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Where Does the Saying ‘Take a Raincheck’ Come From?

When you say, “I’ll take a raincheck,” you’re telling someone that you can’t accept his or her offer or invitation now, but you’d be happy to accept it down the road. The phrase can also be used sarcastically, by letting someone know you’d prefer to delay something unpleasant until the future, or as a promise for out-of-stock goods.

But how did this expression make it into our lexicon?

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Texas Medical Center Skyscraper Imploded

For six decades, the building with the outline of the Rock of Gibraltar at the top was one of Houston's most familiar landmarks.  But Sunday morning, it took only 17 seconds for the first skyscraper built outside downtown Houston to turn into a pile of dust and rubble.

The former regional headquarters of Prudential Insurance, built in 1952, was destroyed to make room for a new building in the MD Cancer Center Complex at the Texas Medical Center.

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Colorado Student’s Racy Photo Not Allowed in Yearbook

Warning:  This story is rated "R" for Racy.

A Colorado teenager whose yearbook picture was rejected for being too revealing is vowing to fight the ban with her high school’s administration, but the student editors of the yearbook insist the school administration had nothing to do with it. They say it was "their" decision to not allow the photo.

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Seniors Can Think Just as Quickly as College Students

While it’s generally assumed that our ability to think quickly diminishes as we age, a new study indicates that isn’t always so. In fact, the decision-making skills of older people can parallel even those of college students.

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Study: Kids Provoke and Video Many Teacher Tantrums

It's called cyber-baiting, and it's a growing phenomenon in today's electronic and connected world.  It happens when students deliberately provoke a teacher to the breaking point.

When the teacher finally "loses it", they video his or her emotional or angry outburst on their cellphones and the video goes viral on YouTube in a matter of minutes.

It's humiliating, it destroys a teacher's morale, and as it has in many cases, it can cost them their job.

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LA Gay Nativity Scene Vandalized

An unusual nativity display at a suburban Los Angeles church that included artistic silhouettes of gay couples was vandalized over the weekend in an incident authorities are investigating as a hate crime.

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Americans Say 2012 Will Be Awesome — Survey of the Day

According to a new poll, the majority of Americans believe that 2012 will be a good year.

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Woman Fired for Using Artificial Insemination

An Ohio woman who was a teacher and the technology coordinator for two Catholic schools in Cincinnati claims she was fired for using artificial insemination to get pregnant.

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