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Death Cuts Short The Life Of An Alzheimer's Research Volunteer 
  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:34:00 -0400 
    Justin McCowan wanted to help find a cure for Alzheimer's because it's more common in people like him who have Down syndrome. He died in his sleep last week at age 40.

As Run-Ins Rise, Police Take Crash Courses On Handling Mentally Ill 
  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:33:00 -0400 
    As the availability of mental health services has declined, many police departments have trained Crisis Intervention Teams to respond to people with mental illness.

Avoid The Rush! Some ERs Are Taking Appointments 
  Tue, 23 Sep 2014 03:27:00 -0400 
    Nobody looks forward to sitting in the waiting room. So some hospitals are trying to improve customer satisfaction by offering online appointments. The pitch: "Wait for the ER from home."

U.S., Allies Hit Islamic State Targets In Syria, Pentagon Says 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:38:00 -0400 
    The Pentagon said it had used fighter, bomber and Tomahawk missiles during the mission launched on Monday.

Treasury Announces New Steps To Reduce Corporate Tax Dodges 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 18:28:00 -0400 
    The Treasury said corporations were increasingly moving their parent companies overseas to dodge U.S. taxes. The Treasury said the practice erodes the tax base.

Why Did Congress Kick The Can On Funding Islamic State Mission? 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:39:00 -0400 
    The president got approval for his plan to train and equip Syrian opposition fighters, but lawmakers didn't approve funds to pay for it or the broader air campaign.

Giving Chickens Bacteria ... To Keep Them Antibiotic-Free 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:11:00 -0400 
    What does it take to get chickens off antibiotics? According to Perdue Farms, an added dose of the "good bacteria" known as probiotics can help crowd out the harmful microbes that make a chicken sick.

With Dark Humor, Anger And Empathy, Women Respond To The NFL 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 17:00:00 -0400 
    Women, who make up 45 percent of the NFL's fan base, are critical the league's handling of domestic abuse scandals. But some still support their teams and express sympathy for the players.

Prosecutor Says White House Intruder Had 800 Rounds Of Ammunition In Car 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:25:00 -0400 
    Omar J. Gonzales, 42, jumped a fence and made it past the White House's North Portico doors before being apprehended by the Secret Service.

Questions Swirl Around How Vet Jumped White House Fence 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:24:24 -0400 
    The Secret Service is reviewing how it secures the White House after an Iraq war vet jumped the fence and made it inside the doors before being subdued. What led up to the security lapse?

Pope Picks Moderate To Lead Chicago's Catholics 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 16:24:00 -0400 
    Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash., has emphasized pastoral needs and compassion over rigid positions on issues such as gay rights, but church experts don't expect a sea change on hot-button issues.

Got Dessert? Slather On The Salted Caramel, Or Just Nibble Some 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:59:13 -0400 
    Once a high-end fad, the salted caramel dessert has made inroads into the most mainstream of American food chains, TGI Fridays. Maybe it was inevitable, given our historic cravings for salt and sweet.

In California, Less Water Means More West Nile Virus 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 13:54:00 -0400 
    You'd think that mosquitoes wouldn't like drought, but that's not what's happening in California, where stagnant water breeds more mosquitoes. Cases of West Nile virus have doubled since last year.

3 Afghan Army Officers, Who Had Gone Missing, Detained At Canadian Border 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:22:00 -0400 
    The men are described as senior Afghan army officers who were vetted before being allowed to participate in training exercises. They are not considered a threat, officials say.

Largest Of Calif. Wildfires Destroys 10 Homes, Other Structures 
  Mon, 22 Sep 2014 11:16:00 -0400 
    More than 5,500 firefighters are battling the so-called King Fire in the Sierra Nevada forest area. Some 2,800 people have been evacuated.
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