Hardships grow for millions living in syria
Some 5 million Syrians are refugees in their own country, many living hand-to-mouth in vacant buildings, schools, mosques, parks and the cramped homes of relatives, aid workers say. Others are trapped in neighborhoods isolated by military blockades, beyond the reach of aid groups. Already desperately short of food and medicine as winter closes in, they could begin to succumb in greater numbers to hunger and exposure, aid workers say.
Missing Madeleine case reopened
More than six years after Madeleine McCann vanished from her bedroom during a family vacation in Portugal and five years after Portuguese police gave up trying to find her, authorities reopened the case Thursday, citing new evidence. Madeleine's parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, had long campaigned from their home in England for the Portuguese investigation to resume. They said Thursday they were "very pleased" at the development.
Ellis Island to reopen to visitors
A year ago next week, Hurricane Sandy swamped Ellis Island and its immigration museum, ruining its electrical and air-conditioning systems and forcing removal of most of its collection of artifacts. Though much of the damage remains unrepaired, the National Park Service said Thursday it would reopen the island to visitors Monday. That day is also the 127th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty, which stands on its own island in New York harbor. Tourists riding a ferry to the statue will again have the choice to disembark on Ellis. They can tour the main floor of the museum and climb stairs to the Great Hall.
Police gun fired at school hurts 3 kids
Three children were injured by bullet fragments after a fellow elementary school student pulled the trigger of an assault rifle mounted on a police motorcycle at a school assembly, authorities said. The AR-15 was locked to the side of the motorcycle on display at Newman Elementary School during an antidrug program Wednesday, Chino police spokeswoman Tamrin Olden said. Police said established safeguards and procedures were not followed.
Clintons get public health awards
The best way to combat the world's health challenges is through "networks of cooperation," former President Bill Clinton said Thursday. He spoke after being honored with one of three Centennial Medals during the Harvard School of Public Health's 100th year celebration. His daughter, Chelsea, received the Next Generation Award, which recognizes someone under 40 whose commitment to health inspires young people to make "health for all" a global priority.