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Birth rates among black and Hispanic teenagers have fallen dramatically over the past decade, but they’re still more likely to have babies compared to their white peers, according to a new report, NBC News reports.
The birth rate among teens aged 15 to 19 dropped 61 percent, from 61.8 to 24.2 births per 1,000, the team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The national teen birth rate declined 41 percent between 2006 to 2014 — and dropped by 51 percent among Hispanics, 44 percent among blacks and 35 percent among whites. But the rate remained about twice as high for Hispanic or black teens, when compared to white teens. The CDC said high unemployment rates, parents who have less education and high poverty levels are the reasons for the gap.
The CDC says most teens do not use effective methods of birth control. Many other researchers have shown that abstinence-only education does not reduce teen pregnancy rates.
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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are joining their wives next week for a USO comedy show in observance of Military Appreciation Month.
Donald Trump set the stakes of the Indiana primary Thursday, saying he refused to take time off from the campaign trail because of the importance of the primary, NBC News reported.
Trump continued his pivot toward the general election with the rally in Indiana, where he told the audience he “will be so much better to women than Hillary Clinton is — for health care issues, on the protection of our country.”
"If we win in Indiana, it's over," he said.
Trump told the audience Clinton can’t win New York because the Clintons “abandoned Arkansas for New York” and aren’t “real New Yorkers.” He also insisted Clinton “doesn’t do great in Arkansas,” even though she won the state's Democratic primary.
It's a hint at where Trump's focus lies after primary wins across the Northeast on Tuesday, putting him closer to the nomination.
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Cheap sunglasses and expensive designer eyewear deliver the same amount of UV protection, according to an investigation conducted by the “Today” show.
University of California, Berkeley, optometrist Dr. Dennis Fong examined an assortment of cheaper and expensive sunglasses. His sensor found that both sets delivered full UV protection.
"Bottom line is, at any price point you can get 100 percent UV protection," Fong said.
The takeaway: Your eyes will be fully protected no matter what the price tag on your sunglasses says. Just look for the sticker that says “100 percent UV protection” or “UV 400.”
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You won't find a much more environmentally friendly way to get pizza than this.
Vinnie's Pizzeria in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, tweeted a photo of a pizza box made out of a pie on Wednesday. The photo shows a rectangular-crust pizza with a smaller, traditional New York-style pepperoni pie inside.
"Introducing The PIZZA BOX PIZZA! A pizza box made entirely out of pizza! No waste, 100% pizza and 100% delicious," Vinnie's wrote on Twitter.
Sean Berthiaume, one of the co-owners of the pizzeria, said he decided to make the pizza box because things were a little slow on Wednesday and he likes to experiment. He said the number of pizza boxes he sees in trash cans around Brooklyn served as inspiration.
Vice President Joe Biden pressed Iraq on Thursday not to let its crippling political crisis upend hard-fought gains against the Islamic State group as he returned to the country that's come to symbolize America's relentless struggles in the Middle East.
Biden slipped into Baghdad on an unannounced trip, his first to Iraq in nearly five years. Officials said the stop was planned before Iraq's political system descended into turmoil, hindering U.S.-led efforts to defeat extremists who control parts of both Iraq and Syria. Sitting down with Iraq's beleaguered leaders, he praised them for working "very, very hard" to construct a new Cabinet and touted progress wresting back territory from ISIS.
Police officers shot a man dressed in an animal suit who threatened the Fox45 television station in Baltimore with what looked like a bomb Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The "bomb," police revealed after the roughly four-hour incident was over, was found to be chocolate candy bars wrapped in foil.
The man, who police say is 25 years old, was shot by three police officers and lay wounded outside the station while a bomb squad robot attempted to pull his hand out of his pocket, according to the Baltimore Police Department.
Chicago twins Shaprice and Deprice Hunt have received more than $1 million in scholarship offers from dozens of schools across the country — and the offers continue to pour in, NBC News reported.
The 19-year-old high school seniors got into 62 colleges combined. Among the schools one or both twins got into: Howard University, Western Kentucky University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Alabama.
Deprice is going to Morehouse College in Atlanta, an all-male, historically black institution. He chose the school because it’s where he would “feel comfortable,” even though the financial aid package was lacking. Shaprice has narrowed down her choices, and will decide in the next few days.
