You want fries with that wedding cake?

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 Joel Burger and Ashley King get a special message from a New York public relations firm representing Burger King..

Joel Burger and Ashley King get a special message from a New York public relations firm representing Burger King. Photo: AP

Joel Burger and Ashley King have been linked to the ubiquitous fast food chain of the same names since being teased for the similarity in fifth grade. They stuck together as friends and eventually as a couple, embracing the connection to the extent that tho photo they posed for to announce their engagement was taken at a Burger King restaurant, the The State Journal-Register of Springfield, Ill., reports.

Now the fast food giant wants to honor that connection.

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Watch those rays

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All-inclusive visits to sunny shorelines are often cheap, but researchers warn they could be costly in the long run for aging adults.

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Slather on that sunscreen. According to U.K. researchers, getting sunburned just once every two years can triple a person’s risk of getting skin cancer. Photo: Getty Images

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Meet Sabina

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She can bring you a Coke or retrieve some Advil if you have a splitting headache and don’t want to move.

She’s a robot.

Sabina is bilingual. She can react to commands in English or Spanish.

Sabina is bilingual. She can react to commands in English or Spanish. Photo: National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics in Mexico

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Dubai, or Mars?

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Under an orange haze caused by a huge sandstorm, the United Arab Emirates’ most populous city could have been mistaken for the Red Planet on Thursday.

Medical masks provide protection for tourists as they walk along a street in Dubai amid a sandstorm. (Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images)

Medical masks provide protection for tourists as they walk along a street in Dubai.
Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

A Dubai metro train navigates through the haze. Photo: Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

A metro train disappears into the dust. Photo: Marwan Naamani, AFP/Getty Images

Migrant laborers shield themselves from the sand as they work at a construction site. Photo: Adam Schreck, AP

Migrant laborers shield themselves from the sand as they work at a construction site. Photo: Adam Schreck, AP

The sandstorm could last until the weekend, BBC reports.

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Irish newspapers catch Biden in ‘clanger’

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Joe Biden greets Prime Minister Enda Kenny of Ireland and his wife, Fionnuala, at the Naval Observatory, the vice presidential residence.

Joe Biden greets Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife, Fionnuala, at the Naval Observatory, the vice presidential residence. Biden accidentally called the Irish first lady “Fiona,” according to the Irish Times. Photo: Getty

It may sound innocent to our ears, but it had Irish eyes frowning.

As the vice president of the United States welcomed the Irish prime minister and his wife to breakfast in Washington, he ended up with egg on his face, according to newspapers in the Republic and the North.

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Liberals happier than conservatives, scientific study finds

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Conservatives might like to talk about how happy they are, but in fact liberals “more frequently used positive emotional language in their speech and smiled more intensely and genuinely in photographs,” a study published in Science has found. Continue reading

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Chart: How much men, women drink by age

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Alcohol consumption by ageResearchers in Britain have “found that, for men, mean consumption (of booze) rose sharply during adolescence, peaked at around 25 years at (about 13 drinks) per week, and then declined and plateaued during mid-life, before declining from around 60 years. A similar trajectory was seen for women, but with lower overall consumption (a high of a little less than 4 drinks per week), according to a study in BMC Medicine.

The Washington Post’s Wonkblog has very kindly illustrated the numbers so we can see just how Britons seem to ride the bar rollercoaster.

h/t Christopher Ingraham in the Washington Post

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Photo: ‘Icebergs’ land on Cape Cod shore

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human-size-icebergs-photo-by-dapixaraThere’s so much ice in the Massachusetts Bay, a “once-in-a-generation” event has occurred, according to Eric Fisher, the chief meteorologist for the CBS affiliate in Boston.

“Human-size icebergs” on the Cape Cod National Seashore, exclaimed DAPIXARA, the local photographer whose pictures of the phenomenon have gone global via social media.

The giant chunks of ice are melting, Fisher assures his viewers.

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