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Study: Chimpanzees don't kill due to human interference

A new study in Nature states that chimpanzees have warrior-like instincts on their own, and aren't more likely to get aggressive when humans are around.

Will Scotch be on the rocks if Scotland votes for independence?

Scotch whisky is the third-largest contributor to Scotland's GDP, and some members of the industry are worried about what might happen to business if the country becomes independent.

Candidate for Minnesota Supreme Court convicted of refusing breathalyzer test

Well, this might not look good. Michelle MacDonald, a candidate this November for the Minnesota Supreme Court, was convicted Wednesday on charges stemming from a traffic stop in April 2013, in which she refused to submit to a breathalyzer test — or even to exit the car — after police suspected she might be driving drunk.

Cardinals' Jonathan Dwyer becomes 3rd NFL player yanked over domestic violence charges on Wednesday

Wednesday was terrible for the National Football League, at least public-relations-wise. After the Minnesota Vikings gave in to pressure (especially from advertisers) and re-deactivated Adrian Peterson and the Carolina Panthers pulled defensive end Greg Hardy from their active roster, the Arizona Cardinals late Wednesday deactivated running back Jonathan Dwyer after police arrested him on charges of aggravated assault in a domestic violence case.

Watch Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and Jimmy Fallon duke it out during an impressive lip sync battle

It may have been a lip sync battle between Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, and Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night's Tonight Show, but it turned into a dance-off when all three decided to bust a move.

Skeletons unearthed in England found holding hands

Archaeologists from the University of Leicester have made a sweet — yet slightly morbid — discovery: the remains of two skeletons holding hands.

Oklahoma Muslim leaders concerned after lawmaker calls Islam 'a cancer in our nation'

Religious leaders in Oklahoma are speaking out against remarks made by state Rep. John Bennett (R), who told a town hall audience on Monday that the Islamic faith "is a cancer in our nation that needs to be cut out," and is a sociopolitical movement with the goal of taking over the world and destroying Western civilization.

Fox News polls: Tough battle for Senate in four states

The campaign for control of the U.S. Senate continues to be tight, according to a new batch of polls from Fox News conducted in four states.

Science: Artificial sweeteners aren't very good for you

Are you one of the millions of Americans who switched from old-fashioned sugar to Splenda or Equal in a bid to stay healthy?

Meet the Mariah Carey of bats


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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford diagnosed with malignant tumor

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has been diagnosed with liposarcoma, a type of malignant tumor of the fatty tissues, his doctor announced at a press conference on Wednesday.

House passes bill that would arm Syrian rebels to fight ISIS

The House of Representatives on Wednesday approved an amendment that would allow the federal government to train and arm Syrian rebels to fight against ISIS.

Carolina Panthers suspend Greg Hardy pending domestic violence case

The Carolina Panthers have removed defensive end Greg Hardy from their active roster as he appeals his conviction for domestic abuse charges.

When to have the inheritance talk with your kids


For most affluent baby boomers, crafting an estate plan is already on the to-do list (or already done).

Poll: Trust in media at an all-time low

Americans' confidence in the media's ability to "report the news fully, accurately, and fairly" has returned to an all-time low of 40 percent, according to a new Gallup poll.

Joe Biden called Asia "The Orient'

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday traveled to Iowa, where he referred to Asia as the "Orient." The term is widely considered derogatory; Orientalism refers to a demeaning interpretation — an othering — of the East by those in the West.

Obama administration now requiring gun buyers to declare race, ethnicity

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2012 quietly amended its Form 4473 to force gun buyers to identify as either Indian, Asian, black, Pacific Islander, or white.

How to keep an avocado from browning


Much like tomatoes, when we slice an avocado open to eat, we usually aren't gunning to devour the whole fruit in a single meal.

Federal Reserve to keep interest rates at near-zero for 'considerable time'

The Federal Reserve said Wednesday it would keep interest rates at near-zero, record-low levels for a "considerable time," citing a weak labor market.

Poll: Gov. Scott Walker pulls ahead with likely voters

Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis., might just be regaining a narrow advantage in his race for reelection, according to the new survey from Marquette University Law School — thanks in part to the makeup of who is likely to vote.


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