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Where Can I Find the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in the U.S.?

<i>A:</i><p>The great brew houses and burger joints scattered across the country are always highlighted in road trip guides. But chocolate chip cookies, those gooey symbols of all that is wholesome and right about America, always seem to get the shaft. Not today. The cookies from these eight bake shops …


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Sunset on the Lake

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5 Gluten Myths You Were Too Embarrassed to Ask About

It feels like everybody’s going gluten-free these days, but the fad diet has also spread quite a bit of misinformation about the g-word.<p>Some people …

Holistic Medicine

You Need to Learn to Handle the Truth

A few years ago, I asked a pregnant friend what she'd do if her baby was born fugly. "I'd want people to lie," she said. "I'd want people to tell me she's the most beautiful baby in the world." Isn't that rather meaningless?<p>You have daddy issues. You probably got felt up by your uncle as a kid. …


The week in wildlife – in pictures

European bisons, mynahs and Alaska's caribou are among the pick of this week's images from the natural world

Pope Demands 'Legitimate Redistribution' Of Wealth

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the …


'There's Nothing Liberal About Specializing in Philosophy'

It doesn't matter what you study—it matters how you study it, says Michael Roth, the president of Wesleyan and author of Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters.<p>Online courses and crushing student debt are contemporary phenomena, but the arguments they inspire are often variations on …

Honeybees abandoning hives and dying due to insecticide use, research finds

Harvard study shows neonicotionoids are devastating colonies by triggerring colony collapse disorder<p>The mysterious vanishing of honeybees from hives can be directly linked to insectcide use, according to new research from Harvard University. The scientists showed that exposure to two …

Pictures appear to show RAF man posing with dead Taliban fighter

<b>Photographs have emerged which appear to show at least one UK serviceman posing with a dead Taliban fighter.</b><p>The graphic pictures were taken in the aftermath of an attack by insurgents on Camp Bastion, the main British base in Afghanistan, in 2012.<p>The images first appeared on website Live Leak. The …


Nigeria abductions: Chibok raid warnings 'ignored'<p><b>Nigeria's military had advance warning of an attack on the town where some 270 girls were kidnapped but failed to act, Amnesty International says.</b><p>The …