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  • Video of store clerk refusing 'armed' robber is mesmerizing

    He recognized the gun as a replica. The crook turned and left

    Crime doesn't pay, especially for the man who tried and failed to rob a convenience store in Victoria, Australia.

    The masked man was thwarted by employee Steve Ewart, who wasn't intimidated by the would-be robber's replica gun (despite the robber holding the gun in an I-mean-business sideways manner).

    The robber, yet to be identified, had little choice but to turn around and exit. He didn't even grab a loaf of bread on his way out.

    The security footage doesn't have sound, but Ewart, 46, spoke to about the experience. The conversation was part "Dirty Harry," part "Dumb and Dumber."


    "He told me 'give me all your money.' And I said: 'It's not going to happen.' Then he pulled the gun out. Now, I've been around guns all my life and I knew he had a replica gun. So I said to him again: 'It's not going to happen.'"

    "Then he had another go and said: 'Do you want to test me, mate?'"

    "And I said, 'It's still only a cap gun, I'll test you all day." Then he gave

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  • Behind the scenes with Doug Benson on the first talk show for celebrity pot smokers

    The popular comedian helps bring fellow marijuana enthusiasts out of the closet

    Marijuana culture has gone so mainstream it now has its own talk show.

    And some very famous people are turning up not only to say they smoke pot, but that they’re happy to do it live in front of anyone with an Internet connection.

    “People shouldn't feel shame for enjoying marijuana,” comedian and “Getting Doug With High” host Doug Benson told Yahoo News. “I like having guests on my show who are happy to smoke on camera and show the world that you can get high and have fun and nothing terrible is going to happen.”

    It’s 4:20 p.m. on a Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles — pot icon Tommy Chong and Benson sit across from each other in a dimly lit room, passing the pipe and telling stories while surrounded by a giant wall decal emblazoned with images of outer space.

    Even in pot-friendly Southern California, where industrial-strength weed is legally available to anyone with an easily obtainable medical card, you’d likely only stumble across a scene like this if you were part of Benson’s inner

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  • It’s been a strange week for RT, the state-owned Russian news agency.

    On Tuesday, on-air anchor Abbi Martin criticized Russia’s occupation of Crimea. And then on Wednesday, fellow anchor Liz Wahl announced that she was quitting the network in protest.

    “As a reporter on this network, I face many ethical and moral challenges,” Wahl said at the end of Wednesday’s 5 p.m. ET broadcast. “Especially me personally, coming from a family whose grandparents ... came here as refugees during the Hungarian revolution — ironically, to escape the Soviet forces.

    “That is why personally I cannot be part of a network funded by the Russian government that whitewashes the actions of Putin,” Wahl continued. “I’m proud to be an American and believe in disseminating the truth, and that is why, after this newscast, I’m resigning.”

    Many are praising Wahl’s on-air resignation. But at the same time, it’s fair to question Wahl’s sincerity. RT mocked Wahl’s comments in a statement:

    “When a journalist disagrees

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