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Joscelyn Benninghoff, 10, goes over the results of her cholesterol test with her mother Elizabeth Duruz (right) and Dr. Elaine Urbina at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in 2011.

Why Pediatricians Want To Check 9-Year-Olds' Cholesterol

The yearly pediatrician's visit can seem like the same old thing: height, weight, shots. But the rules for well child visits are changing, and the nation's pediatricians want to make sure that parents and doctors are up to speed on the changes.

Alice Herz-Sommer in July 2010.

Oldest-Known Holocaust Survivor Dies; Pianist Was 110

There are many remarkable things to say about Alice Herz-Sommer, who until her death in London on Sunday was thought to be the world's oldest survivor of the Nazi Holocaust.

To start with, there's her age: Herz-Sommer was 110.

Then there are the people she knew, including writer Franz Kafka — who died in 1924.

But what has particularly touched us as we've read about her this morning is her amazingly positive view of the world.

Sure, you can try doing your Internet browsing this way, but we can't promise that it will help you protect your personal data online.

If You Think You're Anonymous Online, Think Again

Investigative reporter Julia Angwin was curious what Google knew about her, so she asked the company for her search data. "It turns out I had been doing about 26,000 Google searches a month ... and I was amazed at how revealing they were," she tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich.

Rep. John Dingell, Who Has Served A Record 58 Years, Is Retiring

Michigan Democratic Rep. John Dingell, who was first elected to Congress in 1955 to fill a seat his father had held, says he will not seek re-election later this year.

He'll leave office having served in Congress longer than anyone else in history. Last June, Dingell passed the previous record holder, the late Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va.

Jason Collins of the Brooklyn Nets during Sunday's game against the Lakers in Los Angeles.

VIDEO: Warm Reception As NBA's Jason Collins Makes History

The applause was warm and some fans stood Sunday night in Los Angeles when basketball player Jason Collins made history by walking onto the court during an NBA game.

By checking in during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the newest member of the Brooklyn Nets became the first openly gay man to play for a team in one of the nation's four major professional sports.

After being greeted with some cheers, how did he do?

A photograph of the Pearl River in Canton or Guangzhou, China, taken around 1870-1880.

Quick! What Are The Origins Of 'Chop-Chop'?

It takes a special kind of actor to mix bombast and fatuousness to comic effect — think Alec Baldwin in 30 Rock or Will Ferrell in Anchorman. But the all-time King of Pomposity was the late Ted Knight. He played the role of newscaster Ted Baxter in the Mary Tyler Moore Show and Judge Elihu Smails in Caddyshack.

Pentagon Budget-Cutting Plans Sure To Draw Flak

Click here to jump to Monday afternoon's highlights of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement.

One of Monday's most talked-about headlines comes from The New York Times:

"Pentagon Plans to Shrink Army to Pre-World War II Level."

Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in April 2013.

Resignations In Egypt May Be Prelude To General's Presidential Run

In something of a surprise, Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced Monday that his entire Cabinet is stepping down.

From Cairo, NPR's Leila Fadel says the prime minister gave no reason for the mass resignation.

In Kiev's Independence Square, flowers have been left in memory of protesters killed there in recent days.

Ukraine's Yanukovych On Run From Mass Murder Charge

Viktor Yanukovych, ousted Saturday from his post as president of Ukraine, is now wanted by authorities in his country on charges of mass murder, the acting interior minister says.

In the Institute for the Unsalvageable in Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania, shown here in 1992, children were left in cribs for days on end.

Orphans' Lonely Beginnings Reveal How Parents Shape A Child's Brain

Parents do a lot more than make sure a child has food and shelter, researchers say. They play a critical role in brain development.

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