Army shutting down wounded warrior transition care units

For the second time in two years, the U.S. Army is shutting down a number of the specialized medical units that were set up at military bases around the country to help care for severely wounded warriors returning from battle. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have begun to wind down, the number of […]

Oklahoma deputy apologizes for fatal shooting, says was trained

An Oklahoma reserve deputy, who fatally shot a man when he said he accidentally grabbed his gun instead of his Taser, apologized to the victim’s family on Friday and said his mistake could have happened to anyone. Volunteer deputy Robert Bates, in an interview on NBC’s “Today” show, also denied a report that he was […]

Obesity link to prostate cancer may vary by race

Obesity may be partly responsible for higher rates of prostate cancer observed among African American men, suggests a new U.S. study. The links between obesity and prostate cancer among different races is complex, researchers say, but if emphasis is put on keeping people at a healthy weight, the excess burden of this cancer among African […]

AP back in the NFL

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was initially placed on the National Football League’s exempt list in September, has been reinstated by commissioner Roger Goodell, the league announced. Peterson was put on the commissioner’s exempt list after he was charged in Texas with hitting his four-year-old son with a tree branch in May. After […]

Cuba gave U.S. assurances it will not support terrorism in future: U.S. officials

The United States decided to drop Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terrorism on Tuesday partly because of Cuban assurances that it would not support terrorism in the future, senior U.S. officials said. “The assurances that they (provided) were fairly wide-ranging and fairly high-level,” said one senior U.S. official who briefed reporters, adding […]

Study finds race differences in link between rural life and depression

Although rural living has been tied to higher risk of depression, a new U.S. study finds that country life may have differing effects on women of different races and ethnicities. African American women living in rural areas were at lower risk of depression and other mood disorders, compared to African-American women in urban areas, researchers […]

St. Louis County municipal courts agree to uniform fines

Nearly all of the 82 municipal courts in St. Louis County have agreed to a uniform standard for fines and court costs, part of an effort to address concerns that some courts in the region prey on the poor and minorities. The agreement was announced Thursday by Frank Vatterott, chairman of the St. Louis County […]

Hillary Clinton to announce 2016 campaign

Hillary Clinton will announce her second run for the presidency on Sunday, starting her campaign as the Democrats’ best hope of fending off a crowded field of lesser-known Republican rivals and retaining the White House. Clinton returns to the campaign trail seven years after losing the Democratic Party nomination in 2008 to Barack Obama. She […]

Blues legend B.B. King hospitalized

Blues legend B.B. King was hospitalized for dehydration, though the ailment didn’t keep him out for long. King’s dehydration was caused by his Type II diabetes, but he “is much better,” his daughter, Claudette King, told the Los Angeles Times. The legendary guitarist and vocalist released a statement thanking those who have expressed their concerns. […]

Oops: Quote on Maya Angelou stamp isn’t hers

The late author/poet Maya Angelou was well-known for her many thought-provoking quotes, but it appears that one that was used for her stamp is not actually hers. The Washington Post reports that a new United States postage stamp bearing Angelou’s likeness features the quote “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings […]

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