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Kids Are Practicing Their Reading Skills to Soothe Shy Shelter Dogs

The Shelter Buddies Reading Program is collaborating with the Humane Society of Missouri to make a huge difference in the lives of both children and animals. Since shy and fearful dogs are less likely to be adopted, it's important that they have a chance to interact with others. That's why the …

InterAct

Against the Sticker Chart

Priming kids to expect rewards for good behavior can harm their social skills in the long term.<p>After working with thousands of families over my years as a family psychologist, I’ve found that one of the most common predicaments parents face is how to get kids to do what they’re asked. And one of …

Psychology

Study: Air Pollution Heightens Risk of Obesity and Diabetes

Exposure to air pollution was shown to increase the risk of obesity and diabetes in rats, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from Duke University …

Diabetes

‘A black president, yay’: 106-year-old finally meets the Obamas, dances like a schoolgirl

Virginia McLaurin’s life isn’t easy. Last winter, she battled bedbugs in her D.C. apartment. This year, snowstorm “Snowzilla” trapped her inside for several days.<p>She also happens to be almost 107 years old.<p>None of that mattered last week when the centenarian stepped — nay, scampered — into the …

Black History

1st US trials of suspected Islamic State sympathizers begin

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Air Force veteran and former airplane mechanic charged with trying to join the Islamic State will be among the first Americans to go on trial as a result of the U.S. government's pursuit of dozens of suspected sympathizers of the militant group.<p>Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 48, …

U.S. Air Force

Mystery 'hobbits' not humans like us, study finds

Homo floresiensis 'were not Homo sapiens' according to researchers<p>Diminutive humans that died out on an Indonesian island some 15,000 years ago were not Homo sapiens but a different species, according to a study published Monday that dives into a fierce anthropological debate.<p>Fossils of Homo …

Sea Level

Security services hunt Jihadi John recruiter after he revealed his location on LinkedIn

Birmingham terrorist Rabah Tahari inadvertently disclosed his whereabouts by joining the Linkedin professional networking site<p>A dangerous British terrorist who helped recruit the Islamic State executioner 'Jihadi John' is being hunted by the security services after fleeing to Turkey and setting up …

Central banks experiment with negative rates: What are they and will they work?

SINGAPORE: The Bank of Japan’s (BOJ) negative interest-rate policy kicked in on Tuesday (Feb 16), following a surprise announcement after its policy …

Islamic State sex slave describes how her family was massacred

Nadia Murad, 21, is in the UK as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of Iraq's Yazidi population<p>A woman from the Iraqi minority Yazidi community who was kept as a sex slave for three months by violent jihadists has described seeing her family slaughtered.<p>Nadia Murad, 21, is in the …

Hong Kong to investigate police warning shots at clashes

<b>Hong Kong police will hold an inquiry to determine whether it was appropriate for an officer to fire two warning shots during unrest in Mong Kok.</b><p>Two handgun shots were fired into the air as hundreds of people clashed with police on Monday night.<p>The unrest began when officials began an operation to …

Hong Kong

Google will begin showing anti-ISIS ads to counter terrorism

Not all weapons have a trigger, but that doesn't make them any less effective. No, I'm not talking about bombs, but rather about Google's new strategy to use its highly targeted advertising system in the battle against ISIS. Last week, Anthony House, the senior manager for public policy and …

Counterterrorism