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You know that phenomenon of the public pledge? A well-meaning campaign with a cause (teen pregnancy or gun violence, for example) gets a goal in mind and then prods/invites kids to publicly, solemnly sign on to the agenda at hand. One of the most recent is the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence. A 2006..

You know that phenomenon of the public pledge? A well-meaning campaign with a cause (teen pregnancy or gun violence, for example) gets a goal in mind and then prods/invites kids to publicly, solemnly sign on to the agenda at hand. One of the most recent is the Student Pledge Against Gun Violence.

A 2006 study from Harvard found that most students who take abstinence pledges drop them within a year and three quarters of those who did denied having made the pledge in the first place.

We've all had enough experience with New Year's Resolutions to know that sticking to a pledge can be hard even when it's specific and intrinsically motivated. It's not entirely surprising that vague pledges written by someone else don't get taken that seriously by students. If they haven't come up with their own, personal reasons for getting on board with a cause it's just another school assignment.

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Jim Browning is a YouTuber from the UK who has an amazing ability to catch scammers in the act.

In this video, he responds to a scam email claiming he bought a laptop by breaking into the scammer's computer. In the process he uncovers where the scammers work, their banking information, and even their personal identities.

"I got an 'invoice' email telling me that I had paid for a $3800 laptop," Browning writes on his YouTube page. "No links... just a phone number. It's a real shame that these scammers emailed me because I was able to find out exactly who they were and where the were."

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Danielle Reno of Missouri left her car running and it was stolen by thieves. But she wasn't going to let her car go so easily.

For 48 hours this owner of a pet rescue tracked the charges being made on her credit card. Ultimately, she found her car at a local Applebee's, and then went after the thieves.

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Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders took aim at former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg onstage at Wednesday's Las Vegas Democratic debate, likening the billionaire businessman to President Donald Trump and questioning his ability to turn out voters.

Sanders began by calling out Bloomberg for his stewardship of New York's stop and frisk policy that targeted young black men.

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