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  • With my first official week coming to a close, and no sign of anyone asking me not to return (yet), I figured it was time for a formal introduction. I’m Ralphie Aversa, and I’m the new host of “Trending Now” at Yahoo!

    Ralphie!

    I’m originally from Niagara Falls, NY. Don’t believe the press: Western New York is a great area to live in, and I enjoyed growing up there. I experienced all four seasons, ate some amazing food (not to mention my mom’s homemade sauce) and had a number of travel options at my fingertips if I so desired.

    Me in grade school

    The Bills and Sabres are hard to root for but because I grew up with them, the heartache they cause almost serves as a kinship between myself and other Western New Yorkers. Oh, and I call them chicken wings – not buffalo wings.  I also cheer for the Yankees, and yes I think we should have resigned Cano but not for that much money!

    Syracuse University is my alma mater. I dual majored in broadcast journalism and marketing. I’m still on the fence about attending the SU/Duke

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  • You hear all kinds of reasons why people want to lose weight. Some drop pounds for a loved one or for their health; others do it because they're about to go on vacation and simply want to look a little more fit in their swimsuit.

    Karyna Douglass shed 110 pounds in one year and three months. Her reason is a little different: The 23-year-old wanted to join the Army. Her hard work and dedication paid off, and Douglass will be sworn in on Dec. 12.

    The idea to join the Army started when the Portland, Ore., resident went on a whale-watching trip for her birthday.

    "The Coast Guard was out there," Douglass recalled to Fox affiliate KPTV. "Everyone in the boat was like, so awed at these men. I was just like, 'They're really idolized.'"

    But Douglass admitted to the TV station that to her, physical activity consisted of walking to the store to get candy. She changed her habits after linking up with a sergeant in Beaverton, Ore. Douglass worked out two to three times a day and ate healthier.

    Karyna Douglass' incredible weight loss

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  • Who says Spanish class homework can't be fun? Well, not Julie Bryan. When her professor assigned a project that would demonstrate the students' knowledge of the language, most chose to write a song. Bryan went the route of soap opera. With a little help from Reddit users, her telenovela is going viral to the tune of half a million views on YouTube.

    In the video, Bryan and her friend Adam Elliff co-star in a sultry tale of twin brothers who eventually find out that each other is involved in an affair — with twin sisters. If your knowledge of Spanish isn't too strong, you'll probably end up paying more attention to the subtitles, along with various product placements for a perfume and Taco Bell — complete with the fast-food chain's trademark "gong."

    "There was no rubric to this project. She just gave all the students the options of a verbal interview, or singing a song," Bryan wrote on Reddit. "My husband is a wiz with the camera and I immediately thought to make a movie. My husband and my

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  • The holiday season is in full swing. Office party invitations require your RSVP and vacation days need to be accounted for. It might be necessary for you to finish your gift shopping (or in my case, start). Of course, there are decorations to be placed, and family meals to be planned, and maybe an in-law or three to be ignored.

    With so much to do – how are you supposed to find time for all of the great movies that mark this time of year? From classics like, “A Christmas Story,” to modern favorites like “The Santa Clause,” the fact reminds that there are only so many hours in a day. Thankfully for you, for me… for us, the fine folks at Screen Junkies have a resolution.

    The same group behind the hit YouTube series, “Honest Trailers” created “The Ultimate Christmas Movie – Supercut.” It is exactly what you think it is, and if nothing else, it must have taken a lot of time to create. Clips from 34 different holiday films were edited together for one tidy package that will only take up two

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  • There is no easy way to discover the news that a loved one has died. However, the way that Caran Johnson found out about the death of her husband seems unfathomably hard.

    The chain of events started yesterday when a newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., alerted its Twitter followers about an accident in the southbound lanes of I-205, an interstate that serves Washington and Oregon. Johnson, who regularly tweets information heard on the scanner, began sending updates out about the emergency response to the collision. From the get-go, she wasn’t a fan of that particular stretch of the interstate.

    “i hate that section of I205 S,” Johnson tweeted. “too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.”

    About a half-hour after the Columbian first reported the accident on Twitter, Johnson began to worry.

    “I'm trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home,” she posted. “he's not answering his phone.”

    According to a later tweet, Johnson’s husband was feeling faint and decided

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