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April 2nd, 2015

An Unsettling Complicity

    There are parasites of all kinds in poor countries.

    One variety is intestinal, the worms that afflict countless children. In a hospital here in Angola, nurses pointed to a little girl named Marcelina, who they said was at risk of dying from anemia caused by worms and malnutrition. She had so many worms she was spitting them up.

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When the school lunch lady works with a chef, kids eat their fruits and vegetables

    In schools where trained chefs jazzed up fare, children ate more fruits and vegetables - and the schools themselves saved money, according to a study released online Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

    Getting them to drink plain milk instead of chocolate milk was a much bigger challenge, however.

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The Sun Is Rising on Solar Panels, and There's No Fighting It

    On the average sunny day, Germany's huge energy grid gets 40 percent of its power from the sun. Guess what happened one recent morning when the sun went into eclipse. Nothing.

    Or close to nothing. When the moon hid the sun for a few hours, the backup natural gas and coal plants switched on. The price of electricity rose briefly. That was it. Solar again showed itself to be a reliable energy source under a tough challenge.

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Stop Making Us Guinea Pigs

    The issues surrounding GMOs - genetically modified organisms - have never been simple. They became more complicated last week when the International Agency for Research on Cancer declared that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the widely used herbicide Roundup, probably causes cancer in humans. Two insecticides, malathion and diazinon, were also classified as "probable" carcinogens by the agency, a respected arm of the World Health Organization.

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Look Before Leaping

    I can think of many good reasons to go ahead with the nuclear deal with Iran, and I can think of just as many reasons not to. So, if you're confused, let me see if I can confuse you even more.

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An early look at the GOP field

    With Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas becoming the first A-lister to throw his hat in the ring for president -- in his case, I'm picturing a Napoleonic bicorn rather than a fedora -- it's time to handicap the race for the Republican nomination. I see it as Jeb Bush vs. the field, and I'm not ready to put my money on Bush.

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More diabetes diagnoses in states that expanded Medicaid, study says

    People in the more than two dozen states that expanded Medicaid under the health-care law are far more likely to be newly diagnosed with diabetes than those in states that did not expand Medicaid, according to a studybeing published on Monday.

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Cruz will be one of several in GOP competing for tea party, evangelical voters

    Ted Cruz's splashy entry into the 2016 race Monday intensifies the early battle to consolidate conservative voters who are intent on denying the Republican Party establishment yet another presidential nomination.

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Candidates should face Iraq, Libya litmus tests

    Every presidential candidate should face pressure to answer, explicitly, these two questions: Given what we now know, was it right or wrong to invade Iraq in 2003 to oust Saddam Hussein and, eight years later, to help topple the regime of Moamar Gadhafi in Libya?

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A new 'Charlottesville Curse' that's getting worse each day

    Thomas Jefferson's university was founded in 1819 as an auspicious institution, an "academical village" surrounding a building modeled after the Roman Pantheon with a strict honor code and a deep commitment to traditions and public service.

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