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6 Science-Backed Cures For Insomnia

  • insomnia: However, each night, millions of us struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep; and although this is only a brief problem for some, for others, insomnia can become an ongoing struggle.
  • insomnia: Meanwhile, about 10 to 15 percent of people suffer from chronic insomnia, finding it difficult to get enough shuteye a few nights a week.
  • insomnia: Popping a Ambien or Xanax in hopes of a good night's sleep may not be the best first option for treating insomnia.
  • hypnosis: In a 2014 studypublished in the journal Sleep, women who listened to a sleep-promoting audio tape containing hypnosis cut their awake time by two-thirds, and spent 80 percent more time in deep sleep compared to women who didn't do hyp notherapy.
  • awake: In a 2014 studypublished in the journal Sleep, women who listened to a sleep-promoting audio tape containing hypnosis cut their awake time by two-thirds, and spent 80 percent more time in deep sleep compared to women who didn't do hyp notherapy.

Shocking video of police shooting wasn't enough to convict

  • acquittal: Juror Dennis Ploussard told The Associated Press that the jury favored acquittal early by a 10-2 vote.
  • dissect: He said the panel spent a lot of time dissecting the meaning of the " culpable negligence" standard until the two holdouts eventually agreed Friday on acquittal.
  • acquittal: He said the panel spent a lot of time dissecting the meaning of the " culpable negligence" standard until the two holdouts eventually agreed Friday on acquittal.
  • dishonest: She said the state did not prove that Yanez was being dishonest about seeing a gun.
  • acquit: One document showed that jurors agreed quickly to acquit Yanez on two lesser charges of endangering Castile's girlfriend and daughter and got stuck only on the manslaughter charge.

This Is How Great-Power Wars Get Started

  • fluid: These fluid jihadi networks have proved effective in exploiting tears in the fabric of order in fragile states, and then governing captured ground, predominantly in areas with Sunni majority populations, above all in western Iraq, northern Syria, and southern Yemen.
  • nexus: When one puts these three stories together, we see the nexus of the current U.S.- Russia standoff in Syria.
  • nexus: At the center of the nexus is the fact that while the U.S.-led coalition has done a good job of beating back the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the policy goal under both the Obama and Trump administrations has only been negatively defined as the defeat of the Islamic State.
  • harried: Imagine a sheepdog who is good at barking, but has little sense of direction: The Middle East is now in the position of its harried flock.
  • vehemently: In Syria, the situation is more complex, because unlike the Iraqi Kurds, who have reasonably good relations with Ankara, the Turkish government is vehemently opposed to any kind of independent Kurdish state in northern Syria.

Manhunt snares US inmates who killed prison guards

  • sociopath: Rowe, considered a sociopath by authorities, was described as a recidivist with a long list of convictions and was serving a life sentence for armed robbery and other crimes.
  • recidivist: Rowe, considered a sociopath by authorities, was described as a recidivist with a long list of convictions and was serving a life sentence for armed robbery and other crimes.
  • engrave: Dubose, who was serving a 20-year prison sentence at the time of his escape, was described as having a neck covered with hard-to-miss tattoos, with more ink drawings, in the shape of a crown, engraved over his eyebrows.

Sessions vigorously denies improper Russia contacts

  • scurrilous: Testifying at a packed Senate hearing, Sessions, who was a close Trump adviser during the battle for the presidency, also rejected any idea of misconduct in the ouster of FBI Director James Comey and vowed to defend his honor " against scurrilous and false allegations.
  • misrepresent: The former Alabama senator also defended himself against accusations that he misrepresented himself during his confirmation hearing when he said he hadn't met with Russian officials during the campaign.
  • adamant: Sessions was adamant that he did not have a private meeting with Kislyak at that event.
  • innuendo: This is a secret innuendo being leaked out there about me, and I don't appreciate it.