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Discover This Forgotten Region of the Brain, According to a Neuroscientist

Forgotten, but not lost.<p>You’ve probably never heard of the claustrum, a small region of the brain, because scientists still know little about it. …

WHO classifies 'gaming disorder' as mental health condition

<b>(CNN) —</b> Watching as a video game ensnares their child, many a parent has grumbled about "digital heroin," likening the flashing images to one of the world's most addictive substances.<p>Now, they may have backup: The World Health Organization announced "gaming disorder" as a new mental health …

Mental Health

14 Weeknight Chicken Dinners That Are Anything But Boring

Weeknight dinners should be nourishing and healthy, but most importantly, they should be simple, quick, and delicious. Chicken—versatile enough to …

RECIPE: Carondelet Diner’s Western Quiche

Yield: 6 servings<p>1 (9-inch) deep-dish pie shell<p>½ cup shredded Swiss cheese, divided<p>½ cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided<p>2 tablespoons all-purpose …

'We won't stop': Students across US renew demand for gun safety in second walkout

<b>(CNN) —</b> For the second time in two months, thousands of students from across the country streamed out of class as part of a National School Walkout to demand action on gun reform -- even as Florida police investigated a fresh shooting that injured a student Friday morning.<p>Students walked out of …

Guns

Speaker Ryan to retire, leaving big election-year GOP vacuum

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan abruptly announced Wednesday he will retire rather than seek another term in Congress as the steady if reluctant wingman for President Donald Trump, sending new ripples of uncertainty through a Washington already on edge and a Republican Party bracing for a …

Mitch McConnell

Dozens Suffocate in Syria as Government Is Accused of Chemical Attack

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Dozens of Syrians choked to death after a suspected chemical attack struck the rebel-held suburb of Douma, east of Damascus, with aid groups on Sunday blaming President Bashar al-Assad’s government for the assault and Western governments expressing outrage.<p>Rescue workers in Syria …

Middle East

French Bread Recipe

"'My husband game me a bread machine for Christmas the year we were married, and I use it about once a week,' notes Janet Vink from Geneseo, …

Students demand action on gun violence with nationwide walkout

Guns in America<p>PARKLAND, Fla. — They solemnly spilled onto the high school football field, holding signs protesting gun violence and wearing shirts that read "March for our lives." They waved at a crowd of onlookers who had gathered to show support.<p>Exactly one month after 17 people were killed at …

High School

10 recipes that let your oven do most of the work

<b>Never underestimate the power of a slow-roasting oven to get dinner on the table easily and efficiently.</b><p>It has taken me years to learn to appreciate …

Pope declares new feast day devoted to the Virgin Mary

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made the devotion to the Virgin Mary a new fixed celebration in the Roman Catholic calendar.<p>The Vatican …

​The Science of Vastly Different Teens: Introverts and Extroverts

Personality is more than just how we act around others. There are deeply ingrained elements to who we are that impact every single aspect of our …

Psychologists say they can make you remember a murder you didn't commit — and it's raising some interesting questions

Historically, the kind of false memories induced in volunteers by psychologists have been relatively mundane. For example, a seminal study used leading questions and the encouragement to confabulate, to apparently implant in participants the memory of getting lost in a shopping mall as a child. …

Psychology

New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to …

Leading ivory trade investigator found dead in Kenya

NAIROBI (Reuters) - A prominent American investigator of the illegal ivory and rhino horn trade has been found dead in his Nairobi home with a stab wound in his neck, media reported.<p>Esmond Bradley-Martin, 75, had spent decades tracking the movement of animal products, mostly from Africa to markets …

Endangered Species

Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital

<b>A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, officials say.</b><p>Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint in a secure zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies.<p>The Taliban have said …

Extremism

A mental health expert explains how she overcomes the tricks her mind plays on her when she's feeling anxious

If you're anxiety-prone like I am, you'll have some specific anxiety-driven thinking patterns that hold you back and cause you unnecessary distress.<p>There are lots of generic lists of the thinking errors that people with anxiety and/or depression make. While it's good to start with these, you can …

Mental Health

Italian Student in Cairo Was Murdered Over His Research, Prosecutor Says

ROME — An Italian doctoral student brutally killed in Cairo had been in the cross hairs of Egyptian surveillance services until the day of his disappearance, and he was murdered over research he had been carrying out into Egypt’s independent labor unions, a senior Italian prosecutor has said.<p>The …

Congressional leaders refuse to budge on shutdown’s first day, but negotiations continue

By Robert Costa<p>, Reporter<p>Paul Kane<p>, Reporter<p>Ed O'Keefe<p>, Reporter<p>Karoun Demirjian<p>, Congressional reporter<p>Congressional leaders in both parties refused to budge publicly from their political corners Saturday on the first day of the government shutdown, avoiding direct negotiations and bitterly …

Republicans

Smashed-Banana Bread

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9-by-5-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick spray and line the bottom with parchment paper, …

Dessert

What Makes Some of Us Left-Handed? Hint: Nobody Knows

A neuroscientist (and a lefty himself) offers a short but meaty survey of the science, sociology, and enduring mysteries of handedness.<p>All human …

Arrest in decades-old murder of 14-year-old California girl

After 37 years, authorities in Northern California said they arrested a suspect in the cold-case murder of a 14-year-old girl that drew national attention at the time, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.<p>Mitchell Lynn Bacom, 63, has been held on charges in the murder and rape of Suzanne …

The Sandy Hook Mass Shooting Has Now Been Linked to Even More Gun Deaths

Children are especially at risk.

Lemony Butter Cookies

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Make the Cookies<p>Preheat the oven to 350° and position racks in the upper and lower thirds. In a large bowl, using a handheld …

How to Make Pancakes

Follow these five tips for superior short stacks.<p>Start with Flour<p>Whisk together the dry ingredients first.<p>Lumps Are OK!<p>Whisk your dry ingredients …

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

Step 1<p>For each cake, combine all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, kosher salt, unsweetened cocoa, chopped toasted pecans, bittersweet chocolate …

Dessert

Herbed Potato Stacks Recipe

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray. Cut potatoes into 1⁄16-inch-thick slices using a mandoline or …

Recipes

A Single Heartbreaking Photo Shows The Horror Elephants Face in India

Can capturing such cruelty bring about change?<p>The back legs of the baby elephant are consumed by fire as it chases after its startled mother, …

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called …

How to make “Papal” Cream Cake — Pope John Paul II’s favorite dessert

Papieska Kremowka is a creamy delight that's easy to make.<p>Pope St. John Paul II usually ate a simple, early lunch and dinner, since his day began at …