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Kids, Allergies And A Possible Downside To Squeaky Clean Dishes

Swedish kids growing up in families that wash their dishes by hand are less likely to develop certain allergies than those in families with dishwashers, a study suggests. But there may be more to it.

An Iraqi child who fled fighting between the so-called Islamic State and Kurdish peshmerga is among the some 3,000 people living at the Baharka camp, near Irbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq, on Jan. 16. Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Brutal ISIS Tactics Create New Levels Of Trauma Among Iraqis

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Crazy Quilt Kevin Hays & Brad Mehldau

Wil Smith visited StoryCorps with his daughter, Olivia, in Sheffield, Mass. StoryCorps hide caption

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Wil Smith, Single Dad And Beloved StoryCorps Participant, Dies At 46

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Flax Fredrik
The Voiceless And So I Watch You from Afar

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When Kids Think Parents Play Favorites, It Can Spell Trouble

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He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother Tommy Emmanuel
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Back Home Gold Panda

For his study Professor Benjamin Schmidt culled roughly 14 million reviews from the website Rate My Professor. Blue dots represent male professors, red dots female. The farther right the dot, the more often that the word on the left was used to describe the professor. Alyson Hurt hide caption

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How We Talk About Our Teachers

How We Talk About Our Teachers

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Struggling Writer's Debut Novel Gets Coveted Oprah Winfrey Nod

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I Love You Golden Blue Sonic Youth
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If Congress doesn't act to fund the Department of Homeland Security by Friday, then over 200,000 TSA employees won't be receiving paychecks — but many of them will still have to show up to work. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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For TSA Officers, Congress' Inaction On Funding Could Hit Home

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Red Lanterns Are Blue Wil Blades
Intro/Miller's Time Wil Blades
I'm a Mindless Idiot Meat Puppets

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Immigration Courts 'Operating In Crisis Mode,' Judges Say

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