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Americans' Waistlines Are Expanding, And That's Not Good Fat

September 16, 2014 - 4:05pm

Are you more an apple or a pear? If it's the former, you've got company. Americans' waistlines are growing, even though obesity rates have plateaued. And more belly fat increases health risks.

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Obama Gives New Details On America's Effort To Fight Ebola

September 16, 2014 - 4:05pm

The president announced a "major increase" in the U.S. response to the outbreak, including a new military command center in Liberia, and sending medical professionals from the U.S. to field hospitals.

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Colleges Brainstorm Ways To Cut Back On Binge Drinking

September 16, 2014 - 3:46pm

With 40 percent of college students binge drinking, efforts to get students to drink less may seem futile. But something as simple as encouraging beer stores to quit selling ping-pong balls can help.

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Which Contagious Diseases Are The Deadliest?

September 16, 2014 - 3:12pm

To put Ebola in context, we tried to find a list of the deadliest contagious diseases. We couldn't. So with the help of scientists and health agencies, we came up with a rundown of the world's worst.

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Belgium Agrees To Euthanize Man Convicted Of Murder, Rape

September 16, 2014 - 3:09pm

Frank Van Den Bleeken says he wants to die because he hasn't seen any change in himself. A court agreed — and now his case is raising prickly questions in a country that has no death penalty.

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BP Lawyers Use Old-School Trick; Judge Not Amused

September 16, 2014 - 2:26pm

A legal filing tied to the company's Gulf oil spill case was supposed to have been capped at 35 pages. But lawyers for BP got a little creative with the spacing.

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Odile Leaves Wreckage In Mexico And Threatens Flooding In U.S.

September 16, 2014 - 2:02pm

Hurricane Odile is now a tropical storm, but it has heavy rainfall and power outages to the Baja Peninsula and surrounding areas. It could also bring new flooding to Tucson and nearby areas.

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Farewell, Heating Pad: Physical Therapists Say It Doesn't Help

September 16, 2014 - 12:19pm

Heating pads and other passive treatments don't do any good if the goal is gaining strength and mobility, according to the Choosing Wisely campaign. Instead, it's all about the exercise.

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Dempsey Says If Needed He Would Recommend Ground Forces In Iraq

September 16, 2014 - 11:46am

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel he supports the president's plan to combat Islamic State militants but that if it proved necessary, he would recommend U.S. ground forces.

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Health Law Tempers States' Insurance Mandates

September 16, 2014 - 11:20am

Parts of the Affordable Care Act seek to curb states from setting their own mandates requiring insurers to cover specific care. But many state legislators are trying to work around the restrictions.

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A Scientist's Journey From Beer To Microbiology To Bourbon-Making

September 16, 2014 - 11:08am

When his home-brew tasted bad, a college student decided to pursue microbiology. After more than a decade as a scientist, he's going back to brewing — but this time, he's moving up to bourbon.

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Marriott's New Envelope For Room Tips Stirs Debate

September 16, 2014 - 11:03am

An initiative launched with Maria Shriver's input is raising questions over how the hotel company pays its staff — and whether guests should be expected to tip.

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Homeless Vets: They're Not Just Single Men Anymore

September 16, 2014 - 10:38am

Overall, there are fewer homeless veterans these days. But that good news is tempered by the growing number of homeless vets with families, including many women.

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Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

September 16, 2014 - 10:37am

Some economists say Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear that a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.

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U.S. Begins Airstrikes In Support Of Iraqi Ground Forces

September 16, 2014 - 8:34am

The air attacks on Islamic State forces were requested by Iraqi security forces engaged in combat south of Baghdad.

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Ukraine Approves EU Pact And Temporary Self-Rule For Rebels

September 16, 2014 - 8:14am

The parliament voted to strengthen economic ties with the EU beginning in 2016. It also approved a deal to allow self-rule in some separatist-held areas, a move likely to be rejected by the rebels.

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How To Measure Success Against The New Monster In The Middle East?

September 16, 2014 - 6:49am

Most Americans are far from clear as to what this "ISIL" monster is, other than a few shadowy, portentous figures on disturbing videotapes.

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Suicide Bombing In Kabul Kills 3 NATO Troops

September 16, 2014 - 6:47am

The Taliban is claiming credit for the attack on a military convoy traveling near the U.S. Embassy that also wounded nearly 20 people, including more than a dozen civilians.

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With Debt Collection, Your Bank Account Could Be At Risk

September 16, 2014 - 5:03am

A 1968 federal law allows debt collectors not only to garnish wages but to take from a debtor's bank account. Consumer advocates say the outdated law is overly punitive and out of touch with reality.

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Community Keeps Calm Despite Questions About Wal-Mart Shooting

September 16, 2014 - 4:06am

Peaceful protests have taken place since police shot and killed a black 21-year-old who was holding a toy gun while shopping in Ohio. But new questions are being raised about the handling of the case.

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