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The New World of Anti-Aging Dentistry

Worth an estimated $11 billion, the plastic surgery market has medical professionals scrambling for a share of the vanity pie. The newest group to enter the ring: dentists.


Just Don’t Call It an ‘Abortion Comedy’

Hailed as an ‘abortion comedy,’ ‘Obvious Child’ isn’t about politics—it’s about a woman’s struggle with herself as a person. This wouldn’t work without the kind humor of Jenny Slate.


The Hero Who Died Looking for Bergdahl

Lt. Darryn Andrews left a pregnant wife and son behind when he saved six fellow soldiers at the expense of his own life. But his family never knew his true mission—until now.


Secret KGB Torture House Opens Its Doors

For decades, the Corner House stood as a silent reminder of Russian oppression. Now, the former KGB headquarters are open and exposing the horrors committed against the people of Riga.


Testing Einstein With Spaceships

So far, the equivalence principle says that gravity behaves the same way for the largest galaxy clusters down to the microscopic particles. The only place to go from here is up.


Why We Cry at Movies

Those sniffling and sobbing their way through ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ are not perverse or cruel or masochistic. They are enhancing their empathy and decision-making and social skills.


In Newark, UKIP launches assault on parliament

Newark-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) - Following its stunning victory in the European elections, Britain's anti-EU party is targeting a first parliamentary seat, starting with Thursday's by-election in central England. The prospect of a UKIP victory in the market town of Newark is sowing panic among the main parties, particularly Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives, who have held the seat since 2001. The Tories fear their voter base is being eroded by the eurosceptic and anti-immigration rhetoric of the United Kingdom Independence Party and its charismatic leader Nigel Farage. It is the fourth time in less than a year that Cameron has visited the Nottinghamshire town to support Robert Jenrick, the 32-year-old Conservative candidate.


Michigan Legislature OKs $195 million for Detroit

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature's $195 million lifeline to help prevent steep cuts in Detroit's pensions and the sale of city-owned art is being hailed as a major step forward in ending the largest public bankruptcy in U.S. history.


Why Immigrants Are the Church’s Future

As the United States and Europe try to cope with a flood of immigrants, many of them children, Pope Francis and Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley work for an end to ‘globalized indifference.’


California primary kicks off divisive election season for Democrats

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO Calif. (Reuters) - Californians headed to the polls on Tuesday for a primary election highlighting rifts in the state's dominant Democratic party, as incumbent labor-backed candidates fought reformers positioning themselves to take on unions in several races. The poll to choose candidates for governor, secretary of state and numerous legislative and congressional offices, was the kickoff to what may be a long and politically bloody election season for Democrats, as the state's open primary system allows the top two vote-getters, regardless of party, to square off against each other in November, and in many cases both will be Democrats. "It’s going to be like scorpions in a bottle," said political analyst David Mark, editor of Politix, a Palo Alto- based website. In Los Angeles, 18 candidates were certified to run for the seat being vacated by retiring Congressman Henry Waxman, including former City Council member and mayoral candidate Wendy Greuel, State Senator Ted Lieu and New Age inspirational author Marianne Williamson.


Greeks hope for a bumper season as the tourists come back

Last year saw a record 20 million foreign tourists visiting the country, as fears of a Greek exit from the euro receded. Greeks desperately need the cash injections brought by tourists looking for sunshine and to spend their holidays visiting ancient monuments. So a bumper year for tourists would be welcome. In 2014, every indication shows that we are going to break this record," Prime Minister Antonis Samaras told a tourism conference last month.


Eyewitness: Tiananmen, the night dreams became nightmares

The cry spreads through the Beijing crowd at 11:30 pm, as the first clicks from the army's AK-47s ring out into the darkness. On the Avenue of Eternal Peace, the wide street running north of Tiananmen Square, one protester refuses to believe it. A tricycle cuts through the throngs of protesters. Day and night, Chinese citizens from all walks of life imagined a different future -- one that was not dictated by the Communist Party.


Neck and neck in Miss.: Tea party pursues Cochran

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tea party favorite Chris McDaniel and six-term Sen. Thad Cochran dueled inconclusively at close quarters in Mississippi's primary election Tuesday night, an epic struggle in a party deeply divided along ideological lines. GOP governors in South Dakota, Alabama and Iowa all coasted to renomination.


In blow to GOP establishment, Tea Party forces run-off

The US Republican establishment suffered an embarrassing political setback Tuesday courtesy of a Tea Party challenger, who battled a long-time Senate incumbent to a draw in a Mississippi race with national implications. Seven other states also held primaries in one of the biggest vote nights of the 2014 campaign season ahead of November's congressional mid-term elections in which Republicans are aiming to take back the Senate from President Barack Obama's Democrats. But all eyes were on Mississippi, where the Tea Party movement poured outside funding into its best chance to oust an establishment Republican Senate incumbent. The conservative movement that promotes small government and lower taxes has had a rough 2014 campaign season, mostly failing to oust mainstream Republicans including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.


Beijing in lockdown for 25th anniversary of Tiananmen crackdown

China on Wednesday imposed smothering security in central Beijing on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown, a bloody watershed in history that remains taboo in the communist nation. Counting down to the anniversary, the United States demanded the release of scores of people detained in the run-up, as the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong prepared for an annual candlelit vigil that this year is expected to draw as many as 200,000 attendees. Tourists and vendors went about the vast public square at the heart of Beijing, but uniformed and plainclothes officers were stationed at every corner and checking the ID cards of passers-by. One Australian woman said she was prevented from visiting the Forbidden City, where China's emperors lived, as she was not carrying her passport -- not normally a requirement for tourists entering the historic site.


Ferry tragedy turns local S. Korea polls into referendum

South Koreans voted Wednesday in local elections seen as a spot referendum on President Park Geun-Hye's handling of the April ferry disaster that killed about 300 people, mostly schoolchildren. Although these problems have roots stretching back decades, Park and her ruling conservative Saenuri Party have become a default focus for much of the public grief and anti-establishment anger. Among voters in Seoul, that choice was clearly uppermost in many people's minds. An older voter said she had chosen all Saenuri candidates as a show of support for Park Geun-Hye.


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