Seven-year-old Girl with no hands wins writing competition

A seven-year-old student born without hands has won a US national handwriting contest. Anaya Ellick from Chesapeake, Virginia, does not use prosthetics. To write, she stands to get the proper angle, holding a pencil between her arms. Her principal, Tracy Cox from Greenbrier Christian Academy, describes her as an "inspiration". "She does not let anything get in the way of doing what she has set out to do," says Ms Cox. "She is a hard worker and has some of the best handwriting in her class." The girl reportedly beat 50 other competitors to get the special-needs category prize at the National Handwriting Contest. This category rewards students with an intellectual, physical, or developmental disability. Competition director Kathleen Wright told ABC News that her "writing sample was comparable to someone who had hands". This is what her winning entry looked like:           Sponsors of the contest Zaner-Bloser said they planned to award each student $1,000 (£690). They tweeted a picture of...

12 year olds can marry in some parts of the US

Efforts are on by American Lawmakers to overturn some of the country's most archaic laws, which stipulate that children as young as 12 can be married.   In the state of Virginia, it is officially still legal for girls as young as 12 or 13 to be brought to a courthouse with evidence of a pregnancy and wed, a practice that has come under increased scrutiny thanks to the Virginia Senator Jill Vogel R-Fauquier.   Legislation she introduced, which is now moving through the Virginia General Assembly, seeks to raise the minimum age for marriage to 16 to bring it in line with other states - and similar moves are under way in Maryland and New York, where 3,853 minors were married between 2000 and 2010, according to State Health Department data published in the New York Times.   In Virginia itself, according to state health statistics, more than 4,500 minors were married between 2000 and...