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15:57 UK time, Thursday, 23 June 2011

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

Jose Antonio Vargas discovered when he was 16 and applying for a driving license that his US green card he'd carried for the last four years was fake. His grandfather had paid for it when he flew him over from the Philippines when he was 12. He tells his tale of living as an illegal immigrant in America in a popular New York Times article. The plan his grandfather had for him, that once he got older he would marry an American woman, came a cropper when he came out as gay. The problems continued as he pursued a career in journalism and was part of the team who won a Pulitzer prize for the Washington Post's coverage of the Virginia Tech shootings. His grandmother's first reaction was "what if people find out". He too was anxious "the more I achieved," he says "the more scared and depressed I became." Now, he says, he is tired and has come forward to the authorities, and his readers.

A British woman who won a reported $1bn in one of the biggest divorce settlements in history has filed for bankruptcy in the US, according to the Telegraph's most popular story. In 1982 Patricia Kluge, a former adult film actress, married John Kluge, the US television mogul who became America's richest man, worth $6bn. The divorce was in 1990. But Ms Kruge didn't divulge how she lost the money just saying it was a long story. However, the piece explains that her investment in vineyards, creating $300 bottles of wine, hasn't been a success.

Potatos are worse than nuts for keeping the pounds off, reports the most popular Washington Post article. A Harvard study worked out for the first time the amount of weight individual foods add. It claims chemical make-up of food can have more influence than just calories on how much ends up as fat in the body. Potatos seemed the biggest sinners perhaps because of their effect on the chemical insulin.

The universe's highest electric current ever seen has been found according to the New Scientist's most popular article. The article says the current is being carried by a cosmic jet two billion light years away. It's the equivalent to a trillion bolts of lightning. The University of Toronto team who worked on it say they think magnetic fields from a colossal black hole at the galaxy's core are generating the current.

Is it OK to text on your phone while eating in a fancy restaurant? Time's overriding answer is yes, in its most popular article. After all, you're not a guest in someone's house but paying for the services. So go ahead, even take a picture of your food if you wish. The food writer Josh Ozersky says he's noticed that in high end restaurants there is a power struggle going on over who is in control and most of the time the restaurants win.

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