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Sarah Palin criticized for posting photos of son standing on dog

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It appears that 2015 is off to a rocky start for Sarah Palin, at least on social media.

On New Year’s Day, Palin posted photos of her son Trig standing on the family dog. Palin appears to praise her son’s actions by writing, “May 2015 see every stumbling block turned into a stepping stone on the path forward. Trig just reminded me.”

Palin indicated that Trig, who has Down syndrome, stood on the dog to help her with the dishes.

While some of her Facebook followers were not offended by the image, others questioned her parenting skills and animal rights advocates were outraged that a pet would be considered a stepping stone.

The Facebook post has has quickly gone viral, generating thousands of comments.

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132-year-old Winchester rifle found leaning against a tree

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A century-old piece of history from the country's expansion has been found in an unlikey place, propped up against a tree.  No one knows exactly how long it has been sitting there and who left it there.  

The “gun that won the West" was found out of sight in a rocky area of the Great Basin National Park.

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The 132-year-old piece of history was discovered by a survey crew. Workers believe the rifle has been standing there the entire time. “The cracked wood stock, weathered to grey, and the brown rusted barrel blended into the colors of the old juniper tree in a remote rocky outcrop, keeping the rifle hidden for many years,” the park wrote on their Facebook page.

KSL reports the serial number was still visible allowing historians to find it was made in New Haven, Conn, and shipped in 1882. Records don’t show who bought the Winchester.

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Park worker Nichole Andler told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, "I don't know how probable it is" they will find more.

The gun wasn’t loaded, and the Nevada park won’t say exactly where it was found.

Experts plan to clean and preserve the firearm before it's displayed.

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Oscar losers still get $167,000 in swag

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Losers at Sunday's Oscars still walked away as winners.

A gift bag including more than $160,000 worth of goodies was waiting for everyone nominated as best or supporting actor or actress; best director nominees didn't walk away empty-handed, either.

“This year's swag bag is the most expensive ever, costing nearly more than double last year's then-record-breaking $85,000 Oscar bag,” reports

Some of the goodies in this year’s bag:

  • $14,500 - luxury train ride through the Canadian Rockies
  • $1,200 - hair follicle stimulator
  • $12,500 - galloping adventure that includes private chef
  • $20,000 - year’s worth of Silverware rentals - all Audi cars
  • $11,500 - Luxury hotel package in Italy
  • $1,548 - Mediterranean sea salts
  • $20,000  - psychic reading

And there are even some trendy sex toys in that bag. (Details:

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You can see photos of all the goodies in the nominee bag here

Top 3 ways to make the Oscars more fun

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So awards shows this season have been kind of … eh.

All the performances at the Grammys were nice – if you liked slow-tempo music.

The Golden Globes were bittersweet because it was Tiny Fey and Amy Poehler's last time hosting. And because we got very little Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. 

And the Oscars are basically considered the stuffiest of all the award shows. So we're going to throw something out there. It's going to sound wild. But we think the best way for the Oscars to have more fun is to be more like ... a beauty pageant!

The Oscars are already halfway there. Everyone already comes dressed up in their finest looks.

So what this show really needs is a swimsuit portion. 

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Think about it: Just like the Miss Universe contestants, all the nominees could parade on stage when it's time for their category to be announced. And we're talking guys and gals here. 

The nominees – at least the ones in the acting categories – all have pretty enviable physiques that we can't help commenting on when they hit the beach. So this shouldn't be too much of a stretch for them.

Next: Add interview portions! Some of the best parts of televised pageants are the bizarre answers contestants come up with on stage. 

This could especially liven things up when acceptance speeches get boring. I mean, you've got the occasional J. Law gold ...

"You guys are just standing up cause you feel bad that I fell and that's really embarrassing," she said when accepting her Oscar for Best Actress in 2013. (Video via Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

But for the most part, it's just people thanking people we don't know. 

"We have so many people to thank ... Tom MacDougal, Chris Montan, Aremis, Besterman, the Anderson and the Lopez clan."

And finally, you may have heard legendary stories about Oscars swag bags. Both nominees and winners get them.

Business Insider reports this year's gifts for the winners are worth $168,000. 

So it's really only fair that before commercial breaks the Academy parades out some of those prizes so the audience can ooh and aah – just like the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants used to do back in the day. 

CNN reports some of those prizes include a "glamping" trip worth more than $12,000, a $14,500 train trip to the Canadian Rockies and a $28,000 custom-designed piece of furniture. Oh, and adult toys. Yep, even "Fifty Shades of Grey" took over the Oscars in a way. 

The losers receive gift bags worth $125,000. Variety says those include a $20,000 certificate for the stars to discuss their horoscopes and analyze their dreams with a psychic. 

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Keith Olbermann's suspension and his rocky history with ESPN

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Keith Olbermann has hosted his own show for close to two decades now, and it seems for that same amount of time, he's made controversial comments on and off air.  

Continuing that tradition, ESPN is taking Keith Olbermann off the air for the remainder of the week after a heated Twitter exchange between him and some Penn State students.

It all stems from this PSU student’s tweet to Olbermann, with the first part of the school's chant. The post linked to an article about students raising $13 million to fight cancer.

Olbermann responded, but not with the words "Penn State." He wrote "...Pitiful," as in "We are ... pitiful."

When another Twitter user pressed him on the issue, Olbermann said he was calling Penn State students pitiful, not the cancer fundraiser.

He finished up, saying, "I'd like to thank the students and alums of Penn State for proving my point about the mediocrity of their education and ethics."

This didn't sit well with ESPN higher-ups who announced Tuesday Olbermann's tweets were bad enough to get himself banned. "It was completely inappropriate and does not reflect the views of ESPN. We have discussed it with Keith, who recognizes he was wrong."

And while trolling followers on Twitter is a pastime of many ESPN anchors, most don’t quite have the history with the network that Olbermann does.

"Coming up in this year’s NCAA." (Video via ESPN)

Back in 1997, Olbermann and ESPN had a messy breakup. The anchor bad-mouthed executives and wasn't on the guest list for SportsCenter’s 25th anniversary special.

Olbermann later explained his exit from the network and famously apologized in a long column on titled, "ESPN: Mea Culpa."

"I was banned from the campus in Bristol? For life," Olbermann said.

"I don't burn bridges. I burn rivers. If you burn a bridge you can possibly build another one." (Video via CBS)

And though he has rejoined the billion-dollar sports network, there are still some conditions, such as ESPN's demand that Olbermann film his show in New York rather than the network's Bristol, Connecticut, headquarters, keeping distance between Olbermann and his old stomping grounds. (Video via ESPN / "Olbermann")

After the suspension, Olbermann apologized on Twitter saying, "I was stupid and childish and way less mature than the students who did such a great job fundraising." 

Olbermann will be off the air for the remainder of the week.

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