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The Birkin Croco is made of dyed crocodile skin.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 15:51

After seeing a video that PETA published on the treatment of crocodiles, Jane Birkin asks Hermes to remove her name from the line's crocodile-skin version.

Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, who just turned 75, thinks of credit as a human right.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 15:19

Muhammad Yunus — honored for loaning millions to poor women — just turned 75. And he's thrilled to keep on working: 'The word retirement is very harmful.'

Frustration with a crying baby can lead some parents and caregivers to shake a baby.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 15:05

Doubters have said that merely shaking a baby can't cause brain damage or death. Listing six injuries associated with shaken baby syndrome will make it easier to identify child abuse, a study says.

At a camp for overweight children in Beijing, students stretch after taking a swim.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 14:12

A new study shows that children in China who are mainly cared for by grandparents instead of mom and dad are twice as likely to be overweight — contributing to the country's obesity epidemic.

Good thing that coat is coffee-colored.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 13:10

People who text while walking change their pace and seem to walk more cautiously, a study says. But that doesn't mean you're not a menace to yourself and others.

Mourners Shanicca Soloman cries in the embrace of friend Terrell Whitney outside funeral services for Samuel DuBose at the Church of the Living God in the Avondale neighborhood of Cincinnati on Tuesday.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:32

The Hamilton County Prosecutor said the shooting of Sam DuBose was "asinine" and "totally unwarranted." Officer Ray Tensing, the prosecutor said, should have never been an officer.

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:29

Thirteen novels are in the hunt for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.'s biggest literary award. The Booker is open to Americans for only the second year, and this year's list pits rookies against titans.

With Windows 10, Microsoft is more closely uniting its operating systems that run tablets, phones and desktops.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:15

The new operating system includes user-friendly features, such as a personal assistant named Cortana. But its Wi-Fi Sense feature has sparked security concerns.

Onstage at the 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:07

Wyatt Cenac's much-publicized confrontation with Jon Stewart says a lot about the pitfalls of being The Only One In The Room. But turns out there's some interesting social science behind it, too.

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:41

From Luther the "anger translator" for President Obama to everyday situations, Key and Peele have put code-switching front and center in their comedy show.

Rep. Chaka Fattah Sr., D-Pa., speaks in Philadelphia on May 7.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:34

The Justice Department alleges that Fattah was involved in a wide-ranging conspiracy that included bribery, the illegal use of campaign contributions and theft of charitable funds.

A meta-analysis found that people on vegetarian diets lost around 4.4 pounds more than the control group (who had no change in diet), while those who went vegan dropped 5.5 pounds more.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:31

A meta-analysis found that people on vegetarian diets lost around 4.4 pounds more than the control group who had no change in diet. Those who tried a vegan diet dropped 5.5 pounds more.

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 10:17

Three college professors respond to questions about the evolving challenges of teaching the history of a complex nation.

Hospitals can call people who stay overnight outpatients, a classification that can have surprising financial consequences.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:58

Even when some Medicare patients stay overnight in the hospital, they are are being classified as outpatients under something called observation status. It sounds innocuous but can trigger big bills.

Migrants cross a road near the Eurotunnel on Wednesday in Coquelles, near Calais, France. A Sudanese man, between 25 and 30 years old, was killed by a truck as up to 1,500 migrants tried to force their way into the tunnel, officials say.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 09:22

Since Jan. 1, French officials have intercepted more than 37,000 migrants who were hoping to jump on trains or trucks heading to Britain via the Channel Tunnel.

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