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The Salt
4:31 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Brain Boost: Mediterranean Diet May Fend Off Memory Loss

A whole range of foods in common in the Mediterranean diet — from fish to nuts to fruits and vegetables — are rich in antioxidants and may protect against cognitive decline.
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Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 5:44 pm

If you've ever walked out of the house without your phone and wallet — as I did yesterday — you might have wondered: Am I starting to lose it?

Even if you're too young for any real concern about dementia, this kind of precursor to a "senior moment" can be rattling.

But a new study suggests we're not powerless when it comes to keeping our mental acuity and memory intact.

Researchers have documented that a Mediterranean diet rich in vegetables, fish, whole grains, along with daily servings of nuts and olive oil can help fend off age-related cognitive decline.

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Politics
3:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Chicago Wins Bid For Obama Presidential Library

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:22 pm

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Politics
3:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Senators Deny Obama Authority To Expedite Pacific Trade Deal

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:22 pm

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Movies
3:34 pm
Tue May 12, 2015

Filmmakers Launch Campaign To Complete Unfinished Orson Welles Film

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 6:22 pm

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Sports
8:06 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Tom Brady's Agent Says Suspension 'Has No Legitimate Basis'

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Parallels
8:00 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

Brazil's World Cup Legacy Includes $550M Stadium-Turned-Parking Lot

Brazil spent billions renovating and building World Cup stadiums. Almost a year after the tournament ended, the nation is still trying to figure out what to do with them. The Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia, Brazil (shown here in April 2014), was the most expensive of the stadiums — at a cost of $550 million — and is now being used as a bus parking lot.
Eraldo Peres AP

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 9:20 am

It has been almost a year since the World Cup in Brazil. The party is long over, but the country is still dealing with the hangover — in the form of "white elephant" stadiums and unfinished infrastructure projects. They come at a time when the country faces economic woes and the prospect of another expensive mega event: next year's summer Olympics.

The most expensive World Cup stadium — located in the capital, Brasilia, and with a price tag of $550 million — is being used as a parking lot for buses.

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Sports
5:30 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

NFL Suspends Tom Brady For First 4 Games Of 2015 Season

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 6:22 pm

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Technology
4:21 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

In Midst Of Drought, Why Not Harvest Water From The Air?

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 8:00 pm

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So that's water conservation. What about water production? Is there some way for us to harvest water?

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Business
4:21 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New York Announces Crackdown On Nail Salons

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 2:57 pm

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Law
4:21 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

'Baltimore Sun' Investigation Shows Police Denied Medical Care To Suspects

Originally published on Sun May 17, 2015 7:05 pm

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Books
4:21 pm
Mon May 11, 2015

New Book Explores Bobby Fuller's Mysterious Death

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 8:00 pm

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Mental Health
5:42 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

In Palo Alto's High-Pressure Schools, Suicides Lead To Soul-Searching

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 9:51 am

Since October of last year, four teenagers in California's Palo Alto school district have taken their own lives. Tragically, it's not the first cluster of teen suicides this area has seen: In 2009 and 2010, five local teenagers killed themselves by stepping in front of trains, and more suicides followed the next year.

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Author Interviews
5:35 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Danielewski Returns With A Long, Sideways Look At 'The Familiar'

On pages 68-69 from Mark Danielewski's The Familiar, Volume 1, the main character Xanther looks out the window of her father's car during a rainy drive.
Mark Z. Danielewski Courtesy of Pantheon, a division of Random House LLC.

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 5:46 am

If you met the author Mark Danielewski on an elevator, here's how your conversation might go:

"What are you doing these days?"

"I'm writing a novel," he replies. "It's 27 volumes long."

"Wow," you might say. "What's it about?"

"It's about this little girl who finds a little kitten."

"Twenty-seven volumes, huh?"

"Ah, it's a very intense subject."

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World
4:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

Civilian Suffering Continues To Worsen In Yemen

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 6:08 pm

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ARUN RATH, HOST:

And for a view from the ground in Yemen, we're turning to Teresa Sancristoval, a program manager with Doctors Without Borders. Right now, she's in the Yemeni capital, Sana'a. We reached her over Skype.

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Mental Health
4:18 pm
Sun May 10, 2015

After Campus Suicides, Building Community With A Simple Statement

TMAYD founder Izzy Lloyd (right) gives a friend a hug after asking about her day.
Maia Weinstock MIT

Originally published on Sun May 10, 2015 6:08 pm

In the past academic year, four students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have taken their own lives.

And in the days that followed two of her freshmen classmates' deaths by suicide, 18-year-old Isabel "Izzy" Lloyd noticed something.

"Things just sort of stopped for a week or two and there were people posting on Facebook and sending out emails and Twitter and Instagram and people were saying, 'I care, you can come see me,' " she says.

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