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Obama Designates Monument in Chicago and Backs Its Mayor, Rahm Emanuel

CHICAGO — President Obama on Thursday offered a hearty White House embrace to his friend and former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, who is running for re-election as mayor here and faces voters next week. “Before Rahm was a big-shot mayor, he was an essential part of my team,” Mr. Obama told a crowd...
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‘Why Not Us Women?’

By the time Sgt. Madot Dagbinza showed the photographer Michael Christopher Brown a handful of snapshots, she’d been fighting with the 42nd Commando Battalion of the Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of Congo for four years. A member of an elite unit, the baby-faced soldier in her mid-20s...
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The truth about ‘miracle foods’ – from chia seeds to coconut oil

As books that give answers go, there’s one classic that often gets overlooked – the dictionary. So next time you’re wondering whether a £10 tub of the latest miracle food can really stave off cancer, diabetes and heart disease, and get rid of a podgy belly in time for summer, run your finger down...
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Five ways to improve your brainpower

It used to be thought that the brain was hardwired and that, unlike other organs, it could not repair itself or restore lost functions once damaged or diseased. Now we know that, in fact, the brain is neuroplastic – that activity and mental experience can be used to change the structure of the...
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So smoking skunk cause psychosis, but milder cannabis doesn't?

The Mail on Sunday has shouted that ‘ cannabis TRIPLES psychosis risk’ and that skunk is to blame for ‘1 in 4 of all new serious mental disorders’. Is this what the study they cite shows? Well, no, but it’s really interesting research which could advance our understanding of the relationship...
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NASA climate study warns of unprecedented North American drought

California is in the midst of its worst drought in over 1,200 years, exacerbated by record hot temperatures. A new study led by Benjamin Cook at NASA GISS examines how drought intensity in North America will change in a hotter world, and finds that things will only get worse. Global warming...
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What Makes a Celebrity Gaffe Stick?

At the National Book Awards last November, Daniel Handler, better known as the children’s author Lemony Snicket, bounded onstage after Jacqueline Woodson won a top prize for “ Brown Girl Dreaming,” the chronicle of her family’s history from slavery to civil rights. As the applause for her award...
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Raw Eggs and No Husband Since ’38 Keep Her Young at 115

VERBANIA, Italy — Celebrity came late to Emma Morano. Her routine life, in fact, might have raised barely an eyebrow were it not for the fact that she’s managed to hold on to it for so long. At 115 years and nearly three months, Ms. Morano is the oldest person in Europe, the fifth oldest in the...
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ARIZONA BABY BORN PREMATURE GETS HEART TRANSPLANT

PHOENIX (AP) -- Caylyn Otto bought a bracelet for her unborn son, but not for his baptism. "I pictured it being on an urn or being buried with him," Otto said. "I never thought he'd get to wear it." But now instead of planning his funeral, the Mesa, Arizona dental assistant can start planning her...
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