The family of a U.S. Marine imprisoned in Iran came Tuesday to New York, where world leaders are gathered for the UN General Assembly, to press his case and plead for him to be reunited with his dying father.
Amir Hekmati, a 31-year-old American citizen, has been held in Iran for three years since being arrested when he went back to Iran to visit family for the first time. At first, Hekmati was tried on espionage charges and sentenced to death, but that verdict was overturned and he was charged with a lesser offense — for cooperating with the United States, which carries a 10-year sentence.
“His father has terminal cancer,” said Ramy Kurdi, Hekmati’s brother-in-law. “His time is limited, and he is always thinking about being reunited with his son. It is very difficult for him.”
The first few months of a baby’s life come with a flurry of challenges on a still-developing brain. Sights, sounds, smells and touches as well as other emotional experiences flood in, waiting to be processed and filed away as the foundation for everything from language to emotions and how to socialize with others. What happens if things are not finding their right place in the brain during these critical months? Some research suggests it results in developmental delays later on—and that’s just what neuroscientist April Benasich and her colleagues from Rutgers University found in a new study, published in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Previous studies done by both Benasich and others show that the brains of children who learn to speak later or who develop reading disorders like dyslexia showed differences in detecting small differences in speech, such as the difference between da and ba, when they were infants. Other…
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A new that President Barack Obama has attended only 42.1% of his daily intelligence briefings (known officially as the Presidential Daily Brief, or PDB) in the 2,079 days of his presidency through September 29, 2014.
The GAI report also included a breakdown of Obama’s PDB attendance record between terms; he attended 42.4% of his PDBs in his first term and 41.3% in his second.
The GAI’s alarming findings come on the heels of Obama’s 60 Minutes comments on Sunday, wherein the president laid the blame for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) rapid rise squarely at the feet of his Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
According to Daily Beast reporter Eli Lake, members of the Defense establishment were “flabbergasted” by Obama’s attempt to shift blame.
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Doctors have confirmed the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the United States, health officials said Tuesday.
The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as the commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services and other health experts, were set to address reporters later on Tuesday.
Until now, the only cases of Ebola in the U.S. have been Americans who were infected abroad and were brought back for treatment. The death toll from the worst Ebola outbreak ever, which has hit several countries in West Africa, surpassed 3,000 last week.