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Actor Dick Van Patten Dies At 86

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:24pm

The cause was complications from diabetes, his publicist said in a statement. Van Patten is perhaps best known for the role of Tom Bradford on ABC's Eight Is Enough.

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How One Nonprofit Is Working With Houston Immigrants

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:20pm

The Baker Ripley Neighborhood Center is helping immigrants in Houston deal with common challenges in the United States.

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Obama Administration To Shift Ransom-For-Hostages Rules

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 12:08pm

While the Obama administration maintains it will not negotiate with terrorists, it will allow families to negotiate on their own for release of their children taken hostage.

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NASA Flummoxed By Dwarf Planet's Bright Spots, 'Pyramid-Shaped Peak'

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:44am

The view captured by the Dawn spacecraft this month "shows even more small spots in the crater than were previously visible," NASA says.

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Man Who Created The Pink Plastic Lawn Flamingo Dies

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:32am

Donald Featherstone modeled the lawn ornament after images he saw in National Geographic. "Things I did made people happy, and that's what life is all about," he said in 2006.

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Pot For Parasites? Pygmy Men Smoke Out Intestinal Worms

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:25am

When it comes to reefer madness, nobody can top a group of traditional hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin. About 70 percent of men smoke cannabis. The drug could be doing more than getting them high.

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Republicans Don't Have A Plan Yet To Replace Obamacare Subsidies

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:23am

If the Supreme Court finds health care subsidies unconstitutional, conservatives will boast a win over Obamacare. But Republicans face a challenge — many of their constituents are getting subsidies.

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Medical Marijuana Is Often Less Potent Than Advertised

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 11:05am

The pot brownie you bought to help your sleeping disorder may have a lot less active ingredient than promised, a study finds. And a review of other studies finds scant evidence of medical benefits.

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In The Japanese Tea Ceremony, Politics Are Served With Every Cup

Tue, 06/23/2015 - 10:57am

The ritual drinking of this ancient beverage — often thought of as the epitome of Japanese restraint and formality — has long been entwined with issues of power and national identity.

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