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"Vape" has been named the Oxford Dictionary's Word of the Year for 2014.

Following in the hallowed footsteps of last year's winner, "selfie," "vape" beat out some fierce competition from other up-and-coming slang terms such as "normcore," "slacktivism," and "budtender" to take this year's title reports CNET. "Vape" acts as both a verb and a noun, describing the act of inhaling and exhaling the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or vaporizer as well as the vaporizing device itself.

The addition of "vape" into the popular zeitgeist is due in no small part to the legal issues surrounding the burgeoning e-cigarette industry.

Video of a Tennessee man breaking into joyous dancing after making his last alimony payment to his former spouse has generated over 400,000 views since being uploaded to YouTube.

Memphis resident Ed Smith marked the occasion of making his final spousal support payment to his former wife at a local bank with an array of dance moves all caught on video, reports the New York Daily News.

Why was Smith so excited about making his final payment?

A Pennsylvania man with a prior conviction for counterfeiting is accused of trying to pass off fake $20 bills at a yard sale.

Gregory Louis Douglas, 40, was allegedly using the counterfeit currency at a yard sale run by Amy Miller of Rayburn, Pennsylvania -- a woman who also works as a bank teller. As Trib Total Media reports, Miller found that the bills Douglas had given her didn't have the security features or the "feel" of genuine U.S. currency.

What kind of charges will Douglas face for his alleged yard sale fraud?

A New York hotel is being sued in federal court for allegedly losing one couple's beloved 2-year-old cat.

Jeffrey and Shoshanah Johnson stayed at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Central Islip with their cat Cotton back in July. According to their suit, Cotton went missing from their room and was later recovered by another guest. What followed is a dizzying chain of allegations concerning Cotton's custody, with Cotton's present location still a mystery.

Do the Johnsons have any kind of a legal case against the hotel for Cotton's disappearance?

An Alabama man accused of robbing four Subway sandwich shops with a gun told police he was angry because the chain's "Jared Diet" hadn't worked for him.

Jared Fogle is a spokesperson for Subway who claims that the restaurants sandwiches helped him accomplish a dramatic weight loss. 18-year-old Zachary Torrance apparently failed to see similar results. "He stated in the course of his interview he had tried the 'Jared Diet' and it hadn't worked for him like he thought it should have," Hueytown Police Chief Chuck Hagler told WJBF-TV. "He was trying to get his money back."

Torrance may now end up trying a different sort of diet: the prison cafeteria diet.

A Michigan woman who filed suit against Starbucks after the company stopped making single-serve coffee discs for her brand of coffee maker has settled her lawsuit.

How much was the woman able to get out of Starbucks and Kraft Foods, the maker of her Tassimo coffee maker, after two-and-a half-years of litigation? $250, reports The Grand Rapids Press.

What led to this slow-brewed settlement and why might this it end up costing Starbucks a lot more than $250 when all is said and done?

A Texas school district police officer may be getting the boot after being accused of asking a woman to let him lick her feet in exchange for not taking her to jail.

A woman says she wasn't breaking any traffic laws when was pulled by Cy-Fair Independent School District officer Patrick Quinn in August, reports KTRK-TV. Quinn placed the woman the back of his patrol vehicle after saying he smelled marijuana in the car, which the woman denies. After searching her car, Quinn told the woman he had found drug paraphernalia, which the woman also denies is true.

But if that sounds bad, what the woman says Quinn did next is even worse.

A senior airman in the U.S. Air Force has pleaded guilty to disruptive intoxication after giving a police officer a "Wet Willy" over the weekend.

Riley Swearingen, 24, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge Monday in a Mankato, Minnesota, courtroom, reports The Associated Press. Swearingen agreed to the plea deal after initially being charged with a peculiar felony for the apparent prank.

How did Swearingen's moistened fingers end up in the ears of one of Mankato's finest?

A California woman was arrested Sunday after getting stuck in the chimney of a man she had met online and dated briefly.

Genoveva Nunez-Figueroa, 30, had to be rescued by firefighters after becoming lodged in the chimney of a home in Thousand Oaks, reports the Los Angeles Times. The homeowner said that he'd met the woman online and gone on several dates with her before recently breaking off the relationship.

Following her rescue by Ventura County firefighters, Nunez-Figueroa was arrested. What charges might she now be facing?

A New Mexico DWI suspect may be in even more trouble after he allegedly tried to bribe an officer with Mountain Dew.

Luis Rodriguez-Neri, 21, was found by officers Monday after they were called to investigate a car that had "slammed into a light pole," reports Albuquerque's KOAT-TV. Rodriguez-Neri allegedly told deputies that he'd tossed back "six shots of Bacardi" before getting behind the wheel, and he refused to take breath or field sobriety tests. It wasn't until he was back at the station that Rodriguez-Neri allegedly offered the officers some sugary Mountain Dew for his sweet release.

What charges does Rodriguez-Neri face for an alleged Mountain Dew bribe? And what if he was just kidding?