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Former President Bill Clinton answers questions Wednesday from Gwen Ifill of PBS NewsHour at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington.

Bill Clinton Says His Wife's Brain Is Just Fine, Thank You

Bill Clinton says he was "dumbfounded" by Republican strategist Karl Rove's recent comments about Hillary Rodham Clinton's brain. But the former president was hardly left speechless.

"First they say she was faking her concussion, now they say she's auditioning for a part on The Walking Dead," Clinton said on Wednesday when asked about Rove's remark that Hillary may have suffered "brain damage" from a fall in 2012.

A Taiwanese bicycle factory in Ho Chi Minh City burns after mobs angered over Chinese moves in the South China Sea mistakenly targeted the facility, thinking it was Chinese owned.

Unrest Breaks Out In Vietnam Over Island Dispute With China

Mobs in southern Vietnam — angered by China's placement of an oil rig in disputed Southeast Asian waters — have torched scores of foreign-owned factories. Meanwhile, Beijing has reportedly begun construction on an airstrip in an island chain also claimed by the Philippines.

Jill Abramson

'New York Times' Replaces Jill Abramson As Executive Editor

This story was updated at 3:42 p.m.

The New York Times is replacing Executive Editor Jill Abramson with Dean Baquet, the paper's managing editor.

Abramson, who took the top spot at the newspaper in 2011, was the first woman to hold that job.

Actress Joan Gardner was a beautiful sleeper. But she probably wasn't a lucid dreamer. The ability is quite rare.

Neuroscientists Hack Dreams With Tiny Shocks

Oh, to be a lucid dreamer!

To be fast asleep at 3:30 a.m. and then realize: I'm in a dream. I can walk up these stairs, jump off the porch and start flying. Why not? It's a dream.

Lucid dreams have lit up the big screen in movies, such as Pan's Labyrinth and Inception. But the ability to control dreams, the hallmark of lucid dreams, is quite rare in real life.

Now German neuroscientists have taken a step toward giving this elusive power to some run-of-the mill dreamers.

Sean Carroll (left) and Steven Novella argue that testimonies about near-death experiences are not evidence of an afterlife.

Debate: Is Death Final?

Is there some form of existence after death, or is the notion a product of wishful thinking about our own mortality?

These questions have fascinated humans for millennia. Many approach the concept of an afterlife as a religious one, but in a recent Intelligence Squared U.S. debate, a physicist and three medical doctors put faith aside to debate life after death from a scientific perspective.

Yeah, Americans drank <em>way</em> more than that.

For The Win(e): U.S. Passes France As World's Top Wine Consumer

We don't typically pity the French, what with their pantries full of fine cheese, meats and wine.

Swedish filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul spent four years and all his money making the documentary <em>Searching for Sugar Man, </em>about an American singer who was famous in South Africa for decades but didn't know it. The film won an Oscar last year. Bendjelloul, 36, was found dead in Sweden on Tuesday.

In A New Twist To A Poignant Tale, Oscar-Winning Director Found Dead

Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul spent several years and all his money to make a moving documentary about an American singer, Sixto Rodriguez, who was unknown in the U.S. yet somehow became a legend in South Africa.

The strange twist was that for decades Rodriguez worked as an impoverished laborer in Detroit and had no clue that he was an icon on another continent. And his rabid South African fans mistakenly believed a rumor that he had died many years earlier.

Reporter Glenn Greenwald speaks to reporters in Hong Kong on June 10, 2013, just days after publishing a series of reports about the NSA's mass surveillance programs.

Greenwald On NSA Leaks: 'We've Erred On The Side Of Excess Caution'

When Edward Snowden was ready to leak the classified documents he'd stolen from the National Security Agency, the first journalist he contacted was Glenn Greenwald. Snowden knew of Greenwald through his coverage of the NSA warrantless wiretapping scandal, and he said he believed Greenwald could be counted on to understand the dangers of mass surveillance and not back down in the face of government pressure.

An eyewitness photo shows an inflatable playhouse being blown high in the air. Two boys were seriously injured when they fell out at 15 feet, and a girl who fell out at a lower height also was hurt. Proceeds from the licensing of this image are being donated to the kids' families.

Kids Hurt After Bounce House Soars High In The Air

Two kindergartners were seriously hurt after the "bounce house" they were playing in was sent high into the air by a strong gust of wind Monday in upstate New York. Both children needed to be hospitalized after falling out of the inflatable playhouse.

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."

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