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  • Calling all dessert lovers!

    Jim Brasher

    Calling all dessert lovers!

    For my next Weekend Edition story, I'm investigating the tasty, trendy world of dessert. (Tough gig, huh?) After years of great press, the wildly popular cupcake stands alone at the top of the pile. But there are growing reports that the cupcake bubble may be about to burst. So I want to find out ... what's the next big thing?

    I'm busy searching for tasty desserts that have the potential to someday equal, or even end, the cupcake's world domination. We're focusing on baked goods in the piece, but obviously there are a whole of of other (frozen/fried/healthy/magnificently unhealthy) desserts out there in the rest of the world that have the potential to go 'cupcake supernova.'

    So that's where I need your help. If you know of a dessert that's popular in your neck of the woods, I want to know about it. Tell me in the comment section below, or if you're the photography type, you can join our Flickr photo pool: Desserts-What's the next cupcake? Post a picture

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  • Trampoline dodgeball

    If you grew up with a trampoline in the backyard, or played on one at school or camp, you can probably still recall the sensation of giddy weightlessness that accompanied each bounce. Did you ever dream about what it would be like to bounce on a trampoline as big as a house?

    If so, then welcome home.

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  • Brazilian Town Run by Women Is Looking for a Few Good (Single) Men
    Brazilian Town Run by Women Is Looking for a Few Good (Single) Men

    I'm sure many men have dreamed of an island completely populated by exotic women, available to fulfill their every desire. Of course, fantasy is fantasy, but what if it were reality? In a certain regard, it is — in Noiva do Cordeiro, Brazil. It's a scenic rural town in the hills outside of Belo Horizante with one big quirk, or perk, depending on whom you talk to. This Brazilian town is inhabited and governed almost entirely by women, its population consisting of more than 600 mostly single women aged 20 to 25. Sons are sent away at 18, and spouses are banned from the town except on weekends.

  • Boko Haram seeking attention with caliphate call: experts
    Boko Haram seeking attention with caliphate call: experts

    Boko Haram's declaration of a caliphate in Nigeria may have been prompted by the attention heaped on Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq, experts said, but the pronouncement may have deeper roots. The Nigerian group announced in a video obtained by AFP on Sunday that the captured town of Gwoza in northeastern Borno state was under an Islamic caliphate, drawing comparisons with a similar declaration by IS in June. Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau, who has previously expressed support for IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, did not give further details, leading to debate about exactly what he meant. Boko Haram in comparison is thought to be a modestly-funded local uprising made up of poor youths with little tactical training.

  • Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash
    Pilot's fate unknown in fighter jet crash

    DEERFIELD, Va. (AP) — An experienced pilot was missing Wednesday after the flier's F-15 fighter jet crashed in the mountains of western Virginia, shaking residents but causing no injuries on the ground, military and law enforcement officials said.

  • Will Harold Hamm's be the costliest divorce in history?
    Will Harold Hamm's be the costliest divorce in history?

    Harold and Sue Ann Hamm's divorce proceedings are under way in an Oklahoma courtroom. In order to keep his billions, Harold Hamm may have to fight against his image as a self-made man, and argue that his fortune is thanks entirely to luck. If he loses, his divorce may be the costliest ever.

  • Apple, Motorola lead upcoming parade of shiny new gadgets
    Apple, Motorola lead upcoming parade of shiny new gadgets

    Rumored new phones, tablets and smartwatches from Apple, Motorola and Sony could shake up the mobile market next month.

  • Boy Comically Protests Mother's Pregnancy News
    Boy Comically Protests Mother's Pregnancy News

    One of the biggest events in the life of a family is the arrival of a new child. It's almost always a very big deal for the expectant mother, as well as the friends and family members around her. Usually the announcement of the pregnancy is met with congratulatory feedback. But in the case of Shanee Gibson Hart, from Fort Lewis, Washington, telling her young son, Tré, and toddler daughter, Amaya, was more of an ordeal than a big deal. Filming the announcement to her children in the privacy of a car, Hart broke the news, and her little man was none too happy yet quite hilarious.

  • IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case
    IMF chief charged with 'negligence' over graft case

    IMF chief Christine Lagarde, one of the world's most powerful women, announced Wednesday she had been charged with "negligence" over a multi-million-euro graft case relating to her time as French finance minister. The shock announcement came a day after she was grilled for more than 15 hours by a special court in Paris that probes ministerial misconduct, the fourth time she has been questioned in a case that has long weighed upon her position as managing director of the International Monetary Fund. "The investigating commission of the court of justice of the French Republic has decided to place me under formal investigation," she said in exclusive comments to AFP. In France, being placed under formal investigation is the nearest equivalent to being charged, and happens when an examining magistrate has decided there is a case to be answered.

  • Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer
    Obama to award Medal of Honor to Civil War officer

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A century and a half after his valiant death at the Battle of Gettysburg, a Union Army officer is being awarded the nation's highest military decoration, thanks to a decades-long campaign by his descendants and Civil War buffs.

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