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Published: Thursday, May 23, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

It's the water and a lot more

Precious Bodily Fluids Dept.: Voters in Portland, Ore., have voted against a proposal to fluoridate the city's water, leaving it as the only major city in the United States not to add the cavity-fighting mineral to water supplies.

Portland voters did approve a counter proposal to add a rotating selection of microbrews to the municipal water supply.

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Hungry like the wolf: Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation that allows motorists buying specialized license plates to tack on $10 that will go toward reimbursing farmers and ranchers who lose livestock to the state's rebounding wolf population.

Like other specialized fundraising plates, the "wolf kill" plates will feature special artwork: a rack of lamb with mint jelly.

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The games are playing us now: Microsoft unveiled its new gaming and entertainment console, Xbox One, that promises to allow users to play games, watch TV, surf the Web and more. And its new Kinect system, offering motion and voice control, has been made more sensitive with face recognition that can tell if a user is smiling and the ability to gauge heart rate.

Although that's going to be a little redundant. Guys, your wife already knows you're smiling and how fast your heart is beating any time Christina Hendricks shows up on "Mad Men."

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