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School bus hits car, plows into building with kids on board

A school bus went out of control in Charlotte, North Carolina, colliding with a car and then sailing off the road to plow into a building. There were children on the bus at the time, and they had just been picked up when the accident happened at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 28.

The bus driver is a 35-year-old woman. She has been cited by the police after the crash.

What doctors want patients to know about distraction

Doctors admit it: Distraction is real. They have a lot to do, they often try to multitask, and sometimes, they get distracted when they should be helping patients.

It's a serious issue if it leads to avoidable mistakes and injuries. Here are a few things that doctors want you to know as a patient to reduce the chances of an error:

  • Doctors often can't help being distracted; it's just the nature of the modern office.
  • Short sentences make it easier for doctors to follow along and understand what you're getting at.
  • Repeating yourself does not usually help unless the doctor asks you to say something again.
  • Start off by talking about your main concerns, not everything you can think of.
  • If the doctor is trying to do another task -- like reading your chart -- it's not helpful to talk to them at the same time. It's better to wait until they're done.
  • Eye contact matters. Wait until you know that the two of you are having a direct conversation before saying anything critical.

Can your child choose which parent to live with?

You are getting divorced, and you and your spouse have a child together. You would both like to get custody and have the child live with you. However, you have heard that you don't get to pick. The child gets to make the decision. Is that true?

There is a common myth going around that kids get to pick where they live and they have the last say. That is not how it works. In cases that end up in court, the judge can decide what custody rights you and your spouse both get. This determines where the child lives, even if that is not what the child wants.

Driving on familiar roads is most dangerous

If you have ever found yourself driving on unfamiliar roads, you know just how chaotic and confusing it gets. You feel overwhelmed and out of place. This, in turn, makes you feel like it's far more likely that you'll get into an accident. After all, one little mistake in an area you've never been before is all that it takes.

But are the risks actually higher? Studies show that they're not. In reality, most crashes happen relatively close to where you live. Let's take a look at some reasons why these familiar roads see so many accidents.

Is an IRA trust the right choice for your heirs?

When you leave this Earth, you want to make sure -- to the best of your abilities -- that your loved ones are taken care of. While this typically means leaving them your assets and resources, in some cases, you might have to go farther than that.

The reality is that some heirs are undone by having unrestricted access to large sums of money. Through their naiveté, they can associate themselves with bad actors determined to separate them from their cash or fall into dissolute lives blowing their money on drugs, drink and gambling.

'Big-picture' questions people often ask during divorce

Your spouse tells you that they want to get divorced, and you have a lot of immediate questions to ask about things that need to get resolved quickly. What should you do with the house? Who has to pay off the debt? How do you create a parenting plan?

It is important to ask these questions and seek answers. What you do during a divorce helps to define what your life looks like after the split. That's something you want to take seriously.

Is your doctor a businessman?

Do you trust your doctor? Do you assume that he or she has your best interests in mind, all the time?

Most of us do, but some experts in the medical community think that it is a bit naive. As one doctor himself put it so bluntly: "Don't trust your doctor. There's no question in my mind that today most doctors are businessmen first and doctors second."

Smartphone addiction and personal safety

Have you ever felt like it's time to just turn your phone off and take a break for a couple of days? Have you ever considered deleting your social media accounts and going back to a time when you didn't see every picture, when you didn't know everything that everyone was doing?

You're not alone. When smartphones first came out, people were astounded by the technology and the possibilities. As those aspects have only gotten better, though, they've also discovered a serious downside. Smartphones are incredibly addicting, they can be overwhelming, and it's just getting worse.

4 things you should tell your kids about your divorce

For many parents who are thinking of ending their relationships, nothing is more daunting than actually telling the children about that upcoming divorce. Parents have time to think about it, consider it and plan for it. Kids do not. They may feel blindsided, they may not want it to happen and they may feel like they have no control. It can be hard for them.

To make it go smoothly, consider your children's best interests to tell them in a way that caters to their needs and their well-being. For instance, tell all of your children at the same time so no one child knows before the others. Tell them at a family meeting, with both parents present, and take the time to answer their questions. Remember that your concerns and theirs will not always be the same.

College football player dies in car accident

A young man in North Carolina was a standout high school football player, and he wound up at Winston-Salem State University to continue his career on the field. However, he was tragically killed in a recent car accident. He was in his freshman year at the school, and he was just 18 years old.

The young man was from Fayetteville, and he had taken a weekend trip back to visit his home and his family. Right around 4:00 p.m. on November 19, he was involved in a car accident that left two people dead. One of the vehicles caught on fire, making it impossible for police to identify the second victim at this time.

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