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Later Nights Mean Weirder Dreams

Dreams also tend to become more emotional, according to a study that outfitted 16 people with a sleep-monitoring eyelid and head sensors

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U.S. to Arm Syrian Rebels

The measure authorizes the Obama Administration to arm Syrian rebels in a vote that united many of the chamber's liberals and conservatives

St Louis county prosecutor Bob McCulloch is seen in a photo from the St Louis County prosecutor's office, in St Louis, Missouri.

Grand-Jury Process Suggests Difficulty of Ferguson Conviction

More than a month after Michael Brown's death in Ferguson, Mo., the grand jury appears to be nowhere near a decision on whether officer Darren Wilson should be charged, and the proceedings may suggest the prosecutor is trying to avoid backlash if Wilson isn't indicted

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8 Dead in Florida Shooting

Police are investigating a major shooting that took place on Thursday in which two adults and six children were killed. The 51-year-old shooter apparently killed his daughter and six of his grandchildren before turning the gun on himself

A sign stands in front of a Home Depot store on May 21, 2013 in El Cerrito, Calif.

Home Depot Breach Exposed 56 Million Credit Cards

Home Depot said that cyber thieves had placed malware software on cash registers in stores throughout the U.S. and Canada from April to September, costing the company at least $62 million in a breach even larger than the attack on Target last year

A man smokes marijuana during a gathering to welcome back marijuana advocate Marc Emery in Windsor, Ontario

Poll: 1 in 10 Americans Have Gone to Work High on Weed

A Mashable poll has found that almost 1 in 10 Americans have turned up to work high on marijuana. The poll also found that 28% of poll respondents have gone to work under the influence of a prescription drug, and 7% of those people took it for recreational purposes

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Pabst Blue Ribbon Is Now Russian

Oasis Beverages announced this week that the enterprise will be acquiring famed American brewery Pabst Blue Ribbon — 170 years after the company was established in Milwaukee. This means “America’s Best” beer in 1893 will now be Russian-owned

libaba Group headquarters on March 29, 2014 in Hangzhou, China.

Chinese Company Alibaba Set for Biggest U.S. IPO Ever

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group will price its shares at $68 apiece, topping its initial expected range, and raising a total of $21.8 billion to make it the biggest U.S. initial public offering ever. Alibaba had initially expected shares to sell for $60 to $66 in the IPO

Li Na of China reacts after defeating Paula Kania of Poland in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London

Li Na, China's Tennis Superstar, Announces Retirement

Li Na, the Chinese tennis superstar credited with buoying the prestige of Asian tennis to Grand Slam heights, announced her retirement on Friday, citing long-term and worsening knee injuries. "As hard as it’s been to come to this decision, I am at peace with it," Li said


Study: Antidepressants Change Brain Connectivity in Hours

A new study has found that a single dose of some of the most widely used antidepressants change the brain’s architecture after only a few hours. Researchers hope the findings will one day help to tailor individual therapy for those suffering from depression


Bad Posture Makes You Sad and Afraid, Study Finds

Researchers studied what effect slumped or straightened posture had on the hearts and minds of 74 people in New Zealand. Blood pressure and heart rates were measured as they completed a series of tasks designed to assess their mood, self-esteem and stress levels