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Putting Caffeine In Your Underwear Won't Make You Slimmer, Alas

Here's a government service: The Federal Trade Commission has told two companies to quit selling caffeinated women's undergarments because they don't actually slim your nether regions as advertised.

Database Flaws Cloud Sunshine On Industry Payments To Doctors

A federal website set to go live Tuesday will disclose drug and device companies' ties to doctors. The release marks a milestone, but could be misleading for patients checking up on their doctors.

In NFL Game, A Slide And A Prayer Spur Debate And Clarification

The NFL sides with fans who criticized an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty called on a Muslim player who prostrated himself in the end zone Monday night.

Ominous Tremors At Mount Ontake Force Rescue Crews Off Volcano

More than 20 bodies remain on a Japanese volcano as new tremors force search teams to abandon their efforts. Officials don't yet know precisely how many climbers remain trapped on the mountain.

Secret Service Chief Grilled Over White House Security Failures

Lawmakers on the House oversight committee ask Julia Pierson about the Sept. 19 "fence jumping" incident at the White House, as well as several other security concerns in recent years.

Hong Kong Leader To Protesters: 'Stop Campaign Immediately'

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says Beijing will not accede to demonstrators' demands for democratic reforms. Meanwhile, activists have vowed a new phase of civil disobedience on Wednesday.

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Millennial Jews Do An About-Face, Start Keeping Kosher

According to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, nearly a fourth of millennial Jews are keeping kosher. That's almost twice the rate of their baby-boomer parents.

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Tests Of New Ebola Drugs Could Take Place As Early As November

New drugs and vaccines can take years to develop. But health officials and researchers are accelerating tests of experimental drugs to fight the outbreak in West Africa.

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Kids And Screen Time: Cutting Through The Static

One Los Angeles school is working technology into the learning process while avoiding traditional screen-time pitfalls.

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Martha Zarway Of Monrovia: 'I'm A Doctor, So We Can't Run Away'

The Liberian physician, who operates a clinic in the capital, perseveres in the wake of a colleague's death, possibly from Ebola. She and her staff continue to treat patients.

Iraqi Forces Stop ISIS Advance On Baghdad

September 30, 2014
Iraqi security forces stand guard in the holy city of Najaf, on September 30, 2014. The holy Shiite city of Najaf has gained prominence as a centre of political and military power since the start of a crisis that has raised the spectre of Iraq breaking up along sectarian and ethnic lines. (Haidar Hamdan/AFP/Getty Images)

The BBC’s Lyse Doucet reports from Iraq, where Iraqi forces, assisted by international air strikes, have apparently stopped the latest advance by ISIS on Baghdad.

USDA Steps In To Relieve Salmon Glut

September 30, 2014
Newly labelled canned salmon, ready to fly out the door. (Carolyn Adolph/KUOW)

With an overabundance of pink salmon, the USDA is buying cans of salmon to help keep prices up and give to food banks.

Secret Service Director Faces Congressional Hearing

September 30, 2014
Members of the Secret Service Uniformed Division keep watch from the front of the White House on September 23, 2014. Eariler, an armed man scaled the fence and entered the residence. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Julia Pierson will face lawmakers today over an incident earlier this month in which an armed intruder scaled the White House fence and entered the residence.

Medieval Mystery Novel Out In Paperback

September 30, 2014
Bruce Holsinger, a medieval scholar at UVA, is the author of "A Burnable Book." (Daniel Addison)

English professor Bruce Holsinger’s medieval mystery novel is out in paperback, and features Geoffrey Chaucer.

Scientists Change Memories With Hope Of Treating Brain Disorders

September 30, 2014
This optogenetic device uses light to activate specific brain cells. (Courtesy McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT)

Scientists are now able to manipulate memory in profound ways that may lead to new treatments for a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Inside America’s Newest Utopia: Tony Hsieh’s Las Vegas

September 30, 2014
An outdoor chess board at the Golden Spike, a rehabilitated hotel in Tony Hsieh's innovation city in downtown Las Vegas. (Vjeran Pavic/Recode)

Re/code’s Nellie Bowles has been reporting from Las Vegas, where Zappos founder Tony Hsieh is attempting to build what Bowles describes as a utopia.

Why Do School Districts Need Grenade Launchers?

September 30, 2014
Law enforcement officers watch on during a protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas in another night of unrest in a Missouri town where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. (Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

An investigation by the Washington Post found that at least 120 educational institutions have received military equipment from the Department of Defense.

Thousands Could Lose Affordable Care Act Coverage

September 30, 2014

Individuals who are currently receiving coverage but have failed to present the necessary documents verifying income and citizenship will be cut off.

Hong Kong Protests Could Expand

September 30, 2014
Protesters sing songs and wave their cell phones in the air outside the Hong Kong Government Complex on September 30, 2014. Thousands of pro democracy supporters continue to occupy the streets surrounding Hong Kong's Financial district despite authorities demanding they withdraw. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Protesters say they could expand their demonstration to include labor strikes or occupation of government buildings if their demands aren’t met.

How To Avoid A Fully Automated Future

September 30, 2014
In this Jan. 15, 2013, photo, Rosser Pryor, Co-owner and President of Factory Automation Systems, examines a new high-performance industrial robot at the company's Atlanta facility.  (AP)

Nicholas Carr says automation, all over, is turning us into zombies. Out of touch with the world. He’s with us.

Auditing America's Police Force

September 30, 2014
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

Baker Takes Issue With Lively In First TV Debate

September 30, 2014

Recent polls show Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker running pretty much neck and neck in the race for Massachusetts governor. But it wasn’t Coakley with whom Baker took issue during an hour-long forum Monday night.

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September 29, 2014

From Helvetia to Bear In Heaven

UMass Amherst Reviews Use Of Confidential Informants

September 29, 2014
A Cleveland police officer looks over bags of heroin at a news conference in Cleveland. (Amy Sancetta/AP)

The heroin overdose death of a UMass Amherst student is raising questions about whether the school did enough to help, and about the use of students as campus informants in drug investigations.

American Academy Of Pediatrics Recommends Teens Use IUDs

September 29, 2014
A model holds the Nexplanon hormonal implant for birth control. Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends. (Merck/AP)

Let’s talk about sex. Teenagers and sex, specifically, because a major medical group is recommending significant changes to what doctors talk about about when they’re discussing contraceptive options with teen patients.

How Far Should Journalists Go When Probing The Private Lives Of Political Candidates?

September 29, 2014
Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart waves his arms to quiet applause from supporters, during a press conference announcing his withdrawal from the Democratic presidential race in 1987. (Jack Smith/AP)

Presidents from Roosevelt to Kennedy to Johnson got a free pass, despite evidence of marital infidelity. But beginning with the Gary Hart scandal, private mores and sexual behavior became part of the regular political conversation.

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