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A US man apparently distraught over job problems is thought to have shot dead his wife and five young children before turning the gun on himself.
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Male adoptees are using consumer DNA tests to predict the surnames carried by their biological fathers. They are using the fact that men who share a surname sometimes have genetic likenesses too.


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Sisters spread happiness while brothers breed distress, experts believe.


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The same reaction is seen in humans, who tend to react negatively to unfair situations with strangers, but not when they involve family members or friends.


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When Yitta Schwartz died last month at 93, she left behind 15 children, more than 200 grandchildren and so many great- and great-great-grandchildren that, by her family’s count, she could claim perhaps 2,000 living descendants.


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A South Korean couple who were addicted to the internet let their three-month-old baby starve to death while raising a virtual daughter online, police said.


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A study of women at a Belgian clinic found half wanted to freeze their eggs to take the pressure off finding a partner.


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The niece of Osama Bin Laden has posed for provocative photographs for an American magazine. Wafah Dufour, an aspiring musician and model, is the daughter of the al-Qaeda leader's half-brother Yeslam.


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Teenage pregnancy is "contagious" between sisters, researchers in the UK and Norway have claimed. A study of more than 42,000 Norwegian teenage girls suggested they were more likely to become pregnant if their older sister had a baby as a teenager. The effect was greatest when the sisters were of a similar age or from a poorer background.


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It's my contention that the contentedly busy – a phrase I prefer to workaholic – probably shouldn't go on holiday at all. Noël Coward was right: for them, work is more fun than fun, and when deprived of it, they're not much fun to be around, and would be best left at home. Holidays are for the bored, and writers have always known that.


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A growing number of Indians are hiring private detectives to check up on a prospective bride or groom's character, sexual history and finances before marriage.


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Scientists have shown that women who were first to settle in a new land had more children and grandchildren than those who followed.


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Contagious yawning may show the closeness of your relationships rather than your tiredness, say scientists.


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