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Topics such as recycling payments and garden furniture are now in Israel's political sphere, after a review found spending such as an average monthly cleaning bill of over $20,000 for two homes.
February 18, 2015
Is America in decline, or an unparalleled leader on the world stage? In the 100th debate from Intelligence Squared U.S., two teams face off over the motion, "Declinists Be Damned: Bet On America."
February 18, 2015
Fat has a lot in common with the five basic tastes: salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami. But while people easily recognize the texture of fat, scientists say they can't quite perceive the taste.
February 18, 2015
Blind since birth, Connor McLeod couldn't tell how much money he'd been given for Christmas. So he started a petition seeking banknotes that can be differentiated by feel.
February 18, 2015
Where there's pot, there's often an insatiable hunger. Now researchers have a big clue why: Cannabinoids, the drug in marijuana, appear to flip a neural circuit that normally tells us we're full.
February 18, 2015
The raid comes a week after leaked HSBC documents showed that the bank's Swiss unit had helped its international clients launder profits and shelter their holdings from their home countries.
February 18, 2015
Polls show Americans are largely in favor of authorizing further actions against the Islamic State. Yet there is one group of Americans that is having far more trouble deciding how it feels: Congress.
February 18, 2015
Women who get pregnant and don't have health insurance can't sign up outside open enrollment until after they give birth. Advocates say that puts mother and child at risk of serious health problems.
February 18, 2015
Aleppo has been the subject of bitter fighting, with rebels and government forces splitting a city that was once a productive economic engine. The UN wants to create a "freeze" on violence there.
February 18, 2015
"Some 80 percent of the units have already been pulled out" of Debaltseve, says Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko. He's seeking to punish Russia for the latest violence.
February 18, 2015
The new, leftist Greek government says it wants to revolutionize a country that long has resisted change. So far that hasn't included finally placing women at the highest levels of government.
February 18, 2015
Electronic messages can circle the globe in an instant these days, but electronic payments can still take days to complete. This can put consumers at greater risk of getting hit with late fees.
February 18, 2015
A number of parents have made news in recent months for letting children walk or play outside on their own. But laws on when kids are allowed to be by themselves are vague.
February 18, 2015
Preventing home-grown terrorism is the focus of meetings at the White House this week. Experts say more than 20,000 foreign fighters have traveled to Syria to sign up with the so-called Islamic State.
February 18, 2015
Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the second woman to serve as Oregon's governor. She replaces fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber who is resigning amid a criminal ethics investigation.
February 18, 2015
The Canadian canine is only the second beagle to win, following her great-uncle Uno in 2008.
February 18, 2015
The talks will be held next Friday at the State Department. Last month, the two sides held the first high-level talks since the Cuban revolution.
February 17, 2015
After swearing in Ash Carter as defense secretary, Vice President Biden pulled Stephanie Carter close and then whispered something in her ear. It was, um, awkward.
February 17, 2015
Conventional wisdom is that income inequality has gotten worse in the years since the financial crisis, but new research by a George Washington University professor says that's not what the data show.
February 17, 2015
The small hamlet of el-Aour is reeling from the mass execution of 13 of its men in Libya, where they worked. A lack of jobs in Egypt means laborers still head to neighboring Libya, despite the danger.
February 17, 2015

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