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Case Against Maryland 'Joker' For Threatening To Shoot Workers Dismissed

Police recovered a cache of guns from Prescott's house, though they were all acquired legally.
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Police recovered a cache of guns from Prescott's house, though they were all acquired legally.

The case against a Maryland man accused of calling himself a "joker'' while phoning in a threat to his workplace last year was dismissed by a judge this afternoon.

Neil Prescott was charged with one count of telephone misuse. He was accused of threatening to load his guns and shoot up his workplace, only days after a shooting rampage at the opening night of a "Batman" movie in Colorado where 12 people were killed.

In the wake of Prescott's arrest, police recovered about two dozen weapons and ammunition in his Crofton apartment. Authorities say all of his firearms were legally purchased.

But a Prince George's County judge today dismissed the case against Prescott, agreeing with a defense lawyer's argument that the court documents charging Prescott were "defective'' and unfairly vague in describing the allegations.

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Bonjour, Barbie! An American Icon Packs Her Heels And Heads To France

Some 700 Barbie dolls are visiting Paris this summer. They span almost six decades of pretty, plastic history, including Malibu Barbie, astronaut Barbie, and, of course, Royal Canadian Mountie Barbie.
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Domino's Pizza Tests Drone Delivery In New Zealand

Don't expect the service soon. The head of a drone company told Reuters they have to figure out how to navigate "random hazards like power lines, moving vehicles and children in the backyard playing."
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All Mixed Up: What Do We Call People Of Multiple Backgrounds?

The share of multiracial children in America has multiplied tenfold in the past 50 years. It's a good time to take stock of our shared vocabulary when it comes to describing Americans like me.
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A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

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