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Big Moments Get Less Weighty: Whatever Happened To Stiff Paper?

It's no big deal. It shouldn't matter. I just realized that something that's been around forever, that I grew up with, took for granted and used all the time, is slowly vanishing. Now that it's going, I suddenly care and want it back again, back in my hands so I can feel its touch.

I'm talking about, of all things, "card stock," a phrase I didn't know until today. It's a kind of paper that used to be everywhere ...

It was my bus ticket, somewhat rigid, that the bus driver would punch and then hand back, so I could use it again for the return trip.

Tonalist (left) with Joel Rosario up edges out Commissioner with Javier Castellano up to win the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes horse race. Triple Crown favorite California Chrome tied for fourth place with Wicked Strong.

California Chrome Loses To Tonalist In Belmont, Misses Triple Crown

A Cinderella story came to a stunning end on Saturday, when California Chrome missed the chance to become the first horse to win the Triple Crown since 1978.

California Chrome tied for fourth place with Wicked Strong, falling in behind Tonalist in first, followed by Commissioner and Medal Count at the 146th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday at Belmont Park.

Tonalist ran the mile and a half track in 2:28.52.

"As soon as he came out of the gate, I could tell he wasn't the same," said Chrome jockey Victor Espinoza said.

Jim Carter as Mr. Carson in <em>Downton Abbey, </em>which has helped fuel a growing demand for butlers around the world.

'Downton Abbey' Craze Serves Up A Demand For Butlers

Butlers in American pop culture tend to provide comic relief — think The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air or The Birdcage. Or, like Batman's Alfred, the butler is more of a friend than an employee.

But one show has brought back the classic butler, with a vengeance. Since the British period drama Downton Abbey made its debut on PBS in 2010, the demand for butlers in some parts of the world has surged.

Mormon missionaries pray before the start of their Mandarin Chinese class at the Missionary Training Center, in Provo, Utah.

Lessons From The Language Boot Camp For Mormon Missionaries

On a sunny Wednesday in Provo, Utah, a long line of cars spits out about 300 new arrivals to the Missionary Training Center. The facility, known as MTC, is the largest language training school for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Every year, about 36,000 students come to the center before they leave on missions around the world to spread the Mormon faith.

Prisoner Swap One Of Several Tough Moments For Obama In Recent Weeks

The addiction of games — from casinos to smartphones — is not just about the thrill of winning.

Stuck In The Machine Zone: Your Sweet Tooth For 'Candy Crush'

If you have a smartphone — or if you've ever used the Internet — you've probably heard of Candy Crush Saga. It's a mobile game in which you line up pieces of colorful candy in rows to score points. The game is simple, but addictive.

Very addictive.

According to the game's maker, King Digital Entertainment, Candy Crush has more than 93 million users who play more than 1 billion times a day in total.

Candy Crush has people hooked.

U.S., Iran Will Meet For Another Round Of Nuclear Talks

U.S. diplomats will meet with their Iranian counterparts on Monday and Tuesday in Geneva to try to seal a deal over Iran's nuclear program.

As New Jersey's fiscal outlook worsens, Gov. Chris Christie is fighting to ensure that a traffic scandal is the worst of his political problems as he eyes a 2016 presidential campaign.

Move Over, Bridgegate: Chris Christie's Next Campaign Roadblock

The U.S. economy reached a milestone this week: The country finally recovered all the jobs it lost during the Great Recession. But some states still lag behind when it comes to job creation — including New Jersey.

The Garden State's stalled economy may be an even bigger problem for Gov. Chris Christie than the scandal over lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

When Christie took office in 2010, the state had just lost more than 100,000 jobs. Christie was undaunted. He talked about the "Jersey Comeback" at town hall meetings, on TV and at ground-breaking events.

Apple's Craig Federighi introduces the company's Home Kit platform during the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

Tech Week: Apple In Homes, Snowden Anniversary, Sexism Flare-Ups

It's time for your quick rundown of the week that was in technology and culture.

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Watch: First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Eulogy For Maya Angelou

This morning at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., family, friends and dignitaries gathered to pay their final respects to author and poet Maya Angelou, who died last week.

President Clinton and Oprah were two of the featured speakers. She was remembered remembered as humanist who taught others the "poetry of courage."

But in our estimation, first lady Michelle Obama delivered an outstanding tribute to the poet.

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