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Bright Idea: Scientists Use Laser Lights to Regrow Teeth

Scientists have a new way to repair teeth, and they say their concept - using laser light to entice the body's own stem cells into action - may offer enormous promise beyond just dentistry in the field of regenerative medicine.<p>The researchers used a low-power laser to coax dental stem cells to form …

Cell Biology

India gang-rape victims left hanging from tree

Police in India have arrested four men, including at least two police officers, for allegedly raping and killing two teenage girls. The girls' bodies were discovered hanging from a mango tree.<p>The incident took place in the village of Katra, in India's northwestern state of Uttar Pradesh.<p>The girls, …

The Ultimate Braid Guide: 30 Different Styles to Try This Summer

Yes! Summer is here. And with that brings vacation plans, out of office messages, and...humidity. Luckily, there's a chic solution for that, and it's called braids. Your mission...

Get your grill on: 10 grilled chicken recipes for summer barbecue season

Chicken is one of the most popular foods to toss onto the grill, but it's notorious for turning out dry. For juicier results, try these grilled chicken recipes inspired by Asian, Mexican and Italian flavors and beyond. Bonus: None of these recipes involve bottled barbecue sauce.<p>By Stacy …

Cooking

Maya Angelou left lasting pop culture legacy - TODAY.com

Poet laureate Maya Angelou — who was also a dancer, writer, singer, director and actress, to name just a few of her talents — was a true Renaissance woman right up until her death Wednesday at 86.<p>Over the decades, she seemed to have a hand in just about every form of entertainment possible. Here's …

Black History

10 ways to transform your walls without paint

There is only so much that can be done with a can of paint and empty walls. See how clever D-I-Y bloggers used contact paper, washi tape, paint pens and other materials to turn boring walls into fun focal points.<p>It's always a party when a wall is covered in cascading confetti. Megan Duesterhaus …

Chemicals

Real Estate Magnate Hides Envelopes of Cash around San Francisco as a Way of Giving Back to the Community

A mysterious San Francisco philanthropist has found a unique way of giving back to the community – leaving hidden cash all over the city.<p>According to …

'Alabama Caveman' Arrested Allegedly Sneaking Drugs Into Music Festival

Poor caveman. All he wanted to do is get crunk and groove out to Queens of the Stone Age.<p>A hirsute music festival attendee was picked up on drug possession charges by Alabama police earlier this month.<p>Apart from sporting a shaggy mop and a full beard, Christopher Woods, 29, was wearing a hairy vest …

FBI director clarifies 'funny' marijuana comments

FBI Director James Comey clarified Wednesday that he has no intention of changing the bureau's current marijuana policy, which bans employing anyone known to have used pot in the past three years.<p>During an FBI oversight hearing, Comey said he was trying to use humor on the subject of new hires.<p>"I …

Police chief, rabbi among 71 nabbed in child porn bust

NEW YORK — Two police officers, a rabbi, a registered nurse, a nanny and a Boy Scout den leader are among 70 men and one woman arrested on charges of trading child pornography in what federal officials say is one of the largest-ever roundups in the New York City area.<p>The arrests included a woman …

Older Americans hooked on Rx: 'I was a zombie'

Hundreds of thousands of the nation's seniors are misusing prescription drugs, including narcotic painkillers, anxiety medications and other pharmaceuticals, for everything from joint pain to depression.<p>When Betty Van Amburgh began treatment last year for her addiction to prescription painkillers, …

CIA to stop using vaccinations as spy cover

The White House and the CIA have pledged to never again use vaccinations as a fig leaf for spying, three years after the intelligence agency set up a bogus hepatitis campaign in Pakistan to locate Osama bin Laden.<p>Responding to a January 2013 letter from deans of 12 U.S. public-health universities, …

More than half of Americans can't swim well enough to save themselves. Can you?

As the summer season kicks off for Memorial Day, the Red Cross launched a national campaign Tuesday to encourage more Americans to learn now only how to swim but to become stronger swimmers.<p>“Most Americans can’t swim nearly as well as they believe they can,” said Laura Howe, a Red Cross spokeswoman.<p>…

Swimming

Ex-Players Accuse of Illegally Supplying Painkillers

WASHINGTON (AP) - A group of retired American football players accused the league in a lawsuit Tuesday of cynically supplying them with powerful painkillers that kept them in the game but led to serious complications down the road.<p>The lawsuit, which seeks unspecified damages, charges the National …

Painkillers

VA controversy: White House aide heading to Phoenix

A top White House aide assigned to review problems at the Department of Veterans Affairs is going to Phoenix, where CNN reported that fraudulent records -- including secret lists -- covered up allegedly deadly waiting periods for veterans to get care.<p>White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters …

IG: VA investigations expanded to 26 facilities

WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of VA facilities under investigation after complaints about falsified records and treatment delays has more than doubled in recent days, the Office of Inspector General at the Veterans Affairs Department said late Tuesday.<p>A spokeswoman for the IG's office said 26 …

California mayor sparks outrage by telling bullying victims to 'grow a pair'

A Central California mayor's remarks that bullying victims should toughen up and defend themselves has sparked anger among some city officials and gay rights advocates.<p>At a recent City Council meeting, Porterville Mayor Cameron Hamilton said he opposes bullying but thinks it is too often blamed for …

California mother accused of assaulting daughter's bully

A Northern California woman is facing charges that she grabbed a 12-year-old boy by the throat while confronting him about bullying her daughter, authorities said Sunday.<p>Delia Garcia-Bratcher, 30, of Santa Rosa came to an elementary school around lunchtime Friday and asked her son, who also attends …

Ex-patients, families say decades of abuse, fraud at Colorado facility ignored

How did an unlicensed professional, who led people to believe he was a medical doctor, run a facility for adolescents with mental illness and drug abuse problems for decades, despite complaint after complaint to state regulators alleging abuse?<p>That's the question that haunts some of the alleged …

High-Tech Kids Get Tiny, Wearable Phones with GPS

Forget tin cans and strings. These days, kids can call each other with their voice-activated wristphones.<p>The gadget is called the Tinitell. The Swedish team behind it calls it the “world's smallest wearable phone designed for kids” and has raised $104,829 for it on Kickstarter — beating its …

Wearable Tech

Colorado Lawmakers Approve Plan for Pot Banking

Colorado lawmakers approved the first financial system for the marijuana industry Wednesday, a network of uninsured cooperatives designed to give pot businesses a way to access basic banking services.<p>The plan seeks to move the marijuana industry away from its cash-only roots. Banks routinely reject …

Cannabis

This Gadget Makes Gallons of Drinking Water Out of Air

Water is in the air nearly everywhere on earth, even in the most parched desert. But that doesn’t help much when you’re thirsty because most of that …

Armed Forces

Students File Title IX Sexual Assault Complaint Against Columbia University

Twenty-three Columbia and Barnard students have filed a federal complaint that alleges violations of Title IX, Title II and the Clery Act by the …

Mental Health

Retired Supreme Court justice says marijuana should be legalized

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens says he thinks the federal government should legalize marijuana.<p>The 94-year-old retired justice tells NPR that public opinion has changed on the issue.<p>Stevens also says that there isn't much distinction between marijuana and alcoholic beverages. He …