Heavy pot use in teen years may predict later-life disability

A long-term study of Swedish men finds that those who smoked marijuana at age 18, especially the heaviest users, were more likely to end up on the nation’s disability rolls by age 59. It’s unclear whether the pot use in adolescence may have led to more severe substance abuse or was an early sign of […]

Obama: U.S. won’t stop confronting Islamic State

The United States launched a new barrage of airstrikes Wednesday against the Islamic State extremist group that beheaded American journalist James Foley and that has seized a swath of territory across Iraq and Syria. President Barack Obama vowed relentless pursuit of the terrorists and the White House revealed that the U.S. had launched a secret […]

Texas Gov. Perry booked on abuse of power charges

Gov. Rick Perry was defiant Tuesday as he was booked on abuse of power charges, telling dozens of cheering supporters outside a Texas courthouse that he would “fight this injustice with every fiber of my being.” Showing no hint of worry on his face, Perry flashed a thin, confident grin beneath perfect hair in his […]

Despite 7 arrests, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon sees ‘solid step forward’ in Ferguson

Holder orders Justice Department to perform additional autopsy on Brown Despite another night of violent protests in Ferguson, Mo., where seven people were arrested and one person was critically wounded after a curfew was imposed from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m., Gov. Jay Nixon called it “a solid step forward” on Sunday. “I’m really proud […]

Boy Wonder joins exclusive club with PGA victory

Bobby Jones. Jack Nicklaus. Tiger Woods. And, now, Rory McIlroy. He certainly doesn’t look out of place. Joining an exclusive club in the twilight at Valhalla Golf Club, McIlroy survived his toughest test yet on the big stage and gave every indication that he’s worthy of a spot alongside the greats of the game. ”I […]

U.S. emergency labs ready to work on Ebola drugs if asked

All three U.S. facilities established to quickly make vaccines and therapeutics in the event of a major public health threat say they are standing by to support any U.S. government effort to scale up a treatment for Ebola. The facilities, called Centers for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (ADM), were set up by the […]

AIDS activist takes up a new fight: defending FDA

As an AIDS activist in the early 1990s, Gregg Gonsalves traveled to Washington to challenge the Food and Drug Administration. Gonsalves was part of the confrontational group AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, which staged protests outside the FDA’s headquarters, disrupted its public meetings and pressured its leaders into speeding up the approval of experimental drugs […]

Obama vow to speed deportation of children at odds with public opinion

President Barack Obama’s pledge to fast-track the deportation of migrant children from Central America is out of step with the opinion of a majority of Americans, who say the children should be allowed to stay in the United States, at least for a while. The results of a Reuters/Ipsos poll highlight the complexity of the […]

ESPN suspends Smith for comments on abuse

ESPN has suspended outspoken sportscaster Stephen A. Smith for a week because of his comments about domestic abuse suggesting women should make sure that they don’t do anything to provoke an attack. Smith’s commentary occurred during a discussion on ESPN2′s ”First Take” last Friday about the NFL’s two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray […]

Your face matters for first impressions

Making a good first impression might have more to do with your facial features than choosing the right outfit, a new study reveals. Researchers at the University of York in England analyzed people’s first impressions of 16 social traits in 1,000 facial images. The traits were then organized into three categories: approachability, youthfulness/attractiveness and dominance. […]


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