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Cursed With Mom Guilt? Charlie Brown Might Cure What Ails You

The job description for a parent should be straightforward: The only requirement is the skill to do everything perfectly under the pressure of guilt.

Forget perfectly — even passably can be difficult. For a long time my older son only ate apples: apples for breakfast and apples for lunch and apples for dinner. "Offer him a variety of choices," said the pediatrician, as though I hadn't done that. Guilt. "Feed him ice cream — at least you get some protein and calcium and sugar into his body," said the pediatrician. Guilt.

These guys are gassy, and their emissions are contributing to global warming.

Gassy Cows Are Warming The Planet, And They're Here To Stay

Sorry to ruin your appetite, but it's time to talk about cow farts.

Humans the world over are eating meat and drinking milk — some of us a little less, some of us a lot more, than years past. Farmers are bringing more and more cows into the world to meet demand, and with them escapes more methane into the atmosphere.

According to a US Army PowerPoint presentation, none of these three hairstyles would be acceptable under the new regulations.

Congressional Black Caucus Urges Rethink Of Army Hair Rules

The women of the Congressional Black Caucus have sent a letter asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to reconsider new Army regulations that made headlines earlier this month.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on Friday.

Obama Taxes Show Big Drop In Income, Charitable Giving

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama released their tax returns for 2013 on Friday. They show the couple saw a big drop in income and charitable giving.

They paid $98,169 in federal taxes on a $481,098 income. In 2012, their income was $608,611.

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Mormon missionaries walk through the halls at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, in January 2013. A new survey by Carnegie Mellon University shows that more millennials report they "talk to God" than turn to religion for guidance.

Millennials 'Talk To God,' But Fewer Rely On Religion, Survey Finds

Barely half of millennials say they look to religion for guidance, but a higher percentage "talk to God," suggesting that the 18-to-34 demographic is more spiritual than sectarian, according to a new survey by the Integrated Innovation Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

The survey of 2,000 U.S. men and women, ages 18-34, found that 62 percent said they talk to God, while 52 percent said they look to religion for guidance.

President Obama, pictured here with Lilly Ledbetter, and congressional Democrats are working the equal pay issue hard in a midterm election year when they will need as many women to vote as possible.

5 Takeaways From The Equal Pay Debate

This was the week that included Equal Pay Day, the point on the 2014 calendar to which the average female worker must work to match the average man's 2013 pay.

To mark the occasion, President Obama held a White House event Tuesday to sign executive orders aimed at providing more transparency about what federal contractors pay their workers. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats held a vote on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which failed in a vote that largely fell along partisan lines — the third time that's happened.

The Heartbleed bug has exposed up to two-thirds of the Internet to a security vulnerability.

NSA Denies It Knew About Heartbleed Bug Before It Was Made Public

The National Security Agency says it did not know about a critical security bug until it became public earlier this month.

The moon seen from Manila, Philippines, during a total lunar eclipse in December 2012, as the Earth casts a shadow across the face of our nearest celestial neighbor.

Total Eclipse Of The Moon Next Week Throughout North America

If you're willing to stay up late and the skies are clear early next week, you can catch the first total lunar eclipse in more than three years that's visible throughout North America.

The total eclipse, the first visible throughout the U.S. since December 2012, will peak at about 3 a.m. EDT.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns in March of 2014.

William Burns, Diplomat Who Led Negotiations With Iran, Will Retire

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, whose back-channel talks with Iran are credited for jumpstarting negotiations over the country's nuclear program, announced he is retiring in October of 2014.

Reacting to his retirement, President Obama said Burns' service made this country stronger.

In the hiring process, there are things employers aren't permitted to ask, like whether you plan to have kids. Some employers turn to social media to learn more about job candidates.

Can't Ask That? Some Job Interviewers Go To Social Media Instead

Many of Don Kluemper's management students at the University of Illinois at Chicago have had this experience: After going on a job interview, they sometimes receive "friend" requests from their interviewers.

It puts the students in a bind, he says. They fear that not accepting the request might hurt their job chances, but they also feel compelled to scrub their profiles before accepting.

"They didn't know why they were being friended," Kluemper says. "If it was some personal request or if the person was going to be screening their profile."

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