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What Do Americans Think About Sacrificing Rights to Fight Terrorism After 9/11?

The terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 left an indelible mark on Americans. But even as the first responders climbed through the rubble in New York, Washington, DC and Pennsylvania, the country embarked on a “War on Terror.” With that war came years of conflict in Afghanistan and Iraq, indefinite detention of terror suspects without charges or trial, enhanced interrogation techniques, extraordinary rendition and the passage of the USA Patriot Act.

Ten years later, Americans are still wondering if it was wise to sacrifice some privacy and freedoms in order to fight terrorism.

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You May Have Money (Lots Of It) Due To You From The State Of Texas

According to the State Comptroller's Department, 1 in 4 Texans has unclaimed money or property waiting for them through the state of Texas.  This may be the result of numerous reasons:  court deposits, over payment on bills, dividends, rebates on purchases, and many more.

In fact the average claim is more than $1,000!!  And the record payout was for over $4 million to a man in the Dallas area.

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Arizona Now Charges People $25 to Visit Prison Inmates

New legislation in Arizona allows the state’s Department of Corrections to impose a one-time “background check fee” of $25 on adults wishing to visit inmates at any of its 15 facilities.

Needless to say, families and prisoner advocacy groups are not happy, citing the existing costs of traveling to visit loved ones housed in prisons that are often located in remote areas.

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Amazing Toothpick Replica of San Francisco Built Over 35 Years [VIDEO]

Scott Weaver has spent the last 35 years building a highly-detailed tower replica of San Francisco using only toothpicks. And it that wasn’t impressive (or insane) enough, his tower allows ping pong balls to take a half-dozen differently routed tours throughout San Francisco’s neighborhoods and famous landmarks.

In the video below, Walker walks you through all of his painstaking creation’s twists.

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Women Gain Weight After Marriage, Men After Divorce

Getting hitched results in women putting on the pounds, whereas the male waistline is more likely to expand after a divorce.

Researchers from Ohio State University discovered this discrepancy after analyzing a study on the effects marital events had on 10,000 people between 1986 and 2008.

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Have Your Say On The Design Of New Texas Specialty License Plates

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is in the process of producing new designs for their specialty license plates...some call them 'vanity plates'.

And, the DMV wants your help. 

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Sexting, Retweet and Jeggings Among New Words Added to Dictionary

The ‘Concise Oxford English Dictionary,’ celebrating its 100th birthday this year, has added 400 new entries to the English language.

The freshman class of words that are now officially, well, words include “sexting,” “retweet,” “mankini,” “noob,” “jeggings,” and “woot.”

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Lufkin 6th Grader Kendall Jackson In Studio With The Morning Show

We had a special guest on the Merrell in the Morning show today...the beautiful, talented, and fresh-scented Kendall Jackson.

She is a 6th grader at Lufkin Middle School and she brought us donuts (although she did lick off all the sprinkles)!!!

Kendall's parents were the top bidders to host the morning show held at the recent Bayou Bash which benefits St. Cyprian's.  Some fun facts about Kendall follow the jump 

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Danny Merrell Celebrates National Bad Poetry Day

Emerson...Dante...Tennyson...Dr. Seuss...today is not their day.

This is the day that we aspiring poets try our best effort at verse.  Nope.  Scratch that.

This is the day that we silly people try to make up bad poetry - limericks, haiku, iambic pentameter (not sure what that means, but it sounded poetic)...any style of poetry is up for grabs.

I have some bad poetry for you...after the jump. 

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‘Amityville Horror’ House for Sale – Look Inside! [VIDEO]

The four-bedroom home featured in scary movie classic ‘The Amityville Horror’ is up for sale. The asking price is $1.35 million for the Tom’s River, NJ house, which features a pool, theater and killer lakeside view. 

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US Olympic Committee Demands Redneck Olympics Change Its Name

The first annual Redneck Olympics, which took place in Hebron, Maine earlier this month, featured events such as wife-carrying, bobbing for pig’s feet, lawn mower races, mud pit belly flops and toilet-seat horseshoes

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E-Trade Baby Loses It All [VIDEO]

The stock market continues to be wildly volatile and it's creating headaches for many investors.

Apparently, even the E-Trade baby is not immune.

***Caution*** even though they're bleeped out, obvious cussing ahead. 

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