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Kentucky Clerk: It's 'Impossible' For Me To Marry Gay Couples

Kim Davis has been defying the Supreme Court's order because of "God's authority."<p>WASHINGTON -- The Kentucky county clerk who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples said in a court filing on Wednesday that it's "impossible" for her to authorize these marriages and she should not be …

Increase in rate of Brazilian Amazon deforestation raises alarm

Figures released this week point to an apparent rise in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon over the last year, an ominous development that one researcher attributed to an increase in cattle ranching aimed at the U.S. market.<p>The newly lost forest, nearly 2,000 square miles, amounts to an area …

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GE2015: The top 10 battles to watch after Nomination Day

It is election season in Singapore. GE2015 is finally here and it is the most keenly contested election since 1965, with 181 candidates from 9 …

This District Has No Money, So Teachers Are Working Without Pay

If that's not dedication, what is?<p>When teachers at the Chester Upland School District in Pennsylvania return to their jobs Wednesday for the first day of school, they will not be making minimum wage. In fact, they will not be making any money at all.<p>Educators and support staff at Chester Upland …

Google self-driving cars don't need windshield wipers

Ready to have your mind blown?<p>Google said Monday that it is bringing its self-driving prototype cars to Austin. The company brought one of its Koala …

Hillary Clinton emails give rare glimpse in personality of a guarded politician

As US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton was one of the most powerful people in the world, but on 3 January 2010 there were just two questions on her mind: what time is Parks and Recreation on? And how about The Good Wife?<p>In the tranche of approximately 7,000 emails released by the State …

5 Topics for…Burning Man

Only a few days left until the gates open for Burning Man, a week-long, free-spirited event in the Nevada desert. This year, 70,000 people are expected to frolick on the playa, a harsh white plain where participants endure heat and dust storms for the sake of community, camaraderie, hedonism, art, …

What Happens When You're the One Being Photographed for Child Porn: A Victim Shares Her Story

"As far back as I can remember, I see cameras, adults touching me, giving me something to drink. I see lingerie in miniature sizes."<p><i>It's easy to feel shock and disgust over the recent headlines about Jared Fogle's child pornography crimes. It's more difficult to grasp the fallout for the children</i> …

Donald Trump attacks Clinton aide Huma Abedin over husband Weiner

Donald Trump on Friday night criticised Huma Abedin, a key aide to Hillary Clinton, and seemed to imply sensitive information had been leaked to her husband, former congressman Anthony Weiner.<p>Donald Trump wants to deport 11 million migrants: is that even possible?<p>Read more<p>The real-estate mogul, who …

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Trump Suggests Top Clinton Adviser Shared Classified Secrets With Husband

Donald Trump is adding a new figure to the list of people he considers a loser: longtime Hillary Clinton adviser Huma Abedin.<p>During a Friday evening …

Miley Cyrus has learned nothing: Why her shots at Nicki Minaj were so tone-deaf

<b>(AP/Dan Steinberg)</b><p>The pop star has profited handsomely from appropriation. Now she’s telling a black singer how to talk about race<p>Morgan Jerkins<p>August 28, 2015 11:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Daily Dot.<p>The rift between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift had been settled for weeks, …

Australian visa crackdown plan cancelled after outrage

<b>Australia's border protection agency has sparked outrage with a snap announcement it would carry out visa checks on the streets of Melbourne.</b><p>Australian Border Force (ABF) said its officers would be checking for visa fraud as part of a general crime crackdown involving several agencies.<p>But the move …

Are Pakistan’s female medical students to be doctors or wives?

<b>In Pakistan's prestigious medical schools, female students outshine and outnumber their male counterparts. However, many do not end up as practising doctors - and now there are calls to limit their numbers, the BBC's Amber Shamsi in Islamabad reports.</b><p>Twenty fourth-year medical students are learning …

Ashley Madison aftermath: Confessions, suicide reports and hot on the hacker’s trail

As a worldwide manhunt for the Ashley Madison hackers ramps up, the massive data breach has already broken up marriages and forced public officials …

Don’t LOL, the kids can still spell

As children prepare to go back to school with dread-widened eyes, what are parents most concerned about? Math scores? Healthy lunches? Or is it a full academic year of text messages from their young people that appear to have been composed in Sanskrit: "im gud cu l8r." (I added the period, by the …

Why is bilingual education ‘good’ for rich kids but ‘bad’ for poor, immigrant students?

