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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 players will have 60 seconds in which to answer as many fill-in-the- blank questions as he or she can. Each correct answer is now worth two points. Carl, can you give us the scores?

CARL KASELL, Host:

Paula Poundstone and Roy Blount Jr. are tied for first, Peter. Each has three points; Amy Dickinson has two.

SAGAL: All right. Amy, you're in third place, you're up first. The clock will start when I begin your first question. Here we go. After talks at the White House on Wednesday, President Obama held a joint press conference with blank.

M: Hamid Karzai.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A 9-year-old Dutch boy was the sole survivor of Wednesday's plane crash in blank.

M: Libya.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: At an event on Tuesday, Michelle Obama rolled out the White House plan featuring 70 ideas to end child blank.

M: Obesity.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: This week, the Los Angeles City Council approved a boycott of blank unless its new immigration policy is repealed.

M: Arizona.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: California Democratic Party chairman John Burton issued a statement denying he had said bleep you to a reporter. In fact, he had said blank.

M: Bleepity blank you.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: No, he said, go bleep yourself.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: On Wednesday, it was reported that photos of a second prototype of the blank had been posted online.

M: The new iPhone?

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Because of a neck injury, blank dropped out of the player's championship last weekend.

M: Tiger Woods.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: And by neck injury, we mean an injury to his neck.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: A fugitive who was found and arrested by police in Cancun, Mexico, after he blanked pled guilty this week to fraud charges.

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

M: He was arrested, charged for fraud, he - does it involve...

SAGAL: Lightning, lightning.

M: His trousers.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: No, he was arrested in Cancun after he updated his Facebook status.

M: Oh, man.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: What's the fun of stealing $200,000 if you can't brag about it to your friends?

M: Wow.

SAGAL: Police easily found Maxi Sopo in Cancun by following his status updates. Things got even easier - this is true - after Mr. Sopo friended a former Justice Department official.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Six correct answers, Peter, for 12 more points. Amy now has 14 points and the lead.

SAGAL: Well done, Amy. Congratulations.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

SAGAL: We have flipped a coin, Roy has elected to go next. Here we go, fill in the blank. Executives from BP, Haliburton and Transocean appeared before Congress this week, each blaming the others for the recent blank.

M: Oil spill.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: At a town meeting in Buffalo, New York, President Obama talked about his plan to create blank.

M: Create a jobs bill.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The Thai general who broke ranks to aid protesters, known as the blanks, was shot by a sniper on Thursday.

M: The protesters known as the blanks, I don't know what the protesters are called. Let's say they are called the Thai one ons.

SAGAL: No, they are called the Red Shirts.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

M: Oh, I knew that.

SAGAL: Drug dealers and farmers in Afghanistan were hit hard this week when an unknown disease began wiping out fields of blank.

M: Opium.

SAGAL: Right, or poppies. Yes.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: A Chinese Judo champion who failed a drug test blamed her positive test on blank.

M: On her opponent who had smeared, you know, wrestling - you pick up...

SAGAL: No, she blamed it too many pork chops.

M: Oh.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: After undergoing surgery to replace a heart valve, host of "The View" blank thanked fans for their good wishes.

M: Barbara Walters.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: To correct a glitch, this week's- engineers at blank temporarily deleted all of their users' followers.

M: MySpace.

SAGAL: No, Twitter. A teacher in Germany is suing one of her students for the...

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

SAGAL: ...trauma she suffered when the student terrorized her with blank.

M: Terrorized her with a saying: No more teachers, no more rules.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

M: A little rhyme.

SAGAL: No.

M: Mean children rhyme.

SAGAL: No, terrorized her by drawing a picture of a bunny on the chalkboard.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

M: Oh.

SAGAL: You see, this teacher had a phobia of rabbits.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: Instead of doing something even more sinister, like reading "Watership Down" over the loudspeaker...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: ...scattering a pile of Raisinets under her chair...

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: ...the student played it straight and drew a little bunny on the blackboard. The student explained: We wanted to see if she would really freak out. Turns out the teacher did, but not nearly as badly as she did later when she met her attorney, Harvey.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: Roy had four correct answers, for eight more points. He now has 11, but Amy still has the lead with 14 points.

SAGAL: All right then.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

M: No, wait.

SAGAL: How many does Paula need to win?

KASELL: Six correct answers.

SAGAL: Six.

M: Let me just say, this kid must have been a heck of an artist.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: To create a bunny frightening enough.

M: Right, to make a bunny, enough bunny looking...

SAGAL: All right, here we go...

M: Yeah, I'm ready.

SAGAL: Six, you need six to win, Paula.

M: I got to get six.

SAGAL: Here we go.

M: I'm on it.

SAGAL: This is for the game; fill in the blank. The FBI searched several homes in the Northeast this week as part of their investigation into the attempted bombing at blank.

M: Times Square.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: After being hospitalized with a mild stroke, the son of blank was reported to be alert and communicating.

M: Biden.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: The Red Cross launched relief efforts in Oklahoma after this week's deadly blanks.

M: Tornadoes.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Acting and singing legend blank died last Sunday night at the age of 92.

M: Lena Horne.

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: During a restaurant stop in Buffalo, New York, on Thursday a customer greeted President Obama saying, blank.

M: Hi.

SAGAL: No.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: She said to the president: You're a hottie with a smoking little body.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: That's what she said.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: At age 88, Betty White became the oldest person ever to host blank.

M: "Saturday Night Live."

SAGAL: Right.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: Sweden's Royal Court has made a desperate plea to the nation's armed forces...

(SOUNDBITE OF GONG)

SAGAL: ...to supply the palace guards with blank.

M: Guns.

SAGAL: No, pants.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: As part of their preparations for Crown Princess Victoria's upcoming wedding, the royal court ordered appropriate uniforms for its guards, but the uniform pants did not arrive. Even more guards are arriving in May, but the pants are not expected to arrive until August.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: So the court has sent a desperate letter to the armed forces asking to please, for the love of everything holy, send them some pants.

(SOUNDBITE OF LAUGHTER)

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

KASELL: She needed six correct answers to win, Peter, but Paula had just five correct answers.

SAGAL: Oh, so close.

KASELL: So with 14 points, Amy Dickinson is this week's winner.

(SOUNDBITE OF APPLAUSE)

M: Wow.

SAGAL: Congratulations.

M: Nice.

M: Hey.

SAGAL: In just a minute, we're going to ask our panelists what big surprise will come out of Elena Kagan's confirmation hearings.

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