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Big ideas in the news from around the web

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Holding Hamas

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A leading member of Hamas, a terrorist organization according to Israel, the U.S., and E.U., was captured overnight in the West Bank and is accused of orchestrating suicide attacks against Israel. "Mahar Uda was seized overnight in the Ramallah region. It did not provide further details. Mr Uda ...

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Spring Forward

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The Christian Science Monitor traces the origins of Daylight Savings Time to WWI Germany, where an extra hour of work was desired before nighttime air raids; the tradition continues for tradition's sake. "The official switch takes place at 2 a.m. Sunday – though, once you twist your watch stem or ...

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Yuan vs. Dollar

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says his country will not appreciate its currency for the foreseeable future while it slowly sells off its dollar reserves; Paul Krugman says a yuan appreciation would boost the world economy. "'I don’t think the yuan is undervalued,' Wen said at a press conference in ...

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Pillow Talk

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A Japanese man has fallen in love with and married his large body pillow with a female anime character drawn on it; the Japanese word 'otaku' means 'obsessive' or 'nerd'. "Lee Jin-gyu fell for his 'dakimakura' - a kind of large, huggable pillow from Japan, often with a picture of a popular anime ...

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"Red Shirt" Rally

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Tens of thousands of Thais have gathered in Bangkok calling for new elections and to support former prime minister Thaksin who has lived in exile in Dubai since a coup deposed him in 2006. "Riot police and soldiers guarded government offices as part of a 50,000-strong security force deployed on the ...

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9/11 Justice

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Though a settlement has been awarded to the 9/11 search and rescue workers suffering illnesses from the toxic rubble of the World Trade Centers, there remain obstacles to the payout. "Officials cast the settlement as righting a historic wrong on Friday and predicted that it would assure speedy and ...

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Google Bike

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Google Maps now allows you to search for the best cycling route to your destination in over 150 American cities filtering results by route safety and the presence of cycling lanes. "After a long wait and more than 50,000 signatures on an online petition, cyclists will be happy to know that Google ...

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Reagan on the $50?

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The Chicago Tribune disavows Illinois' own Ulysses S. Grant in an editorial arguing to replace the Civil War general and President's image on the fifty dollar bill with Ronald Reagan's. "Most Americans seldom encounter a $50 bill, but that doesn't mean you can change it without stirring up ...

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Autism and Vaccines

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A Federal judge has ruled that there is no causal relationship between a mercury-containing agent used in vaccines and the occurrence of autism in those who have been vaccinated. "A federal court ruled Friday that the evidence supporting an alleged causal link between autism and a mercury-containing ...

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Infidelity as Bonding?

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Julie Powell, author of Julie & Julia, writes in today's Guardian that there is a light at the end of infidelity's dark tunnel if partners are willing to overcome societal pressures to split. "In the summer of 2004, I got a call from an old college fling who had moved nearby. We met for lunch and I ...

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"Double Whammy"

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A new study shows that being overweight doubles the effect of alcohol on the liver, substantially increasing the likelihood of contracting diseases like cirrhosis. "Two studies of more than a million UK men and women suggest excess weight and alcohol act together to raise the risk of cirrhosis and ...

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Big Bang Fears

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The world's biggest physics experiment will suffer another setback in two years time when it is expected to be shut down for repairs, pushing full operating capacity back another year. "Scientists in charge of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva announced yesterday that the machine will only ...

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Baby and Bathwater

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The obstinate divide over healthcare reform is spilling into other areas of domestic policy such as immigration reform and financial regulation where Democrats are increasingly going it alone. "Democrats have found very few Republicans to work with since taking back control of Congress in 2007. But ...

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Healthcare Finale?

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President Obama has delayed his visit to Asia to push for a vote on healthcare reform here at home before the Congress takes its Easter recess at the end of the month. "President Barack Obama is delaying his trip to Asia to work on health-care legislation as Republicans claimed a parliamentary ...

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Peace in Pieces

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Secretary Clinton has warned Israel of faltering relations over its gutsy announcement to build new settlements in Jerusalem during a visit by Vice President Biden. "In a telephone call to Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday, Clinton expressed frustration over Israel's announcement on Tuesday to build new ...