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What's In Dunkin' Donuts' New 'Glazed Donut Breakfast Sandwich?'

(119) Comments | Posted April 15, 2013 | 8:33 AM

You may have heard, Dunkin' Donuts is offering a limited edition breakfast sandwich at a few locations in the outer Boston area. The big draw? The sandwich’s contents of a pepper fried egg and bacon -- both mainstays of the company’s breakfast menu -- are encased in a glazed yeast...

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Paid Vacation Mandated Almost Everywhere But U.S. (INFOGRAPHIC)

(730) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 8:26 AM

Vacations have been shown to benefit sleep, improve mental health and productivity year-round, cut the risk of heart attack and strengthen connections with loved ones — all good reasons take Stress Awareness Month as a chance to plan one. The problem is, the U.S. doesn't guarantee...

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Gay Marriage And Children: The Worst States For Kids Of Same-Sex Parents

(598) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 2:35 PM

Justice Anthony Kennedy invoked the children of gay parents this week during the Supreme Court hearing on Proposition 8, California's gay marriage ban.

"They want their parents to have full recognition and legal status," he said. "The voice of those children is considerable in this case, don't you...

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Easter Candy Calories And Nutrition Information

(143) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 8:58 AM

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Women Juggle Work, Sleep, Parenting Differently Than Men Do (INFOGRAPHIC)

(13) Comments | Posted March 21, 2013 | 12:08 PM

As Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to "lean in" and seek leadership roles, she points out one reason the tug between work and family affects men and women differently. No one can be present everywhere all the time, and men traditionally haven't tried to be. Sandberg tells overextended women...

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VA Spending From Iraq, Afghanistan Wars To Rise For Decades (INFOGRAPHIC)

(30) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:14 PM

The Iraq war has cost the United States $1.7 trillion — in addition to catastrophic human, social and political losses — and that number could climb to more than $6 trillion over the next four decades, according to the Costs of War Project.

One cost...

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Iraq War Cost $800 Billion, And What Do We Have To Show For It?

(4300) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 7:32 AM

For the past few months, a strange thing has been happening in the central Iraq town of Fallujah. Thousands of citizens, virtually all of them Sunni Muslims, have been gathering in public squares to protest the oppressive Shiite-led government in Baghdad. Sleeping in tents and wielding Twitter...

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Shamrock Shake: What's Really In McDonald's St. Paddy's Day Drink?

(1008) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 6:47 PM

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Soda Consumption, Obesity Both Sky-High In U.S. (INFOGRAPHIC)

(499) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 2:23 PM

New York City's ban on giant sodas was struck down by a judge this week, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg vowed to appeal the ruling. Bloomberg, who pioneered the 2008 requirement that chain restaurants post calorie counts on their menus, sees the soda law as another way...

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Student Loan Debt, Tuition Climb As College Graduate Earnings Drop (INFOGRAPHIC)

(95) Comments | Posted March 8, 2013 | 4:00 PM

The February jobs report released Friday showed the unemployment rate at 7.7 percent, its lowest level in four years. Job gains were better than expected in the last snapshot of the job market before the federal spending sequester began on March 1. Employment rose for college graduates as...

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Keystone XL May Create Fewer, More Temporary Jobs Than Previously Estimated (INFOGRAPHIC)

(646) Comments | Posted March 6, 2013 | 12:27 PM

If President Barack Obama approves the Keystone XL project, the 875-mile pipeline extension from the oil sands in Alberta, Canada, through Nebraska could create an array of environmental problems. It could also provide jobs for some of the 12 million unemployed Americans -- hundreds...

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Sequestration 2013: How Many Teachers Could Your State Lose? (MAP)

(178) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 2:26 PM

Sequestration could cost thousands of teachers their jobs, according to a grim report the White House released Sunday. That's just one possible impact of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts set to kick in Friday unless Congress reaches an increasingly unlikely deficit reduction deal that includes added...

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Violence Against Women Act: Why All Women Need Protection (INFOGRAPHIC)

(344) Comments | Posted February 22, 2013 | 3:46 PM

The version of the Violence Against Women Act that House Republicans unveiled Friday is not the same bill the Senate passed 78 to 22 last week. Gone are protections for LGBT victims, and a provision to help Native American women seek justice is watered down.

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How Mobile Phones Affect Sleep (INFOGRAPHIC)

(26) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 11:40 AM

Most people who own iPhones use them as their alarm clock — making it all too easy to check email one last time before falling asleep and hard to ever feel unplugged from work and social networks.

Several years ago my boss, Arianna Huffington, passed out from exhaustion...

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Gay Marriage World Map Shows Hopeful Trend (INFOGRAPHIC)

(340) Comments | Posted February 14, 2013 | 9:12 AM

Most people in the world will celebrate this Valentine's Day in countries that do not recognize gay marriage. Still, the number of people who live in countries with full marriage equality is much higher than it was in 2000, when it was zero.

The Netherlands became the...

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Paid Parental Leave: U.S. vs. The World (INFOGRAPHIC)

(1464) Comments | Posted February 4, 2013 | 4:27 PM

When Australia passed a parental leave law in 2010, it left the U.S. as the only industrialized nation not to mandate paid leave for mothers of newborns. Most of the rest of the world has paid maternity leave policies, too; Lesotho, Swaziland and Papua New Guinea are the...

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Which Character Are You: Oscar-Nominated Characters

(14) Comments | Posted January 30, 2013 | 12:00 PM

The real question of Oscar season is not "Will Argo win Best Picture?" or "Was Kathryn Bigelow robbed?" but this: "Which Oscar-nominated character are you?"

When the Academy Awards are awarded on Feb. 24, viewers will need ("need") to know which character to root for...

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Worst States For Pregnant Rape Victims (INFOGRAPHIC)

(2843) Comments | Posted January 26, 2013 | 10:09 AM

A Republican state representative in New Mexico introduced a bill Wednesday that classified abortions for rape victims as "tampering with evidence," effectively requiring women to carry their pregnancies to term in order to prove their case in a sexual assault trial.

This bill will not pass, as...

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Gun Ownership Is One Way Americans Lead The World (INFOGRAPHIC)

(831) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 10:48 AM

Several people were wounded Tuesday in a shooting at Lone Star College in Houston, Texas. It was the fifth school shooting of 2013, just three weeks into the new year.

President Obama signed 23 executive orders for gun safety last week, and none of them...

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Marijuana Possession Arrests Exceed Violent Crime Arrests (INFOGRAPHIC)

(1823) Comments | Posted January 17, 2013 | 11:45 AM

Americans are shifting on marijuana. More than half of them think it should be regulated like alcohol and cigarettes, 18 states have passed legislation approving it for medical use and Washington State and Colorado have legalized it for recreational use, but it remains illegal...

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