TIME medicine

Boy Who Had First Double Hand Transplant Leaves Hospital With New Hands

Zion with his new hands after the world's first bilateral hand transplant on a child at The Children's Hospital of Philidelphia.
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Zion with his new hands after the world's first bilateral hand transplant on a child at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

"The challenges facing Zion are new, but his determination should overcome them"

The first child to ever get a double hand transplant went home from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Wednesday, his hands still bandaged but working well enough to let him play with action figures.

Zion Harvey, 8, lost his arms and legs to a life-threatening infection when he was just 2. He later needed a kidney transplant and was put on immunosuppressant drugs for the rest of his life. But this tragic medical history made Zion the ideal candidate to be the first kid in the world to get new hands.

“The challenges facing Zion are new, but his determination should overcome them. He’s already done so many amazing things,” Zion’s mom Pattie Ray said in a statement.

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TIME Crime

Olympic Gymnastics Coach Arrested on Suspicion of Child Molestation

Marvin Sharp is a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Womens Gym
MCT/Getty Images Marvin Sharp was a member of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Gymnastics team.

The investigation began with a complaint from a female gymnast

An Olympic gymnastics coach was arrested early Monday morning in Indianapolis on suspicion of child molestation, a spokeswoman for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office told NBC News.

The spokeswoman, Peg McLeish, said that Marvin Sharp has not formally been charged, and that her office is sharing its investigation with federal authorities.

NBC affiliate WTHR reported that the investigation began with a complaint from a female gymnast at Sharp’s Gymnastics Academy. On Sunday evening, detectives searching for child pornography removed computers and other electronic devices from Sharp’s home, the station reported.

In a statement, USA Gymnastics told WTHR that it “is…

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TIME colleges

Fraternity Suspended Over Sexually Suggestive Signs Targeting Freshman Women

The signs were taken down, but sparked outrage on social media

Crass, sexually suggestive banners “welcoming” freshman women to a Virginia college last week have sparked outrage and led to the suspension of at least one of the school’s fraternities.

The white signs draped over the balconies of an off-campus Old Dominion University house read “Rowdy and fun, hope your baby girl is ready for a good time,” “Freshman Daughter Drop Off” and “Go ahead and Drop Off Mom Too.”

The “O” “D” and “U” on the first sign were highlighted in blue, while the other letters were black.

The signs have since been taken down, but a picture of the sign and outrage over the messages circulated on social media.

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TIME stocks

U.S. Stock Market Closes Down 588 Points

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Richard Drew—AP Peter Tuchman, foreground right, works with fellow traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Aug. 24, 2015.

The day marked the biggest decline—almost 1,100 points—on record in a trading day

In a historic day of turbulence, the stock market whipped between nauseating drops and roaring comebacks on Monday before closing with another big loss.

Seized by fears that the Chinese economy is not as healthy as it appeared to be, investors sold with abandon at the opening bell and sent the Dow Jones industrial average down almost 1,100 points, the biggest decline on record in a trading day.

Then the market staged a dramatic comeback and almost erased its losses, coming within about 115 points of break-even. By late afternoon, stocks were sinking again — and the Dow closed down 588 points, or 3.6 percent…

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TIME movies

Martin Scorsese’s New Movie Will Help Destroy Guns

Martin Scorsese
Jordan Strauss—Invision/AP Martin Scorsese arrives at the Oscars on March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

Scorsese-produced film will be the first participant in artist Carl McCrow's 'Gun Neutral' campaign

LONDON — British artist Carl McCrow is asking the world’s most successful filmmakers to make an unambiguous pledge: For every gun that appears in their movies, he wants to them to destroy a real one.

His first taker? “Tomorrow,” a film executive produced by Oscar-winner Martin Scorsese that will be released later this year and follows soldiers trying to reintegrate into society after returning from combat.

This call-to-disarm is part of McCrow’s “Gun Neutral” campaign, which launched Thursday night at his new exhibition in London’s Oxo Tower.

