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CVS is choosing health over profits.

Despite making $1.5 billion per year via tobacco sales, the chain announced today that it will take these products off the shelves at all of its 7,600 locations around the country by October 1.

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"Selling tobacco is very inconsistent with being in that business," said CVS President Helena Foulkes,. "We really thought about this decision as it relates to the future as a health company - it's good for customers and our company, in the long run."

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Josh Taylor, a TV news reporter for Sarasota, Fla., ABC affiliate WWSB, got more than he bargained for when he went to investigate a recent story.

While looking into a possible rental property scam in Venice, Fla., on Saturday, he got carjacked by Jean Price, a woman he was trying to interview!

His camera was rolling the whole time, too. Check it out below ...

Taylor was covering a dispute in which a woman claimed that a property was listed as an 11-bedroom home, but had only five due to building code violations.

Setting up his camera at the location in question, he was accosted on the street - despite it being a public road - by a woman later identified as Price.

The owner of the aforementioned property, local chiropractor Dr. Craig Siegal, said that Price used to work for him, but now simply "watches out for the home."

She watches out for it rather aggressively, it would appear.

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This Craigslist Missed Connection ad posted by a man for his ex-wife is as moving as it gets. Yes, we just said "moving" about a Craigslist Missed Connection.

At least for what it is, this is emotional stuff.

"We were married for three days in 1989, and I saw you on the subway," reads the title of the open letter, which has quickly spread virally online.

The story of two NYU students who got married on a dare in 1989, became close, then drifted apart for 25 years is sure to evoke plenty of emotions.

The Missed Connection happened only recently on New York's L train, when he saw her a quarter-century later. The ad has since been removed.

There's no real way of verifying if this was ever real, but it's nice to imagine that it is, and that the two got together (or will) to catch up after all this time.

Read the full text of the letter below ...

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American Apparel is once again making headlines for an unusual ad campaign.

The clothing company - which shocked anyone with two eyes in October when it released a menstruating vagina t-shirt; and again last month via a public hair-laden mannequin - features Jacky O'Shaughnessy in its new lingerie ad.

What's the big deal this time? O'Shaughnessy is 62 years old.

Jacky O'Shaughnessy Picture

The tagline for the campaign reads "Sexy has no expiration date," with Internet comments ranging from those who applaud this unusual move... to those who are grossed out by it.

Where do YOU stand?

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Khadijah Muhammad, a struggling waitress in Tennessee, received a shocking surprise at work recently from a couple whose table she'd been serving.

When she saw that the family she'd just waited on left their check turned upside down on the table, she figured they had given her a poor tip ... not this:

She received $1,075 in gratuity for the $29.30 check, according to reports.

Muhammad had recently returned from Ohio, where she'd rushed to be with her ailing mother who had just suffered a heart attack, reports say.

Khadijah missed so much work she realized she'd need "a miracle" to pay her utility bills, she said later, and that miracle was that generous family.

It's unclear what inspired them, but what a nice story. In related news:

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Groundhog Day 2014 is upon us at last, ladies and gentlemen.

Thousands braved winter weather conditions last night and this morning to be there in the Weather Capitol of the World, a.k.a. Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

The occasion? That magical moment when Punxsutawney Phil emerges from Gobbler's Knob, and with the help of his handlers, answers the million-dollar question:

Punxsutawney Phil Photograph

Will we have to endure six more weeks of snow, wind, ice cold before spring arrives? Or will our reprieve come sooner? Only Phil and his shadow can say with clarity.

And he has done so, just moments ago. The verdict:

SHADOW! Winter will continue!

Punxsutawney Phil, who emerged from his burrow moments ago to find conditions just bright enough to spot a shadow in Western Pa., has officially spoken.

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So, yeah. As public service announcements go, this one definitely takes an unexpected turn about halfway through, and goes where most PSAs do not.

Australian ad agency Henry & Aaron created the spot, in which teenagers sneak out of their homes and go AWOL from school, hitting the beach instead.

They're having a freaking blast until things go wrong. Like, horribly wrong.

Spoiler alert: Staying in school might have been a better move on this day. Why, specifically? Take a guess, then watch and see if it was anywhere close:

Certainly a more literal approach to the typical "Stay in School" scare tactics we're accustomed to seeing, with a bit of dark comedy thrown in there.

If the specific takeaway is that you shouldn't frolic on a beach adjacent to a weapons testing facility while truant from school? Point made and then some.

If the broader message is that skipping school is akin to putting your life in danger? Murkier.

Tell us, would this have kept you from playing hooky in school? Is that even the actualy point of this, or do you think it's a spoof on serious PSAs?

Either way, is the ad effective, funny or just wrong? Vote in our poll:

 

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An emotional Amanda Knox is vowing to fight her murder conviction once again, saying defiantly "this is wrong" and that she will never willingly return to Italy.

A jury found Amanda Knox guilty yesterday in the 2007 slaying of Meredith Kercher, which she spent four years in prison for before being released on appeal.

Prosecutors in Italy retried the case, however, and Knox was convicted a second time. She has been in the U.S. since her 2011 release, however.

She wasn't present for the retrial, and Friday morning, she struggled to hold back tears as she railed against the verdict, saying: “This is wrong.”

Appearing on Good Morning America, the Seattle native expressed outrage at the verdict and 28 year sentence the Italian justice system handed down.

She told Robin Roberts she is “going through waves of emotions” and said she couldn’t believe what she was hearing when the decision was read.

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A mandatory breastfeeding law is part of a new, comprehensive Child's Rights Law being debated in the United Arab Emirates, according to reports.

Lawmakers could pass a bill that would require new moms to breastfeed babies for two years, the amount recommended by the World Health Organization.

Gisele Bundchen, who controversially stated that there ought to be a law forcing all moms to breastfeed, might get her wish in the Middle East nation.

Is that really a good idea, though? Even if you're pro-breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding Rocks

Supporters point out the same health and developmental benefits that American breastfeeding advocates do. It's not about that as much as this fact:

Can you really legislate something so personal and complicated?

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An Italian court has returned a verdict in the third trial of Amanda Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, in the 2007 death of Meredeth Kercher:

Knox was found guilty of the crime for the second time in the notorious case.

Hard Knox Life

Amanda was sentenced to 28 years and six months in jail, though it's rather unclear if she'll ever serve even a day of that. More on that in a second.

The first two trials produced flip-flop verdicts of guilty then innocent for Knox and Sollecito, who were acquitted on appeal in 2011 after four years in custody.

An appeals court found that important evidence regarding blood and DNA had been handled improperly by investigators, leading to the released of the duo.

But Italy's supreme court, called the Court of Cassation, dismissed that ruling based on what it said was key evidence that had been omitted during the appeal.

A new trial, at which Amanda Knox did not appear, began in 2013.

The three-day deliberations were closely watched as jurors were tasked with either confirming or overturn the initial guilty verdict "as if the acquittal never happened."

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