PHILADELPHIA — American students are increasingly studying abroad in nontraditional destinations like Chile and Peru, while U.S. universities are hosting a growing number of students from China, according to a report to be released today.
Nearly 128,000 Chinese students studied in America in 2009-10, a 30 percent increase over the previous academic year, the annual study by the Institute of International Education found.
Chinese citizens comprise about 19 percent of the international students in the U.S. India and South Korea are next, accounting for 15 percent and 10 percent, respectively.
Study: Death of loved one causes heart risks
NEW YORK — The death of a spouse or child may cause a broken heart — literally.
A bereaved spouse or parent may experience a quickened pulse and other dangerous changes in heart rhythm, according to an Australian study presented Sunday in Chicago at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions. The symptoms tend to go away within six months, the researchers said.
Previous studies linked bereavement to an increased risk of heart attacks and sudden cardiac death. The new research, from scientists at the University of Sydney's nursing school, may explain why: Depression and anxiety triggered by the deaths of loved ones cause the heart to beat abnormally.
McCain: Don't change 'don't ask' policy now
WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Sunday said the Pentagon should study how ending the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy would affect troop morale and battle effectiveness, instead of reporting to President Obama and lawmakers on how the Defense Department could lift the gay ban.
A Pentagon study group is preparing a report due Dec. 1 to Obama.
McCain, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said Sunday that he did not think the Senate should lift the ban during the lame-duck session that begins this week.
"Once we get this study, we need to have hearings. And we need to examine it. And we need to look at whether it's the kind of study that we wanted," McCain said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
Maker of Four Loko to stop shipments to N.Y.
NEW YORK — The maker of a caffeinated alcoholic drink that has been banned in four states has agreed to stop shipments to New York state.
Gov. David Paterson and the State Liquor Authority announced the agreement Sunday with Chicago-based Phusion Projects, which makes the drink Four Loko, and with the state's largest beer distributors to stop selling caffeinated alcoholic beverages.
The company agreed to stop shipping the drinks by Friday.