January 26, 2005

10 people were killed today when a commuter train derailed after smashing into an SUV driven into its path by a suicidal man. There are also around 200 injured, including dozens who were reported to be in critical condition. The 26 year-old SUV driver apparently changed his mind prior to the train hitting his vehicle, and will now be charged with homicide.

The Senate confirmed Condoleezza Rice to be secretary of state today by a vote of 85-13. By comparison, Henry Kissinger was approved 78-7 and Alexander Haig 93-6.

A 10 pound meteorite started fires across rice fields when it crashed into the ground in northwest Cambodia. The impact prompted prayers from the locals who saw it as a divine omen of peace. In a related story, rural Cambodians do not have a rigorous science curriculum in their schools.

Last year, about 1 in 23 consumers (9.3 million people) were victims of identity theft. Contrary to popular wisdom, using the Internet may be a consumer's best fraud-fighting tool. Consumers who spot fraud online suffer an average theft of about $500, whereas those who wait for paper records suffer average losses of $4,500.

When 5 dozen roses didn't work, an estranged husband took out a $17,000 full-page newspaper ad to ask his wife for forgiveness. The man sent the apology to his wife of 17 years after she left him almost 2 weeks ago. Maybe he should have just given her the money.

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