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You really should go out and play. But I can't blame the TV for your nearsightedness.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:10

If you're not a bit farsighted at age 6, you're much more likely to be nearsighted by age 12, a study of thousands of children finds. A simple eye refraction exam can spot it early on.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie: "I would rather die than be in the United States Senate."
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 11:59

The indictment of Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., could lead to Chris Christie, R-N.J., appointing a replacement. With Christie's presidential prospects, he might want to consider appointing himself.

No one knows how many children have been affected by the spread of Boko Haram across Nigeria and neighboring countries. This photo shows the school uniforms of the girls kidnapped from a school a year ago.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:58

That's how children cope with a fearful situation. We learn more about the 84 boys rescued from a school reportedly influenced by the terrorist group, which is notorious for kidnapping youngsters.

Rev. Robert H. Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, Calif., speaks at the church in 1996. Schuller, who hosted the top-rated <em>Hour of Power</em> telecast for decades, died Thursday at age 88.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 10:49

The pastor who built his church from nothing in the 1960s also launched the Hour of Power broadcast a decade later. By 2010, however, the palatial Crystal Cathedral was forced into bankruptcy.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking in Kingstree, S.C., as seen in the video clip.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:48

Tucked away in the archives of the University of South Carolina is a video clip of a rousing King speech.

Mountain troops, police and gendarme officers listen during a briefing before heading to the Germanwings crash site Thursday in Seyne-les-Alpes, France. A French prosecutor said Thursday the plane's second black box has been recovered.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:48

Separately, French prosecutors say the second black box of Flight 4U 9525 has been recovered. The plane crash last week in the French Alps killed all 150 people onboard.

A sign reading "This business serves everyone" was placed in the window of Bernadette's Barbershop in downtown Lafayette, Ind., in response to the passage of the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:29

The states, which both passed legislation that critics say would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, have been forced to backtrack following protests.

Indonesian Muslims perform Eid Al-Adha prayer at Al-Akbar Mosque in Oct. 2014 in Surabaya, Indonesia.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 09:01

Islam is growing more rapidly than any other religion in the world, according to the Pew Research Center, which predicts that Islam will nearly equal Christianity by 2050 before eclipsing it.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 08:54

And in other plagiarism news, a French lawmaker is being mocked for lifting sections on the Assyrian genocide from Wikipedia to craft a draft law.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 08:52

Googling that fact can make insufferable know-it-alls even more sure of their superior abilities, a study finds. The mere act of searching seems to boost faith in one's knowledge.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 08:50

Gunmen have attacked a university in eastern Kenya, killing at least 14 people. The militant group al-Shabab has claimed responsibility. NPR's Gregory Warner offers the latest from Nairobi.

A new section of the Airbnb home rental site shows places available for short-term stays in Havana.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 08:37

A look at the offerings finds everything from "beautiful colonial rooms" in the heart of Havana for $27 to "a holiday sanctuary" on the outskirts of Havana that sleeps 10 for $1,000.

A Russian Emergencies Ministry ship is seen through the window of a helicopter during a rescue operation after the Russian trawler Dalniy Vostok sank off the coast of Kamchatka, in the Sea of Okhotsk, on Thursday.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 08:03

The vessel reportedly capsized while bringing in its nets off the Kamchatka Peninsula. Authorities in Moscow have denied reports that it was overloaded.

Thu, 04/02/2015 - 06:44

As violence continues elsewhere in Yemen, al-Qaida has laid siege to a coastal city in the country's southeast, asserting control over key facilities in the port city of al-Mukallah.

Students gather at a distance from the Garissa University College after an attack by gunmen in Garissa, Kenya, Thursday. The attack has injured dozens of people; a siege is ongoing.
Thu, 04/02/2015 - 06:04

A siege is ongoing at the school in the town of Garissa. It is reportedly attended by more than 800 students.

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