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If you're wondering how to get more people to contribute to your online charity drive, consider a photo of you smiling. Even better if you're an attractive woman. Biology is to blame, researchers say.
April 16, 2015
A group that runs a homeless shelter in Manchester, Conn., will close its 40-bed facility rather than change its rules to comply with a state funding order.
April 16, 2015
The Russian president's comments were part of a four-hour-long call-in TV show that has become an annual tradition. He also criticized the West for its treatment of Moscow.
April 16, 2015
Oles Buzyna was gunned down in broad daylight in Kiev, one day after a former pro-Russian lawmaker was found dead there. The Ukrainian government is calling for a quick and transparent investigation.
April 16, 2015
Like the kidnapped girls, Malala Yousafzai was targeted by militant extremists for wanting an education. The activist wrote a heartrending letter to the girls on the anniversary of their abduction.
April 16, 2015
Nearly half the states in the U.S. require that women be notified if mammograms detect that they have dense breasts. Critics say the information raises anxiety more than it improves care.
April 16, 2015
If you're new to this area of winter sports, we'll reassure you: the Quad Cork 1800 is not a drink. Billy Morgan is being hailed as a hero for pulling off a trick that some had thought impossible.
April 16, 2015
The move is seen as unexpected. A Vatican statement said the Leadership Conference of Women Religious would make some changes, but, overall, the umbrella group's operations remain intact.
April 16, 2015
Imagine a time when presidential candidates declared just two months before Iowa. Flashback to 1979 when Ronald Reagan announced. It's not just timing that's shifted, so has the culture.
April 16, 2015
Speaking on the first anniversary of a catastrophe that killed 304 people, President Park Geun-hye has pledged to salvage the Sewol ferry.
April 16, 2015
It's been more than a year since Malaysia Airlines Flight MH 370 was lost with 239 people on board. Officials now say they'll double the already huge search area to 46,000 square miles next month.
April 16, 2015
Golf courses are water hogs, and that thirst is especially notable as California's drought grows in severity. At Pelican Hill, a top golf course near Los Angeles, water conservation is an obsession.
April 16, 2015
Virginia found 1-in-5 of its touchscreen machines vulnerable to attack with passwords as easy as "abcde." As more voting goes automated, more concerns are being raised.
April 16, 2015
Britain forced thousands off Diego Garcia, a remote Indian Ocean island, in the '70s to make way for a U.S. military base. For 40 years residents have fought to return. Now they have a growing chance.
April 16, 2015
Author Melanie Hoffert grew up gay in rural America, where coming out was difficult. But that hasn't stopped her family from having a frank and challenging conversation about same-sex marriage.
April 16, 2015
The relentless drought has turned almonds into a target for water conservationists who bemoan that it takes one gallon of water to grow one almond. Growers say the bad rap is unfair and misleading.
April 16, 2015
People who took acetaminophen responded less strongly to happy or sad photos in a small study. It's one of several studies suggesting that there's an overlap with pain and other feelings.
April 16, 2015
Ned Parker has covered Iraq for more than a decade. But the Reuters bureau chief abruptly left the country last week after a report of human rights abuses prompted threats from a Shiite paramilitary.
April 16, 2015
The FDA has issued a warning letter to Kind about the labeling of its fruit-and-nut snack bars. It argues that the bars contain too much fat to bear the label "healthy" printed on the wrapper.
April 15, 2015
Many Thais, and others around the world, eat insects. An entrepreneur is trying to grow the market in Thailand by bringing deep-fried insects off the street and into convenience and gourmet shops.
April 15, 2015

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