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Runners and bikers compete in the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, California June 1, 2014.

Triathlons popular with middle-aged athletes

Triathlons, the swim-bike-run races of varying lengths, are scaling the bucket lists of many middle-aged athletes.

Kirsten Dunst arrives at the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Kirsten Dunst criticizes Apple over naked photo leak

Kirsten Dunst was among a number of celebrities targeted by a hacker who published explicit personal pictures on the Internet.

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Study: High-action TV shows lead to more snacking

Watching high-energy TV programs might make watching calories harder, a new study suggests.

An Indian school boy eats a midday meal provided free at a government school in Hyderabad, India, Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. India has offered free midday school meals since the 1960s in an effort to persuade poor parents to send their children to school, a program that reaches some 120 million children. The country now plans to subsidize wheat, rice and cereals for some 800 million people under a $20 billion scheme to cut malnutrition and ease poverty.

Rice replaces ice in India bucket challenge

The famous "ice bucket" challenge is inspiring thousands of Indians to follow suit, but with a twist - they are replacing ice with rice to help the country's hungry people.

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Power cords, children’s furniture among this week’s recalls

HP is recalling 6 million power cords for overheating and the deaths of two children have prompted the recall of bean bag chairs.

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Annual tomato battle leaves Spanish town red

The streets are awash with red pulp as thousands of people pelt each other with tomatoes in the annual "Tomatina" battle.

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California to require ‘kill switches’ on smartphones

Phones will be required to come with a "kill switch" to render them useless if lost or stolen in an effort to stem an epidemic of theft.

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CDC: E-cigarettes may tempt non-smoking teens to start

Once teens have tried e-cigarettes they are more inclined to give regular cigarettes a try, U.S. researchers say.

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‘Obstacle course’ workouts break fitness routines

Tired of treadmills? Bored with bicep curls? It may be time to scale a wall, climb a rope and drag a tire.

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African-American Pastors Endorse Rauner

Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate businessman Bruce Rauner participates in a Republican gubernatorial candidate debate Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. The four Republican gubernatorial candidates said that they’ll be willing to work with unions if elected but differed on how to approach the relationship during a downstate debate that largely focused on pension reform, taxes and just briefly on personal issues that have dogged some of the candidates.

More than a dozen pastors of predominantly African-American congregations are endorsing the Republican candidate for governor.

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Ameren Threatens $20 Monthly Fee for No Smart Meters

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Ameren Illinois says customers who refuse to have an electricity meter installed will see an additional $20 monthly fee on their bills.

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Pizza Delivery Driver Robbed on East Side

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A pizza delivery driver was uninjured when he was robbed by three assailants over the weekend.

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Man Charged in Connection With Pipe Bomb; Armed Bank Robbery

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Bradford Moss is charged with Possession of Explosives or an Incendiary Device and Attempt Theft.

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Illinois Is Not Gaining Ground on Poverty

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Census says numbers are stagnant