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Buy this $85M N.Y. condo and get a free trip to outer space

The swanky 45th floor condo in New York comes with a pair of Rolls-Royces and a lot more. For a mere $85 million, not only can you pick up a home with breathtaking views, but a yacht, a chef and butler for a year and, yes, a trip to outer space.

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Astronomers find fastest-growing black hole in the universe

Researchers discovered a black hole that's growing so fast that it can devour a mass the size of the sun every two days.

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A dying mother's plea for her life

Her only chance at life is a new liver, but her insurer said no. Then she wrote a powerful plea to the CEO.

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Budweiser's new beer is based on George Washington's handwritten recipe

Budweiser's newest beer, Freedom Reserve Red Lager, out this month, is inspired by a handwritten recipe in George Washington’s military journal. This is the latest marketing move by Budweiser to tap into historical notes for its beers.

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Pot in Pot (PIP) Instant Pot Cooking Method - Paint The Kitchen Red

Instant Pot 'Pot in Pot' Cooking (PIP) is a cooking method that allows you take pressure cooking to another level.  The Pot in Pot cooking method allows you to cook dishes that tend to scorch, to bake cheesecakes and other desserts, and to cook

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In Charleston, Beer Gets Its Own Neighborhood

On tap in the city’s Brewery District: stouts, I.P.A.s, stewed oxtails, collard pizza — and a skatepark.

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The Last Days Of Banking Heir Matthew Mellon

Matthew Mellon’s death in Mexico raises many unanswered questions, including what will happen to the estimated $500 million of XRP digital currency he owned. “I am trying to live a responsible life,” he told Forbes earlier this year.

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What does it mean to be of mixed race in America? A new book and exhibition aim to answer

Natalie Coughlin and Nathan Adrian are swimmers — Coughlin the first woman to swim the 100-meter backstroke in under a minute, Adrian as an eight-time Olympic medalist. But they dropped those identities for another: hapa, a mixed-race person, photograph

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How Do You Count Endangered Species? Look to the Stars

Pairing astronomers’ algorithms for star-hunting with drones equipped with infrared cameras, scientists have developed a new tool kit to help conservation and fight poaching.

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South Carolina leads the nation for Alzheimer’s. 5 ways to keep from losing your mind

Hilton Head nonprofit Memory Matters adds prevention education to its arsenal of Alzheimer's and dementia help for clients and families.

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A Few Species of Frogs That Vanished May Be on the Rebound

A new study in Panama finds some types of frogs are returning, after being decimated by a deadly fungus that has vanquished amphibians around the world.

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Pedestrian deaths keep rising and LA County has the most in the country, report says

The number of people being called while crossing the street is growing faster than vehicular traffic collisions. Here are a few reasons.

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Yes, you can exercise too much — and raise your risk of an early death, study finds

A new study found that white men who exercise over 3 times the recommended amount are 86 percent more likely to have a build-up of plaque in their arteries by middle age.

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Hidden In Plain iSight: Secret, Handy Features On Your iPhone

Love the iPhone? We do, too...but we had no idea that we were missing out on some very, very cool features.

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Why is health care so expensive?

Neither Republicans nor Democrats appear to be addressing why health is fundamentally expensive -- or what to do about it

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How the Shape of Your Ears Affects What You Hear

We’re able to locate sound because our brains grasp the shape of our ears. When that shape changes, we need time and practice to adapt.

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Our Top Oven Tips - Are You Using Yours Correctly?

Follow these and get perfect baked goods every time!

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    Here's Why Some People Purposefully Burn Their Food

    We all know the type: they char their cookies and blacken their popcorn. And now we know why.

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    Best Cheap Restaurants In Los Angeles

    Dining out on a budget isn’t tough to do in Los Angeles. From tasty chicken cafes, to Korean tacos, here are a few top spots!

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    27 Clever Gadgets on Amazon That’ll Make Life Less Annoying

    These 27 brilliant items from Amazon are blowing people’s minds. And the best part? They’re all under 30 bucks.

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      When Is a Child Instagram-Ready?

      I waited to draw up a social media contract for my 9-year-old until I could see where the trouble spots were. I found them fast.

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      The Case Against Google

      Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in?

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      A Prisoner Got a Book Deal. Now the State Wants Him to Pay for His Imprisonment.

