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  • With Thanksgiving fast approaching, grocery stores are doing a brisk business. It's not a good time for a computer glitch that keeps customers in line with time to wonder if they really need 12 cans of cranberry sauce. But snafus do happen.

    This past weekend, at a Harris Teeter grocery store in Charlotte, N.C., the registers went on strike. Each and every one stopped working at once. Cashiers couldn't sell people their groceries, and as the lines grew longer, the store manager made a very popular decision: free groceries for all 60-70 customers waiting in line.

    The Charlotte Observer reported the grocery store closed while repairs were made. Customer David Coburn told the Observer, "Harris Teeter handled it really well. They showed how much they cared about their customers and even the customers were—for the most part—taking it in stride."

    "Terminator 2" was eerily prescient. The machines are taking over. And they want you to have free groceries.

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  • What one British cop expected to find in his children's Halloween stash. (WTVD Raleigh/Durham)A British man is facing criminal charges after accidentally handing out bags of cocaine to a police officer's children on Halloween night.

    The Guardian reports that 23-year-old Donald Junior Green faces sentencing on Monday after confessing to the charge of possessing a Class A drug. He is expected to be released from custody on probation.

    "This was an accidental act. It was grossly foolhardy," Green's public defender, Steven Sullivan, told a court in Oldham. "He has been embarrassed by the publicity but does not seek to feel sorry for himself."

    Green says he was reaching into his pocket to hand out some Haribo candies that his girlfriend had purchased for Halloween. But instead, he gave the children a pack containing eight "snap bags" of cocaine that he had purchased earlier that same day.

    Amazingly, the illegal drug was not noticed at the time by the children's father, off-duty police constable (PC) Simon Fowell.

    But when Fowell checked in on his kids (ages five, six and eight) later

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  • Workers at the financial consulting firm Salo use their treadmill desks. (Salo LLC/NPR)Will health-conscious office workers soon be skipping trips to the gym for an extended shift at the desk? It could be a healthy alternative, as some companies have begun experimenting with treadmill desks.

    NPR's Patti Neighmond made a transition to the treadmill by first converting her sitting desk into a standing desk. After getting acclimated to standing, she installed a "discreet" treadmill, minus handrails, below the standing desk.

    "I'm into my second week now and walking at a pretty slow, casual pace, about 1.4 miles an hour," Neighmond writes. "When I first started, I thought I'd simply hop on the treadmill and be off walking all day while working. But it turns out it's really hard to walk, talk, think and concentrate."

    Last year, The New York Times reported on Salo, a Minnesota-based financial consulting company that tried a similar experiment with some of its employees. And so far, the results have been positive both for employee health and for the company's financial bottom line: During the six months that Salo took part in a Mayo Clinic treadmill desk study, the firm experienced record earnings.

    "Remarkable," Salo director of operations Craig Dexheimer told NPR. "We didn't even go to a gym. We just went to work!" Dexheimer says he has lost 25 pounds since switching to the treadmill desk.

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  • S&P 500 sets record close on signs of healthier economy

    The S&P 500 broke two records during Thursday's session, climbing past its previous intraday all-time high of 1,991.39 and ending above its previous record close of 1,987.98. Market participants refrained from making big bets before Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen's speech on Friday at a policymakers' meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, which could provide clues on the timing of an interest-rate hike. Some investors also remained skeptical of whether the stock market's recent gains are sustainable, pointing to light trading volume. The S&P 500 gained 5.86 points, or 0.29 percent, to end at 1,992.37.

  • COUSIN'S TAG-ALONG KIDS PUSH THE LIMIT OF BRIDE'S GUEST LIST

    DEAR ABBY: I am being married later this year, and I'm planning my guest list. My cousin "Emily" has five young children who I'm making an exception to invite. She lives across the country, so she's starting to book her plane reservations. Emily just announced that she's being remarried and her fiance has three children he shares joint custody of. Am I obligated to invite three children I have never met? This is causing a lot of grief between me and my fiance because Emily assumes that they are all welcome. Please advise. -- D.C. IN NYC DEAR D.C.: Call Cousin Emily. ...

  • Video of U.S. journalists is authentic: NSC
    Video of U.S. journalists is authentic: NSC

    Analysis of a video showing American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff indicates that the video is authentic, a U.S. National Security Council spokeswoman said. Intelligence Community has analyzed the recently released video showing U.S. "We have reached the judgment that this video is authentic.

  • Grouper Eats Shark in One Bite in Viral Video
    Grouper Eats Shark in One Bite in Viral Video

    With Shark Week on the Discovery Channel just ending, it's understandable that you may have the carnivorous fish on the mind and think that such a dangerous predator should be avoided at all costs. A certain grouper clearly didn't think so. In this video, which was featured on the front page of Reddit, we see the two fish circling each other right before the 4-foot shark gets caught on a fisherman's line.

  • Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence
    Prisoner freed 90 years early appeals sentence

    DENVER (AP) — A Colorado convict sent back to prison after being mistakenly released 90 years early says it was cruel and unusual punishment to put him back behind bars after he reformed his life.

  • US aircraft bomb targets in northern Iraq
    US aircraft bomb targets in northern Iraq

    American warplanes have bombed Islamist militants in northern Iraq near the Mosul dam, the US military's Central Command said on Thursday, in the latest air attack on the extremists. "US military forces continued to attack ISIL (Islamic State) terrorists in support of Iraqi Security Force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct six airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam," it said in a statement. The air raids were carried out over the last 24 hours, a US defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told AFP. The air attacks come after President Barack Obama called for decisive international action against the "cancer" of jihadist extremism in Iraq and Syria.

  • The ice bucket stops with Obama

    EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) — The ice bucket stops with Obama.

  • Exclusive: Militants, weapons transit Gaza tunnels despite Egyptian crackdown

    AL-SARSOURIYA Egypt (Reuters) - A third of the houses on the main street of this Bedouin town near Egypt's border with Gaza look derelict, but inside they buzz with the activity of tunnel smugglers scrambling to survive a security crackdown by the Egyptian army. While tunnels used by Gaza's dominant Hamas militants to infiltrate Israel were a priority target of an Israeli offensive in the Palestinian enclave this summer, many smuggling conduits into Egypt have skirted detection. "During the Gaza war, business has flourished," said a Bedouin guide who gave Reuters access to one of the tunnels and a rare look at how the illicit, lucrative industry has evolved since Egypt began trying to root out the passages in 2012.

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