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The Daily Word in the Keystone XL pipeline, the Mac's birthday and catching a Goodfella

Wow, the Mac is 30?

According to FBI, Vinny Asaro has been caught in connection with the Lufthansa heist.

The debate heats up over whether to end the life of a pregnant woman in Texas who has been declared brain dead.

Could the Keystone XL pipeline bring on a new frontier in our nation's environmental politics?

Synthia Varela-Casaus pleads not guilty after being accused of kicking her 9-year-old son to death.

A former employee of Redflex, a company that manufactures red light cameras, says they paid hefty bribes to score deals in several cities in the US, including cities in New Mexico.

This flu season sees more hospitalization rates than usual.

A man in Florida has been arrested after trying to perform an exorcism on his “demon” son and then violently resisting arrest.

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The Daily Word: 8.5.11

Facebook, assaulting Philly buses, kidnapping babies, and weasels planning for the future

Rio Rancho bank robber still on the loose.

Gunmen shoot up Phillu bus.

Mark Zuckerberg's sister leaves Facebook.

Officials kidnap babies in China.

Head of India's Congress Party had surgery in the United States.

Juno to Jupiter!

Perhaps Obama didn't lose to GOP.

A seven-year-old kid's prehistoric blog.

Mac vs. PC.

South American weasel-like animals plan for the future.

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This Week In Games 7.31.10

From the album Bits by Arman Bohn, a music video developed mainly in Nintendo's free DSiware app, Flipnote Studio.

Video game Art.

GLBT arcade opens in NYC ... 30 years ago.

Hardware manufacturer Foxconn closed for a period this week after 250 workers were hospitalized for pesticide poisoning.

Warhammer 40k: Space Marine is confirmed for PC.

Gamestop bought Kongregate.

Ultima developer Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, has been awarded a $28 million settlement from NCsoft, who fired him after he returned from a trip to space.

One year's worth of game Tweets.

Nintendo announced the date they'll announce the release date and price of the 3DS. And it's news somehow.

Popcap was forced to take zombie Michael Jackson out of future versions of Plants vs Zombies. Here's his replacement.

StarCraft II campaign beaten in 16 hours. Way to savor, guy.

Valve is trying to funnel more developers into its platform by giving away its magical Mac code to developers who also use Steamworks, which is also free.

Oops, the DS really has hit its saturation point. Nintendo posts its first quarterly loss in 2 years.

But at least they're not Capcom - 90% drop in revenue over last year. Man.

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Half Life 2 (et al.) Now On Steam For Mac

Over-used, sure, but this time appropriately.

Half Life 2 and its children, Episodes 1 and 2 were released on Steam for Mac today. Just recently, I played through the end of Half Life 2 again, and yep, 6 years later it's still a hell of a game. It also takes the prize for the creepiest damn enemy in all of first-person gaming, the headcrab that jumps right at your face. Good times.

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Steam For Mac Offers Free Wormhole Simulator

Cake.
Cake.

Valve Software has been teasing a Mac version of the Steam gaming platform for a while now, and that day has finally arrived. Realizing that a free gaming platform upon which you own no games isn't the most exciting thing in the world, Valve has sweetened the pot a bit by giving away Portal on both Mac & PC through May 24th.

For the uninitiated, here's what you need to know. Portal is an absolute must. Quick synopsis: you are a test subject forced to traverse a series of (excellent) puzzle rooms. Your guide is a monstrously indifferent and possibly murderous AI named GLaDOS. There are wormholes (and a wormhole gun!). The cake is a ... bzzzt. End transmission.

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