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Cellphones Used To Entertain, Evade

WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Many Americans find cellphones useful for alleviating boredom and some use them to avoid talking to someone actually in their presence, a survey indicates. The Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found 42 percent of those surveyed — by telephone, of course — say cellphones can help stave […]

Moderate Drinking Reduces Dementia Risk

CHICAGO, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Moderate drinking — no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women — reduces risk of dementia and cognitive impairment, U.S. researchers say. Edward J. Neafsey and Michael A. Collins, professors in the department of molecular pharmacology and therapeutics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of […]

PTSD May Impinge Recognizing Fear, Sadness

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Aug. 16 (UPI) — Post-traumatic stress disorder may change brain processes that make it harder to recognize fear and sadness, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Dutch researchers say. Dr. Ervin Poljac of the International University of Sarajevo and the University of Leuven, Dr. Barbara Montagne of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre and Edward de Haan […]

Separation Anxiety Affects Child, Parents

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Separation anxiety may affect both U.S. children and their parents on the first day of school, a professor of counseling says. Samuel T. Gladding, professor of counseling at Wake Forest University and author of the book “Family Therapy,” says not being well-prepared for the separation makes anxiety worse. Gladding […]

Teen Allegedly Plotted To Blow Up School

TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 17 (UPI) — A Florida teenager was ordered held in secure detention Wednesday after being charged with planning to blow up the Tampa high school that expelled him. Jared Cano, 17, whose mother is a math teacher at another high school, was arrested Tuesday, the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times reported. At his […]

Critics Denounce ‘foreign Laws’ Bill

DETROIT, Aug. 17 (UPI) — Opponents criticized as discriminatory a measure that would forbid Michigan courts to consider “foreign laws,” including Shariah, or Muslim law. “This plan goes against our country’s core values of accepting people from all races and walks of life,” state Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, a Muslim, said as he joined other […]

Socialite’s Husband Charged In Her Death

WASHINGTON, Aug. 17 (UPI) — The husband of a 91-year-old Washington socialite — first believed to have died of natural causes — has been charged in her killing, officials said. Albrecht Gero Muth, 47, was arrested Tuesday night and charged in the death of his wife, Viola Drath, The Washington Post reported. Medical examiners determined […]

Indian Activist Refuses To Leave Jail

NEW DELHI, Aug. 17 (UPI) — An imprisoned anti-corruption activist, Anna Hazare, has refused to leave jail, despite concessions from the Indian government, officials said. Hazare, 74, wants the right to fast indefinitely in support of a strong lokpal, or anti-corruption ombudsman, the Press Trust of India reported. Police at first offered to let him […]

School Opens In Tornado-hit Joplin, Mo.

JOPLIN, Mo., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Just three months after a powerful tornado leveled one-third of the city, Wednesday was the first day of public school in Joplin, Mo. Teachers warmly welcomed hundreds of students back to classes at Stapleton Elementary and South Middle School, the Joplin Globe reported. Although neither building was damaged by […]

Bachmann Promises $2/gal Gas As President

GREENVILLE, S.C., Aug. 17 (UPI) — Republican U.S. presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann promises voters gas prices would fall to $2 per gallon if she makes it to the White House in 2013. Speaking Tuesday at a town hall meeting in South Carolina, the Tea Party favorite said her energy policies would send gas prices plummeting, […]

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