Tourist Fined $25K For Scratching His Initial On Wall Of Roman Colosseum

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The thing about the world’s archaeological treasures is that they’re awe-inspiring enough without any kind of extra embellishments. And just in case you are tempted to deface ancient history, perhaps the $24,865 fine one tourist will be paying for carving his initial into the wall of Rome’s Colosseum will change your mind. [More]

Report: 109 Sears And Kmart Stores Now Expected To Close By Early 2015

Report: 109 Sears And Kmart Stores Now Expected To Close By Early 2015

There’s more cost-cutting planned at Sears Holdings through the end of this year and the beginning of next year. That news shouldn’t surprise anyone, but the total has increased to 39 Sears stores, and 70 Kmart stores, along with one Sears distribution center, one Kmart distribution center, and three Sears repair centers. [More]

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Car Manufacturers, Industry Groups Work To Prevent Car Cyberattacks

In this day and age, just about anything can be hacked, including your car. And with more and more vehicles including Internet capabilities, car manufacturers and industry groups are working against the clock to create cyber defenses for commercially available vehicles. [More]

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Walmart Workers Chain Massive Food Donation Bin Outside Home Of Alice Walton

Just days after another Walmart launched the holiday giving season by placing a food donation bin for employees to help out their co-workers in need, some workers have placed a much larger bin outside the home of someone who makes a little bit more than $10/hour from the nation’s largest retailer — Alice Walton. [More]

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Competitive Eater Gobbles Down 9.35 Pounds Of Turkey In 10 Minutes

So you’re planning on eating a whole lot of turkey on Thanksgiving, huh? Good luck trying to get anywhere near the amount of turkey the winner of a holiday-themed eating contest just shoved down his gullet in the amount of time it takes me to decide how large of a scoop of mashed potatoes I can serve myself without having everyone behind me in line hate me. [More]

The initial warning message sent out by Machinima to users alerting them to increased vigilance on Activision's part. (Photo: @BroTeamPill)

Activision Going After YouTubers Who Post Call Of Duty Glitch, Exploit Videos

Video Game clips make up a sizable chunk of the most popular content on YouTube, and its becoming easier and easier for gamers to share short videos online, and game publishers rarely try to flex their copyright muscle to get clips taken down because they know it’s good publicity. Someone failed to tell this to Activision, which has been flagging Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare videos, but only those that highlight that the game has flaws. [More]

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Some Jerk Runs Over Guy At McDonald’s Drive-Thru, Grabs Food Before Leaving

It’s bad enough to commit a hit-and-run, but when you’ve got enough time to stop and pick up some grub while you flee, well that’s just a total jerk move. The family of a New York City man who was run over in the McDonald’s drive-thru say they found out the driver stopped long enough to grab his food from the window afterward, instead of calling the police. [More]

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General Motor’s Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 35

Less than a year ago, General Motors claimed that only 13 fatalities had resulted from a faulty ignition switch issue. Now three months after a plan to compensate victims was set up, 35 death claims have been accepted. [More]

Old Navy Changes Policy For Plus-Size Returns, Adding Customer Panel To Make Better Clothes

Old Navy Changes Policy For Plus-Size Returns, Adding Customer Panel To Make Better Clothes

A couple weeks back we told you about a petition asking Old Navy why it charges significantly more for plus-size women’s clothing but the largest men’s apparel is the same price as the mediums and smalls. The retailer explained to us that its women’s items are specially designed while the menswear is just larger versions of the same items, but there were still lingering questions, like why are there fewer plus-size options and why can’t you return them in the store? [More]

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TSA Would Like To Remind Everyone Flying For The Holidays That You Can’t Bring Guns In Your Carry-On

After a record year finding guns in travelers’ carry-on bags at the nation’s airports, the Transportation Security Administration wants to take a second to remind everyone flying for the holidays that weapons need to be in your checked baggage and declared to authorities. [More]

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AT&T Agrees To Pay $23.8M, Invest $28M To Settle Claims Of Dumping Hazardous Materials In California

AT&T agreed to pay $23.8 million to settle charges brought by the California Attorney General’s office that it unlawfully dumped old electronic devices and other hazardous materials in the state. [More]

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Swedish Hotel Offering Free 7-Night Stays For People With More Than 2,000 Facebook Friends

We already know the value companies place on attracting new fans on social media, which is part of the reason using sites like Facebook and Instagram is free: Advertisers want your attention and they want the attention of your friends. So in order to harness the power of social media, one Swedish hotel is offering up a tasty bit of bait in the form of free stays for the big hitters on Facebook and Instagram. [More]

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HBO Hints You Might Be Paying Cable Company For Standalone HBO Go

It’s been more than a month since HBO confirmed its long-awaited plans to launch an online-only version of the premium TV network that wouldn’t require a cable subscription. While there are still no real details about exactly what customers are getting or how much they want to pay, it does look like you’ll be ordering the service through the same cable company you’re trying to get away from. [More]

Kohler Releases An Odor-Eating Toilet Seat To Make Going Number Two More Pleasant

Kohler Releases An Odor-Eating Toilet Seat To Make Going Number Two More Pleasant

Going to the bathroom is a natural part of life, but for some reason human waste has been in the news a little too much in the last week. First we learned that a company in England was is using human feces to power a bus, and now Kohler has released an odor-eating toilet seat aimed at ridding restrooms across the country of the smell produced when we go number two. [More]

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Budweiser To Waste Money Trying To Convince 20-Somethings To Drink Bud

By its own admission, nearly half of American beer-drinkers between the ages of 21 and 27 not only don’t drink Budweiser, but have never even tried the self-crowned King of Beers. That’s why we will all have to endure months of young and edgy ads attempting to target this demographic (before the company goes inevitably back to its default flags/horses/baseball marketing). [More]

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City Is No Charlie Brown, Kicks Ugly Christmas Tree To The Curb

The opportunity to play the sad Christmas tree music from Charlie Brown in the context of an actual sad, ugly Christmas tree story doesn’t come around too often, but today is that day: The town of Reading, PA is ditching a tree deemed too pathetic and unseemly for the public eye in favor of a newer, more pleasing to the eye specimen. [More]

FCC Expects To Be Sued Over Net Neutrality No Matter What It Does

FCC Expects To Be Sued Over Net Neutrality No Matter What It Does

In 2010, the FCC enacted net neutrality rules aimed to prevent Internet service providers from blocking, slowing down, or speeding up access to websites based on how much they pay — and the agency was sued by Verizon for overstepping its authority. Now that the FCC is reconsidering those rules to either make them weaker or possibly reclassify ISPs so that the agency can enforce neutrality. But no matter how it moves forward, the agency expects to be sued. [More]

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United Airlines Expands In-Flight Entertainment To Android Devices

Travelers who use Android devices hoping to catch a movie on their next United Airlines flight finally have the same opportunity already afforded to their Apple counterparts. [More]