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A scientist who studies psychopaths found out he was one by accident — and it completely changed his life

A neuroscientist at the UC Irvine School of Medicine, Fallon (not to be confused with Jimmy Fallon, the popular TV host) first began studying the brains of murderers, rapists, and other criminals in the mid-1990s, when his university got its first PET brain-imaging machine. But he didn't start …

Psychology

The new argument against gay equality: Same-sex marriage kills

As the Supreme Court prepares to take up same-sex marriage next week, conservative scholars have produced a last-ditch argument to keep the scourge of homosexual unions from spreading across the land: Gay marriage kills.<p>They’re saying that legalizing same-sex marriage will cause 900,000 …

Weekend Roundup: Yemen Ignites New Mideast War Within Islam

If reading the next sentence about the bewildering tangle of so many bloody crossed swords in the Middle East makes your head hurt, just be thankful you live somewhere else where decapitation is not a regular occurrence.<p>The intensifying Saudi-led Sunni coalition assault on Iranian-linked Shiite …

S.F. police chief: Officers should be fired for 'hateful' text messages

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr called Friday for seven more officers who allegedly exchanged racist and homophobic text messages to be fired.<p>"The officers responsible for the reprehensible texts should be separated from the SFPD as soon as practical," Suhr said in a statement. "The fine, …

Pope presides over Good Friday procession at Colosseum

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis, presiding at the traditional Good Friday Colosseum procession, decried what he called the "complicit silence" about the killing of Christians.<p>The evening, torch-lit ceremony at the ancient arena recalls the suffering and death of Jesus by crucifixion.<p>After listening …

Fun-Da-Mental

Cherry blossoms decorate Orchestra Day in Japan

Tuesday here felt like ground zero for spring. The weather was lovely. Schools were on spring break. Families were everywhere viewing cherry blossoms. The city was white with petals.<p>In Bunkyo, a northern district of Tokyo, the attractions were many. Ueno Park, the most popular site for picnicking …

This Guy Is Running For President, And So Are More Than 200 Others

It's not hard to reach presidential candidate Ryan Shepard; he doesn't have a media relations office or a slick-tongued press secretary.<p>Shepard, 40, is a bartender at Roc Brewing Co. in Rochester, N.Y., while also working toward a bachelor's degree in creative writing at nearby SUNY Brockport. He …

Government

Phones, friends are distracting problem for teen drivers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Distractions — especially talking with passengers and using cellphones — play a far greater role in car crashes involving teen drivers than has been previously understood, according to compelling new evidence cited by safety researchers.<p>The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety …

Autonomous Cars

Retired Oakland Police Officer Recruits Locals To Police Their Own City

Police departments around the county are under more and more pressure to diversify. In Oakland, Calif., officials say police-community relations also might be improved by increasing the number of cops who actually live in the city.<p>Margaret Dixon, a fiery retired Oakland police officer, grew up in a …

Justice

Notorious Mexican Criminals Say Prison Conditions Are Inhumane

Mexico's National Human Rights Commission is dealing with a new case of alleged violations by federal officials. This complaint, however, comes from the country's most vicious and notorious criminals — more than 100 of them.<p>Nearly 140 prisoners at Mexico's maximum security prison say they're being …

Mexico

In abortion debate, Feinstein evokes 'small step for womankind'

As the Senate ground to a halt last week over an otherwise bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking, a potential moment of compromise emerged when Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) went to the floor to deliver a simple speech.<p>Feinstein began talking about the dangers of sex trafficking and caught …

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India

The film that reveals how American ‘experts’ discredit climate scientists

For Naomi Oreskes, professor of scientific history at Harvard, there’s no more vivid illustration of the bitter war between science and politics than Florida’s ban on state employees using terms such as “climate change” and “global warming”. No matter that the low-lying state is critically …

Climate

'Freedom in jeopardy': Thousands rally across Canada against new anti-terror law

Thousands of demonstrators have united across Canada to take action against proposed anti-terrorism legislation known as Bill C-51, which would …

The Awful Truth Is That Terrorism Works

Politicians and government officials like to proclaim that acts of terror change nothing, but history says otherwise. For proof, look no further than …

Pope Francis' Financial Reforms Rattle Vatican's Old Guard

When the College of Cardinals elected the new head of the Roman Catholic Church two years ago, Pope Francis was given the mandate to put the Vatican's dysfunctional administration in order.<p>As the papacy's enters its third year, some of the biggest reforms have been achieved in the Vatican's …

Christianity

Facebook, Twitter -- And A Tussle At SXSW Over First Amendment

Are Facebook and Twitter justified in taking down content that they deem to be abusive, hateful or likely to promote violence, even if such posts might enjoy free-speech protection under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution? That question touched off a feisty debate today at the South by …

Social Media

How Bad Is Child Poverty?

