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Psychologist Traci Mann calls willpower "a mythical quality and certainly not something that can be relied upon for weight loss."

In 'Eating Lab,' A Psychologist Spills Secrets On Why Diets Fail

As soon as Traci Mann's new book, Secrets From The Eating Lab, hit bookstores, I ordered my copy.

As the author of a no-diet book myself, I was eager to read what one of the leading researchers on the psychology of eating, dieting and self-control had to say about why diets fail to bring about significant or sustainable weight loss.

Tucker Jones, a biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, counts sturgeon in the Columbia River. He says only 1 percent of sturgeon survive the 15 to 25 years it takes for them to start reproducing.

As Caviar Prices Skyrocket, Sturgeon Poachers Invade Pacific Northwest

There's no good reason for a live, 8-foot sturgeon to be tied by the tail and tethered to the shore of the Columbia River, in the Pacific Northwest.

But this is how poachers steal the giant fish: They keep the sturgeon alive and hidden underwater while they look for black-market buyers.

Wildlife officers say the high value of caviar is driving poachers to these inventive tactics. They've also found sturgeon carcasses floating in the river — their bellies slit open after poachers harvested their eggs.

Vice President Joe Biden holds Beau Biden's son Hunter during a basketball game in 2013.

Joe Biden's Advice On Compassion And Family, In His Own Words

Vice President Joe Biden's speech to Yale University graduates two weeks ago is taking on new meaning after his office announced Saturday that his son Beau died after battling brain cancer.

In the May speech, highlighted Sunday by the Washington Post, Biden spoke about Beau, the importance of family, compassion and building real relationships with people who disagree with you.

'Call Me Caitlyn': Bruce Jenner Reveals New Name

Updated at 1:49 p.m. ET

Bruce Jenner, the former Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete who revealed recently that "for all intents and purposes" he is a woman, is now Caitlyn Jenner.

The revelation was made in Vanity Fair, which tweeted an image of Jenner on the cover of its July issue.

Samantha Elauf (right) stands with her mother, Majda, in February outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

Supreme Court Rules For Woman Denied Abercrombie & Fitch Job Over Headscarf

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

The Supreme Court has ruled 8-1 in favor of a young Muslim woman who was denied a job at Abercrombie & Fitch because she wore a headscarf.

Samantha Elauf had applied for the sales job in Tulsa, Okla., in 2008 and was recommended for hire by an interviewer. But Abercrombie has a "look policy" that bars the wearing of caps by its salespeople.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. speaks to supporters after announcing his bid for presidential election in Central, S.C.

S.C. Sen. Lindsey Graham Joins Battle For Republican Nomination

Three-term U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham has become the latest entrant into the GOP presidential field, announcing his candidacy Monday in his hometown of Central, S.C.

"I want to be president to protect our nation that we all love so much. So get ready. I'm ready," he told supporters. "I want to be president to defeat the enemies that are trying to kill us, not just penalize them or criticize them or contain them, but defeat them."

The case of Anthony Elonis, who was convicted in 2010 of making violent threats on Facebook, was argued at the Supreme Court in December. Here, an advocate for victims' rights speaks with reporters about the case.

Supreme Court Tosses Out Man's Conviction For Making Threats On Facebook

The Supreme Court has reversed the conviction of a Pennsylvania man who said violent messages he posted on Facebook were therapeutic, not true threats. Anthony Elonis was arrested by the FBI, which had been monitoring his posts.

At issue is the standard by which a lower court viewed rap lyrics and messages from Elonis, who often posted graphically violent language along with disclaimers that he was merely asserting his First Amendment rights.

A Manifesto On Diversity In Public Media

Editor's note: Over the past few months, there's been a lot of much-needed discussion about the "whiteness" of public radio voices. Poet and radio host Al Letson weighed in last week with an unusual and powerful essay over at Transom. They've graciously shared Letson's essay with Code Switch readers.

The question of how to communicate with parents about vaccines is getting increasing interest from academia.

Training Doctors To Talk About Vaccines Fails To Sway Parents

As more and more parents choose to skip vaccinations for their children, public health professionals and researchers have been looking at new ways to ease the concerns of parents who are hesitant.

But that turns out to be tough to do. Studies have found that simply educating parents about the safety and efficacy of vaccines doesn't increase the likelihood that they will get children vaccinated.

Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner cites <em>The Onion</em> in his defense. Warner was one of 14 FIFA executives indicted last week on corruption charges.

'The Onion' Strikes Again: Indicted Ex-FIFA Exec Quotes Satirical Article

In the latest case of public figures confusing The Onion for fact, we give you Jack Warner.