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Breast cancer giant Susan G. Komen has found its strangest bedfellow yet in one of the world’s largest oilfield services corporations, Baker Hughes. The two have teamed up for a second year to distribute 1,000 pink drill bits to oil fields worldwide. Each drill bit, which burrows thousands of feet underground to tap fossil fuel reservoirs, is “shipped to the drill site in a pink-topped container containing information packets with breast health facts, including breast cancer risk factors and screening tips,” according to energy news site

As of now, in a race that could go either way, the incumbent Democratic senator, Kay Hagan, is a slight favorite over Republican Thom Tillis for one reason: Her challenger is speaker of the Republican-led state House of Representatives, which is about as unpopular in North Carolina as Congress.

Stop blaming nurses for the potential spread of Ebola.

I wish the government would read the Constitution instead of my e-mails.

Since President Obama signed into law the token reforms to the Department of Veterans Affairs this summer, the issue of veterans’ health care has all but disappeared from the news. This is immensely disappointing. As many of North Carolina’s 770,000 veterans will tell you, we’re still here – and our health care is just as bad as before.

To give some perspective, I’m going to ask readers for their guesses about human behavior before explaining my embarrassment about some of my fellow economists.

In 2012, more than 33,000 Americans died on the highways. In some recent years, the flu has killed tens of thousands. Alcohol is associated with some 70,000 deaths annually, weight problems with more than 300,000, and smoking with over 400,000.

Dear World:

A lawyer appointed to handle the Ebola situation. Are there any piano teachers available to handle the ISIS problem?

America has decided: Sex is for rich people. Non-procreative sex in particular.

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