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How Product Labeling Killed Some Truly Righteous Weed and Might Even Raise Your Hospital Bill

Everyone favors greater transparency in markets. But surprisingly, sometimes it can backfire.<p>"Transparency" is one of those policy prescriptions that …

How Terry McAuliffe and the Dems Lost Virginia

Michelle Cottle on the trouble with Terry McAuliffe.<p>How in the hell did Democrats wind up struggling in the Virginia governor’s race?<p>Virginia is an …

Behind the Michael Jackson Bombshell: How a Staunch Defender Suddenly Flipped

Choreographer Wade Robson swore for 20 years that Michael Jackson never touched him. Now he calls the late star a ‘monster.’<p>Wade Robson met the late …

What Happens to the GOP if there's a Surplus in 2016?

<i>National Review'</i>s Reihan Salam considers a scary hypothetical: how will the public respond to a 2016 GOP presidential candidate if nearly a decade of …

The Forgotten Victim: Cleveland’s Michelle Knight

The oldest kidnapping victim is finally free. Well, almost. By Christine Pelisek.<p>Loud cheers greeted Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus as they arrived at …

How the IRS Wrecked Your Pension

Don't blame the fund managers, blame the tax code.<p>This week, I had a piece in the magazine arguing that retirement is trouble. That's a golden oldie …

Our Swiftly Melting Deficit, Or How the U.S. is Killing It

Just when everyone wrote us off as the next Greece, we started shrinking our deficit, then shrunk it some more. Daniel Gross on what’s behind the …

American Airlines Invite for Those Who Make the 'Social' Grade

Updating your Facebook status and garnering followers on Twitter could get you VIP treatment at the airport from American Airlines.<p>Updating your …

What Psychic Sylvia Brown Didn’t See

Sylvia Browne’s certainty caught up with her in Cleveland. Other mediums saw it coming. By Winston Ross.<p>Sylvia Browne doesn’t hedge.<p>It’s part of what …

Atlantis Discovered?

Mac Margolis on the intriguing find made by geologists off the coast of Brazil.<p>Geologists are not generally all that excitable. After all, …

The Fallout from Benghazi

Witness the Obama administration throwing our nation's intelligence community under the bus, so to say. From ABC's Jonathan Karl:<p>When it became clear …

Get a Dog: It's Good for Your Heart

The <i>New York Times</i> tentatively reports some good news for dog owners:<p>The nation’s largest cardiovascular health organization has a new message for …

New Mom Fights $27K Filing Error

<b>Dear ABC News Fixer:</b> Surprisingly, I am more frustrated with my doctors than my insurance company. Last year, I had an emergency C-section due to my …

Health Care

Small Sizes an Overweight Distraction for Abercrombie & Fitch

ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis reports:<p>Go to your nearest Abercrombie & Fitch, and you're likely to find shirtless salesmen and the latest distressed …

Abercrombie & Fitch

11 Ways We Sabotage Our Mental Health

Our mind and mood are keenly sensitive to the world around us. Distressing life events—a bad breakup, unemployment, the death of a loved one—often …

Second Arizona Patient Confuses Brain Leak With Allergies

Joe Nagy, a retired chemical engineer from Phoenix, woke up in the middle of one night and a clear liquid dropped out of his nose as he bent his head …

Medicine

Who Got to Amanda Berry First? Neighbors Dispute Rescue Details

Charles Ramsey, the neighbor who said he helped free three women from a Cleveland house of horrors, told "Nightline" that another neighbor, Angel …

Crime

Google Earth enters fourth dimension, highlights humanity’s heavy hand | Ars Technica

Satellite imagery lets you follow terrain changes over time.<p>Roughly four years ago, Google engineers started working with the US Geological Survey to …

Google Brings its Cloud Messaging Service from Android to Chrome

Google on Thursday announced it has brought its Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) service from Android to Chrome. The company is promising apps and extensions in the browser that leverage GCM will consume less bandwidth and use up less battery life on users’ machines.<p>If you don’t use a service like GCM, …

PayPal exec aims to “obliterate passwords from the face of the planet” | Ars Technica

Forget passwords—let your phone scan your fingerprints or eyes.<p>PayPal's top security official is on a quest to kill passwords.<p>"Our intention is to …

Latest cellphone unlocking bill proposes significant digital copyright reform

Lawmakers are continuing the push to legalize cellphone unlocking in the United States with a new bipartisan bill just introduced in the House of Representatives. The Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 proposes amending a section of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act which currently prohibits …

Here's How Rich You'd Be If You'd Bought Apple Stock Instead Of Its Gadgets

Did you buy an Apple product between those dates?<p>Ever wonder how much money you would have now had you invested in AAPL stock instead of the first iPod when it came out? (That's $399 in 2001).<p>You'd have tens of thousands of dollars (see image).<p>We put 10 of the most popular Apple products of the …

Gear & Gadgets

ESPN Wants to Subsidize Your Data Plan Because Carriers Are Awful

Because data caps are the terrible reality to owning a smartphone, even giant companies want to help us poor saps who've signed our life away to …

Peers Find Less Pressure Borrowing From Each Other

The Internet has managed to disrupt many industries, from publishing to music. So why not lending?<p>Google is teaming up with the nation's largest peer-to-peer lender. The search and tech giant is investing $125 million in Lending Club, which gets borrowers and lenders together outside the …

Facebook and Waze: blending your worlds together one data point at a time

Word has it Facebook is looking to acquire crowdsource navigation app Waze for a hefty $1 billion. Such a move would provide the social network with …

Landlords beware: Airbnb is booming in big cities, but many users run legal risks

The company showed up at a hearing yesterday to support a NYC host against $7,000 in fines<p>Airbnb's iPhone app.<p>Nigel Warren can get $105 a night for renting out his room in an East Village apartment on the vacation rentals site Airbnb, which is what he did for three nights during a trip to Colorado …