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    Unintended consequences: Why painkiller addicts turn to heroin

    The face of heroin abuse in America is changing. Back in the 1960s, heroin users were usually young men, who started using around an average age of 16. They were most likely from low-income neighborhoods, and when they turned to opiates, heroin was their first choice. Now, more than 50 years later, a study from […]

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    Summer movies 2014: 5 things we learned

    Was it the end of the world at the summer box office? There certainly was plenty of destruction to go around. Not only were several cities destroyed, including San Francisco (“Godzilla”) and Chicago (“Transformers: Age of Extinction”), there was also the kind of destruction Hollywood hates: that of their receipts. Summer ticket sales, as of […]

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    Peanut butter killed his mom; now son watches company stand trial

    ALBANY, Georgia — It was in a bland, windowless third-floor courtroom here that Jeff Almer first locked eyes with the man he holds responsible for his mother’s death. Shirley Mae Almer, 72, survived lung cancer and a brain tumor. But not peanut butter. One of America’s favorite foods — tainted with salmonella — killed her, […]

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    Junk food ‘addicts’ are real, according to study

    Here’s a roundup of five medical studies published this week that might give you new insights into your health, mind and body. Remember, correlation is not causation — so if a study finds a connection between two things, it doesn’t mean that one causes the other. Junk food does more than make you fat We […]

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    The college-athlete pay case that nearly didn’t happen

    College football is changing. About half of the players who put on pads and helmets this weekend will have the opportunity to make money from their sport before they graduate. This summer, a federal judge in California ruled that for the first time in college sports, athletes who generate millions of dollars for their universities […]

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    Man admits to suffocating 17-year-old girlfriend after she survived deliberate 115-mph crash

    MANHEIM, Pa. — A 21-year-old man was sentenced Friday to a maximum of 56 years in prison after he admitted to suffocating his 17-year-old girlfriend after she survived a deliberate 115-mph crash back in 2012, according to Lancaster Online. Assistant District Attorney Christine Wilson told the court that on Dec. 4, 2012, Benjamin Daniel Klinger was […]

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    Doctors say school start times are unhealthy for students

    If you think school starts too early, you aren’t the only one. A new policy statement published by the American Academy of Pediatrics is on the side of groggy students falling asleep at their desks and their parents who are tired of nagging them to get out of bed in the morning. They say that […]

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    North Carolina infested with fire ants, according to report

    WILMINGTON, N.C. — North Carolina is infested with fire ants, according to WECT-TV. Fire ants are found in 71 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including Guilford, Alamance, Randolph and Davidson, according to research by the North Carolina State University. Although fire ant stings are not fatal for most people, they are painful, according to officials. […]

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    ‘Cops’ crew member shot while filming armed robbery has died

    OMAHA, Neb. — A worker on the television crime show Cops was shot by police on Tuesday night while filming an armed robbery and later died, according to WOWT. Deputy Chief David Baker of the Omaha Police Department said the incident took place at a Wendy’s restaurant around 9:20 p.m Tuesday. The crew member, an […]

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    Scientists: We all live in a bubble

    Ever feel like you live in a bubble? You do. We all do. Our whole solar system appears to, say space scientists, who published work last month corroborating its existence. And, oh, what a bubble it is: About 300 light years long (about 1,764,000,000,000,000 miles), and its walls are made of hot gas. How hot? […]

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    Woman fights off leopard attack, limps half mile for help

    NEW DELHI — The fight is said to have lasted half an hour and pitted a leopard against a woman armed only with farm tools in an isolated field in India. Kalama Devi, a 54-year-old widow, won. The mother-of-one has been telling her story from a hospital bed in Srinagar, in Uttarakhand State, where she’s […]

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    Seagrove pottery shop owner’s death being investigated as murder

    MOORE COUNTY, N.C. — Deputies in Moore County are investigating a man’s death as a murder. Kit Vanderwal was a potter who owned a shop in Seagrove. Firefighters responded to his home in Moore County early Saturday morning. The fire destroyed both his home and his nearby pottery studio. Investigators have not said how Vanderwal […]