      Curtis Dawkins, a fiction writer who is serving a life sentence for murder in Michigan, says his children shouldn’t have to pay for his sins.

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      FDA approves first ever blood test for concussion - CNN

      The US Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a blood test to help detect concussion in adults.

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      SC native is the first black lead of a Marvel movie, now he’s on the cover of Time

      Anderson, S.C., native Chadwick Boseman first black lead in Marvel movie in “Black Panther,” on the cover of Time magazine.

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      Women struggling to get pregnant may have a safer option after this ‘big breakthrough’

      Researchers from the University of Edinburgh and the Center for Human Reproduction say they have grown a human egg to full maturity for the first time, offering a less risky fertilization option for some women struggling to get pregnant.

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      CDC: US flu outbreak worsens, likely to linger for weeks

      "I wish there were better news this week, but almost everything we're looking at is bad news." 

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      Failproof Instant Pot Rice - Green Healthy Cooking

      Here is your fail-proof guide for Instant Pot Rice. Basmati white rice, Basmati brown rice, short grain brown rice, wild rice blend, black rice, wild rice, red rice and sushi rice. Finding out how to cook rice in a pressure cooker has never been easier!

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      A Brain Implant Improved Memory, Scientists Report

      Electrodes threaded into the brains of epilepsy patients enhanced their recall on word tests by about 15 percent.

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      Deep fried turkey, Compton-style

      A neighborhood favorite is the soul taco, which unifies African-American and Mexican flavors.

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      Gut Microbes Combine to Cause Colon Cancer, Study Suggests

      Two types of bacteria common in the gut may accelerate the growth of tumors, suggesting new possibilities for diagnosis and prevention.

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      Super Bowl Snacks

      Make this the best Super Bowl ever, with winning Super Bowl snack and finger food recipes for chicken wings, potato skins and much more.

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      In an Israeli Cave, Scientists Discover Jawbone of Earliest Modern Human Out of Africa

      The discovery could rewrite the migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years when Homo sapiens were thought to have first left Africa.

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      Humira’s Best-Selling Drug Formula: Start at a High Price. Go Higher.

      AbbVie’s anti-inflammatory drug Humira was never cheap, selling for about $19,000 a year in 2012. It’s gone up by 100 percent since then.

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      Made in China: New and Potentially Lifesaving Drugs

      A growing number of Chinese pharmaceutical companies are trying to break into the United States, seeking regulatory approval to offer their treatments for cancer and other ailments.

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      A popular sugar additive may have fueled the spread of not one but two superbugs

      A widely used sugar additive called trehalose may have led to the emergence of two hyper-virulent strains of Clostridium difficile, better known as C. diff.

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      Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco - Damn Delicious

      Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco - Amazingly refreshing, bubbly, and sweet - a perfect summer cocktail that you can make in just 5 minutes!

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      Toblerone vs. Poundland: A Food Fight With Peaks and Troughs

      After the Swiss company reconfigured its iconic Matterhorn-shaped chocolate bar, the British discount chain released a rival, Twin Peaks. (Lawyers were called.)

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      The Year’s Best Baking Cookbooks, for Novices and Pros

      Melissa Clark says seven favorites from 2017 all help dispel the fear of baking.

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      11-Year-Old Has Spent Her Life in Jail, a Serial Killer as a Cellmate

      Meena, an Afghan girl born behind bars, has never been outside, and her convicted mother can keep her until she is 18. She is not the only child there, either.

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        L.A. County officials launch effort to curb HIV

        Los Angeles County public health officials made the announcement on World Aids Day

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          16 Facts About Hugh Hefner You Didn't Know

          On Wednesday, September 27th, Hugh Hefner (aged 91), passed away of natural causes at the Playboy Mansion. The announcement was made by the Playboy Mansion

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          ‘The Pills Are Everywhere’: How the Opioid Crisis Claims Its Youngest Victims

          Increasingly, toddlers and young children are being found unconscious or dead after consuming an adult’s drugs.

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          Photos That Will Change The Way You Think About Calories

          When it comes to losing weight and overall health, it’s easy to jump on the bandwagon that consists of people counting calories and cutting food so they do

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          UCLA scientists create an air conditioner that fits in your pocket

          Imagine being able to put an air conditioner in your pocket or never worrying about your smartphone overheating again. Those dreams could one day be reality, thanks to a pocket-sized cooler developed...

