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When Teen Drivers Multitask, They're Even Worse Than Adults

Wed, 2014-01-01 14:05

When researchers put cameras and sensors in young drivers' cars, they found that good habits quickly evaporated as they gained confidence. They started texting, eating and talking with friends while driving. That led to more accidents and close calls.

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Brazil's Social Media Boom Sparks Calls For New Privacy Laws

Wed, 2014-01-01 12:01

Brazil is the world's third largest market for Facebook, the fifth largest for Twitter, and it has quickly become the largest market for Lulu, the controversial man-rating app for women. That has highlighted the country's race to pass legislation to keep up with a quickly changing society.

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Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings

Wed, 2014-01-01 11:00

Psychologists have found a simple way to improve academic performance and even health. When people sit down and write about a negative experience and they revise their story to see it in a more positive way, it changes their behavior and helps them succeed.

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Bill De Blasio Sworn In As New York City Mayor

Wed, 2014-01-01 10:50

De Blasio, the first Democrat elected as mayor in two decades, rode the subway to his swearing in. In his inaugural speech, he promised "a new progressive direction in New York."

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Blast Rips Through Minneapolis Apartment Building

Wed, 2014-01-01 10:05

At least 13 victims have injuries ranging from burns to trauma suffered from jumping out windows.

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Colorado's Turning Over A New Leaf: Recreational Pot

Wed, 2014-01-01 08:41

As of Wednesday, licensed stores in Colorado can sell recreational marijuana, making it the first state to control and regulate a legal recreational marijuana industry.

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Tummy Beer, Coffee Maker Cooking And Mini-Fasts: 2013's Most Read

Wed, 2014-01-01 08:25

We look back at the most popular posts on The Salt in 2013. From tips on handling raw chicken to Japanese latte art, the stories spanned the spectrum of the food world.

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Tummy Beer, Coffee Maker Cooking And Mini-Fasts: 2013's Most Read

Wed, 2014-01-01 08:25

We look back at the most popular posts on The Salt in 2013. From tips on handling raw chicken to Japanese latte art, the stories spanned the spectrum of the food world.

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Colorado Recreational Pot Market Opens For Business

Wed, 2014-01-01 08:05

Activists hope the move will prove that legalization is a better alternative than the costly drug war.

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Justice Sotomayor Blocks Part Of Birth Control Mandate

Wed, 2014-01-01 07:25

The Supreme Court justice issued a decision Tuesday night that's putting part of President Obama's health insurance law in doubt. Groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged are suing to block the law, saying it violates their religious freedom.

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The Incredible Versatility Of Photographer John Dominis

Wed, 2014-01-01 07:00

Over the course of a few decades at Life magazine, Dominis not only worked in just about every photographic genre but also seemed to have mastered them. He died Monday at age 92, leaving behind an archive that's hard to comprehend.

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Most Economists Say Happy New Year — Really

Wed, 2014-01-01 06:01

Annual forecasts are brimming with good cheer for 2014: Jobs will come back, stock prices will keep heading higher, and consumer spending will continue to improve, economists predict.

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Former First Lady Barbara Bush Is Hospitalized

Wed, 2014-01-01 02:01

Barbara Bush, 88, is in a hospital in Houston with a respiratory-related issue, according to her husband's office.

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Dying Lawyer Convicted Of Aiding Terrorism Leaves Prison

Wed, 2014-01-01 01:25

In 2005, Lynn Stewart was convicted of helping blind Egyptian cleric Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman communicate with followers while he was serving a life sentence for plotting to blow up New York City landmarks.

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RoboCop? How About RoboPenguin!

Wed, 2014-01-01 00:06

When physicist Flavio Noca first saw penguins zooming around underwater, he was blown away by their speed and maneuverability. Now, his team has built a robotic arm that perfectly mimics the flippers in action — and he says the device could someday propel underwater craft.

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Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die

Wed, 2014-01-01 00:04

A local Christian aid group is trying to help villages adapt by planting drought-tolerant crops and setting up pumps for irrigation. But even with new methods and crops, farmers still need to know: When is it safe to plant?

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Federal Flood Insurance Program Drowning In Debt. Who Will Pay?

Wed, 2014-01-01 00:03

Congress has tried to boost premiums on the cheap, subsidized insurance FEMA offers. But property owners in flood zones protested the rate hikes, and legislators backed off in 2013, calling for "further study." Meanwhile, a string of bad storms has left the program $24 billion in debt — so far.

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Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future'

Tue, 2013-12-31 23:58

An ATM that lets you video chat with a teller hundreds of miles away? It's part of an effort by the banking industry to cut costs: The more ATMs can do, the less banks have to spend on tellers and real estate. But in-person branches still remain the best way for banks to get new business.

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Justice Delays Birth Control Mandate For Catholic Groups

Tue, 2013-12-31 19:34

A Supreme Court justice has blocked implementation of portions of President Obama's health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor is giving the government until Friday to respond.

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Japan's State Secrets Law: Hailed By U.S., Denounced By Japanese

Tue, 2013-12-31 15:53

Japan's tough new law protecting state secrets was a victory for Washington, which had long pressured its Asian ally to exert tighter control over classified information. But the controversial law has triggered widespread outrage in Japan and undermined the popularity of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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