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4:00am

Tue January 18, 2011
Games & Humor

Which Supreme Court Justice Cracks The Most Jokes?

New research examines the sense of humor belonging to Supreme Court justices. According to legal consultant Ryan Malphurs dissertation, Justice Scalia cracked the most jokes. Malphurs' research appears in the "Communication Law Review."

4:00am

Tue January 18, 2011
Law

Compton's Latinos Want Council Elections Revamped

Lawyers representing Latinos in Compton, Calif., head to court Tuesday to try to postpone upcoming City Council elections. They're suing the city over political representation. Latinos want the city to change the way it votes for City Council members -- from at-large to district elections.

12:01am

Tue January 18, 2011
Music News

Musical Innovation: A Grander Grand Piano

Most pianos have 88 keys. And most great piano music comes from the middle of the keyboard -- only rarely do the player’s fingers venture onto the tinkly keys at the top of the keyboard, or the booming bass notes at the bottom.  But a craftsman in Newcastle, Australia thinks the instrument has room to grow; and he wants to nudge the piano out of complacent middle age. He’s designed a grand with an unprecedented 102 keys.

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8:39am

Mon January 17, 2011
Strange News

Beavers Stay Busy At Ski Resort

Originally published on Mon January 17, 2011 6:39 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

OK. It's man versus beaver at a Canadian ski resort. Poley Mountain ski hill in New Brunswick uses water from a nearby pond to make snow, and the pond is home to a family of beavers, who dammed up the pipes in protest, we guess. Even after clearing those pipes out, the busy beavers just did it again. The resort will wait until spring to take on the rodents again. Happily for all, the resort has plenty of natural snow this year.

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8:35am

Mon January 17, 2011
Strange News

Making College Pay For Tuition Hikes

Fed up with rising tuition at the University of Colorado, sophomore Nic Ramos decided to make a point. It took two days -- and several banks -- but he managed to withdraw his entire spring tuition of $14,309.51. In small bills plus a half dollar and a penny. On Friday, he handed the money to "stunned" tellers at the bursar's office. It took three people an hour to count it.

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