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New HPV Vaccine Is Even More Effective Against Cancer

AP | Anna Almendrala | December 11, 2014 | Healthy Living
WASHINGTON (AP) — The drugmaker Merck & Co. Inc. has received approval for an updated version of its Gardasil vaccine that protects against an additional five strains of the virus that causes most cases of cervical cancer. The Food and Drug Administration approved the company's Gardasil 9, which protects against...

What Your Semen Reveals About Your Overall Health

Reuters | Reuters | December 11, 2014 | Healthy Living
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - A man's overall health may be reflected in the quality of the semen he produces, according to a new study. Men with low quality semen were more likely to have other health problems - especially hormone, circulatory and skin conditions, researchers found. "We...

The 29 Best Moments For Women In 2014

The Huffington Post | Nina Bahadur | December 11, 2014 | Women
Though there are many parts of 2014 we'd rather not revisit, the year brought so many good things. From the incredible stories of surviving domestic violence shared on Twitter to the iconic image...

Paralyzed Dog Who Learns To Walk Reminds Us Why Everyone Deserves A Second Chance

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | December 11, 2014 | Good News
Zeus the puppy was almost completely paralyzed when Lynda Kuether took him in as a foster, shortly after he was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Oklahoma. "He was terribly emaciated and only able to lift his head and wag his tail," Kuether says. "He had to be fed and...

Here's Where To Protest Police Killings Of Black Men

The Huffington Post | Jan Diehm | December 10, 2014 | Black Voices
One week after a Staten Island, New York, grand jury declined to indict a police officer in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, protests continue nationwide. Activists have declared this week the "Week of Outrage," and thousands have rallied against police killings of unarmed black men....

NFL Owners Unanimously Approve League's New Personal Conduct Policy

AP | Chris Greenberg | December 10, 2014 | Sports
IRVING, Texas (AP) — NFL owners moved quickly and unanimously Wednesday to change the league's personal conduct policy. Now the question is how, or whether, the players' union responds. The league announced it will hire a special counsel for investigations and conduct to oversee initial discipline, but Commissioner Roger Goodell...

Chicago Church Doesn't Just Feed The Hungry -- They Do It With Maitre D' Service

Joseph Erbentraut | December 10, 2014 | Religion
On Dec. 7, the kitchen of All Saints Episcopal Church was packed with volunteers, and the aroma in the air was undeniably mouth-watering. The Chicago parish was hosting one of its two yearly Sunday dinners for needy community members, dishing up food, service and entertainment one might expect...

Here's What NOT To Do At Your Company Holiday Party, No Matter How Much Booze Is Flowing

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | December 10, 2014 | Comedy
Most of this should go without saying. Now is the prime time for companies to have end-of-year bashes to celebrate the holidays, and with that comes the potential for all kinds of embarrassing moments. But if you've got some general guidelines going in, you should be able to have a...

Congress Blocks Feds From Targeting Medical Marijuana, Hemp Cultivation

Matt Ferner | December 10, 2014 | Politics
States with legal hemp cultivation and medical marijuana programs just got historic support from Congress. Included in the federal spending bill released late Tuesday are amendments that prohibit the Department of Justice from using funds to go after state medical marijuana operations and that block the Drug Enforcement...

No, Illinois Did Not Just Pass A Law Making It Illegal To Record Police Officers

Joseph Erbentraut | December 10, 2014 | Politics
Contrary to what you may have recently read on your Facebook feed, the state of Illinois’ new eavesdropping legislation will not prohibit the recording of police officers — though advocates do have other concerns about the bill. Earlier this month, the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate both

Missing Dog Reunited With Owner After 3 Years Couldn't Stop 'Jumping And Wiggling'

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | December 10, 2014 | Good News
Allen Williams got the happy surprise of his life last weekend, when a Missouri animal shelter called to tell him to come get his dog, Titan, who'd vanished from his yard about three years ago. "It was pretty crazy," says Williams. "After all this time I'd given up."...

Pitcher Jon Lester Agrees To $155 Million, 6-Year Contract With Chicago Cubs

AP | Jade Walker | December 10, 2014 | Sports
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jon Lester agreed Tuesday night to a $155 million, six-year contract with the Cubs, the first big deal of the offseason involving a top-level starting pitcher and one Chicago hopes will help end more than a century of frustration at Wrigley Field's Friendly Confines. Lester's contract,...

Chicago Police Investigate Rape Allegation Against Uber Driver

Reuters | Kelly Chen | December 9, 2014 | Business
(Reuters) - Chicago police said on Tuesday they are investigating an allegation that a driver for the online car service Uber raped a female customer. Chicago police said in a statement that they have been in contact with the woman as well as Uber personnel, but declined to give further...

Anthony Oplinger Acquitted Of Assaulting Barber Over Haircut

AP | David Moye | December 9, 2014 | Crime
WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois man has been acquitted of assault and gun charges after pointing a BB gun at a barber who gave him a "disappointing" haircut. The Daily Herald (http://bit.ly/134510F ) reports a judge ruled Monday that there's no proof Anthony Oplinger knowingly and unlawfully used a...

Chicago Police Fatally Shot A Teen In October. Now Some Are Calling For Department To Release Video.

Joseph Erbentraut | December 10, 2014 | Black Voices
More than a month after a black 17-year-old was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer, a journalist and a law professor are calling for the release of squad car video they believe exists in hopes that the footage will clear up questions about what happened that night. On...

This Church Reportedly Had No Problem With Employee Being Gay -- Until He Wanted To Marry

Kim Bellware | December 9, 2014 | Gay Voices
The former music director for an Illinois church is suing the parish for dismissing him from his position of 17 years. Colin Collette says he was fired after announcing his engagement to his male partner. Though same-sex marriages are legal in Illinois, Roman Catholic church officials tend...

Alex Wiley's 'Top Of The World' Explores Life's Dark, Beautiful Duality

Ryan Kristobak | December 9, 2014 | Entertainment
Alex Wiley caught the attention of the hip-hop world after the summer release of his "Village Party" album, proving himself to be one of Chicago's most promising artists on the rise. The Huffington Post is pleased to premiere his brand new track, "Top of the World,"...

Here Are The Most Horrific Details From The Senate Torture Report

Nick Wing | December 9, 2014 | Politics
On Tuesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the long-awaited summary of its torture report, revealing horrific details about the CIA's post-9/11 detention and interrogation program. Many of the details in the report are sickening and graphic. They are perhaps made only more disturbing by the overarching conclusion that...

94 Meaningful Gift Ideas To Make The World Merrier

Robbie Couch | December 10, 2014 | Impact
Updated on Dec. 10, 2014; 12:00 p.m. EST Gift-giving can be tough when you're shopping for conscious consumers. There's your eco-friendly uncle, your globally minded mother-in-law, your bighearted niece -- does the perfect gift even exist? Fret no more. HuffPost sought out 94 gifts that make the world a...

Short Film 'This Is It' Beautifully Sums Up Your First Apartment And Roommate Experience

Andy McDonald | December 9, 2014 | Comedy
Remember your first roommate? You know, that person you're no longer friends with? In "This Is It," Writer and director Alexander Engel brings one of the best and most succinct portrayals of two doe-eyed young friends' first apartment experience together. Did you do the dishes? Did you shower...
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