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Study links polar vortex chills to melting sea ice

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Remember the polar vortex, the huge mass of Arctic air that can plunge much of the U.S. into the deep freeze? You might have to get used to it....

US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Americans' eating habits have improved - except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found....

Study: Action-packed TV might make you snack more
CHICAGO (AP) -- Could action-packed TV fare make you fat? That's the implication of a new study that found people snacked more watching fast-paced television than viewing a more leisurely paced talk show....





Chefs, breeders pair up to produce tastier veggies
VERONA, Wis. (AP) -- There's a good chance that many of the suddenly trendy vegetables that foodies latch on to in the next decade will benefit from research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison....

Tripping seniors on purpose to stop future falls
CHICAGO (AP) -- Researchers are tripping seniors on purpose, and it's not some kind of warped practical joke....

Burning Man festival draws peak crowd of 66,000
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- The Burning Man counterculture festival drew a peak crowd of nearly 66,000 celebrants as it neared an end Monday on the northern Nevada desert....

5 things to know about earthquake faults
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The 6.0-earthquake that damaged buildings and left scores of people injured in California's wine country was the largest temblor to hit the San Francisco Bay Area since the 6.9-magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989....

OK, so we have germs. But they're our unique germs
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sorry, clean freaks. No matter how well you scrub your home, it's covered in bacteria from your own body. And if you pack up and move, new research shows, you'll rapidly transfer your unique microbial fingerprint to the doorknobs, countertops and floors in your new house, too....

Mystery of Death Valley's moving rocks solved
DEATH VALLEY NATIONAL PARK, Calif. (AP) -- For years scientists have theorized about how large rocks - some weighing hundreds of pounds - zigzag across Racetrack Playa in Death Valley National Park, leaving long trails etched in the earth....

Museum to display 6,500-year-old human skeleton
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The public will soon get to see an ancient human skeleton recently rediscovered in a Philadelphia museum's storage room....