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An example of what Facebook's Amber Alerts will look like.

Facebook To Post Amber Alerts To Help Find Missing Kids

Starting today, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children will begin sending out Amber Alerts on Facebook's news feed. The alerts will include a photograph of the missing child and the location where the possible abduction took place.

Facebook has 185 million users in the U.S., and the notices will be tailored to location — so users will receive alerts about missing children in their area.

On a 2007 visit to Savelugu Hospital in Ghana, President Jimmy Carter asks a group of children if they've had Guinea worm. A raised hand is a yes.

'Watch Out, Guinea Worm, Here Comes Jimmy Carter'

This past fall, President Jimmy Carter, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002, celebrated his 90th birthday. Looking ahead, he's also hoping to celebrate the global eradication of Guinea worm disease (also known as dracunculiasis).

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, But Science Can Help

My boyfriend and I were together for over three years and then we weren't. The days after the breakup involved lots of crying, and an embarrassing amount Taylor Swift.

A couple of weeks later, once I was able to will myself out of sweatpants, my friend Eric — who was also coping with a breakup — came over for some IPAs and, of course, Taylor Swift sing-alongs.

We commiserated about how much life sucked, how lonely we felt and how we were losing sleep. We discussed what was wrong in each of our relationships and what was right.

AirAsia Search: Divers Recover 2nd Black Box

A second black box was recovered by divers from the bottom of the Java Sea today, giving investigators another clue that could help them determine what caused AirAsia Flight 8501 to go down last month.

143 Boko Haram Fighters Killed In Clashes With Cameroon's Military

More than 140 fighters from Boko Haram fighters, the Islamist group that is waging a deadly war in Nigeria, were killed in clashes with Cameroonian troops, Cameroon's government said today.

"It is by far the heaviest toll sustained by the criminal sect Boko Haram since it began launching its barbaric attacks against our land, people and goods," Cameroonian Information Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary said in a statement on television.

<em>Charlie Hebdo</em> editorialist Patrick Pelloux (right) and cartoonist Renald Luzier, known as Luz (left), join a march in Paris on Sunday.

'Charlie Hebdo' Editor On New Issue: 'We're Happy To Have ... Done It'

The staff of Charlie Hebdo said the past few days have been hard, but they are "happy" to have put out a magazine under the most intense of situations.

After the shooting, Renald Luzier, the cartoonist known as Luz, said they knew they had to start working.

"We didn't know how we were going to start," he said. "I didn't know if it was going to be possible for me to draw, quite honestly."

Tax Time Gets New Ritual: Proof Of Health Insurance

In addition to the normal thrills and chills of the income tax filing season, this year people will have the added excitement of figuring out how the health law figures in their 2014 taxes.

The good news is that for most folks the only change to their filing routine will be to check the box on their Form 1040 that says they had health insurance all year.

"Someone who had employer-based coverage or Medicaid or Medicare, that's all they have to do," says Tricia Brooks, a senior fellow at Georgetown University's Center for Children and Families.

A supporter of ousted President Hosni Mubarak reacts to the verdict Tuesday ordering a retrial.

Egyptian Court Overturns Hosni Mubarak's Final Conviction

An Egyptian court has thrown out the final conviction against the country's former dictator Hosni Mubarak. The court said that proper legal procedure was not followed in the embezzlement case against Mubarak, so he should be retried.

But, as The New York Times reads the decision, this might mean that Mubarak could be freed in short order, because he has already served "more than the three-year sentence for corruption that was overturned on Tuesday."

Mourners in Jerusalem cry during the funeral of four Jews killed in an attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris last week.

Funerals Held In Paris, Jerusalem For Paris Attack Victims

In Paris and in Jerusalem, the victims of France's deadliest terrorist attack in more than 50 years were being laid to rest.

The BBC reports that in Paris, President François Hollande honored three police officers killed during the attacks with France's top honor, the Legion d'honneur.

During the ceremony, Hollande said the officers — Franck Brinsolaro, Ahmed Merabet and Clarissa Jean-Philippe — had "died so that we may live in freedom."

George Murray was able to access his VA benefits relatively easily while living in Boston; other vets have run into challenges.

VA Data Show Disparities In Veteran Benefits Spending

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first of a three-part series about veteran benefits.

If you're a veteran and rely on benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where you live may have an effect on whether you receive the benefits you've earned.

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