Obese people -- those with a BMI of 30 to 34.9 -- have a 44 percent higher risk of death from any cause compared with those in the most-favorable range, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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George F. Johnson was the owner of the Endicott Johnson Corp. -- at one time the country's leading shoe manufacturer -- and one of the nation's welfare capitalists. Special Collections Research Center/Syracuse University hide caption

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, shown at a press conference on Nov. 4 in Geneva, may prove difficult to prosecute using the Espionage Act, a World War I-era law. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is wanted on suspicion of rape, sexual molestation and unlawful coercion stemming from encounters with two women during a trip to Sweden this summer. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Saffron comes from the crocus, a purple flower that originated in Greece. It takes 75,000 crocus flowers to make 1 pound of saffron. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The co-chairmen of President Obama's bipartisan debt commission, former Sen. Alan Simpson (left) of Wyoming and Democrat Erskine Bowles, met with the media on Capitol Hill. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Erskine Bowles, a Democrat (at left), and former Sen. Alan Simpson, a Republican, are co-chairmen of the commission. They spoke with reporters Tuesday in Washington. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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