Newtown shooting survivors still scarred, two years on

Dec 12, 2014

Newtown shooting survivors still scarred, two years on

Anxiety, depression, guilt, sleeplessness, marital strife, drug and alcohol abuse — two years after the massacre at a Connecticut elementary school, the scope of the psychological damage to children, parents and others is becoming clear, and the need for treatment is likely to persist ...

Nov 30, 2014

When pigs fly? Not on U.S. Airways

This was a pig that truly could not fly. It was ordered off a U.S. Airways plane at Bradley International Airport in Connecticut after crew members determined it had become disruptive, Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for the carrier’s parent, American Airlines, said Friday. The ...

Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Nov 28, 2014

Lab-coated Muggles use Harry Potter to study brain

Harry Potter swoops around on his broom, faces the bully Malfoy and later runs into a three-headed dog. For scientists studying brain activity while reading, it’s the perfect excerpt from the young wizard’s many adventures to give their subjects. Reading that section of “Harry ...

Nov 23, 2014

Venice declares war on noisy suitcases

Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter by banning noisy suitcases on wheels. Residents have had it with the round-the-clock rumble of luggage being dragged across cobblestoned alleyways and bridges by a large ...

Nov 21, 2014

Most heavy drinkers are not alcoholics, U.S. study finds

Contrary to popular opinion, only 10 percent of U.S. adults who drink too much are alcoholics, according to a federal study released on Thursday, a finding that could have implications for reducing consumption of beer, wine and liquor. While many people think that most, ...

Chimpanzee study reveals the value of being an ape bully

Nov 14, 2014

Chimpanzee study reveals the value of being an ape bully

For male chimpanzees, there may be a benefit to being a bully. Scientists said Thursday a study of chimpanzees in Tanzania spanning 17 years found that males that subjected females to long-term aggressive behavior, often including physical attacks, greatly improved their chances of fathering ...

Oct 31, 2014

French town bans clown disguises after assaults

A small town outside Montpellier in southern France has banned people from disguising themselves as clowns from the streets — especially on Halloween. This week’s decision by Mayor Pierre Dudieuzere of Vendargues follows a series of incidents around France in which people dressed as ...

Oct 31, 2014

German court sentences 'Autobahn gunman' to 10 years in jail

A German court on Thursday sentenced a truck driver to 10½ years in prison for shooting hundreds of times from his cab at other vehicles. In more than 700 such attacks from 2008 to 2013, the 58-year-old, dubbed the “Autobahn gunman” by German media, ...

Oct 31, 2014

Get your facts right: Italy, U.S. come bottom in modern life survey

Italians and Americans score worst when it comes to correctly assessing basic facts of modern life, such as what proportion of the population are immigrants or what percentage of teenage girls get pregnant. Swedes and Germans do best, although even they consistently get things ...