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Teen who escaped torture house overcame tremendous odds

Shaking off the shackles was just the first step for the starving teenager who escaped from the California horror house and saved her 12 siblings when she blew the whistle on her parents, experts said Friday. What prompted her to make a break for freedom on Sunday — and expose to the world what David Allen Turpin and Louise Anna Turpin had allegedly done to the family — is just one of the questions investigators in Riverside County are seeking to answer. David Turpin, second right, and Louise Turpin, second…

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Science 

Former High School Classmate Charged With Murder of UPenn Student

(SANTA ANA, Calif.) — A former high school classmate of a University of Pennsylvania student found stabbed and buried in a California park was charged Wednesday with murder and investigators were looking for evidence of a hate crime, a prosecutor said. Samuel Woodward, 20, killed 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein with a knife, the complaint said, while the college sophomore was visiting his parents on winter break. Orange County prosecutors alleged that Woodward used a deadly weapon in the killing — a so-called enhancement that could allow them to seek more prison…

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‘Minister for loneliness’ appointed to fight isolation in Britain

LONDON — It sounds like a character from a dystopian novel, but Britain has created a “minister for loneliness” to tackle modern public health problems associated with social isolation. The government said Wednesday it appointed Tracey Crouch after research showed as many as one in ten people felt lonely “always or often” and that hundreds of thousands of elderly people hadn’t spoken to a friend or relative in the past month. Crouch, whose official title is Minister for Sport and Civil Society, will devise a national strategy to tackle isolation…

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Authorities arrest suspect in death of UPenn student

SANTA ANA, Calif. — A suspect has been arrested in the death of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student whose body was found at a California park, authorities said Friday. Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Carrie Brain declined to provide a name or other details. A press conference was scheduled later in the day. Blaze Bernstein. Orange County Sheriff’s Department / AP The student, Blaze Bernstein, was home on winter break when he disappeared on Jan. 2 after he was taken by a friend to a park in Lake Forest.…

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Body of missing UPenn student found in California park

LAKE FOREST, Calif. — The body of a University of Pennsylvania student who went missing while home in Southern California on winter break has been found and his death is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said on Wednesday. Authorities had been searching for 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein for days when his body was found Tuesday afternoon in brush surrounding a neighborhood park in the Foothill Ranch area of the city of Lake Forest, the Orange County sheriff’s department said in a statement. Blaze N. Bernstein. Orange County Sheriff’s Dept Bernstein,…

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College Student Is Found Dead After Going Missing During Winter Break

The UPenn student’s death is being investigated as a homicide More (LAKE FOREST, Calif.) — The body of a University of Pennsylvania student who went missing while home in Southern California on winter break has been found and his death is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said on Wednesday. Authorities had been searching for 19-year-old Blaze Bernstein for days when his body was found Tuesday afternoon in brush surrounding a neighborhood park in the Foothill Ranch area of the city of Lake Forest, the Orange County sheriff’s department said…

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California authorities end search for missing UPenn student

Authorities have ended their search for a missing 19-year-old college student in a large wilderness area in Southern California after a search and rescue team found no clues there, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said Monday. The spokeswoman, Carrie Braun, said the search for University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein, who vanished on the night of Jan. 2, included two-dozen reserve deputies and lasted three days in Whiting Ranch Wilderness, a 2,500 acre park roughly an hour south of Los Angeles. “They felt like they did an extensive search,”…

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Search in California wilderness ends for missing UPenn student

Authorities have ended their search for a missing 19-year-old college student in a large wilderness area in Southern California after a search and rescue team found no clues there, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman said Monday. The spokeswoman, Carrie Braun, said the search for University of Pennsylvania student Blaze Bernstein, who vanished on the night of Jan. 2, included two-dozen reserve deputies and lasted three days in Whiting Ranch Wilderness, a 2,500 acre park roughly an hour south of Los Angeles. “They felt like they did an extensive search,”…

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Technology 

Your phone really does make you feel good, study says – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. It’s good for you. Really. Jason Cipriani/CNET You clutch it. And when you’re not clutching it, you can feel where it is. And when you can’t actually feel it, you know precisely where you put it and it’ll take only a small stretch of your arm to touch it. That’s how most people are with their phones. Which leads to the suggestion that we’re all addicted and addiction isn’t a good thing. A group of…

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Artificial Intelligence's "Holy Grail" Victory

In 1943, at the height of World War II, the U.S. military hired an audacious psychologist named B.F. Skinner to develop pigeon-guided missiles. These were the early days of munitions guidance technology, and the Allies were apparently quite desperate to find more reliable ways to get missiles to hit their targets. It went like this: Skinner trained pigeons to peck at an image of the military target projected onto a screen. Whenever their beaks hit the moving target dead center, he rewarded the birds with food pellets. Once the pigeons…

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