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  • Briefing Net neutrality: five questions after court struck down the rules

    The principle of “net neutrality” was struck down by a federal appeals court on Jan. 14. Here’s an explanation of the issues involved.

  • Burger topped with communion wafer grills up controversy

    A Chicago restaurant has cooked up a controversial burger of the month for October, garnishing it with an unconsecrated communion wafer. The burger is inspired by a Swedish heavy metal band. 

  • Black Sabbath tops US charts for first time in four decades

    Black Sabbath, a heavy metal band, has their first No 1 album in the US Billiboard 200 chart. The new album is  titled "13." is the19th studio album from Black Sabbath.

  • Slayer guitarist dies: Jeff Hanneman co-founded Slayer

    Jeff Hanneman, guitarist and founder of Slayer, one of the 'Big Four' thrash metal bands of the 1980s, was reported dead by the Slayer website.

  • 'Jack the Giant Slayer' is more ho-hum than fee-fi-fo-fum

    'Jack' has mostly perfunctory performances, though the giants are somewhat entertaining.

  • The 25 best musicians of the Rock era

    Who took the top slots for the best artists in the Rock-and-Roll era? Check out the full list.

  • What if US rockers were convicted of ‘hooliganism’ like Russia’s Pussy Riot?

    Bands from 'Rage Against the Machine' to the 'Dixie Chicks' have harshly criticized political leaders in the US. Like Russia's 'Pussy Riot,' shouldn't they be charged with hooliganism?

  • Is Rick Santorum benefitting from a Bella Bounce?

    Forget the sweater vest. Rick Santorum's surge in the polls could be traced back to his daughter's brief hospitalization. It cemented Santorum's "family man" image, and softened some criticisms.

  • Charles Dickens: His 10 most memorable characters

    To celebrate the 200th birthday of Charles Dickens, here is a tribute to 10 of his most unforgettable characters.

  • The most expensive items on Amazon

    Amazon is known for its bargains, but did you know you can also use the site to fritter away colossal amounts of money? Of course you did. But do you have any idea how much money? We went through each of Amazon's departments looking for the most expensive item, and what we found was surprising. While there were some objects of genuine value, we found many others that were absurdly overpriced, with sellers often charging millions – or even trillions – of dollars for everyday products.  Some of these prices are surely inadvertent. Maybe someone accidentally keyed an inventory code into the price field, or maybe they forgot to convert the currency from rupees. Perhaps others are simply attempts by the retailer to better understand Amazon's search algorithm. And just maybe a few of them are people with dreams of striking it rich. It is, after all, a free country.   Note that this 26-item list was compiled in December 2011, and that Amazon's inventory changes quickly. To see what are currently the most expensive items on Amazon's, simply visit one of Amazon's departments and sort the items by "Price: High to Low." You'll probably want to disable one-click shopping first, just in case.  
    12/21/2011 12:34 pm

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Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

 
 
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