida. Inside the missile were 3,000 pieces of mail to various VIPs around the country, including one letter from Postmaster General Arthur Summerfield to President Dwight Eisenhower.

    The missile took off without a hitch, landed as planned, and the mail was then delivered. In the letter to Eisenhower, Summerfield wrote about how this new technology will "be utilized in

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  • Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight
    Mayweather dampens hopes for Pacquiao fight

    Unbeaten fighter Floyd Mayweather dampened talk of a possible mega-fight agreement with Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao, a day after the Asian star's promoter said a deal was near. Mayweather posted a message on his Shots account that said in part "While they continue to lie about making the fight... I'm just going to continue to travel and explore the world on my private jet. Pacquiao promoter Bob Arum told the New York Post on Friday that he was optimistic a Pacquiao-Mayweather deal for a May 2 fight in Las Vegas would be completed in the next couple of days, with only a few final details to be settled between rival telecasters HBO and Showtime, the rights holders for Pacquiao and Mayweather respectively. Mayweather, who turns 38 on February 24, left England's Amir Khan hanging for months until announcing on his birthday last year that he would fight Argentina's Marcos Maidana instead.

  • Motor racing-Newey plays down Red Bull's title chances

    Red Bull may win races this season but they cannot realistically expect to mount a Formula One title challenge, according to their championship-winning designer Adrian Newey. "I think we should be realistic about our expectations for this year," the Briton, who has stepped back from his full time role as technical supremo at the former champions, said in an interview published by Red Bull. I think it's really a season that will be very much about trying to extract the most we can and build on it for the future." Red Bull won three races last year, to 16 for Mercedes, and relinquished both drivers' and constructors' titles they had held for four years in a row. The 2014 season featured the introduction of a new V6 turbo hybrid power unit, with Mercedes emerging as the pick of the field while Red Bull's partners Renault struggled with reliability and performance.

  • Serena turns 'racquet and a dream' into 19 Slams
    Serena turns 'racquet and a dream' into 19 Slams

    A delighted Serena Williams paid tribute to her family and her humble beginnings after making history with her 19th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Saturday. The American world number one, who grew up in the gritty Los Angeles neighbourhood of Compton, said it felt amazing to win her 19th Slam with a hard-fought 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Russia's Maria Sharapova. Williams, who is now three majors behind Steffi Graf's all-time Open-era Grand Slam winners' record of 22, said her desire to win was as strong as ever.

  • Map: Where Super Bowl XLIX players went to high school
    Map: Where Super Bowl XLIX players went to high school

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