The two want their story to help other students.
"I'm hoping to inspire younger generations to never give up and keep working and stay focused," Shaprice said.
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A grand jury has indicted a business owner on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of retired New Orleans Saints' defensive end Will Smith.
The indictment was read Thursday. Cardell Hayes also faces charges of attempted second-degree murder because police say he shot and wounded Smith's wife April 9 after they got into a traffic dispute.
Police said Hayes' Hummer hit Smith's Mercedes SUV from behind and they got into an argument.
A lawyer for Hayes has said repeatedly that his client was not the aggressor and that the truth will come out during the investigation. Hayes has been jailed since the shooting.
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The Maryland man accused of lying about a 27-year career with the CIA is set to plead guilty to federal criminal charges. Wayne Simmons, who appeared on Fox News, was charged last year in federal court in Alexandria with fraud and making false statements to the government. An indictment states Simmons lied about having a nearly three decade-long career with the CIA as an "Outside Paramilitary Special Operations'' officer. Prosecutors have said Simmons had no connection whatsoever to the CIA.
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Two brothers have been arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the deaths of their parents, whose bodies were found in their San Jose home over the weekend near what sources said was a scrawled message apologizing for a "clumsy" killing.
Police on Thursday announced the arrests of Hasib Bin Golamrabbi, 22, and his 17-year-old brother, who attends Evergreen High School.
"Needless to say," Evergreen Islamic Center spokesman Faisal Yazadi said. "This is one of those tragedies nobody ever wants to be in. All we can do is pray."
The father-in-law of slain North Texas fitness instructor Missy Bevers dropped off an apparently blood-stained shirt at a dry-cleaning business four days after the killing, according to a search warrant filed Wednesday.
Bevers, 45, died April 18 after she was attacked inside the Creekside Church of Christ in Midlothian. The mother of three had arrived at the church around 4 a.m. to prepare for her early-morning Camp Gladiator fitness class.
On April 22, Randy Bevers, 64, brought a white XXL women's long-sleeved shirt to the Dry Clean Super Center of Midlothian, according to the search warrant.
He allegedly told an employee the clothing had animal blood on it. Missy Bevers' sister-in-law later told NBC 5 the blood was from a dog fight that broke out in her kitchen.
A direct airstrike destroyed a hospital specializing in pediatrics in Syria, killing at least 14 doctors and patients, Doctors Without Borders, which supports the facility said Thursday, NBC News reported.
According to the medical charity, also known as Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), at least two of the eight doctors working at the Al Quds hospital in a rebel-held area of Aleppo were killed in the attack Wednesday night.
"This devastating attack has destroyed a vital hospital in Aleppo," Muskilda Zancada, MSF head of mission for Syria, said in a statement. "Where is the outrage among those with the power and obligation to stop this carnage?"
Syria's Civil Defense rescue service in Aleppo told NBC News 30 people had been killed in the attack, including a nurse and her whole family. It was not clear who launched the strike.
Thursday marks 20 years since a 28-year-old man went on a shooting spree in Tasmania, killing 35 people and wounding 28. It was the worst massacre Australia had ever seen.
The gunman, Martin Bryant, now 48 and imprisoned for life, was later assessed to have the IQ of an 11-year-old. He told investigators he'd paid cash for firearms at a local gun dealer.
Australia had experienced mass shootings before, but the Port Arthur massacre prompted the government to introduce legislation that outlawed automatic and semi-automatic rifles, as well as pump-action shotguns. A nationwide gun buyback program saw more than 640,000 weapons turned in to authorities.
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The man at the center of sexual abuse allegations against Dennis Hastert can continue suing the former House Speaker for breach of contract under a "fictitious name," a judge ruled Thursday.
Identified in court documents as "James Doe," the man, previously known only as "Individual A," is suing Hastert over claims he reneged on a deal to pay the young man millions of dollars in order to conceal sexual abuse.
The day after Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison for breaking federal banking laws in the case, Judge Robert Pilmer ruled the accuser can continue with the suit as "James Doe," for now.
The lawsuit alleges James Doe was sexually abused by Hastert in a motel room when he was 14.