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When The Economy Goes Down, Vasectomies Go Up

October 21, 2014 - 1:04pm

It's well known that people are less eager to have children when the economy sours. And it looks like men got really serious about that during the Great Recession.

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Viking's Choice: Black Clouds, 'And Then I Dove'

October 21, 2014 - 1:03pm

The D.C. instrumental rock band's hefty track sends vibrations through the chest. Black Clouds' melodies are tastefully driven through what's surely a spaceship-console-worthy rack of effects pedals.

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DHS: Arrivals From West Africa Must Arrive Through 5 U.S. Airports

October 21, 2014 - 12:36pm

Passengers from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea will be subject to secondary screening at JFK, Newark, Dulles, Atlanta and Chicago.

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Israeli Homes, Decorated With A Shopping Spree In China

October 21, 2014 - 12:12pm

Some Israelis are flying to China to buy most everything they need to furnish a home. They say it's cheaper than buying in Israel, though there are also cautionary tales of shopping trips gone wrong.

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Can Hand-Cut, Artisanal Ice Make Your Cocktail That Much Better?

October 21, 2014 - 11:51am

If you're sipping craft cocktails, your fancy $15 drink might now come with fancy ice. It's bigger, clearer and allegedly better tasting than the regular stuff made with tap water.

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A Hong Kong Protest Camp Spawns Its Own Art

October 21, 2014 - 11:47am

Pro-democracy street art inspired by sources ranging from Les Miserables to John Lennon fill an open-air museum of sorts that has cropped up in Hong Kong.

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Sierra Hull On Mountain Stage

October 21, 2014 - 11:36am

Hear a live performance from the prodigiously gifted bluegrass mandolin player and singer.

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A Tale Of Two Cities: World Series Fever Takes Hold In SF, KC

October 21, 2014 - 11:27am

In San Francisco, there's a lot of confidence. In Kansas City, which gets its first shot at the championship rings in nearly 30 years, the excitement is palpable.

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Viking's Choice: Wildhoney, 'Fall In'

October 21, 2014 - 11:11am

The Baltimore shoegaze band bends space with a seismic guitar, washes it in a mess of crashing cymbals and coos sweetly in a dreamy pop song.

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Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe

October 21, 2014 - 10:47am

The D.C. band plays briskly catchy, piano-based pop songs from its self-titled fourth record.

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Volunteer Recap: Why Wearing The Right Shoes In Rio Matters

October 21, 2014 - 10:35am

When medical student Robert Snyder visited Rio de Janeiro last summer to do volunteer work, he learned the hard way that Birkenstock clogs are not a wise footwear choice.

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More Insurers Put Spending Limits On Medical Treatments

October 21, 2014 - 10:14am

To contain costs, some plans are capping how much they will pay for certain routine procedures, such as knee replacements. Patients can be on the hook for anything over the limit.

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Book News: Amazon Inks A Deal With A Publisher Not Named Hachette

October 21, 2014 - 10:07am

The online retailer has reached a multiyear deal with Simon & Schuster, one of the "Big Five" U.S. publishers. Meanwhile, Amazon's pricing dispute with Hachette Book Group persists.

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Making The Most Of Your Twenties: Meg Jay Answers Your Questions

October 21, 2014 - 9:10am

Psychologist Meg Jay answers your questions on making the most of your twenties — the developmental sweet spot — that defines the rest of your life.

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Does Being 'Spiritual But Not Religious' Really Mean Anything?

October 21, 2014 - 8:59am

The self-defined "unaffiliated" are apt not to reject science's promise of knowledge based on evidence but, rather, to embrace it, says commentator Adam Frank.

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Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

October 18, 2014 - 12:14pm

A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the Red Planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.

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424 Steps To Happiness: A Father's Journey Beyond 'The Fall'

October 18, 2014 - 11:33am

A son with cerebral palsy inspires a new way to think about imperfection, exaltation and love in a new memoir by Brazilian novelist and screenwriter Diogo Mainardi.

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America's Boo-It-Yourself Halloween Spirit

October 18, 2014 - 11:11am

You've heard of recycling and upcycling, now there's boocycling — making first-rate costumes from second-hand clothes.

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Prediction

October 18, 2014 - 10:47am

Our panelists predict after Charlie Crist's fan, what will be the next big controversy at a political debate.

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Lightning Fill In The Blank

October 18, 2014 - 10:47am

All the news we couldn't fit anywhere else.

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