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December 31, 2012 | By Christine Mai-Duc
For most people who unwrapped new iPhones this Christmas, lengthy contracts from cellphone companies are a matter of fact. But when 13-year-old Gregory Hofmann found a new iPhone under the tree Christmas morning, he discovered a few other strings, too - 18 of them, to be exact. The new iPhone, which he'd been asking for all year, came with an 18-point list of “terms and conditions” - all drawn up by his mother. “Merry Christmas! You are now the proud owner of an iPhone,” the contract begins.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2013 | By Joseph Serna
Four teens could face attempted murder charges after police said they chased a man down in Huntington Beach and almost beat him to death with their skateboards. The victim, whose identity was not released, was rushed to UCI Medical Center's trauma center, where he underwent emergency surgery, KTLA reported . Police said the four teens, whose genders were not immediately available, were booked on suspicion of attempted murder. Two groups of teenagers began fighting about 7:50 p.m. Friday at Murdy Park in Huntington Beach, according to KTLA-TV . During the fight, a woman tried to break it up and was attacked.
NATIONAL
September 17, 2012 | By Rene Lynch
A new study has found a link between teenage sexual activity and "sexting" -- using cellphone devices to send sexually suggestive or explicit messages and photos. In short, teens who "sext" are seven times more likely to have sex.  The study polled more than 1,800 Los Angeles high school-age students. Of those polled, 15% acknowledged sexting, and 54% reported knowing someone who had sent a sext. Why is that second figure relevant? Because the study found that "knowing someone who sexted was strongly associated with an individual's own sexting behavior.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 20, 2013 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times
The last issue of L.A. Youth has gone to press. The newspaper produced by teenagers for teenagers survived for 25 years in city schools but now has reached the end of its run. "It's over," said Donna Myrow, L.A. Youth's executive director, who started the newspaper with students working at her kitchen table. Over the years, it grew to have an office of its own, where students would come to produce a newspaper that was distributed to the classrooms of more than 1,200 teachers across Los Angeles County.
NEWS
March 6, 2012 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Binge drinking can be a serious health problem for teens: Studies show that kids who consume alcohol during adolescence are more likely to develop drinking problems as adults, among other risks. But what prompts teens to hit the bottle in the first place? A new study in the journal Pediatrics says Hollywood deserves some of the blame. Students who had witnessed the most instances of drinking in movies were also most likely to have engaged in at least one episode of binge drinking (defined as consuming more than five drinks on one occasion)
SCIENCE
April 2, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
Repeat births among teens have fallen, but nearly one in five children born to teen mothers already has a sibling, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Of more than 367,000 births to mothers 15 to 19 years old in 2010, 18.3% were repeat births, a decrease of 6.2% from 2007, the CDC reported. Large disparities among racial and ethnic groups and geographic areas remain, the centers reported. American Indian or Alaska native teens registered the highest percentages, 21.6%, followed by Hispanics, 20.9%, and non-Hispanic blacks, 20.4%.
BUSINESS
June 27, 2012 | By Michelle Maltais
Mom and Dad, when your teen says, "But everybody's doing it," they're actually telling the truth -- not that that should sway you. Digital communications are an integral part of daily life for an overwhelming majority of American teens, according to findings from Common Sense Media. Indeed, when it comes to networking online, 90 percent of 13- to 17-year-olds have tried some form of social media, with the majority of them hanging out on Facebook, the survey reports.
NEWS
February 25, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
People who volunteer are often known to say they get more out of the experience than those who are being helped. A study in Canada concurs that that may be true: Researchers say that high school students who volunteered improved their own health. The researchers recruited and assessed 106 10 th graders from western Canada. Half were assigned to volunteer weekly with elementary school children for two months. At the end of that time, the high school students showed significantly lower markers for cardiovascular disease risk, including body mass index and cholesterol levels when compared with students in a control group.
HEALTH
April 6, 2009 | Jill U. Adams
Two weeks ago, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to allow 17-year-olds to buy the emergency contraceptive pill Plan B without a prescription and to consider allowing such purchases by younger girls as well. Previously, the agency had set 18 as the cutoff age, meaning younger girls had to consult a doctor to get the pill. The FDA is reviewing the court's decision, spokeswoman Rita Chappelle says.
NEWS
September 9, 2010
Teenagers with chronic fatigue syndrome may push themselves too hard, which contributes to ongoing fatigue, claim the authors of a new study.   Researchers followed 301 adolescents with mononucleosis, which often precedes chronic fatigue syndrome in teens. They diagnosed 39 teens with chronic fatigue syndrome six months after the mononucleosis diagnosis. That group of adolescents was compared with 39 of the youths who had mononucleosis but who had recovered fully after six months.
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