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In Which Colin Firth Debunks Some Myths About Working With Woody Allen

Allen doesn't rehearse, and he isn't a big talker. But Firth pooh-poohs claims that he doesn't direct. He says Allen was a "very involved and meticulous director" while making Magic in the Moonlight.

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Can Finishing A Big Bowl Of Ramen Make Dreams Come True?

At his ramen shop in Cambridge, Mass., chef Tsuyoshi Nishioka wants customers to follow their dreams. His philosophy? If you can finish a bowl of his ramen, you can accomplish anything in life.

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How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print

A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.

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How Well Does A Drug Work? Look Beyond The Fine Print
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Gurrumul, An Unlikely International Star, Reaches U.S. Ears
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After Completing A 12-Year Sentence, A Texas Man Is Cleared By DNA
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As Political Disenchantment Soars, Lines At The Polls Grow Shorter
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Inmate dormitories at Louisiana State Penitentiary, like this one photographed in July 2011, have heating in the winter and cooling by fans and open windows in the summer, but no air conditioning. A judge ruled earlier this year that that constituted cruel and unusual punishment, but installation is on hold pending a state appeal. Scott Threlkeld/The Times-Picayune/Landov hide caption

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Do Heat-Sensitive Inmates Have A Right To Air Conditioning?
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