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  • Kenneth Allen returned nearly $13,000 he found on a trash can. (Fox4KC)When Kenneth Allen picked up the paper bag sitting atop a trash can outside a Tennessee convenience store, he found two things: A bottle of cologne and nearly $13,000 in cash.

    "It never crossed my mind to take it, because that's not the right thing to do," Allen told local affiliate Fox4KC about the $12,764.73 in cash.

    Allen was at the Peachers Mill Road convenience store on Saturday afternoon with his wife, Kristy, when they spotted the bag. The Leaf Chronicle adds that the couple, who had stopped by to pick up a cream soda, quickly turned the money over to the Clarksville Police Department, which has since returned it to its rightful owner.

    "I knew I had to return it," Allen said. "Someone might have needed that for something really important."

    Surveillance video from the convenience store shows the man stopping outside the store to unwrap an ice cream sandwich before leaving the bag of money behind on top of the trash can.

    The owner of the money is a 51-year-old man who reportedly left the money behind after recently being released from the hospital after experiencing an adverse reaction to prescription medication. Though the police have not released the man's name, they say he has since contacted Allen to thank him.

    "When he called, I asked, 'Dude, why did you have so much money?" Allen told ABC News. "He didn't really explain that, but he did say he was very grateful to have it back, and was glad we were the ones who found it."

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  • Texas man gets left behind during family road trip. ( Texas man found himself stranded in the middle of Tennessee during a road trip with his family. And he got out of the jam only after using Facebook to track down the van that had left him behind. The van was carrying his two children and was more than 100 miles away.

    "Somebody had been sleeping all night in the back, and they were gonna drive and I was gonna get in the back and sleep," the man, who refused to give his name, told KRISTV. "I went inside to get my change for the gas, and they thought I was already loaded up and closed all the doors and took off."

    It sounds a bit like the plot to "Home Alone," but in this case the adult is left behind while his kids hit the road.

    His first reaction was to call someone in the van. But he realized he'd left his phone inside the vehicle to charge. He called his own phone, but no one answered. After several tries, the phone started going immediately to voice mail.

    That's when the man feared the worst and called police. He says they weren't much help. But employees at a nearby Memphis La Quinta Inn let him use their computers, where he logged in to Facebook.

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  • After watching this video, your memories of Teddy Ruxpin may never be the same. Artist Sean Hathaway has created an interactive multimedia installation using 1980s talking dolls to "effectively take the emotional temperature of the Internet."

    Teddy Ruxpin was a phenomenon of the 1980s. The animatronic bear dolls were the top-selling toy of 1985 and 1986, speaking a handful of phrases and attempting to convey the sense of interactivity with their owners.

    But in this video, the dolls, which are pinned to a wall, speak random phrases streamed from various social media sites.

    "It's a celebration of communication. And our technological ability to be able to communicate every nuance of our lives with everyone in the world," Hathaway says. "But at the same time I think it's a tongue-in-cheek poke at the fact that we're not doing anything with all of that information that we're throwing out there."

    The various sayings, at times morbid, uplifting and mildly not safe for work, encompass a broad range of emotions in the teddy bears' monotone robotic voices. And it's all set to soothing instrumental music by Hathaway's collaborator, Carlos Severe Marcelin.

    "Literally every subtle increment on the scale of the human emotional condition is expressed but sadly due to the tremendous scale of information available many of these expressions are buried within a sea of noise," Hathaway writes on his YouTube page.

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    Street gangs tone down use of colors, tattoos

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    Sweden shifts to left in parliamentary election

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    Poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

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    Snowden: NSA collects mass data on New Zealanders

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    Cat Stevens announces 5-city US concert tour

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    DETROIT (Reuters) - General Motors Co will add a third shift and 750 jobs at its Missouri assembly plant to build more of its new mid-sized pickup trucks, the No. 1 U.S. automaker said on Tuesday. With early orders for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon at nearly 30,000, GM decided to add the third shift at the Wentzville plant to meet expected demand. The additional shift at the plant, which also builds full-size vans, is expected to start in early 2015. ...

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