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Breaking down the debate over violent video games and school shootings
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The investigation into the latest deadly school shooting is far from over, but that hasn't stopped some people from drawing conclusions about the alleged shooter's influences.Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick argued that violent video games have created young people who are "desensitized to violence.""Many [students] have lost empathy to their victims by watching hours and hours of video, violent games," Patrick said on ABC News' "This Week" Sunday, two days after 10 people died at a Santa Fe high school.There’s no evidence indicating how often the alleged shooter, a student at the school, played video games,...
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Vegas shooting survivor and surgeon that saved him share unlikely connection
Creatas/Thinkstock (LAS VEGAS) -- Hours after tragedy struck at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival in Las Vegas on Oct. 1 of last year, an unlikely connection was discovered between an injured survivor and the doctor that saved his life.Philip Aurich and his girlfriend Alyson Opper were at the music festival when the barrage of bullets began raining down on them."You hear the first burst and it sounds very robotic; the second round happens and then everyone realizes what it is," Aurich told ABC affiliate KSTP-TV. "It starts again and we get down on the ground, and that's when I...
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Washington, DC, mayor reveals she's adopted a baby: 'People start their families in many different ways'
Alex Wong/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- The mayor of Washington, D.C., is a 45-year-old single woman who has worked her way to the very top of the city’s government, becoming the youngest person and only the second woman to be mayor.Mayor Muriel Bowser is now also breaking new ground in political office as a single mom with the announcement she has adopted a baby.“As any new mother would feel — I am thrilled, nervous and looking forward to each and every stage,” Bowser said in a statement Monday. “I will be taking the next week or so to enjoy these precious...
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7 firefighter dads who welcomed babies within months pose in seriously adorable photo shoot
ABCNews.com (GLENPOOL, Okla.) -- These firefighter experienced a serious baby boom after seven of them welcomed newborns just months apart.The ladder-men of Glenpool Fire Department in Glenpool, Oklahoma, posed with their kids on Sunday in adorable photos snapped by Avery Dykes, the mom to the oldest baby in the bunch."It was just crazy because we just kept having pregnancy after pregnancy after pregnancy," Dykes told ABC News on Tuesday. "The third baby who was born after mine, it was her mom's idea. She saw a photo on Pinterest and said, "We should do this.""[It was] challenging, but having four kids...
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Cancer deaths are down overall, new report says
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Good news -- cancer deaths are down overall.Cancer deaths dipped almost 2 percent a year between 1999 and 2015 among men, about 1.5 percent a year for women, according to a new report. And although cancer rates actually increased slightly between 2010 and 2014 for children -- 1 percent a year -- their death rate also dropped 1.5 percent between 2011 and 2015.This joint report of the American Cancer Society, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Cancer Institute, and the North American Associate of Central Cancer Registries measured how well the medical "war...
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Blind, elderly horse rescued after falling into 8-foot well
Jackie Wesselman/Reily Township Fire and EMS (COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- This was a rescue that emergency workers in Germantown, Ohio, won't soon forget.A horse that is more than 20 years old and blind fell backward into an 8-foot-deep well pit on containing pressure tanks and pumps on Sunday morning, Germantown Fire Chief Dan Alldred told ABC News.“When I arrived, all that was sticking out was her head and two front feet,” Alldred said.The cover of the well pit had been removed, though it wasn’t clear why, he said.With the help of an equine veterinarian, Dr. John Nenni, the owners, who have...
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About the experimental vaccine deployed in Congo to fight the Ebola virus
DigitalVision/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- As the deadly Ebola virus rises again in central Africa, health officials have decided to try a different approach to fight back –- rushing more than 7,500 doses of an experimental Ebola vaccine to the Democratic Republic of Congo.At least 26 deaths have been tied to the current outbreak of Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Bikoro Health Zone, Equateur Province, according to the World Health Organization. There were 46 confirmed and suspected cases identified as of May 20, according to the Ministry of Health in the DRC. Since Ebola has a three-week...
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Suicide-related hospital visits for children and teens up sharply
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Suicide-related hospital visits for children have increased sharply in the U.S., new research finds.The study in Pediatrics found that from 2008 to 2015 the proportion of children's hospital visits arising from suicide attempts or suicidal thinking nearly doubled from .81 percent to 1.55 percent.Teens aged 15 to 17 showed the biggest increase. And, while the proportion of suicide-related hospital visits rose for both boys and girls, the increase was higher for girls.The study also found that hospital visits for suicide attempts or suicidal thinking by children are lowest during summer and highest in the fall and...
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Breath test can save money and catch cancer early
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- The only way to test for symptoms of stomach or esophageal cancer is to undergo an upper endoscopy, a test that can be invasive, cost thousands of dollars and has a small percentage of success in actually finding a tumor.Researchers in the U.K. wanted a diagnostic tool that would be easier and cheaper to test for these cancers so they used a noninvasive breath test to collect samples of 500cc of exhaled breath from 335 people, 172 of which they knew had those cancers, after a minimum four-hour fast.The exhaled breath was quickly analyzed for five...
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More than two dozen people rushed to hospital after taking synthetic weed
Spencer Platt/Getty Images (BROOKLYN, New York) -- More than two dozen people at the same street corner had to be rushed to the hospital after suffering a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana in Brooklyn on Saturday night.Police sources told New York ABC station WABC-TV that officers reported to a street corner in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn after receiving multiple calls for bad reactions to the drug. The sources said at least 25 people were taken to the hospital to be treated for adverse symptoms.Officials told WABC-TV that none of the patients are in life-threatening condition.The drug, often labeled synthetic...
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Three new Ebola cases confirmed in large city in Congo, raising risk of further spread
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- Three new cases of Ebola have been confirmed in a city of nearly 1.2 million people in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country's health ministry said.A single case of Ebola virus disease was confirmed earlier this week in Wangata, one of the three health zones of Mbandaka, the capital of the northwestern Equateur province. It was the first time in the Democratic Republic of Congo's ongoing outbreak that a case had been detected in an urban health zone, with all other cases reported in remote, rural areas of Equateur province.By Friday night, the number of...
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Former doctor who slipped abortion drug into girlfriend's tea sentenced to prison
iStock/Thinkstock (ARLINGTON, Va.) -- A doctor who slipped an abortion pill into his pregnant girlfriend's tea was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Friday. However, he will serve only three years.Brooke Fiske was dating Sikander Imran when the Arlington, Virginia, doctor slipped a drug into her tea he knew could cause her to have a miscarriage, according to ABC affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.Fiske was 17 weeks pregnant when she went to visit Imran to discuss raising the child, according to reports. That's when he slipped a pill into her tea, which caused her to go into premature labor...
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