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Steubenville residents reflect on town’s demise: Football was city’s one bright light

In Steubenville, a small, struggling former steel town on the bank of the Ohio River, the last five days of an excruciating rape trial and the months leading up to it have been racked with angst and division. But at issue for many residents was not the specifics of the…

Israel to pressure Obama on air strikes against Syria

Israel will use President Obama’s visit on Wednesday to try to persuade the US to carry out air strikes on Syrian missiles if there is evidence that they are being to handed over to Hezbollah in Lebanon, or at least to give full support to Israeli military action to stop…

Rep. Mike Rogers: North Korean missile can reach U.S.

Nuclear-armed North Korea has a ballistic missile that could hit the United States, the leading lawmaker on the US House of Representatives intelligence committee warned Sunday. Congressman Mike Rogers also raised concern that North Korea’s young leader Kim Jong-Un is trying to prove himself to his military and that Washington…

Researchers explore positive social and cognitive effects of video games

Even as videogames come under scrutiny for potential harmful impacts, researchers and developers are touting digital games for positive effects on health, learning and other social goals. The immersive power of games is being used to encourage kids to develop healthy eating, help seniors maintain brain functions and even to…

Thousands of Venezuelans flock to Chavez’s new tomb

Thousands of emotional supporters waited and wept after making a pilgrimage to the new tomb of former president Hugo Chavez, the face and leader of Latin America’s left for over a decade. More than 10 days after his death from cancer, the remains of Chavez who was 58, are now…

Pope Francis urges Catholics to pray for him

Pope Francis appeared before some 150,000 pilgrims massed in St Peter’s Square on Sunday for his first Angelus prayer and asked the faithful to pray for him. “Thank you for your welcome, and for your prayers,” the first pope from Latin America said from a window of the papal apartment…

Somalia frees journalist held for reporting on rape

Somalia’s Supreme Court on Sunday freed a reporter imprisoned for interviewing a woman who alleged she had been raped by soldiers, in a case that has sparked widespread international criticism. Supreme Court judge Aidid Abdulahi Ilkahanaf said the charges had been dropped and the court “has given journalist Abdiaziz Abdinuur…

Costly Iraq war left U.S. no stronger in Middle East

The US-led invasion of Iraq overthrew a dictator, but 10 years on the war is seen to have destabilized the Middle East, exposed the limits of military power and left America no stronger than before. With US forces having withdrawn after the deaths of almost 4,500 American troops and an…

13-page suicide note left by New York mother who jumped with baby

Cynthia Wachenheim was depressed. She was taking anti-depressant medication. She thought she was a bad mother because her baby boy, 10-month old Keston, had taken two falls. She was convinced that she had permanently injured her baby, but doctors who examined him disagreed. In a 13-page suicide note…  …

Chinese dissident artist paints tribute piece for Pablo Neruda

A massive painting by Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei dedicated to Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda was unveiled Saturday in Valparaiso, the Chilean port where the poet lived. Entitled “A Pablo” (“To Pablo”), the huge 900-square-meter painting, is the artist’s first for Latin America as a part of the show “Of…

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