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Turkey vs. Israel: Turkey expels its Israeli ambassador over Israel's refusal to apologize for last year's raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla, claiming they acted in self-defense.
Taxing Tricks: German prostitutes are now required to pay a meter a flat rate of $8.65 a night to walk the streets. If caught without a ticket, they face a fine of $145.
A Jobless August: The US economy failed to add any jobs in August, marking it the first in 11 months without any increase. At least the unemployment rate remained constant, at 9.1 percent.
Something in the Air: In light of the economic downturn, President Obama postponed national smog standardspostponed national smog standards, allowing smoggy buisnesses to keep on keepin' on until 2013.
Trash-o-sphere: A National Research Council report says that "space junk" orbiting Earth has reached a tipping point. Its solution: Giant magnet nets.
In Pyro News: West Virginia has now made couch burning a felony. There goes the summer.
Canadians Love Our Loo: Portland sells one of their locally-designed loos to Victoria, B.C. for just under $100,000.
D'awwww: The Oregon Zoo's 3-month-old carcal kittens are welcomed into their new outside home.
Creepy Town: A 4-year-old dresses in a Dolly Parton costume — fit with fake boobs and a rump — for a pageant show on TLC's "Toddlers and Tiaras" (yes, this exists).
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