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Talking Points: Twerking, suicide rates and New Zealand's baby names

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What is 'Twerking?'

Twerking is a popular modern dance with moves so sexually suggestive that 33 San Diego high school students were recently suspended for using school equipment to make a video of themselves doing the dance. The dance, which involves the shaking hips and bottoms, is believed to have started in New Orleans in the 1990s as part of the city's "bounce music" scene. A San Diego newspaper reported that the students who made the video may not be allowed to attend prom or participate in commencement ceremonies.

Are more people killing themselves?

Suicide rates among middle-aged Americans, particularly white Americans, have jumped by 28 percent over the past decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. People between the ages of 35 and 64 now account for 57 percent of all U.S. suicides with the biggest increases among those in their 50s. Researchers said the economic downturn may be contributing to the soaring rate. Guns remain them most common way to commit suicide, though men also favored hanging while women chose poisoning.

Can New Zealanders give their babies any name they want?

In a word, no. New Zealand officials released an updated list of 77 baby names parents wanted to use but weren't allowed to. Many of the banned names are royal titles like Queen, Prince and Princess. The name most often rejected over the last 12 years was Justice, the choice for 62 babies. King was second with 31 rejections. Other proposed names that were rejected include Lucifer, Mafia No Fear, 89, V8 and Christ.

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