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Sierra Sotheby’s International Lists “Castle on Lake Tahoe” in all its Majesty - for $26 million

Located in the heart of the most prestigious neighborhood in tax-friendly Incline Village, Nevada, on a street that has proven to be the most consistent Lake Tahoe magnet for the wealthiest in America, a waterfront residence that uniquely blends modern convenience with Old World European castle style has been listed by Sierra Sotheby's Lakeshore drive office for $26,000,000.

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Powerful new CDC "Tips From Former Smokers" ads focus on living with vision loss and colorectal cancer

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is launching its 2015 “Tips From Former Smokers” campaign with a series of powerful new ads featuring former smokers who suffer from smoking-related illnesses, including vision loss and colorectal cancer.

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Emergency medicine physicians urge colleagues to help prevent gun violence

In an editorial posted online today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, two practicing emergency medicine physicians from the University of California, Davis, and Brown University — both thought leaders at the forefront of finding solutions to the public health crisis of gun violence — urge their colleagues to take direct action to protect the health and safety of patients and communities.

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Groundbreaking Music Video Highlights Injustice Faced by Immigrants, Marks Launch of "Concert Tour" for Jailed Migrants

Today, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) and Los Jornaleros del Norte “the house band for the immigrant rights movement,” released today a groundbreaking new video to combat deportations. The video corresponds with announced plans for a “tour” with concerts outside of immigrant prisons throughout the United States.

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Joan Baez and Ai Weiwei to receive top Award from Amnesty International

Legendary folk singer Joan Baez and world-renowned artist Ai Weiwei – both committed activists – will be the joint recipients of Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2015, the human rights organization announced today.

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How Many Stars Are There? (VIDEO)

How many stars are there in the universe? Are there more stars out there than grains of sand on Earth? Thanks to advanced space telescopes, we’ve been able to peer farther into deep time and the distant universe than we ever thought possible, and we might finally be able to answer these mind-boggling questions.

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New MIND Diet May Significantly Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease

A new diet, appropriately known by the acronym MIND, could significantly lower a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even if the diet is not meticulously followed, according to a paper published online for subscribers in March in the journal Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Soil health music video - "Don't Treat it Like Dirt"

Ag Day 2015 is scheduled for tomorrow at California State Capitol. The theme this year, “Breaking New Ground,” includes soil health, and that’s the subject of this music video produced for the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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Planned Parenthood and MTV Team Up to Bring Sexual Health Information to Young People in Real Time Online with Chat Service

Today, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and MTV announced that its award-winning sexual health campaign, “It’s Your (Sex) Life,” will host Planned Parenthood’s online chat program on its homepage, allowing young people searching for sexual health information to have a conversation in real time with a real trained health educator who can provide accurate information on birth control, pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, and health care.

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EPA Encourages Consumers to Save 1 Trillion Gallons of Wasted Water

Every year, more than one trillion gallons of water go down the drain because of household leaks. Leaks may increase a water bill by as much as 10 percent. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense program encourages consumers to celebrate the seventh annual Fix a Leak Week, March 16-22, 2015, by finding and fixing water leaks in their homes. Annually, the average American family could be wasting more than 10,000 gallons of water — enough for 270 loads of laundry — due to easy-to-fix leaks. Since 2006 WaterSense has helped consumers save a cumulative 757 billion gallons of water and over $14.2 billion in water and energy bills.

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Ellen and Michelle Obama Break It Down (VIDEO)

The two had a dance-off for the history books!

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Child Advocates Mobilize to Stop Mattel's Eavesdropping "Hello Barbie"

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is demanding that toymaker Mattel halt marketing and production of its planned "Hello Barbie." The Wi-Fi-connected doll uses an embedded microphone to record children's voices—and other nearby conversations—before transmitting them over the Internet to cloud servers. Mattel's technology partner ToyTalk then processes the audio with voice-recognition software. During its Toy Fair 2015 product demonstration, Mattel said it will use this information to "push data" back to children through Barbie's built-in speaker.

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Discworld author Terry Pratchett has died

It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce that author Sir Terry Pratchett has died at the age of 66.


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Consumer Advocates Warn of Risks from Incompetent and Unscrupulous Tax Preparers

As the tax season goes into full swing, advocates from the National Consumer Law Center and Consumer Federation of America have issued their annual report on tax-time consumer issues: Taxpayer Beware: Unregulated Tax Preparers and Tax-Time Financial Products Put Taxpayers at Risk.

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Semi-veggie diet effectively lowers heart disease, stroke risk

A pro-vegetarian diet - one that has a higher proportion of plant-based foods compared to animal-based foods is linked to lower risks of dying from heart disease and stroke, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association EPI/Lifestyle 2015 meeting.

