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16:17 UK time, Friday, 13 May 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

The biggest hitter on the First Post's website claims the reason the White House didn't release pictures of Osama Bin Laden's body was because they felt internet pranksters couldn't be trusted not to Photoshop the picture. It quotes the US defence secretary Robert Gates in Politico as referring the picture of himself and other members of the national security committee watching the operation to kill Osama Bin Laden from the White House Situation Room. Within hours of the photograph's release, Photoshopped versions of it were all over the internet, the article explains. It illustrates the point with the version where everyone is wearing the Philip Treacy hat Princess Beatrice wore to the royal wedding.

Piers Morgan interviews Sandra Bullock's ex-husband Jesse James in CNN's most popular story. In the interview James implies that the strain in their marriage was to do with a clash in personalities. While Bullock is an Oscar winning actress, James says he belongs in the back of the shop with the guys, not showbiz. He says Bullock may have said compliments about him in acceptance speeches, but she said the same speech four times.

A popular story on NPR is a love story which started with a typo. Rachel Salazar in Bangkok and Ruben Salazar in Texas has very similar e-mail addresses. When Ruben received an e-mail to his address with some numbers after it, he figured out that it was meant for someone with the same address plus numbers. So he forwarded the message with an extra sentence from him asking how the weather is. A blossoming online friendship and a long haul trip across the world, six days after they first met, Ruben asked Rachel to marry him.

Confessions of an Ivy League cleaning lady are proving popular with readers of the Daily Beast. The stories of how the children of the rich and influential are divulged by cleaner Kia Katrina Grasty. Cue shock tale of "mounds of defecation in a bathtub" frat party are documented as she took a picture of the scene posterity.

A popular story on Adelaide Now suggests that four out of 10 single people set up a "back-up plan" with a friend. This is where the two agree that if neither of them is married by a certain age that they will marry each other. The story's case study is 27-year-olds and childhood friends Inese Meiers and Tom Nicholls who are quoted as saying they have never kissed but have agreed to marry at 30. The survey questioned 100 people for a computer company promoting their security package.


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