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Does Binge-Watching Make Us Depressed? Good Question

Netflix and other streaming media services have become the crack of television, making it possible to watch an entire season of shows like House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black in one go. It seems like harmless fun, but recent headlines suggest that our binge-watching habits could be making us depressed and miserable.

An artist's conception shows the two-way cycle track on Tower Hill. The track is part of London's new plan to boost its bicycle infrastructure.

Bikes Only: London Approves New Cyclist Superhighway Plan

London Mayor Boris Johnson's ambitious plan to reshape how the city handles cyclist traffic got final approval Wednesday, clearing the way for the spread of segregated bike lanes and dedicated traffic signals. Johnson plans to create a network for cyclists that rivals the city's transit system.

Chef David Iott explains the perfect way to prepare risotto to Stanford students.

Cooking 101: Stanford Adds Healthy Eating Skills To The Curriculum

College is in many ways a time to learn life skills. But students often get so bogged down building up their resumes and studying for that Rocket Science 101 midterm that they've got no time left for the basics — like cooking.

FCC Proposal Would Classify Internet As A Public Utility

Updated at 1:51 p.m. ET

Tom Wheeler, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, has outlined his vision of the Internet, saying his agency should use its authority "to implement and enforce open Internet protections."

In an op-ed piece in Wired magazine, Wheeler writes:

A new study finds that students who attend state-funded pre-K are less likely to need special education programs later on in school.

Pre-K Pays Off By Lowering Special Ed Placements

Attending state-funded prekindergarten substantially reduces the likelihood that students will end up in special education programs later on, according to a new study by researchers at Duke University.

A new study finds that strenuous labor in the sugar cane fields of Central America is contributing to a mysterious form of kidney failure. Above: Workers harvest sugar cane in Chichigalpa, Nicaragua.

New Clues To Mysterious Kidney Disease Afflicting Sugar Cane Workers

Something is destroying the kidneys of farm workers along the Pacific coast of Central America. Over the past two decades, more than 20,000 people in western Nicaragua and El Salvador — mostly men and many of them in their 20s and 30s — have died of a mysterious form of kidney failure. Researchers have been able to say definitively that it's not diabetes or other common causes of kidney failure.

This picture taken on Jan. 27, 2015 shows a seized cat in one of the cages being transported in a truck in Hanoi.

Thousands Of Cats Destined For Vietnamese Tables Are Buried Instead

Vietnamese authorities have buried thousands of cats, many of them apparently still alive, that were destined for restaurant tables. The Associated Press says the felines were culled because they posed an environmental and health risk.

French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala arrives for his trial at the courthouse in Paris on Jan. 28. He goes on trial again today on charges of "defending terrorism," following remarks he made on Facebook after the deadly attack on the satirical weekly <em>Charlie Hebdo</em>.

French Comedian Dieudonne Goes On Trial For 'Defending Terrorism'

Updated at 2:35 p.m.

Controversial French comedian Dieudonne has gone on trial today on charges of "defending terrorism," which stem from comments he made on Facebook after the deadly attack on the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo.

Charlie Sifford works out at a course in Los Angeles in 1957 after winning $11,500 in the Long Beach Open. Sifford helped break the color barrier in the PGA.

From Caddy To Pro: Golfer Charlie Sifford Dies At 92

He started out in golf as a caddy, earning handfuls of change as a boy. Decades later, Charlie Sifford was named to the World Golf Hall of Fame, after a career marked by talent, character and the drive to change his sport. Sifford, the first black golfer to hold a PGA Tour card, has died at age 92.

The poverty in Afghanistan takes a particular toll on children. These youngsters live in a mud-walled home in Kabul's Nasaji Bagrami camp for internally displaced Afghans. In the most dire of circumstances, a parent might abandon or sell a child.

The Woman Who Sold Her Baby For $435 To Buy Firewood

Last week in the northern Afghan province of Balkh, an impoverished mother chose the only option she felt was left to her, after her drug-addicted husband abandoned her. She had to care by herself for five young children and an elderly father. So she sold her 1-month-old infant for money — the equivalent of about $435 in American currency — to buy kindling wood to keep her four other children from freezing in the harsh winter weather.

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