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Teacher orders third-grader to unclog toilet with bare hands

A Washington state teacher acknowledged ordering an 8-year-old student to unclog a toilet with his bare hands, and the boy’s parents say the educator deserves more than a reprimand.<p>Artie and Lisa Adams tell KEPR-TV that they learned of the Nov. 6 incident at Scootney Springs Elementary School in …

GOP could reopen citizenship paths created by Hoover and Reagan

The United States has always had a “path to citizenship.” One of my ancestors simply went to a judge in St. Louis in 1850, proved he had been here for two years since getting off the boat and renounced his allegiance to the Queen of Prussia.<p>A few decades later,<p>Congress<p>added two requirements: You …

Doctor: Patient killed caseworker before gunfight

DARBY, Pa. (AP) — A doctor told police that a patient fatally shot a caseworker at their hospital complex before the doctor pulled out his own gun and exchanged fire with him and wounded him, a prosecutor said Thursday night.<p>Dr. Lee Silverman, a psychiatrist, was grazed in the temple during the …

Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week #70

Changing Planet<p>Wow! The 70th edition of the “Top 25 Wild Bird Photographs of the Week” demonstrates just how far we have come. This can only be described as an astonishing collection of wild bird photographs. 1750 amazing photographs of birds living free and wild published so far. We are looking …

Hate Taxes? Move To Tax-Free Puerto Rico, Stay American, Avoid IRS

Increasingly, Americans are ditching their passports for far off lands. In some cases, they are motivated by high taxes and America’s unique worldwide tax reporting, though that’s rarely the only issue. Yet lower taxes can be had a lot closer to home and with more security. And you don’t have to …

The Last Best American Beach Towns

What makes a superior beach town? I’ve thought about that often, usually while gorging on steamed clams with butter or pedaling a bike along a seawall.<p>America does beaches extremely well, a point I didn’t begin to realize until my 20s, when I tried to sunbathe on a jam-packed stretch of Spanish …

Amazingly Realistic Drawings Created with Ballpoint Pens

When we first saw Portugal-based artist Samuel Silva's portrait, <i>Redhead Girl</i>, most of us were completely in awe of how Silva (aka VianaArts) could achieve such amazing details with just a handful of everyday pens.<p>Since that time, the patient and skilled artist has developed an extensive collection …

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Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth.<p>Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for …

Autism rates up, federal funds urged

The rate of autism and related conditions continues to climb sharply in the United States, with new figures showing that 1 in 68 children has been identified with the serious communication and behavior deficits that lead to a diagnosis.<p>A report released Thursday morning by the Centers for Disease …

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