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Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:41

It's related to herpes. And it infects most of the world — about half of Americans, nearly all the developing world. But don't go out and get infected. The virus has a dark side, too.

Trevor Noah at a Comedy Central event in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2012.
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:13

Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African with a global following, appeared on The Daily Show three times before he got the nod as Jon Stewart's replacement. Now he's in hot water over some old tweets.

This is what the inflammation of sinus infection looks like in a false-color X-ray. It hurts even more in real life.
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:11

The nation's ear, nose and throat doctors want people to diagnose sinus infections themselves in an effort to reduce overuse of antibiotics. They're telling you how.

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi (left) tours Tikrit after it was retaken by the security forces Wednesday, a key step in driving the militants out of their biggest strongholds.
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 14:11

Iraqi flags are flying over government buildings again in Tikrit, one month into a major offensive to reclaim the city from fighters with the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

State police officers patrol a highway between Ciudad Victoria and Matamoros, in northeast Mexico, in 2011. Mexico's drug and turf wars have descended on the once tourist-friendly border town of Matamoros.
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:55

Violence has descended on the once-laid-back tourist town of Matamoros, across from Brownsville, Texas. From mechanics to Twitter users, residents are feeling the effects of a turf war.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:55

All but one of the 12 educators charged with racketeering were found guilty by a Georgia jury. The scandal involved dozens of schools and dozens of teachers who had previously taken plea deals.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 13:49

In what's believed to be a first in the United States, the city's common council has amended the city's equal opportunities ordinance "to add nonreligion as a protected class."

Dollar bills are reflected in a computer hard drive.
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 12:18

President Obama signed a new executive order that will allow the administration to freeze the assets of any individual or group involved in "malicious" cyberattacks.

Malaysian pro driver Leona Chin took several driving instructors for a spin for their first day on the job.
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:50

Leona Chin stalled her high-powered car in first gear and randomly turned the wipers on — before unleashing the skills she has honed as a professional driver. Havoc, and some panic, ensued.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:58

People who rely most on their smartphones to get online often deal more frequently with service interruptions because of financial hardship and data limits.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 10:31

The announcement to lift martial law goes into effect immediately. The new law, Article 44, gives coup leader Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha sweeping powers over the Thai government.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 09:40

South African comedian Trevor Noah has been criticized for some tweets that critics say are sexist and anti-Semitic. Among his supporters is Oswalt, who took to Twitter to make his point.

Dry, cracked earth is visible on a cantaloupe farm near Firebaugh, Calif., last August. Record-low snowpack levels in the Sierra Nevada mean most Central California farmers will face another year without water from the federal Central Valley Project.
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 09:28

Much of the state depends on that snow for its water. In the Central Valley, the nation's most productive farming region, that means another year of fallow fields and emergency water measures.

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 09:09

Consumers can face unexpected costs if they don't cancel their insurance plan before they relocate to another state.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks in the Governor's Conference Room at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock.
Wed, 04/01/2015 - 08:51

Lawmakers passed the bill Tuesday. A similar Indiana measure sparked a backlash. Critics say it allows businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians. Supporters say it bolsters religious freedom.

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