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Has the Pentagon backed off new definition of combat?

Under intense pressure from veterans groups, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel canceled a new combat medal that would have recognized actions of soldiers who launch drone strikes from remote locations.

The Distinguished Warfare Medal would have ranked above the Bronze Star with V for Valor, which requires the recipient to be under enemy fire, and the Purple Heart, which is awarded to those who are wounded in action. Many veterans called the medal an insult to those who served in harm's way.

Can a judge hold himself in contempt?

It happened in Michigan just last week. Judge Raymond Voet held himself in contempt and paid a $25 fine after his smartphone went off during a hearing in his courtroom.

He has a policy stating that electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions will result in the owner being cited with contempt, the Sentinel-Standard of Ionia and MLive.com reported.

On Friday afternoon, during a prosecutor's closing argument in a jury trial, Voet's new smartphone began to emit sounds requesting phone voice commands. Voet said he thinks he bumped the phone.

He said he wasn't familiar with his new phone, but would not use that as an excuse.

"Judges are humans," Voet said. "They're not above the rules. I broke the rule and I have to live by it."

Does Ikea make a pillow called 'Cuddle Rape?'

The Swedish furniture manufacturer actually calls the pillow "Gosa Raps," but when a Reddit user and the Huffington Post ran the name through a translation program it came out as "Cuddle Rape" in English. Other pillows in the Gosa line are named after flowers, including "Gosa Tulpan" or "Cuddle Tulip." Raps also translates to rapeseed, an oil-producing plant.

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