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Palazzo Appealed for Federal Disaster Relief Aid After Katrina

Last week, two-term Representative Steven Palazzo (R-MS) sparked controversy nationwide when he voted against relief for victims of Hurricane Sandy, despite representing coastal Mississippi, one of the regions hardest hit by Hurricane Katrina and a top beneficiary of Katrina disaster aid.

Triage System Helps Colleges Treat Mentally Ill Students

Miranda Dale had her first breakdown during her freshman year at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. It was 2 a.m. on a Saturday, and she hadn’t left her dorm room in days.

Why Exercise May Do A Teenage Mind Good

It’s well known that routine physical activity benefits both body and mind. And there are no age limits. Both children and adults can reap big benefits.

Now a study published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, explores whether certain factors may help to explain the value of daily physical activity for adolescents’ mental health.

Obama to nominated Hagel as defense secretary and Brennan as CIA chief

President Barack Obama is to nominate Chuck Hagel as his next defence secretary and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the CIA, two potentially controversial picks for his second-term national security team.

Assad’s call for talks dismissed as a ‘waste of time’ by Syrian opposition


Syria‘s opposition and its international backers have rejected Bashar al-Assad‘s latest initiative to end the 21 months of violence, insisting that he offered no meaningful concessions and should surrender power at once.

Afghan president flies to Washington for tough talks on military future

The Afghan president is on his way to Washington for what is likely to be a tense visit, with the two uneasy allies set to discuss details of a long-term US military presence in the central Asian nation.

White House squares up for fight with NRA over sweeping gun reforms

The Obama administration is reportedly preparing to confront the might of the National Rifle Association and its gun-supporting allies in Congress with a sweeping package of proposals for tighter firearms controls that would go beyond previous attempts to combat gun violence.

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