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Dreaming Up A Safer, Cooler PPE For Ebola Fighters

Wed, 2014-12-17 12:09

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University are revamping the Ebola suit. They've come up with a design that's safer, cooler and easier to take off than the space suits currently in use in West Africa.

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What Happens After You Get That Mammogram

Wed, 2014-12-17 11:47

What are the odds that you'll get a false positive when you get a mammogram? How likely is it that it will detect cancer? Here's one way to look at it.

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Major Theater Chains Won't Screen 'The Interview' Amid Threats

Wed, 2014-12-17 11:23

News reports say Regal, AMC, Cinemark, Carmike and Cineplex will not screen the comedy starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. The decision deals a blow to the film, which cost $44 million to make.

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Alan Gross, U.S. Contractor Freed By Cuba, Says 'It's Good To Be Home'

Wed, 2014-12-17 10:38

Havana freed Gross, who spent five years in a Cuban prison, as a humanitarian gesture. The former USAID contractor said he hoped the U.S. and Cuba move past their "mutually belligerent" policies.

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PHOTO: The Meaning in a Phone Call

Wed, 2014-12-17 10:29

A conversation between Presidents Obama and Castro preceded a plan to normalize diplomatic relations between historical foes.

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The U.S. And Cuba: A Brief History Of A Tortured Relationship

Wed, 2014-12-17 10:09

The stalemate has outlasted 10 U.S. presidents, a failed invasion, a nuclear crisis and countless boatloads of Cuban asylum seekers. All that changed on Wednesday.

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Prisoner Exchange With Cuba Led To Freedom For Top U.S. Intelligence Agent

Wed, 2014-12-17 09:31

President Obama called the unnamed man "one of the most important intelligence agents that the United States has ever had in Cuba." The agent spent nearly two decades in a Cuban prison.

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Managed Care Plans Make Progress In Erasing Racial Disparities

Wed, 2014-12-17 09:30

Though blacks still lag whites nationwide in health, disparities have been largely eliminated in the western states, a study finds. Kaiser Permanente's Medicare HMOs did best on that.

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New Cuba Policy Is Met With Cheers And Jeers On Both Sides Of The Aisle

Wed, 2014-12-17 09:26

Sen. Marco Rubio and other prominent Cuban-American lawmakers issued blistering rebukes of plans to normalize diplomatic relations with Cuba.

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A Holy Land Christmas Porridge Honors A Damsel In Distress

Wed, 2014-12-17 09:10

Some Christians in Israel and the West Bank celebrate Eid el-Burbara on Dec. 17. The feast honors St. Barbara, an early convert to Christianity whose story is echoed in the Rapunzel tale.

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Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Wed, 2014-12-17 08:06

Inside the lab, a lone technician sorts through new samples, snipping off swab heads intentionally fouled with fecal material. One head goes to cold storage and the other is processed for sequencing.

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Risks Have Never Been Greater For Medical Workers In Conflict Zones

Wed, 2014-12-17 07:55

They've always been caught in the crossfire. But now they're being directly targeted. And no place is more dangerous than Syria.

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Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

Wed, 2014-12-17 07:31

"Nonna Marijuana's Italian Feast" is the first episode of a Web series exploring pot cuisine. It features a charming 91-year-old grandmother who cooks cannabis Italian food infused with love.

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A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia

Wed, 2014-12-17 07:11

A prominent ultra-conservative figure says that face veils for women are not mandatory. Now everyone is weighing in on the hottest topic in the kingdom.

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Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross

Wed, 2014-12-17 06:50

Signaling what could be a major shift in U.S. relations with Cuba, Gross, who has been jailed in Cuba for five years, will be released, while the U.S. will release three Cubans.

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Polls Show Cuban-American View On U.S.-Cuba Relations Is Nuanced

Wed, 2014-12-17 06:50

For years, Cuban-Americans in Miami supported punitive policies against Cuba. But, after Obama's election, that view has moderated.

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Church Of England Names Its First Female Bishop

Wed, 2014-12-17 05:56

Rev. Libby Lane has been a parish priest for 20 years. She will be consecrated on Jan. 26, becoming the first female bishop since the church was founded five centuries ago.

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Cuba Frees American Contractor Alan Gross

Wed, 2014-12-17 05:04

Gross, a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development, spent five years in Cuban detention. He had been serving a 15-year sentence for crimes against the Cuban state.

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In Pictures: After Horrific Attack, Pakistan Picks Up The Pieces

Wed, 2014-12-17 04:01

The families of the victims, began to bury their dead and people across the country held prayer services to remember the 145 killed in a Taliban attack on a school.

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As Pakistan Mourns, Prime Minister Removes Moratorium On Death Penalty

Wed, 2014-12-17 03:17

The country was starting to take stock of a Taliban attack on a school that killed 145 people. Most of them were children.

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