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Police rescue 24 girls from care home in Deoria district of Uttar Pradesh, arrest four

NEW DELHI: Police have rescued 24 girls and shut down a care home that had been operating illegally in Uttar Pradesh after a youngster living there fled and complained to officers about sexual exploitation. They arrested four people on suspicion of trafficking and closed the home that has been operating in Deoria district in northern Uttar Pradesh, 325 km (200 miles) from the state capital Lucknow, police said after Monday’s rescue. This is the second instance of sexual abuse in homes for destitute children in less…

Robot dog lends a helping paw to dementia sufferers

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND: Among Ron Grantham’s happiest memories are the days he spent fly-fishing with his beloved dog, Spot. Now those memories are being revived by visits from his new best friend, Biscuit - a robotic dog. Grantham is 99 years old and lives in Templeman House, a British care home, which brought in Biscuit. Staff there say dogs - even robotic dogs - can help to elicit memories from residents and spark conversations with care providers. “I found out today that Ron used to go fly fishing when he finished…