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All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

PETER SAGAL, Host:

Now, it's time to move on to our final game, Lightning Fill in the Blank. Each of our panelists now has sixty seconds in which to fill in the blank. Each correct answer now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, Host:

We have a tie for first place, Peter. Tom Bodett has three points, Faith Salie has three points. Mo Rocca has two.

SAGAL: Mo, you're in third place. You're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Fill in the blank. The International Red Cross reported this week that the situation in blank has descended into civil war.

MO ROCCA: Libya.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Although he had pledged to shut it down, President Obama announced that military trials would resume for prisoners at blank.

ROCCA: Guantanamo Bay.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Charlie Sheen filed a hundred million dollar lawsuit this week after he was officially fired from the CBS sitcom blank.

ROCCA: "Two and a Half Men."

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: NASA said this week that a new study claiming to have found evidence of blank is incorrect.

ROCCA: Life on Mars.

SAGAL: Yes, alien life.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: White House party crasher Michaele Salahi has been fired from the reality show "Celebrity Rehab" because blank.

ROCCA: Because she's not really addicted. She lied.

SAGAL: Exactly, she's not addicted to anything.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: She crashed that too. The National Sleep Foundation offered tips to help people adjust on Sunday to the start of blank.

ROCCA: Start of Daylight Savings Time.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In a rant on Fox News this week, former Senator Alan Simpson made references to kids today and their fondness for blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

ROCCA: Their fondness for horse and buggies.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Kids today and their fondness for Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dogg.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: We also would have accepted the enema man. Let me explain. Simpson was complaining, in his crotchety way, about senior citizens who insisted on getting their social security checks, and he kind of got off track.. He said quote "If they care at all about their children or grandchildren, and sometimes I doubt that - I think, you know, grandchildren now don't write a thank-you note for the Christmas presents, they're walking on their pants with the cap on backwards listening to the enema man and Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dogg, and they don't like them."

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

TOM BODETT: Isn't that beautiful?

SAGAL: It's like all of America is his lawn and he wants us off it.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Mo do on our quiz?

KASELL: Mo had a fine round, Peter. Six correct answers, twelve more points, Mo now has fourteen points and the lead.

SAGAL: Well done.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: We have flipped a coin and Faith has elected to go second. Fill in the blank. Representative Peter King held a hearing Thursday to investigate what he called the radicalization of American blanks.

FAITH SALIE: Muslims.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Jared Loughner, the man charged with shooting congresswoman blank, pled not guilty Wednesday.

SALIE: Gabrielle Giffords.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In an interview broadcast Tuesday, Donald Trump says he plans to decide by June whether or not he will blank.

SALIE: Ever take off his toupee. No, run for president.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: In honor of its 40th anniversary, Starbucks unveiled its new wordless blank.

SALIE: Menu.

SAGAL: Logo. In an attempt to shake off his stodgy reputation, presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was photographed this week blanking.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SALIE: Tying himself to the hood of a car.

SAGAL: No. Wearing skinny jeans. The Long Island mansion some say inspired part of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel blank has been scheduled for demolition.

SALIE: "The Great Gatsby."

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: According to a new study more than a third of art students could not tell the difference between artwork created by famous abstract expressionists and blank.

SALIE: Animals and children.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Virgin Blue Airways in Australia has fired a flight attendant who stowed a passenger's blank in the luggage bin.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

SALIE: 17-month-old baby.

SAGAL: Yes, indeed.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The flight attendant says she was just joining in on an innocent game of peek-a-boo started by the baby's father. The baby's father has also been fired from a relationship with the baby's mother.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The baby is totally fine, unharmed completely, but Virgin Blue has promised to amend its baby stowage guidelines. From now on, mothers will be permitted to stow babies in the seat pocket or under the seats in front of them, instead of being required to stash them wheels first overhead.

ROCCA: I would just like to point out how influential this show is.

SAGAL: Yes.

ROCCA: Because the last time I appeared on this show, I suggested that babies be put in the overhead.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Well I personally...

ROCCA: I think I'm very proud.

SAGAL: I personally don't mind when they put babies in the overhead, I just hate it when people put them in side to side.

ROCCA: I know.

SAGAL: Take up too much room.

BODETT: It's true.

SAGAL: You can turn them and put them in head first.

ROCCA: Right. So that when open...

SAGAL: You can fit more babies.

ROCCA: It at the end, you don't want the baby falling out.

BODETT: That's awesome.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, how did Faith do on our quiz?

KASELL: Faith had six correct answers for twelve more points. She now has 15 points and Faith has taken the lead.

SAGAL: Well done, Faith.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: So how many then does Tom need to win?

KASELL: Six to tie; seven to win outright.

SAGAL: Oh that's tough, Tom. Here we go. This is for the game. Fill in the blank. On Wednesday, Governor Pat Quinn signed a bill making Illinois the 16th state to end blank.

BODETT: The death penalty.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The spike in gas prices is one of the reasons the White House said it is considering tapping into the nation's blank.

BODETT: Strategic oil reserve.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The Senate Energy panel held a hearing Thursday that would make certain kinds of blanks legal again.

BODETT: Incandescent bulbs.

SAGAL: Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Because of his philanthropy, blank dropped to second on Forbes' list of the world's richest people.

BODETT: Bill Gates.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Instead of going with a fuzzy cute mascot, the North Carolina state zoo has chosen blank.

BODETT: Rusty the Rhinoceros.

SAGAL: Close, Snotty the Snot Otter.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Broadway producers announced that co-creator Julie Taymor would be replaced as the director of the accident-ridden blank musical.

BODETT: Spiderman.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Warner Brothers tested the waters this week by offering a streaming movie rental on the social networking site blank.

BODETT: Facebook.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Police in Portland were sent to the scene of a break-in after receiving simultaneous emergency calls from blank.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

BODETT: The homeowner and the burglar.

SAGAL: Exactly right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Both of them called 911.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: Timothy Chapek told police he'd been performing a routine burglary when he heard the homeowner and his two German shepherds arrive home unexpectedly. Fearing for his own safety, he did what any professional thief would have done, he locked himself in the bathroom and called 911 to tell police he was in danger. Meanwhile, the homeowner, suspicious of the person who was locked in the bathroom, talking on the phone, also called police and was surprised when they responded, yeah, yeah, we know.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Carl, did Tom do well enough to win?

KASELL: He needed seven to win. He had seven correct answers.

SAGAL: Whoa, what a performance.

KASELL: So with 17 points, Tom Bodett is this week's champion.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: What a performance.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

SAGAL: In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists to predict, now that he's taken down NPR, who will James O'Keefe target next?

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