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  • Neil Diamond (Wikimedia Commons)

    Neil Diamond can sing. He can play. He can entertain. And he can also inspire a British woman vacationing in South Africa to download his greatest hits on her phone, leading to an incredible $4,350 bill, the Telegraph reports.

    Of course, the woman, Katie Bryan, wasn't aware what the download would cost her. The math instructor told the Telegraph she discovered the data charge when she returned to the U.K. and received her cellphone bill.

    Bryan, 43, told the Telegraph, "People were playing music through their iPads or on phones through an iPod dock. Someone had put on the Traveling Wilburys but I just fancied hearing some Neil Diamond. I don't know why. He's more my boyfriend's musical taste and I'm more of a James Blunt fan."

    And so Bryan downloaded Diamond's greatest hits for what she thought was £8.99 ($15). Alas, she didn't count on the data charges. The Telegraph reports that Bryan was charged "£8 per megabyte once her 10MB monthly foreign allowance had been used up." All told,

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  • San Francisco skyline (Mike Krumboltz/Flickr)

    Landlords are supposed to want tenants to stay. Right?

    Welcome to San Francisco, where things don't always make perfect sense. Rent-controlled apartments, where city laws prevent the price of rent increasing by too much, don't come along every day in S.F. If a person has one and they've lived there for years, motivation to move out can be low. Why leave a place with below-market rent in a booming city where new residents are paying through the nose?

    Some landlords, eager to get long-term tenants out so they can raise the rent on a new tenant, are offering residents tens of thousands of dollars to hit the bricks, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. While the practice isn't new, it is seeing a renaissance in light of the recent influx of tech workers willing and able to pay more rent.

    This is a controversial topic in San Francisco, where the city has become divided over whether the resurgence of tech workers is hurting the city's culture.

    So what is a rent-controlled apartment and how

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  • First lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign released a totally '90s video promoting the White House's forthcoming Easter Egg roll.

    Creators of the video used radical graphics and standard-def 4:3 footage to make the promo look like a '90s sitcom. But instead of "Saved by the Bell" stars Mario Lopez and Tiffani Amber Thiessen, this "show" features Jim Carrey, Bo and Sunny, the "first dogs," Michelle and Barack Obama, Ariana Grande, and, last but never least, Cookie Monster.

    The party will take place April 21 on the White House South Lawn and will be live-streamed for those unable to attend.

    Online reaction to the delightfully cheeseball promo was, to use a phrase appropriate to the era depicted, "hella positive."

     

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  • Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice
    Student fought bureaucrats for Holocaust justice

    AMSTERDAM (AP) — Charlotte van den Berg was a 20-year-old college student working part-time in Amsterdam's city archives when she and other interns came across a shocking find: letters from Jewish Holocaust survivors complaining that the city was forcing them to pay back taxes and late payment fines on property seized after they were deported to Nazi death camps.

  • Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

    Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. A police spokesman said officers used stun grenades to disperse dozens of rioters, who threw rocks and firecrackers at them at the site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Five Palestinians were also slightly hurt, a Muslim clergyman said. Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the plaza near the al Aqsa mosque had remained open to visitors during the clash, which was confined to a small area.

  • 14 more Nigeria schoolgirls escape Islamists
    14 more Nigeria schoolgirls escape Islamists

    Maiduguri (Nigeria) (AFP) - Another 14 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamists in the northeast have escaped, leaving 85 missing on Saturday after an attack that has sparked global outrage, an official said. The unprecedented mass abduction of 129 teenage girls from the Chibok area of Borno state has been described as among the most shocking ever by Boko Haram, an extremist group blamed for killing thousands since 2009. “I am glad to say that 14 more students have escaped from their abductors,” Borno’s education commissioner Inua Kubo told journalists. They have since been sent to their family villages, while the three others had returned to their school in Chibok and were being cared for there, he said.

  • Second wave of milder flu hitting Northeast

    NEW YORK (AP) — A second, milder wave of flu is hitting the Northeast.

  • Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point
    Hawaii is genetically engineered crop flash point

    WAIALUA, Hawaii (AP) — You can trace the genetic makeup of most corn grown in the U.S., and in many other places around the world, to Hawaii.

  • Miss America: Rethink suspension over prom query
    Miss America: Rethink suspension over prom query

    YORK, Pa. (AP) — Miss America is asking a Pennsylvania school district to reconsider the punishment of a high school senior who asked her to prom during the question-and-answer portion of an assembly.

  • Hundreds paddle out for surf icon Hobie Alter
    Hundreds paddle out for surf icon Hobie Alter

    DANA POINT, Calif. (AP) — Hundreds of surfers and rowers have honored Hobie Alter's request by paddling out in the Pacific in his memory.

  • Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts
    Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck?

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