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The teen protagonist in John Green's latest novel, <em>Turtles All The Way Down,</em> has a type of anxiety disorder that sends her into fearful "thought spirals" of bacterial infection and death.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:47

"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

Syrian Brig. Gen. Issam Zahreddine (right) speaks with a civilian in the eastern city of Deir Ezzor in September, during the offensive against ISIS militants.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:34

Issam Zahreddine is reported to have died on the battlefield. The family of Marie Colvin, a celebrated U.S. war correspondent killed in Syria in 2012, has accused him of responsibility for her death.

Together, José Ortíz (center left) and Ethan Leder (center right) — without the help of any major agency or aid organization — chartered a plane to Puerto Rico filled with donated medical supplies and get people with acute medical needs out of the island for treatment in the continental U.S.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:22

They had never met, but quickly came up with a plan to get medical supplies to a town desperately in need.

A trader at the New York Stock Exchange reacts on Oct. 19, 1987, when the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 22 percent — the biggest single-day drop in history.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 13:21

On Oct. 19, 1987, Wall Street had its single worst trading day ever. Even after three decades, Black Monday still marks the biggest one-day crash, and its impact continues to reverberate.

Former President George W. Bush speaks at a forum in New York, where he criticized the kind of politics that gave rise to Trump.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 12:35

The former president made the remarks at a forum put on by his namesake center. "To renew our country, we only need to remember our values," the 43rd president said.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:30

The minor, who is being referred to as Jane Doe, has obtained a judge's permission to have an abortion. But the Department of Health and Human Services has refused to allow her to visit a clinic.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:28

On Thursday, the city's public library systems are forgiving fines on overdue materials checked out by readers age 17 and under, reopening library doors to young readers once blocked by unpaid fees.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:13

The musings of the future president at age 21 reveal familiar themes of alienation and lack of belonging that would arise again in his later writing.

Target has come close to opening a store in Vermont in the past. In one year, it will finally make that happen, operating in all 50 states.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:02

The news prompted a "Breaking News" banner on the local paper's website. As they're saying over at Vermont Public Radio: "This is not a drill."

Val Olson (from left), Rick Kamm, Steve David and Dee Haskins play up to the net during a pickleball game at Monument Valley Park in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2011.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:00

A fun and social game at any age, pickleball is giving older adults — and their middle-aged kids — an extended lease on the benefits of team sports.

Competitors who are hoping to gain approval to build the border wall have until the first of next month to complete their work.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 07:33

While the mockups are massive, it's anybody's guess whether they'll ever get built.

Yu Zu'en stands in front of one of the only wall decorations in his new, government-issued apartment: a poster of China's leaders. The 84-year-old veteran lost his right eye fighting the Americans in Korea in 1951.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:54

Remote mountain villages where residents lived in poverty are being cleared, with villagers being given new apartments in the city. But finding work may be a challenge for some of the former farmers.

Brazil's Olympic Committee chief, Carlos Nuzman, resigned from his post after being arrested on Oct. 5. He's seen here coming to the Brazilian Federal Police building in Rio de Janeiro for questioning on Sept. 5.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:49

Former Brazilian Olympic Committee President Carlos Nuzman is charged with helping to run a criminal organization. The evidence includes undeclared assets in the form of 16 gold bars.

After the 45th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in March, the race board says, several dogs from a single team tested positive for a banned substance.
Thu, 10/19/2017 - 06:32

At the end of this year's annual run to Nome, Alaska, several dogs from a single team tested positive for a banned painkiller, the race board says.

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 05:30

A new national survey of parents suggests mobile device use by children under 8 has increased tenfold in the last 6 years.


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