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Monkey See

An Eater's-Eye View Of Literature's Most Iconic Meals

With intricately composed photographs, designer Dinah Fried puts readers at the table for 50 of her favorite literary spreads. Her new book is called Fictitious Dishes.

Using Technology To Fix The Texting-While-Driving Problem

Driving while distracted by your phone is a nationwide problem. A new proposed phone function from Apple could play a big role in helping teens — and adults — avoid accidents. hide caption

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All Tech Considered

Using Technology To Fix The Texting-While-Driving Problem

Parents, cities and software companies have advocated or developed apps that block texts and calls when you're driving. But an Apple patent for locking phone functions could make a big impact.

California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

Over 90 percent of American figs are grown in California. Two growers there are trying to coax the fruit into ripeness nine months of the year — and maybe more. hide caption

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The Salt

California Farmers Finagle A Fig For All Seasons

Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.

Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help

Dr. Billy Oley (left) talks with Dr. William George in the Beartooth Billings Clinic in Red Lodge, Mont. The hospital became part of the Billings Clinic system in exchange for help with its digital medical records. hide caption

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Shots - Health News

Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help

Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.

Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

A customer shops for produce at the Hunger Mountain Co-op on in April 2013 in Montpelier, Vt. More than a dozen food cooperatives supported the bill that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods. hide caption

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The Salt

Bracing For A Battle, Vermont Passes GMO Labeling Bill

The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require food companies to label food products containing genetically modified ingredients. Other states may follow, but a bill in the U.S. Congress could invalidate such rules.

Injured Sherpa Explains Why He'll Never Climb Everest Again

An avalanche last week killed 16 Nepalese guides in the single deadliest incident on Mount Everest. Now, the lucrative climbing industry faces unprecedented turmoil, as expeditions are cancelled and Sherpas vow to quit. Here, mountaineers look out from the summit of the world's tallest mountain in May 2013. Tshering Sherpa/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Parallels - World News

Injured Sherpa Explains Why He'll Never Climb Everest Again

Kaji Sherpa recalls taking two steps backward when a wall of snow careened toward him; it made all the difference. He survived Everest's deadliest disaster — and now says he'll stick to farming.

A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S.

There today, here tomorrow: A mother holds her child for a measles vaccination in Manila, Philippines, in January. Travelers are bringing measles from the Philippines to the United States. hide caption

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Shots - Health News

A Measles Outbreak In The Philippines Travels To The U.S.

International travel is one reason the number of measles cases in the U.S. has spiked this year. But the number of people who refuse to get their children vaccinated is a factor, too.

Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History

The steamship City of Chester was cut nearly in two by the much larger liner Oceanic. hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Long-Lost Wreck Off San Francisco Recalls Anti-Chinese History

The City of Chester, which went down in 1888 after colliding with a liner, has been found. At the time, false reports that the other ship's Chinese crew failed to help rescue passengers stoked racial hatred.

'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses

Leslie Mann, Nicki Minaj, Cameron Diaz and Kate Upton have nothing to do in The Other Woman. Barry Wetcher/Twentieth Century Fox hide caption

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Monkey See

'The Other Woman': When Terrible Movies Happen To Funny Actresses

A film that seems designed to demonstrate the dire circumstances in which funny women can still find themselves, The Other Woman is a grotesque pantomime of female empowerment.

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