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Shots - Health News
2:17 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Vitamin E Might Help Slow Alzheimer's Early On

Vitamin E has been associated with increased risk of death in some studies, but it may also delay cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease.
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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 2:46 pm

Alzheimer's is a disease without a cure, and the available treatments only slow its progression for a bit. Now there's evidence vitamin E may help hold it at bay, at least for people in the early stages of the disease.

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The Salt
2:16 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Tummy Beer, Coffee Maker Cooking And Mini-Fasts: 2013's Most Read

Latte art, debunking Julia Child and dishwasher cooking: 2013 had something for everybody.
NPR staff

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 8:10 am

As we review our most popular posts of 2013, we can't help but notice some patterns, dear readers. It seems that you gravitate towards stories on the escapades of bacteria inside the gut, dieting, icky-looking school lunches and cooking tips ranging from how to handle raw chicken to coffee maker and dishwasher cooking.

And that's just fine with us, since those are some of the food stories we love, too.

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It's All Politics
2:16 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Bill De Blasio Sworn In As New York City Mayor

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (from left) arrives with his family Chiara de Blasio, Chirlane McCray and Dante de Blasio to take the oath of office on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday.
Frank Franklin II AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 11:13 am

Bill de Blasio was sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City on Wednesday, marking the return of a Democrat to City Hall for the first time in two decades.

The public ceremony, which took place on the steps of City Hall, followed a formal swearing in at de Blasio's Brooklyn home at two minutes past midnight.

The new mayor took the oath of office from former President Bill Clinton with his hand on a bible once used by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. He rode the subway to the inauguration with his family.

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The Two-Way
10:32 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Top Stories: Injured Schumacher Improves; Antarctic Rescue Planned

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 4:49 am

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Book Reviews
10:32 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Opening The Literary Liquor Cabinet In 'Echo Spring'

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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 9:09 am

Remember Brick's frequent trips to "Echo Spring" in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof? Echo Spring, Olivia Laing reminds us in her illuminating new book, is a nickname for the liquor cabinet, drawn from the brand of bourbon it contains. Symbolically, she adds, it refers to something quite different: "perhaps to the attainment of silence, or to the obliteration of troubled thoughts that comes, temporarily at least, with a sufficiency of booze."

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It's All Politics
10:29 am
Tue December 31, 2013

2013: The Year In Political Screw-Ups

The partial federal government shutdown was a political misstep that will be remembered for years to come.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 11:34 am

If anything defined 2013, it was the political misstep. There were so many gaffes, flaps, scandals and ill-advised moves that voters were often left scratching their heads at the political class's uncanny knack for diminishing its profession.

Here are eight of the more memorable screw-ups:

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Shots - Health News
10:23 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Despite Health Law, Many People May Be Left Underinsured

Insurance coverage is only one part of the health puzzle.
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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 9:50 am

People with chronic conditions will be better protected from crippling medical bills starting in January, as the health law's coverage requirements and spending limits take effect.

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Number Of The Year
9:55 am
Tue December 31, 2013

From Pandas To Health Care: The 13 Numbers Of 2013

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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 7:40 am

0: Twitter collected no profit, Snapchat collected no revenue, and Apple's stock has roughly stayed flat over the past year. But in Silicon Valley, where companies are judged by potential, zero is still something.

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The Two-Way
9:41 am
Tue December 31, 2013

'Twerk' And 'Selfie' Top Latest List Of Words That Need To Go

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 5:47 am

This year's whimsical "List of Words to be Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness" from the wags at Michigan's Lake Superior State University is led by:

-- Selfie. The ubiquitous word for images snapped of one's self "has the honor of receiving the most nominations this year," the university says.

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Monkey See
9:41 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Remote Control: It Was Hard To Turn Off The TV In 2013

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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 8:00 am

Here's why picking a Top 10 list of best TV shows has become such treacherous work for critics this year: Quite simply, 2013 was the year quality exploded in the television industry.

Thanks to the simultaneous maturing of Netflix, AMC, FX, HBO, Showtime, Amazon, BBC America, Sundance Channel, iTunes and many more media platforms, fans of great television had more options than ever to find high-quality product whenever and wherever they liked.

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Best Music Of 2013
9:40 am
Tue December 31, 2013

The Year In Charts: Legacy Hits In The Age Of Memes

Macklemore (left) and Ryan Lewis, whose "Thrift Shop" was the biggest song of 2013, according to Billboard's year-end chart.
John Keatley Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 1:19 pm

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The Two-Way
9:40 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! The Celebrations Are Underway

A view of the New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney Harbor in Sydney, Australia.
Nikki Short EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 1:56 pm

It's 2014 in Australia, New Zealand and other places on the "other side" of the international date line.

So we want to wish everyone a happy new year.

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The Two-Way
9:39 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Has Tim Tebow Found His Right Place At ESPN?

Tim Tebow, right, during a TV interview before last January's Allstate Sugar Bowl. He's taking his talents to ESPN.
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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 8:21 am

Although he says he still wants to be a quarterback in the National Football League, former phenom Tim Tebow has signed up to be a college football analyst for ESPN.

The sports network announced Monday that Tebow is coming aboard to be part of SEC Nation — a "pregame show that will originate from a different SEC campus each week beginning August 28, 2014."

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Music
9:39 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Here Are 68 Of 2013's Biggest Songs In 5 1/2 Minutes

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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 5:10 am

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Monkey See
9:38 am
Tue December 31, 2013

From Paper To Punks, The Best Games Of 2013

A screenshot from Tearaway.
Sony

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 8:16 am

The year passed so awfully quickly, like a twitch in a shooter game, that it kind of faked me out. A week ago, I didn't believe there were 10 stellar games to make a complete 'best of' story. But I looked at a list I'd been keeping since January. I was suddenly overwhelmed — I saw at least 30 worthy games. And from those, I plucked the very best of 2013.

Grand Theft Auto V (Rockstar Games)

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