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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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  • Hamilton dodges downpour to grab Malaysia pole
    Hamilton dodges downpour to grab Malaysia pole

    Peerless Lewis Hamilton waited out a torrential downpour before snatching pole position at the Malaysian Grand Prix in a wet and wild qualifying session on Saturday. The Mercedes driver and reigning world champion set a fastest time of 1min 49.834sec, ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, after rain halted qualifying for 35 minutes. The commanding drive from Hamilton, hit by mechanical problems this week, will fuel his charge towards a second race win after he dominated the season-opener in Australia. Vettel was the day's other big winner and he whooped and hollered to his team as he seized second place from Mercedes' Nico Rosberg in the dying seconds.

  • Casillas selected ahead of in-form De Gea
    Casillas selected ahead of in-form De Gea

    De Gea has been in sensational form for Manchester United this season, while Casillas has come under increasing pressure at Real Madrid due to high-profile errors against Atletico Madrid and Schalke in recent months. There is widespread speculation that De Gea could even replace Casillas at Madrid next season with his contract at United due to expire in 2016 and talks over a new deal having stalled.

  • Bieber set for Mayweather's ring walk
    Bieber set for Mayweather's ring walk

    Pop music star Justin Bieber says he'll be at Floyd Mayweather's side when the unbeaten American walks to the ring on May 2 to take on Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight world title super-fight. Bieber, a friend of Mayweather who has accompanied the fighter to the ring at other fights, told celebrity website TMZ.com that he would be part of the boxer's entourage for the long anticipated bout with Filipino ring icon Pacquiao in Las Vegas. Bieber, a onetime teenage heart-throb, has in recent years found himself in trouble for run-ins with authority ranging in seriousness from egg-throwing vandalism to alleged assault on a photographer in Argentina and a limo driver in Canada. Rapper Ludacris told interviewer DJ Envy on the radio show "The Breakfast Club" that Mayweather, whose unblemished 47-0 record has helped him become the highest-paid sportsman in the world, is training as never before.

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