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Put Down the Raw Cookie Dough and You Won’t Get E. Coli — Health Check

Arguably the best part about making cookies during the holidays is getting a sneak spoonful of the raw dough before it goes in the oven. Like with tons of other great-tasting grub, however, it’s so not good for us. In fact, two years ago, 77 people in 30 states became ill from doing just that.

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Can You Avoid the Stench of Bad Grades by Studying with Pleasant Smells? — Health Check

Hey students, want higher test scores? Try studying with a little potpourri or the scent of fresh-baked cookies. Scientists have discovered that our ability to learn actually decreases when the information is paired with a nasty smell.

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Ouch! Rick Perry is Now More Hated on YouTube Than Rebecca Black [VIDEOS]

A new Rick Perry ad in which the Texas governor and presidential hopeful laments that gays can serve openly in the military but kids can’t pray in school hasn’t recieved the YouTube reception his campaing was hoping for.

In fact, in just three days Perry’s “Stronger” spot amassed almost twice as many dislikes on the video sharing site as Rebecca Black‘s spectacularly maligned ‘Friday’ video has since September 16.

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Muslim Women Warned to Stay Away From Bananas, Cucumbers and Other Sexual Foods

It’s important to some who observe the Muslim faith to distance themselves from those images, persons and items that might provoke sexual thoughts.

But is produce really one of those things?

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Should Nuns Be Offered the Pill to Reduce Cancer Risks? — Health Check

If you were going to choose a segment of society least likely to need birth control pills, no one could fault you for putting nuns at the top of the list. Researchers, however, say the notoriously contraceptive-averse Catholic Church should make the pills available to those women to reduce their risk of cancer.

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This Day in History for December 12 – GM Phases Out Oldsmobile and More

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

1901 – Italian physicist and radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi succeeds in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean (More info)

1913 – Two years after it was stolen from the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece ‘The Mona Lisa’ is recovered inside Italian waiter Vincenzo Peruggia’s hotel room in Florence (More info)

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The Public Agrees, About $150,000 a Year Makes You ‘Rich’ — Survey of the Day

In light of the Occupy Wall Street movement focusing attention on the “one percent” and the debate over raising taxes on the wealthy, Gallup asked 1,012 adults how much money they would need to make a year in order to consider themselves rich.

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Kids Whose Parents Drink and Drive More Likely to Do It Themselves — Health Check

Want to keep your kids from drinking and driving? A new study says not doing it yourself is a good start.

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Sentenced to 14 Years in Federal Prison

Rod Blagojevich, the former Democratic governor of Illinois, was sentenced Wednesday to 14 years in federal prison for political corruption that includes an attempt to sell the US Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.

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Vermont Named Healthiest State, But What’s the Unhealthiest?

If you live in Vermont, congratulations — for the fifth year in a row, your state has been named as the healthiest in the country.

The United Health Foundation’s 2011 America’s Health Rankings, released Monday, also put New Hampshire, Connecticut, Hawaii and Massachusetts in the top five.

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