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11:06am

Wed December 17, 2014
Shots - Health News

Behind The Scenes At The Lab That Fingerprints Microbiomes

Rob Knight, co-founder of the American Gut Project at the University of Colorado in Boulder, works in the lab where the samples are processed.
The American Gut Project

The gut microbiome may soon reveal important answers to questions about our health. But those answers aren't yet easy to spot or quick to obtain.

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10:32am

Wed December 17, 2014
The Salt

Way Beyond Brownies: Vice Launches A Marijuana Cooking Show

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 12:03 pm

Aurora Leveroni, 91, is also known as "Nonna Marijuana."
Vice

On Sunday, my mother sent me an email: "OMG! Watch this unbelievable cooking show!"

It wasn't spam, and my mother, who's 65, does not use OMG lightly.

The fuss was over a 20-minute video about a 91-year-old grandmother who cooks Italian classics in marijuana-infused butter.

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10:19am

Wed December 17, 2014
Parallels

A Tweet On Women's Veils, Followed By Raging Debate In Saudi Arabia

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 12:48 pm

Saudi Arabian women wear their traditional face covering, the niqab, at a coffee and chocolate exhibition in the capital Riyadh on Monday. A prominent religious figure said on Twitter that the face veil is not mandatory, sparking a heated national debate.
Fayez Nureldine AFP/Getty Images

The man at the eye of the storm in Saudi Arabia is Ahmad Aziz Al Ghamdi. He's a religious scholar, the former head of the religious police in Mecca, a group officially known as the Committee for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice.

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9:52am

Wed December 17, 2014
The Two-Way

Polls Show Cuban-American Views On U.S.-Cuba Relations Are Nuanced

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 11:07 am

An elderly man makes a move on a chess board at the Maximo Gomez Domino park in Little Havana in Miami, where political opinions are shifting.
Roberto Schmidt AFP/Getty Images

With news that the United States will work toward re-establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba and easing the embargo, there is already talk about the reaction in the Cuban-American community.

In political terms, this is a major voting bloc in the hugely important swing state of Florida.

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9:51am

Wed December 17, 2014
U.S.

Cuba, U.S. Agree To Prisoner Release Including American Alan Gross

Originally published on Wed December 17, 2014 10:29 am

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