As lawmakers in Washington continue to negotiate over immigration policies, they'll have to grapple with a fundamental disagreement about the link between immigrants and crime.
Elected officials from Pennsylvania to Arizona have argued that undocumented immigrants contribute to higher crime rates, but some social scientists tell a different story. They argue that first-generation immigrants actually make their communities safer — and they point to some of the nation's biggest cities as proof.
During a ceremony in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, John Brennan was sworn in as the director of the Central Intelligence Office by Vice President Joe Biden.
According to the White House, Brennan took his oath by putting his hand "on an original draft of the Constitution, dating from 1787, which has George Washington's personal handwriting and annotations on it."
The AP reports that with Brennan, President Obama's national security team is set for a second term.
Kim Rollins of Ontario, Canada, struggled with anorexia for more than 20 years. After starting deep brain stimulation 14 months ago, the 36-year-old says she's in recovery.
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An X-ray of electrodes implanted in the brain of a Parkinson's patient at the Cleveland Clinic. Now deep brain stimulation like this is being tried experimentally in a few patients with chronic, serious anorexia.
Left to their own devices, many seedless grapes would be puny and soft. But these Thompson seedless got pleasingly plump after a little girdling and hormone treatment.
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Giving that orange a run for its money, these red grapes clearly have been treated with a plant hormone, which makes them long and cylindrical. They "were so large, hard, and yummy that I had to re-read the package label a couple of times," Flickr user I Love Egg wrote about her grapes.
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Left to their devices, many seedless grapes would be puny and soft. But these Thompson seedless got pleasingly plump after a little hormone therapy and girdling.
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Put a "girdle" on that vine: By scraping off a small section of the grapevine's trunk, a farmer in California hopes to fatten up the fruit growing at the top.
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A 1931 horticultural pamphlet from the University of California shows how girdling boosts grape size and quality.
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