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Wal-Mart's Clarification On Health Care Leaves Room For Big Moves

Even after downplaying some parts of a document requesting partners for future health care ventures, Wal-Mart's ambitions to do something bigger in providing medial services in its stores remains clear. The company is seeking help in managing chronic health conditions — from asthma to osteoporosis — that are among the most prevalent problems in the U.S.

'Personhood' Divides Anti-Abortion Groups

Some foes of abortion haven't supported efforts to define legal personhood as beginning with the fertilization of a human egg because of concerns about unintended consequences.

Reading, Writing And Roasting: Schools Bring Cooking Back Into The Classroom

Even as home economics classes have been phased out of a lot of schools in recent years, some schools are adding cooking classes back to the curriculum. A new study that evaluates a school cooking program says these hands-on classes do more than just prepare students to cook a decent meal.

How Birth Control And Abortion Became Politicized

Historian Jill Lepore writes about the early history of the birth control and abortion movements in this week's New Yorker. "I think it's easy to lose perspective [that] actually the arguments made by one side or another have switched sides over time more than once," she says.

Giving Mini Burgers To Mice Reveals The Good And Bad Of Cooking Meat

Cooked meat delivers more energy than raw meat, which may have given our human ancestors a big evolutionary advantage. It may also explain why today's humans have a hard time keeping off the pounds, according to researchers at Harvard University.

Wal-Mart Plans Ambitious Expansion Into Medical Care

The nation's biggest retailer is planning to offer a wide range of medical care in U.S. stores. A Wal-Mart document seeking partners for the effort says the company aims to become the "largest provider of primary healthcare services in the nation."

Volokh Discusses Cigarette Warning Messages

Robert Siegel talks to Eugene Volokh, an expert on compelled speech at the UCLA School of Law, about the status of graphic warning symbols and messages on packs of cigarettes.