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How 'Ching Chong' Became The Go-To Slur For Mocking East Asians

Mon, 2014-07-14 05:28

Spoiler alert: Like many bad things in life, some of the first usages of the slur that we could find are from children's rhymes.

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Israel Shoots Down Drone As Clash With Hamas Continues

Mon, 2014-07-14 04:18

One week after violence broke out between Israel and militants in Gaza, the Palestinian death toll is being reported at 172; no Israelis have reportedly died in the fighting.

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Teaching 4-Year-Olds To Feel Better

Mon, 2014-07-14 04:17

A big national study of Head Start programs shows that focusing on preschoolers' social and emotional skills can help them better engage in learning.

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Citigroup Agrees To Pay $7 Billion To Resolve Mortgage Probe

Mon, 2014-07-14 03:40

The deal frees Citi from potential liability for collateralized debt obligations as well as mortgage-backed securities issued, structured or underwritten by the company between 2003 and 2008.

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Costa Concordia Cruise Ship Floats Again, After 2 Years

Mon, 2014-07-14 03:05

Salvage workers plan to move the Costa Condordia from the spot of its deadly wreck off the Italian coast this week. The ship will eventually be used for scrap.

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To Make Children Healthier, A Doctor Prescribes A Trip To The Park

Mon, 2014-07-14 00:28

To get his young patients moving, Dr. Robert Zarr whips out his pad and prescribes a park. And not just any park. One chosen for the child from a 380-park database.

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Israel Downs Drone As Gaza Conflict Enters 7th Day

Mon, 2014-07-14 00:18

Israel's military said it downed a drone along its southern coastline on Monday, the first time it encountered such a weapon since its campaign against the Gaza Strip militants began last week.

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Switzerland's Lindt To Buy Russell Stover Candies

Sun, 2014-07-13 23:55

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli says it is buying U.S. manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum. Lindt says it will become the No. 3 chocolate maker in North America.

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Saskawhat? A Novel Berry From Canada Takes Root On Michigan Farms

Sun, 2014-07-13 23:34

Some rookie farmers in northern Michigan are growing saskatoon, an imported shrub from Canada that looks like blueberry. They're also experimenting with it in the kitchen — in jams and pies.

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How Banning One Question Could Help Ex-Offenders Land A Job

Sun, 2014-07-13 23:28

Some say the box on job applications that asks, "Have you ever been convicted of a crime?" prevents ex-offenders from getting a fair shot. New laws prohibit firms from asking about a criminal record.

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Food-Mood Connection: How You Eat Can Amp Up Or Tamp Down Stress

Sun, 2014-07-13 23:27

We tend to soothe ourselves with sugar-laden foods when we're feeling strained. But they may make us feel even worse. Protein and omega-3s, on the other hand, can help reduce stress, researchers say.

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China Indicts GlaxoSmithKline Team On Misuse Of Private Info

Sun, 2014-07-13 22:53

Chinese authorities have indicted British and American investigators hired by GlaxoSmithKline on charges of illegally obtaining and selling private information, state media reported Monday.

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Princess Of 'Fresh Prince' Brings History To Children

Sun, 2014-07-13 13:03

Karyn Parsons, best known for her role as Hilary Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, now runs an organization that makes animated short films about influential African-Americans throughout history.

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Pope Reportedly Says That 1 In 50 Clergy Are Pedophiles

Sun, 2014-07-13 11:54

In an interview with an Italian newspaper, Francis is quoted as calling pedophilia a "leprosy in our house." The Vatican has disputed parts of the article.

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Germany Wins World Cup Over Argentina With Late-Game Goal

Sun, 2014-07-13 10:43

In a tense match that saw a lot of action but no score for more than 90 minutes of play, Germany was finally victorious over Argentina to take home the 2014 World Cup title on Sunday with a 1-0 win.

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WATCH: Russian Beachgoers Caught In Surprise Hailstorm

Sun, 2014-07-13 10:01

A video captures a rapid 35 degree temperature drop followed by the onslaught of golf-ball sized hail at a beach in Novosibirsk.

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Conductor Lorin Maazel, Who Brought America To The Podium, Dies

Sun, 2014-07-13 09:41

A second-generation American, he was one of the most prominent conductors of the post-World War II era, leading orchestras and opera companies on both sides of the Atlantic. He died Sunday at 84.

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Antares Blasts Off On ISS Supply Mission

Sun, 2014-07-13 08:28

The rocket, built by commercial firm Orbital Sciences, carries an unmanned Cygnus capsule. It lifted off from a pad at Wallops Island, Va.

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Desmond Tutu Backs Britain's 'Assisted Dying' Bill

Sun, 2014-07-13 05:55

The retired Anglican bishop said the end of former South African President Nelson Mandela's life robbed him of his dignity.

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Palestinians Seek Shelter At Supply-Strapped U.N. Schools

Sun, 2014-07-13 05:51

Thousands of residents of Northern Gaza are heeding Israeli warnings and leaving their homes in anticipation of a new assault. U.N.-run schools expect to shelter tens of thousands of evacuees.

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