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Are sweeteners really bad for us?

The food industry relies on alternatives to sugar for a vast range of diet foods. But are they safe to consume? Claudia Hammond investigates.<p>Many people buy diet drinks and sweeteners in a bid to reduce the amount of sugar they consume. Over the years concerns about their safety have been raised, …

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Lynch to face anti-Obama ire at confirmation hearing

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch is a career prosecutor who spent her career notching high-profile courtroom victories and climbing to the top of the legal ranks of Brooklyn's U.S. attorney's office.<p>But on Wednesday, she'll walk into a Senate Judiciary Committee where the …

'Netflix for Ebooks' Oyster Adds The Full 'Harry Potter' Series

Oyster, the ebook subscription service, today announced that it has partnered with Pottermore to offer the complete ‘Harry Potter’ series for fans and new readers alike.<p>In addition to all seven ‘Harry Potter’ books, users will also have to option to replace their Oyster’s Reader Themes by tapping …

How Democrats killed Obama’s college savings plan

Nancy Pelosi and Chris Van Hollen were key opponents of a tax on 529 plans.<p>A dramatic lobbying effort on Air Force One — led by key leaders in his own party — helped prod President Barack Obama to drop a much ballyhooed plan to tax college savings in an embarrassing retreat from a plan announced …

The Importance of Larry Wilmore, Late Night’s Only Black Man

At The Nightly Show’score is a commitment to the idea of purposeful conversation, rather than the moral superiority that comes with being …

‘Ghostbusters' Reboot Sets All-Female Cast, Release Date

Just three months after it was announced that <i>Bridesmaid</i> director Paul Feig would reboot the <i>Ghostbusters</i> series with an all-female cast, the four …

IFC's 'Portlandia' takes a different path in season 5

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ask Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein to give up hints about the new season of "Portlandia," and a few words suffice to make any …

Neil deGrasse Tyson Selects the Eight Books Every Intelligent Person on the Planet Should Read

In December of 2011, <b>Neil deGrasse Tyson</b> — champion of science, celebrator of the cosmic perspective, master of the soundbite — participated in Reddit’s Ask Me Anything series of public questions and answers. One reader posed the following question: <i>“Which books should be read by every single</i> …

California breaks ground on bullet train as climate solution

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California broke ground Tuesday on its $68 billion high-speed rail system, promising to combat global warming while whisking …