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Google's Flu Tracker Suffers From Sniffles

If you want to know what's up with the flu at the moment, you have a few choices: You can get the latest information at Google Flu Trends. Or you can get the official word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is based on data that's by now a couple of weeks old.

But a report in the journal Science finds that quicker isn't necessarily better.

As Afghan Tajiks Lay Leader To Rest, Eyes Turn To Political Future

Holder Steps Forward For Shorter Drug Sentences

Amtrak Opens The Door To Writing On The Rails

As A Big Vote Gets Closer, Crimea Grows More Distant From Ukraine

Germany Changes Its Tone On Russia, And EU Sanctions May Follow

Colin Powell takes a selfie circa 1954.

Colin Powell's Vintage Selfie Is A Must See

We told you about the star-stuffed Oscar selfie taken Ellen DeGeneres that broke Twitter.

It was cool and all, until we learned that it was a publicity stunt by Samsung.

In remarks last year to the American Bar Association, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed what he characterized as harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences for drug crimes.

New Climate For Drug Sentencing, Guidelines Expected To Change

The nation's highest law enforcement official Thursday endorsed the "All Drugs Minus Two" proposal — as it's known by prison sentencing reformers — to change the way drug crime sentences are handed down.

Obama: If You 'Work More, You Should Get Paid More'

Flanked by a cadre of salaried workers, President Obama signed a memo directing his labor secretary to rewrite the rules governing overtime in the country.

"Americans have spent too much time working more and making less," Obama said during comments preceding the signing ceremony.

Obama's proposal would rewrite a commonly used exemption in which a salaried worker designated as "executive, administrative and professional" is denied overtime if he or she is making more than $455 a week.

From the botanical to the economic, spring's iconic vegetable still harbors surprises.

Top 5 Ways Asparagus, A Rite Of Spring, Can Still Surprise

As the snow melts, even in Minnesota, and daylight lingers into evening, people who like to eat with the seasons know what's coming: asparagus.

"Asparagus means the beginning of spring. It's spring!" says Nora Pouillon, chef and founder of Restaurant Nora in Washington, D.C. Later this month, she'll revise her menu, and it will certainly include asparagus with salmon, and asparagus soup.

It's an elegant vegetable, Pouillon says, and unique: "Sweet and bitter at the same time."

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