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    Drunken driving is always a bad idea, even in a video game.

    To help bring home the point, Belgian advocacy group Responsible Young Drivers produced a clip featuring a professional videogamer who goes by the name AMO_RACING87.  We first saw the clip over at video game blog Kotaku.

    AMO_RACING87, who is described as one of the world's most talented Gran Turismo players, takes a couple shots of whiskey and then wobbles over to his monitor and console for a  few laps in the popular racing game.

    Things don't go well. The driver can't seem to take the turns. He runs into walls, crashes into cars, and generally drives like he's, well, drunk.

    Of course, this is hardly ground breaking research. The fact that alcohol diminishes one's ability to drive is known by (hopefully) everybody. Still, people tend to forget this during the booze-infused holiday season. Another reminder to get a designated driver doesn't hurt.

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  • After Phil Robertson, the patriarch of "Duck Dynasty," made controversial remarks about homosexuality that were published in GQ magazine,  former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin spoke out in his defense.

    However, when asked by Fox News host Greta Van Susteren if Robertson's remarks were offensive and whether or not she had any objection as to how he worded his comments, Palin said she didn't know what Robertson had actually said, Politico reports.

    “I haven’t read the article. I don’t know exactly how he said it,” Palin explained on Fox News’s “On the Record With Greta Van Susteren" on Monday.

    On December 18, shortly after the "Duck Dynasty" controversy began, Palin took to Facebook where she wrote, "Free speech is an endangered species. Those 'intolerants' hatin and taking on the Duck Dynasty patriarch for voicing his personal opinion are taking on all of us."

    Palin's comment drew over 428,000 likes on the social network. Robertson's original comments in GQ expressed his opinions
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  • One thing’s for sure: Santa Claus will not come and go unnoticed this Christmas Eve. The jolly fellow will be tracked with apps, social media, Google maps, and even by good old-fashioned telephone.

    This year, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), which has tracked St. Nick and his reindeer for over 50 years, has company: Google has gotten into the holiday spirit with a competing Santa tracker

    While NORAD's Santa Tracker employs radar, satellites, “SantaCams” from space and even fighter jets to follow Rudolph’s red nose, Google will call on its maps and “developer elves,” according to its Santa Tracker website, to locate Santa’s sleigh as he travels around the globe.


    The original brainstorm for the idea was "an accident in history," according to NORAD. It all started in 1955, when a local Sears Roebuck & Co. catalog that promised a Santa hotline misprinted the number. Instead of Santa, callers got Continental Air Defense Command, now known as NORAD.


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  • Sheriff: Bus was hit by stolen car going wrong way
    Sheriff: Bus was hit by stolen car going wrong way

    RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — A car that collided with a Greyhound bus on an Indiana highway, killing the car's driver and injuring 19 people on the bus, had just been stolen and was headed in the wrong direction, authorities said.

  • Emotional Thorpe comes out in TV interview

    Ian Thorpe, Australia's most decorated Olympian, revealed he was gay in an emotional television interview on Sunday, ending years of speculation about the champion swimmer's sexuality. The five-times Olympic gold medalist made the admission to British journalist Michael Parkinson in a pre-recorded interview on Australia's Channel 10 in which he shared his relief in freeing himself from living "a lie". "What happened was I felt the lie had become so big that I didn't want people to question my integrity." One of Australia's favorite sons, Thorpe had long denied he was gay and wrote in his 2012 autobiography 'This Is Me' that he was heterosexual.

  • Romania puts former prison commander on trial
    Romania puts former prison commander on trial

    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — For the first time since communism collapsed in Romania 25 years ago, a former prison commander goes on trial Monday charged with being responsible for the torture and murdering prisoners considered a threat to the country's old order.

  • National Basketball Association roundup

    (The Sports Xchange) - The New York Knicks and forward Carmelo Anthony are negotiating a new contract, ESPN reported Saturday. Anthony, a free agent, was being pursued heavily by the Chicago Bulls and Houston Rockets, but they have reportedly been told that the All-Star is staying in New York. - - - The day after LeBron James announced that he is returning to Cleveland, he reached agreement on a contract with the Cavaliers on Saturday, ESPN reported. Under terms of the contract, James has an option to become a free agent after the 2014-15 season, but ESPN reported that he is committed to the Cavaliers over the long haul.

  • Jeffrey Tambor as a man who is facing a big change

    BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Having marked his 70th birthday earlier this week, Jeffrey Tambor is celebrating what he calls his most "transformative" role. The veteran actor plays a man who, late in life, acts on his long-suppressed need to be a woman.

  • Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash
    Tracy Morgan released from rehab month after crash

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Former "Saturday Night Live" star Tracy Morgan has been released from a rehabilitation facility as he heals from serious injuries he suffered in a car crash that left a fellow comedian dead, his spokesman said Saturday.

  • United 777 Diverts to Remote Pacific Island After Burning Smell Reported
    United 777 Diverts to Remote Pacific Island After Burning Smell Reported

    A United Boeing 777 diverted to the tiny Pacific island of Midway last night after a burning smell filled the plane while it flew over one of the most remote places on earth. The airline will only say it was a mechanical issue. But this may...

  • Palestinians draft UN resolution urging cease-fire
    Palestinians draft UN resolution urging cease-fire

    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Palestinians and their international supporters are discussing a U.N. draft resolution that would condemn all violence against civilians in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and call for "an immediate, durable and fully respected cease-fire."

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