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The recovery of a 14-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the neck and now breathes on a ventilator hinges on what happens this weekend.
This Florida panhandle town is the home of a mystery that has been lost to time. A small cemetery buried deep into the grounds of a now-defunct boys reform school dates back to the early 1900s. Rusting white steel crosses mark the graves of 31 unidentified former students. Former students said the deaths were at the hands of abusive administrators, but a 2009 state investigation determined there was no evidence of criminal activity connected with any of the deaths or of abusive treatment. But the investigation did not clear up the mystery over the fate of 50 other students who died at the school and whose bodies have not been accounted for. In the wake of that investigation, more former students -- who are now senior citizens -- have come forward with stories of abuse at the school, including alleged beatings, killings and the disappearance of students, during the 1940s, '50s and '60s.
Lalita and Dev fell in love, but they knew being together would never be easy. Lalita and Dev are from different castes, he from a lower one than she. Lalita knew that her parents would be furious and that they were working on finding someone for her to marry. But she told them anyway, still holding onto hope that they might understand. They didn't. Then, one afternoon, they caught a popular television talk show featuring an unlikely band of former lawyers and activists who've made it their mission to help doomed lovers. India's Love Commandos, formed in 2010, give couples food, shelter and protection if they run away from their disapproving families. The group has more than 11,000 volunteers across the country who provide legal assistance, man 24-hour help lines and, in some cases, even marry desperate couples.
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This week, Emory University made amends for anti-Jewish bias that plagued its dental school more than 50 years ago. Between the years of 1948 and 1961, Jewish dental students described experiencing a "reign of terror" under the dean in charge. Former students, men now in their 80s, who'd flunked out, been forced to repeat coursework or endured bullying if they stayed, came back to campus for the apology they never expected to hear. But what did this mean to them?
For Joe Stoltz, life has come down to counting every dollar. That's what happens when you can't find work and you live in the state with the highest unemployment rate in the nation. No presidential race has ever been as personal. Everything is at stake: his marriage, his family, his future
Smartphones have ushered in a golden age for photography, but disappointingly, the conversation in the blogosphere is focused on the device and the use of faux nostalgic filters. Instead, we should focus on how photographers can choose from an unprecedented range of possibilities to be creative and share their work with the world at the touch of glass, journalist Richard Koci Hernandez says.
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The young man locked eyes with Jerry Sandusky in a packed courtroom Tuesday and stared him down. He'd waited a long time for this moment. "You were the person in my life who was supposed to be a role model," he seethed angrily at the man convicted of sexually violating him and nine other boys. "I can't begin to express how this has screwed up my life. Because of you, I trust no one and I will not allow my own child out of my sight for fear of what might happen to him." He is known as Victim No. 4. He is 29 years old now. When he was 11 or 12, he was the coach's favorite. Sandusky told the boy many times that he loved him.
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When all was said and done, Jerry and Dottie Sandusky did not ask the judge for mercy. They did not try to extol Jerry's virtues, list good deeds or express regret. Instead, they depicted the boys he sexually assaulted as ungrateful and called them liars. They blamed the young men -- including their own adopted son, Matt, who now claims he, too, was molested -- for their downfall.
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Last month's surprising drop in U.S. unemployment rates from 8.2% to 7.8% gave many hopes that the economy is improving, and the lower rates even beat the expectations of some economists. But a breakdown of the latest jobs report shows that more than half of the jobs added this month are part-time. This leaves people like 23-year-old Michelle Asci wondering: Is the new American job part-time?
Are American sports fans turning into the citizens of ancient Rome, turning up to sports events to see mayhem akin to gladiators fighting for their very lives?
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The 84 million bright yellow wristbands distributed by Lance Armstrong's cancer charity have become a well-known symbol of strength and perseverance against adversity. "LIVESTRONG," they urge. In the wake of Wednesday's release of hundreds of pages of evidence supporting persistent allegations of doping against the legendary cyclist, there's another take on the wristband. Critics have struck out the "V" to make it read what they accuse Armstrong of doing for more than a decade: "LIE STRONG."
A cave's interior has been carved into cube-shaped rooms. Improvised lighting, barely strong enough to illuminate the cavern, shows children sitting, legs crossed, on the bare floor. They are calling out boisterously, raising their hands eagerly, clamoring to answer questions. These are some of the students in Syria who, because of civil war, have deserted their schools and taken classes literally underground.
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As a teenager in war-ravaged Sierra Leone, Ishmael Beah was brainwashed, drugged and forced to kill.
In Agadir, the arid heartland of Morocco's indigenous Berber population, a quiet oil boom is gaining momentum, one drop at a time.
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A 36-year-old Dane called Morten Storm says he was the man who led the CIA to Anwar al Awlaki, the al Qaeda cleric killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year. And he says he did it with a computer thumb-drive that secretly contained a tracking device.
