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In this Aug. 13, 2014, photo, therapist Joe Andrade checks the ankle strap of a shocking device on student Andrew Goldberg during an exercise program at the Judge Rotenberg Educational Center in Canton, Massachusetts.  Andrew, who was born with a developmental disorder, wears the device to control violent episodes.  The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the devices used at the center, the only place in the country known to use electrical shocks as aversive conditioning for aggressive students. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Skin shocks used at Mass. school draw FDA look

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Some cut themselves. Others slam their heads against walls or desks – so hard that one girl detached both retinas and a young man triggered a stroke. Another pulled out all of his teeth. Self-injury is one of the most difficult behaviors associated with autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities, and a private facility outside Boston that takes on … 0

Diplomatic push grows against Islamic State

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Newly outraged by the beheading of yet another Western hostage, diplomats from around the world are in Paris pressing for a coherent global strategy to combat extremists from the Islamic State group – minus two of the main players and without any ground troops – in a conflict that threatens to spill beyond … 0

U.S. man in North Korea given 6 years of hard labor

Sunday, September 14, 2014

North Korea’s Supreme Court yesterday convicted a 24-year-old American man of entering the country illegally to commit espionage and sentenced him to six years of hard labor. At a trial that lasted about 90 minutes, the court said Matthew Miller, of Bakersfield, Calif., tore up his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s airport upon arrival … 0

Obama says he has authority for militant campaign

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

President Obama told congressional leaders yesterday that he has the authority he needs to launch a broader military campaign to root out violent extremists in Iraq and Syria, a day before outlining his plans to the American people … 1

N.Y.C. police: Terror threat more complex than ever

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Airstrikes in Iraq, ongoing unrest in Syria and the beheadings of two American journalists are casting a long shadow over the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. While there is no specific threat against New York ahead … 1

U.N. says CO2 pollution levels at annual record high

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013 as increasing levels of man-made pollution transform the planet, the U.N. weather agency said yesterday. The heat-trapping gas blamed for the largest share of global warming … 39

Iraq war veteran unseats Rep. Tierney in Massachusetts primary

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rep. John Tierney, a Massachusetts Democrat, was defeated by Iraq war veteran Seth Moulton yesterday, becoming just the fourth sitting member of Congress to fall in a primary this year. Tierney’s loss, which came as primary season ended across the country, was a blow to prominent Democratic establishment … 0

Pound sinks as Scottish independence race tightens

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Britain’s main political leaders scrambled yesterday to offer Scotland greater autonomy in a last-minute bid to stave off independence, as the pound sank on opinion polls suggesting separatists are gaining ground – and may even be in the … 0

U.S. attempts to combat Islamic State propaganda

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The stunning rise of the Islamic State militant group as both a battlefield force and an internet juggernaut over the summer has given new urgency to a State Department effort to counter online militant propaganda with a U.S. … 0

WHO: Liberia will see thousands of new Ebola cases

Monday, September 8, 2014

The United States and Britain will send medical equipment and military personnel to help contain West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, as the World Health Organization warned yesterday that many thousands of new infections are expected in Liberia in the … 0

Global warming may mean bye-bye for some birdies

Monday, September 8, 2014

As the world gets warmer, the Baltimore oriole will no longer be found in Maryland. The Mississippi kite will move north, east and pretty much out of its namesake state. And the California gull will mostly be a … 10

GE, home appliance pioneer, gives up on consumers

Monday, September 8, 2014

General Electric, a household name for more than a century in part for making households easier to run, is leaving the home. The company is selling the division that invented the toaster in 1905 and now sells refrigerators, … 0

U.S. job market’s lingering weak spot: Stagnant pay

Monday, September 8, 2014

The U.S. job market has steadily improved by pretty much every gauge except the one Americans probably care about most: Pay. The unemployment rate has sunk to a nearly normal 6.1 percent. Employers have added a robust 2.5 … 0