Aug 14 2012

Back To School, There's An App For That

Kids ease back to school with playful learning apps. USA TODAY

Many apps provide kids with playful ways to approach learning. Some are so stealthy about their educational agenda that kids don't initially realize they're learning. Here are four apps that your kids will want to play because they're fun, but which also deliver some solid learning.

DragonBox

From WeWantToKnow AS, best for ages 7-up, $2.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android

Rating: 4 stars (out of 4)

Noodle Words HD - Action Set 1

From NoodleWorks, best for ages 4-7, $2.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Rating: 4 stars

Rounds: Franklin Frog

From Nosy Crow, best for ages 3-6, $4.99, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

Rating: 4 stars

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Aug 14 2012

Western States Battle Wirefires

Wildfires blaze through Western states. CNN 

Whipped by high winds, a wildfire in central Washington state has scorched 26,500 acres and destroyed at least 60 homes, officials said Tuesday.

The fire raging near Cle Elum is one of several devastating Western states this week.

Colorado paid the price earlier this summer. Now, new wildfires are burning through sagebrush, grass and beetle-killed lodgepole pines in California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Idaho.

In all, 62 fires, including 16 new large fires, were burning as of Tuesday, the U.S. Forest Service reported. They have destroyed dozens of homes and are threatening many more.

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Aug 13 2012

Man vs. Security, Man Wins

Jet Skier Breaks Through JFK Airport's $100 Million Security System. Good Morning America

A man whose jet ski failed him in New York's Jamaica Bay swam to John F. Kennedy airport, where he was easily able to penetrate the airport $100 million, state-of-the art security system.

Daniel Casillo, 31, was able to swim up to and enter the airport grounds on Friday night, past an intricate system of motion sensors and closed-circuit cameras designed to to safeguard against terrorists, authorities said.

"I think he should be given dinner and a bottle of champagne for showing us our faults," said Nicholas Casale, an NYPD veteran and former MTA deputy security director for counterterrorism.

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