Opinion  April 20, 2014
For poor, America is 'land of less' this Thanksgiving
Two turkeys, one named Caramel and the other Popcorn and which are vying to be the National Thanksgiving Turkey, are presented to the press in Washington, DC on November 26, 2013The United States celebrates its "land of plenty" Thanksgiving Day this week, but for the poor and most vulnerable, there is less food on the table after Congress cut aid.As Americans stock up on turkeys for Thursday's traditional Thanksgiving feast, food pantries and charities are bracing for higher demand after lawmakers slashed $5 billion from t...  Full Story
One-third of US marriages start online: study
A picture taken on February 9, 2010, in Paris shows the internet homepage of the dating agency website Match.comMore than one third of US marriages begin with online dating, and those couples may be slightly happier than couples who meet through other means, a US study out Monday found. Online dating has ballooned into a billion-dollar industry and the Internet "may be altering the dynamics and outcome of marriage itself," said the study by US researchers i...  Full Story
Private data revealed by Facebook 'likes': study
A Those Facebook 'likes' can reveal a lot more than you think. Research released Monday shows patterns from these Facebook preferences can provide surprisingly accurate estimates of the user's race, age, IQ, sexuality and other personal information. The researchers developed an algorithm which uses Facebook likes -- which are publicly available unl...  Full Story
Study predicts US deficit cuts will slow growth
The CBO estimated that 2013 growth would be twice as strong without automatic across-the-board budget cutsUS economic growth will slow to 1.4 percent in 2013, partly as a result of austerity measures dividing Washington, according to a study by the Congressional Budget Office released Tuesday. The CBO projected that US gross domestic product will rise 1.4 percent this year, down from its estimate of 1.9 percent in 2012, which itself is slightly lower ...  Full Story
More housework, less sex for married men: study
Husbands who spend more time cooking and cleaning have less sex than those who do more masculine tasks, a study showsThe road to hell is paved with good intentions, as they say: the more housework married men do, the less sex they have, according to a new study published Wednesday. Husbands who spend more time doing traditionally female chores -- such as cooking, cleaning, and shopping -- reported having less sex than those who do more masculine tasks, said the ...  Full Story
Cats in US kill billions of birds, mammals: study
A domestic cat sits in October 17, 2010 in Manassas, VirginiaDomestic cats in the United States kill up to 3.7 billion birds and as many as 20.7 billion mice, voles and other small mammals each year, biologists estimated on Tuesday. Puss is probably the biggest human-induced killer of these species, outstripping better-known culprits such as habitat loss, agricultural chemicals or hunting, they said in a st...  Full Story
Binge drinking serious problem for US women: study
Spring breakers fill a funnel with beer as they prepare to drink it through a hose in Florida on March 16, 2007Binge drinking is an under-recognized problem for US women, nearly 14 million of whom engage in it about three times a month, downing about six drinks each time, says a study released Tuesday. The practice is most common among women aged 18 to 34 as well as high school students, whites, Hispanics and women with household incomes of $75,000 or more...  Full Story
Antidepressants don't increase pregnancy risks: study
Use of antidepressants during pregnancy not linked to higher risk of stillbirth and death in newborns, says studyThe use of antidepressants during pregnancy is not linked to a higher overall risk of stillbirth and death in newborns, a study said Tuesday, confounding a long-held opposing view of such drugs. The Swedish study of more than 1.6 million births in five Nordic countries included nearly 30,000 women who had filled in a prescription for an SSRI (sele...  Full Story
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