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  • Macy's ad (WFAA-TV)

    Attention, unemployed copy editors: Macy's may soon have a job opening.

    The department store giant mailed a catalog to customers earlier this month that mistakenly offered a $1,500 sterling silver and 14-karat gold necklace for just $47. The heading: "SUPER BUY."

    The actual sale price was supposed to be $479, but Macy's printed the 44-page circular without the last digit.

    According to WFAA-TV in Dallas, customers flocked to the Collin Creek Mall in Plano, Texas, to buy them before Macy's was able to catch the error.

    Robert Bernard, a latecomer who went to buy the necklace as an anniversary gift for his wife, arrived too late for the accidental sale—a customer in line in front of him had bought the store's remaining necklaces, Bernard said. But a clerk offered to have two of them shipped to his house. According to WFAA-TV, his receipt read "Total Savings was $1,400."

    But a couple of days later, a Macy's call center employee left him a voice mail:

    This item has the wrong price for $47. The correct price is $479 dollars and because of that pricing error, your order has been canceled and I apologize.

    "When the mistake was caught, signage did go up in the fine jewelry department and on store doors alerting customers that a mistake had been made," a Macy's spokeswoman said in a statement to the network. "For those customers who bought the necklace at the $47 price, they were fortunate. For the gentleman you spoke with, he was not so fortunate. We are sincerely sorry he was disappointed and unable to buy the necklace at the $47 price for his wife."

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  • Boy drawing on father's face (Ulrik Tofte/Thinkstock)Boy drawing on father's face (Ulrik Tofte/Thinkstock)

    Are you a compulsive liar who delights in telling tall tales to loved ones? Good news! Your behavior is about to become socially acceptable for 24 hours.

    April Fools' Day (that's this Monday), a day where people trick each other with elaborate pranks or simple jokes, has a colorful history. And while it may seem like the kind of made-up holiday from the whoopee cushion industry, the holiday actually dates back centuries.

    According to Snopes.com, most experts believe April Fools' Day began with the creation of the Gregorian calendar in the 1500s by Pope Gregory XIII. In 1562, the new calendar moved the first day of the year from April 1 to Jan. 1, a rather big change for the masses to adjust to.

    These being the days before text messages and tweets, it took a little while for the news to make its way around. In the interim, folks who hadn't yet heard that April 1 was no longer the start of the year were called "April fools" by those who already knew. Bullying: It's been going on for

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  • Some cops in Connecticut are more bark than bite. But their animal instincts were exactly what was called for in order to bring down a pair of suspected criminals.

    WFSB reports on a pair of masked burglary suspects who had holed up inside a home in Connecticut and were refusing to cooperate with authorities. So, the cops decided the next logical move was issuing a threat to release dogs from their K-9 unit.

    However, there was just one problem: None of the dogs were actually on the scene or available to be dispatched in the effort.

    So, the New Have Police Department made due with their resources on hand; enlisting several of the dozen officers on site who barked like dogs in an effort to convince the two suspects that a pack of vicious dogs were chomping at the bit, just waiting to be unleashed.

    And, in a surprising development, it actually worked. After the men heard the cops barking, they emerged from the home and surrendered to police.

    Needless to say, McGruff the Crime Dog would be

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  • Djokovic and Wawrinka in 'Showdown III' at Melbourne Park

    Top seed Novak Djokovic and defending champion Stan Wawrinka will brace for another epic clash at the Australian Open on Friday as they bid for a place in the final with Andy Murray. Serb Djokovic and Swiss Wawrinka's five-set marathons at Melbourne Park in 2013 and 2014 were arguably the most thrilling matches at both tournaments, with the victors going on to hoist the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup as champions. Both players have been in ominous form, Wawrinka humbling U.S. Open finalist Kei Nishikori in straight sets in his previous match and Djokovic doling out the same treatment to highly-rated Canadian Milos Raonic. Losing to Djokovic, perhaps even more than beating him, was career-defining for Wawrinka, who wept bitter tears after being edged 1-6 7-5 6-4 6-7(5) 12-10 in the fourth round of the 2013 tournament, his 11th straight defeat to the Serb.

  • Super Bowl QBs Wilson, Brady a study in contrasts
    Super Bowl QBs Wilson, Brady a study in contrasts

    Quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Tom Brady make the Super Bowl 49 clash between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots a duel of contrasting styles. New England's Brady, of course, is already guaranteed his spot in the Hall of Fame. A three-time Super Bowl winner, the 37-year-old Brady will be the first quarterback to start six Super Bowls.

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