US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is
Health / U.S. News

US officials: The more we know about Zika, the scarier it is

WASHINGTON (AP) — The more researchers learn about the Zika virus, the scarier it appears, federal health officials say, as they urge more money for mosquito control and development of vaccines and treatments. Scientists increasingly believe the Zika virus sweeping through Latin America and the Caribbean causes devastating defects in fetal brains if women become … Continue reading

White House launches two new initiatives on student absenteeism
Education / National

White House launches two new initiatives on student absenteeism

by Mahogany Waldon The White House and the U.S. Department of Education have launched two new initiatives through the My Brother’s Keeper foundation to combat student chronic absenteeism. The My Brother’s Keeper Mentors initiative, along with 10 participating communities and the Ad Council, have partnered with a multi-million dollar campaign to raise awareness and to … Continue reading

Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert
National / U.S. News

Obama moves to protect 1.8 million acres of Calif. desert

LOS ANGELES (AP) — President Barack Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region’s fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters and others. Obama, in California this … Continue reading