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Obama: U.S. Soccer Team 'Defying the Odds'

President Barack Obama on Thursday praised the U.S. men's soccer team for "defying the odds" and "earning a lot of believers" shortly after the team advanced in the World Cup.<p>"We were in what’s called the 'Group of Death' and even though we didn't win today, we were in the toughest grouping and we …

American Soccer

Catholic Church May Be Nearing Big Shift In Approach To Same-Sex Couples And Divorced People

A new document from the Vatican may pave the way for baptizing the children of same-sex couples and allowing divorced people to receive communion.<p>VATICAN CITY — A document issued by the Vatican on Thursday could signal a substantial shift in the Catholic Church's approach to the family, including …

Women More Likely Than Men to Seek Mental Health Help, Study Finds

Women with chronic physical illnesses are 10% more likely to seek support for mental health issues than men with similar illnesses, according to a …

Mental Health

Michigan investigators talk with boy about basement ordeal

Michigan investigators are learning more about what happened to a Michigan boy after he vanished for almost two weeks, then suddenly turned up in the basement of his father and stepmother's home in Detroit.<p>Police talked with Charlie Bothuell for the first time Thursday about his disappearance and …

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MH370 Crew Was Likely Unconscious

FDA clears device that lets paraplegics walk again

A device designed by a quadriplegic Israeli entrepreneur to increase his own mobility, and in use already to get wounded<p>U.S. militarypersonnel up and walking again, has won clearance from theFood and Drug Administrationfor broad marketing in the United States.<p>The ReWalk system is sometimes called …

United States casts doubt on North Korean missile claim

A U.S. defense official on Thursday dismissed North Korea's claim of testing newly developed missiles.<p>"There is no indication of new North Korean technology," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.<p>The U.S. military monitored what the defense official described as the routine …

Binge drinking, other alcohol excesses kill 88,000 a year, study finds

The death toll from binge drinking and other forms of excessive alcohol use in the United States is just shy of 88,000 per year, according to a new nationwide analysis.<p>Those casualties erased more than 2.5 million years of life that would have been lived each year had victims not been killed in …

South Sudan named most fragile country; U.S. on list of worsening nations

South Sudan's fractious leadership, mass killings and ethnic violence contributed to its No. 1 position on the list of the world's most fragile nations, said Fund For Peace, a Washington-based nonprofit that compiles the annual list.<p>However, the United States -- which ranked 159 on the overall list …

Elliot Rodger’s father says of killings – we did not see it coming

Father of man who murdered six tells of sorrow for victims as students’ parents criticise police handling of case<p>The father of a British-born gunman who killed six people in California last month has spoken publicly about the attack for the first time, saying he had believed there was no way that …

Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Oppression of Gays Is 'New Apartheid'

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South Africa

Ebola now out of control in West Africa as WHO fears cross border contamination

Sudanese woman Meriam Ibrahim 'safe and well' in US embassy

Husband of Christian woman whose apostasy death sentence was overturned says she and children doing well<p>The husband of a Sudanese Christian woman facing threats after her apostasy death sentence was overturned has expressed relief that the family has been given refuge at the US embassy in …

Here's What It Will Take to Contain the Worst Ebola Outbreak in History

The “perfect storm” analogy is often over-used when it comes to disease outbreaks–all the elements that you don’t want to see converge to make …

Disease

Elliot Rodger Father Peter Looks Back on Isla Vista Santa Barbara Shooting - TIME

The father of the California shooter who killed six during a rampage in May said in a new interview that he never saw it coming.<p>“Every night I go to …

Crime

Land mines: Explosive remnants of war

She stands tall, two makeshift wooden crutches propping up her one-legged body in the same fields that took so much from her. She stares into the sun with a stern face, hardened by years of loss.<p>Over the past 28 years, Requina Jimu lost her leg, a year later: her husband, and over the years to …

Podcaster Risks Excommunication For Defending Gay Mormons

Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are cracking down on members who openly dispute the doctrine of the faith. Earlier this week, a Mormon feminist was excommunicated for pursing membership in the all-male priesthood of the church. Now another member, John Dehlin, is facing …

A Leap of Faith: Desperate Patients Look to Lab-Grown Organs

He is a world-renowned surgeon who has been described both as a daring pioneer and as a cowboy who takes dangerous risks with his patients.<p>Dr. Paolo Macchiarini of the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, is pushing the boundaries of the emerging field of regenerative medicine, which involves …

Medicine

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Vatican Says Church Must Be Less Judgmental Of Gays And Their Children

VATICAN CITY -- The Roman Catholic Church must be less judgmental of homosexuals and, while still opposing gay marriage, should welcome children of gay couples into the faith with equal dignity, a Vatican document said on Thursday.<p>A 75-page document, a working paper for the synod of Catholic …

Los Angeles Set To Open Its First Medical Marijuana Farmers Market

Los Angeles’ first medical marijuana farmers market is set to launch July 4, marking a unique opportunity for card-carrying cannabis patients to purchase a variety of products, including cannabis flowers, edibles and concentrates, directly from growers.<p>The new farmers market, which will feature 20 …

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 Passengers Likely Suffocated, Australia Says

By Lincoln Feast<p>SYDNEY, June 26 (Reuters) - The passengers and crew of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 most likely died from suffocation and coasted lifelessly into the ocean on autopilot, a new report released by Australian officials on Thursday said.<p>In a 55-page report, the Australian …

South Sudan Refugees Flood into Kenya Only to Face Starvation

TURKANA, Kenya -- The refugees stream over Kenya's border by the hundreds, desperate to escape the horrific violence plaguing South Sudan.<p>But their safe haven is stalked by another killer, with drought and famine contributing to a hunger crisis that has forced the living to eat stray dogs roaming …

Africa