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Tue, 06/02/2015 - 11:43

It made headlines last month: Suicide is the top cause of death for girls 15 to 19. Is the data reliable? And if so, what's going on?

(Left) Sgt. William Shemin distinguished himself with bravery under fire during World War I. (Right) Sgt. Henry Johnson of the 369th Infantry Regiment was awarded the French Croix de Guerre for bravery while outnumbered during a battle with German soldiers, Feb. 12, 1919.
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:39

Historians say Sgts. Henry Johnson and William Shemin hadn't been properly recognized for their bravery under fire.

An adult gymnast club performs a group stunt on the parallel bars at the Rochester, N.Y., YMCA at the beginning of the 20th century.
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 09:47

Many of today's fitness trends can be traced back to the pioneering programs of the YMCA.

FIFA Secretary-General Jérôme Valcke (right) and FIFA President Joseph Blatter attend a press conference in 2014.
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 09:45

The payment was allegedly part of a bribe to help South Africa secure the right to host the World Cup. The revelation brings the bribery scandal closer to FIFA's longtime president.

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 08:54

Consumers can switch plans outside of the annual open enrollment period for some specific life changes, but generally not when a doctor falls out of the plan.

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at rally in Yangon, Myanmar, last year. Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize for her struggle for democracy in her homeland, but has faced criticism lately for not speaking out about the plight of the Rohingya, a Muslim minority that has faced discrimination and violence.
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 08:39

Aung San Suu Kyi has been universally praised in her battle for democracy in Myanmar. But she has been conspicuously silent about the worsening plight of the Rohingya minority in her homeland.

Rescuers pull a survivor from an overturned passenger ship in the Jianli section of the Yangtze River in central China's Hubei province on Tuesday.
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 07:20

The captain told local media the vessel sank after getting caught in a cyclone in China's Yangtze River. Few of the 458 on board are thought to have survived the incident.

A TSA agent waits for travelers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 06:41

According to ABC News, covert tests found that Transportation Security Administration agents at airports failed to detect prohibited items 95 percent of the time.

Demonstrators in the Turkish capital of Ankara hold posters of Ozgecan Aslan, a 20-year-old student who was allegedly killed by a bus driver after fighting off a sexual assault. The posters read: "End killings of women."
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 06:37

Women's rights advocates say more than 100 women have been killed in Turkey so far this year, most by male relatives.

Scientists have developed an app that tracks how much time students spend sleeping, working out, studying or partying.
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 05:23

Researchers found that a phone's activity tracker can automatically predict students' school performance.

Visitors check out the Soviet-era metro cars exhibited at the Partizanskaya subway station in Moscow, as part of festivities marking the subway system's 80th anniversary.
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 04:45

The system was considered a triumph by the Soviets, but was built by the same ruthless means that helped cause a famine, which killed millions in the 1930s.

Mixed ceviche from <em>Peru: The Cookbook.</em>
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 02:41

Gaston Acurio is the world's premiere cheerleader for Peruvian cuisine, and he's just written a cookbook. It features 500 recipes from around the country — including more than 20 kinds of ceviche.

Diagnosis by text or a phone call is often convenient and popular with patients. But is it good medicine?
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 02:38

As consulting a doctor exclusively by phone, text or video becomes more popular, the Texas Medical Board moves to restrict these e-visits. Is the real battle over patient safety, money or turf?

Chef Eric David Corradetti presents dinner to residents at the <a href="http://www.reshealth.org/sub_ss/senior-housing/independent-living/bethlehem-woods-retirement-community.cfm">Bethlehem Woods</a> senior living facility in La Grange Park, Ill. His kitchen emphasizes fresh produce and meats and meals made from scratch.
Tue, 06/02/2015 - 02:35

Once known for bland, institutional fare, hundreds of senior living centers across the U.S. now tout healthy meals made from scratch. Centers say this approach to food is tastier — and cheaper, too.

Attorney John Elwood talks to reporters Dec. 1 outside the Supreme Court building in Washington after arguing on behalf of Anthony Elonis, who was convicted in 2010 on the grounds of threatening his wife via social media. On Monday the court ruled in favor of Elonis, saying prosecutors must prove that a social media threat was intentional, not just perceived.
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 22:44

Justices declined to delineate exactly what sort of evidence could prove that an online post — such as "took all the strength I had not to ... slit her throat" — was intended to spark fear.

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