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Want Help Explaining A Medical Procedure? Ask A 9-Year-Old

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:18:52 -0500

Much of the information doctors hand patients before surgery is too complex and hard to understand. So British researchers asked 9-year-olds to rewrite a brochure about a hip replacement.

Avocado Hand Injuries Are Real. Is A Seedless Fruit The Answer?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:00:06 -0500

Apparently people are showing up in the ER with nerve injuries from improperly cutting the pit out of an avocado. So now there's a cute new seedless variety.

Retailers Hope For Strong Holiday Season As November Sales Beat Expectations

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:14:00 -0500

Retail and food sales were up 5.8 percent in November over the same time last year, the Commerce Department said. Retailers are hoping for their best year since before the economic recession.

Guantanamo Court Lacks Jurisdiction To Try 9/11 Defendants, Says Defense Attorney

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:00:06 -0500

The attorney for one of the 9/11 defendants argues the Guantanamo military commission can't try his client, because the U.S. wasn't at war with al-Qaida at the time of the attacks.

Natural Disasters And The Implications Of Missing So Much School

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:49:06 -0500

Wildfires, hurricanes, flooding — this fall has brought a wave of natural disasters to the U.S. With that comes many days where schools are closed — and those absences add up.

Top Stories: Trump To Visit FBI; Staggering Global Health Care Costs

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:48:45 -0500

Also: Australia criticizes the Catholic Church in a sex abuse report; the GOP tax bill could hurt affordable housing; and scientists think they know why a skydiver was able to break the sound barrier.

Top British Officer: Russia May Be Able To Cut Undersea Cables

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:28:00 -0500

British Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach says the Kremlin's improved naval capabilities pose a risk to communications and internet cables that would be an economic catastrophe if severed.

After Months Of Withering Criticism, Trump Prepares To Visit FBI

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:37 -0500

President Trump is preparing to appear at a graduation ceremony for a new class of FBI employees Friday. The visit will be complicated, given months of blistering criticism of the agency on Twitter.

'Necesitamos La Música': Puerto Ricans Recovering From Maria Embrace The Arts

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:36 -0500

Many Puerto Ricans are still without electricity and basic services three months after Hurricane Maria. Some are prioritizing song, dance and celebration to feel more at home again.

U.S. Army Green Berets Accused From Within Of Lowering Standards

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 05:00:00 -0500

The Green Beret community is in a bitter internal debate over whether standards have been lowered for the U.S. Army elite force.

Catholic Church Singled Out In Australian Sex Abuse Report

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 02:52:00 -0500

A royal commission recommends that the Australian Catholic Church ask the Vatican to lift its celibacy requirement for clergy and require that evidence of abuse revealed in confession be reported.

Federal Investigation Finds 'Significant Issues' At Immigrant Detention Centers

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:09:36 -0500

An inspector general's report says immigrant detainees' rights, health and safety are compromised in four facilities. In response, ICE agrees to strengthen oversight and improve conditions.

Teen's Dramatic Video, Revealing His Acceptance By Harvard, Charms Internet

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:14:08 -0500

"All the hard work was worth it," Ayrton Little said. The video has been viewed more than 6 million times.

Nephews Of Venezuelan First Lady Sentenced In U.S. Drug Smuggling Case

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:38:09 -0500

Efrain Antonio Campo Flores and his cousin Franqui Francisco Flores de Freitas received 18 years in prison.

After Maria, Puerto Rico Struggles Under The Weight Of Its Own Garbage

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:29:00 -0500

Even before Maria hit, most of the island's landfills were filled beyond capacity and nearly half had EPA closure orders. The storm generated millions of cubic yards of waste and debris.