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  • Contestants in the "Miss Holocaust Survivor" contest take the stage. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP))

    Israel played host to a controversial new beauty pageant, the "Miss Holocaust Survivor" contest, featuring 14 Jewish women who survived World War II.

    "I have the privilege to show the world that Hitler wanted to exterminate us and we are alive. We are also enjoying life. Thank God it's that way," Esther Libber, a 74-year-old runner-up in the contest and a Holocaust survivor, told the Associated Press.

    The contest, which was held on Thursday in the city of Haifa, was billed as a "celebration of life" but drew criticism over the act of judging aging Holocaust survivors on their physical appearance.

    "It sounds totally macabre to me," Colette Avital, chairwoman of Israel's leading Holocaust survivors' umbrella group, told the AP. "I am in favor of enriching lives, but a one-time pageant masquerading (survivors) with beautiful clothes is not what is going to make their lives more meaningful."

    [Related: 'Joe the Plumber' links Holocaust to gun control]

    However, pageant organizer Shimon

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  • Pelosi-Boehner photo: lots of buzz

    Click! This photo speaks louder than words.

    The snap of House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., seemed to say it all, about the emotions surrounding the Supreme Court's decision to uphold President Obama's health care law--even though the photo was taken the day before and had nothing to do with the health care news.

    The quirky picture was first surfaced by the Atlantic's Molly Ball, who tweeted it on Thursday afternoon, the day after it was snapped.

    The photo quickly caught the attention of the Web. The Washington Post even held a caption contest.

    The image, taken on Wednesday by a sharp-eyed Associated Press photographer at an event honoring members of the Montford Point Marines, seemed to express the partisan mood of the country.

    Pelosi looks joyful; Boehner looks like a child who has had his toys taken away from him. Or maybe just a man

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  • Coca-Cola Executive Vice President Joseph Tripodi drinks a soda (Original images, AP)Scientists who tested 19 different kinds of cola found trace amounts of alcohol in 10 of the samples. However, the amounts were so small that you'd have to consume nearly 13,000 cans to qualify for a DUI.

    The Sun reports that the amounts were as low as 10mg per liter, or, 0.001 percent. In other words, you'll still need to visit your local watering hole if you want more jack in your Coke.

    France's National Institute of Consumption conducted the tests, which were published in the magazine "60 Millions de Consommateurs."

    "It is possible alcohol traces come from the process of making our drink according to its secret recipe," said Coca-Cola France's scientific director Michel Pepin.

    Under the "rumors" section of Coca-Cola's website, the company acknowledges:

    "Trace levels of alcohol can occur naturally in many foods and beverages. Governments and religious organizations have recognized that such minute levels are considered acceptable in nonalcoholic foods and beverages."

    The news has sparked speculation from news outlets that the presence of alcohol could violate the moral codes of certain religions and organizations that prohibit the consumption of alcohol.

    However, Pepin specifically notes that the Paris mosque gave Coca-Cola a certificate stating that the Muslim community can consume their products.

    PepsiCo also acknowledge the possibility of trace amounts of alcohol in their products, saying, "Some soft drinks can contain minute traces of alcohol because of the ingredients used." However, the company also stressed, "The Pepsi Cola recipe does not contain alcohol."

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  • Japan's justice minister undone by cheap paper fan
    Japan's justice minister undone by cheap paper fan

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  • Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings
    Indiana man was violent long before 7 killings

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  • Dr. Oz's 'Magic Weight-Loss Cure' Loses Remaining Support
    Dr. Oz's 'Magic Weight-Loss Cure' Loses Remaining Support

    Green coffee bean extract, which Dr. Mehmet Oz promoted on his show as a "magic weight-loss cure," had one scientific study backing up the extract's purported effects. When asked specifically about the green coffee bean extract, Oz cited a study that found people who took the supplements did lose weight. The green coffee bean manufacturer, Applied Food Sciences Inc., agreed to pay a $3.5 million settlement after the Federal Trade Commission charged the company with using the results of the flawed study to make baseless claims, the agency announced in September. According to the FTC, the Texas-based company paid researchers in India to conduct a clinical trial on overweight people, to test whether their dietary supplement that contained green coffee extract actually held weight-loss benefits.

  • Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone
    Ebola cases rise sharply in western Sierra Leone

    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — After emerging months ago in eastern Sierra Leone, Ebola is now hitting the western edges of the country where the capital is located with dozens of people falling sick each day, the government said Tuesday. So many people are dying that removing bodies is reportedly a problem.

  • Weather Balloon Used to Launch Couple's Ashes to the Edge of Space
    Weather Balloon Used to Launch Couple's Ashes to the Edge of Space

    John and Lois Lafferty were married later in life but shared a passion for travel and history. So when they passed away, Lois's daughter Misty had the perfect idea for scattering their ashes. Lois and John became the first customers of Mesoloft, which launches ashes via weather balloon high into the Earth's atmosphere. Yes, there actually is a company that offers this service. In a video posted by Mesoloft, whose slogan is "The last adventure," you can see the container, attached to a weather balloon, floating higher and higher into the sky.

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