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Ebola Swag Is Here, 'Because Fashion Is Infectious'

(12) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 3:42 PM

As countries around the world send supplies to West Africa to aid thousands of people infected with Ebola, crafty entrepreneurs are sending Ebola-themed novelty items to people looking to incorporate the deadly virus into their clothing and decor.

A search for "Ebola" on Etsy turns up more than 100...

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Get Ready For The Spread Of Ebola Hoaxes

(16) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 5:06 PM

As Ebola hysteria takes over cable news, a growing number of liars have taken to crowded public spaces to announce that they have the deadly virus.

On Monday afternoon, a man in a surgical mask boarded a Los Angeles bus, leaned into the driver and said,...

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Der eine Fehler, den Sie im Badezimmer machen

(7) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 10:09 AM

Es ist gerade ein guter Zeitpunkt sich auf seine Gewohnheiten beim Hände waschen zu besinnen - die Grippezeit ist wieder da!

Hände waschen kann davor schützen, erklärt das Center for Disease Control und Prevention (CDC) der USA. Wir sollten mehr Zeit auf das Händewaschen verwenden, aber noch mehr...

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How To Nicely Tell Wedding Guests Their Phones Aren't Invited

(11) Comments | Posted October 15, 2014 | 2:21 PM

Just before Heather Letostak’s wedding ceremony began, the priest made an announcement: No phones allowed.

“He kind of joked around,” said Letostak, who got married in May. “He pulled his cell phone out of his pocket and told the guests, ‘The bride and groom have requested that you guys...

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The One Answer You Should Never Give In An Interview

(133) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 2:59 PM

Many of us have been there: You're in an interview, doing fairly well, when the interviewer asks you that dreaded question:

"What's your biggest weakness?"

In an effort to avoid mentioning your actual biggest weakness, whatever it may be, you turn to what sounds like a good answer: "I'm a...

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The Biggest Mistake You're Making In The Bathroom

(68) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 8:17 AM

It's a good time of year to reflect on our handwashing habits. Flu season is here, and enterovirus D68 has spread to all but three states in the continental U.S.

Handwashing can protect against both, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We should be doing...

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The Horrific Risk Of Gun Violence For Black Kids In America, In 4 Charts

(154) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 5:49 PM

In a moving letter to the family of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, mourned the American epidemic of gun violence against children:

I will support you and your efforts to seek justice for your Michael and the countless other Michaels & Trayvons of our country. The...
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【マッピング】18カ月の間にアメリカの学校で起きた74件の銃発砲事件

(3) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 3:37 AM

この18か月で起きた学校での発砲事件は少なくとも74件であることがEverytown for Gun Safetyという、銃規制の制定を求める取り組みを行っている団体の集計により明らかとなっている。

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All 74 School Shootings Since Newtown, In One Depressing Map

(1737) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 3:00 PM

After the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, President Obama promised "meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this." His gun reform push, focused on a background check measure that had overwhelming public support, failed in the Senate last year,...

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Overdose Victims Are More Likely To Die In These States

(126) Comments | Posted February 12, 2014 | 1:23 PM

Drug overdoses kill more people than car accidents in most states, but nearly two-thirds of states don't have laws that can help people survive an overdose.

In Maine, where fatal heroin overdoses quadrupled between 2011 and 2012, Gov. Paul LePage (R) appears set...

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Here's Where Your Living Will Can Be Ignored When You're A Pregnant Woman

(154) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 1:37 PM

Marlise Munoz, a 33-year-old Texas woman, was left brain-dead after she collapsed in November and her family planned to honor her living will and have her removed from life support, according to a recent New York Times story. Today she remains kept alive by machines in the hospital...

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Here's Where You Can Get Arrested For DUI Weeks After Smoking Marijuana

(498) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 11:28 AM

Driving while stoned isn't a good idea, and it's a crime in all 50 states, some of which have set blood-test limits for marijuana. But unlike blood alcohol content, THC blood levels don't have much to do with impairment. Cannabis metabolites remain in fat...

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These Charts Show Just How Good Congress Was At Being Terrible In 2013

(1054) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 10:05 AM

Congress did very, very little in 2013 — setting all-time records for both most unproductive and most unpopular Congress ever. Both the House and Senate have passed dozens of bills that the other chamber ignored, leaving only 65 bills to make their way to the White House and...

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Why Legalizing Weed Just Makes Sense, In 12 Charts

(734) Comments | Posted November 14, 2013 | 3:06 PM

Most Americans live in states that have rejected the federal government's marijuana prohibition policy, and if you're not one of them you may be soon.

Voters in Portland, Me., and three Michigan cities just passed measures legalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana by...

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In 29 States, Here's One Way To Announce Your Anti-Abortion Views

(103) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 8:11 AM

Most of the states in the country — plus, most recently, Washington, D.C. — issue license plates promoting an anti-abortion message: "Choose Life." Revenue from the speciality plates goes to organizations whose missions tend to align with the message. See the infographic below to find out how...

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Congress' Christmas Gift To Unemployed America Makes Lumps Of Coal Look Good

(248) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 4:11 PM

Millions of long-term jobless Americans will see their federal unemployment insurance disappear between Christmas and the end of March, according to the National Employment Law Project. Congress has extended benefits for the long-term jobless in past years, but recent deep cuts to food stamp...

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Women In These 16 States Face An Additional Obstacle To Getting An Abortion

(722) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 10:24 AM

A new U.S. Supreme Court decision has blocked a challenge to the Oklahoma Supreme Court's ruling that a state law effectively banning medical abortions was unconstitutional. Still, women in Oklahoma and in many states must take abortion-inducing drugs in the presence of a physician, which limits access to...

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This Is What The Nation's Crumbling Infrastructure Really Looks Like (PHOTOS)

(257) Comments | Posted November 5, 2013 | 8:43 AM

Hundreds of thousands of bridges across the country are in bad shape, and the result can be tragic.

Artist and researcher Nickolay Lamm took photos of structurally deficient bridges in his hometown of Pittburgh to show what the problem really looks like. Severe rust, corrosion and...

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Here's Where To Find The Cheapest Weed In The U.S.

(1409) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 11:43 AM

Marijuana prohibition costs a lot — not just to taxpayers, who have contributed hundreds of millions of dollars to the Obama administration's war against medical marijuana and provide billions of dollars each year to cover the enforcement of marijuana possession laws. Consumers must buy weed from...

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Why It's Ridiculous People Still Think Pit Bulls Are Inherently Mean (INFOGRAPHIC)

(1185) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 10:45 AM

Most pit bulls would rather babysit the kids than be forced to fight, which is just one reason breed-specific legislation is a cruel waste of resources. President Obama agrees.

Sadly, pit bulls "often attract the worst kind of dog owners," according to the

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