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  • Casual pot use causes brain abnormalities in the young: study

    (This story from April 15 corrects name of researcher to Breiter, instead of Beiter, throughout story) By Alex Dobuzinskis (Reuters) - Young, casual marijuana smokers experience potentially harmful changes to their brains, with the drug altering regions of the mind related to motivation and emotion, researchers found. The study to be published on Wednesday in the Journal of Neuroscience differs from many other pot-related research projects that are focused on chronic, heavy users of cannabis. The collaborative effort between Northwestern University's medical school, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School showed a direct correlation between the number of times users smoked and abnormalities in the brain. "What we're seeing is changes in people who are 18 to 25 in core brain regions that you never, ever want to fool around with," said co-senior study author Dr. Hans Breiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University.

  • Café has no plans to remove phallic sign
    Café has no plans to remove phallic sign

    A report says it’s a real sign on a real establishment in Arlington’s Ballston (real name) neighborhood.

  • Jews pray in Jerusalem after Old City clashes
    Jews pray in Jerusalem after Old City clashes

    Thousands of Jews prayed at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday, after a series of clashes at the adjacent flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound. Ahead of the ceremony, Israeli police blocked access for non-Muslims to the highly sensitive holy site, which is directly above the Western Wall plaza, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP. Rosenfeld said the move was to prevent clashes, and the prayers took place without incident. Palestinians and police clashed on Wednesday and last Sunday after Jewish visitors were allowed onto the compound, which is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and considered Judaism's holiest place -- the site where the biblical first and second Jewish temples stood.

  • ‘Cinderella’ Star Carly Rae Jepsen on the Quick Lesson She Learned About Fame
    ‘Cinderella’ Star Carly Rae Jepsen on the Quick Lesson She Learned About Fame

    When Carly Rae Jepsen first joined the cast of Broadway’s “Cinderella,” she recalled a conversation with the stage manager about fame. “He said, ‘The funny thing about being famous is that we all know this about you,’ and he went on to explain something that he thought he knew. And I said, ‘Actually the funny [...]

  • UK Doctor: 'I'd Rather Have HIV Than Diabetes'
    UK Doctor: 'I'd Rather Have HIV Than Diabetes'

    Doctor Pens Controversial Op-Ed Comparing HIV to Diabetes

  • Eight-time champion Nadal knocked out in Monte Carlo
    Eight-time champion Nadal knocked out in Monte Carlo

    Monte Carlo (Monaco) (AFP) - David Ferrer produced a major upset at the Monte Carlo Masters on Friday as the persistent Spaniard stunned eight-time champion Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7/1), 6-4 in the quarter-finals. Ferrer, seeded sixth, handed the top seed only his third loss at the tournament a day after Nadal had won his 300th clay match of his career and 50th at the Monte Carlo Country Club. That's what happened today," said Nadal. Ferrer will now face off on Saturday against Australian Open winner Stanislas Wawrinka, who beat Nadal in that grand slam final and booked his place 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 over Canadian Milos Raonic.

  • 911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash
    911 calls capture chaos after truck-on-bus crash

    ORLAND, Calif. (AP) — With shrieks in the background, a shocked passenger struggled to recount to an emergency dispatcher how a FedEx tractor-trailer smashed into a tour bus carrying high school students. In other 911 calls released Thursday, other witnesses described explosions after the fiery wreck that left 10 people dead.

  • Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night 'bullies'
    Kim Novak speaks out against Oscar night 'bullies'

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kim Novak says that cruel jabs about how she looked during the Oscar ceremony amounted to bullying that left her crushed at first, but then determined to speak out in protest.

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