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Instant Ramen Can Hurt Your Heart

Eating instant noodles at least twice a week was associated with 68% more cardiometabolic syndrome for women, regardless of what else they ate

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Holder Holds Court in Ferguson

Attorney General Eric Holder met with community leaders, 11 days after a police officer shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown

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Israeli Air Strike Kills 3 Senior Hamas Leaders

An Israeli air strike in Gaza killed three senior leaders of the Hamas military wing on Thursday, the group said. The attack near the town of Rafah was one of 20 the Israeli military said it carried out after midnight on Wednesday

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Record Fine Expected From Bank of America

Authorities are reportedly on the verge of imposing a $16.65 billion fine to settle allegations that the bank knowingly sold toxic mortgages to investors, helping to fuel a financial crisis. Of the latest settlement, $7 billion will go to consumers facing financial hardship

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Blood Transfusions May Help Kids With Sickle-Cell Anemia

Regular blood transfusions could significantly reduce the risk of strokes in children who have sickle-cell anemia. A study of nearly 200 children with the condition found that monthly transfusions could reduce the chance of strokes by more than half

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Rick Perry Digs in for a Fight

Texas Governor Rick pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in the abuse-of-power case against him, waiving a formal arraignment that had been scheduled for Friday and signaling again his readiness to fight a prosecution that he has decried as a "farce"

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Study: Yoga Makes You a Quicker, Better Thinker

Practice hatha yoga consistently for eight weeks, and you're likely to think faster and better remember things, whereas just stretching and toning yielded no improvement, according to a new study of more than 100 adults with ages ranging from 55 to 79

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Winona Ryder Will Join David Simon's Show Me a Hero

Winona Ryder will embark on her "largest TV commitment to date," starring alongside Oscar Issac, Catherine Keener, Alfred Molina and The Walking Dead's Jon Bernthal in the new HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero, created by The Wire's David Simon

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UPS: Customer Data May Have Been Compromised

Malware may have affected customers' credit- and debit-card information at 51 franchises in 24 states, according to the United Parcel Service. UPS says the threat was eliminated as of Aug. 11 and that customers can shop safely at all locations

Shakira Hit Breaks Copyright Law

A federal judge in New York has found that the Spanish-language version of Shakira's "Loca" breaks copyright laws. The song, which has sold millions of copies since 2010, was found to indirectly infringe on a 1990s recording by Dominican singer Roman Arias Vazquez

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Little League Sensation Mo’ne Davis Benched

Blame it on the pressure of the Little League series, an overnight media blitz or the Sports Illustrated cover jinx: Mo’ne Davis, star of this year’s Little League World Series, was pulled from Wednesday’s game after allowing three runs against Las Vegas’ Mountain Ridge