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  • Santa Clara University (Wikimedia Commons)Santa Clara University (Wikimedia Commons)

    Like nearly all job postings, the ad seeking applicants for a quarterly adjunct lecturer position at Santa Clara University's English Department lists some desired skills and requirements.

    But forget about "must have basic knowledge of Microsoft Excel" or "excellent interpersonal skills are key" — the qualifications sought for this posting were as specific as they were over-the-top.

    According to the posting, the successful applicant should have published “at least 25 books on topics ranging from the history of Silicon Valley to the biography of microprocessing to interviews with entrepreneurs." Hmm, OK. What else? "E-books on topics such as home life in the US, home life in the UK, and water conservation.” 

    And the list goes on: The successful applicant should have a history of being "an editor of Forbes ASAP or a weekly columnist for ABC.com." Oh, and one last thing: He or she also needs to have experience hosting "television and radio productions for PBS, cable television, and ABC."

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  • Persuading people to put down their phones while behind the wheel is an ongoing struggle for companies, police departments, your mom and just about everybody who has a vested interest in your not dying.

    And yet, people still do it. Perhaps this interactive PSA from Volkswagen will do a bit of good. In a video that's quickly going viral, a crowd of moviegoers enters a theater and gets ready to enjoy a flick (hopefully not "Blended").

    The lights dim and what looks like a commercial begins to roll. It's a first-person-POV video of somebody driving. Just motoring along, la dee da. Not much going on. The seconds tick by, the crowd is lulled into boredom, until everybody in the audience receives a "location-based" text message from someone behind the scenes.

    As soon as the moviegoers take their eyes off the commercial to reach for their phones, the car swerves off the road and crashes. The audience members gasp and then are silent as they ponder what just happened.

    The point is clear: Don't

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  • The words "paddle boarders" and "deer rescue" don't often belong in the same sentence, but when they do, it's usually a story worth writing about.

    Two paddle boarders helped authorities from New Hampshire Fish and Game and the Hampton, N.H., police department rescue two deer that had wandered into the ocean Friday.

    Paddle boarders Matthew Roy and Eric Tidman told WMUR that they were enjoying their morning out on the water near Hampton Beach when they saw two deer struggling to swim in the surf. Authorities were called, and Operation: Aqua-Bambi was underway.

    The rescue took more than two hours, and the paddle boarders ended up playing a big role. Initially, rescue crews attempted to coax the deer back to the beach, according to WMUR. However, rather than return to shore, the distressed and clearly exhausted deer kept swimming.

    The paddle boarders, who we're guessing had no idea their morning was going to take a turn for the heroic, paddled out into the ocean to assist. Roy used a snare

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    Shares of some top railroad companies are down at 10 a.m.: CSX fell $.33 or 1.1 percent, to $30.13. Canadian National Railway Co. fell $.39 or .6 percent, to $67.29. Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. fell ...

  • 10 Things to Know for Today
    10 Things to Know for Today

    Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:

  • Air Algerie jet plunged rapidly from altitude before crash: official
    Air Algerie jet plunged rapidly from altitude before crash: official

    The Air Algerie flight that crashed in Mali last week appears to have plummeted to the ground from an altitude of 10,000 metres in just a few minutes after flying into a storm, a senior official involved in the investigation was quoted as saying. French officials have said they believe bad weather was most likely to blame for the crash, which killed all 118 passengers and crew when the McDonnell Douglas MD-83 aircraft smashed into the ground south of the Malian town of Gossi, near the border with Burkina Faso. General Gilbert Diendere, head of Burkina Faso's crisis cell, said radar data showed that the plane appeared to try to fly around the bad weather before reverting to its initial course, which took it back into the eye of the storm. "The accident took place while the plane performed this manoeuvre." Diendere said the last contact with the plane at its altitude of 10,000 metres was at 0147 GMT and the crash was reported by witnesses to have taken place at 0150.

  • Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state
    Bolivia declares Israel a terrorist state

    Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state. President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba. It "means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state," he said. The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.

  • Argentina blames US, 'incompetent' judge for default
    Argentina blames US, 'incompetent' judge for default

    Argentina blamed the United States Thursday for the legal battle that forced it into its second default in 13 years, accusing the judge and mediator in the case of "incompetence." The country officially went into default Wednesday night after the failure of 11th-hour talks with two US hedge funds that refused to accept a write-down on their Argentine bonds. Argentine President Cristina Kirchner's cabinet chief, Jorge Capitanich, blamed the American government for the default, brought on by a US court ruling that blocked Buenos Aires from servicing its restructured debt without also paying the hedge funds in full. There's a responsibility of the state here, of the United States, to create the conditions for the unconditional respect of other countries' sovereignty," he told a press conference in Buenos Aires.

  • Jamaica drought leads to $8 million in crop losses

    KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — A Jamaican official said Tuesday that a severe drought and brush fires on the Caribbean island have led to roughly $8 million in crop losses over the last few months.

  • Poles protest Russian ban on their food with humor
    Poles protest Russian ban on their food with humor

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poles are posting photos of themselves with apples online along with mocking comments to protest a Russian ban on Polish food.

  • Do you have what it takes to be a millionaire?
    Do you have what it takes to be a millionaire?

    Author Jaime Tardy interviewed over 130 millionaires to find out what makes them tick and sets them apart from the rest of us.

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