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In Case You Haven't Heard, We Might Be On Our Way To Adding A 51st State

One of the most interesting pieces of news to come out of last night's election got lost in the hubbub over the presidential race: The people of Puerto Rico have voted in favor of becoming the 51st U.S. state. The referendum still requires congressional approval to move forward, so don't go throwing away your 50-star flags just yet. But do check out this excellent video about the place that could very well become the newest member of our Union. UPDATE [11/8/12]: The final tally regarding Puerto Rico's statehood referendum has come under some dispute since this post was originally published. You can check out an updated account of the controversy here.

In Case You Haven't Heard, We Might Be On Our Way To Adding A 51st State

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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