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9:03am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Illuminating Discovery: Woman Unknowingly Pays For Two Streetlights

Keith Srakocic AP

A Connecticut woman who didn't know she was paying for two streetlights in front of her home for 25 years is getting a refund check. Grace Edwards of Cheshire, Conn. saw the light when a prospective buyer asked her what she was paying in power costs.

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8:31am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Florida's Biggest Python So Far Measured 17 Feet, 7 Inches; Had 87 Eggs

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:07 am

Florida Museum of Natural History researchers at work on the record-long Burmese python.
University of Florida

She was about three feet longer than the distance from an NBA free throw line to the basket. She was a bit more than twice the height of many bedroom ceilings. You could park two Smart Cars beside her with a foot or so to spare.

Those are some ways to get a sense of just how big the biggest Burmese python discovered so far in Florida was.

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7:22am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Stranded Jet Skier Breaches Multimillion Dollar Security System At JFK Airport

A Delta Airlines agent assists a woman at JFK International Airport in New York.
Mary Altaffer AP

New York's John F. Kennedy airport failed a security check Saturday night, in a public and surprising way.

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6:50am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Retail Sales Rose 0.8 Percent In July; More Than Expected

There was a 0.8 percent increase in retail sales in July from June, the Census Bureau says, thanks in part to gains in purchases of cars, furniture and appliances.

Overall, The Associated Press says, "all major categories showed increases, a sign that consumers may be gaining confidence." If that is indeed the case, it's good news for the economy. Consumers purchase about 70 percent of all goods and services.

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6:32am

Tue August 14, 2012
The Two-Way

F-Bomb Added To Dictionary

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 9:45 am

March 23, 2010: Vice President Biden famously drops an f-bomb.
J. Scott Applewhite AP
  • Vice President Biden's March 23, 2010, f-bomb (we've bleeped it)

We expect that most folks won't need to look up the definition. But just in case, "f-bomb" now has its own entry in the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.

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