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Is This Kid Too Young for Football?


As the 100 million viewers tuning in to this Sunday’s Super Bowl can attest, Americans adore football. And for many, the love affair begins in...

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    Women’s Pain Is Treatable, but Often Ignored

    Women suffer unnecessary pain, according to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). Women’s pain is both ignored and improperly treated. From labor pain to menstrual... Read more

  • Sheneque Proctor, who died in her jail cell in November after being arrested for disorderly conduct. (Facebook)

    Death and Neglect in Jail Shrouded in Mystery

    NEW YORK—When 18-year-old Sheneque Proctor died in an Alabama county jail in November, it didn’t draw the kind of national attention that has become so... Read more

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    Tomorrow’s Weather Today: Whiz Kids Democratizing Meteorology

    The Old Farmers’ Almanac predicts a rough winter, with polar vortices expected to produce frigid temperatures and record snowfall across New York and New England... Read more

  • Brightly colored ribbons flutter from a wrought-iron fence along the a main thoroughfare in Ferguson, Mo., on Dec. 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    After Spotlight, Ferguson Faces a Challenging Road Forward

    FERGUSON, Mo.—Brightly colored ribbons flutter from a wrought-iron fence along the downtown business district’s main thoroughfare, snapping in the harsh winter breeze like dozens of... Read more

  • Anita Chanko, whose husband was hit by a sanitation truck in Manhattan. (Dina Litovsky)

    When a Patient’s Death Is Broadcast Without Permission

    The ABC television show “NY Med” filmed Mark Chanko’s final moments without the approval of his family. Even though his face was blurred, his wife... Read more

  • Crystal Lewis (L) and her daughter Morgan Lewis sit at the gravesite of Morgan's high school sweetheart, U.S. Marine Nicholas Cain Kirven, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, on Memorial Day at section 60 at Arlington National Cemetery May 28, 2007, in Arlington, Virginia. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

    Major Study Underway of America’s Bereaved Military Families

    With his wife and child close at hand, Army Maj. Chad Wriglesworth battled skin cancer for more than a year before dying at age 37... Read more

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    Turns Out It’s Shockingly Easy to Smuggle Guns on Planes

    As a traveler, it’s certainly troubling to hear of a gun smuggling scheme in which a former airline employee allegedly carried bags of guns and... Read more

  • Northwest Financial Services first sued Keith and Katie Herie when they couldn't afford the $14,000 bill for Katie's emergency appendectomy. Since 2006, the Heries have had almost $20,000 taken from their wages to repay medical bills, and still owe at least $26,000, with interest mounting. (Steve Herbert for ProPublica)

    How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

    One Missouri hospital has sued thousands of uninsured patients who couldn’t pay for their care, then grabbed a hefty portion of their paychecks to cover... Read more

  • A terminally ill hospice resident sits with a music therapist in her bed in Lakewood, Colo., in Aug. 20, 2009. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    American Life: Auntie Mame Joins Hospice

    PHOENIX—Less than 20 minutes into the Dial-a-Ride trip, she had learned about the driver. He was adopted. He was certainly not Australian but was English,... Read more

  • Nancy Hatch Dupree, 87, talks about a photo taken by National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry during an interview with The Associated Press at the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University, Dec. 9, 2014. Dupree fell in love with Afghanistan on her first visit in 1962, and embarked on a lifelong mission to preserve the rich cultural heritage of an ancient land scarred by modern wars. (AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini)

    American Seeks to Preserve Storied Afghan Past

    KABUL, Afghanistan—Nancy Hatch Dupree fell in love with Afghanistan on her first visit in 1962, and embarked on a lifelong mission to preserve the rich... Read more

  • Scott Garwood of Cardinal Farms displays an Asian sea bass called barramundi, which he grows in Dakota City, Neb., Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014. Farmers in the Midwest are increasingly turning to land-based, indoor fish farms to grow everything from freshwater trout to Atlantic salmon and sea bass, effectively bringing the surf to the turf. The reasons for the advent of indoor fish farming include overfishing of the world's waters and soaring consumption of fish, especially in the U.S., outstripping supply. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Fish Farming Finds Its Way to Land-Locked Midwest

    OMAHA, Neb.—The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52-year-old Scott Garwood, isn’t growing corn or cattle — it’s... Read more

  • Charles Cook, manager of facilities and operations at Champions Oncology, handles a plastic cage containing mice carrying bits of a cancer patient's tumor in a lab in Baltimore. "What I'm doing is personalized cancer treatment. It's the wave of the future," said Eileen Youtie, a Miami woman using mice to guide care for her hard-to-treat form of breast cancer. "Part of this is trying to eliminate chemos that are not going to work on me. I don't want to waste time taking them and poison my body." (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    Cancer Patients Testing Drugs on Mouse ‘Avatars’

    Scientists often test drugs in mice. Now some cancer patients are doing the same — with the hope of curing their own disease. They are paying a... Read more

  • Paula Hamilton stands on a street outside her house in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. "The traffic is unbearable now. You can't even walk your dog," said Hamilton, who lives on a once quiet little street. When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic rushing by their homes a year or so ago they were baffled. When word spread that the explosively popular new smartphone app Waze was sending many of those cars through their neighborhood in a quest to shave five minutes off a daily rush-hour commute, they were angry and ready to fight back. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

    People Finding Their ‘Waze’ to Once-Hidden Streets

    LOS ANGELES—When the people whose houses hug the narrow warren of streets paralleling the busiest urban freeway in America began to see bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling... Read more

  • Mark Kunze of San Bruno stalls his car in the flooded intersection of Airport Blvd. and Grand Ave. in South San Francisco, on Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014. Several vehicles stalled in and around the intersection after driving through the deep water. A powerful storm churned through the San Francisco Bay Area on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while bringing a soaking of much needed rain.  (AP Photo/Alex Washburn)

    San Francisco Weather Forecast Today: Thousands of PG&E Customers Lose Power as Storm Soaks Cali

    SAN FRANCISCO—A powerful storm churned through Northern California on Thursday, knocking out power to tens of thousands and delaying commuters while soaking the region with much-needed... Read more

  • In this photo taken Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, in Chicago, P.J. Brown, Regenstein Conservator at the Field Museum examines the burial mask on the mummified body of Minirdis, a 14-year-old Egyptian boy who was the son of a priest. Brown and his team have opened the coffin of the 2,500-year-old mummy to perform conservation work before it becomes part of a traveling exhibition. Brown says they have to fix his burial mask, shroud, reconnect his detached feet, and do work to shore up the coffin and mummy so they can withstand travel. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Museum Lifts Lid on Egyptian Mummy Coffin

    CHICAGO—Not until the lid was off the wood coffin — exposing the 2,500-year-old mummified remains of a 14-year-old Egyptian boy — could J.P. Brown relax... Read more

  • Coal miners return on a buggy after working a shift underground at the Perkins Branch Coal Mine in Cumberland, Ky., on Oct. 15, 2014. As recently as the late 1970s, there were more than 350 mines operating at any given time in Harlan County. Today, it's around 40. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Deep in Coal Country, Pondering Future Without It

    HARLAN, Ky.—The rest of the house is just waking as Scottie Sizemore plops down in a rocking chair on his front porch with a cup... Read more