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Americans Have Fewer Close Friends Compared to 25 Years Ago

While social media sites may have increased Americans’ overall number of acquaintances, new research slated for publication in a journal called ‘Social Networks’ shows the number of people we claim as close friends is now lower than it was 25 years ago.

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Weekend Box Office: ‘Puss In Boots’ Claws Its Way to Another First Place Finish

In its second week of release, ‘Puss In Boots,’ the Antonio Banderas-voiced swashbuckling feline from the ‘Shrek’ franchise, pulled in $33 million in milk money to again take the top spot at the box office this weekend.

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Genetically Modified Rice Can Be Used in Lieu of Human Blood

Scientists have found a way to genetically modify rice as a replacement for human blood. The idea is to extract a protein containing human genes that could then be used in lieu of actual blood to help burn victims and those who’ve suffered massive blood loss.

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New Toyota Technology Could Help the Paralyzed Walk [VIDEO]

On November 2 in Tokyo, auto maker Toyota unveiled several robotic devices designed to help paralyzed people and the elderly walk.

These robots include sensors that detect the user’s posture, grasp and holding strength, and motor control technology that facilitates someone’s desired motion.

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Celebrity Birthdays for November 6 – Sally Field, Maria Shriver and More

Here’s a look at some notable birthdays being celebrated today:

Sally Field
Age: 65
Occupation: Actress
Known For: Television roles on shows like ‘Gidget,’ ‘The Flying Nun,’ and ‘Brothers & Sisters,’ roles in films such as ‘Smoky and the Bandit’ and ‘Steel Magnolias,’ and winning Academy Awards for her work in ‘Norma Rae’ and ‘Places in the Heart’

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Man Sues Wedding Photographer for the Cost of the Entire Ceremony

After Todd J. Remis of Manhattan got married, he was outraged to discover his photographer missed a few key moments such as the last dance and the bouquet toss, so he decided to sue.

He doesn’t just want the $4,100 photography fee refunded, though. He also wants $48,000 to recreate the entire wedding, including travel costs to fly the bridal party back to New York so the whole thing can be re-shot by another photographer.

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New Movie Releases: ‘Tower Heist,’ ‘A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas’

This weekend’s new films include a timely tale of revenge against a greedy rich guy, and the latest in a movie franchise beloved by users of, shall we say, “recreational herbs.”

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Lindsay Lohan Sentenced to 30 Days in Jail for Violating Her Probation

Like a real-life game of Monopoly, Lindsay Lohan is again going directly to jail.

During a court appearance on Wednesday, she admitted violating her probation and has been ordered to turn herself in before November 9 to begin serving a 30-day sentence in the Los Angeles County Jail. However, a sheriff’s department spokesperson says Lohan will likely serve just 20 percent of that sentence, or six days, due to overcrowding.

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Study Finds Doctors Rate Pain Symptoms Lower in Patients They Dislike

A new study from the University of Ghent in Belgium, which studied the relationship between health professionals and patients with chronic pain, suggests that clinicians who don’t like their patients tend to discount the level of pain they suffer from.

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Which States Have the Highest and Lowest Rates of Mental Illness?

Data from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Agency (SAMHSA) suggests 20 percent of American adults — 44.5 million people — experienced some sort of mental illness over the last year.

The report defines “mental illness” as any sort of diagnosable mental, behavioral or emotional disorder that causes “substantial functional impairment” or requires treatment, and provides a list of how much of each state’s population has suffered such a disorder.

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