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Researchers Are Totes Studying How Ppl Shorten Words On Twitter

Credit: Mean Girls, NPR<p>Shortening words, swapping them out, giving them different meanings — that's not new. Remember in <i>Mean Girls</i> when the queen bee character, Regina George, berated one of her underlings for trying to make the word "fetch" catch on?<p>Women lead the adoption of clipped words. In …

Jamaican bobsled team likely Olympic-bound, if they can afford it

Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, it's bobsled time! ... maybe.<p>The Jamaican bobsled team is back for the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Well, maybe.<p>A two-man team of Winston Watts, an Olympic veteran who competed at the 2002 Salt Lake Games, and brakeman Marvin Dixon, appear set to qualify for the …

In Alaska's wilds, the mystic hiker's bus draws pilgrims to danger and death

The lonely death of Chris McCandless inspired a book and Sean Penn's film Into the Wild. Now, more than 20 years on, hundreds follow in the idealist's trail – but locals wonder if it has all gone too far<p>The old bus in which Chris McCandless died in 1992 in the interior of Alaska – made famous in …

Super Bowl on guard for human trafficking criminals

The hordes of people flocking to this year's Super Bowl might be an attractive target for human traffickers looking to make new clients<p>NEW YORK — Thousands of fans will descend on New York and New Jersey for Super Bowl XLVIII — and experts say human traffickers will be lurking behind them.<p>The …

Gay Russian protester detained at Olympic torch relay

MOSCOW (AP) — A gay Russian protester was detained on Saturday for unfurling a rainbow flag during the Olympic torch relay as it passed through his hometown of Voronezh, 560 miles north of Sochi, where the games will begin Feb. 7.<p>Photos uploaded by his friends show Pavel Lebedev pulling out the …