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Baby 'cured' of HIV: New details offer hope for other patients

New details about the first person to be cured of HIV through drug therapy alone offer hope that others who are born with the virus may be able to beat it back and avoid a lifetime of treatment, researchers reported Wednesday.<p>The formerly HIV-positive Mississippi girl drew widespread interest in …

Medicine

A New Front in the Abortion War

Convinced Roe v. Wade can't be overturned now, pro-life activists have passed laws in 12 states restricting termination after 20 weeks—about the time some fetal defects emerge.<p>LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — On their way to the ultrasound exam, Abbey and Kyle Sanders stopped at Babies"R"Us. They picked out a …

An army of robot baristas could mean the end of Starbucks as we know it

Starbucks’ 95,000 baristas have a competitor. It doesn’t need sleep. It’s precise in a way that a human could never be. It requires no training. It can’t quit. It has memorized every one of its customers’ orders. There’s never a line for its perfectly turned-out drinks.<p>It doesn’t require health …

Coffee

TOMS Shoes rethinks its 'buy one, give one' model of helping the needy

The "buy one, give one" business model of TOMS Shoes - buy a pair and the California-based company will give a pair to a child in need - has spawned many copy-cats.<p>These days, you can buy an array of products - from solar panels, to baby goods, to soccer balls - and the manufacturer will give a …

Gay political icon Harvey Milk gets his own stamp

Milk will be the first openly LGBTQ elected official to be featured on a U.S. postage stamp<p>Former San Francisco city supervisor and gay political icon Harvey Milk, who was assassinated more than 30 years ago, will be honored with a U.S. postage stamp. Milk was the first openly gay man to hold …

Nate Silver weighs in on the government shutdown

The celebrated writer and statistician offers his take on the ongoing crisis<p>Ending a temporary break from writing, Nate Silver has taken to the digital pages of ESPN's Grantland to offer his assessment of the "six big takeaways from the government shutdown." As anyone familiar with Silver's work …

The Secret Factor in China's Housing Bubble? Mistresses

The practice of buying apartments for lovers—common among wealthy men—may have serious consequences for China's economy.

Emerson College Reminds Us: Covering Up Sexual Assault Only Makes It Worse

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Widespread dialogue surrounding sexual assault and rape on college campuses has quieted down since …

Dead Man Walking: Judge Tells Man He Must Stay Legally Dead

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Walking

Starbucks petition takes on government shutdown

The nation's coffee kingpin will become the weekend headquarters for folks who want to sign petitions that encourage lawmakers to reopen the government and reach a budget deal.<p>Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is urging consumers to invest in something more than designer coffee at his stores this …

Howard Schultz

‘It’s heartbreaking’: Shutdown could ruin years of Antarctic research

More than 10 years of planning, $10 million of government funding and tireless work from the team that discovered life in a lake buried beneath an Antarctic glacier earlier this year may largely go to waste because of the government shutdown.<p>The WISSARD drilling program — a collaborative effort of …

Global Warming

Fat cats and hog dogs: 1 in 4 dogs and cats overweight

Do you own a portly pooch or a corpulent kitty? Unfortunately, the answer in the United States is all too likely to be yes.<p>Nearly one in every four dogs and cats in the United States is overweight or obese, according to recent numbers tallied by the Banfield Pet Hospital. The problem is so …

Pets

1 in 5 U.S. Workers: I'm Too Educated for My Job

Actually, that's not so bad, by international standards.<p>When Americans aren't fretting over being undereducated, we're usually fretting about being overeducated.<p>Every so often, writers and academics start sounding the alarm about a coming glut of college graduates who will end up doomed to a life …

Boehner: GOP won't allow 'unconditional surrender' to Obama - NBC Politics

By Michael O'Brien, Political Reporter, NBC News<p>President Barack Obama vowed not to relent to what he called Republican “extortion” that would threaten a default on the national debt, but suggested he might accept a short-term agreement that could jump-start talks with Congress.<p>But the nation's top …

Neuroscientist uses MRI scans to show that dogs have emotions similar to humans

Man’s best friend may have more in common with his or her human owners than previously thought.<p>For the past two years, neuroscientist Gregory Berns of Emory University has been conducting a series of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans on canines – including his pet terrier Callie – and he says …

Harry Reid Is Preparing To Call John Boehner's Bluff On The Debt Ceiling

Monday morning, House Speaker John Boehner's spokesman issued a statement saying the House won't take up a "clean" debt limit increase because it can't pass the Senate.<p>But what if it can?<p>A Democratic Senate aide told Business Insider they are going to try, and are formulating a plan to possibly …

Driving

POLL: Americans Think Inflation Is Way Higher Than It Really Is

A new Business Insider-SurveyMonkey Audience poll has found that Americans know shockingly little about the budget, federal deficits and other major economic indicators.<p>Last week, we asked nearly 500 respondents to estimate several economic statistics, including the inflation rate.<p>Remember, in the …

Economics

The Long-Term, Extremely Positive Effects Of Birth Control In America

About 50 years ago, there were two major shifts in access to birth control and family planning. First, the landmark Supreme Court case Griswold vs. Connecticut ended restrictions on the sale of contraceptives, and second, the federal government significantly boosted funding for family planning from …

Pregnancy

Mormon women line up to protest their faith’s exclusion of women from the priesthood

“We’re being denied admission on the basis of our sex and because we’re sisters and not brothers,” said one woman<p>Members of Ordain Women, a group of Mormons pushing to open their faith’s all-male priesthood to women, turned out in Salt Lake City this weekend in an effort to attend the Priesthood …

Everything About Obamacare Politics Is About to Change

The polit­ic­al de­bate over the Af­ford­able Care Act was the same every­where. House can­did­ates in Cali­for­nia were dis­cuss­ing the …

Health Care

Despite Shutdown, Supreme Court Opens Its Doors For New Term

When the rest of the government shuts down for a blizzard, the U.S. Supreme Court soldiers on. And so it is that this week, with the rest of the government shut down in a political deep freeze, the high court, being deemed essential, is open for business.<p>It is, after all, not just any week for the …

Labor-Starved Pear Farmers Buckle Under Bumper Crop

It's always a bit sad to say goodbye to summer corn and tomatoes, and settle into fall.<p>There are consolations, though — like the new crop of pears. Over 80 percent of America's fresh pears are grown in the Pacific Northwest, and this year's harvest is slated to be one of the biggest on record.<p>But …

Fill ‘er up: Gas prices drop towards $3/gallon

Now's the time to go for a drive.<p>The average price for a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 13.78 cents in the last two weeks, as refiners continued to pass on lower crude oil prices, according to the Lundberg survey.<p>The average price of just over $3.38 per gallon was down about 45 cents …

Oil

Conservatives Boycott Ritz Crackers Over Al Sharpton Sponsorship

A conservative group is calling for the boycott of Ritz Crackers because its parent company sponsors Reverend Al Sharpton's MSNBC show, and because Sharpton used the term "cracker" in a speech 20 years ago.<p>Ben Shapiro of TruthRevolt, a right-wing group launched Monday with the aim to "unmask …

Malaria vaccine: Hopes rise for 2015 target after successful trials

Vaccine that nearly halved cases among children aged between five and seven months could save millions in worst-hit countries<p>A vaccine against malaria could be introduced in the world's worst-hit countries in 2015, after the latest trial of a treatment produced by Britain's biggest drug company …