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Like All Animals, We Need Stress. Just Not Too Much

A racing mind and a pounding heart aren't all bad — the stress response can help humans and other animals deal with the unexpected. So what makes a vital system, which evolved to help us, turn toxic?

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In Google Newsroom, Brazil Defeat Is Not A Headline

Google is mining its search data from the World Cup games, trying to make factoids that go viral. Its "newsroom" is focused on happy thoughts, not sad ones — like Brazil's brutal defeat.

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States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back

Several red states, including Louisiana, have been diverting some offenders away from prison and into drug treatment and other incarceration alternatives. But not everyone is embracing the effort.

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States Push For Prison Sentence Overhaul; Prosecutors Push Back

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Gas In Egypt Is 78 Percent More Expensive Now Than Last Week

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Gay Teacher Files Sex Discrimination Claim Against Georgia School

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A Golf Prodigy Grows Up, And Goes All The Way To The Top

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