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Panel Proposes Nutrition Labels That Reach For The Stars

A report urges the Food and Drug Administration to adopt new food labels that make it easier for consumers to compare the healthfulness of food products. To cut down on confusion, the system would rely on stars, check marks or some other icon to convey a food's nutritional rating.

A Coconut Cake From Emily Dickinson: Reclusive Poet, Passionate Baker

Emily Dickinson discussed baking in many of her letters — evincing both her trademark wit and a zest for life that belies the common image of her as a depressed figure.

The Historic Allure Of A Late Night Oyster

Americans have sought out midnight oysters for centuries, for their convenience, their lightness, and their mischievous reputation. Whatever the appeal, the salty late night snack flaunting flavor over bulk endures.

FDA Probe Points To Cantaloupe Packing Plant As Source Of Listeria

The outbreak of listeria in fresh cantaloupe has been blamed for at least 25 deaths and 123 illnesses in 26 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports. Casualties have slowed since September, but the outbreak is far from over, officials say.

School Lunch Potato Fight Gets The Colbert Treatment

A few hours after the Senate reached a deal on potatoes in schools, comedian Stephen Colbert took to the airwaves to display what sounded like some long-repressed middle school angst over being separated from his beloved 'tots.'

PETA's New Campaign Gives Veggie Lifestyle An 'XXX' Factor

PETA says nudity is just one tactic it uses to draw attention to its animal-rights causes, including anti-fur campaigns and new efforts to promote a vegetarian lifestyle. It's not necessarily more effective than other types of shocking ads it's created.