NEW YORK – The hundreds of millions of dollars the NFL is ready to pay former players sounds great, until you stretch it out over 20 years and divide it among thousands of people.
Which is why some former players and others think the league is getting off cheap in its tentative settlement with victims of concussion-related brain injuries.
The deal announced Thursday to settle 4,500 or so claims is awaiting approval by a federal judge in Philadelphia.
“$765 million?” asked former Minnesota Viking Brent Boyd, one of the original plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “The...
MOSCOW – Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights activists said Tuesday they have been invited to meet with President Barack Obama on the sidelines of this week’s Group of 20 summit in Russia.
Obama and his administration have voiced concern over a law recently passed by Russia’s parliament that targets “homosexual propaganda.”
Igor Kochetkov of LGBT Network told The Associated Press that his organization will accept the invitation to meet with Obama in St. Petersburg on Thursday. The St. Petersburg-based advocacy group Coming Out said it also was...
NEW DELHI – One woman dies every hour in India because of dowry-related crimes, indicating that the country’s economic boom has made demands for dowries even more persistent, women’s rights activists said Tuesday.
The National Crime Records Bureau says 8,233 women were killed across India last year because of disputes over dowry payments given by the bride’s family to the groom or his family at the time of marriage.
The conviction rate in dowry-related crimes remained a low 32 percent, according to statistics the bureau published last week.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – An Albuquerque mental health clinic is using hit show “Breaking Bad” and its methamphetamine trafficking theme to help fight addiction.
KRQE-TV reports ( http://bit.ly/1dw86ZF) that Sage Neuroscience Center has partnered with HealthShire.com to give away two addiction-treatment scholarships at the end of the AMC television series.
The “Breaking Addiction” awards are open to residents in the Albuquerque area over 18 who cannot afford treatment.
Applicants have to submit their story of addiction, which will be compiled into a...
TRENTON, N.J. – Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a law on Monday barring licensed therapists from trying to turn gay teenagers straight, the latest example of the potential 2016 presidential candidate steering a moderate course.
The governor said the health risks of trying to change a child’s sexual orientation, as identified by the American Psychological Association, trump concerns over the government setting limits on parental choice. “Government should tread carefully into this area,” he said in the signing note, “and I do so here reluctantly.”...
With the death last week of an 11-year-old Minnesota boy, there are now at least 14 children with autism known to have died in the U.S. this year after slipping away from their caregivers.
The tragic phenomenon goes by various names – wandering, elopement, bolting – and about half of autistic children are prone to it.
Advocacy groups say wandering has led to the deaths of more than 60 children in the past four years. They are working to raise awareness and find more effective preventive measures.
All but one of this year’s victims drowned, evidence of a fascination...
Higher blood-sugar levels, even those well short of diabetes, seem to raise the risk of developing dementia, a major new study finds. Researchers say it suggests a novel way to try to prevent Alzheimer’s disease – by keeping glucose at a healthy level.
Alzheimer’s is by far the most common form of dementia and it’s long been known that diabetes makes it more likely. The new study tracked blood sugar over time in all sorts of people – with and without diabetes – to see how it affects risk for the mind-robbing disease.
The results challenge current...
NEW YORK – Body dysmorphia, anorexia and bulimia have been studied in women for years, but rare is an account from a man who battled the dangerous, distorted reflection in his mirror.
Out this week from Brian Cuban, the middle of two younger brothers of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, is “Shattered Image,” his self-published account of cocaine, alcohol and steroid abuse, a brush with suicide, visits to a psychiatric hospital and three failed marriages.
All, he said in a recent interview, stemmed from the “monster” he began seeing in his mirror as a...
UNITED NATIONS – Liam Neeson is highlighting violence against children in a video to launch a UNICEF initiative on what the actor calls a largely “invisible” global scourge.
The video shows scenes that hint at a child’s suffering: A fallen bicycle in an alleyway, a broken glass in a kitchen. Neeson says in the video: “This is a 15-year-old girl being gang raped … And here a toddler is being hit by his mother for breaking a glass.”
Neeson is the Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, the U.N. children’s agency.
UNICEF says in a statement...