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Friday March 4, 2016    11:18 AM

As educational video games intended for children go, MECC’s The Oregon Trail is already bleak in its depiction of life in 19th century pioneer life in America. After all, this was the software that made a pop culture byword out of "You have died of dysentery." But even The Oregon Trail had to sugarcoat things a little for elementary school students. MECC kept in the buffalo-shooting, river-fording, and bead-trading, but the company left out the whiskey, the wild parties, the cross-dressing, and the children crushed beneath wagon wheels. Fortunately, for the now-grown  Full Story

Wednesday March 2, 2016    02:13 PM
How will Facebook incorporate its new Reactions into its news feed algorithm? (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

As someone who’s spent the past eight years working as a social media consultant, I’m a bit worried about Facebook’s new Reactions emoji–not from a business standpoint, but as a member of the human race.

For me, the most troubling aspect of the new emoji options is that since 2006, Facebook has relied heavily on their news feed algorithm to determine what users do and don’t see. This algorithm incorporates data about everything you do on Facebook, from private messages to checking your ex’s new profile picture to the amount of time you spend engaging with a post or watching videos. I

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Saturday February 27, 2016    10:24 AM
In June of 2014, 45 people set out from Oregon’s coast to reach Yorktown, Virginia on a bike, and filmmaker Mike Dion was there with two video crews, ready to record the epic, 4,300-mile trip.

"It’s a set touring route which cyclists were imagined to do in 60 days," Dion says, "but I think as soon as you have these set bicycle routes you’ve got some fanatics going, ‘I wonder how fast I could do it in.’ So that’s where these under the radar races come on. There’s no prize money, there’s no entry free. It’s really just to kind of see if you can do it."

And they do it without any help.

"There are no teams. There are no vehicles following you. You are not getting inside an RV with ai

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Saturday February 27, 2016    10:21 AM
A herd of goats have been relieved of their duties in Oregon for failing to live up to the city’s grazing expectations. Seventy-five goats were hired from a goat rental company by the city of Salem as a greener and more cost effective way to maintain nine acre Minto-Brown Island Park, which had become overgrown with invasive plants, the Statesman Journal reports.

However the goats didn’t deliver the expected results: a public works report recently presented to Salem City Council said that the animals ate the offending leaves, but left the brambles which had to be cleared away by a hired, human crew.

The six-week project also cost five times more than traditional methods of plant remo

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Thursday February 25, 2016    06:20 PM
LAKESIDE, California A 10-year-old California girl was fatally struck by a runaway vehicle while heroically pushing two children out of harm's way.

Neighbors told KGTV the children were playing in the yard on Monday when it started rolling. Kiera Larsen instinctively pushed two toddlers, ages 1 and 2, out of the path of the SUV.

The vehicle struck the 10-year-old and pushed her through a fence, according to KGTV. Paramedics took the girl to a local hospital where she later died.

Authorities did not say how the 1999 Mercedes-Benz began rolling in reverse down the dirt drive

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Tuesday February 23, 2016    02:57 PM
BALTIMORE - A youtube video going viral shows Sen. Ted Cruz as a teenage high school student talking about his goals in life. He hits on the idea of "world domination" and being cast in a "tit film."

The video was posted online Saturday by a YouTube account called "Young Ted Cruz." It's the only video on the account.

Off-camera, someone asks Cruz, then a student at Second Baptist High School in 1988, what are his aspirations.

"Aspirations! Is that like sweat on my butt?" Cruz said. "Oh, I see -- what I want to do in life. My aspiration is to, oh, I don't know ... be in a teen tit film."

Then comes the good stuff.

"Well, other than that? Uh, take over the world," he says. "Worl

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Tuesday February 16, 2016    08:46 AM
Federal authorities faced intense criticism after backing down from their confrontation with Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the rag-tag army of heavily-armed anti-government extremists who flocked to his cause in 2014. The feds’ cautious approach may have averted a bloodbath – they were outnumbered four-to-one — but it was also widely seen as having encouraged the self-styled revolutionaries to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for forty days this year. A 2014 analysis by the Department of Homeland Security concluded that members of the militia movement viewed the Bundy Ranch debacle as "a defining victory over government oppression."

It was clear from the rambling communiques

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Monday February 15, 2016    08:29 AM
It's a safe bet that this home in the small coastal town of Newport, Oregon is the only one — here, or anywhere — with an armorial flag behind which the 10th Earl of Shannon marched for 32 years in processions.

The late earl himself lived at this address with his wife, now the Dowager Countess of Shannon. She has listed the home for $399,000.

Unassuming from the outside, the three-bedroom, three-bath home resembles a medieval castle on the inside, where two small foyers are wallpapered with moire silk. In the kitchen, you expect to see a king tipping back a pint of mead alongside his Venetian glassware and copper pot collection.

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Friday February 12, 2016    10:29 AM
GLENDALE, Arizona - Two 15-year-old girls died Friday in a shooting at their Arizona high school, police said.

The sophomores’ bodies were found near the main building of Glendale’s Independence High School, Officer Tracey Breeden told reporters. A weapon laid nearby.

Breeden did not detail who fired the shots, but said cops are not looking for a suspect. Officers called the shooting an "isolated incident."

Once source said this may be a murder-suicide.

The 10th graders at Independence High School in Glendale had single gunshot wounds and a weapon was found near their bodies, police said. A suicide note was located.

Cheryl Rice said she went to the store after a friend called

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Wednesday February 10, 2016    11:55 AM
A photo of a Pensacola postal worker who stopped for a funeral procession is going viral, but it's in the condition he stopped in that is touching people's hearts.

Carole Chase-Draughan, the daughter of the WWII veteran who the funeral was for, snapped the photo as they passed by.

Carole shared the touching moment on a local news Facebook page saying, "Whoever this wonderfully patriotic postman is, I would love to just thank him for his respect, during the steady rain on Wednesday afternoon as the funeral motorcade for my WWII Veteran father passed him. This is what Respect looks like!"

The post was shared more than 25,000 times which helped identify Glenn Corbett as the USPS letter

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