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The Whole World Is Fat! And That Ends Up Costing Two Trillion A Year

Thu, 2014-11-20 13:30

Nearly a third of us are overweight, and some of the worst rates of obesity are in the developing world. All this corpulence takes a huge economic toll — two trillion dollars a year.

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Alabama Settlement Could Be Model For Handling Poor Defendants In Ferguson, Mo.

Thu, 2014-11-20 13:18

The city of Montgomery, Ala., was sued by a group of people who said they were jailed when they couldn't pay court fines and fees. Now the city has agreed to take steps to help those too poor to pay.

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Debate: Should Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?

Thu, 2014-11-20 12:46

Several states allow doctors, in certain circumstances, to help terminally ill people end their lives. The emotionally charged issue is at the center of the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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White House Acknowledges Over-Counting Obamacare Signups

Thu, 2014-11-20 12:40

The administration said some people who had dental plans separate from their health care coverage were mistakenly counted twice. The GOP says it was a deliberate attempt to inflate the numbers.

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7 Questions About The President's Immigration Plan Answered

Thu, 2014-11-20 12:29

The president's executive action will grant temporary relief to some of the more than 11 million immigrants who are living in the United States illegally. Here's what you should know.

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How To Catch A Cattle Thief

Thu, 2014-11-20 12:24

Cattle theft has been making a major comeback. A drought in the West has meant higher beef prices, making cattle an attractive target for thieves.

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Why Working With Young Children Is (Still) A Dead-End Job

Thu, 2014-11-20 12:08

Twenty-five years after a landmark report, a follow-up study finds childcare workers still earning about the same as fast food workers.

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What Diabetes Costs You, Even If You Don't Have The Disease

Thu, 2014-11-20 11:51

Diabetes costs the United States $322 billion a year, or $1,000 for each American. That's 48 percent more than it was just five years ago.

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Keep Your Head Up: 'Text Neck' Takes A Toll On The Spine

Thu, 2014-11-20 11:28

Newly published research finds that common texting posture can put as much as 60 pounds of force on the cervical spine.

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Sen. Mitch McConnell's Political Life, Examined, In 'The Cynic'

Thu, 2014-11-20 11:09

When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.

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Indian Shopkeepers Greet Wal-Mart's Expansion Plans With Protests

Thu, 2014-11-20 10:53

"Wal-Mart, come to your senses"! the protesters shouted. These vendors and hawkers are not happy that the retail giant plans to open 50 more stores.

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The CIA Wants To Delete Old Email; Critics Say 'Not So Fast'

Thu, 2014-11-20 10:29

The CIA plan calls for deleting the email of almost all employees after they leave the agnecy. But opponents say this would erase too many important documents. The example they cite: Edward Snowden.

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FIFA To Review World Cup Corruption Report

Thu, 2014-11-20 10:07

The decision reopens for scrutiny the mechanism by which Russia and Qatar were awarded the tournament in 2018 and 2022. The two countries were cleared last week of corruption in their winning bids.

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So Just What Is An 'Executive Action,' Anyway?

Thu, 2014-11-20 09:43

President Obama is preparing to take executive action on immigration. But some people are calling it an executive order. Turns out, there's a big difference between the two terms.

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How Well Do Your Apps Protect Your Privacy?

Thu, 2014-11-20 07:59

The website PrivacyGrade rates Android apps based on the personal information they collect from you. It's another reminder that your data are constantly on the move, whether you know it or not.

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Takata Quality Official Apologizes Over Air Bag Defect Linked To Deaths

Thu, 2014-11-20 07:46

Hiroshi Shimizu's remarks came in testimony to a Senate panel. U.S. regulators want the company to issue a nationwide recall. So far, the recall has been restricted to high-humidity areas.

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Soda Companies Step Up Their Marketing To Black And Latino Kids

Thu, 2014-11-20 07:36

Black youth saw more than twice as many ads for sugary drinks on TV compared with white children and teens in 2013. Advertising for the drinks on Spanish-language TV also increased by 44 percent.

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A Worry In Theory, Medical Data Privacy Draws A Yawn In Practice

Thu, 2014-11-20 07:25

Nearly three-quarters of Americans say their doctors use electronic records. The overwhelming majority of people aren't particularly concerned about the privacy of the information, an NPR poll finds.

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Mike Nichols, Award-Winning Director Of 'The Graduate,' 'Silkwood,' Dies

Thu, 2014-11-20 07:00

Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an outsider immigrant from Germany.

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Duchess Of Alba, Spain's Richest Woman, Dies At 88

Thu, 2014-11-20 06:48

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart had more titles than any other aristocrat in the world. She died today in Seville.

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