The concept is simple. McCrow is asking movie producers to donate money to his…

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TIME China

Tianjin Explosion Survivor Struggles to Rebuild His Home

"We're still confused by what really started it, what really happened"

An American who survived massive blasts that devastated the Chinese city of Tianjin said he and his girlfriend were struggling to recover after the disaster destroyed their home.

“We’ve got to start over, there’s not much we can do but just start over and do the best that we can do,” Dan Van Duren told NBC News on Thursday.

The explosions blew out many windows, forced doors off their hinges and littered glass and debris throughout the apartment. At least 114 people were killed and more than 700 hospitalized in the August 12 blasts at a chemical warehouse.

Van Duren and his girlfriend…

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TIME Washington

Explosion Destroys Motel 6 in Washington

Washington Motel Explosion
Larry Steagall—AP Firefighters cool down hot spots after an explosion at a Motel 6 on Aug. 18, 2015, in Bremerton, Wash.

A gas leak was reported prior to the blast

Emergency crews dug through mounds of rubble early Wednesday for two people believed to be missing after an explosion leveled a large section of a Motel 6 near Seattle.

Authorities in Bremerton, Washington, told NBC News the unaccounted for may be trapped following the Tuesday night explosion after attempts to reach them by phone were unsuccessful. A third person also believed missing was located early Wednesday and had not been in the debris.

A gas leak was reported shortly before 8 p.m. local time (11 p.m. ET). Motel workers and patrons had the chance to evacuate just prior to the blast, which happened…

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TIME South Africa

‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius Got Special Treatment in Prison, Says Inmate

Oscar Pistorius listens to his judgement in the Pretoria High Court on October 21, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa.
Herman Verwey—Foto24/Gallo Images/Getty Images Oscar Pistorius listens to his judgement in the Pretoria High Court on Oct. 21, 2014, in Pretoria, South Africa.

Pistorius will spend the remainder of his five-year sentence under house arrest

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Convicted killer Oscar Pistorius spent his 10 months in one of the world’s most notorious prisons living in virtual isolation and benefiting from special treatment, according to a fellow inmate.

The double-amputee Olympic athlete is expected to be released Friday to spend the remainder of his five-year sentence under house arrest. Nicknamed the “Blade Runner,” Pistorius was reportedly so worried he would be poisoned while in prison that he lived on canned sardines and baked beans.

“Pistorius, he was a VIP prisoner,” Boswell Mhlongo, a fellow inmate at the maximum-security Kgosi Mapuru II in Pretoria …

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TIME U.S.

Cop Delivers Couple’s Baby After Stopping Them for Speeding

Watch the dashcam video

A routine traffic stop in the middle of the night ended with a Seattle cop helping to deliver the passenger’s baby — a birth captured on dashcam video.

Officer Anthony Reynolds noticed a car running red lights and speeding at about 3:45 a.m. local time (6:45 a.m. ET) Sunday, police said.

When he ordered the vehicle to stop, the driver jumped out and shouted that his wife was in labor.

Although Reynolds called for an ambulance, the couple’s baby arrived before medics and can be heard screaming in the video.

“After first giving a full-throated cry as she burst into the world, the…

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TIME movies

Toy Story 4 Will Show Woody Falling in Love

Woody and Little Bo Peep in "Toy Story".
Pixar/Disney Woody and Little Bo Peep in "Toy Story".

He'll help Little Bo Peep find her sheep

Disney Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter confirmed on Friday what fans have speculated about for the better part of a year: Toy Story 4 will revolve around a romance between the blockbuster’s main character, a toy cowboy voiced by Tom Hanks, and a nursery rhyme doll.

“It’s a love story with Woody and—and this is news—Bo Peep,” he told CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street.” Lasseter revealed the plot point last winter but kept the details under wraps.

Lasseter rose to prominence in 1995 as director of Pixar’s Toy Story, a movie about toys that come to life and the first…

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