Kellie Pickler Upstages Tom Turkey at Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Kellie Pickler
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PHOTO: Kellie Pickler attends the 87th annual Macys Thanksgiving Day parade, Nov. 28, 2013 in New York.
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Look! Up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a Macy's Thanksgiving Day balloon, no, it's Kellie Pickler!

The country star who got her start on "American Idol" seven years ago has soared to the top of the country music stratosphere and stole the show at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Thursday. Pickler, whose fourth album, "The Woman I Am," was released this month, outshined the giant Snoopy and giant Buzz Lightyear balloons floating over the parade route.

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One Direction Drops New Album
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PHOTO: One Direction performs on "Good Morning America."
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One Direction is breaking curfew and making memories, it seems, as it drops its latest sure-to-be-a-hit album "Midnight Memories."

The mop-topped boy band that makes girls go crazy performed earlier this week on ABC's "GMA" to promote its album, the group's third since it got its start on "X-Factor" in 2010.

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New Wild Cat Discovered
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PHOTO: An oncilla (Felis tigrina) in the eastern Amazon forest of Brazil.
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We all know the usual suspects here: a tiger, a lion, a liger. But did you know there's now a wild cat called a tigrina? And that there are two different kinds of tigrina?

Well, the Social Climber knew that, of course. But in case you missed it, National Geographic reports that scientists recently learned that there are two different species of tigrina on the prowl in Brazil, rather than one species.

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Bitcoin Prices Top $1,000
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PHOTO: A pile of Bitcoin slugs sit in a box ready to be minted by Software engineer Mike Caldwell in his shop in Sandy, Utah, April 26, 2013. Bitcoin is an experimental digital currency used over the Internet that is gaining in popularity worldwide.
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Bitcoin is making a killing these days, folks. The price of the digital currency hit $1,000 for the first time Wednesday, according to Reuters.

The Winklevoss brothers, infamous for their dispute with Mark Zuckerberg over who actually invented Facebook, have a huge stake in Bitcoins. According to the Washington Post, the twins now have some $90 million worth of the digital coins.

So what can you get for one Bitcoin? Social Climber still has no idea.

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Evie Hudak Resigns Before Possible Recall
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PHOTO: Evie Hudak, seen in this undated official General Assembly portrait taken from her website, has resigned as her seat in the state senate of Colorado before the recall petition deadline.
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A state legislator in Colorado resigned this week rather than face a recall vote because of her vote on expanding gun control laws, according to the New York Times.

Democratic state senator Evie Hudak resigned Wednesday before a possible recall vote, which could have cost Democrats control of the Colorado Senate, according to the report. Hudak is the third Colorado lawmaker to face a backlash after she voted to expand background checks for gun purchases.

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