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Domestic violence homicide rate drops with stricter gun law, study finds

When domestic violence offenders are required to relinquish their guns, instead of simply being barred from owning firearms, the risk that those offenders may kill their partners goes down, a new study finds.

The paper, described in the Annals of Internal Medicine, highlights a simple method for lowering the risk women face of being killed by an intimate partner: Enforce the laws already in place.

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Pediatricians may view tattoos, piercings as red flags. They should discuss it instead, report says

Tattoos or pierced body parts have long been considered a red flag for pediatricians who found them on their patients. Physicians who came across an inked symbol or a navel ring while examining an adolescent or young adult were taught to probe for other dangerous behaviors, including drug use, weapons carrying, risky sexual activity, and self-injury.

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Cassini scientists celebrate the mission's end with a few hundred of their closest friends
How soon can NASA go back to Saturn? This is what has to happen first

Cassini team members at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory hugged and shed tears in the dark hours of Friday morning after hearing the doomed spacecraft’s final signals as it dove into Saturn’s atmosphere.

But officials made it clear: While it may have been the end for Cassini, it’s not the end for exploring Saturn.

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As NASA’s Cassini mission flames out over Saturn, scientists mark bittersweet end of mission

They clapped, though they didn’t smile.

But what did you expect? Cassini, their beloved spacecraft, was dead.

Confirmation that the explorer had indeed vaporized as planned in the cloud tops of Saturn was received at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory just before 5 a.m. Friday morning.

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See Enceladus set behind Saturn and Cassini's last view of the ringed planet
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