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Amanda Knox Freed After Italian Court Overturns Murder Verdict [VIDEO]

Amanda Knox, the American woman convicted of murder by an Italian court in 2009, has been freed after an appeals court overturned the decision on Monday. Her co-defendant and former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, was cleared as well.

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‘Stay Sober’ Pill In Development

A pill that eliminated all the effects alcohol on lab rats may one day be available to humans.

Researchers fed the rodents — who react to alcohol similarly to how people do — the new drug after having them consume enough booze to stumble and fall down. Then they measured the rodents for balance and reflexes, finding that the rats on the drug tested as if they were still sober.

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German Prostitutes Have to Feed a Street-Walking Meter

Prostitution is legal in Germany, and subject to taxation. While the German government doesn’t have a problem collecting taxes from sex workers who operate out of brothels, getting street walkers to pay up has been tricky.

The German city of Bonn thinks they have a solution to this problem: a parking-meter like device which women who solicit on the street put $8.70 into nightly for a ticket that gives them the privilege of using the pavement.

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Finally! Passport Reveals True Spelling of Muammar ‘Gathafi’s’ Last Name

The spelling of Muammar Gaddafi’s last name has long been a mystery, with different news organizations employing different standards, such as Gaddafi, Kadafi, Qaddafi and Kaddafi. In fact, a 2009 ABC news story found a whopping 112 different ways one could spell the despot’s name.

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Yikes! Amazon UK Sees Giant Spike in Sales of Aluminum Bats, Clubs During London Riots

As the London enters another day of rioting, looters and bystanders have taken to the web to arm themselves. Amazon’s UK site has seen scary-high spikes in sales of blunt objects over the past 24 hours, including a 50,000% spike in clubs and a more than 35,000% spike among different aluminum baseball bat models.

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What Are the Most Depressed Countries in the World?

According to a multi-national survey of over 9,000 adults by the World Health Organization, France and the United States are the two most mentally depressed countries in the world.

Twenty-one percent of French citizens have had a major depressive episode, followed by the United States, at 19.2 percent. Belgium, New Zealand and The Netherlands are also among world’s most depressed nations, by this metric.

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First Apple, Now IKEA – Another Completely Fake Store Spotted in China [VIDEO]

A couple weeks ago, we showed you the fake Apple store uncovered by a blogger in Kunming, China. But it seems Apple isn’t the only one with an intellectual property headache on its hands. In the exact same Chinese city, a pseudo IKEA has been spotted.

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Pole Dancing for Men Gaining Popularity in China [VIDEO]

Pole dancing-as-exercise is no longer strictly for women. Recently, the fitness trend has begun popping up in gyms across Beijing, ‘Today‘ reports.

Gym owners say pole dancing is a great way to stay fit, and some Chinese men are embracing it as a way to build up abs, arms and upper-body strength.

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Family of Four Living in 150 Square Foot Hong Kong Apartment [VIDEO]

Yang Lianchun’s Hong Kong apartment, for which she pays about $500 a month, is a mere 150 square feet — barely enough space for one person and she shares it with her husband and two kids.

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New ‘Superbug’ Strain of Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics
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New ‘Superbug’ Strain of Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics

Gonorrhea, a bacterial sexually transmitted infection, used to be easily treated with antibiotics. But now, a "superbug" strain of the STD has been found in Japan and scientists fear it could become a global public health threat.

"Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it," said Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, who discovered the strain with Japanese colleagues.

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Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World Is Shutting Down [VIDEO]
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Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World Is Shutting Down [VIDEO]

Amid allegations of widespread phone hacking, the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World is shutting down after 168 years of operation.

The weekly British tabloid, called the largest English-language newspaper in the world, is accused of illegally accessing the cell phone messages of up to 4,000 victims -- all to gain salacious headlines.

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Strauss-Kahn’s House Arrest Lifted as Case Faces Possible Dismissal

The sexual assault case against former International Monetary Fund Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn faced possible collapse Friday after credibility issues arose with the woman who alleged assault against him. The issues resulted in the French politician being released from house arrest.

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