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Food As Punishment: Giving U.S. Inmates 'The Loaf' Persists

Thu, 2014-01-02 00:53

In many prisons and jails across the U.S., a bland, brownish lump is served to inmates who misbehave. Law enforcement officials say it's not that bad, and it's a very effective deterrent. But the practice is starting to fade as more prisoners argue that the loaf is cruel and unusual punishment.

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Rescue Begins For Icebound Ship In Antarctica

Thu, 2014-01-02 00:17

A long-awaited rescue of passengers on board a research ship that has been trapped in Antarctic ice for more than a week finally got under way on Thursday. The helicopter will carry the passengers a dozen at a time in an operation expected to take five hours

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Blues Musician Tabby Thomas Dies At 84

Wed, 2014-01-01 23:30

Thomas was probably best known for opening Tabby's Blue Box in Baton Rouge, La. The club attracted blues-lovers from across the globe.

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Portugal's Baby Bust Is A Stark Sign Of Hard Times

Wed, 2014-01-01 19:38

The birth of a baby is a joyous occasion, and an increasingly rare one in Portugal, where the birthrate has dropped 14 percent since the economic crisis began. The poorest state in Western Europe faces a demographic time bomb as its population ages, the workforce shrinks and youth are unemployed or going abroad.

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More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

Wed, 2014-01-01 17:43

Government researchers tagged the sharks with transmitters, triggering an automatic tweet when they swim close to a beach. This comes after several high-profile shark attacks, some of them fatal.

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More Than 300 Sharks In Australia Are Now On Twitter

Wed, 2014-01-01 17:43

Government researchers tagged the sharks with transmitters, triggering an automatic tweet when they swim close to a beach. This comes after several high-profile shark attacks, some of them fatal.

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'Fresh Prince' Actor James Avery Dead At 68

Wed, 2014-01-01 15:12

James Avery, the actor who played the Honorable Philip Banks — also known as Uncle Phil — on the TV show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died.

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When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

Wed, 2014-01-01 14:05

When researchers put cameras and sensors in young drivers' cars, they found that good habits quickly evaporated as they gained confidence. They started texting, eating and talking with friends while driving. That led to more accidents and close calls.

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Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws

Wed, 2014-01-01 12:01

Brazil is the world's third largest market for Facebook, the fifth largest for Twitter, and it has quickly become the largest market for Lulu, the controversial man-rating app for women. That has highlighted the country's race to pass legislation to keep up with a quickly changing society.

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Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

Wed, 2014-01-01 11:00

Psychologists have found a simple way to improve academic performance and even health. When people sit down and write about a negative experience and they revise their story to see it in a more positive way, it changes their behavior and helps them succeed.

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Bill De Blasio Sworn In As New York City Mayor

Wed, 2014-01-01 10:50

De Blasio, the first Democrat elected as mayor in two decades, rode the subway to his swearing in. In his inaugural speech, he promised "a new progressive direction in New York."

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Blast Rips Through Minneapolis Apartment Building

Wed, 2014-01-01 10:05

At least 13 victims have injuries ranging from burns to trauma suffered from jumping out windows.

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Colorado's Turning Over A New Leaf: Recreational Pot

Wed, 2014-01-01 08:41

As of Wednesday, licensed stores in Colorado can sell recreational marijuana, making it the first state to control and regulate a legal recreational marijuana industry.

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Tummy Beer, Coffee Maker Cooking And Mini-Fasts: 2013's Most Read

Wed, 2014-01-01 08:25

We look back at the most popular posts on The Salt in 2013. From tips on handling raw chicken to Japanese latte art, the stories spanned the spectrum of the food world.

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Tummy Beer, Coffee Maker Cooking And Mini-Fasts: 2013's Most Read

Wed, 2014-01-01 08:25

We look back at the most popular posts on The Salt in 2013. From tips on handling raw chicken to Japanese latte art, the stories spanned the spectrum of the food world.

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Colorado Recreational Pot Market Opens For Business

Wed, 2014-01-01 08:05

Activists hope the move will prove that legalization is a better alternative than the costly drug war.

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Justice Sotomayor Blocks Part Of Birth Control Mandate

Wed, 2014-01-01 07:25

The Supreme Court justice issued a decision Tuesday night that's putting part of President Obama's health insurance law in doubt. Groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged are suing to block the law, saying it violates their religious freedom.

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The Incredible Versatility Of Photographer John Dominis

Wed, 2014-01-01 07:00

Over the course of a few decades at Life magazine, Dominis not only worked in just about every photographic genre but also seemed to have mastered them. He died Monday at age 92, leaving behind an archive that's hard to comprehend.

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Most Economists Say Happy New Year — Really

Wed, 2014-01-01 06:01

Annual forecasts are brimming with good cheer for 2014: Jobs will come back, stock prices will keep heading higher, and consumer spending will continue to improve, economists predict.

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