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  • Could board games like chess be just as important to health as physical exercise? (Reuters)

    There are countless exercise programs and dieting apps available these days. But one company says it has created the first fitness program for the mind.

    “We are focused on providing tools and support to help people develop their psychological strengths, what we call mind fitness,” bLife founder Paul Campbell told Yahoo News during a phone interview.

    In other words, having a healthy and engaged mind may be just as important to physical health as diet and exercise.

    Even if we’re reluctant to actually do it, nearly all of us know the basics of getting in good physical shape – staying active, eating healthfully and so on. But the world of mental health is much more complicated, since it’s an area most people focus on only when it comes to mental health problems, many of which are still shrouded in taboo.

    But recent studies suggest there’s a strong connection between mental health and physical health. People suffering from depression are more likely to also develop chronic physical ailments and

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  • Call the piano exorcist — the ivories are possessed.

    A "magical" piano placed in the middle of Chicago's Union Station amused and taunted travelers who happened to pass by. Their reactions were captured on video and then uploaded to the Web.

    The piano prank was pulled off by the folks at Rob Bliss Creative. The piano was rigged so that it could be played remotely by professional musician Andrew Blendermann, who was in a nearby room.

    Rob Bliss explained the ruse's setup to Yahoo News.

    "We had cameras and microphones set up near the piano that feeded back to this secret room where we had speakers and television monitors set up so we could see and hear everything that happened. Also, our pianist had a keyboard that could remotely control the piano at the same time."

    Hilarity, confusion and (in at least one case) rage ensued. Some people (including a young girl) sat down and played along with the seemingly self-aware piano. Others starred at it with suspicion. And one fellow who must have been

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  • Fox News host Megyn Kelly has made herself the center of a racial controversy by declaring that Jesus Christ and Santa Claus are white.

    On Wednesday night, Kelly was responding to an article by Slate writer Aisha Harris, who wrote an article entitled “ Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore .”

    The popular news host told viewers of “The Kelly File,” her hit FNC program, “When I saw this headline, I kinda laughed and I said, ‘Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it's racist to have a white Santa.’ And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we're just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.”

    Of course, a number of critics were quick to point out that Santa Claus is a fictional character. And while he was based on St. Nicholas, a white man, his exact description is largely left up to individual

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  • Forget Facebook, Caterpillar says a lot more about the 'recovery'

    The 62-session streak without a 1% move on the S&P ended last week, but the much more significant stretch of 33 months without a 10% correction is still firmly entrenched. And when a company like Facebook ...

  • Hamas allies Turkey, Qatar huddle as Gaza truce calls mount
    Hamas allies Turkey, Qatar huddle as Gaza truce calls mount

    Turkey's foreign minister flew to Doha on Friday for talks with his Qatari counterpart on how to use their influence with Palestinian movement Hamas to end the bloodshed around Gaza. Talks between Ahmet Davutoglu and Qatar's Khaled al-Attiyah were interspersed with telephone discussions with US Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been spearheading Western efforts to end the Palestinian territory's deadliest violence since 2008-9. "I am in Qatar for Gaza ceasefire negotiations that have intensified for a couple of days and uninterrupted in the last 24 hours," Davutoglu wrote on his official Twitter account.


    DEAR ABBY: I am an 18-year-old high school senior who is scared about what's going to happen after graduation. For the past three years I have known exactly where I'll be and what I will be doing in the general sense. Now that I have one more year to go, I'm worried that I won't know what to do or how to do it when I graduate. I have talked to counselors and my dad, but they all say the same thing. Do you have any advice? -- UNEASY IN IDAHO DEAR UNEASY: Sit down someplace quiet and make a list of what your interests and talents are. ...

  • Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again
    Cellphone unlocking set to become legal again

    Congress passed a bill Friday that makes it legal to "unlock" cellphones so the devices can —at least in some instances— be used on other carriers.

  • Why you should dump your Twitter shares now

    Twitter is struggling to make a profit and the shares are overvalued, and disappointing business trends will continue to weigh on the stock, writes Jeff Reeves.

  • US Military Dusts Off Decades-Old 'Readiness' Plans for Russia
    US Military Dusts Off Decades-Old 'Readiness' Plans for Russia

    Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Laments Russian Aggression, Says US Forces ‘Not Sitting Still’

  • At Wendy's, create-your-own-burger gets a test
    At Wendy's, create-your-own-burger gets a test

    Wendy's is taking another step toward trying to stand out from the fast-food burger pack, this time by testing an option that allows patrons to create their own sandwich from the ground up.

  • Paris bans pro-Palestinian protest after recent violence: police
    Paris bans pro-Palestinian protest after recent violence: police

    French police have banned a protest against Israel's Gaza offensive that was due to take place in Paris on Saturday, following several similar rallies that turned violent. Following Friday's announcement, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve appealed on organisers to cancel the rally. "The government is trying to ban a fundamental right," said Omar Alsoumi, an organiser of the protest and member of the Palestinian Youth movement. The administrative court in Paris threw out the appeal, meaning that the ban remained in place, a legal source told AFP later Friday.

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