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Is it right to waste helium on party balloons?

<b>The US has been selling off its helium reserve, established in the 1920s to provide gas for airships - but even so, shortages have been occurring.</b><p>Some scientists believe a finite resource that could one day run out should not be used for party balloons.<p>In the universe as a whole, it is one of the …

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Taylor Swift's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Performance Dissed By Model (UPDATED)

We might have geeked out over Taylor Swift's fun-loving performance at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show last night, but not everyone was so keen on the singer's act.<p>Jessica Hart, who walked the show along with the rest of the lingerie models, told Women's Wear Daily Swift wasn't the best choice …

The world’s most dangerous country is up to 20 murders a day

A United Nations report (pdf) released on Nov. 12 highlights Latin America’s problem with violence. It was the only region where homicides overall increased between 2000 and 2010. But one country has it especially bad: Honduras.<p>The likes of Mexico and Brazil may be better known for their crime and …

36 points & 9 rebounds for @jharden13 as the @houstonrockets defeat the @nyknicks 109-106.

Finding the Perfect Rotation for Los Angeles Lakers

The 2013-14 Los Angeles Lakers have held their heads above water with a decent 4-6 record, but they’re still searching for the perfect rotation to climb back to the .500 mark.<p>As expected, the Lakers have been dreadful defensively. They’re allowing 105.8 points per game, which ranks them 28th in the …

Basketball

Why the Orlando Magic Will Be Contenders in the Eastern Conference by 2015

Following the Dwight Howard fiasco and his forced trade to the Lakers, the Orlando Magic were seemingly destined to be cellar dwellers for years to come. But the rebuilding process could be over sooner than most fans expect.<p>General Manager Rob Hennigan has put together a team of promising young …

NBA

Rockets Center Omer Asik Reportedly Asks Houston for Trade to Another Team

Dwight Howard's return to form has earned him a lot of fans. Clearly, backup center and Houston Rockets teammate Omer Asik is not one of them.<p><b>---UPDATE: Friday, 6:16 p.m. ET by Joe Flynn---</b><p>Houston's front office would love to grant Asik his request for a trade...for the right price, according to …