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Sunday, July 27, 2014

A cruise ship is refusing to let a New York couple re-book a dream summer vacation after their 5-year-old boy was unable to go on the trip because he was diagnosed with cancer.

The parents of Nicolas Colucci say Norwegian Cruise Line is refusing to accommodate them, citing its cancellation policy.

The family-friendly cruise, in partnership with the Nickelodeon channel, was scheduled to start on June 1, but Nicolas got sick on May 19. He was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his liver, and had surgery a few days later. He is still undergoing chemotherapy.

The cruise line says any cancellation within 14 days or less of the sail date is subject to a 100 percent cancellation fee. Now, the boy's family is out $4,000.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

(CNN) -- The flare-up in gun violence igniting the streets of Chicago caught a 3-year-old boy in the cross fire early Saturday morning, local police said.

The child is in critical condition.

The boy was with his mother and another man, in the city's Brighton Park neighborhood, when the shooting occurred outside a home on South Sacramento Avenue, police told CNN Chicago affiliate WLS.

This latest episode comes less than 24 hours after a shooter sprayed bullets outside a convenience store on the city's West Side, killing 12-year-old Samuel Walker and wounding six others.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

The National Science Foundation has committed $10 million to build robots that will act as "personal trainers" for children, in an effort to influence their behavior and eating habits. The government has spent $2.15 million so far for the five-year project, which is being led by Yale University. The project, "Robots Helping Kids," will ultimately "deploy" robots into homes and schools to teach English as a second language, and encourage kids to exercise. read more

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Inventor Colin Furze of the British TV show Gadget Geeks is working on a fart machine to blast from the Cliffs of Dover that can be heard in France. "People are always saying 'I would hate to live next to you, you make too much noise' and it's fair to say, I do make a bit of noise and I do do the odd silly thing from time to time. Let's see if we can make a noise that they can hear. The loudest thing I've ever made is a pulse jet. I'm going to make the biggest pulse jet I've ever made, I'm going to take it down to the White Cliffs of Dover, point it towards France, see if they can listen," he said. The event is scheduled for July 24 at 6-7 p.m. local time (1-2 p.m. Eastern in the U.S.). read more

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Creationist Ken Ham, who recently debated TV science educator Bill Nye over the origins of the universe, is calling for an end to the search for extraterrestrial life because aliens probably don't exist -- and if they do, they're going to Hell anyway. "You see, the Bible makes it clear that Adam's sin affected the whole universe," Ham wrote on his blog on Sunday. "This means that any aliens would also be affected by Adam's sin, but because they are not Adam's descendants, they can't have salvation." The post was driven in part by NASA experts saying that they expect to find evidence of alien life within the next 20 years.


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