Sharon Zhen

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The disturbing reason for the ancient Chinese practice of foot-binding

Deliberately crippled to conform to male ideals of beauty, these strange, pathetic creatures - to Western eyes - embodied the mysterious ways of the East.<p>Early travel accounts describe the "alluring" manner in which Chinese women with bound feet walked, as they gently swayed and tottered, usually …

Abolition

3 California deputies arrested; inmate died of blunt trauma

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Three Northern California jail guards have been arrested after an inmate under their watch was found dead of multiple blunt …

Crime

6 Small Shifts to the Way You Talk That Will Make You (and Everyone Else) Happier at Work

Ask us how we're doing at the end of a long, stressful workday, and chances are you’ll hear, “I’ve been better” or some equally snippy response. …

IS top command dominated by ex-officers in Saddam's army

"It is forbidden by religion to bring the name of the Almighty into a defiled place like this," Omran recalled being told by Maj. Taha Taher al-Ani.<p>Omran didn't see al-Ani again until years later, in 2003. The Americans had invaded Iraq and were storming toward Baghdad. Saddam Hussein's fall was …

Iran Isn’t Nazi Germany

The idea that Iranian leaders seek another Holocaust is at the emotional core of opposition to the nuclear deal. Is it true?<p>Mike Huckabee’s sin was being too vivid.<p>Last week, after the Republican presidential hopeful said that by signing the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama “would take the …

Back in 2000, the CIA made 8 predictions on what life would be like in 2015

We're now halfway through the year and it turns out that several of these predictions were on the money.<p>Here's a rundown of some of the predictions, according to a December 2000 story from The Telegraph.<p><b>"International affairs are increasingly determined by large and powerful organizations rather</b> …

Supreme Court races the clock on gay marriage, Obamacare and more

WASHINGTON — The future of same-sex marriage and President Obama's health care law hang in the balance as the Supreme Court's 2014 term draws rapidly to a close this month. But those aren't the only big issues on the justices' plate.<p>Free speech and fair elections. Religious liberty and racial …

Same-sex Marriage

The Supreme Court Could Make Things Much Easier - or Much Harder - for the GOP

<i>First Read is a morning briefing from Meet the Press and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.</i><p><b>How the Supreme Court could make things easier -- or harder -- for the GOP</b><p>Later this month, the Supreme Court is set to deliver rulings on two cases -- …

Government

GOP Chief Is Bailing Out the Surveillance State, Top Democrats Say

The Senate’s Republican leader is pushing to give the government new authorities to snoop. Some civil libertarians are calling it ‘Patriot Act …

Surveillance

Pacific islanders try to stop US military's plans for a simulated war zone

If the Pentagon gets its way, a pair of idyllic Pacific islands have just two years before their tranquillity is pierced by the roar of US B-52 bombers, fighter jets and artillery fire.<p>Faced with the destruction of their homeland, residents are to take their appeal directly to Barack Obama in an …

Military

Supreme Court strikes down 'born in Jerusalem' passport law

WASHINGTON (AP) — Siding with the White House in a foreign-policy power struggle with Congress, the Supreme Court ruled Monday that Americans born in …

Israel

Stocks crashed the last 2 times this happened

Cheap debt is sloshing through the system while yield-hungry investors offer their first-born to earn 5%.<p>And this cheap debt, along with vertigo-inducing stock valuations, has created the largest M&A boom the US has ever seen, with May setting a record.<p>There may be a sense of desperation among CEOs …

More U.S. Oil Production Enhances U.S. Energy Security

Shale oil development has increased U.S. crude production over by 80% since 2008 and 7% this year alone to around 9.3 million b/d. This growth continues to lower our imported petroleum requirement, long the main energy security issue that we’ve faced. In particular, U.S. oil imports from riskier …

Oil

New call-in line helps business leaders shape Texas laws

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens has never been shy about buttonholing elected officials, but it's seldom been easier since Texas' …

Government

FBI had investigated accused Texas gunman for years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Since 2006, the FBI had been investigating Elton Simpson — one of the men suspected in the Texas shootings outside a contest …

U.S. Federal Courts

The great unraveling of globalization

In late 2013, Cisco chief executive John Chambers used a portentous phrase while telling analysts that sales in emerging markets were spiraling downward, forcing the networking equipment company to cut its three- to five-year revenue growth target: “We’re the canary in the coal mine.”<p>It was meant …

World Economy

Rubio hopes Japan's Abe addresses 'comfort women' rift

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio warned Tuesday that China is exploiting a rift between Japan and South Korea over …

Japan

Obamacare repeal falls off Republicans' to-do list as law takes hold

After five years and more than 50 votes in<p>Congress, theRepublicancampaign to repeal theAffordable Care Actis essentially over.<p>GOP congressional leaders, unable to roll back the law while President<p>Obamaremains in office and unwilling to again threaten a government shutdown to pressure him, are …

Health Care

Illinois congressman defends $10K NYC trip with staff

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois congressman again was forced to defend his travel and spending habits Monday after a report emerged that he spent more …

Corruption

Alabama GOP proposes bill to let judges opt out of marrying gay couples — and Jews and Muslims too!

<b>(Jiri Hera via Shutterstock)</b><p>The state’s desperate fight against marriage equality is actually just getting sad (but still scary)<p>Jenny Kutner<p>March 5, 2015 9:10pm (UTC)<p>Alabama is in turmoil this week over conflicting rulings on the state's same-sex marriage ban, but Republicans' last-ditch efforts to …

LGBTQI

In Israel, biracial German author probes her Nazi heritage

JERUSALEM (AP) — When Jennifer Teege stumbled upon a book in a Hamburg library seven years ago, the biracial German woman who was given up for …

Steven Spielberg

Jeb’s ugly Iraq revisionism: Laying the failure of his brother’s war on Obama

Jeb Bush says mistakes were made in Iraq, but his courageous brother fixed it all up before Obama ruined everything<p>You got the feeling that Jeb Bush’s big foreign policy speech was going to be something special when, less than two minutes in, he attacked the Obama administration’s “approach to …

Do not send foreign troops here, warns Libya's air force commander

Saqr al-Joroushi warns that foreign boots on the ground would cause Libyans to unite against them and increase country's woes<p>The commander of Libya's air force has warned against sending foreign troops to halt the country's slide into chaos.<p>Saqr al-Joroushi said such a move would not be welcomed by …