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Feb 27,2009
If you're a hothead, more than your relationships are at stake. People who are prone to angry outbursts and fits of rage have a significantly greater risk of developing heart disease than their calmer counterparts. Over the past decade, scientists have built a strong case for the link between anger and heart disease. In a six-year study of nearly 13,000 healthy middle-age adults, University of North Carolina researchers found that men and women who were ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
PERUGIA, Italy - A U.S. woman accused of killing British student Meredith Kercher in 2007 did cartwheels after her arrest, an Italian court heard Friday. In the Perugia trial of Amanda Knox and her Italian boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, a police official testified he was told the couple had been ''sitting on each other's knees'' at the police station after the arrest, the Italian news agency ANSA reported. ''I was also told that Amanda did cartwheels ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
Revenge is a dish best served cold, or so the philosophers say. If you ask me, revenge is also pretty darn tasty when served hot, warm, frozen, or stuffed into the microwave and nuked. Let's face it, when you're mad as hell at work, and you're not going to take it anymore, there are only a few options open to you. You can stifle yourself, or you can complain to management, or you can right ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
LONDON - London's Soho district has more fake drug dealers and prostitutes than actual perpetrators of those crimes, a senior police officer says. Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Rowell said the number of fake drug dealers in Soho is nearly double their actual counterparts, while nearly 15 fake prostitutes frequent the district to rob unsuspecting customers, The Daily Telegraph said Friday. The fake drug dealers merely provide customers with substances such as wax and licorice in ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
MOSCOW - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Friday that protests in his country shouldn't be restricted as long as they are conducted legally. While meeting with top members of the ruling United Russia party Friday, Putin said all legal forms of protest wouldn't face restrictions in Russia in the future, RIA Novosti reported. "Our legitimate political forces have been acting responsibly and I hope that this will continue. We cannot, we should not, and ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
Last month, police in Charlotte, N.C., charged a would-be bank robber with first-degree murder after he burst into the house of a 79-year-old woman, resulting in her death. After botching an attempted robbery, 20-year-old Larry Whitfield broke into and hid out in the home of Mary Parnell. Whitfield did not touch Parnell, but the woman died after suffering a heart attack. Prosecutors say Whitfield is guilty of murder because he, in effect, scared Parnell to ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
WASHINGTON - Combat brigades deployed in Iraq will be removed over the next 18 months, U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. "Let me say this as plainly as I can: By August 31, 2010, our combat mission in Iraq will end," Obama told the applauding audience. The top priority during the drawdown will be the safety and security of U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians, he said. "We will proceed ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
DALLAS - A 6-pound chunk of metal that smashed through the roof of a Dallas home came from a nearby wood chipper, police say. Dallas police spokesman, Senior Cpl. Kevin Janse, said the metal chunk was a "grinding bit" from a wood chipper but didn't elaborate on how the debris was launched from the tree service machine, the Fort Worth (Texas) Star-Telegram said Friday. "It has been confirmed that the object that struck the house ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
SAN ANTONIO - A Houston company lured hundreds of older Texans into investing about $30 million in a fraudulent life insurance scheme, state officials say. The firm, National Life Settlements, has been placed under the permanent receivership of Houston attorney Janet Mortenson and all of its bank accounts have been frozen, the San Antonio Express-News reported Friday. "The beauty of this fraud scheme was that most of the investors weren't expecting any return for five ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
PHILADELPHIA - One charge of a task force on the middle class is examining how investing in green jobs will strengthen that U.S. demographic, Vice President Joe Biden said. The White House Task Force on Middle Class Families, meeting for the first time Friday in Philadelphia, is charged "to asses current polices and develop new ones aimed at helping the middle class, the economic engine of this country," Biden wrote in a commentary published Friday ... [full story]
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