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‘Ballers’ Makes the Most of Its South Florida Location

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Miami — Omar Benson Miller spent three seasons on CSI: Miami, but only this past year did he get a chance to film a television show in South Florida. “It was Miami at the best time to be in Miami: In the winter, which is just the mildest climate,” Miller said. “They can sign me up for another 10 years of that.” Miller appears on Ballers, HBO’s new series that …

Scientists Study Whether Pills Prevent Diabetes

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Chicago — For nearly a century, insulin has been a life-saving diabetes treatment. Now scientists are testing a tantalizing question: What if pills containing the same medicine patients inject every day could also prevent the disease? Thirteen-year-old Hayden Murphy of Plainfield, Ill., is helping researchers determine if the strategy works for Type 1 …

Greeks Finish in Close Vote

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Athens, Greece — Greeks packed city squares for dueling rallies late into the night Friday, as polls showed a dead heat between the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ camps ahead of a bailout referendum Sunday that could be Greece’s most important vote since it joined the European Union. More than 40,000 people gathered at the …

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Abortion Law

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote blocked the state of Texas, at least for now, from enforcing a strict new abortion law that was likely to close most of the state’s remaining abortion clinics. The measure would require these clinics to have doctors on the …

Justices Say EPA Erred on Emissions

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Washington — The Supreme Court dealt a major blow on Monday to the Obama administration’s efforts to keep toxic mercury out of the nation’s air and waterways, saying U.S. officials failed to properly consider economic costs when it imposed expensive pollution controls on coal-burning power plants. The court, …

High Court OKs Use of Death Drug

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Washington — A bitterly divided Supreme Court on Monday upheld a drug combination used by Oklahoma to execute death row inmates. In the most closely watched capital punishment case of the court’s term, and one that provoked strong feelings from both sides, a conservative 5-4 majority rejected a …

Study Finds Fermented Foods May Reduce Social Anxiety

Monday, June 29, 2015

You know that coffee perks you up. And when you’re sad, mac and cheese can make you feel better. But could miso soup or sauerkraut help you feel less tense at parties? Yes, according to a new study, published online in the journal Psychiatry Research. Psychologists from the …

Advances Save Child Cancer Patients

Monday, June 29, 2015

Orlando — When Ben Watson, 14, had trouble breathing, his doctors suspected he had pneumonia and put him on a couple of rounds of antibiotics. One day, his pain got so bad that his parents took him to the emergency room, where his diagnosis changed: It was non-Hodgkin …

Possible Red Flag

Monday, June 29, 2015

Baltimore — Simple tests used regularly to assess kidney function and damage also could help doctors predict who will suffer heart disease, the nation’s leading cause of death, researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health …

Alcohol Before Dining Led Many Women in Study to Overeat

Monday, June 29, 2015

That mellow feeling that settles in when you kick off your shoes, pour yourself a drink and start making dinner should come with a warning: Overeating ahead. Don’t hear it? That would be your brain’s reward system — the primitive structures that prime our drives for sex, food …

MTV’s Small-Screen Reboot of ‘Scream’ Dares You to Watch

Monday, June 29, 2015

The TV version of Scream has so much fun gutting its origin story for inspiration, it almost forgets to be scary. The 10-episode series, which begins Tuesday night on MTV, is a reboot of Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson’s gory-meets-funny horror film franchise, four movies that twisted themselves …

Iran Talks on Nuclear Deal Suspended

Monday, June 29, 2015

Vienna — The final round of international negotiations for a nuclear deal with Iran won’t finish by Tuesday’s deadline, diplomats acknowledged Sunday after weekend meetings. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who met U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry four times over the weekend, flew to Tehran …

SpaceX Launch Ends in Failure When Rocket Explodes

Monday, June 29, 2015

Cape Canaveral, Fla. — An unmanned SpaceX rocket carrying supplies and a first-of-its-kind docking port to the International Space Station broke apart Sunday shortly after liftoff. It was a severe blow to NASA, still reeling from previous failed …