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Costs of autism soaring

Good health is priceless, but autism spectrum disorders can be very expensive. A new study estimates that the lifetime cost of being diagnosed with autism in the United States is somewhere between $1.43 million and $2.44 million.

The figure at the low end of the range is for people on the autism spectrum who don’t have intellectual disabilities, according to a study published Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Dog attacks, kills 2 1/2 month-old baby

A family dog fatally attacked its owners’ 2 1/2 month-old son Sunday after jumping on the couch and biting the infant as it was being held by his uncle, authorities in southeastern Michigan said.

The child’s 18-year-old uncle was holding the baby on the couch when the dog, a Catahoula hound, tried to jump onto the couch. The uncle pushed the dog off, but it jumped back on and attacked the boy’s head and throat, said Sheriff Michael Bouchard.

Who pays for jet search unknown

Countries searching for the missing Malaysian plane have yet to agree on how to share costs, an Australian search leader said Tuesday.

Malaysia is in charge of the search because the Boeing 777 is registered in that country. But Australia is coordinating the search because it is the closest country to where the plane is thought to have crashed. Most of the passengers were Chinese and their government is playing an active role in the search.

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