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Why the Ferguson police-shooting riots had little to do with Ferguson
Riots and vandalism broke out in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. An 18-year-old black man named Michael Brown was fatally shot by police there. Brown was unarmed. It's still unclear why tensions boiled over.
Robin Williams, manic comedy star, dead at 63
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robin Williams, the Academy Award winner and comic supernova whose explosions of pop culture riffs and impressions dazzled audiences for decades and made him a gleamy-eyed laureate for the Information Age, died Monday in an apparent suicide. He was 63.
Welcome to Wal-Mart, the doctor will see you now
As its retail business matures into slower growth, Wal-Mart Stores wants to disrupt another mass market: health care.
Tattletales turn to Twitter to shame water wasters
California's record drought has unleashed a flood of social-media tattletales. Vigilantes armed with cameraphones prowl neighborhoods from San Diego to San Francisco documenting sprinklers running freely, runoff flowing from saturated lawns and other water-wasters.
For some, pregnancy is heavy-duty work
A growing number of cases shows that, despite a long history of pregnant women working and a 1978 law to prohibit pregnancy discrimination, workplaces, courts and doctors still disagree on some pretty fundamental questions: What can expectant workers safely handle, particularly in physically demanding jobs?
When doctors compete, do you win?
To Medibid founder Ralph Weber, using the Internet to arrange non-emergency medical care is long overdue. Americans, he says, are increasingly going online to book travel and even find a mate. His service enables them to strip away the opacity that surrounds health-care pricing.
Sales tax holidays: Beloved by many, except economists
For children across the country, the beginning of August signals another school year right around the corner. For parents, it means mandatory shopping trips for school supplies and clothes. And, in a handful of states, those parents can save some cash, thanks to holidays that exempt those purchases from sales tax.
Why a see-through mouse is a big deal for scientists
A group of Caltech researchers announced in Cell Thursday their success in making an entire organism transparent. Unfortunately, this isn't any kind of "Invisible Man" scenario: The organism in question is a mouse, and the mouse in question is quite dead.
Sharknado 2 set to attack viewers tonight
In the face of another "Sharknado" TV movie (the even-more-inane "Sharknado 2: The Second One," premiering Wednesday night on Syfy), there isn't much for a critic to say except to echo what the characters themselves so frequently scream when confronted by a great white shark spinning toward them in a funnel cloud:
Medical marijuana opponents' most powerful argument is at odds with a mountain of research
Opponents of marijuana legalization are rapidly losing the battle for hearts and minds. Simply put, the public understands that however you measure the consequences of marijuana use, the drug is significantly less harmful to users and society than tobacco or alcohol.
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