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Natural compounds in dark chocolate found to increase calmness

Research to be published in the May issue of the Journal of Psychopharmacology has found cocoa polyphenols have a positive impact on mood in healthy individuals. “To our knowledge, this is the first randomized, controlled trial to substantiate the effects of cocoa polyphenols on positive mood states in a non-clinical…

Reddit apologizes for encouraging dangerous Boston ‘witch hunts’

Reddit on Monday apologized for being a rallying point for online witch hunts as amateur sleuths used the social news website to expose the people behind the bombing at the Boston Marathon. “Though started with noble intentions, some of the activity on Reddit fueled online witch hunts and dangerous speculation…

Soldier pleads guilty to murdering five colleagues in Iraq

A US soldier pleaded guilty Monday to killing five of his colleagues in Iraq four years ago, in a plea deal to escape a death sentence, a military spokesman said. Army Sergeant John Russell was accused of the May 2009 killings at a clinic for soldiers suffering from war-related stress…

Doctors warn ‘the cinnamon challenge’ damages lungs

Health experts warned Monday about serious risks from the “Cinnamon Challenge,” a game popular with US teens, who ingest a spoonful of the pungent spice, then try to refrain from drinking water. A study published in the journal Pediatrics warned that while the game may seem like harmless fun, many…

Boston holds memorial to remember victims of marathon bombing

Bostonians gathered at a makeshift memorial on Monday to remember the victims of last week’s devastating marathon bombings — some seeking comfort, others looking to honor the dead. At 2:50 pm (1850 GMT), church bells rang out across the city as hundreds of people stood silently at the end of…

Airports see flight delays as budget cuts hit

Some US airports were experiencing significant flight delays Monday, in the wake of mandatory federal budget cuts that have forced temporary staff cuts at the Federal Aviation Administration. Delays of more than an hour were reported by the FAA at major east coast airports because of the staffing shortages, as…

White House: Internet sales tax ‘will level the playing field’

The White House Monday backed a Senate bill to force online retailers like Amazon and eBay to collect state and local sales taxes, hoping to end a cost disadvantage hampering bricks and mortar businesses. The bill, which was being debated in the Senate on Monday, could lead to the recouping…

Fundraising campaign launched for owner of boat damaged in Boston bombing arrest

An online fundraising campaign has been launched for the “heartbroken” owner of a yacht damaged when police captured Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The 19-year-old hid in a motor cruiser owned by Dave Henneberry, a resident of Watertown, where much of the manhunt for Tsarnaev and his brother focused…

Dutch reality show seeks one-way astronauts for Mars

Are you crazy enough to sign up for a one-way trip to Mars? Applications are now being accepted by the makers of a Dutch reality show that says it will deliver the first humans to the Red Planet in 10 years. The main requirements are strong health, good people and…

White House: Immigration reform will enhance national security

The White House warned Monday that attacks on the Boston marathon should not derail momentum towards immigration reform, President Barack Obama’s best shot at a big second-term legacy achievement. The fact that the two suspected perpetrators of the bombings were of Chechen origin and were living legally in the United…

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