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Should You Stock Up On Chocolate Bars Because Of Ebola?

Jack Scoville was buying himself a chocolate bar a few weeks ago — Hershey's, milk — at a corner store in Chicago. And he noticed the price was just a bit higher than he's used to paying: 5 or 10 cents more. His first thought was not to blame a greedy store owner or the executives in Hershey, Pa.<p>He …

Orphaned by deportation: the crisis of American children left behind

Ten-year-old Andrés Jiménez was looking forward to the end of summer. Not because he was particularly eager to return to school, but because the end of summer was meant to be the president’s deadline for taking action on immigration.<p>But Obama’s deadline came and went, and with it Andrés’s hopes of …

Jon Stewart asks “how the f–k” indicted congressman Michael Grimm is winning

<b>Michael Grimm (Reuters/Gary Cameron)</b><p>Despite a 20-count federal indictment, Grimm could get re-elected. Jon Stewart tries to find out why<p>Luke Brinker<p>October 15, 2014 1:22pm (UTC)<p>New York Republican congressman Michael Grimm looked like a political goner this April, when he was slapped with a …

Hawaii students get gift cards to participate in sex education program

HONOLULU – The University of Hawaii Center on Disability Studies gives gift cards to middle school students who participate in a controversial sex education program.<p>The gift cards, valued at between $10 and $20 each, are issued to 11, 12 and 13-year-olds who participate in Pono Choices. About …

Everything You Need to Know About the Chinese Version of Twitter

The first of China’s big 2014 IPOs arrives on U.S. shores Thursday. Weibo, a Chinese social network that allows people to post real-time messages of …

Google Glass Could Assist Surgeons

The applications of Google Glass could soon stretch to surgical training following a successful trial by doctors in New York, though privacy issues …

Smartphone App Helps Alcoholics In Recovery

Relapse rates for recovering alcoholics are similar to those suffering from chronic illness, and continued help after leaving a formal treatment …

Women May Fake Orgasms to Have an Actual Orgasm, Study Says

The mystery of the faked orgasm is no trivial issue: research suggests that up to 80 percent of women faking the big O. And everyone seems to have an …

Mobile app may help people recovering from alcohol abuse: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A mobile app aimed at keeping people recovering from alcohol abuse sober appears to cut down on the number of days they drink, according to a new study.<p>More recovering alcohol abusers also reported total abstinence from drinking when using the app, which has guided …

Red Ropes May Help Whales Avoid Entanglements

Highly endangered North Atlantic right whales may be able to see--and avoid--red and orange lobster ropes underwater.<p>North Atlantic right whales are among the world's most endangered animals. Hunted for hundreds of years and well into the 20th century, there are roughly 400 swimming the western …

Casinos, Sites Of Excess, Might Actually Help Families Slim Down

A recent study finds that a casino's expansion was associated with an increase in family income in its community. In turn, that increase in household income helped lead to a decrease in childhood obesity.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>When you think about casinos, you probably think about excess: …

Hand Attached To Ankle In Emergency Procedure In China (PHOTO)

Doing a handstand should be no problem for this guy.<p>A Chinese man had his right hand grafted to his ankle for more than a month following an an accident.<p>Xiao Wei, of China's Hunan province, severed the hand at work in November, the Metro reported. His co-workers were able to retrieve the hand, …

Murder Plot Derailed By Butt Dial, Police Say

An Arkansas man, who allegedly hatched an elaborate plan to murder a former employee, is behind bars after he reportedly butt-dialed the victim and revealed the plot.<p>Police in Jonesboro, Ark., arrested Larry Barnett, 68, on Thursday after he inadvertently revealed his plans of murder to his alleged …

China to loosen 1 child policy, abolish labor camps

China will loosen its decades-old one-child policy by allowing two children for families with one parent who was an only child and will abolish a much-criticized labor camp system, its ruling Communist Party said Friday.<p>The changes were part of a key policy document released by the official Xinhua …

Steady stream of abortion cases headed toward high court

Justices won't reconsider decisions striking down Oklahoma laws on mandatory ultrasound and abortion-inducing drugs, but more states are seeking to defend their laws.<p>WASHINGTON — A steady stream of abortion cases are heading toward the Supreme Court, making it only a matter of time before the …

Bangladesh court sentences 152 to death for mutiny massacre

One of the largest mass trials in history has concluded with 152 soldiers being sentenced to death in Bangladesh for revolting against their officers in 2009<p>More than 150 <b>Bangladesh</b>border troops were sentenced to death on Tuesday for the massacre of their commanders in the 2009 mutiny which shook …

Britney Spears Music Used To Scare Away Somali Pirates

Oh come on, pirates! Her early stuff is perfectly listenable.<p>Metro reports that Britney Spears' songs "Oops! I Did It Again" and "Baby One More Time" are used to scare away Somali pirates who might otherwise be tempted to attack merchant navy ships off Africa's east coast, according to officer …

NYPD Mistook Jolly Ranchers For Meth Rocks

OCTOBER 18--A New York City man arrested this summer for possession of methamphetamine was actually carrying Jolly Rancher candies that cops mistook …

Ron Nielson Accidentally Sets Self On Fire Burning Cross For Halloween

This was one cross he couldn't bear.<p>Florida man Ron Nielson, 50, was hospitalized Tuesday after accidentally setting himself on fire when he set a cross ablaze as part of a Halloween display, WESH reported.<p>Nielson set up a cross surrounded by a circle of candles in the yard of his Palm Bay home at …

Slacklining: the new sport for daredevils

At Switzerland's Col Des Roches mountain pass, thrill seekers engage in a new death-defying practice of walking along a slack rope suspended hundreds of feet off the ground.<p>It is estimated around a 100 people across <b>Switzerland</b>are taking part in this challenging craze.<p>The difference between a …

Health Groups Urge Katy Perry To Drop Pepsi Deal

In an open letter that will be published in Variety on Monday, several health advocacy groups write to Katy Perry urging her to stop making commercials for Pepsi. "Today soda companies are using you and other celebrities to convince young people that drinking soda is hip, sexy and rebellious."

Linus Norgren, Naked Man, Referenced Sasquatch Before Attacking Hunter With Rock: Police

Because clothed assaults are <i>so</i> last year.<p>Police in Oregon still aren't sure why Linus Norgren, 20, allegedly attacked a hunter with an apple-sized rock on Thursday morning. According to KPTV, the hunter, who turned out to be the young man's neighbor, said Norgren came out of the woods naked then …

Denver Ordinance Could Make Smell Of Marijuana Illegal

A new city ordinance being considered in Denver could make the smell of marijuana, or even just the sight of someone smoking marijuana, illegal if it can smelled or seen by others.<p>Mayor Michael Hancock and some Denver City Council members want to pass the ordinance over fears that public pot …