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Instagram attacked by a fruit wielding spammer!

Has your Instagram feed been spewing fruit images over the weekend?

IMAX Powers Tron: Legacy

IMAX (Nasdaq: IMAX) hasn't lost its touch, and that touch might be turning to gold based on weekend results of Disney's (NYSE: DIS) Tron: Legacy.

Lynn U. soccer star killed in bridge fall

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. -- A star soccer player from Florida's Lynn University was killed this weekend when he and a teammate fell from a Fort Lauderdale bridge, college officials said.

Kyle Conrad, 21, of Jensen Beach died when he fell into the New River near the downtown Las Olas Entertainment complex early Saturday.
The circumstances surrounding the tragedy were not immediately known Sunday.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel said Sunday that the accident occurred less than a year after four Lynn students and two faculty members were killed in the Haiti earthquake.

Conrad spent four years on the Lynn soccer team. He was the fourth player in school history to score 100 points and was a two-time member of ESPN's academic all-America team.

The Lessons From This Week's $90 Oil Price

 There used to be a TV program called This Was the Week That Was, which looked for humor in the more off-the-wall events that had occurred during the past few days. As this week ends, it might be possible to put together such a show on the ups and downs of crude prices.


'Tangled' takes over from 'Harry' at No. 1

Los Angeles -- The animated "Tangled," with the voice of Mandy Moore, was No. 1 at the U.S. box office during the weekend with $21.5 million.

"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" was No. 2 with more than $16.73 million, knocked down after two weekends at No. 1. "Burlesque," with Cher and Christina Aguilera, was No. 3 with $6.1 million.

All estimated gross receipts by the studios are via Box Office Mojo.

Peace on earth, beer on tap for Santas

San Francisco -- Hundreds of Santas fanned out over San Francisco and drank to good cheer in an annual tradition this weekend, bar employees said.

The revels of SantaCon, when people dress up in Kris Kringle and elf costumes, got under way Saturday afternoon and went on into the night, the Bay City News Service reported.

The event, which began in San Francisco in 1994, was loosely coordinated with a list of bars and times to convene posted on a blog.

"I would say we're about on par with the number of Santas from last year," said Michael Thompson, a manager at Harvey's gay bar and restaurant in the Castro neighborhood.

7 Reasons Not to Worry This Week

 With a little more than a month of trading left in 2010, one would think that investors are getting the hang of the global volatility that's been moving the markets in different directions lately.

Rescued shelter cat dies in new home

Blackwood, N.J. -- A fat cat rescued after its owner lost her New Jersey home to foreclosure two years ago has died, his new owner said.

Prince Chunk, who was said to weigh 44 pounds at one point, passed on in his sleep last weekend after being diagnosed with heart disease, Vince Damiani, 20, of Blackwood, N.J., told the New York Daily News.

"We're all upset," he said. "We lost a family member."

Chunk became a celebrity in 2008 when he was found roaming the streets of Voorhees and dropped off at the Camden County Animal Shelter. His owner had abandoned him after losing her home.

The Damianis took in Chunk in August, and he took to his new life, using a litter box in a homemade castle.

Referee strike scrubs Scotland matches

Edinburgh, Scotland -- A strike by referees has scratched a number of weekend soccer matches in Scotland, the Scottish Football Association said Saturday.

The scrubbed games include a First Division game between Falkirk and Green Morton as well as two third-round Scottish Cup replays.

The Daily Mail said a total of 15 matches of various levels were canceled due to the job action. Others were likely to be called off due to harsh winter-like weather.

More than 30 senior referees went on strike amid a controversy over harsh criticism about the quality and even integrity of the officiating.

The Fool Looks Ahead


The new trading week kicks off with a handful of Chinese companies reporting, including semiconductor specialist Vimicro (Nasdaq: VIMC).