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          Canada’s maple syrup cartel puts the squeeze on small producers

          Big Syrup is no joke in Québec, controlling 72% of world’s supply and making things sticky if you don’t comply.

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          The new iPhone and its competitors hope to make laptops obsolete

          Forget bigger screens and wireless ear buds, the latest iPhone is competing to be your do-it-all device.

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          17 ‘Game Of Thrones’ Characters With Their Real-Life Partners Will Ruin Your Dreams

          Though Game of Thrones fans are more likely to be rooting for on-screen romances between the residents of Westeros, what about the actors and actresses who play them? You might be surprised who your favourite GoT stars go home to when filming is done.

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          Medi-Cal programs to the state: Can we stop printing and mailing directories the size of phone books?

          Health plans are required to mail massive, printed directories of all of the in-network doctors to their enrollees, creating a multi-million expense.

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          10+ Hilarious Reactions To The ‘Game Of Thrones’ Season Finale

          When Jaime and Cersei Lannister were caught mid-coitus by young Bran Stark way back in season one of Game of Thrones, everybody made puking noises and turned away from the screen (and if you didn't, what's wrong with you? THEY'RE SIBLINGS).

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          Double trouble: In-N-Out sues Smashburger over new sandwich that looks and sounds like their own

          In-N-Out filed a federal lawsuit against Denver-based Smashburger, alleging the company’s latest meat-cheese creation, the Triple Double, mirrors their own.

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          10 of the best new cookbooks of 2017

          You can tell the approach of fall when football floods the airways, the kids go back to school — and the cookbooks start hitting the shelves, thick volumes penned by high-profile chefs and filled wi

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          'We found who killed your sister.' 48 years later, a cold case is solved

          Forty-eight years after a 22-year-old art student was strangled to death, her body found in the trunk of her car parked along Fairfax Avenue, DNA helps the LAPD crack the case.

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          Uber's boat service makes waves with Croatian locals

          Uber is testing new waters in Europe — literally. The company today launched a branch of its BOAT service for tourists in Croatia, which will allow visitors to get transportation in the Adriatic sea via the Uber app. UberBOAT lets users charter specific

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          1 million people pay nothing for cellphone service, so how does FreedomPop make money?

          FreedomPop, a Los Angeles start-up, has been copied by T-Mobile, nearly purchased by Sprint and a partner to carriers around the world. What's next?

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          The Easiest Way to Chop Garlic!

          Making salsa or another dip that requires minced garlic? Why waste the time and mince the garlic before when you can skip a step and get ...

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          Hooters Is Closing Its Restaurants Because Millennials Aren’t Interested In Breasts Anymore

          Millenials have recently been tried in the court of public opinion for "killing" industries from diamonds to fabric softener. But a new study may have them

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          New zombie hangout in Vegas. Can you outrun them in Fear the Walking Dead Survival?

          The attraction is based on the horror TV show on AMC. It's described as “part thrill ride, part escape room, part maze, part haunted house and part interactive video game."

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          Can this eye scan detect Alzheimer's years in advance?

          It turns out Alzheimer's affects the retina - the back end of the eye - similarly to how it affects the brain.

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          More young people dying of colorectal cancer and researchers don’t know why

          "This is not good news": Colorectal cancer death rates are increasing in younger generations

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          From welfare checks to a $100-million payday, Conor McGregor's road to stardom

          Conor McGregor is set for the biggest payday of his life. It has come after early struggles and plenty of bravado.

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          Fan Theory Suggests Bran Might Actually Be The Night King

          Today’s a really busy week for Game of Thrones theorists. Just yesterday I wrote an article on how people think Jaime is the reborn Azor Ahai (a theory tha

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          New Theory About Jaime, Cersei, And Tyrion Could Change Everything On 'Game Of Thrones'

          Game of Thrones fan theories are wild, my friends. If you’re a part of the fandom, or even if you’re just a casual fan, chances are you’ve heard some prett

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          Food Poisoning? Health Officials Warn Trendy Copper Mugs May Be Responsible

          Moscow Mules are all the rage. But according to new reports surfacing from health officials in Iowa, the trendy copper mugs may be giving you much more than a hangover. In fact, new information suggests that they may be the culprit behind your hangover.

