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Dread Builds As Good Guys Turn To Bad In 'Ill Will'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:15pm

Dan Chaon's latest novel suggests that even people who seem kind can lead you down dangerous paths, whether they realize it or not.

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Pharmacy Owner Acquitted Of Murder In Meningitis Outbreak That Caused 64 Deaths

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:11pm

The owner of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy was acquitted of second-degree murder, but guilty of racketeering and fraud in the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people.

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Inside The Wealthy Family That Has Been Funding Steve Bannon's Plan For Years

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:06pm

Jane Mayer writes in the New Yorker about Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, who have poured millions of dollars into Breitbart News, and who pushed to have Bannon run Trump's campaign.

Breast Implants Linked To Rare Blood Cancer In Small Proportion Of Women

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:06pm

The FDA says breast implants with textured surfaces are linked to at least 203 cancer cases, and that nine women have died. Nearly 300,000 people get breast implants each year in the U.S.

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A Smartphone Can Accurately Test Sperm Count

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 1:01pm

Measuring the quality of those little swimmers usually requires a trip to the doctor. Researchers have come up with a smartphone accessory that would let men do that at home in less than five seconds.

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Social Media Star Has A 'Crazy Idea' To Help Somalia

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:55pm

Jerome Jarre wanted to raise $1 million, buy 60 tons of food and get Turkish Airlines to fly it in for free. How's he doing?

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How A Little-Known Group Of Citizen Soldiers Helped Win The American Revolution

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:52pm

During the Revolutionary War, General George Washington often turned to a group of citizen soldiers from Maryland for their prowess on the battlefield.

Woody Harrelson Enjoys Comedic Turn In 'Wilson'

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:40pm

As the title character in the new film "Wilson," Harrelson makes a welcome return to comedy playing a man with no filter.

S&P And Dow See Worst Drops In 5 Months

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:33pm

Many investors saw the drops as a sign of doubts about whether President Trump will be able to accomplish tax cuts or infrastructure spending.

The Changing Face Of A Rural Colorado Community

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:25pm

In Fort Morgan, Colorado, Muslims from East Africa are joining other immigrants from Central America and Mexico in the small, conservative farming community.

4 Things You Should Know About The Revised GOP Health Care Plan

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:20pm

The proposed American Health Care Act has undergone revisions and is headed to the House for a vote Thursday.

South X Lullaby: Phoebe Bridgers

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:13pm

In a hotel room near midnight, Bridgers shares a lullaby for the lost. You can't help but hang on for dear life.

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Final Day Of Testimony For Supreme Court Nominee Gorsuch

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:12pm

Gorsuch answered questions before the Senate Judiciary Committee for nearly 12 hours Tuesday, and Wednesday is scheduled to be his last day of testimony.

Congress Rolls Back Obama-Era Rule On Hunting Bears And Wolves In Alaska

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:09pm

The Senate voted Tuesday to lift a 2016 ban on certain hunting practices — like trapping and aerial shooting — on national wildlife refuges there. Now the bill heads to President Trump to be signed.

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Veterans Group Cites Increasing Challenges Facing Women Veterans

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:52am

Here & Now's Robin Young hears more from a representative of a group that represents veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Young Adult Manages The Challenges Of Living With Asthma

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:46am

About one in 12 Americans have asthma. For black youth, that rate doubles to one in six.

6 College-Planning Tips For High School Sophomores And Their Parents

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:40am

High school juniors and seniors are well into their college preparation. But college counselor Lisa Micele says it's not too early for sophomores to start planning.

Conservative Media Stumbles As Reporters Court Conspiracies

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:33am

Fox News and the Independent Journal Review are distancing themselves from employees who peddled unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.

Chuck Barris Didn't Invent Schlock Television, He Weaponized It

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:20am

The creator of The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, which he also hosted, died Tuesday at 87. His shows were cheap to produce — and he made sure they looked it.

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How Treating Violence As A Disease Could Be Effective At Curing Epidemic

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:20am

In recent years, there's been a shift in many communities toward employing tried-and-true public health methods as treatment for violence.

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