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U.S. Sent Anthrax Across World

The problem of unintended shipments of potentially live anthrax spores over the past decade is worse than first believed, officials said Wednesday, adding that it's possible the shipments were sent to more than four dozen laboratories in the U.S. and abroad


Alcohol Problems Affect About 33 Million U.S. Adults

About 14% of U.S. adults have alcohol-related problems, and many do not get treated, according to new data on Americans' drinking behaviors. The new study looked at the prevalence of drinking issues based on a new definition for alcohol use disorders

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Showtime Announces Subscription-Free Streaming Plan

A new streaming-only Showtime offering will let even those who do not pay to receive Showtime through a cable package watch the network's programming over the Internet, on a desktop computer or connected device

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Skin Cancer Rates Doubled in the Last 30 Years

The rate of diagnoses for the deadliest form of skin cancer has more than doubled since the early 1980s, greatly raising the cost of medical care, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study


Disney's Tangled Heads to TV in New Animated Series

A new TV show based on Tangled, Disney's 2010 Rapunzel redux, will air on the Disney Channel in 2017. Mandy Moore will reprise her voiceover role as the lead, and a team of animation superstars will bring the series to life

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People With Autism May Be Hyperfunctional, Not Impaired

There's growing evidence that the autistic brain may actually be more super-wired to detect and absorb cues from the outside world, and a new study suggests that if autism is treated early in a very predictable environment, symptoms could diminish

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Boston Terror Suspect 'Radicalized Through ISIS'

Usaama Rahim, who was shot and killed by terrorism investigators outside a Boston pharmacy, had been spreading propaganda for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) group online, the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee said Wednesday.

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Maggi Noodles Banned in India for Lead Content

The sale of Maggi noodles has been banned for 15 days in Delhi and the state of Uttar Pradesh amid the widening food-safety scare, after laboratory tests on two dozen packets of the noodles found nearly seven times the permissible limit of lead

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Ad Featuring 'Underweight' Model Is Banned

The U.K.'s advertising authority has banned an Yves Saint Laurent ad for using a model who appears in the photo to be unhealthily thin. The Advertising Standards Authority said the ad drew attention to the model's visible rib cage