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Newer Pills Raise Clot Risk

Blood clots have been a known risk of oral contraceptives since the 90s, but for most women the chances seemed small enough to justify taking the Pill. A new study puts a number on the risk of developing potentially fatal clots after using the pill

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The Radical Education of Bernie Sanders

The gloomy populist and self-proclaimed socialist is running for president with a solid shot at second place in the Democratic nomination fight. Win or lose, he will force the frontrunner, Hillary Clinton, to take a serious look at his progressive platform

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Texas Searches for People Missing in Floods

Floodwaters deepened across much of Texas as storms dumped almost another foot of rain on the Houston area, stranding motorists and inundating the congested highways of the nation's fourth-largest city. The search goes on for at least 13 missing people

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Cleveland OKs New Cop Rules

The police agreed to close oversight from an independent monitor, pledged to overhaul its use of force regulations, and said it would develop a recruitment policy to attract a more diverse force after the Justice Department found it had regularly used excessive force

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How Your Favorite Fast Food Meals Are Changing

Taco Bell and Pizza Hut will begin to nix all artificial colors and ingredients from their food. The fast food restaurants are the latest shaking up their menus to prove to increasingly health-conscious customers that what they're eating is, in fact, "real food"

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How Much Alcohol Is Too Much? This Much

Researchers led by a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School combed through data collected from 4,466 elderly people about their alcohol consumption, to determine what level of intake can help the heart and what level can do it harm

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Court Keeps Ban on Obama's Immigration Plan

A federal appeals court refused to lift a temporary hold on President Obama's executive action that could shield as many as 5 million immigrants illegally living in the U.S. from deportation

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Obama Urges Senate to Keep Patriot Act Alive

The president called on the Senate Tuesday to work through their early summer vacation in order to keep the Patriot Act from expiring in a week, after senators left town ahead of Memorial Day without passing a bill to either reauthorize or reform the act

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Taylor Swift's Mom Got Some Lyrics Confused

Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” includes one of the great misheard lyrics from the last year: “All the lonely Starbucks lovers.” Starbucks and Swift had mentioned it in the past, but apparently even the artist's mom got tripped up by the line