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Denise Gellene LA TIMES A study of the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus has found that 3.4% of females in the U.S. ages 14 to 59 are infected with at least one of four viral types that could be blocked by the controversial vaccine Gardasil, researchers reported Tuesday...
Leslie Earnest and Adrian G. Uribarri LA TIMES It was a return policy made in shopper heaven, but it became hellish for Costco Wholesale Corp. Customers at the membership warehouse chain could buy a snazzy big-screen TV, use it indefinitely and take it back anytime. They could...
DALLAS MORNING NEWS All the effort to boost children's self-esteem may have backfired and produced a generation of college students who are more narcissistic than their Gen-X predecessors, according to a new study. And the Internet, with all its MySpace and YouTube braggadocio,...
COURTNEY FRENCH Associated Press Authorities are considering taking an 8-year-old boy who weighs 218 pounds into protective custody unless his mother improves his diet, officials said Monday. Social service officials will meet with family members Tuesday to discuss the health of...
JENNIFER RADCLIFFE Houston Chronicle Cypress-Fairbanks school leaders are giving students a reason to take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills seriously: Passing scores can earn a free pass on final exams. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who pass the TAKS can skip some...
Gregory Lopes THE WASHINGTON TIMES The chairman of the federal panel that recommended the new cervical-cancer vaccine for pre-teen girls says lawmakers should not make the inoculation mandatory, as the District and more than 20 states, including Virginia, are considering. Dr...
JAKE TAPPER ABC.com Back home in Tennessee, safely ensconced in his suburban Nashville home, Vice President Al Gore is no doubt basking in the Oscar awarded to "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary he inspired and in which he starred. But a local free-market think tank is...
Molly Hennessy-Fiske LA TIMES Even as the federal government is starting to crack down on companies that hire illegal immigrants, it's been helping those same workers send money home, cheap. Dubbed Directo a Mexico, the Federal Reserve-sponsored service allows customers without...
Jonathan Weisman and Lyndsey Layton THE WASHINGTON POST The plan was bold: By tying President Bush's $100 billion war request to strict standards of troop safety and readiness, Democrats believed they could grab hold of Iraq war policy while forcing Republicans to defend sending...