Nov 24, 2014

Korean exam chief resigns over bungled questions

South Korea’s education minister apologized and the head of the national exam board resigned Monday after accepting that there were errors in two questions in the country’s cutthroat college entrance exam. The acknowledgement that mistakes were made followed a flood of complaints to the ...

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

Nov 24, 2014

Aussie mom of baby left in drain charged

A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday. The week-old baby was in serious but stable condition in ...

U.N. marks global crisis with a large inflatable toilet

Nov 20, 2014

U.N. marks global crisis with a large inflatable toilet

Yes, that was a large inflatable toilet standing outside the United Nations headquarters. It was World Toilet Day. Far from a laughing matter, the world body was seeking to draw attention Wednesday to a global sanitation crisis: 2.5 billion people lack basic sanitation services, ...

Paddington Bear film gets parental guidance rating

Nov 20, 2014

Paddington Bear film gets parental guidance rating

British film authorities have managed to find dangerous behavior and sexual innuendo in a film about Paddington Bear, a development that the bear’s 88-year-old creator says leaves him “totally amazed.” The British Board of Film Classification gave “Paddington” a parental guidance rating, saying it ...

Nov 18, 2014

Africans up to 13 times more likely to drown than Europeans: WHO

Africans — and young children especially — are up to 13 times more likely than Western Europeans to become one of the 372,000 people who drown each year, a study by the World Health Organization said Monday. “Efforts to reduce child mortality have brought ...

Nov 18, 2014

First-heard language retained by adoptees

Babies adopted by international foster parents may not remember the language they heard in their first days, but the words leave a lasting mark on their minds, scientists said Monday. The study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences is the first ...

Homelessness hit 1 in 30 U.S. children last year: study

Nov 18, 2014

Homelessness hit 1 in 30 U.S. children last year: study

A “historic high” of nearly 2.5 million children in the United States, or 1 in every 30 kids, experienced homelessness last year, according to a new study released Monday. The number reflects the national rate of poverty and a lack of affordable housing, among ...