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The High Cost Of Treating People Hospitalized With West Nile Virus

Wed, 2014-02-12 07:25

Most people who are infected with West Nile virus never get sick. But some of those who do can wind up in the hospital, or suffer permanent disability. A Texas outbreak in 2012 may have made West Nile one of the more costly diseases in the state that year.

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Belgian Proposal: Terminally Ill Kids Could Choose Euthanasia

Wed, 2014-02-12 06:41

Belgium already allows adults to choose euthanasia and a bill that looks set for approval this week would allow terminally ill kids under 18 to make the same choice. But some lawmakers and the Catholic Church are strongly opposed.

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Thawing? Two Koreas Hold Highest-Level Talks Since 2007

Wed, 2014-02-12 06:10

Little is known about how the hastily arranged meeting went. Reports from the border village of Panmunjom say the two sides' representatives appeared to behave cordially toward each other. But upcoming U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises could ratchet up tensions again.

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Republican Faulconer Elected Mayor In San Diego

Wed, 2014-02-12 04:45

City Councilman Kevin Faulconer will fill the seat vacated by disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner, a Democrat. Filner left office after less than a year following sexual harassment allegations from more than a dozen women.

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'Crippling' And 'Paralyzing': Southern Storm Is Wicked

Wed, 2014-02-12 04:00

The National Weather Service is not holding back on its warnings about the ice and snowstorm that is hitting the Deep South and will move into the Mid-Atlantic later Wednesday. Forecasters warn of "impossible travel conditions" in Georgia and dangerous roads elsewhere. Thousands are without power.

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Shanghai Warms Up To A New Cuisine: Chinese Food, American-Style

Wed, 2014-02-12 03:32

Chinese immigrants adapted their cuisine over time to appeal to American palates. So Americans looking for familiar dishes in China won't find many. But a new restaurant in Shanghai hopes to change that — offering expats a taste of home and introducing locals to foreign treats like fortune cookies.

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Cornell Pair Introduce American-Chinese Food To Shanghai

Wed, 2014-02-12 03:32

Two Americans open Fortune Cookie, a restaurant that serves Chinese-American food in Shanghai. The owners believe there is a market among expats nostalgic for their hometown takeout. A Chinese customer says Westernized Chinese food lacks the subtly of the original cuisine.

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At Last, New York Fashion Week Brings 'Good News For Real People'

Wed, 2014-02-12 00:39

Wearing oversized sweaters, sensible shoes and loose-fitting suits, the models on the runway this year look downright comfortable. New York Times Style Magazine editor in chief Deborah Needleman says these styles are "much more about comfort" than they have been in the past.

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The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

Wed, 2014-02-12 00:38

Two recent studies add to the growing evidence that consuming dairy fat may actually fend off weight gain. Experts say it may be time to revisit the assumption that when it comes to dairy, fat free is always best.

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To Rent Or Buy? For The Federal Government, It's Complicated

Wed, 2014-02-12 00:37

The Bureau of Indian Affairs cost taxpayers $32 million by overpaying for space and renting too much of it. It's just one in a long line of federal leasing problems, according to reports. Health and Human Services has been leasing a building in Maryland for 60 years that it could have owned 10 times over by now.

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In Photos: Moroccan Motorcycle Mashup

Wed, 2014-02-12 00:36

Photographer Hassan Hajjaj's "Kesh Angels" share a similar name to Hell's Angels. But they're not a gang. They're Moroccan. And women. And really colorful.

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Samba School Murder Exposes The Dark Side Of Rio's Carnival

Wed, 2014-02-12 00:35

Carnival in Rio attracts tourists from all over the world. But there is a murky — and sometimes deadly — underbelly to the celebrations. The recent murder of a samba school official highlights the links between the glittering affair that is Carnival and the city's criminal world.

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For Elephants And Rhinos, Poaching Trends Point In Wrong Direction

Wed, 2014-02-12 00:33

A decade ago, fewer than 100 rhinos were killed annually in South Africa. Last year, it was more than 1,000. Wildlife conservation groups from around the globe are gathering in London this week, hoping to find ways to slow the trade in rhino horns, elephant tusks and other illegal wildlife products.

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2 Skiers Dead When Avalanche Hits 'Alps Of Oregon'

Tue, 2014-02-11 23:19

An avalanche in the Wallowa Mountains of eastern Oregon killed two backcountry skiers and seriously injured two others Tuesday, officials said. Four other skiers were not injured.

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State Dinner For French President Packed With A-Listers

Tue, 2014-02-11 23:09

Michelle and Barack Obama found just the right spot to seat a gent going stag to Tuesday's state dinner: They plopped French President Francois Hollande down right between them in a giant party tent. There's been much drama about his solo trip to the U.S. after a very public breakup from his first lady.

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Wire Fox Terrier Wins Best In Show At Westminster

Tue, 2014-02-11 20:36

It was the 14th time a wire fox terrier won best in show, more than any other breed since the Westminster show began in 1877.

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NBC's Tom Brokaw Announces He Has Cancer, Says He's 'Optimistic'

Tue, 2014-02-11 18:15

Tom Brokaw, the NBC News correspondent who for years was one of America's favorite news anchors, has been diagnosed with Tmultiple myeloma, a cancer that affects blood cells in bone marrow, the network says.

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European Union Moves To Approve U.S. Genetically Modified Corn

Tue, 2014-02-11 16:38

Despite efforts by two-thirds of its 28 member states to block the move, the European Union took a large step toward approving a new genetically modified corn Tuesday. Opponents say the corn, a DuPont Pioneer product called TC1507, has harmful qualities.

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FBI Offers Cash Reward To Catch People Who Point Lasers At Planes

Tue, 2014-02-11 16:02

This campaign will last for 60 days at FBI field offices, and comes with a reward of up to $10,000 if your help leads to an arrest. The number of these incidents has gone up more than ten times since 2006.

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Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original 'Mocktail'

Tue, 2014-02-11 15:54

Generations of children have been charmed by Shirley Temple onscreen, and in a glass. The drink that bears her name, it seems, has a shelf life as long as her movies.

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