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Youth Confinement:

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Crime

A new, huge review of gun research has bad news for the NRA - Vox

The findings, while limited, point in one direction: Gun control can save lives.<p>For decades, the federal government, with the support of the National Rifle Association, has made it very difficult to answer a question at the heart of American public health and safety: Does gun control work?<p>The …

Guns

What Kind of Woman Works for Donald Trump?

Nobody—save, maybe, Katie Walsh—looks good in ‘Fire and Fury.’ But its depiction of the women of Trumpland showcases the indignities they’ve …

Donald Trump

Colorado prison guards ‘smiled’ at a gay prisoner who begged not to be put in cell with rapist

A man who was the victim of a devastating three-day hell of rape and beatings and forced to clean his own blood off the prison cell wall after prison …

Two men avoid jail for sex acts with 14-year-old girls 'because they were consensual’

Two men involved in sexual activity with a pair of 14-year-old girls after giving them alcohol and amphetamines have reportedly been spared jail …

Sociology

Donald Trump Just Pulled Off the Greatest Long Con in History

Winners: Wall Street, corporations, Donald Trump’s kids, and Vladimir Putin. Losers: The rest of us. That about sums it up.<p>Bernie Madoff must be …

Donald Trump

While you’re looking the other way, Trump is changing America for decades to come

The president’s incendiary tweets and the Russia scandal distract us from decisions that are reshaping the internet, the environment and democracy<p>Now twice as long, his tweets are half as good. The early-morning dispatches from the iPhone of Donald Trump, often sent while he lies in bed, propped up …

Donald Trump

From Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris to 10,000 teenage girls: 'Speak up'

Female politicians are used to finding themselves in rooms full of men.<p>But on Friday, two of the nation’s most prominent political women got the chance to address 10,000 girls.<p>Hillary Clinton and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) shared their experiences and offered advice to the young women in middle …

13 Unexpectedly Creepy Books That Will Keep You Up All Night Long

When you sit down with the book <i>It</i> or <i>The Shining</i> or <i>The Haunting of Hill House,</i> you more or less know what you're getting yourself into. You understand …

Books

Having older brothers increases men's likelihood of being gay

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're a guy with an older brother, there's an increased chance you're gay.<p>Scientists have noticed this pattern in previous research, but now they think they have a biological explanation as to why, and it starts long before birth. The results were published in the journal PNAS on Monday.<p>…

Immune System

Egyptian singer sentenced to prison for video 'inciting debauchery'

<b>(CNN) —</b> A court in Egypt has sentenced a female pop singer to two years in prison for "inciting debauchery and immortality" in an online music video, according to reports by Egypt's state-run Al-Ahram online.<p>The music video of the song "I Have Issues" was released last month and sparked immediate …

Music Videos

Police: Woman punched herself in stomach to end her 24-week pregnancy

NASHVILLE — Police say a woman who punched her abdomen to end a pregnancy is now at the center of a homicide investigation.<p>The woman, 21, gave birth at a Nashville hospital in March, 24 weeks into her pregnancy. The baby boy, who was never given a name, lived for less than two hours, dying from …

Crime

Americans have no savings, with good reason: housing, education and health care costs are out of control, wages are stagnant, and the Fed has suppressed interest rates

The American savings crisis is a time-bomb, as multiple generations hurtle toward retirement with effectively <i>no</i> savings, and experts are now saying …

Health Care

11-Year-Old Has Spent Her Life in Jail, a Serial Killer as a Cellmate

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Meena got chickenpox, measles and the mumps in prison. She was born there, nursed there and weaned there. Now 11 years old, she has spent her entire life in prison and will probably spend the rest of her childhood there as well.<p>The girl has never committed a crime, but her …

Afghanistan

Why the UN is investigating extreme poverty … in America, the world's richest nation

At the heart of Philip Alston’s special mission will be one question: can Americans enjoy fundamental human rights if they’re unable to meet basic living standards?<p>The United Nations monitor on extreme poverty and human rights has embarked on a coast-to-coast tour of the US to hold the world’s …

Human Rights

This trick will save you hours of debating what to watch on Netflix

Have you ever logged into Netflix and gone through the recommended categories looking for something new to watch only to find nothing catching your eye? Despite having gone on a Disney movie binge, maybe I want to look through something other than "Feel-good Animation" or "Children & Family …

Horror Movies

Trump Is Quietly Making It Even Harder To Report Sexual Harassment And Discrimination

To the droves of women speaking up about sexual harassment and discrimination, the Trump administration’s message is clear: Shut up.<p>Behind the scenes, and mostly through executive orders, the White House is making it harder for women to report sexual harassment and fight sex discrimination.<p>The …

Donald Trump

Don’t Let the Trump Circus Distract From the Real GOP Menace

The trouble with the White House freak show is that it often horrifies us into missing the larger, pernicious Republican project at hand.<p>Donald Trump …

Years into journey, transgender teen still finding himself

It's been six years since Theo Ramos first cut himself in the school bathroom, six years since his parents and friends and teachers found out he wanted to be a boy instead of a girl, six years in transition.<p>And his mother, 55-year-old Lori Ramos, has been at his side.<p>"We've had moments of laughter, …

LGBTQI
Mental Health

The skills kids have at age 5 determine how successful they'll be — and it has nothing to do with reading or writing

It's hard to believe that what your child knows at age five could influence his future chances of success. But that's exactly what a 2015 study published in the "American Journal of Public Health" found.<p>But researchers discovered that the skills that predict future success had nothing to do with …

Self-improvement

Walmart just struck another deal that confirms the death of America's middle class as we know it

Walmart is adding Lord & Taylor and its many designer fashion brands to its website, the companies announced Monday.<p>The deal is the latest in a series of moves by Walmart designed to target wealthy shoppers, which the retail giant has historically ignored in favor of customers at the opposite end …

eCommerce

It’s time to close all youth prisons

<i>Marc Schindler is executive director of the Justice Policy Institute. Vincent Schiraldi is a senior research scientist at the Columbia Justice Lab. They are both former directors of the District’s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services.</i><p>Two investigative reports published this month detail …

Crime
Criminal Sentencing
Crime
Demographics