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Ahmed Taha was 17 a year ago, when he says security forces abducted him outside Egypt's High Court, beat and raped him. "They beat me," he says. "One stepped on my face. I was wearing my glasses. They broke the glasses and my face was disfigured." He says the beatings were just the beginning.
Treating presidential polls as gospel is a little like placing political faith in the lifespan of a fruit fly. "People tend to subscribe a more durable nature to polling data," said Russ Baker, a political science professor at Rutgers University. "It's more ephemeral." That's because polls, as those who conduct them stress, are simply snapshots.
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Maria Zepeda-Sanchez remembers the excitement of the "change" argument in 2008. "There was really a change then," she said with a nostalgic smile. "People were really anxious to have a new person." Working the phones for President Barack Obama again four years later, though, change has a new -- and to her troubling -- meaning. "Different. It's a little different," she said of the then and now reaction when calling Latino voters in Colorado. "It was more hype I think back in 2008, yes." And now? "Some people are still really excited," Zepeda-Sanchez said during a brief break from her phone bank work. "Others say, 'Oh, I don't know, well, I haven't made up my mind.'" Then comes the sales pitch, and the new reality of incumbency -- of 2012.
The clock on the mantle has ticked past midnight, but Jessica Lundgren is studying -- so she can't afford to think about sleep just yet. "I'm a single mom to a 5-year-old girl who is fantastic," Lundgren told CNN this week. "I work full-time and go to school full-time. So my day usually starts around 4:45 a.m. and ends close to 1 a.m." She works at a call center and is studying to be a medical assistant. Long, hard days, but no complaints. "You do what you have to do in this economy," Lundgren said. "You do what you have to to further yourself." A few months back, Lundgren was invited to a focus group of so-called "Walmart Moms" and said she was leaning toward voting for Republican Mitt Romney. But she is undecided now, and Romney has only himself to blame.
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CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley will moderate Tuesday's second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, the first woman to do so in two decades. Crowley, host of CNN's "State of the Union" was asked about her role in a historic event, her expectations for how she'll manage the face-off between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney and her feelings about being selected for the honor.
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For all that divides President Obama and Mitt Romney, both candidates swear they'll protect the middle class from higher taxes. But that's a promise that will be hard to keep given their other stated aims -- to reduce deficits, reform entitlement programs and make what they call critical investments.
When asked directly about Social Security during their first debate, President Obama and Mitt Romney each gave a brief, detail-free answer. Then they used the rest of their time to talk about Medicare. Granted, Medicare poses a much bigger financial problem than Social Security. But Americans rely on both programs.
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Dogged by ongoing service problems, troubled American Airlines is beginning to lose its most lucrative group of clients -- business customers.
Chinese car buyers boycotting Japanese brands due to a dispute over a group of oil-rich islands could end up hurting local engineering firms and dealerships as much as the big automakers in Japan.
Many low-income parents could see their tax bills jump by thousands of dollars next year if nothing is done to stop a series of tax breaks from expiring January 1. Unless Congress takes action before the end of the year, four important credits for families -- The Child Tax Credit, Earned Income Tax Credit, Child and Dependent Care Credit and the American Opportunity Credit -- will revert back to previous levels.
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Babies are born ready to learn any language in the world, and they have linguistic super-powers that many adults don't. For instance at 6 months old, they can distinguish between sounds in different languages that non-bilinguals hear as the same, such as an English "d" and a Hindi "d." They can also tell if someone is English or French without sound based on the mouth shapes of the speaker and rhythms. Only bilinguals retain these abilities throughout life. Really cool, right? But around 10 months old, babies typically stop being able to make these distinctions. As they get better at perceiving a native language, they are less sensitive to non-native sights and sounds, says Janet Werker, psychologist at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.
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For most of Paul Ramirez's life, only those closest to him knew that he lived with a serious brain disorder. Ramirez, of Pasadena, California, found out he had epilepsy when he was 22. Now 50, he's had seven grand mal seizures, which make him lose consciousness. Still, he often went years without having a seizure at all. "I kept it private from extended members of my family. I never told my friends. I was ashamed of it," Ramirez said. That changed in June. Ramirez was waiting to see his neurologist after a recent seizure. The doctor would help determine whether Ramirez should continue driving.
This fall, millions of Americans will be making an important decision that will affect their health care -- and it has nothing to do with the presidential election. Soon, many employers will ask people to select their 2013 health benefits -- a challenging decision for even the most empowered patient. In fact, Aetna's Empowered Health Index Survey found that Americans rank choosing health benefits as the second most difficult major life decision behind saving for retirement. Even though people found choosing health benefits to be more difficult than choosing a car or even parenting, there are some simple tips to follow that can help make the process easier.
When the job offer came from the Food and Drug Administration in the winter of 2005, Sarah Sellers jumped at the chance. It was her "dream job," she says, and she picked up her family and moved from Chicago to Washington. Two years later, she left in frustration, unable, she says, to do the job she was hired to do: help clean up compounding pharmacies.
