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Brad's afternoon edition. Click here to read Brad's morning column.
* Justin Bieber said he's retiring. This is already having an impact. The average retirement age in the U.S. has dropped from about 66 to 57.
* So far, Dennis Rodman's trip to North Korea has gone better than expected. World War III hasn't erupted yet.
* In North Korea, Dennis Rodman is scheduled to make small talk and avoid political issues. In the U.S., that's called "most any congressional campaign."
* The Senate's holiday recess could be delayed to approve some Obama nominees. As soon as everyone in the Senate gets a handle on this, I look for the nominees to be approved in 3.3 seconds.
* Barbara Walters' "Most Fascinating Person of 2013"? Hillary Clinton. Joe Biden is demanding a recount.
* The Fort Calhoun nuclear plant will restart. With any luck, they'll get it going in time for flood season.
* There's a new item for Christmas: an inflatable Santa suit that appears to add 50 pounds to the wearer's frame. This is actually about 10 pounds less than the average American gains over the holidays.
* Upon his retirement, Roy Halladay bought a full-page newspaper ad to thank Philadelphia fans. I'm guessing it read, "Without your hurled profanities and merciless taunting of opponents, I never could have accomplished my dream."
* A Texas newspaper reporter claims someone representing Nebraska contacted Mack Brown. Imagine Nebraska hiring the old University of Texas football coach? It'd be like Uga IX rooting for Auburn.
* Florida State QB Jameis Winston, 19, became the youngest Heisman Trophy winner ever. He was texting during his acceptance speech.
* To try to stop Cristiano Ronaldo in a World Cup qualifying match, someone employed a Ronaldo "voodoo doll." A desperate Purdue football coach asked: "Well? Did it work?"
* No one purchased Michael Jordan's 56,000-square-foot home at an auction. No wonder Jordan always felt at home on the court. He was playing in arenas smaller than his house.