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Americans' Waistlines Are Expanding, And That's Not Good Fat

Are you more an apple or a pear? If it's the former, you've got company. Americans' waistlines are growing, even though obesity rates have plateaued. And more belly fat increases health risks.
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Colleges Brainstorm Ways To Cut Back On Binge Drinking

With 40 percent of college students binge drinking, efforts to get students to drink less may seem futile. But something as simple as encouraging beer stores to quit selling ping-pong balls can help.

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BP Lawyers Use Old-School Trick; Judge Not Amused

A legal filing tied to the company's Gulf oil spill case was supposed to have been capped at 35 pages. But lawyers for BP got a little creative with the spacing.
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Odile Leaves Wreckage In Mexico And Threatens Flooding In U.S.

Hurricane Odile is now a tropical storm, but it has heavy rainfall and power outages to the Baja Peninsula and surrounding areas. It could also bring new flooding to Tucson and nearby areas.
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Farewell, Heating Pad: Physical Therapists Say It Doesn't Help

Heating pads and other passive treatments don't do any good if the goal is gaining strength and mobility, according to the Choosing Wisely campaign. Instead, it's all about the exercise.
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Dempsey Says If Needed He Would Recommend Ground Forces In Iraq

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Senate panel he supports the president's plan to combat Islamic State militants but that if it proved necessary, he would recommend U.S. ground forces.
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Marriott's New Envelope For Room Tips Stirs Debate

An initiative launched with Maria Shriver's input is raising questions over how the hotel company pays its staff — and whether guests should be expected to tip.
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A Scientist's Journey From Beer To Microbiology To Bourbon-Making

When his home-brew tasted bad, a college student decided to pursue microbiology. After more than a decade as a scientist, he's going back to brewing — but this time, he's moving up to bourbon.
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Homeless Vets: They're Not Just Single Men Anymore

Overall, there are fewer homeless veterans these days. But that good news is tempered by the growing number of homeless vets with families, including many women.
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Like It Or Not, Scotland's Drama May Hit Your Wallet

Some economists say Thursday's vote on Scotland's independence could have wide-ranging economic impacts. They fear that a breakaway from the U.K. could trigger another global financial upheaval.

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