Crowds gather to mark 22nd anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing

On April 19, 1995, a truck bomb destroyed the Albert P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, 19 of them children.

The 22nd anniversary of the attack was marked in Oklahoma today, reports the Associated Press.

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USS Arizona survivor rejoins shipmates, interred aboard ship

Raymond Haerry, who survived the attack on Pearl Harbor at the age of 19 and who died last year now lies with his fallen shipmates underwater aboard the downed USS Arizona, reports Jennifer McDermott in the Associated Press.

Haerry did not revisit Pearl Harbor in life, but recently told his family he’d like to be buried with the crew. When he died in September 2016, his family worked to bring about his burial on the sunken ship.

There are 5 USS Arizona survivors alive today. Forty-two survivors have been buried with the ship.

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Can virtual reality help cure PTSD?

US Marine Chris Merkle avoided all discussions of his three Iraqi and four Afghanistani tours of duty with his therapist. His anger and PTSD were affecting his life. After trying virtual reality-based exposure therapy, he is doing much better and studying psychology to help other veterans.

While there are concerns about the long-term safety of virtual reality and about its effectiveness as a therapy, there are promising signs as well, reports Katie MacBride in Rolling Stone.

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