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Parents visit block where boy, 9, was slain: 'Where he took his last breath'

Nine-year-old Antonio Smith was gunned down on a concrete slab a few feet away from the railroad tracks that have long served as the dividing line between rival gangs in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood known as Pocket Town.<p>How a fourth-grader who played peewee football and loved to dance to …

What Kids' Drawings Say About Their Future Thinking Skills

At age 4, many young children are just beginning to explore their artistic style.<p>The kid I used to babysit in high school preferred self-portraits, undoubtedly inspired by the later works of Joan Miro. My cousin, a prolific young artist, worked almost exclusively on still lifes of 18-wheelers.<p>These …

Robin Williams Will Be Memorialized In ‘World Of Warcraft,’ One Of His Favorite Games

In the case of Robin Williams, thousands of fans quickly responded to a petition asking game developer Activision-Blizzard to insert the late comedian into one of his favorite video games, "World of Warcraft."<p>In less than 16 hours, organizer Jacob Holgate found 10,000-plus fans to sign his …

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Why the Funniest People Are Sometimes the Saddest

I always feel a more intense sense of loss when a fellow alcoholic or addict commits suicide. Possibly because I have thought about it obsessively …

Peter Marler obituary

The evolutionary biologist Peter Marler, who has died aged 86, revolutionised the study of song-learning in birds and the origins of human language. Marler overturned the accepted wisdom on how vocal skills are acquired, completely changing our understanding of how animals communicate. He …

U.S defense giants are hiring the best hackers they can find (with a few caveats)

Las Vegas — If you’re a hacker, a really good one, you now have even more career choices awaiting you — assuming you’re not a convicted felon.<p>At the Black Hat hacker conference last week, noted cyber security guru Mikko Hypponen spoke about how big changes in the cyber threat landscape had prompted …

Trial Of Alleged German Autobahn Shooter Begins

The trial of a 58-year-old truck driver who is accused of firing more than 700 shots at other vehicles on German highways over five years began today in the northern Bavarian city of Wuerzburg.<p>The man, who German media say was born in the former East Germany, was arrested at home in the small town …

Report: Ebola outbreak probably started with 2-year-old in Guinea

The worst outbreak of Ebola, which has killed 961 people and triggered an international public health emergency, may have started with a 2-year-old patient in a village in Guinea.<p>About eight months ago, the toddler, whom researchers believe may have been Patient Zero, suffered fever, black stool …

Denim Is in Real Danger of Going Out of Fashion

Consumer<p>America, with its glamorous image of cowboys and rock stars, gave jeans to the world, but now denim is suffering from the blues.<p>Domestic sales of jeans dropped 6 percent last year, worrying some manufacturers and prompting VF Corp, the maker of Wrangler and Lee brand jeans to set up a …

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