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Forgiveness of Charleston Church Shooter Prompts Discussion

People visit a memorial outside the Emanuel AME Church June 19, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)
People visit a memorial outside the Emanuel AME Church June 19, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

CHARLESTON, S.C.— Under an outdoor tent a few blocks from Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Sharon Simmons paused while cleaning up from the previous night’s...

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    Mathematics, Spaghetti Alla Carbonara and You

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    Kids Who Remember Words Are Better Liars

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    Why ‘Deadbeat’ Dads May Deserve More Credit

    The results of a new study on “deadbeat dads” suggest that the stereotype might be more myth than reality. Low-income fathers who don’t pay cash... Read more

  • Afghans and foreigners perform ypga during the first International Yoga Day, at the Indian Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, June 21, 2015. Thousands of yoga enthusiasts took part in mass yoga programs to mark the first International Yoga Day throughout the world. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    Millions of People Bend and Twist Their Bodies for Yoga Day

    NEW DELHI— Millions of yoga enthusiasts bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures Sunday to mark International Yoga Day. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi... Read more

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    Incredible Nearly Mile-Long Pizza Breaks World Record in Milan (Video)

    ROME— The wait was on the long side for the pizza—18 hours—but this was an extraordinary pie: 1.59545 kilometers, or nearly a mile long. Eighty... Read more

  • "You can influence to an extent how trustworthy others perceive you to be in a facial photo," says Jonathan Freeman, "but perceptions of your competence or ability are considerably less able to be changed." (iStock)

    To Look Trustworthy, Put on a Happy Face

    We can alter our facial features to make us look more trustworthy, but not more competent. A new study points to both the limits and potential... Read more

  • Residents stand along the President Barack Obama's motorcade route, Friday, June 19, 2015, in the Highland Park neighborhood of Los Anageles, Calif., hoping to see the president as he drives past en route to an interview with comedian Marc Maron near by. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Obama Spending Father’s Day Weekend in Golf Destination

    SAN FRANCISCO— With his wife and daughters away in Europe, President Barack Obama is spending Father’s Day weekend in one of his favorite golf vacation... Read more

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    Children’s Learning Styles

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    Culinary Adventures in Israel

    When pondering the Holy Land, images of the ancient walls of Jerusalem, catching rays on a Tel Aviv beach, the Sea of Galilee where Jesus... Read more

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    Baked Alaska: Hot, Dry Weather Hangs Over Far-North State

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    Is Shame Too Mean or a Tool for Change?

    A whopping two-thirds of human conversation is gossip about others—a rate that holds true, anthropologists say, for radically different cultures around the world. Something like 90... Read more

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    Why People Say They Know Made-Up Things

    People who think they know a little something about a topic—confident though they may be—commonly and easily claim knowledge they couldn’t possibly have. The researchers... Read more