People are inherently selfish. Research shows we're happier and our lives improve when we focus on ourselves. Makes sense, right? So why does research also show that we often put others first and fail to choose what will make us happy? The problem comes, researcher Jonathan Berman says, when we have to decide between spending the $20 we found on the ground on new shoes and donating it to charity.
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Steve Reeder says it's no secret among his Facebook friends: He's a Republican. But after he began posting news articles and political cartoons on his page that reflect his support for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, his friend count began falling off. Today, it's down by several dozen.
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Nearly nine out of 10 registered U.S. voters own a cell phone -- almost half of which are smartphones. And many voters are using cell phones to get and share election information or news. By and large, however, they're not using their phones to connect directly with candidates, parties or interest groups, according to a new report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project.
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In an entertainment environment where sequels often do better than the original, it could be considered risky for a gaming company to do something different. However, one team thinks it's the perfect environment to showcase new ideas and stories, not more of the same.
With their billowing sails, towering masts and long wooden hulls, 19th century clipper ships were staggering feats of design -- and Europe's lifeline to the world's most exotic goods. Laden with spices, teas and chocolates from across the globe, the use of these wind-powered sailing vessels reached its peak during the late 1800's, a period often referred to as the "Golden Age of Sail." Abandoned in the advent of steamboats, the centuries-old transport is now enjoying a revival among cargo traders, with a new breed of merchant ships returning to wind power in an effort to promote environmentally sustainable trade. This week, the 32-meter brigantine Tres Hombres set sail from the Netherlands to the Caribbean in an eight-month voyage transporting ale, wine, rum and chocolate -- much the same way as merchant ships would have done 150 years ago.
It is hard enough to make one good video game. Trying to make two at the same time is a challenge not many developers try to tackle. But the creators of a recently released, turn-based strategy game hope that by blending two differing styles of play in one title they will find a pot of gold at the end of the double rainbow. "XCOM: Enemy Unknown" is a science fiction, strategy game pitting Earth against an invading alien force. An elite group of soldiers, scientists and engineers from all over the globe is tasked with repelling the aliens and restoring peace to our planet. While most games take two to three years before hitting the shelf, lead designer Jake Solomon said his split-personality labor of love has taken more than four years to come to fruition.
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It's election time in the United States, and what better way to get into the spirit than by taking a politically inspired trip?
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When you travel to a foreign country, everything from greetings to requests to simple transactions can get "lost in translation." Since learning the language is one of the best ways to understand a culture, why not study it while you're there on vacation?
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You're planning a trip but realize you've got Veuve Clicquot taste on a Bud Light budget. You don't need to be in the 1% -- or be a million-mile flier -- to roll like they do. Learn to travel strategically and get far more value for your dollars.
Punching down the grapes. Digging up the clams. Harvesting the sugar cane. Harvest isn't just picking pumpkins for Halloween. Typically the back-breaking work of farm employees pushing against time to store the fruits of their labor before winter comes, harvest has also become a theme for travelers who want a taste of the bounty -- without all the work. Travelers vacationing during the fall harvest can celebrate all sorts of different food stuffs ripe for the picking (or digging, in some cases). And if you simply want the seasonal food brought to your dinner table, there are options for you.
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Royce White faces an extraordinary challenge at the start of his rookie year with the Houston Rockets, before the season even begins. He is terrified to fly.
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Drake takes drink orders, greets regular customers with a warm handshake and sets the tables for the next wave of the lunch crowd. It's a stark change from the sheepish man who patrons first encountered when Harvest Café opened its doors in the beginning of 2011. "My goodness, it's like night and day. You'd see the change in him week by week," says Jean Ringhoff, a regular at the café who works at a nearby bank. "At first, he barely made eye contact." Drake, like the restaurant itself, now commands a second look. The pale yellow house with the white wrap-around porches serves not only as a fully-operating restaurant, but also as a day habilitation program for people with developmental disabilities.
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It was the first-ever debate between two Roman Catholics vying for a White House perch, and in Thursday's face-off between Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, the question was put plainly: How does your faith shape your position on abortion? It's one of the most divisive questions in American politics, and the query from debate moderator Martha Raddatz, asked near the end of the sole vice presidential debate, set the table for some of the night's most personal and poignant moments.
Like everything in South Carolina, we cook barbeque cantankerously. We smoke our meat with hundreds of opinions and often with a sense of injured pride. Otherwise, it's just different in South Carolina - all the way down to the way we spell it, more often with the garish and trashy "q" rather than the upwardly mobile and buttoned-down "c." When you mention S.C., people usually want to start a fight about sauces. The whole state is a big messy spill of sauces - there's at least four of them. As anyone who's driven south on Highway 17 knows, though, that vinegar and spices blend famously found all over eastern North Carolina is really more of a culinary wedge that plunges way down the Carolina shore, down past Scott's in Hemingway and certainly as far south as Brown's Bar-B-Que in Kingstree and even further south with the pulled pork at Cooper's Country Store in Salters.