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Study: Artificial Sweeteners may promote diabetes

Fri Sep 19, 2014

Using artificial sweeteners may set the stage for diabetes in some people by hampering the way their bodies handle sugar, suggests a preliminary study done mostly in mice. Full Story

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Convicted Florida felon kills his 6 grandchildren

Fri Sep 19, 2014

A man who spent time in prison a decade ago for the shooting death of his young son killed six of his grandchildren, including an infant, his adult daughter and himself in a rampage at a home where authorities in the small Florida town say they had been called to in the past. Full Story

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Dog branded with profanity gets cosmetic surgery

Fri Sep 19, 2014

A young dog that was found branded with a profane word has undergone cosmetic surgery in Kentucky to mask part of the word that was chemically burned into her. Full Story

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Actress detained by police refuses to apologize

Sat Sep 20, 2014

An actress who was detained by Los Angeles police is refusing to apologize for claiming race played a role in the incident, despite calls from local civil rights leaders. Full Story

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700 babies maybe exposed to TB at Texas hospital

Sat Sep 20, 2014

More than 700 infants may have been exposed to tuberculosis at an El Paso hospital over the past year by an employee recently diagnosed with the illness, health officials said Friday. Full Story

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License plate scanner networks capture movements

Sat Sep 20, 2014

A rapidly expanding digital network that uses cameras mounted to traffic signals and police cruisers captures the movements of millions of vehicles across the U.S., regardless of whether the drivers are being investigated by law enforcement. Full Story

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Picassos among pieces going on public view in Ohio

Fri Sep 19, 2014

When retail mogul Leslie Wexner peers at one of the Picassos, Dubuffets or Giacomettis in the personal art collection he and his wife Abigail have amassed over the years, he feels a range of emotions that often include gratitude, defeat and exhilaration. Full Story

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Atlas V rocket launches, taking satellite aloft

Wed Sep 17, 2014

A communications satellite has been launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, carried aloft aboard an Atlas 5 rocket. Full Story

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In La. men make 33 percent more than women

Thu Sep 18, 2014

The District of Columbia had both the highest average pay and the smallest gender gap. Full Story

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Sheriff: Burned armpit hair led to Idaho car crash

Wed Sep 17, 2014

A car full of teenagers crashed in Idaho after one of the passengers lit the driver's armpit hair on fire with a lighter, authorities said Wednesday. Full Story

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Daughter calls Utah doctor a monster at sentencing

Sat Sep 20, 2014

A Utah doctor convicted of murdering his wife in a case that became a true-crime cable TV obsession was sentenced Friday to 17 years to life in prison at a hearing in which his daughter called him a monster. Full Story

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Ambush suspect could be aided by dense woods

Sat Sep 20, 2014

For a second night, authorities on Friday closed roads near a home where a suspect in the ambush killing of a Pennsylvania State Police trooper recently lived with his parents, and this time gunfire was reported in the area. Full Story

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Study: Americans endure unwanted care near death

Thu Sep 18, 2014

Americans suffer needless discomfort and undergo unwanted and costly care as they die, in part because of a medical system ruled by "perverse incentives" for aggressive care and not enough conversation about what people want, according to a report released Wednesday. Full Story

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Italian village honoring pilots of WWII US bomber

Fri Sep 19, 2014

Nearly 70 years after they died when their crippled bomber slammed into a northern Italian mountain, the two Americans at the controls of the ill-fated warplane are being honored by residents of a village near the crash site. Full Story

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Spokane's Cupich to be next Chicago archbishop

Fri Sep 19, 2014

utton issues. Francis has called for a greater focus on mercy and compassion instead of divisive social issues. Full Story

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San Diego judge denies request for license scans

Fri Sep 19, 2014

A judge on Thursday tentatively denied a technology entrepreneur's request for license plate data collected on his own vehicle from police scanners, the latest legal setback for advocates seeking more disclosure on vast networks of law enforcement cameras used to track drivers' whereabouts. Full Story

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Feds mum on prosecution of illegal border crossers

Sat Sep 20, 2014

The federal government refuses to say whether prosecutors in Yuma, Arizona, have scaled back a years-old program that guarantees jail time for most immigrants caught crossing the border illegally and which law enforcement officials say is crucial to public safety. Full Story

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Ohio creator of Slush Puppies dead at age 74

Fri Sep 19, 2014

Will Radcliff, who built a multimillion-dollar global business from flavored, icy Slush Puppie drinks, has died in Cincinnati. He was 74. Full Story