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Kids Of Divorce May Have Happier Marriages

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Do children of divorce grow up to have happier marriages than their parents? That's the argument the Wall Street Journal is making this week. In an article on kids and divorce, they say that new research suggests kids whose parents split up may have happier marriages as adults.

They give two reasons for this. First, kids who've lived through a divorce learn from their parents' mistakes and are determined not to repeat them. Second, for kids who have a parent remarry, the new stepfamily is often happier and teaches them how to build loving relationships.

That sounds great. It fits with anecdotal reports from my peers who swear they'll never darken the doors of a divorce court after watching their own parents break up.

There's just one problem: statistics say it doesn't really work this way.

Bad Guys

Many on the Planet Starving While Nat Rothchild Throws £1m Birthday Party

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The swimming pool stretches 215ft into the distance under a cloudless Montenegrin sky.
Superyachts, models and the infinity pool - welcome to Nat Rothschild's £1m birthday party.

Giant silver glitter balls float serenely on its surface while all around workmen saw, hammer and polish in last-minute preparations for what promises to be the party of the century for this tiny, newly-independent nation.

While the rest of the world struggles to come to terms with an era of austerity, there will be no such concerns tonight for Nat Rothschild, the billionaire British investment banker, as he celebrates his 40th birthday with an elite band of 400 fabulously wealthy friends.

The Oxford-educated entrepreneur, the scion of the Rothschild banking dynasty and one of the world's most eligible bachelors, is spending an estimated £1 million on three days of lavish celebrations in Porto Montenegro, a £518 million new marina resort on the Adriatic Coast.

He is one of the main investors in the exclusive development of boutiques, apartments and restaurants which, when finished in a few years' time, will provide berths for 630 yachts and aim to out-bling the likes of St Tropez and Monte Carlo.


Betty Ford Dead at 93

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Betty Ford, the widow of late President Gerald Ford and a co-founder of an eponymous addiction center in California, has died at the age of 93, according to the director of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum.

Ford died Friday evening with family at her bedside, according to a family member.

No other details were immediately available.


South Sudan Becomes an Independent Nation

South Sudan Independence
The new state is rich in oil, but also one of the world's least developed countries
South Sudan has become the world's newest nation, the climax of a process made possible by the 2005 peace deal that ended a long and bloody civil war.

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon are among international dignitaries attending celebrations in the capital, Juba.

Sudan earlier became the first state to officially recognise its new neighbour.

The south's independence follows decades of conflict with the north in which some 1.5 million people died.

Celebrations in Juba began at midnight (2100 GMT). A countdown clock in the city centre reached zero and the new national anthem was played on television.

South Sudan became the 193rd country recognised by the UN and the 54th UN member state in Africa.


Caylee's Law Petition Goes Viral, Some States Begin Drafting Law

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Casey Anthony was found not guilty in the murder of her daughter, Caylee.
Disappointment over the not guilty in Casey Anthony murder trial has spurred an online campaign in honor of the Florida mother's dead 2-year-old.

A petition urging lawmakers to create a law in memory little Caylee Anthony has gone viral - garnering more than 250,000 signatures in less than 36 hours.

The campaign, launched by an Oklahoma woman on Change.org, asks lawmakers to craft "Caylee's Law, " which would make it a felony for a parent to fail to report a missing child to law enforcement.

Change.org, the site which launches numerous petitions a day in an effort to create social change, said on its blog that the petition is already the most popular of all time on the website.


US: Man Mistakenly Jailed for Trying to Cash Check at Chase Bank

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A 28-year-old construction worker was mistakenly thrown in jail after trying to deposit a check at a local Chase bank, and the whole ordeal ended up costing him his car and job.

KING5 reported that Ikenna Njoku of Auburn, Washington received a home buyer rebate from the IRS, which Chase Bank sent him in the form of a $8,463.21 cashier's check. When he tried to cash the check, a teller at his local Chase Bank suspected it was a forgery and took it, along with his driver license and credit card, to contact bank support.

When he arrived at the bank the next day to get his money, he was arrested for trying to cash a fraudulent check and thrown in jail.

The following day, on Friday, Chase Special Investigations realized the mistake and left a message with the police department. But Njoku ended up staying in jail until Monday morning.


Police suspect a Murdoch executive deleted 'millions of emails'


London police are investigating the possibility that an executive working for Rupert Murdoch's News International deleted "millions of emails" in an attempt to thwart a phone hacking probe, reports said Friday.

On two separate occasions, a senior executive is thought to have erased "massive quantities" of messages, according to The Guardian.

One of the massive deletions may have happened in January, just as police were launching "Operation Weeting" to look into charges that reporters at News of the World hacked voicemails.


Actor Hugh Grant confronts News of the World editor on air

Actor Hugh Grant has had a long-standing grudge match going with the Murdoch-owned tabloid The News of the World for some years.

In April of this year, Grant published an article in Britain's The New Statesman describing the tactics used by the British tabloid media and how each Prime Minister since Margaret Thatcher has known that they can only be elected with the help and consent of Murdoch's NewsCorp, Inc. empire.

Grant had a run-in with former News of the World editor Paul McMullen in which he found out that the tabloid was listening in on his phone messages. As a retaliatory gesture, he made a visit to McMullen's pub with a recording device and got the editor on tape admitting to many of the paper's most dubious practices.

The two men met again on the BBC News Channel and while the discussion began cordially enough, it quickly escalated. Grant's parting shot to McMullen is not to be missed.

Black Cat

TS-hey! Airport agent 'took passenger's iPad and stuffed it down his trousers'... and stole $50,000 worth of devices from luggage

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Charged: TSA worker Nelson Santiago-Serrano, 30, is accused of swiping $50,000 worth of electronics from passengers
  • SA agent Nelson Santiago-Serrano charged in Florida
  • He allegedly admitted theft to police
  • Allegedly sold stolen goods online during shifts
The list of consumer complaints against the TSA over recent months may soon have to include theft, in addition to groping and racial profiling.

That's because a Transportation Security Administration worker has been charged with two counts of grand theft for allegedly stealing electronics out of passengers' luggage, authorities in Florida said Thursday.

According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, Nelson Santiago-Serrano, 30, was caught by a Continental Airlines employee stealing an iPad from a suitcase in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's Terminal 1 on Monday.

Mr Santiago-Serrano was allegedly seen trying to stuff the device into his pants, reports the Broward-Palm Beach New Times.

Police say that after they arrested him on Monday, he admitted to stealing computers, GPS devices, video cameras, and other electronics from bags he was supposed to be screening.


One-armed man fined $200 in Belarus for clapping at unsanctioned rally

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A court in Belarus fined a one-armed man for taking part in unsanctioned "clapping" protests in Minsk earlier in the week, Belarusian information website Khartiya-97 reported on Friday.

"The court ruled that the disabled man by the name of Konstantin will have to pay a fine of 1.05 million Belarusian rubles [some $200]," the website said.

The man was found guilty by the court of clapping in a public place. The fact that the man was clapping was proved by one of the witnesses during the trial.