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The impossibility of the night shift


Maintaining a regular circadian rhythm is crucial for human health. But almost 15 percent of full-time salaried workers in the United States work the graveyard shift, making them susceptible to sleep-cycle issues that, according to a new study, "can jeopardize occupational health and safety by causing human errors and changes in basic biological and physiological functions." Whether it's an emergency room doctor, a security guard, or a night editor, a person working odd hours is 30 percent more likely to fall asleep on the job or have insomnia than a day-working counterpart.

Libyan militants throw pool party in abandoned U.S. embassy's residential compound

An Islamist militia says it has "secured" an abandoned diplomatic compound in Libya's capital city of Tripoli.

A. Scott Berg's 6 favorite biographies of underappreciated historical figures


Nora by Brenda Maddox (Mariner, $28). James Joyce created, in Molly Bloom, one of literature's most provocative female characters.

Japanese high school baseball game lasts 50 innings, four days

And they say Major League Baseball games are too long. For 49 innings and four days, no batter crossed home.

Watch Nik Stauskas drain 15 straight 3-pointers in 46 seconds

Sacramento Kings guard Nik Stauskas is a three-point-shooting machine. During a shootaround this week, the eighth-overall pick in the NBA draft sank an incredible 15-straight treys from around the arc, completing the run in about 46 seconds.

San Francisco 49ers DL Ray McDonald arrested for felony domestic violence

San Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald was arrested and charged early Sunday morning with felony domestic violence.

The constant struggle of running a family farm in 21st century America


On a sunny fall day in 2005, Kate and Dan Marsiglio pulled their Audi A4 station wagon into the drive at Stony Creek Farmstead, three Tamworth piglets bouncing in the backseat.

Top Dem. Dianne Feinstein: Obama 'too cautious' about ISIS

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) says President Obama may be underestimating ISIS and moving too slowly to head of the Sunni militant group.

Ted Cruz downplays the idea of another government shutdown

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) on Saturday threw cold water on the prospect of another government shutdown, saying the only person who wanted another one was President Obama.

How to make any veggie burger without a recipe


Here is a list of things that a veggie burger should not be: frozen and packaged in a box made from things like TEXTURED VEGETABLE PROTEIN and 17 of its other indecipherable friends bland something that you try to convince people tastes just like meat!

China denies open elections for Hong Kong

China's legislature on Sunday ruled out the possibility of holding open nominations to elect Hong Kong's new leader, a shocking move that could precipitate a deepening divide between the city and the mainland.

10 things you need to know today: August 31, 2014


1. China denies open elections for Hong Kong China's legislature on Sunday ruled out the possibility of holding open nominations to elect Hong Kong's new leader, a shocking move that could precipitate a deepening divide between the city and the mainland.

Rand Paul: 'Maybe it's time for a new president'

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) over the weekend seized on President Obama's admission that he was unsure what to do to confront ISIS, saying it was a sign Washington needed a drastic change.

Why baseball is America's most dangerous spectator sport


FRED FLETCHER DOESN'T watch baseball anymore, but one night in May, he got a text from a friend: Something had happened at that evening's Atlanta Braves game.

Putin: It's time to consider 'statehood' for eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dangerously upped his rhetoric over the situation in eastern Ukraine, saying for the first time that the region should perhaps become an independent nation.

Poll: Sen. Mitch McConnell ahead by 4 points in Kentucky

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) is maintaining his narrow lead over Democratic nominee Alison Lundergan Grimes in the Kentucky Senate race, according to the latest Bluegrass Poll from the Louisville Courier-Journal and other Kentucky media outlets.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrbome claims he lost re-election because of support for gay marriage

Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D-Hawaii) is blaming his landslide defeat in the Democratic primary earlier this month on a backlash from religious leaders, who he says urged their followers to vote against him because of his successful work to pass legislation in favor of same-sex marriage in a 2013 special session of the legislature.

St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player

The St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, the NFL's first openly gay player to be drafted by a team, today.

Marking three weeks since Michael Brown's death, Ferguson holds peaceful march

Hundreds turned out for a peaceful protest in Ferguson today, marking three weeks since unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer.

Scientists say Southwestern U.S. now faces 50 percent chance of decades-long 'megadrought'

Scientists warn in a new study that there is a 50 percent chance of a 30-year "megadrought" suffocating the Southwest, reports the Los Angeles Times.


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