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Ryanair defends sassy schoolgirl, Sarkozy ads

Budget airline Ryanair is challenging an order to stop running a controversial advertisement featuring a provocatively dressed schoolgirl.

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Carlsberg taps designer beer market with $400 bottles

Carlsberg has begun selling what it is touting as the best and most expensive beer in the world, priced at a hefty 2,008 kroner, the equivalent of $400 per bottle.

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Lego celebrates 50 years

Lego celebrated a golden milestone Monday, 50 years after the original patent for the plastic interlocking toy blocks was filed.

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Consumer Life — The week in numbers

2011 — Year the world's first electric car network is expected to be running, Israel's government announced Monday. In a partnership with Renault-Nissan Alliance, the government said it would provide tax incentives for people to swap their old cars for the new vehicles powered by lithium-ion batteries.
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30,000 — Cases of diabetes New York City officials expect will be prevented by new restaurant regulations. City health officials on Monday passed regulations that will force chain restaurants to put calorie information on their menu boards in a bid to help consumers make more informed choices.
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Clutter troubles grip Australian homes: poll

Overstuffed junk rooms are linked to feelings of anxiety and depression, according to a survey that found clutter is causing considerable anxiety for four in 10 Australians.

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$469K payroll ends in arrest

A payroll mistake worth $469,000 US has resulted in the arrest of an Illinois man who is alleged to have accepted pay for a job he never showed up for.

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Consumer Life: The week in numbers

2 cm — Width of the new Macbook Air at its thickest part. The new laptop was unveiled Tuesday at the company's Macworld conference in San Francisco. The Macbook Air is set to hit stores in two weeks.
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$20 million — Amount put in trust by the Western Canada Lottery Corporation as 21 people squabble over who is entitled to the jackpot payout. Victoria Kwon, who owns the Okotoks, Alta., Hi Ho gas station where the winning ticket was issued, said one of the players told her a man forgot to pitch in his share of the pool the night they won.
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China scrubs crude translations from menus

Time's running out to order dishes including "chicken without a sex life" in China's restaurants, as tourism bureau officials prepare to release a list of acceptable menu translations.

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Wiarton Willie auction fetches bids of $1,700

Bids exceeding $1,700 have been placed for a front-row view of Wiarton Willie's Groundhog Day festivities.

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Consumer Life: The week in numbers

$16 million — Amount the makers of the Q-Ray Ionized Bracelet — marketed as a pain reliever for chronic pain — must relinquish to consumers in refunds. The decision, handed down by U.S. Circuit Judge Frank Easterbrook, upheld a 2006 district court ruling in which the marketers of the bracelet were found guilty of false advertising.
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$2,500 — Ultra-low price for the Nano, billed by India's Tata Motors Ltd. as the world's cheapest car. The car was unveiled Thursday. The four-door subcompact, which seats five people, is expected to appeal to tens of millions of consumers in India.
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NYC comedian finds new home at IKEA

When Mark Malkoff thought about where he could stay while his New York City apartment was being fumigated for cockroaches, he quickly ruled out friends' places (too small) and hotels (too expensive).

Instead, the comedian and filmmaker decided to move into an Ikea store in suburban New Jersey, where on Monday he unloaded two suitcases into a spacious bedroom at the store.

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Two English dentists fend off crocodile logo challenge from Lacoste

Two English dentists have fended off attempts by Lacoste to prohibit the use of a crocodile similar to the French fashion company's logo.

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Large Louisiana men claim restaurant banned them for eating too much

Gluttony has its limits. At least that appears to be the case at a Louisiana restaurant that had enough of two large men pigging out at its expense.

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This spud's for you: UN unearths year of the potato

Be it ever so humble, the potato will be in the global spotlight this year with the United Nations declaring 2008 in its honour.

Potatoes are the fourth largest crop in the world, the UN's website said, noting that it has an annual global harvest of 315 million tonnes.

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