11:54am

Wed December 26, 2012
Middle East

Syria's War Leaves Its Scars On The Children

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 6:57 pm

Maysam Selmo, 8, during her first week at Albashayer School for Syrian Refugee Children in Antakya, Turkey. She and her extended family fled their village in northwestern Syria, and now live in a crowded apartment.
Jodi Hilton for NPR

The war in Syria is taking a huge toll on the children. An international team of researchers that interviewed Syrian kids in a refugee camp in Turkey found that 3 out of 4 have lost a loved one. Almost half have post-traumatic stress disorder and elevated levels of depression.

There are efforts to help, but it's challenging. In the southern Turkish city of Gaziantep, the bell rings at 8 a.m. at the Friendship Elementary School. Syrian kids, in fresh school uniforms, cram into desks, with more than 40 students in every classroom.

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11:33am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Two-Way

N.Y. Website Posts Map Of People With Gun Permits, Draws Criticism

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 1:49 pm

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The Journal News' map of gun owners in Rockland County, N.Y. At its website, the image is interactive so that users can see who has handgun permits and where they live.
The Journal News

The website of New York's Journal News newspapers has posted an interactive map showing the names and addresses of people with licenses to own handguns in three counties just to the north of New York City — Westchester, Rockland and Putnam.

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10:29am

Wed December 26, 2012
Shots - Health News

Dip In Preschoolers' Obesity Hints Worst May Be Past For Weight

An overweight child reads her part during a skit that was in a 2010 program promoting healthy lifestyles sponsored by Children's Hospital near Denver.
John Moore Getty Images

Obesity among preschoolers has dropped a bit, offering hope that a decades-long trend towards dangerously overweight children may finally be on the wane. If the trend continues, it could mean healthier adults in the future.

The findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention follow a reports earlier this year that found declines in obesity rates among school-aged children.

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10:17am

Wed December 26, 2012
Around the Nation

A Lull Until New Year's? Not So These Days

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 12:32 pm

The CambridgeSide Galleria was bustling with people exchanging gifts and taking advantage of sales the day after Christmas 2011.
Suzanne Kreiter The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Time was, the stretch following Christmas Day until New Year's Day was a quiet, sleepy spot on the American calendar. The six-day span hung like a lazy hammock between the holidays.

Not anymore.

Nowadays, the WAC — Week After Christmas — is busy and abuzzing. All around the country, Americans continue to celebrate — Kwanzaa, the Christmas afterglow and the coming New Year.

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10:14am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Two-Way

Gunman Who Killed Two Firefighters Left Chilling Note

William Spengler, in an undated image released by the Monroe County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Office.
Reuters /Landov

We're learning more about Monday's shooting deaths of two firefighters in Webster, N.Y., and the man who police say lured the first responders to the scene by setting fire to his home.

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8:48am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Two-Way

'Housing Recovery Is Gathering Strength,' New Report On Prices Signals

A "sold" sign outside a home under construction in Peoria, Ill., in October.
Daniel Acker Landov

Home prices were up 4.3 percent in October from the same month a year before in the 20 major U.S.

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8:44am

Wed December 26, 2012
Top Stories

Christmas Surprise: Children Unwrap Their Army Dad

NEWBERN, Tenn. (AP) — Five children got an early Christmas surprise when they unwrapped a large present to find their father, a soldier on leave from service in Afghanistan.

The State Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/Tlwk09) U.S. Army Sgt. Raymond Warden hadn't seen his children since his deployment in April.

The Newbern soldier said it was his family's idea to surprise the children, ages 2 through 6, at Christmas.

The children went to the Dyer County Rescue Squad to meet Santa. That's when they got the special package.

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8:40am

Wed December 26, 2012
Top Stories

AP Compiles List of Tenn. Children Killed by Gunfire in 2012

A sample of deaths by gunfire this year of children age 12 and under based on an Associated Press review of media reports:

Jan. 23 — Jaymee M. Steward, 7, is accidentally shot in the head while he and his brothers, ages 4 and 13, play in a bedroom of the family home in Morristown, Tenn., with a .22-caliber gun they mistake for a toy. Jaymee dies three days later.

Feb. 20 — Delric Miller, 9 months, is struck by gunfire when an attacker sprays the Detroit home he is in with an AK-47. Authorities say the gunfire is gang-related.

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8:38am

Wed December 26, 2012
Top Stories

Charlie Daniels Hosts 2012 Military Ball

Credit charliedaniels.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country music legend Charlie Daniels will serve as the honorary chair for the 2012 Tennessee Military Ball to be held in Nashville this week.The annual event set for Thursday at Loews Vanderbilt Plaza is hosted by Nashville's All Academy & ROTC Parents Club.

It recognizes and honors cadets and midshipmen who are attending the United States Military Academy, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Air Force Academy, or any other military college, as well as those students from Tennessee that are enrolled in an ROTC program.

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7:59am

Wed December 26, 2012
The Two-Way

By Showing Ammo Magazine On NBC, Did David Gregory Break The Law?

Originally published on Wed December 26, 2012 1:50 pm

Meet the Press host David Gregory, holding what he said was a high capacity magazine, during Sunday's broadcast.
NBC News

Washington, D.C., city police are investigating whether NBC News' David Gregory broke the district's laws when he displayed what he said was a "magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets" on Sunday's edition of Meet the Press.

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