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Planned Parenthood chief takes on Republican critics in emotional hearing

Planned Parenthood's leader clashed with House Republicans on Tuesday as she defended her organization's ethics and the legality of its work during an emotional hearing on Capitol Hill over its use of federal funds.<p>Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, insisted the organization had not …

Planned Parenthood

She Was the Cartel’s Top Assassin. And Then Her Boyfriend Turned Her In.

La China led an army of murderers, then went rogue, terrorizing Cabo San Lucas with a fleet of 300 killers. She might have kept at it—if her lover …

Crime

Iran’s Rouhani says will release Americans if U.S. frees Iranians

NEW YORK — Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that he would work for the release of three Americans imprisoned in Tehran if the United States would free Iranians held in U.S. prisons for sanctions violations.<p>“If we can help free folks who are detained there and they can take reciprocal …

South Asia

How Boehner Can 'Clean House': One Sentence to Prevent Government Shutdowns Forever

The small band of Tea Party radicals wields its power because most other Republican members of Congress are cowed by the primary threats if they do not adhere strictly to Tea Party dictates. It is not that most would not win primaries from the likely nut jobs that will be thrown up against them. …

Research shows you need these 5 things to be happy at work

With unemployment at the lowest it has been since 2008, you might be thinking about changing jobs. But what exactly would make you happier at work? …

Look out: 'Burrito inflation' is here

Burritos, cheesecake, coffee.<p>There are some tasty items on the agenda this week for investors. Chipotle (CMG), The Cheesecake Factory (CAKE), Dunkin Brands (DNKN) and Starbucks (SBUX) are among the companies scheduled to report quarterly results.<p>But consumers may not like what they hear.<p>Many …

The Odds of a Shutdown Spike

A budget expert puts the likelihood at 75 percent.<p>I’ve been predicting since July that the irreconcilable differences between Democrats and Republicans on several key issues — only some of which have anything to do with the budget — are much more likely than not to lead to the federal government …

Planned Parenthood

Here's A Really Hot Take: GOP Candidates May Finally Be Getting It On Climate Change

WASHINGTON -- The Republican presidential candidates' answers to a climate change question during their Wednesday debate represented progress -- sort of.<p>Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who had previously said he didn't believe humans are causing climate change, now says he's not a skeptic. Rubio, a …

Armour: Unhappy with prospect of being jilted, NFL fans protest in seats

It's going to be a long, ugly season in Oakland, San Diego and St. Louis. And that's even before they play out the schedule.<p>While NFL owners study two Los Angeles stadium proposals and try to decide which team, or teams, will get to move into that lucrative market, fans of the Raiders, Chargers and …

It’s Time to Pull the Plug on Dr. Ben Carson’s Campaign

Ben Carson is brilliant and kind. Therefore, he has no business running for president.<p>There is nary a word to be said against Dr. Ben Carson. He is a …

Government

GOP 2016 hopefuls split over Trump's Muslim controversy

<b>Greenville, South Carolina (CNN) —</b> Republican presidential hopefuls were split Friday amid the fallout from Donald Trump not taking issue with a man who, during a campaign event, called President Barack Obama a Muslim and said Muslims are "a problem in this country."<p>Rick Santorum and Ted Cruz …

Government

The next 11 states that will legalize marijuana

Slide 1 of 13<p>Compared to 1969, when only 12% supported legalizing pot, the majority of Americans today support legalizing recreational use of the …

Scott Walker craters — but not because of Trump

The man once seen as a potential front-runner has done this to himself.<p>Scott Walker’s standing in Iowa has disintegrated, and he can’t blame Donald Trump.<p>The Wisconsin governor once-heralded by political insiders as the front-runner for the GOP nomination is struggling with perceptions that he is …

Government

By adding this substance to our food, we could prevent some of the worst foodborne disease outbreaks

The infection was traced to organic sprouts, from a farm whose produce had been contaminated with a deadly strain of E. coli bacteria.<p>Foodborne illness infects 48 million people every year (about one in six), and kills 3,000, according to the CDC.<p>Many of the infections have been traced to animal …

Microbiology

NFL Week 1 Picks: Predicting the Winners and Final Scores for All Season Openers

The Dallas Cowboys are going to the Super Bowl, and the road to the big game begins Sunday night, when Tony Romo and Co. host the rival New York Giants. From top to bottom and on both sides of the ball, this is the best team Dallas has built with Romo under center.<p>The offensive line will prove that …

How Kim Davis' Defenders Are Sounding Increasingly Absurd and Desperate

In the wake of the controversy surrounding currently-jailed Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, some smarter, more honest conservatives have realized this may be a disaster for them.<p>Longtime intellectual crusader for religious conservatives, Rod Dreher, admits at <i>The American Conservative</i> that, after this …

10 Best Nighttime Snacks For Weight Loss

It's 11pm and you're ravenous—like, stomach-eating-itself ravenous. But everything you've read tells you that late-night snacks are a no-no, especially if you want to lose weight. Well, we've got some good news: Eating a little something-something after dinner doesn't have to douse your bikini …

Four future space technologies that will change the world in your lifetime

From ending natural disasters, to flying to Sydney in an hour, scientists are working on future technologies to solve some of humanity's biggest challenges<p>Imagine a world where severe storms, tornadoes, and flash flooding are no longer a threat to human life. Or a time when flying from London to …

Lockheed Martin

The Bloody Origin Of Labor Day

WASHINGTON -- Most people know Labor Day as an extra day off of work. Fewer know the holiday comes from a time when the government was offing workers.<p>It all started with a bad recession in the early 1890s that reduced demand for railway cars, prompting Chicago railway magnate George Pullman to lay …

High School Football Players Suspended After Barreling Into Referee

"The first thing we want is that those two kids never play football again."<p>A pair of San Antonio high school football players have been suspended from their team and their school after they appeared to tackle a field official during a Friday night game.<p>The tackle occurred in the final minute of a …

How to Lose Belly Fat Overnight

If I buy something online, I want it delivered immediately. If I order at the drive through, I don’t want to idle while it’s being whipped up.<p><b>And if</b> …

Texas secessionists launch petition drive for vote to break away

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - A group called the Texas Nationalist Movement fanned out to 31 cities across Texas this weekend trying to gather the 75,000 signatures they say they need to get the question of the state’s secession from the United States on the primary ballot next spring.<p>Texas is one …

Europe

8 Ways to Stop Feeling Miserable and Start Being Happy

We all have our bouts with the blues.<p>You know, those times you just want to sit in bed all day, covers overhead, door locked shut. We've all been there. Being miserable is, well.. no fun. The worst part? We don't talk to each other about it. That's because misery is in itself a <i>passive</i> activity.<p>When …

Happiness

How People Successfully Lose Weight

In my 20 years of writing, discussing, and counseling people on weight loss, I have pondered, why are some people successful in losing weight and others are not?<p>My friend Jerry Redden, a former Sierra Club guide who now takes people into the wilderness on his own, said to me recently, "In America …