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The Daily Word in high-speed bus chase, new iPad, Kony 2012

Man steals school bus, say police, who chase him down I-40 from Grants to Albuquerque.

People want politicians to do something about gas prices, poll says.

BernCo Sheriff Dan Houston gets a vote of no confidence from his deputies.

Los Lunas judge fails alcohol test, steps down.

LSD might help people quit the booze.

Lots of new jobs, but unemployment rate holds steady.

Vogue Italia shoots for ghetto fabulous, rips off regular people, maybe wanders into racist and classist territory.

Banks are foreclosing on many churches now.

NPR fact-checks viral video "Kony 2012," which aims to take down Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony with charges that he kills and rapes children.

Philosophy student at McGill is intentionally homeless.

New iPad not as fast as they say it is.

Coke and Pepsi change their recipes to be less cancerous.

Speaking of soda pop, Blue Sky may owe you a refund for not being made in New Mexico for a few years.

Filmmakers and Sarah Palin talk about the relative truthiness of Game Changer.

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iPhone 4 Announced

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Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) kicked off yesterday with the traditional packed-to-the-rafters Steve Jobs keynote. Beyond the expected self-congratulation over the iPad's phenomenal success, the big news was (despite the Gizmodo spoilarz in April) the iPhone 4.

Here's the rundown:

The shell is a complete redesign, and now acts as part of the antenna to improve reception. The newer, faster, and substantially smaller A4 chip leaves room for a much needed larger battery.

The new camera is 5 megapixels, and now sports an LED flash. HD (720p) video recording is available, as well as the ability to edit the video directly on the iPhone. At 960 by 640 pixels, the Retina Display is double the resolution of previous iPhones. This won't, of course, make the most of your 720p video, but the iPhone can display 720p via the dock with VGA adapter (not included).

A forward-facing camera allows for true face to face chat, and Apple has packed in their own video chat application (kind of nauseatingly) dubbed FaceTime. One wonders how this will compare to Skype? The iPhone 4 hasn't forgotten gaming, and significant improvements have been made to the motion-sensing/tilt control as well.

As usual, Apple never reveals something until they're ready to sell it, so pre-ordering through ATT begins in about a week.

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The Daily Word 4.20.10: Ash Cloud, James Bond, iPad Thieves

40,000 Americans are stranded in Britain due to the flight-cancelling cloud of volcanic ash.

Arizona police are now authorized to ask suspected illegal immigrants about their citizenship.

Two thieves sever a Denver man’s finger to steal an iPad.

The “fat gene” can also raise the risk for having Alzheimer’s disease.

A British woman suddenly “gets” a Chinese accent as a result of a bad migraine.

The latest James Bond film is put on hold due to tough financial times at MGM.

A local man hurts his one-year-old child due to a reported demonic possession.

Rio Rancho plans to install several red light cameras in response to the budget shortfall.

Don’t drink the water on UNM’s campus.

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The Daily Word 01.29.20: Howard Zinn, Tiller's Killer, Good Economy News

Albuquerque police officer is a suspect in his wife's death.

A sales tax hike inches forward in the House.

Did an angry mob surround APD officers? Or did the officers just get bent out of shape?

Howard Zinn, the historian and activist who wrote A People's History of the United States, died yesterday.

The man who killed the abortion doctor has been convicted.

Lobos focus on MWC, not NCAA. And it's not because they suck.

Bill Gates pledges $10 billion for vaccines.

The economy "roared ahead" in the fourth quarter of 2009, growing at its fastest rate in six years. (Whoa. Good economy news? Yes, please.)

Pee Wee Herman got an iPad.

Professional women drink more than lower-paid women.

People skeptical of homeopathy plan to swallow whole bottles of pills.

Bachelor confused by love.

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The iPad is Here

Look! No buttons!
Look! No buttons!

Hey look! It's some gadget my husband will insist he needs!

The iPad, unveiled today (read a live blog here) is apparently like a giant iPhone, for old people, I'm guessing. Those little numbers are hard to push.

Also, this is a terrible name. Like Apple just came out with its own line of sanitary napkins. Which makes me wonder what kind of apps would come with that.

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