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The Military Takes On 'Call Me Maybe' (Video)

July 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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You might think this is crazy (or not) but U.S. troops have jumped on the "Call Me Maybe" bandwagon - videotaping a lip dub version of the incredibly popular (and annoying?) hit song by Carly Rae Jepsen.

Soldier Who Lied About War Injuries Cut From 'America's Got Talent' (Video)

June 27
By Beth Ford Roth
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Apparently Timothy Poe doesn't "got" talent, at least not enough for the judges on "America's Got Talent." The one-time Minnesota National Guardsman who gained infamy for lying about his war wounds was voted off the show last night.

Fried Twinkies And Racing Pigs - The County Fair Is Open!

June 8
By Angelina Canilao, Neiko Will
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Twinkies are frying and pigs are racing, the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar is officially open. The gates opened today for the fair's 24-day run.

"America's Got Talent" Singing Vet Caught In Another Lie (Video)

June 8
By Beth Ford Roth
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The hole "America's Got Talent" contestant Timothy Poe is digging for himself keeps getting deeper. The Minnesota Army Guard veteran who falsely claimed combat injuries on national TV also provided the reality show with a fake photo of himself in Afghanistan.

"America's Got Talent" Singer Sticks To Story Of Combat Injuries (Video)

June 7
By Beth Ford Roth
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"America's Got Talent" contestant Timothy Poe suffered a traumatic brain injury while serving in the military. That's his story and he's sticking to it, despite the fact military records show absolutely no evidence of the brain trauma he says was caused by a grenade explosion.

Did "America's Got Talent" Singer Lie About Combat Wounds? (Video)

June 6
By Beth Ford Roth
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A veteran named Timothy Michael Poe - who used supposed combat wounds sustained in Afghanistan to gain sympathy from judges on the television program "America's Got Talent" - is under intense scrutiny today, as his military records show no evidence of him being injured while in the service.

Justin Timberlake Takes Marine Ball Date To Awards Ceremony

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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Remember back when Marine Cpl. Kelsey De Santis took Justin Timberlake as her date to her Marine Corps Ball? Well, JT did, because the actor-musician invited De Santis to be his date to the Spike TV Guys Choice Awards.

U.S. Puts Kibosh On Pakistani Version Of Sesame Street (Video)

June 5
By Beth Ford Roth
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A plan by the United States government to fund a Pakistani version of "Sesame Street" has fallen through, amid allegations of corruption against local puppeteers in Pakistan.

Pendleton Marine Marries Into 'Real Housewives' Cast (Video)

June 4
By Beth Ford Roth
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The daughter of one of the "Real Housewives of Orange County" recently married a Camp Pendleton Marine, much to the initial chagrin of her reality-show star mother.

Marine Gets Kiss From Katy Perry During Fleet Week (Video)

May 24
By Beth Ford Roth
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It's Fleet Week in New York City, and that means more than 6,000 Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen are in the Big Apple to celebrate the sea services. Music superstar Katy Perry already gave one of those Marines a memory to last a lifetime, when she pulled him onstage and kissed him during her concert for the troops.

Mardi Gras Revelers To Celebrate In Downtown San Diego

Feb. 21
By Helen Hawes, City News Service
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About 40,000 people are expected to flock into downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter tonight to celebrate Mardi Gras.

Is Perception Of Success More Important Than Actual Success Nowadays?

June 29
Midday Edition
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Why are today's teenagers and young adults more arrogant and conceited than previous generations? We speak to SDSU psychology professor Jean Twenge about her new study that looked at how self-perception among young people has changed over the last 45 years.

An Alternative To Comic-Con

June 21
By Angela Carone
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A smaller, alternative comics/arts convention will be held across the street from Comic-Con International. It's called Tr!ckster and it has some big names behind it.

Local Food Trucks Offer Eclectic Mix Of Dining Options

April 14
These Days
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What's fueling the growth of the local food truck scene? And, why are some large fast food chains now jumping into the mobile food service business? We'll discuss how the perception of food trucks is changing nationwide, and what makes the local scene unique.

Grant Barrett's New Words of 2010

Dec. 23
These Days
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One of the hallmarks of our vibrant, lively English language is that it is constantly growing. Not everyone is thrilled with all the directions of that growth, but it certainly is interesting to watch, and to listen to. Each year, lexicographer Grant Barrett, co-host of A Way With Words, heard here on KPBS, gathers up a group of the most intriguing words.