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Apollo 13 checklist sells for $380k

Commander James Lovell's famous checklist that helped steer the failed Apollo 13 mission home was snapped up for $388,375 at an auction in Texas.

Sotheby's to auction Apple’s founding contract

The original contract which established Apple Computer Co. as a formal business entity is the highlight of upcoming books and manuscripts auction by Sotheby's on Dec. 13 in New York.

Woman surrenders in Walmart pepper spraying case

A woman came forward and surrendered to authorities in connection with the Black Friday pepper spray incident at a San Fernando Valley Walmart, police said Saturday.

Violence mars Black Friday shopping across US

A string of violent incidents marred Black Friday sales, the annual bargain hunting ritual that kicks off the traditional Christmas shopping season after Thanksgiving.

Woman uses pepper spray to grab Black Friday deals

Black Friday got off to a spicy start!

A woman unleashed pepper spray on shoppers at a Walmart in Los Angeles to get her hands on Black Fri

Ken hoping to win back Barbie before Valentine’s Day

After spending 43 years together, doll world’s perfect, much celebrated and iconic couple, Barbie and Ken decided to part ways on Valentine’s Day in 2004.

Santa runners raise $200,000 for charity

Boston -- About 500 scantily clad Santas took part in an annual Boston running event that raised nearly $205,000 for charities benefiting children, organizers said.

Saturday's chilly run is formerly known as the Santa Speedo Run, the Boston Herald reported.

Some of the runners wore little more than stylish tight shorts, bikinis and Santa hats. This is the 11th year the event has been held.

The new event is called the SSRun, and featured runners up to 70 years old.

Money raised at this year's event will benefit Starlight Children's Foundation, the Play Ball Foundation and Hospitality Homes.

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Flash mob sings for Oklahoma shoppers

Oklahoma City -- Shoppers at an Oklahoma mall enjoyed a holiday treat as a flash-mob of singers performed Handel's Hallelujah Chorus in the food court, observers said.

Inspired by similar performances making the Internet rounds on YouTube, more than 1,000 people participated in the spontaneous rendition at the Quail Springs Mall in Oklahoma City Saturday, The Oklahoman reported.

Carol Sander, a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Choir, helped spark the Oklahoma City event by sending an e-mail to some friends, and the idea quickly went viral on social media Web sites.

Sander she was surprised by the number of people who showed up.
"We wanted to do it as a gift to the shoppers," Sander said. "I could see they were really loving it."

Colorado couple find 'wandering' scorpion

Aspen, Colo. -- A couple in the Aspen, Colo., area says they found a bark scorpion in their house, hundreds of miles and thousands of feet too high from its proper habitat.

Stanley Coriat says his wife was leaving the laundry room of their Summit Vista, Colo., home two weeks ago when she spotted a light brown scorpion trying to leave with her, The Aspen Times reported Sunday.

It was a bark scorpion, the most venomous of the species.

The range of the small bark scorpion is the Sonoran Desert and the desert southwest.

Coriat told Eagle County health and human services officials but "I had to bring the scorpion to the community center before anybody would believe me," he said.

Colleges host 'stress-busting' events

Los Angeles -- U.S. colleges are turning to bounce houses, comedy hours and "midnight munchies" parties to help students deal with pre-exam stress, school officials say.

Events both quirky and serious are being staged at campuses across the country to help students ease tension as they approach final exams with a battered economy and decimated job market in their futures, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.

So in addition to extra counseling, additional library hours and dedicated quiet study areas, colleges are offering laser tag, petting zoos, karaoke parties and miniature golf, all designed to reduce stress for students worried about competition for jobs and graduate school admission along with concerns of higher tuition and loan burdens.