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          What some of L.A.'s chefs pack in their kids' lunchboxes

          What Suzanne Goin, Curtis Stone, Jet Tila and more L.A. chefs make their kids for lunch

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          David Bookstaver, N.Y. court spokesman, fired after embarrassing ‘butt-dial’ to New York Post

          A longtime spokesman for the New York state court system has been fired after he accidentally “butt-dialed” a New York Post reporter and bragged about how he gets paid for doing virtually nothing.

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          ‘Game Of Thrones’ Characters Ordered From Smallest To Tallest May Surprise You

          Ever wondered how tall your favorite Game Of Thrones characters really are? It's time to find out!

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          16 Restaurant Workers Reveal Food Hacks and Tricks They Use At Home

          Do you strive to impress with your culinary prowess? Don't cook without learning these secret hacks that will transform your meals from bland to amazing!

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          Fitness Blogger Shares Food Comparisons To Change The Way You Think About Food – Do You Agree With Her?

          British fitness blogger Lucy Mountain wants to change the way you think about calorie counting, and she's using handy visual food comparisons to prove her point.

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          Sperm count plummets in Western men. Does that mean it’ll be harder to have kids?

          By examining thousands of studies and conducting a meta-analysis of 185, researchers looked at semen samples from 42,935 men from 50 countries from 1973 to 2011. They found that sperm concentration – the number of sperm per milliliter of semen – had d

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          Driven by doubters, Conor McGregor convinced he will beat Floyd Mayweather Jr.

          To Conor McGregor, daring to step into the foreign land of a boxing ring to meet the legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the latest example of his pursuit to do what few believe him capable of.

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          Cats have left their mark all over Los Angeles history

          From showbiz cats to beloved school cats, L.A. has been home to many important felines, which makes it the quintessential cat town.

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          Immunotherapy succeeds in thwarting Type-1 diabetes in study

          A form of immunotherapy gaining ground in treating food allergies headed off development of full-blown diabetes

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          7 facts about the coveted green card

          7 facts about the coveted green card, the key to permanent residency.

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          In a first, scientists rid human embryos of a potentially fatal gene mutation by editing their DNA

          A mutation implicated in a heritable heart condition has been corrected in human embryos using the CRISPR–Cas9 genome editing technique. Are designer babies next?

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          The Mystery of L.A. Billboard Diva Angelyne's Real Identity Is Finally Solved

          Way before Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian, the enigmatic blonde bombshell was famous for being famous, perpetually driving the streets of Hollywood in that pink Corvette. But her true identity has remained secret all these years … until now.

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          Netflix is on the hook for $20 billion. Can it keep spending its way to success?

          The digital streaming giant plans to continue burning cash to fuel original productions and subscriber growth.

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          Ice and Fire finally met on 'Game of Thrones,' and a look at its scene-stealing queen

          A look back on Sunday night's episode of 'Game of Thrones,' including a recently departed character who owned the screen in every minute of screen time.

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          The Female Warlord Who Had C.I.A. Connections and Opium Routes

          Born to royalty in Burma, Olive Yang, who died last week at 90, rejected her birthright to become a cross-dressing warlord and opium trafficker.

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          The Secrets Behind Widely Used Products

          Nothing is ever quite what it seems, and in America the majority of our products have quite a few tricks up their sleeves. Whether it's false branding, false marketing, or an accidental origin story, it seems like we can never get a straight answer on any

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          About one-third of dementia cases could be prevented by actions that begin in childhood, experts say

          The first Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care has identified early-, mid- and later-life lifestyle factors that could prevent one-third of the world's dementia cases.

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          'I'm done': Fed up with California, some conservatives look to Texas

          Fed up with life in liberal California, some conservatives want out. So they turned to Paul Chabot, a Republican who says he’s discovered the perfect place for them: Collin County in north Texas.

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          How an ex-FBI profiler helped put an innocent man behind bars

          A former FBI profiler helped convict a security guard in a Los Angeles murder case and made a true-crime TV show about the case. But the security guard has now been declared factually innocent.

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          At a Luxury Complex in India, the Maids and the Madams Go to War

          A dispute between a maid and her employer led to a full-blown riot, an unusual boiling over of resentment between rich and poor in India.

