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-Apple's iPhone
Nokia's "Here" map app allows users to download portions of maps for offline viewing.

The Apple Maps disaster: Can Nokia's 'Here' app save the day?

The Finnish phonemaker's free mapping software makes its debut in the App Store today

-Sex and Relationships
With this ring, I thee view with paranoia: This titanium "anti-cheating" wedding band temporarily brands your partner's finger with the words, "I'm Married."

The anti-cheating wedding ring that brands your finger

If your wedding band stamps "I'm married" on your skin, are you less likely to slip it off in pursuit of extramarital action?

-Russia's Evolution
Russian President Vladimir Putin (foreground) is seen flying a motorized hand glider to guide Siberian white cranes through their migration.

Vladimir Putin's flight with migratory birds: Has he become a laughingstock?

Russia's infamously rugged, often bare-chested president tries to help save some endangered Siberian cranes. This is funny?

-Lindsay Lohan
Since her last hosting gig on "Saturday Night Live," Lindsay Lohan has made more headlines for her stints in court than her rather scant filmography.

Will hosting SNL save Lindsay Lohan's career?

After six years of headline-making personal woes, the troubled actress will attempt a comeback by hosting a March episode of Saturday Night Live

-Gay in America
Legendary astronaut Sally Ride, pictured in 1983, revealed in her obituary that she was a lesbian, the ultimate example, some say, of the new trend toward coming out quietly.

Was Sally Ride an 'absent heroine' of the gay rights movement?

The recently departed astronaut was the first American woman in space — but her obituary reveals that she was its first known gay one as well

-War on Obesity
A customer fills a 32-ounce soda cup at a Manhattan McDonald's: As of March 2013, New Yorkers will be barred from ordering more than 16 ounces of soda at a time.

Does banning jumbo sodas really help people lose weight?

The New York City Board of Health approves a plan to institute a city-wide restriction on sugary drinks over 16 ounces — the latest move to improve the population's health

-Cats
Max the cat who survived an arrow through his head is, surprisingly, not the first feline to experience such a brush with death.

The cat who took an arrow to the head... and lived

A California feline returns home after a mysterious two-day absence — and may be out one of his nine lives

-The Royal Family
London's iconic Big Ben will be renamed Elizabeth Tower in honor of the Sovereign's 60 years on the throne

Renaming London's Big Ben: Stupid move?

The iconic monument is now officially called "Elizabeth Tower" after the Queen, leaving critics asking: "Would you rechristen the Statue of Liberty?"

-Sarah Palin, media star
Sarah Palin joined the "lamestream media" on Tuesday as guest host of the "Today" show, impressing critics by poking fun at her 2008 struggle to name her favorite newspapers.

Sarah Palin's 'oddly charming' Today show appearance

Mama Grizzly makes her much-hyped debut as co-host of the morning show juggernaut, impressing critics with her poise, energy, and willingness to laugh at herself

-Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin speaks at a Tea Party rally on July 14 at the Wayne County Fairgrounds in Belleville, Mich.: The former Alaska governor has told Newsweek that she is impatiently waiting for her invitation to the GOP convention beginning Aug. 27.

Should the GOP let Sarah Palin speak at Mitt Romney's convention?

The Republican National Committee has yet to extend an invitation to Palin to speak at Romney's Tampa coronation, and she's not pleased

-The 'Glee' Phenomenon
"Glee" honored Whitney Houston by packing its hour-long episode with renditions of the singer's most iconic songs, including "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."

Did Glee do Whitney Houston's songs justice?

The Fox musical series honored the late music icon by tackling her notoriously hard-to-sing hits, including "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody"

-NASA
Chinese astronauts, including the country's first female space traveler (left), before liftoff on June 16.

Is China's space program a threat to America's?

The Asian superpower is flexing its muscles with the successful docking of its Shenzhou-9 spacecraft. But China has quite a way to go before it catches NASA

-Sleepless in America
Freezing the brain to sleep

Freezing the brain to sleep

-The Battle over Smoking
In an effort to curb rising employer health care costs, some companies are making employees who smoke pay higher rates.

Should smokers and obese workers pay more for health care?

Companies have long tried to get workers to quit smoking and start exercising. Now employers are aiming where it hurts: The paycheck  

-Marijuana in America
Sour apple-flavored Pothead Lollipops contain no marijuana, but critics say the candy's pro-drug message is dangerous for kids.

Pot-shaped candy: 'Addictive gateway treat'?

Pothead Lollipops are shaped like marijuana leaves. Should they be banned to protect kids from their pro-pot message?

-Reality TV
Alana Thompson, a.k.a. Honey Boo Boo, learns new moves with her dance coach: The six-year-old breakout star of TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras gets her own reality show.

Honey Boo Boo: America's littlest sweetheart, or 'its worst nightmare'?

TLC's latest reality TV show features a 6-year-old aspiring beauty queen and her road-kill-eating Southern family. It's appalling... but can you look away?


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