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As Kids Get Fatter, Fewer Parents Can Tell Their Children Are Obese

As Kids Get Fatter, Fewer Parents Can Tell Their Children Are Obese

(MCT) — Researchers have identified a new culprit in the epidemic of childhood obesity: parents who can’t even tell that their pudgy kids are overweight. A new study in the journal Pediatrics finds that American parents are significantly less likely to make an accurate assessment of their children’s weight compared with parents from an earlier […]

California Governor Signs Bill Mandating ‘Kill Switches’ On Smartphones

California Governor Signs Bill Mandating ‘Kill Switches’ On Smartphones

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (MCT) — California Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a first-in-the-nation requirement that smartphones made in the state eventually be equipped with “kill switches” that allow owners to remotely render them useless if stolen, in reaction to a spate of violent robberies. “The governor signed SB 962 to deter smartphone theft,” […]

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Study Suggests

Medical Marijuana Could Reduce Painkiller Abuse, Study Suggests

(MCT) — Could medical marijuana be an antidote for the nation’s scourge of fatal overdoses caused by prescription pain medication? A new study suggests the answer is yes, and it’s set off a flurry of medical debate over the risks and benefits of making cannabis more widely available to patients. The new research, published Monday […]

States Handling What The Feds Won’t: Illegal Immigrants

States Handling What The Feds Won’t: Illegal Immigrants

With Congress at a standstill on immigration issues, states have pursued their own solutions, with some offering in-state tuition and financial aid to illegal immigrants who are students and others approving more spending to enforce immigration laws.

Iraq May Seal Democrats’ Fate In Midterm Elections

Iraq May Seal Democrats’ Fate In Midterm Elections

The Iraq war was once again front and center on the campaign trail in New Hampshire last week. The gruesome beheading of native son James Foley at the hands of Islamic militants thrust the issue to the fore, leading residents to debate how far the U.S. should go to stop them in Iraq.

Family Releases Letter James Foley Wrote In Captivity

Family Releases Letter James Foley Wrote In Captivity

(MCT) — James Foley was held in a cell with 18 other captives, who supported one another and invented distractions like trivia, checkers and Risk to keep up their spirits, according to a letter released by his family Sunday. The letter was posted on the Facebook page Free James Foley shortly after a Sunday Mass […]

French Government Resigns Amid Internal Policy Squabbles

PARIS (MCT) — French President Francois Hollande on Monday asked Prime Minister Manuel Valls to form a new government in the wake of a showdown between Valls and Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg about the government’s controversial economic policies. In a statement, the presidency announced that the prime minister had presented his resignation and that of […]

Do Sleepy Teens Need Later School Start Times? Pediatricians Say Yes

Do Sleepy Teens Need Later School Start Times? Pediatricians Say Yes

(MCT) — If you thought trying to get a groggy teenager out of bed in time for school each morning was your own private struggle, you thought wrong. The American Academy of Pediatrics declared the chronic sleepiness of our nation’s teenagers a public health issue in a policy statement Monday. And to help fix the […]

Embattled Syrian Government Asks For Help Fighting Islamic State

Embattled Syrian Government Asks For Help Fighting Islamic State

ISTANBUL (MCT) — One day after losing a major airbase to Islamic extremists, Syria said Monday it was willing to work with other countries to fight terror groups in Syria provided they show respect for the Syrian regime and operate only with its permission. At least one-third of Syrian territory is said to be in […]

Dozens Killed In Bombing Attacks Across Iraq

Dozens Killed In Bombing Attacks Across Iraq

ZAKHO, Iraq (MCT) — A suicide bomber set off his explosives in a Shiite Muslim mosque in Baghdad on Monday, killing 10 people and wounding 24, the latest case of sectarian violence in Iraq and one in a series of attacks during the day that left more than three dozen people dead. Iraqi news media […]

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