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  • Nothing will bring Robbie and Alissa Parker's 6-year-old daughter back, but learning more about the shooter who took Emilie’s life at Sandy Hook Elementary might help ease their pain.

    Emilie Parker (AP/Family)

    That mission led the grieving parents to a recent face-to-face meeting with the gunman’s father.

    "I felt strongly that I needed to tell him something, and I needed to get that out of my system," Alissa Parker told CBS News. "I felt very motivated to do it, and then I felt really good about it and prayed about it. And it was something that I needed to do."

    Peter Lanza’s estranged son, Adam, shot and killed 20 first-graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14. The 20-year-old gunman committed suicide as police were closing in. Adam also killed his mother, Nancy Lanza, at their home before going to the school. His parents had divorced in 2009 after a long separation.

    Reported motives for the rampage have focused on Adam’s mental health, his obsession with violent video

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  • Benjamin, Max and Ahmed (left to right) show off their favorite Tai Chi motions. (Goodwin/Yahoo)

    At 9:30 a.m. sharp on a Tuesday morning, all 1,200 elementary school students at PS 166 in Queens, New York stood up and began doing jumping jacks in unison with a Beatles song blaring over the loudspeaker.

    In Ms. Dianna Chappell’s third grade class, some kids began panting near the end of the required two minutes. One boy even stopped jumping momentarily, doubling over in exhaustion. “Oh come on! I’m much older than you!” Chappell yelled, as she continued jumping.

    When the session was over, several sweaty students asked permission to go to the water fountain.

    “We’re 15 weeks in and they’re still struggling,” joked P.S. 166 Principal Jessica Geller “You’ll hear a lot of heavy breathing.”

    The number of out of shape kids at PS 166, an ethnically diverse, lower-income New York City public school, isn’t unusual. Just 4 percent of elementary schools in the U.S. offer daily physical education classes, according to a 2010 report by the federal Centers for Disease Control.

    As part of her “Let’s Move!” initiative to combat childhood obesity, First Lady Michelle Obama has encouraged schools to incorporate short exercise breaks into the school day, and to make recess and physical education a priority.

    Obama and other advocates point to a growing body of research that shows physically fit kids are better students, and that physical education can reduce behavioral problems in the classroom.

    “The fitter you are, the better of a student you are,” said John Ratey, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and author of “Spark,” a book about the connection between exercise and mental ability.

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  • Map of the Internet Census 2012 botnet

    How do you get data on the world’s Internet usage? Very stealthily, that's for sure.

    Still, the project, surfaced by Gawker and called the “Internet Census 2012,” shows how one anonymous researcher basically pinged computers around the globe without passwords.

    Yup, there are a lot of them. The researcher built a botnet of almost half-a-million Linux computers that weren't password protected to provide the project with an idea of where in the world people are using the Internet over a 24-hour period in 2012.

    The result: a color-coded image that basically maps global usage of those unprotected computers. The hacker pinged each one, following its path and gathering data. The resulting colorful map is the result of all that data collection: yellows and reds for high usage, and greens and blues for low.

    The project wanted to “be nice” and not change anyone’s password. As the website explains, “We had no interest to interfere with default device operation so we did not change passwords and

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  • Pistorius brother out of ICU after car crash
    Pistorius brother out of ICU after car crash

    STELLENBOSCH, South Africa (AP) — Oscar Pistorius' brother is recovering and has been discharged from a hospital intensive care unit after suffering internal injuries in a car crash and going into respiratory failure, a spokeswoman for the Pistorius family said Tuesday.

  • Ferguson protests cool after top US attorney general visits
    Ferguson protests cool after top US attorney general visits

    Protests in the strife-torn town of Ferguson cooled late Wednesday after the top US law enforcement official pledged a full investigation into the slaying of teenager Michael Brown that kicked off days of racially charged unrest. Earlier Wednesday Attorney General Eric Holder met with the parents of Brown, a black unarmed 18-year-old who was shot dead by a white police officer on August 9. A grand jury was to begin hearing witnesses to Brown's killing, with widespread calls for the police officer to be put on trial for the fatal shooting. The attorney general, who is African-American, told Ferguson residents he had assigned the justice department's "most experienced agents and prosecutors" to investigate Brown's death, amid local suspicion that police will protect one of their own.

  • Social Security strategies that can boost your income
    Social Security strategies that can boost your income

    A retired couple earns $70,000 more by using this smart Social Security spousal strategy.

  • Police seek mystery pair in selfies after burglary
    Police seek mystery pair in selfies after burglary

    SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) — Would burglars be dumb enough to post selfies on their victim's cloud account?

  • Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix
    Neanderthals and humans had 'ample time' to mix

    BERLIN (AP) — Humans and Neanderthals may have coexisted in Europe for more than 5,000 years, providing ample time for the two species to meet and mix, according to new research.

  • Researchers can easily fool former TSA X-ray scanners and sneak in dangerous weapons
    Researchers can easily fool former TSA X-ray scanners and sneak in dangerous weapons

    This isn’t the first time someone managed to sneak by a weapon past a TSA Rapiscan full-body X-ray scanner, but Wired reports that scientists have taken the procedure to a new level and have come up with various techniques to completely fool the security device. The team of researchers, from the University of California at San Diego, the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins, have figured out ways to conceal weapons, explosive devices, and even insert malware into the PC that controls the machine that can then be activated with a simple QR code printed on a piece of clothing. The simplest way to move a weapon past the scanner is to tape it to one of the sides of a

  • Blue porch lights, Darren Wilson T-shirts part of growing support for Ferguson officer
    Blue porch lights, Darren Wilson T-shirts part of growing support for Ferguson officer

    While protests and unrest sparked by the death of Michael Brown have captured the nation’s attention, grass-roots campaigns backing the police officer who killed him are gaining ground.

  • A Frame by Frame Analysis of George W. Bush and the Ice Bucket
    A Frame by Frame Analysis of George W. Bush and the Ice Bucket

    George W. Bush, 43rd POTUS, biographer of 41st POTUS, and painter of Google images portraits, joined in on the Ice Bucket Challenge with a Facebook video Wednesday. Nominated by New York Jets owner Woody Johnson, pro golfer Rory McIlroy, San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, and daughter Jenna Bush Hager (where you at, Barbara?), Bush recorded a 48-second video to join in on the cause that's raising awareness and millions in donations for ALS research. After all, we're not getting an Obama Ice Bucket Challenge video.) Bush begins his video by rejecting the Challenge, opting instead to write a check. He's proud of his move. The billowing American flag in the background agrees.

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