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Muslim holidays to become days off for New York school children

New York City public school officials announced on Wednesday their school district will begin observing two Muslim holidays. There will be no school on the two holidays to be observed, starting in the 2015-16 school year.

Study: Getting gout lowers chances of Alzheimer's by 24 percent

Researchers in Massachusetts released a study in which they found gout, an inflammatory arthritic condition, lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer's Disease by 24 percent. Gout is caused by rich diets leading to a build-up of uric acid.

Air pollution damages cognition, memory, in brains of children

The Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Spain published results from their new study Tuesday and they are disturbing. They found that the brains of kids who go to school in heavy-traffic areas are being damaged.

Report says air pollution killing thousands in Europe each year

The European Environment Agency (EEA) released a major report Tuesday slamming the continent's slow movement on air pollution and predicting thousands more premature deaths in Europe as a result. The report also said many positive steps have been taken.

India passes overseas citizen bill 100 years after Gandhi return

The Indian parliament passed a bill to grant overseas citizenship to individuals of Indian origin residing abroad, a hundred years after Mahatma Gandhi, a key spearhead in India's freedom struggle against the British, returned to India.

Protein linked to Alzheimer's discovered in brains as young as 20

In a study released today, researchers at Northwestern University in Illinois found traces of the protein amyloid in patients as young as 20. The abnormal protein is a cause of Alzheimer's Disease and other dementia.

S. Africa family reunited with child snatched in 1997

Cape Town - A baby stolen from her sleeping mother's arms shortly after birth has been found by the family through an astonishing coincidence 17 years later, her biological family and South African police said Friday.

Canadian judge tells woman to remove hijab or leave courtroom

The CBC in Canada has obtained a recording of a judge in a Quebec courtroom telling a Muslim woman to remove her hijab if she wants her case heard. The woman was appealing to the court to get her impounded car back.

Man arrested with 400 pounds of marijuana chocolate bars

Chocolate is something a lot of people like and marijuana is something that, well, some people like. A California man appears to have gotten the bright idea to put the two together. The problem? He got caught doing it in the wrong state.

Leaked spy cables show Mossad rejected Netanyahu Iran nuke claims

A trove of leaked secret intelligence documents has revealed that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 2012 claim that Iran was a year away from building a nuclear bomb was roundly rejected by his own foreign intelligence agency.

Dramatic footage as sinkhole swallows up South Korean couple

A truly awful, experience for a couple in South Korea this week — there's no other way of putting it but to say the Earth swallowed them up, collapsing and taking them away. But they survived.

Pistorius challenges prosecution's right to appeal

Johanesburg - Oscar Pistorius's lawyers have mounted a legal challenge to the state's right to appeal the disgraced athlete's manslaughter conviction, his legal team said Tuesday.

All South African miners rescued after fire

Johanesburg - All the 486 miners who were trapped underground at a gold mine in South Africa on Sunday have been brought to the surface, a spokeswoman for mining company Harmony Gold said."All the miners are out," Charmane Russell told AFP.

Terrorists call for attacks on malls, names West Edmonton Mall

The terrorist group Al-Shabaab has issued a video calling for attacks on malls around the world, specifically naming numerous malls including Canada's massive West Edmonton Mall.

Mayweather: Pacquiao fight signed for May 2 on Showtime and HBO

What is certain to be the richest fight in boxing history was announced Friday on social media by one of the two combatants. On the social media site 'Shots' Floyd Mayweather said he and Manny Pacquiao are ready to rumble on May 2 in Las Vegas.

Ready to rumble: Both Mayweather - Pacquiao have signed contract

The longtime boxing writer Mark 'Scoop' Malinowski may have managed the biggest scoop of his career. Malinowski said a trusted source told him the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight contract is signed and will be announced by Mayweather in a day or two.

Alien star passed through our solar system just recently

NASA publications have confirmed that an alien star passed through our own solar system just 70,000 years ago. This is recent in astronomical terms and the star was not alone.

Two Nicki Minaj road crew stabbed in Philadelphia , one dead

Two crewmembers who work for Nicki Minaj were stabbed in Philadelphia Tuesday night and one died. They were in the city preparing for Minaj to begin rehearsing for a European tour next month.

Video of Chelsea fans racist shoving, singing on Paris Metro

Police in Paris are investigating a group of Chelsea football supporters who are seen in a video shoving a black man on a platform on the Paris metro twice, refusing to let him board. They also chanted a racist song.

Mayweather says neither he or Pacquiao have signed a contract

The seemingly never-ending negotiations to get Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather into the ring have taken another twist. Sunday at the NBA all-star game Mayweather denied a deal has been signed by either party.
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