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  • World War I-era love letter from U.S. soldier to his girl goes up for auction

    'Let the French poppy which I am enclosing represent my kisses for you'

    Photo courtesy Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers LTD

    Let's hear it for old-fashioned amour.

    The most romantic tweet in the world couldn't hold a candle to this 100-year-old letter written by an American World War I soldier named Charles.

    The letter, which included a pressed French poppy, is going up for auction at Hansons Auctioneers and Valuers in Derbyshire, U.K. Written on American YMCA paper, headlined "On Active Service with the American Expeditionary Force," the letter is as tender as it is mysterious. 

    Text as follows:

    Dearest Girl, I love you so, for your prayers and your love. If prayers will aide and they will God will take care of everything. Of course it is hard to understand this war in regards to the Lords will and means of protecting his people – but I guess it was not intended that we should understand.

    In the meantime I must stop – sweet girl, I will be so careful and you must be good and write very often. Tell me everything as you do and let the French poppy which I am enclosing represent my kisses for you – dearest

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  • Rep. Chris Van Hollen holding his Big Mac chart (C-SPAN)

    Congress loves to debate pork, even if it has to use pictures of hamburgers to make a point.

    On Tuesday, two members of Congress got into a detailed discussion over inflation, with Rep. Chris Van Hollen using pictures of hamburgers to argue that inflation estimates are necessary to undercut future budgets.

    Holding up a chart that showed the average cost of a McDonald’s Big Mac in 2004 ($2.71) compared with its cost today ($4.62), Maryland Democrat Van Hollen argued that not adjusting budget numbers for inflation equates to a net cut.

    "That's not Washington math, it's reality based math!” Van Hollen said in comments first picked up by the Washington Post after a reporter noticed the unusual visual tools on display during a House budget debate being aired on C-SPAN.

    Van Hollen and Georgia Republican Rep. Bob Woodall were debating the Baseline Reform Act of 2013, which would effectively stop Congress from automatically approving budget increases tied to inflation.

    So, why did Van Hollen

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  • Habanero peppers hidden on a playground led to the evacuation of a school and the hospitalization of several Lakewood, Colo., students on Monday.

    Students had complained of skin and eye irritation. Officials were initially unsure what was causing the illnesses, according to 9 News. On Tuesday, authorities announced that the "toxic irritant" was pieces of about six habanero peppers that had been mixed in with the playground's wood chips.

     Jefferson County schools spokesperson Lynn Setzer told the Associated Press it isn't yet known how the peppers ended up on the playground.

    Police, firefighters, and a hazardous materials team all responded to the scene. Students ranging from prekindergarten through 12th grade attend the school. Some were treated on the scene; others were taken to the hospital for further observation.

    Following the evacuation, all students were sent home. The school was closed on Tuesday so that playground equipment and indoor surfaces could be cleaned. Classes are

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  • Purported iPhone 6 front panel leak confirms major redesign
    Purported iPhone 6 front panel leak confirms major redesign

    A new image leak from China shows what is claimed to be the front panel from the bigger iPhone 6, suggesting once again that Apple’s next iPhone will be the first to offer a significantly bigger display, a major departure from Apple’s iPhone design policy so far. Discovered on Chinese social network Weibo by iPhonote, the image seems to show a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 placed next to a 4-inch iPhone 5s. This leaked front panel suggests the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 will be both taller and wider than its predecessor. Other iconic iPhone design elements including the Home button, earpiece, front camera and sensors can also be seen. The image is the latest in a series of leaks from China that have revealed potential

  • APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship
    APNewsBreak: Russian jet passes near US warship

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, U.S. military officials said Monday.

  • Lady Gaga, Psy to perform at S. Korea festival

    US pop diva Lady Gaga is slated to perform at a summer music festival in South Korea, where her first show two years ago received an adult-only rating from state censors.

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    Accused Kansas Shooter In Wheelchair For Court Appearance

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  • Volvo designs inflatable children's car seat
    Volvo designs inflatable children's car seat

    As parents know, children's car seats are usually bulky, heavy and awkward to carry around, to say the least. Volvo is aiming to change that with its latest creation: an inflatable rear-facing child safety seat that fits into a backpack. The seat can also be inflated by remote control, and at just 5kg, is much more portable than the average car seat. Lawrence Abele, Design Manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles, was inspired by his own children when designing the product.

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