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You, win the $500M Powerball jackpot? It's not happening

Last March, when the people of America were drooling at the thought of winning a record $656 million Mega Millions jackpot, we poured an icy bucket of mathematical reality over your head: You weren't going to win.

2nd lawsuit claims Clash, voice of Elmo, had sex with a minor

A second lawsuit has been filed accusing Kevin Clash, the puppeteer who provided the voice of Elmo on "Sesame Street," of engaging in a sexual relationship with a minor.

Facebook privacy hoax capitalizes on privacy fears

Something about the Facebook privacy hoax has gotten people to click "share."

Roach-eating contest winner choked to death

A 32-year-old man who died after downing dozens of roaches and worms last month to win a python at a Florida reptile store choked to death, medical officials said Monday.

'Poison' pen mightier than sword for would-be North Korean assassin

All you might feel is someone brush by you and a slight pin prick. But very quickly you would be suffering muscle paralysis followed by suffocation. You would be dead within a very short period of time.

Early Beatles audition tape going on the auction block

They were four completely unknown men living in Liverpool in 1962. Ordinary 20-something-year-olds who had formed what seemed to be a very ordinary rock band.

Some Republicans move away from no-tax pledge

Nothing riles up the tea party chattering class like a broken pledge against raising taxes.

A gift guide for gamers of all types

This holiday season, shopping for the gamer in your life is easier -- and harder. Easier because there are so many great choices, you can't go wrong.

Cyber Monday starts early this year

Post-Thanksgiving online discounts were once relegated to Cyber Monday -- but these days, websites are launching deals even before Black Friday. And the resulting shopping frenzy is expected to set records.

Black Friday comes early to Wal-Mart

al-Mart workers stood sentry by stacks of products -- vacuums, blankets, Hello Kitty bedspreads -- marked with signs reading "Merchandise not available until 8 p.m. Thursday."