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          On an Echo Park corner, Jonathan Gold finds the neighborhood pizzeria reinvented

          Cosa Buona, from chef Zach Pollack, is like your local pizza parlor but better. You haven't had finer mozzarella sticks. "Chopped salad" doesn't do it justice. Get sausage and mustard green pizza.

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          Selfie attempt sets off domino effect at L.A. gallery and causes $200,000 in damage

          The quest for the perfect selfie at a pop-up gallery in Los Angeles known for its Instagram-friendly art took a disastrous turn recently, and it came with a steep price.

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          Naked sunbathing and other naughty things you should never, ever do on a ship's balcony

          Catching some rays in your birthday suit may seem like a good idea, but it's not. You're not exactly hidden from view. And there are other things that will land you on the bad passenger list.

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          Don’t wait for hours at the DMV — head to the grocery store instead

          Like taxes, a trip to the Department of Motor Vehicles is something we all have to do — and all want to avoid.But in a stroke of forward-thinking benevolence, the state agency is now making it easier to renew vehicle registrations, witho

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          Older Hondas and newer Toyotas are among the country’s most-stolen vehicles

          Older Hondas and newer Toyotas were the most stolen vehicles in the country, according to new data from the National Insurance Crime Bureau.

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          Colette, Paris Fashion Destination, Is to Close in December

          For 20 years, Colette Roussaux and her daughter, Sarah Andelman, have catered to those with an aesthetic lifestyle, selling clothing, music, art and design.

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          Using Fresh Peaches Is The Best Way To Reinvent This Classic Dessert!

          Everybody’s craved and enjoyed the classic apple fritter, but would you believe us if we told you there was an even better, sister-fruit fritter that blew aforementioned apple fritter out of the water?? It’s true! We wanted something a little

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          This is your brain on Disneyland: A Disney addict's quest to discover why he loves the parks so much

          If you regularly go to Disneyland three times a month, are you crazy? I talked to Imagineers, analysts and psychologists to find out.

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          Two big studies bolster the claim that coffee – even decaf – is good for you

          Two new studies offer fresh support for the idea that when it comes to coffee, more is better for your health.

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          36 Hours in Stockholm

          Glittering waterways, blooming parks and night life aplenty await summer visitors to the Swedish capital.

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          From wonton nachos to boba tea in IV-drip bags, 626 Night Market continues to evolve in its sixth year

          626 Night Market is entering it's sixth year, drawing more diverse crowds and embracing Instagrammers.

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          The next iPhone may have no fingerprint reader, and other rumors

          As the debut of Apple's next iPhones nears, rumors have taken hold. More OLED? Facial recognition? No more fingerprint reader? Here are the rumors and what we make of them.

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          Policy change in Jakarta accidentally teaches drivers the value of carpool lanes

          Los Angeles, if you think traffic on the 101 is bad, be thankful you don’t live in Jakarta — especially since the city did away with its controversial carpool rules.

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          Does my sense of smell make me look fat? In mice, the answer seems to be yes

          Mice stripped of their sense of smell didn't eat less than those with olfactory senses intact. But they burned fat differently.

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          How Nestlé Expanded Beyond the Kitchen

          Early overseas expansion and aggressive acquisitions built the company, founded in 1867, into a power that now sells more than 2,000 brands around the world.

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          Yelp’s Six-Year Grudge Against Google

          Once courted, then spurned, the smaller rival sought revenge for years. Now Europe’s regulators give it reason to cheer.

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          As opioid addiction skyrockets, treatment for addicts lags far behind, insurance data show

          Opiate addiction has risen nearly fivefold in the last five years, but that the numbers of addicts getting medically-assisted addiction treatment has risen only 65%, according to insurance data.

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          Loot Crate became the nation's fastest-growing start-up, then it laid off over a quarter of its staff

          Loot Crate Chief Executive Chris Davis now says he may have done what seemed unthinkable: grown the company too fast.

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          Americans keep having fewer babies as U.S. birthrates hit some record lows

          According to 2016 provisional birth data, the number of births for the U.S. in 2016 was down 1% from 2015, and the general fertility rate for women aged 15-44 dropped to a record low.

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          Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean to no longer include auction scene selling women

          Disney plans to remove the bride auction from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride to stop offending guests.

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          Why this UCLA professor thinks she inspired the video game 'Halo'

          A brief friendship that began with an online chat and an awkward date may have inspired one of the world’s bestselling video games.

