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  • Your font is showing: Student comes up with plan to save U.S. big bucks

    Change type style on government documents and use less ink

    Adobe Garamond Pro (Wikimedia Commons)

    Politicians on both sides of the aisle like to talk about cutting costs in Washington. But few, if any, have ever come up with an idea as simple as the one recently proposed by 14-year-old student Suvir Mirchandani.

    Change the font.

    Suvir's story was recently reported on CNN.com. The Pittsburgh-area student began his quest by trying to think of ways to save his school district a few bucks. After examining different handouts provided by teachers in different classes, he noticed that the fonts varied and some seemed to require a lot more ink than others.

    Suvir, whom we hope got extra credit for his impressive work, discovered that the most commonly used letters on handouts seemed to be r, a, e, o and t. Armed with that information, he set to work looking at how different fonts treated each letter, CNN reports. Suvir found that of the fonts he tested, Garamond (named after Claude Garamond, the original designer of the typeface) would require the least amount of ink and could save his

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  • Road rage incident caught on video goes viral

    'That's what you get,' woman says as man passes her car, spins out into light pole

    Next time you sense a case of road rage coming on, remember this video: You do not want to end up like the driver of the black pickup.

    The man's reckless driving on a Florida road was captured on video by a woman he tailgated and one-finger saluted before he spun out and crashed into a light pole.

    The man was reportedly uninjured in the crash, but his ego may take a long time to recover. The footage was uploaded to the Web and has since gone viral.

    Hold the phone a minute, here, though: Why does the woman he's raging against appear to speed up when he is trying to pass? Is she egging him on?

    The woman, who asked to remain anonymous, spoke to WTSP to give her side of the story. She said she sped up to match the speed limit increase on that section of road. She was driving safely, she said, keeping an eye on her mirrors and the road.

    The same can't be said for the pickup driver, who, as soon as he passes, promptly spins out and lands in the grassy median, inspiring the woman to laugh

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  • See the emotional reunion of 2 sisters after 66 years apart

    "I always wanted a sister to dress up with," says Karen Simpton

    They hadn't seen each other in two-thirds of a century, but time couldn't dampen the joy two sisters felt after seeing each other for the first time. Their reunion was filmed by KCRA.

    Karen and Anne Simpton were abandoned by their parents in 1948. Anne recently traveled to Karen's home in Auburn, Calif., to reconnect after speaking over the phone and Internet. Their first embrace, captured on camera, speaks to the power of sibling relationships, despite the roughest of circumstances.

    As soon as Anne exited her car, she looked at her newly found sister and said, "You've grown up. You were a 12-month-old when I saw you."

    Karen spoke of a longtime wish come true.

    "I always wanted a sister to dress up with, to play tea parties with. I never had one," she told KRCA.

    Three other siblings were also left behind at the Portland, Ore., orphanage all those years ago. Karen is planning another reunion with her older brother, according to KCRA. Cousins, siblings and other relatives are expected

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  • Fatah and Hamas Reconcile, Agree To Recognize Israel (Which Then Walks Out of Peace Talks)
    Fatah and Hamas Reconcile, Agree To Recognize Israel (Which Then Walks Out of Peace Talks)

    The peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority are going about as well as usual. Israel walked out of talks today after the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that his Fatah party, which controls the West Bank, and Hamas, which oversees the Gaza Strip, were going to form a unity government in the next five weeks. Israel regards Hamas as a terrorist group, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telling the BBC that Fatah can "have peace with Israel or a pact with Hamas - he can't have both"

  • New look, new role for Ronald McDonald
    New look, new role for Ronald McDonald

    One of the best-known corporate representatives of all time is getting a new look.

  • Palestinians to consider 'all options' in response to Israel 
    Palestinians to consider 'all options' in response to Israel 

    Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) (AFP) - The Palestinians are considering "all options" in response to Israel's decision to halt peace talks and punish the Palestinian Authority over its unity deal with Hamas, an official said Thursday. “The Palestinian leadership will look into all options to respond to Israeli government decisions against the PA,” senior Palestinian official Saeb Erakat told AFP. “The priority now for the Palestinians is reconciliation and national unity,” he added. On Wednesday, the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) -- internationally recognised as the sole representative of the Palestinian people -- and Islamist rulers of the Gaza Strip Hamas signed a reconciliation agreement.

  • What It Means to Be Middle Class Today

    Being middle class isn't what it used to be. One hundred years ago, you were considered middle class if you made $577 a year, according to TheCostofLiving.com. But just what is middle class today? There seems to be a lot of evidence out there that the status of middle class is almost the new poor.

  • Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters
    Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.

  • HBO joins BBC in adapting J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy'
    HBO joins BBC in adapting J.K. Rowling's 'The Casual Vacancy'

    The miniseries adapted from the British author's first novel since the last "Harry Potter" now has a guaranteed place on American TV thanks to HBO's arrival on the development team. The small screen adaptation of "The Casual Vacancy" will take the form of a three-hour miniseries written by Sarah Phelps, who has contributed screenplays to a number of British series, including the long-running drama "EastEnders." "The Casual Vacancy" opens with the death of Barry Fairweather, a parish councillor in the fictional town of Pagford. J.K. Rowling's novel goes on to focus on Terri Weedon, a drug addict and prostitute fighting with social services for custody of her son Robbie and her teenage daughter Krystal.

  • Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions
    Kerry warns Russia of expensive new sanctions

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry is accusing Russia of failing to live up to commitments it made to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

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