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6 ways your life is personally affected by the War on Drugs

US drug policy has unequivocally curtailed your basic civil rights, regardless of whether you’re a user<p>Many Americans who do not use illegal "drugs" assume exemption from drug war policies. But regardless of how much marijuana you do or don't smoke, the U.S. war on drugs affects nearly everyone. …

Sixth U.S. Warship Now In Eastern Mediterranean 'As Precaution'

By Andrea Shalal-Esa<p>WASHINGTON, Aug 30 (Reuters) - A sixth U.S. warship is now operating in the eastern Mediterranean, near five U.S. destroyers armed with cruise missiles that could soon be directed against Syria as part of a "limited, precise" strike, defense officials said late on Friday.<p>They …

NSA tech disclosure battle heats up

A legal battle over surveillance pitting the U.S. government against Google and Microsoft intensified on Friday — and the two tech titans requested extra time to convince a court they should be able to disclose more data about NSA orders.<p>Both companies have asked the Foreign Intelligence …

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China Weighs Ban On Homework; Teachers, Students Argue Against

Chinese officials hope to rein in teachers who assign too much homework, as the country's Ministry of Education considers new rules that ban schools from requiring students to complete written tasks at home. Citing undue stress on students, the ministry would also limit the number of exams students …

Colombia offers deal to striking farmers

<b>The Colombian government has offered concessions to small-scale farmers on strike for more than a week.</b><p>Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas said the measures - including better prices for their products and more access to loans - should ease pressure on them.<p>Farmers say the government's agricultural …

European Union

Death sentence in Fort Hood case

A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial in which he seemed to be courting martyrdom by making almost no effort to defend himself.<p>The rare military death sentence …

Scientists grow miniature human brain in a lab

'Cerebral organoids' model development of the mind in human embryo<p>Scientists have long been taunted by the human brain. After all, the very organ that gives us knowledge remains largely unmastered — something President Obama has set to rectify, in part, with an ambitious effort to map the brain. An …

U.S. moves closer to military action against Syria

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration moved closer to military action against Syria on Monday as Secretary of State John Kerry said the government of Bashar Assad used chemical weapons against its own people and cynically tried to cover it up.<p>The White House started reaching out to congressional …

Latest U.S. Measles Outbreak Traced To Vaccine-Skeptical Megachurch

The church ran an immunization drive afterward, but still put out some dubious claims.<p>The latest outbreak of measles in the U.S.—a preventable disease that the Western Hemisphere eradicated decades ago, thanks to vaccines—has been traced to a megachurch in Texas. The church's senior pastor, Terri …