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          Armpit Tattoos Are the Bizarre New Trend Hitting Instagram

          Tattoo trends come and go… which is amusingly antithetical to the very nature of tattoos, which, as we all know, are quite permanent. The ink community often looks to Instagram for a glimpse at the latest tattoo craze, and this time around, we’

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          A Battle Over Prayer in Schools Tests Canada’s Multiculturalism

          In a diverse Ontario community, Friday Prayer for Muslims has set off an uproar over religious accommodation in public schools.

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          Could Prozac be a treatment for children with autism?

          Infant mice bred to mimic the distinctive behaviors and brain abnormalities seen in autism saw dramatic improvement in their symptoms after treatment with the antidepressant Prozac.

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          Talking with John T. Edge about Southern food, in and out of L.A.

          Author John T. Edge talks about his latest book, "The Potlikker Papers," a food history of the South

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          90% of cancer deaths happen because it spreads. Researchers found clue to stopping it

          Researchers from Johns Hopkins University have found a clue to stopping cancer metastasis, the spreading of the disease responsible for 90 percent of cancer deaths.

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          The rich stopped smoking. The poor haven’t

          Cigarettes are becoming a habit of the poor. The national smoking rate has fallen to historic lows, with just 15 percent of adults still smoking. But the socioeconomic gap has never been bigger.

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          A Cuban vaccine might some day turn lung cancer into a chronic disease

          In a landmark clinical trial, a lung cancer vaccine developed by Cuba’s Center for Molecular Immunology is being tested on patients at Buffalo’s Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

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          L.A. County health officials say 42 people have been infected with mumps

          An outbreak of mumps in L.A. County has infected 42 people. As with other recent mumps outbreaks nationwide, many of those infected had been vaccinated against mumps.

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          Jewelry designers see piercing phenomenon as big business

          With multiple piercings now commonplace among millennial women, fine-jewelry designers are warming to the idea of selling five earrings at a time.

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          He owns a dozen Ferraris and has loads of cash. Why can't he buy the elusive $2.2-million LaFerrari Aperta?

          Can any rich person buy a new Ferrari? Not at all. The prized limited run cars are saved for special customers only. David Lee decided he had to be one. Here's how he cracked into the club.

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          The Dutch Have Solutions to Rising Seas. The World Is Watching.

          In the waterlogged Netherlands, climate change is considered neither a hypothetical nor a drag on the economy. Instead, it’s an opportunity.

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          It’s Not Your Fault You’re a Narcissist

          It’s become a simple put-down—so recognizing narcissism in others gets easier and easier, while recognizing it in ourselves is ever-more challenging. Who wants to be the (self-absorbed) bad guy?

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          8 Benefits of Sardines (& How to Make Them Taste Great) Wellness Mama

          Sardines contain Omega-3, Vitamin D, selenium, B12 and many other nutrients that make them beneficial for reducing inflammation and protecting cells.

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          Boost Your Workouts With Caffeine, Even if You Chug Coffee Daily

          Athletes can swim, bike or run faster if they take caffeine before an event — no need to abstain from coffee or Red Bulls for days beforehand.

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          No, Your Phone Didn’t Ring. So Why Voice Mail From a Telemarketer?

          The Federal Communications Commission is poised to rule on “ringless voice mail,” a new (and sometimes maddening) way to reach consumers.

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          USC researchers developing Alzheimer's disease vaccine

          Researchers at the University of Southern California are working on a vaccine to help treat Alzheimer's disease.

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          Lost in the Digital Swamp, Link by Link

          Companies occupy real estate at the margins of websites and fill them with links to content landfills, stoking our most primal browsing habits.

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          You Look Familiar. Now Scientists Know Why.

          Researchers reported on Thursday that they had figured out how the brain stores and retrieves information about faces.

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          Move Over, Royal Tenenbaums: Meet the Mighty Franks

          Michael Frank’s memoir tells of growing up in Laurel Canyon under the spell of a glamorous aunt who was part Mame, part Mommie Dearest.

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          The Billionaire Gadfly in Exile Who Stared Down Beijing

          Guo Wengui, an eccentric Chinese billionaire, has accused top Chinese leaders of graft. At first, the government retaliated. Then China stood down.