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WHO calls on countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children

A new WHO guideline recommends adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to below 5% or roughly 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would provide additional health benefits.

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Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle

March is National Nutrition Month®, which is sponsored annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. It focuses on the importance of nutrition and physical activity. This year’s theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle.” One way to do this is to eat healthy snacks. Choosing healthy snacks can boost your energy and supply essential vitamins and minerals throughout the day. Here are some tips to consider when you reach for a snack:

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NASA Remembers Leonard Nimoy

NASA is mourning the passing today of actor Leonard Nimoy, most famous for his role as Star Trek's Vulcan science officer Mr. Spock. The sci-fi classic served as an inspiration for many at NASA over the years, and Nimoy joined other cast members at special NASA events and worked to promote NASA missions, as in this 2007 video he narrated before the launch of the Dawn mission to the asteroid belt. Nimoy also was there for the 1976 rollout of the shuttle Enterprise, named for the show's iconic spacecraft.

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What makes carbon monoxide so deadly? (video)

It's colorless, odorless and can be deadly. Carbon monoxide is no joke, especially in the winter when people will do just about anything to warm up. Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., explains why carbon monoxide is so dangerous, and how you can stay safe, in the latest episode of the Reactions series Get To Know A Molecule.

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Why Does February Only Have 28 Days? (VIDEO)

Why does February only get 28 days when all the other months get 30 or 31? The answer is part superstition, part politics, and parts astronomy. (Basically, it’s the Romans’ fault)

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U.S. Supreme Court should reconsider Major League Baseball's antitrust exemption, Stanford experts say

Baseball is unique among major American professional sports in that it enjoys an antitrust exemption that the others do not. Supporters of the exemption say MLB can prevent sudden franchise relocations, while critics say the exemption prevents team shifts when they are necessary.

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Know Your Rights: Photographers

Taking photographs of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right – and that includes federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police and other government officials carrying out their duties. Unfortunately, there is a widespread, continuing pattern of law enforcement officers ordering people to stop taking photographs from public places, and harassing, detaining and arresting those who fail to comply.

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New Survey Data from Planned Parenthood Shows Parents Need More Information about the HPV Vaccine

Planned Parenthood has released new data on parents’ understanding of HPV and the HPV vaccine, showing that parents need more information about the vaccine and why it is important to vaccinate their children for HPV.

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Consumers Union Debunks Comcast's Five Biggest Promises about Time Warner Cable Merger

One year after Comcast first announced its plans to merge with Time Warner Cable, opposition to the deal is mounting amid growing concerns about its negative impacts. While Comcast has spent millions touting the benefits of the proposed merger, its claims fail to stand up to scrutiny according to Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports.

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The science of movie explosions (video)

Blockbuster action movies probably won't win any Oscars this Sunday, but the science behind these films' spectacular explosions is worthy of recognition. Reactions is going Hollywood in its latest episode, which highlights the chemistry of movie explosions.

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2015′s Cities with the Most and Least Ethno-Racial and Linguistic Diversity

In many American cities, the grass isn’t just greener — it’s more colorful, thanks to rapid ethnic and racial diversification within the past four decades. High immigration rates, a surge in native births and a rise in the number of interracial partnerships have significantly altered the social fabric — and economic landscape — of America.

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Long Island University Announces 66th Annual George Polk Awards In Journalism

Reporters who risked their lives in 2014 to cover the Ebola epidemic, traced the rise of the Islamic State, and revealed secret ransoms paid for the release of hostages are winners of Long Island University's 66th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism. Additional honorees include reporters who uncovered systemic failure in two federal agencies, the Secret Service and the Veterans Administration, as well as journalists who exposed brutal treatment of prison and jail inmates.

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Why do roses smell so sweet? (video)

Valentine's Day is Saturday, and people will be spending billions on their sweethearts. Much of that cash will be dropped on sweet-smelling roses. But did you know that one minor chemical change would make that rose not smell as sweet? Chemist Raychelle Burks, Ph.D., explains why in the debut episode of the new Reactions series Get to Know a Molecule (GTKAM). Every two weeks, GTKAM will focus on one of the more than 91 million molecules science has discovered.

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Pink Poses Nude for Massive PETA Billboard

Thousands of fashion editors and buyers from around the world who are converging in Manhattan for New York Fashion Week will be greeted by a massive billboard showing singer P!nk wearing nothing but a smile in PETA’s newest “Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur” campaign.

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This beautiful viral video perfectly explains why parents must support trans children
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