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4:31 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Researchers Say Malaria Deaths Are Twice The Official Count

Chhay Meth, 9, suffering through an attack of malaria at the family's home in O'treng village on the outskirts of Pailin, Cambodia, in 2009. A drug-resistant form of malaria in the region medical led officials to declare a health emergency.
David Longstreath AP

The World Health Organization estimates that 655,000 people died of malaria in 2010. But a new report says no, the real total is twice as high — 1.24 million people.

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Fine Art
4:05 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

The Mona Lisa's Twin Painting Discovered

The original Mona Lisa is on permanent display at the the Musee du Louvre in Paris.
Jean-Pierre Muller Getty Images

The Mona Lisa is one of the most enigmatic and iconic pieces of Western art. It has inspired countless copies, but one replica at the Madrid's Museo del Prado is generating its own buzz: conservators say that it was painted at the same time as the original — and possibly by one of the master's pupils, perhaps even a lover.

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U.S.
3:50 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Families Suffer Through Chicago Morgue Backlog

Workers fill a pauper's grave at Homewood Memorial Gardens, south of Chicago, with remains from the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office, which is now catching up on its backlog of indigent burials.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 2, 2012 5:08 pm

Losing a loved one in any circumstance can be a painful experience, but for some families in Chicago, that pain is being compounded by what's been happening at the Cook County morgue in recent weeks. In the words of one observer, it's "a moral travesty."

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The Two-Way
3:39 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

U.S. No-Fly List Doubles To 21,000 In The Past Year

The number of people on the U.S. government's no-fly list has doubled over the past year, the AP reports. It went from about 10,000 to 21,000 as the government loosened the requirements for being put on it.

The secret list is for those the government suspects of being a terrorist. A person on that list is banned from flying within the United States or to the United States.

The AP reports:

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The Salt
3:09 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Billboards Slather On The Guilt With Anti-Cheese Campaign

Americans eat about 31 pounds of cheese per person each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
iStockphoto.com

Yes, we're a nation of cheese-eaters. We load it onto pizza, layer it in burritos, sprinkle it on salads, and slap it on sandwiches.

In fact, we eat about 31 pounds of it per person each year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's estimates. That's nearly triple the amount Americans were eating in 1970.

But is cheese the true culprit behind flabby thighs and paunchy bellies?

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