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  • Jory Enck (Copperas Cove Police Department / Handout)

    If you check a book out in Copperas Cove, Texas, you best make darn sure you return it. Failure to do so could result in a trip to the big house.

    Jory Enck learned that the hard way when he was recently arrested over a book, a GED study guide, that he checked out and failed to return three years ago, KEYE reports.

    The city ordinance was passed because some patrons weren't responding to requests to return their library materials. "The reason they passed it was that they were spending a tremendous amount of money replacing these materials that people just didn't return," Bill Price, the city's municipal judge, told KEYE.

    Enck was released on a $200 bond. KEYE visited the Copperas Cove Public Library and found that the book in question had since been returned. Inside, they found Enck's library card.

    Yahoo News spoke with Sgt. Julie Lehmann of the Copperas Cove Police Department about the arrest. She said it isn't unusual. "I don't have statistics on it, but it is quite frequently," she

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  • Maps lie, and that's inevitable. That's what happens when you try to take a spherical object like our planet and flatten it on a piece of paper.

    Inspired by a recent post on Upworthy that included a clip from "The West Wing" in which characters have their minds blown (blown!) by truth-telling cartographers, we decided to take another look at the maps mentioned.

    In the clip from "The West Wing" that's going viral, the cartographers speak about the differences between the Mercator projection vs. the Gall-Peters projection.

    Here's the Mercator map:

    Mercator projection (Wiki)

    Now, here's an example of the Gall-Peters projection, also mentioned in the clip:

    Gall-Peters projection (Wiki)

    See the differences? In the first map, created by a Flemish cartographer named Gerardus Mercator in the 16th century (here's the original), the rectangular grid made it relatively simple for sailors to navigate the oceans. The problem was that when it came to land masses, it wasn't exactly accurate.

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  • How Presidents age in office

    If the typical person ages one year at a time, the typical president, Dr. Michael Roizen told CNN in 2009, ages two years for every year they are in office.

    And it shows.

    Take a look at how the last three presidents aged from the moment they took office to the moment they left, or, in Barack Obama's case, through four-plus years.

    President Obama was 47 when he took office. He's 52 now.


    George W. Bush was 54 when he took office. He was 62 when he left.


    Bill Clinton was 46 when he took office. He was 54 when he left.


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  • Serbia lead 2-0 against Croatia
    Serbia lead 2-0 against Croatia

    Hosts Serbia were leading 2-0 in their Davis Cup World Group first round tie against Croatia on Friday opened by a victory of world number one Novak Djokovic. Serbia confirmed their favourites' status with Croatia playing without injured US Open champion Marin Cilic. In the first match Djokovic started both the first and second set with a break, easing past 158th-ranked Mate Delic 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in 1hr 30min. In Friday's second tie Viktor Troicki, who has returned to the national team after serving a one-year doping suspension, defeated Croatia's teen star Borna Coric 4-6, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 in a match lasting three hours.

  • Boxing legend Hagler hails 'historic' Mayweather-Pacquiao fight
    Boxing legend Hagler hails 'historic' Mayweather-Pacquiao fight

    Boxing legend Marvin Hagler's fabled clash with Sugar Ray Leonard was the superfight of its day -- but the massively anticipated showdown between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather will eclipse it, he says. Speaking with AFP during a visit to Hong Kong, the 60-year-old said the fight between the world famous welterweights in Las Vegas on May 2 would be the "biggest fight in history", regardless of who wins. The fight has echoes of Hagler's 1987 showdown with Leonard, also staged in Las Vegas, which saw him lose on points in a decision which remains controversial to this day. Pacquiao and Mayweather are considered to be the best "pound-for-pound" boxers of their generation and their $200 million clash will finally happen after years of failed negotiations.

  • McIlroy in likely hot water after tossing club

    (Reuters) - World number one Rory McIlroy earned himself a likely fine by the PGA Tour after losing his cool and hurling a club into a water hazard during an adventurous second round at the WGC-Cadillac Championship in Miami on Friday.

  • Lynch returning to Seahawks with new contract
    Lynch returning to Seahawks with new contract

    RENTON, Wash. (AP) — "Beast Mode" is getting paid.

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