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Transphobic Bathroom Bill Dies In Texas

Legislation to prevent transgender people from using the bathrooms of their choosing has bit the dust in Texas, after the state House summarily ended …

Youthquake, feminism, complicit: These words defined 2017

While it's hard to point to a single word as defining an entire year, several words help define news events and movements in 2017.<p>From "feminism" to "youthquake" and "fake news," these are the words that defined 2017, according to your favorite dictionaries:<p><b>Feminism:</b><p>Merriam-Webster's word of the …

Same-Sex Couples Don't Get the Same Marriage Benefits as Heterosexuals in Texas

Same-sex couples can get married in Texas, but they won’t have the same rights that heterosexual couples do.<p>The U.S. Supreme Court let stand a lower …

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California’s Thomas Wildfire Is Now The Largest In The State’s History

The Thomas wildfire in California has now become the largest in the state’s history. According to CNN, the fire has eclipsed the San Diego Cedar fire in 2003 that consumed 273,246 acres before it was contained:<p>The Thomas Fire has devastated swaths of Southern California since it began on December 4 …

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Looking Back On 2017: Terrorist Attacks And The Las Vegas Massacre

This is the time of year when journalists look back at the year that was. And while terrorism seemed to ebb somewhat from previous years, a number of violent attacks took the lives of innocent travelers. While in the West mass casualty events did not reach the level of the Bataclan shooting in …

The Associated Press Has Decided Its 'Entertainer of the Year' Was 'Hollywood Accusers'

Time named The Silence Breakers their Person of the Year for 2017, grouping the women and men in media and across other industries who came forward …

2017 Solar Eclipse Confirmed ‘Bow-Wave’ Theory By Creating Rippling Waves In Earth’s Ionosphere

The new study proves a hypothesis that was first made close to five decades ago, suggesting the presence of gravity waves in the ionosphere following …

The Supreme Court's Travel Ban Off-Ramp

A federal ruling offers the justices a clever way to reject Trump’s travel ban without limiting government power over immigration.<p>“[T]he powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial,” White House aide Stephen Miller assured the nation on February 12, “and will not be …

How We Know It Was Climate Change

STANFORD, Calif. — This was a year of devastating weather, including historic hurricanes and wildfires here in the United States. Did climate change play a role? Increasingly, scientists are able to answer that question — and increasingly, the answer is yes.<p>My lab recently published a new framework …

Full Text: Here’s what Washington state’s legally contentious net neutrality bill looks like up close

A bill to preserve net neutrality in Washington state offers the first detailed glimpse of the state’s broader plan to combat a Dec. 14 vote by the …