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Pot For Parasites? Pygmy Men Smoke Out Intestinal Worms

Tue, 2015-06-23 08:25

When it comes to reefer madness, nobody can top a group of traditional hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin. About 70 percent of men smoke cannabis. The drug could be doing more than getting them high.

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Republicans Don't Have A Plan Yet To Replace Obamacare Subsidies

Tue, 2015-06-23 08:23

If the Supreme Court finds health care subsidies unconstitutional, conservatives will boast a win over Obamacare. But Republicans face a challenge — many of their constituents are getting subsidies.

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Medical Marijuana Is Often Less Potent Than Advertised

Tue, 2015-06-23 08:05

The pot brownie you bought to help your sleeping disorder may have a lot less active ingredient than promised, a study finds. And a review of other studies finds scant evidence of medical benefits.

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In The Japanese Tea Ceremony, Politics Are Served With Every Cup

Tue, 2015-06-23 07:57

The ritual drinking of this ancient beverage — often thought of as the epitome of Japanese restraint and formality — has long been entwined with issues of power and national identity.

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Airlines Vs. Airports: A Dogfight Over Fees Imposed On Fliers

Tue, 2015-06-23 07:36

Airports want Congress to raise passenger fees to pay for improvements, but airlines say the move would hit passengers in the pocketbook and might discourage people from flying.

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Texas Turns Away From Prosecuting Truants

Tue, 2015-06-23 07:28

Since the mid-1990s, Texas has treated truancy as a criminal offense. Now, state lawmakers say that was a mistake.

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Disputes Made Prevention Panel Stronger, Says Former Leader

Tue, 2015-06-23 07:21

Dr. Michael LeFevre, who stepped down as chairman of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force in March, describes how the health law changed how the group works and communicates its findings.

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4 Forgotten Fads Of The Past

Tue, 2015-06-23 07:03

A quartet of quirky fads that faded away into the American mist.

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James Horner, A Giant Among Movie Music Composers, Is Feared Dead

Tue, 2015-06-23 06:53

A single-engine plane registered to Horner crashed on Monday in an area 60 miles from Santa Barbara, Calif. There were no survivors.

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At Long Last, Small Spanish Town Changes 'Kill The Jews' Name

Tue, 2015-06-23 05:32

The people voted in favor of the name change and it finally became official on Tuesday. The name dates back to 1627, when historians believe Jewish residents converted to Catholicism.

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Severe Storms Rake Midwest, Damaging Homes, Businesses

Tue, 2015-06-23 02:58

Tornadoes left thousands in Illinois without power. In Michigan, an EF1 tornado damaged homes and five people had to be rescued.

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Death Toll From Heatwave In Pakistan Tops 450

Tue, 2015-06-23 02:41

In Karachi, temperatures soared as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. The government has called on the military to set up heat stroke centers.

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The VA's Broken Promise To Thousands Of Vets Exposed To Mustard Gas

Tue, 2015-06-23 01:00

When the Pentagon revealed it secretly exposed enlisted men to mustard gas during WWII, VA officials promised disability benefits. But an NPR investigation finds that most were never contacted.

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How Fracking Is Fueling A Power Shift From Coal To Gas

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:49

Driven by new regulations and fracking, more coal power plants are retiring for cheaper, cleaner-burning natural gas. But scientists have yet to work out the fossil fuel's imperfect climate footprint.

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China's Island-Building Has Neighbors On Edge, But Tensions May Be Easing

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:47

In just 18 months, China has created more than 2,000 acres of new land where before there were just waves and reef, according to the U.S., which sees the work as a threat to regional stability.

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Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:45

For many Americans, an NPR poll suggests, walking is their most consistent exercise. But how much can a moderately paced walk really help your health?

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School Scrambles To Preserve Newly Discovered Chalkboards From 1917

Tue, 2015-06-23 00:44

Behind the walls at Emerson High School in Oklahoma City, construction workers found old chalkboards with drawings and class lessons, written almost a century ago and in remarkable condition.

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Fraud Still Plagues Medicare's Prescription Drug Program

Mon, 2015-06-22 20:03

More than 1,400 pharmacies billed for questionable prescriptions last year, according to the inspector general at Health and Human Services. That includes prescriptions for commonly abused opioids.

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Pete Rose Bet On Baseball Games As A Player, ESPN Reports

Mon, 2015-06-22 14:43

After years of denial, baseball's all-time hits leader admitted in 2004 that he bet on games, but only while he was manager. But ESPN obtained documents that show the betting began in 1986.

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Painfully Skinny Jeans Land A Woman In The Hospital

Mon, 2015-06-22 14:33

It turns out jeans really can be too tight. An Australian woman suffered nerve and muscle damage after wearing super-skinny jeans. She couldn't walk and was hospitalized, but has since recovered.

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