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The 2014 Club Sandwich Index

The club sandwich — a mouthwatering mélange of meats, cheeses and salad greens doublestacked among three slices of mayo-slathered bread or toast – is a portable picnic-for-one. A moveable feast.

"I order a club sandwich all the time," the late comedian Mitch Hedberg quipped. "And I'm not even a member."

Smoke rises from a canyon in San Diego where a wildfire raged on Tuesday. County officials say they're investigating how a rogue message appeared in their emergency app.

San Diego County Explains 'Offending Words' In Fire Message

Fire officials in San Diego are hoping they've seen the worst of a wildfire that has burned 1,550 acres. They also say they'll get to the bottom of an odd message in an alert that stated, "fire in your pants."

The blaze caused evacuation calls to go out to residents, schools and businesses in an exclusive area of San Diego County. No injuries or structural damage has been reported so far.

Fear of MERS is prompting Saudis to wear mouth and nose masks, like this man on the street of the Red Sea coastal city of Jeddah on April 27.

MERS 101: What We Do (And Don't) Know About The Virus

The virus with the mysterious name has been making headlines this spring, with a mysterious increase in cases. Here's an update on what we know about MERS.

What is it? Middle East respiratory syndrome, a new and potentially fatally virus from the same family as the common cold and severe acute respiratory syndrome virus (SARS).

In the U.S., doctors increasingly ask about domestic violence as a routine part of checkups.

Doctors Debate Whether Screening For Domestic Abuse Helps Stop It

Domestic violence affects a third of women worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. In many cases nobody knows of the suffering, and victims aren't able to get help in time.

That's why in many countries, including the U.S., there's been a push to make screening for domestic violence a routine part of doctor visits. Last year, the influential U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended that clinicians ask all women of childbearing age whether they're being abused.

'I'm Happy,' Says Man Whose Case Changed Europe's Rules For Google

The Spanish man whose court battle against Google resulted in a European court ruling in his favor – and for the "right to be forgotten" – says he is pleased with the case's outcome. Mario Costeja González had been upset that old and damaging information about him came up in a search.

PVt. Chelsea Manning, formerly named Bradley, was convicted last year of sending classified documents to anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks. In this 2010 photo, Manning was dressed as a woman. The soldier has asked for hormone therapy and to be able to live as a woman.

Manning Could Move To Civilian Prison For Hormone Therapy

The Pentagon is working on a prison transfer for convicted WikiLeaks source Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who has requested hormone therapy. The plan would allow Manning to serve time in a civilian prison, where such therapy is available.

Manning's first name was Bradley when the soldier made headlines for sending a trove of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.

Rescue workers carry a man from the coal mine in Soma, western Turkey, site of a disaster that has killed more than 200 people.

Death Toll Passes 200 In Turkish Coal Mine Explosion

At least 238 people (updated at 11:40 a.m. ET) were killed by Tuesday's explosion in a coal mine in Turkey, according to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Hundreds more are still missing. Efforts to rescue any workers who survived far below the Earth's surface are being complicated by a fire in the mine.

The area around the entrance to the mine in the city of Soma has become a scene of wide-ranging emotions. In some cases, friends and loved ones have welcomed survivors; in others, they've watched as stretchers are carried past, bearing the dead.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach and Comcast Corporation chairman Brian Roberts, signing an agreement this month that secures U.S. broadcast rights for NBC Universal through 2032.

The Olympics: A Modern Day World's Fair (And Money Magnet)

Because it's the 50th anniversary, there's been a wave of nostalgia for the last New York World's Fair. It made me wonder: Whatever happened to World's Fairs?

Well, it turns out that they still exist. In fact, you, too, can go to a certified World's Fair next year in Milan, where the fun theme is "Feeding the planet, energy for life" — real cotton candy stuff that helps explain why World's Fairs are not so popular anymore.

Eddie Ramirez, 15, outside his mobile home in Snow Hill, N.C. He's been working in tobacco fields during the summer for several years.

Too Young To Smoke, But Not To Pick Tobacco

Kids under 18 can't buy cigarettes in the U.S., but they can legally work in tobacco fields when they're as young as 12.

One of those kids is Eddie Ramirez, 15, who works the fields in the summer.

"It just sticks to my hand," he says of the plant. "It's really sticky, you know, and really yellow." It's nearly impossible to wash off, he says.

AmeriMark employees sort through return orders on the catalog company's processing floor.

Obamacare Prompts Firm To Consider Dropping Its Health Plan

AmeriMark Direct founded its catalog business in Cleveland in the 1960s, and for decades, everyone assumed that health insurance came with the job.

These days, the 700-employee company doesn't assume anything.

The traditional mail-order catalog company sells a broad selection of products — from magnetic "fashion bracelets" and patio dresses to sexual health aids and religious-themed blankets.

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