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Leading Doctor Recommends Obese Children Be Taken From Their Parents
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Leading Doctor Recommends Obese Children Be Taken From Their Parents

A doctor has proposed putting severely obese children in temporary foster homes.

Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Harvard-affiliated Children's Hospital Boston, made this recommendation Wednesday in highly respected 'Journal of the American Medical Association.'

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California Politician Proposes South California as 51st State
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California Politician Proposes South California as 51st State

We've been doing the 50-state thing since Hawaii got the nod in 1959. But if one California politician gets his way, we're going to have to add another star to the flag.

Jeff Stone, who sits on Riverside County Board of Supervisors, is proposing that his and 12 other counties in the southern half of California break away from the Golden State and form their own state called South California.

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Glenn Beck Relocates to Texas
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Glenn Beck Relocates to Texas

Texas is a pretty big place -- but is it big enough for Glenn Beck? The Lone Star State is about to find out.

Conservative pundit Beck, whose New York-based television show for Fox News was recently canceled -- or he voluntarily left, depending on whom you ask -- sold his $3.6 million Connecticut home and is renting a $20,000-a-month two-acre spread in Dallas. “I can’t wait,” Beck told listeners during his radio broadcast on Monday.

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Westboro Baptist Church Will Picket Betty Ford's Funeral
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Westboro Baptist Church Will Picket Betty Ford’s Funeral

The Westboro Baptist Church is at it again.

The fundamentalist and anti-gay group has announced it will picket the funeral of former first lady Betty Ford, who died last week, because she got divorced before marrying the man who would later become President Gerald Ford. This, the group says, made her an adulterer who "loved to sit with tawdry reporters and blather about sex."

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Title: Summer Reading Guide: 5 Books Everyone Should Read This Summer

Any book worth the paper it's printed on will immerse the reader almost from the start. Great authors seem to have a knack for doing this without fail.

Still, sometimes it can be nice to help them out a little. Reading a book with a setting that mirrors your own can be a rich and satisfying experience.

With that in mind, here are five great summer reads, all set in the summer.

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This Day in History for July 12 – Mondale Chooses Ferraro and More

Here’s a look at some interesting events that took place on this day in history:

1543 – King Henry VIII of England marries his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr, at Hampton Court Palace (More info)

1812 – The United States invades Canada at Windsor, Ontario (More info)

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Sherwood Schwartz, Creator of ‘The Brady Bunch’ and ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dead at 94
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Sherwood Schwartz, Creator of ‘The Brady Bunch’ and ‘Gilligan’s Island,’ Dead at 94

Sherwood Schwartz, the man who created or contributed to several iconic television shows, died Tuesday at 4AM of natural causes. He was 94.

Schwartz worked in radio for Bob Hope before transitioning to television, where he won a 1961 Emmy as part of the writing team for 'The Red Skelton Show.' He also worked on series such as 'My Favorite Martian' and 'Harper Valley PTA.'

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Connecticut Becomes First State to Mandate Paid Sick Time
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Connecticut Becomes First State to Mandate Paid Sick Time

In a move watched carefully by some 20 cities and states, Connecticut has become the first state in the nation to mandate paid sick days for workers.

The bill, signed by Governor Dannel Malloy earlier this month, covers only hourly service workers at companies with more than 50 employees and excludes manufacturers and some others.

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