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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

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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


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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Streaming Is About to Beat DVD Sales For the First Time

The money spent to download movies and stream videos will rise above that for buying and renting DVDs for the first time ever this year, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers study. Streaming will become a $12 billion industry in 2017

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NSA Program to Collect Phone Records Ends

The National Security Agency will lose the ability to collect and store virtually all of American phone records after the Senate voted 67-32 Tuesday to reform the secret intelligence collection programs revealed in 2013 by former contractor Edward Snowden

Game of Thrones Will Return to Spain to Film Season 6

The massive Game of Thrones production team will invade Spain to film the sixth season, shooting in the cities of Girona and Peñíscola, among others. The cast and crew were greeted with extreme enthusiasm by locals during their debut visit to the country

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Harper Lee’s Letters Could Sell for $250,000 in Auction

Six typewritten letters by Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, could sell for up to $250,000 when they go up for auction this month. Christie's auctioning house will handle the sale of the letters on June 12 in New York

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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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Apple Boss Accuses Companies of Violating User Privacy

Apple's Tim Cook lashed out at Internet giants and government Tuesday, calling them out for undermining constitutionally-guaranteed rights to privacy. He stressed that Apple is a company “that doesn’t want your data”

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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