By Valerie Strauss<p>Valerie Strauss<p>Reporter covering education, foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p><i>(Clarification: Making clear how Karin Davenport of U.S. English views government-funded support for multiple languages.)</i><p>If you follow the public debate about bilingual education, you know that there are …

The six Cs of the China stock slump

<b>The repercussions from "Black Monday" - the global markets turmoil caused by a plunge in Chinese stocks - continue to be felt on Tuesday.</b><p>To the uninitiated, the situation may seem bafflingly complex, here's a breakdown of the issues:<p>China<p>The story of China has been one of extraordinary growth in …

Politics 2016: Bring in the clowns

Simon says: Trump’s ego is so pure, so distilled that you could almost bottle it.<p>The movie is about a future America in which everybody is dumb. It is called “Idiocracy,” and it is supposed to be fiction. It is supposed to be funny.<p>The movie came out in 2006, but I have been seeing it a lot on …

Your Backyard Burgers Are Bursting With Gross Bacteria

Medium rare? Maybe not.<p>Word to the wise: If you're planning on hosting an end-of-summer barbecue, don't even <i>think</i> about buying conventional ground beef for your burgers.<p>Consumer Reports recently tested 458 pounds of ground beef from suppliers nationwide, and found that more than 80 percent of the …

Donald Trump, Megyn Kelly war resumes after her return from vacation

By Justin Wm. Moyer<p>Justin Wm. Moyer<p>Reporter covering breaking news<p>Email Bio Follow<p>A war begun at the first Republican presidential debate earlier this month may have seen a cease-fire when one of the combatants left the field. But now that Megyn Kelly of Fox News is back from vacation, Republican …

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National Day Rally 2015: 11 announcements from PM Lee's speech you should know about

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's National Day Rally speech on Sunday was a wide-ranging one that was in equal parts a look back and a …

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Endangered Indigenous languages to be recorded in dictionaries by Australian National University

The Australian National University (ANU) has started forming dictionaries for 10 endangered Indigenous Australian languages, giving undergraduate …

More migrants taking modern language GCSE in native tongue

But the number of GCSE entries for traditional modern languages, such as French and German, continues to decline<p>The number of migrants taking foreign language GCSEs in their native tongue is expected to be on the rise as traditional languages see further declines.<p>Entries for those taking languages …

The Secret Of The Strange Whistling Language Of Turkey

"The organization of our brain, in terms of its asymmetrical structure, is not as fixed as we assume."<p>It's called the "bird language" because it sounds, well, like the whistle of birds. But make no mistake about it: the whistling language used by villagers in one part of Turkey is a very real and …

Rape Is at an All-Time High in Britain, So Why Are Its Sexual Abuse Charities Fighting for Funding?

Cutting funding to the charities that support rape victims sends a clear message to both abusers and survivors.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>By the time I was 25, within my close friendship circle, most of us had been raped. I feel quite lightheaded looking at that sentence. Surely it …

Display the values we claim to have

Singapore has just had a great party on Aug 9. It was a well-deserved party. We have a lot to celebrate. Our first 50 years have been extraordinarily …

How a language that went unspoken for a half-century was brought back from the dead

In the summer of 1930, at the dawn of the Great Depression, a 21-year-old linguist named Morris Swadesh set out for Louisiana to record the area’s Native American languages, which were disappearing rapidly.<p>Morris and his peers were in a race against time to document them, and in the small town of …

The Ecocapsule, A Portable Solar-Powered Micro Home

The team behind Nice Architects designed the Ecocapsule, a portable solar and wind-powered micro home. The tiny house is totally independent thanks …

College Board To Rewrite U.S. History Exam After Critics Blast Anti-American Language

A step in the right direction. Many many more to go…<p>The red, white and blue is going back into the U.S. history being taught to college-bound high …

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