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Secede? ‘Republic’ Claims Texas Never Joined U.S.

A volunteer organization’s profile was raised when local, state and federal authorities raided a Valentine’s Day meeting.

Senh: Interesting. Like what one person said, it just sounds like a bunch of old people with a lot of time on her hands. As long as none of their members become extreme in their belief that Texas is an independent nation, and that they run it. I can also see how their letters can confuse their recipients and cause unintended harm. Otherwise, it'd be an interesting group to join just to have a mock experience of what it's like to run a country.


'Fifty Shades of Grey' whips up stunning $81.7 million

"Fifty Shades of Grey" raked in the Valentine's Day dollars, earning an estimated $81.7 million from 3,646 theaters in its first three days, distributor Universal Studios said on Sunday. The chart-topping erotic drama could be on track to earn over $90 million during the four-day holiday weekend.

Senh: That's way beyond everything's expectations. The industry wad pegging it at $60M. I was only thinking $40M. Will this record opening mean we'll see more "mommy porn" in the future?


Nike suspends contract with Oscar Pistorius

Nike Inc. has suspended its contract with Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee runner from South Africa charged with premeditated murder in the Valentine's Day slaying of his girlfriend. Pistorius, who became the first double-amputee runner to compete on the track at the Olympics at last year's London Games, is accused of intentionally killing model Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius says he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder and that the shooting was accidental. "We believe Oscar Pistorius should be afforded due process and we will continue to monitor the situation closely," Nike said in a brief statement posted on its website Wednesday.


In Valentine vote, Illinois Senate approves gay marriage

The Illinois state Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage on Thursday in a Valentine's Day vote spearheaded by Democrats, as gay couples around the country used the romantic day to dramatize their quest for the right to marry.


Video: Free divorce for Valentine's Day

An attorney in Michigan is giving away a free divorce in a Valentine's Day contest. WDIV reports.


Boyfriend Rental Business in China - "Handshakes, hugs and goodbye kisses on the cheeks or forehead are free of charge."

Boyfriend Rental

Chinese Lunar New Year and Valentine's Day are only days apart this year, giving a boost to a new and booming business in China -- boyfriend rentals. Taobao, China's popular shopping website, says that online searches for the term "rental boyfriend" have soared by 884 percent over the same period last year. A search for the Chinese characters of "rent-a-boyfriend" on produces more than 2,000 results, at a range of prices.


Why This Sundae is $1000


Still trying to figure out what to give your sweetheart this Valentine's Day? Why not melt her or his heart with a $1000 sundae. New York City’s iconic Serendipity 3 restaurant features the Golden Opulence sundae, one of the world’s most expensive desserts.


Last-Minute Valentine's Day Gift Ideas

Valentine's Day

Ok. So you’ve waited to the last minute and you don’t have a Valentine’s Day gift for that special someone in your life. And, in these trying economic times, you might not be able to afford anything extravagant. But you still want to do something special.


Falling in love is all in our brains

This Valentine’s Day, as our collective thoughts shift to tender cards, heart-shaped chocolates, overpriced bouquets and other extravagant gestures of love, I can’t help but wonder what really attracts us to one mate over another. Is it hot sex? Fairy-tale romance? Destiny? Or are we merely at the beck and call of our hormones and brain circuitry?


13 Valentine's Day Gifts That Aren't Romantic At All (PHOTOS)

Valentine's Day is by far one of the most stressful holidays of the year for couples. Whether you're trying to pick out the perfect present, the perfect restaurant or the perfect bouquet of flowers, it's certainly not easy. To make things even more complicated, companies rake in tons of cash marketing "romantic" and "sexy" products to the masses, trying to convince you to buy tacky, confusing or borderline offensive gifts. We mean come on: who's REALLY buying edible undies for Valentine's Day -- much less ones made out of meat?


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