• Study: Fructose may spur overeating

    This is your brain on sugar — for real. Scientists have used imaging tests to show for the first time that fructose, a sugar that saturates the American diet, can trigger brain changes that may lead to overeating. After drinking a fructose beverage, the brain …

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  • People worldwide follow New Year’s traditions

    The transition from the old to the new year is filled with superstitions and elaborate rituals, writes Burt Wolf in his book “Gatherings & Celebrations.’’ “Many people believe that the food and drink of New Year’s Eve will influence life during the coming year,’’ according …

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  • Fiscal ‘cliff’ deal reached

    WASHINGTON — Racing the clock, the White House sealed a New Year’s Eve accord with Senate Republicans late Monday to neutralize across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts in government programs due to take effect at midnight, according to administration and Democratic officials. Under the deal, …

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  • Afghan violence falls in 2012, insider attacks up

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Violence in Afghanistan fell in 2012, but more Afghan troops and police who now shoulder most of the combat were killed, according to statistics compiled by The Associated Press. At the same time, insider killings by uniformed Afghans against their foreign allies …

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  • A surprisingly good vintage as market logs gains

    NEW YORK — If you’d told investors what was going to happen in 2012 — U.S. economic growth at stall speed, an intensifying European debt crisis, a slowdown in China, fiscal deadlock in Washington, decelerating corporate earnings growth — and asked how the stock market …

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  • List: No love for ‘fiscal cliff,’ ‘spoiler alert’

    DETROIT — Spoiler alert: This story contains words and phrases that some people want to ban from the English language. “Spoiler alert” is among them. So are “kick the can down the road,” “trending” and “bucket list.” A dirty dozen have landed on the 38th …

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  • Russian president signs anti-US adoptions bill

    MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin signed a bill today banning Americans from adopting Russian children, part of a harsh response to a U.S. law targeting Russians deemed to be human rights violators. Although some top Russian officials including the foreign minister openly opposed the bill …

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  • Desert Storm commander Norman Schwarzkopf dies

    WASHINGTON — Truth is, retired Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf didn’t care much for his popular “Stormin’ Norman” nickname. The seemingly no-nonsense Desert Storm commander’s reputed temper with aides and subordinates supposedly earned him that rough-and-ready moniker. But others around the general, who died Thursday in …

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  • From a Manila slum emerges an unlikely prima ballerina

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The ghetto called Aroma reeks of putrefying trash collected by its residents for recycling. Half-naked children with grimy faces play on muddy dirt roads lined by crumbling shanties of tarpaulin walls, cracked tin roofs and communal toilets. From this Manila slum …

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  • Storm whips into Northeast bringing snow, rain

    CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A powerful winter storm brought snow to inland parts of the Northeast and driving rain and wind to areas along the coast today, a day after it swept through the nation’s middle, dumping a record snowfall in Arkansas and wrecking post-holiday …

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  • Top business story in ’12: Sluggish global economy

    This would be the year when the global economy finally regained its vigor. At least that’s what many had hoped. It didn’t happen. The three largest economies — the United States, China and Japan — struggled again in 2012. The 17 countries that use the …

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  • Jack Klugman dead at 90

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jack Klugman, the prolific, craggy-faced character actor and regular guy who was loved by millions as the messy one in TV’s “The Odd Couple” and the crime-fighting coroner in “Quincy, M.E.,” died Monday, a son said. He was 90. Klugman, who …

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