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Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it's the perfect excerpt from the young wizard's many adventures to give their subjects.

Heart stent not expected to sideline Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court.

Presidents pick up the check for their meals

There's no free lunch -- or breakfast or dinner -- for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter.

Some in US illegally could get retirement benefits

Many immigrants in the United States illegally who apply for work permits under President Barack Obama's new executive actions would be eligible for Social Security and Medicare benefits upon reaching retirement age, according to the White House.

Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing

An experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it, U.S. researchers reported Wednesday.

Judge puts Arizona 'revenge porn' law on hold

A federal judge on Wednesday put a new Arizona law against "revenge porn" on hold after civil rights groups sued over constitutional grounds.

Obama defends legal authority _ to pardon turkeys

President Barack Obama has issued an executive action that some of his Republican opponents may be hard-pressed to disagree with -- sparing Thanksgiving turkeys from the dinner table.

Heart stent for Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, 81

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had a heart stent implanted on Wednesday, reviving talk about how long the 81-year-old liberal jurist will be staying on the court.

Ebola vaccine seems safe in first-stage testing

Researchers say an experimental Ebola vaccine appears safe and has triggered signs of immune protection in the first 20 volunteers to test it.

Tom Hanks, wife to host Christmas tree lighting

Tom Hanks and his wife, actress Rita Wilson, will host this year's National Christmas Tree lighting in President's Park near the White House.

Reading Harry Potter gives clues to brain activity

Reading about Harry Potter's adventures learning to fly his broomstick activates some of the same regions in the brain we use to perceive real people's actions and intentions.

Memorial spanning 3 days set for Marion Barry

Marion Barry will be remembered with three days of events befitting a man described by the District of Columbia's current mayor as the "most iconic figure" in the city's history, officials said Wednesday.

Lawmaker: Fight with militants needs 'Arab face'

A Republican lawmaker says the battle against the Islamic State group needs to have "an Arab face," even as the U.S. leads airstrikes to help defeat the militant group.

Obama gets the bill for White House Thanksgiving

There's no free lunch -- or breakfast or dinner -- for President Barack Obama on Thanksgiving Day. Or any other day for that matter.

US new home sales up 0.7 percent in October

Sales of new U.S. homes edged up modestly in October, led by a big jump in activity in the Midwest.

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