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China's Military Buildup Reignites Worries In Asia, Beyond
China's leaders hope to be able to fight and win two regional conflicts by 2020, according to the Pentagon in a report that highlights the East China Sea, site of recent tensions with the U.S. and Japan. The showdown over air space is the latest example of what the Pentagon sees as a resurgent Chinese military.
HealthCare.gov Now Allows Window Shopping, And A Do-Over
Probably the best feature of the retooled HealthCare.gov website is that you can actually use it. People are now able to get a customized list of plans and prices, and click through to see an insurer's provider directory. Still, better though it is, it's clearly not 100 percent.
Teens Who Feel Supported At Home And School Sleep Better
The notoriously short night's sleep many tired adolescents get isn't all about surging hormones and too much homework, according to a sociologist who looked at shifting sleep patterns from ages 12 to 15. Teens who report good relationships with family and schoolmates tend to sleep better.
Help Wanted Ad Shows Depths Of Spain's Unemployment Problem
Having trouble wrapping your head around southern Europe's staggering unemployment problem? This week, IKEA advertised for 400 jobs in a new megastore on Spain's Mediterranean coast. It got more than 20,000 online applicants in 48 hours, before the retailer's computer servers crashed.
Nixon And Kimchi: How The Garment Industry Came To Bangladesh
The business that transformed the nation is the product of an obscure but hugely influential trade deal — and a cultural struggle over Korean food.
Confirmation: Selfies Are Forces Of Evil
Darth Vader has posted on Instagram a photo of his face — more precisely his iconic black helmet. The photo launched the Star Wars Instagram account — a marketing effort by Disney which has a new release out this month.
NFL Thursday Matchup: 2 Losing Teams Will Still Get Ratings
This week's Thursday Night Football features two teams that are as far from great as you can get. The Houston Texas face the Jacksonville Jaguars. It may just be the worst matchup of the year.
Iran's Nuclear Deal Faces Big Test
The recent deal between Iran and six world powers grabbed the headlines. But Iran is also working with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which will be carrying out a long-delayed inspection on an Iranian nuclear reactor in the coming days.
Loophole Or Workaround? (Food Stamp Edition)
In the debate over whether to cut the food stamp program, members of Congress are looking at two pretty arcane provisions in the law.
Federal Health Insurance Website Features 'Reset' Button
The Obama administration is renewing its sales push for the president's signature health care law. On Wednesday, officials host a "youth summit" at the White House, where young people will be encouraged to sign up for insurance coverage. Their participation is crucial to help balance out the cost of insuring older, sicker people.