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California's Golden Gate Bridge during a rainstorm. Scientists believe the moon's position has an impact on the amount of rainfall.

Scientists Say The Moon Really Does Impact Rainfall On Earth

Praying for rain? You'll get (slightly) less when the moon is very high, a new study finds.

Scientists at the University of Washington say the moon's position impacts the amount of rainfall on Earth.

"As far as I know, this is the first study to convincingly connect the tidal force of the moon with rainfall," researcher Tsubasa Kohyama says in a press release from the university.

White House To Request $1 Billion For Cancer 'Moonshot'

President Obama plans to ask Congress for $755 million in cancer-research funding as part of his 2017 budget, according to the White House.

That would bring the funding total to nearly $1 billion over the next two years to accelerate what the president called a "moonshot" to try to eliminate cancer. Congress has already approved $195 million in research funding in 2016.

Chef Benoit Violier, whose Restaurant Hotel de Ville in Crissier, Switzerland, was named the No. 1 restaurant in the world, was found dead in what police say has the appearance of a suicide.

One Of The World's Greatest Chefs Is Found Dead In His Swiss Home

Benoit Violier, the renowned 44-year-old chef of Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville in Crissier, Switzerland, has died in what police say has the look of a suicide. The authorities say they found Violier's body next to a gun in his home.

For years now, the Restaurant de l'Hôtel de Ville has won the coveted three stars in the annual Michelin restaurant guide. In December, it was named No. 1 on La Liste, a French survey of the best restaurants worldwide.

A less expensive generic version of Gleevec, the cancer pill from Novartis, is on the way.

Modest Price Cut Expected For Generic Version Of Cancer Pill Gleevec

Pharmacies across the U.S. will begin receiving shipments of a generic form of the revolutionary cancer pill Gleevec this week after the drug lost its patent protection on Monday.

The generic version of drug, known as imatinib, is likely to cost about 30 percent less than brand-name Gleevec, says Kal Sundaram, the CEO of Sun Pharmaceuticals, the Mumbai, India-based company that will make the first generic.

Dr. Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization, and Dr. David L. Heymann, WHO assistant director-general, announce the global emergency during a news conference Monday in Geneva.

WHO Declares A Global Public Health Emergency Over Zika Virus

The World Health Organization has declared the cluster of microcephaly associated with the spread of the Zika virus to be a public health emergency of international concern — a designation reserved for an"extraordinary event" that is "serious, unusual or unexpected."

Dr. Margaret Chan, the WHO's director-general, said during a press briefing Monday that an international coordinated response was needed to improve mosquito control as well as to expedite the development of tests that detect the Zika virus.

John Scott celebrates scoring a goal in a 3-on-3 tournament at the All-Star game Sunday, along with Brent Burns of the San Jose Sharks.

John Scott Transcends Jokes, NHL's Resistance And Is Named MVP Of All-Star Game

When the NHL's All-Star extravaganza began, John Scott was worried about whether his teammates would accept him, a journeyman enforcer who was voted in by the fans and who's now on an AHL team. When it ended, he worried the NHL's elite might drop him when they lifted him onto their shoulders.

"I was nervous, scared," Scott said. "I am not a very light guy – I'm almost 275 pounds, when I'm soaking wet I'm about 300 pounds. It was nerve-wracking. ... I thought they were going to drop me on my head."

Bernie Sanders takes a selfie with a woman who attended a rally in Greensboro, N.C.

Women And The Generational Divide Between Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders

Stephanie Hundley is an enthusiastic Bernie Sanders supporter. The 28-year-old from Waterloo is also enthusiastic about the fact that she's not going to vote for Hillary Clinton just because she's a woman.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks during a campaign event in Cedar Falls, Iowa last week.

2015 Brought Big Money For Clinton And Bush; Sanders Led In Small Contributions

The Takeaways:
  • Republican candidates raised more than $227 million in 2015, less than the GOP field raised in 2011.
  • The year-end reports include the first disclosure of big money from Donald Trump and reveal the precarious state of Jeb Bush's White House bid.
  • Some wealthy conservative donors, including Las Vegas billionaire Sheldon Adelson, haven't put their money behind any GOP candidate yet. Big donors on the Democratic side are behind Hillary Clinton.

O'Malley, Paul, Carson, Fiorina Check In On Iowa Caucus Day

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Current Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum narrowly won the Iowa caucuses in 2012. However, his luck didn't hold.

Waiting To See Who Wins Iowa? Take A Look At How Past Winners Have Fared

The first real votes of the 2016 presidential election will be cast at the Iowa caucuses tonight, starting at 8 p.m. ET.

And that means there are a lot of questions in the air.

Will Donald Trump's lead in the polls translate to dominance in the caucus rooms? Will Iowa voters feel the Bern? What's the mood like on the ground? (You'll find answers at NPR Politics, with a wide range of reporting and analysis on the candidates, the voters and what it all means.)