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WEDNESDAY, September 14, 2011

According to the National Automobile Association, Washington DC leads the nation in fender-benders.  So many drivers there enjoy diplomatic immunity, they never have to pay for the damage.  Instead of calling AAA, they call the UN.

Rightfully fearful of France's paparazzi, First Lady Carla Bruni insists that her child, due any day, will never be photographed.  She must be serious.  Recently she underwent amniocentesis and insisted her pediatrician use the images of a non-famous kid.

Cell phone manufacturer Nokia has a standing offer of $10,000 to anyone who can improve on its signature ring tone.  Why don't they save the ten grand and just record the sound of a cash register?

Along with Meryl Streep and Neil Diamond, another recipient of this year's Kennedy Center Honors will be celebrated cellist Yo-Yo-Ma.  He will be introduced by Oh-Oh-Oprah.

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