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Stalked By A Fiend Worse Than Any Elm Street Nightmare

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:06am

In "Still Alice," Julianne Moore has each thing that defines her — to herself, to her family — devoured by early-onset Alzheimer's disease. It's a splendid performance, says critic Kenneth Turan.

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Sloppy Fracking Practices Result In Large Methane Leaks, Study Finds

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

Faulty gear and attempts to clear liquid from wells can release enough gas into the atmosphere to power hundreds of homes, new research reveals. Critics say the study may underestimate the problem.

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New Republic Staffers Saw A Clash Between Its Mission And New Methods

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

Owner Chris Hughes says his shakeup of the magazine aims to create a sustainable means for its commentary and long-form political profiles, but departing journalists see his plan as destructive.

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Obamacare Adviser Gets Set To Go In Front Of Congressional Firing Squad

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

An MIT economist was recorded saying that without the "stupidity of the American voter," the Affordable Care Act wouldn't have passed. Those comments, and others he made, have put it at serious risk.

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At University Of Virginia, Efforts Born Of Discredited Story Go On

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

"People within the fraternity life feel wronged," says a University of Virginia fraternity member about a discredited news article. But as educator on sexual assault, he knows the problem is real.

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That Nest Egg Needs To Last As Long As You Do. So How Do You Start?

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

No one knows how long they will live, which makes it hard to know how much money you'll need in order to retire. But several approaches can help people nearing retirement make their money last.

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Mistaken Identities Plague Lab Work With Human Cells

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

A line of immortal cells, supposedly from a breast cancer patient, turned out to be from a type of skin cancer. The mix-up wasn't discovered until experiments around the world had been contaminated.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Gives $100 Million To Research Roots Of Cancer

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

Billionaire Paul Allen's new institute in Seattle will examine how the cells in your body work — and how and why they malfunction, leading to tumors, Alzheimer's and other diseases.

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As Torture Report's Release Nears, CIA And Opponents Ready Responses

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

The Senate's release will focus on case studies of the treatment, at times brutal, of 20 or so high-value detainees in the counterterrorism efforts following 9/11, and whether those methods paid off.

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Ireland Softens Under Pressure To Drop Its Corporate 'Duty-Free Zone'

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 4:00am

Both American and European authorities are angry about Irish rules that let firms pay as 12.5 percent taxes, or nearly a third the U.S. rate. Some officials think it may qualify as illegal state aid.

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