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Elizabeth Taylor's entire jewelry collection was auctioned at Christie's for $140 million.  So close and yet so far.  Just one more marriage to Richard Burton would have nudged her over the $150 million mark.

The National Transportation Safety Board is urging states to ban all drivers from using any electronic devices while behind the wheel.  Are they kidding?  Like long-haul truckers would go along with a ban like that.  "Ten-four, Rubber Duckie!"

The NFL signed a TV deal with Fox, CBS, NBC and ESPN that pays the league $28 billion.  That's a record.  The largest sum ever paid by Americans to a group of businessmen, not one of whom is Chinese.

Facebook has relocated to a new headquarters in Menlo Park, California.  Unique building, though -- no rooms, just walls.
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