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  • Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking text messages
    Students trapped in sinking ferry send heartbreaking text messages

    Ferry Survivors Describe Sliding Bodies, Grabbing at Railings, Wall of Water

  • Study: kids lose 7 minutes of sleep for every hour of TV

    Researchers at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and the Harvard School of Public Health have established a link between the time children spend in front of the tube and the duration of their nightly sleep. Their findings suggest that more time spent watching TV corresponds with less time asleep, particularly when there is a TV in the child's room.

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

    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 Beiter, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Northwestern University.

  • Accused Kansas Shooter In Wheelchair For Court Appearance
    Accused Kansas Shooter In Wheelchair For Court Appearance

    Suspect Could Face the Death Penalty For Shooting Rampage, Prosecutor Says

  • Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured
    Firetruck rams California eatery; 15 injured

    MONTEREY PARK, Calif. (AP) — Two firetrucks heading to a burning home collided Wednesday in a Los Angeles suburb, sending one careening into a restaurant and injuring 15 people, including six firefighters.

  • Pro-Russia separatists take armor, humiliating Ukraine forces
    Pro-Russia separatists take armor, humiliating Ukraine forces

    By Stephanie Nebehay and Christian Lowe GENEVA/MOSCOW (Reuters) - Foreign ministers from East and West will try to defuse the Ukraine crisis on Thursday in Geneva, once frequently the scene of Cold War negotiations, but will risk being upstaged by Russian President Vladimir Putin. With Russian troops massed on the border with Ukraine, prospects of significant progress at the four-way talks appear slim. By contrast, what Putin says during his annual "hotline" session with the Russian people may have far greater influence on events in Ukraine's rebellious east. Thursday's talks will bring the ministers of Russia, Ukraine and the United States together with the European Union's foreign policy chief to discuss a crisis in which Kiev is struggling to reassert its authority in eastern towns largely controlled by armed pro-Russian separatists.

  • Mom Tells Disabled Daughter Boston Marathon Bombs are Fireworks at Finish Line
    Mom Tells Disabled Daughter Boston Marathon Bombs are Fireworks at Finish Line

    Kristine and Kayla Biagiotti Were Feet From the Finish Line

  • Jordan says it destroyed combat vehicles crossing from Syria
    Jordan says it destroyed combat vehicles crossing from Syria

    Jordanian air force fighter jets destroyed a number of combat vehicles Wednesday as they tried to enter the kingdom from war-hit Syria by crossing the border, the army said. "Royal air force jets fighters today at 10:30 am (0730 GMT) destroyed a number of vehicles that attempted to cross into Jordan from Syria," the Jordanian army said in a statement. A military official told AFP that "they were three-wheeled vehicles which tried to enter the kingdom" near Ruwaished in northern Jordan. Jordan's border guards in recent weeks clashed with and arrested several people as they attempted to cross into the kingdom from Syria, where a devastating conflict has been raging for more than three years.

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