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Chocolate draws out the raw truth

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Chocolate lovers don't just eat it anymore. They use it as soap, fingerpaint, candles, even put it on their face. Now raw foodies are saying chocolate is not just a guilty pleasure, but that it actually feeds the skin.


Want to play baseball? You're blind? No problem

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They’re serious. They’re competitive. They’re blind baseball players. With a beeping ball and a few helping hands, they’re playing to win--and showing that disabilities don’t have to hold athletes back.


Taking stock: The upside of a down market

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With stock prices tumbling, parents have an opportunity to teach young investors some important--and painful--financial lessons.


The new pulp fiction: Romance novels for graying baby boomers

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The heroine in the latest romance novel may not be 20 years old anymore with sparking eyes and peach-colored cheeks. She's just as likely to be 50, sprouting crow's' feet and divorced with three kids--but still the same old spunky lady, sexy and searching for true love.


New approaches to nicotine addiction mean a growing tobacco cessation market

The struggle to quit smoking is getting a boost from new ways of looking at nicotine addiction, and profits are soaring for the growing quit smoking industry.


Hair over health: For many black women, style trumps exercise

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A new study finds that many African-American woman stay out of the gym to avoid damaging their hairdos, making the fight against the high rate of obesity among such women that much tougher.


This year's tasty trend: Superspices

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Flavors typically used in ethnic cooking are making their way into entrees prepared by more mainstream chefs. These so-called superspices include cinnamon, ginger and fennel. And they're also good for you.


Non-Muslims look to Islamic healers for help

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Islamic spiritual healing is gradually growing in popularity, as is mystical healing of other faiths. And Muslim healers, from New York to California, say they are seeing more and more non-Muslim clients.


The Army's newest weapon: Killer eyesight that gives soldiers an edge

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In a time of war, the U.S. Army is operating on thousands of soldiers to perfect their eyesight, the first effort by any army ever to enhance its combat power by using a medical operation.


Military history courses losing the battle in universities

In a time of war, do Americans know enough about the country’s military history? Experts in the field say that America’s lack of education in this direction could have dangerous consequences for the republic.


Library 2.0: Reaching out to the public to enrich the collection

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Social networking technologies are changing the way we keep in touch with friends and family--and now they're invading the library. Even a stodgily traditional institution such as the Library of Congress is involved in exploring new ways to turn online catalogs into conversations. But some librarians feel this "Library 2.0" trend is all hype and no substance.


Mail-order ministers horn in on the wedding business

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Having a friend or family member perform the wedding ceremony is gaining in popularity now that becoming a minister is just a mouse click away.


Yes, even prostitutes are now rated on the Internet

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Everything from appliances to hotels have been reviewed on the Internet. Now, oldest profession in the world gets its rankings.


You're with the band: Live karaoke makes you the rock star

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Live karaoke provides an outlet for serious singers and committed hams, and a new gig for seasoned ex-hair rockers. But to some, a prolific live band will never eclipse the original karaoke of thousands of backing tracks and a glowing blue box.


New generation of botanical artists on an environmental mission

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Botanical art: The new interest in the environment is increasing the popularity of an old art form.


Leaving the L-word behind, some gay women opt for 'Gayelle'

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Given that some gay women have begun to reject the word lesbian as outdated and derogatory, a group from California recently coined a new term to describe their sexuality: Gayelle. The word is now trademarked, with its own Web site and product line, but many gay women in favor of a change still aren't willing to go Gayelle.


Coiffing the 'do down under

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Paying attention to hair-below-the-belt, and talking about it, is no longer taboo--even in America's heartland.


Warning: Reading this may make you itch

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For many people, chronic itchiness causes fatigue, depression and other serious health problems. And for many itch sufferers, treatments don't work. Now, a new study that helps explain why scratching feels so good may lead to treatment that will quell the urge to scratch.


Artists spread their virtual masterpieces around on networking site

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On any given day about 250,000 subscribers of the social networking tool Facebook leave virtual "graffiti" on fellow subscribers' Facebook pages. Increasingly this mouse-assisted doodling is evolving into a new art form.


Forget to backup? You're not alone.

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With so many ways to back up one's music, tax records, diaries, and other precious computer files, you'd have to be foolish not to do it--yet millions still don't. When things go wrong and tears begin to flow, a thriving data recovery business is there to pick up the pieces.


Carpe Noctem: Night owls demand the right to hit the snooze button

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Night owls, armed with new knowledge that being productive at night is encoded in their DNA, are demanding respect from the workplace culture that rewards morning perkiness.


Black cats finish last

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Black cats are the least likely to be adopted, shelters across the country agree. Is it genetics, superstition, or just plain bad luck?


Baby, you're a YouTube star

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Tens of thousands of parents are sharing videos of their young children on the Internet. It's great fun—-watch a 3-year-old movie critic try to explain Star Wars! But is it safe?


Singles stay home to ‘go out’: Speed dating online takes off

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Blending elements of online dating and speed dating, sites like speeddate.com and woome.com match up singles for live dates via webcam. But many online speed daters don't care if they ever see each other in the real world; they're logging on just for the fun of meeting new people.


As drug companies push their pills over TV, some are asking: Is that good for your health?

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Pharmaceutical companies are reaching out to consumers with direct TV ads like never before. Are they doing more harm than good?


Allergy sufferers may soon breathe a little easier

Whether foods, medicines or insects are the culprit, allergy sufferers may soon be able to breathe a little easier, as scientists develop a test that can tell which allergies could put them into shock, and which will barely harm them.


Battle of the Exes: Two movements in the gay community

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The ex-gay movement, which aims to convert homosexuals into heterosexuals, is reporting a resurgence in popularity and success. But a new set of groups calling itself the ex-ex-gay movement is fighting back.


Drive-in movie theaters turn 75. Catch one while you can.

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All but wiped out by malls and housing developments, the American drive-in movie theatre still exists in several hundred localities throughout the country, hanging on to celebrate its 75th anniversary--though you may have to hit the road to find one.


Condoms for seniors: Gearing up for the graying of AIDS

As the numbers soar for Americans over 50 suffering from HIV, sex education programs for older adults are springing up around the country.


To busy to kiss a tree, read Tolstoy, think of your dead stepmother? This artist will do it for you

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David Horvitz wants to do many things: travel to the ends of the earth, study with a psychic, skywrite messages in the clouds. And he wants you to foot the bill. Is this art, or a clever way to finance a vacation?


Where to catch a drive-in movie (while you can)