More kids using mobile devices

Washington

More kids using mobile devices

The vast majority of young children in the United States are using mobile devices and for much longer periods of time, with an even greater number of babies being exposed to the smartphones and tablets that have become a bigger part of family life, according to a survey. Seven out of 10 children younger than 8 have used a mobile device, a figure that has doubled in two years, according to a report to be released today by Common Sense Media. Those children are spending triple the time on mobile devices — about 15 minutes daily — that they did in 2011, with playing games, using educational apps and watching videos among their most popular activities, said the child advocacy group. The American Academy of Pediatrics has advised parents to limit their children's time in front of screens, which it says may lead to attention problems and obesity.

Iran

Tehran takes down anti-U.S. billboards

Supporters of hard-line conservative policies faced a rare public rebuke last week as authorities ordered that anti-American billboards be removed just days after they went up, sparking a fresh round of debate over relations between Tehran and Washington.

Since the relatively moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani took office as president in August, he and his foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, have made several unprecedented gestures toward the United States, including a phone call between Rouhani and President Barack Obama. Such diplomatic outreach has confused and angered supporters of hard-line conservatives.

Los Angeles

Woman who shot pimp as teenager to go free

A Southern California woman who received a life sentence as a teenager for killing her former pimp will be allowed to go free after Gov. Jerry Brown decided against blocking a parole board's ruling that grants her freedom.

Sara Kruzan was 17 when she was sentenced to die in prison for the 1994 shooting death of George Gilbert Howard. She contended that he had sexually abused her.

Phoenix

Details are released in five shooting deaths

Authorities released details Sunday from a weekend shooting attack that left four family members and two dogs dead at a central Phoenix townhouse before the gunman turned the weapon on himself.

Michael Guzzo, 56, killed his next door neighbors in a confrontation Saturday that may have been touched off by loud barking, police said.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said there is "some indication that perhaps that was a problem." But he added that because of the deaths, a motive may never be known.

The victims have been identified as Bruce Moore, 66; his daughter, Renee Moore, 36; her husband, who took his wife's name, Michael Moore, 42; and Renee's son, Shannon Moore, 17.

After the killings, Guzzo shot himself, police said.

Elsewhere

Britain: Driving rains and high winds lashed Britain on Sunday evening, as officials warned that the storm forecasters are calling one of the worst in years will cause widespread disruptions for early morning commuters.

Times wires

More kids using mobile devices 10/27/13 [Last modified: Sunday, October 27, 2013 11:34pm]

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