New Rules for US Travel Ban to Require Family, Business Ties

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The Trump administration has set new visa requirements for people from six mainly Muslim nations and all refugees.

The Associated Press (AP) says the new rules require those seeking a visa to have a close relationship with a family or business in the United States.

The move came after the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to parts of an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. Critics of the order compared it to a ban on Muslims.

The State Department released the guidance for U.S. diplomats on Wednesday.

The government is not canceling visas that have already been approved.

The new rules affect visa applicants from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It said they must prove a relationship with a parent, husband or wife, child, the husband or wife of an adult child, or a brother or sister already in the United States to be considered for a visa.

Other family members are not considered close relations under the new guidelines. They include grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins and other extended family members.

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Sleep Expert Tells Students All-Night Study Hurts Performance

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Sleep expert David Earnest often tells college students that a good night’s sleep is important for academic success.

Not that they listen to him.

Earnest is a professor at Texas A&M College of Medicine. He explains that so-called “Call nighters,” in which students spend all night studying instead of sleeping, are not effective – or healthy.
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Sleep Helps Us Learn

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We humans spend about one-third of their lives asleep. This may sound like a lot of time, but it is not wasted.

Sleep helps us stay healthy, but it also helps our brains remember. Our brains need good sleep to remember what we do and learn during the other two thirds of our lives when we are awake.

Besides keeping us healthy, some new research shows that a good night’s sleep helps make us more intelligent.
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J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Books Turn 20 Years Old

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The world met Harry Potter, the boy wizard, 20 years ago. “J.K. Rowling’s first book about Harry and his friends at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry was released on June 26, 1997. 

The publisher, Bloomsbury, only released 500 copies to stores in Britain and sent 500 to British libraries.

Now, thanks to 450 million more copies of the first book and six others, Harry Potter and his friends are known around the world. “Adults and children loved the books. But 12 publishers rejected the first one, known in many countries as “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.”
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Why Can’t Some Planes Fly in Hot Weather?

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It is sometimes more difficult to get airplanes off the ground in extremely hot weather. But the problem is not the temperature itself or the humidity.

It is the air density that can get in the way.

Hotter air gets thinner. Thin air makes it more difficult for planes to lift and land safely. This is especially the case with smaller planes.

That is why more than 50 flights were canceled in the southwestern United States earlier this week. Temperatures there have climbed to 49 degrees Celsius.
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