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Teenage pregnancy, birth, abortion rates all falling, report says

Looks like good news may come in threes. The teenage pregnancy rate, birth rate and abortion rate have all dropped sharply since their respective peaks in the 1990s, according to new research by the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on reproductive health.<p>The recent fall in …

New prison cells not enough to stem overcrowding, Auditor-General finds

The federal prison system is expected to face renewed overcrowding problems just a few years after Ottawa completes a plan to add thousands of new cells, a new report by the Auditor-General says.<p>The report also found that one of the key reasons for prison population growth is not a series of new …

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Repressed Brits, evil Mexicans, Arab villains: why are Hollywood's animated movies full of racist stereotypes?

These are supposed to be progressive times for movies and people of colour. Django Unchained was a hit action movie about slavery. A black director just won the best picture Oscar for another one (Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave), and a Mexican won best director (Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity). …

Man Sues Ex-Girlfriend Over Stuffed Animal Obsession

A man in China’s Hubei province is reportedly suing his ex-girlfriend for $6,450—all because she insisted on bringing her stuffed animal, Snoopy, on …

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Innovative MIT Grad Teaches Human-Animal 'Talk'

<i>Can people really communicate with animals in ways that most humans seldom contemplate? Hong Kong’s Thomas Cheng, founder of the Institute of Scientific Animal Communication (ISAC), teaches talk-to-animals techniques. What he reveals, often to big rooms full of eager human students, not only deeply</i> …

Crufts champion chihuahua stolen in Yorkshire kennel raid

A nationwide hunt is under way for five chihuahuas, including a Crufts champion, stolen after raiders smashed their way into the dogs' home.<p>Valenchino Chihuahua Xena, who was named Best Puppy in Breed at Crufts 2014, was snatched with four other dogs from a house in east Yorkshire on Thursday.<p>Owner …

How U.S. Fighter Jet Design Helped A Turtle Find Life - And Love

TEL AVIV, Israel - An endangered sea turtle called Freedom has been saved thanks to a student project inspired by the advanced U.S. F-22 Raptor fighter jet.<p>The young green sea turtle was found on a beach in northern Israel with his two left flippers almost completely severed by fishing …

Teen stabs 22 at Pittsburgh-area high school

MURRYSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Flailing away with two kitchen knives, a 16-year-old boy with a "blank expression" stabbed and slashed 21 students and a …