Robert Putnam’s book on poverty in America has spurred a lot of interesting debate online. David Brooks writes that low income people need a reintroduction of norms that “were destroyed by a plague of nonjudgmentalism, which refused to assert that one way of behaving was better than another”. …

Heroism

When Police Are Given Body Cameras, Do They Use Them?

Back in December, following the fatal shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., President Obama called for $75 million in funding for 50,000 body cameras to be used by police around the United States. The cameras record police activity, and their use is intended to boost …

Law Enforcement

Mexican police grab latest Zetas leader in wealthy suburb

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican police and soldiers on Wednesday captured Omar Trevino Morales, widely considered to be the most important leader of the Zetas drug cartel that once carved a path of brutal bloodshed along the country's northern border with the U.S.<p>National Security Commissioner Monte …

Mexico

Robocops being used as traffic police in Democratic Republic of Congo

In the teeming capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, where drivers often flout traffic rules, five chunky, arm-waving robots equipped with cameras and lights have been set up to watch over the roads.<p>The solar-powered aluminium robots are huge, towering over the jammed streets of Kinshasa, as …

Africa

Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs Now That I No Longer Teach in One

I recently left a teaching position in a master of fine arts creative-writing program. I had a handful of students whose work changed my life. The …

House Approves Amtrak Funding, Rewrites Rules To Allow Furry Riders

Instead of fighting like cats and dogs, Congress appears to be coming together for a change, and maybe it's because of our feline and canine friends.<p>In a rare bipartisan vote, the House Wednesday approved an Amtrak funding bill that will keep the trains running for another four years, and allow …

Pets

India Bans Film About Infamous 2012 Gang Rape

India is banning a documentary about the deadly gang rape of a young woman in 2012 amid concerns over remarks made by one of her convicted rapists. The government also says it will investigate how the film crew gained access to him on death row.<p>At issue is British filmmakerLeslee Udwin film <i>India's</i> …

India

A Biological Quest Leads To A New Kind Of Breast Cancer Drug

Each year, the Food and Drug Administration approves dozens of drugs, but often those medicines don't make a huge difference to people with disease. That's because these "new" drugs are often very much like existing medicines — or <i>are,</i> in fact, existing medicines, approved for a slightly different …

Cancer

How the Inventor of the Polaroid Championed the Patent

Edwin Land worked to protect inventions from large companies.<p>In 1928, a 19-year-old Edwin Land, who would later become the father of instant photography and the founder of Polaroid, dropped out of Harvard before the end of his freshman year. He had to finish his experiments on an invention he …

Kodak

Japan's leader defends handling of hostage crisis

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe defended his policy toward terrorism, as the flag at his official residence flew at half-staff Monday in a mark of mourning for two hostages killed by the Islamic State group.<p>During a long day of parliamentary debate, Abe parried numerous questions …

Islam

US mulls Middle East-North Africa category for 2020 census

DETROIT (AP) — The federal government is considering allowing those of Middle Eastern and North African descent to identify as such on the next 10-year census, which could give Arab-Americans and other affected groups greater political clout and access to public funding, among other things.<p>The U.S. …

Middle East

Argentine Official Says He Sought Cooperation With Iran, Not Cover-Up

Shortly before Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman was found dead with a bullet in his head, he accused Argentina's president, Cristina Fernandez, and others in her government of covering up what he said was Iran's involvement in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center.<p>Nisman claimed that …

Argentina

10 Super Bowl ads that everyone will be talking about

NEW YORK (AP) — It's almost show time.<p>When the Super Bowl kicks off on Sunday, 40-plus advertisers will be hoping to win over the more than 110 million viewers tuning in. After paying $4.5 million for a 30-second spot, advertisers are hoping to have the ad everyone will be talking about Monday …

Advertising