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Justices allow Texas use of new voter ID law

Will the Internet Ever Be Safe for Women?

August has been a remarkably bad month for women online. Will things ever change?<p>August has been a nightmare for women on the Internet.<p>The editors of …

Morocco’s Secret All-Blue City

A city high in the mountains of Morocco remained shut off from the world for almost 500 years. Now its labyrinthine streets decked in shades of blue …

1,400 cases of 'appalling' sexual exploitation revealed in UK report

Hundreds of children have been systematically raped, beaten and sex trafficked in a northern English town for more than 12 years. And it is still going on, a government commissioned report says.<p>The "appalling" revelations also expose cultural tensions and lack of communication between authorities …

The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man

Burners spend thousands preparing for the money-free event. But just as the desert community cannot fully escape capitalism, neither can capitalism remain untouched by the "gift economy."<p>The busiest time of year for the Reno-Tahoe International Airport is not Thanksgiving, or Christmas, or any of …

Violence, threats, prompt more Muslim women in Britain to wear a veil

LONDON (Reuters) - When youth worker Sumreen Farooq was abused in a London street, the 18-year-old decided it was time to take a stand - and she started to wear a headscarf.<p>Yasmin (L), 16, pushes Hana (C), 16, on a swing after finishing a GCSE exam near their school in Hackney, east London June 6, …

Poll: 41 percent OK with Obama on Ferguson

A plurality of Americans is satisfied with President Barack Obama’s response to the situation in Ferguson, Missouri, a new poll says.<p>According to a CBS News/New York Times poll released Thursday, 41 percent of Americans are satisfied with how the president is handling the situation in Ferguson, …

Population boom: 40% of all humans will be African by end of century

A seismic shift in demographic trends is transforming the world into an increasingly African place, creating huge economic opportunities, as well as new risks for political instability and extreme poverty, a United Nations agency says.<p>"The future of humanity is increasingly African," says a report …

Ukraine Rebels Haul Away Victims of Malaysia Airlines Crash

Vadim Ghirda—AP<p>Mauricio Lima—The New York Times/Redux<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Brendan Hoffman—Getty Images<p>Bulent …

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Humans Already Use Way, Way More Than 10% of Their Brains

It’s a complex, constantly multi-tasking network of tissue—but the myth persists.<p>By now, perhaps you’ve seen the trailer for the new sci-fi thriller <i>Lucy.</i> It starts with a flurry of stylized special effects and Scarlett Johansson serving up a barrage of bad-guy beatings. Then comes Morgan Freeman, …

Living With Less

Two advocates of a minimalist lifestyle discuss what it means to them and how it has changed them as people.<p>Americans tend to have a lot of stuff—closets full of shoes, garages cluttered with gear, basements stacked with boxes of who knows what. But for about as long as Americans have been stocking …

Germany's Beautifully Communal World Cup Win Over Argentina

The victors put the team ahead of the individual—a fact that U.S. sports fans could heed.<p>The TVs in the bar where I watched the World Cup final weren’t small, but they weren’t large either. The picture was passably crisp, but in some of the wide-angle shots, it was slightly challenging to identify …

Millennials' Political Views Don't Make Any Sense

That's not a harsh assessment. It's just a fair description.<p>Millennial politics is simple, really. Young people support big government, unless it costs any more money. They're for smaller government, unless budget cuts scratch a program they've heard of. They'd like Washington to fix everything, …

Turbulence Ahead: The Coming Pilot Shortage and How It Came to Be

Steep training costs and underwhelming wages might be pushing the industry toward even more flight cancellations.<p>There are few professions that command respect like that of an airline pilot. Maybe it’s the faux military uniform. Maybe it’s the clipped, modulated voice that asks you to fasten your …

Miami, the great world city, is drowning while the powers that be look away

A drive through the sticky Florida heat into Alton Road in Miami Beach can be an unexpectedly awkward business. Most of the boulevard, which runs north through the heart of the resort's most opulent palm-fringed real estate, has been reduced to a single lane that is hemmed in by bollards, …

4 Reasons President Obama’s New Trans Rights Policy Is a Big Deal

At the White House Pride reception on June 30th, President Barack Obama expressed his intent to issue an executive order that would extend employment …

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Italy: Migrants Dying en Masse

Sicily’s cemeteries, morgues and cold storage units are overflowing with migrant corpses, but tens of thousands more are risking their lives to cross …

Why You Don’t Know Obama Has Created 4.5 Million Jobs

Do you have any idea how many more jobs Obama has created than Bush did? You don’t, because liberals are less likely than conservatives to …

China Will Scrap 5 Million Cars to Ease Pollution

China plans to eliminate more than 5 million aging cars from its streets in a bid to improve air quality, Reuters reports.<p>In a report outlining a …

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Texas Is Permanently Shutting Abortion Clinics and the Supreme Court Can’t Do Anything About It

When Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a sweep­ing anti-abor­tion law in 2013, he did so know­ing the meas­ure faced an un­cer­tain fu­ture. In­deed, the …

Los Angeles aims to make Obamacare universal in more than just name

On a sunny weekday morning just east of downtown Los Angeles, a crowd of about 75 people rallied outside the LA County/USC Medical Center. They toted signs with slogans like “Healthcare is a Human Right” and “Salud Para Todos” (“Health for All”).<p>“How can we say we live in a just and humane …

In India, Landmark Ruling Recognizes Transgender Citizens

India now has a third gender.<p>The Supreme Court has recognized the country's transgender community as being in a third neutral category — neither male nor female.<p>In handing down the ruling, Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan said, "Transgenders are citizens of this country ... and recognition as a third …

Why Street Protests Don't Work

How can so many demonstrations accomplish so little?<p>Street protests are in. From Bangkok to Caracas, and Madrid to Moscow, these days not a week goes by without news that a massive crowd has amassed in the streets of another of the world’s big cities. The reasons for the protests vary (bad and …

The Culture of Shut Up

Too many debates about important issues degenerate into manufactured and misplaced outrage—and it's chilling free speech.<p>There once was a remote village deep in the rainforest that had no contact with the outside world. And in this small village there were only three village elders who had the …

Best Space Pictures: Martian Potholes, Space Diplomats, and an Erupting Star

A Mars rover looks back a decade and the moon intertwines with Venus, in the week's best space pictures.<p>International space cooperation continued this week, even amid earthly diplomatic upheaval over Crimea, with a Russian rocket carrying astronauts and cosmonauts into orbit.<p>Gantry arms closed …

US sending more troops, aircraft to hunt Ugandan warlord Kony

President Obama is committing more military resources, including aircraft and special operations forces, to the hunt for notorious African warlord Joseph Kony.<p>Early Monday, the White House confirmed a Washington Post report that the U.S. was sending "associated support personnel," and a "limited …