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Officials begin tracing contacts of Texas patient diagnosed with Ebola

A man who traveled from Liberia to visit family members in Texas tested positive for<p>Ebola on Tuesday, marking the outbreak's first diagnosis outside of Africa, health officials said.<p>The unidentified patient, who is critically ill, has been cared for in a special isolation ward at Texas Health …

Millionaires Support Four-Day Workweek

Wealth, we hear constantly, comes from hard work. But Google chief Larry Page — no slouch in the wealth department — says the workweek should be shorter. So do most millionaires who commented in a recent survey. In a discussion with tech investor Vinod Khosla, Page said "the idea that everyone …

Chibok abductions: Nigeria's Goodluck Jonathan under pressure

<b>With some 187 girls still missing two weeks after they were abducted from a school in north-eastern Nigeria, the government is under growing pressure, reports BBC Nigeria correspondent Will Ross.</b><p>The agonising wait goes on. Almost two weeks after they were driven away from their boarding school in …

Africa

'CIA lied to justify torture programme', US Senate report to claim

US Senate committee will vote on Thursday to declassify 400-page summary of damning review exposing failings and exaggerations in the CIA's post-September 11 torture and rendition programme<p>The CIA lied and exaggerated about its secret kidnap and interrogation programme in the years after September …

Minimum Wage Was Once Enough To Keep a Family of 3 Out of Poverty

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Arizona Ignored 6,000 Cases of Reported Child Abuse

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Approximately 6,000 cases of suspected child abuse reported to an Arizona state hotline over the …

Face It: America Is Likely to Torture Again

The taboo surrounding it hasn't recovered from the Bush years—and helping to reestablish it is our generation's responsibility.<p>Is torture ethical? Should the United States torture prisoners in its custody? A generation ago, an ambitious politician would have known how to answer those questions. …

South London slave investigation: as it happened

Investigations continue following the rescue of 69-year-old Malaysian woman, 57-year-old Irish woman and 30-year-old British woman by Met Police after being held captive for 30 years<p>• <b>Three women 'held as slaves' in south London</b><br>• <b>Minister warns cases of slavery in UK will increase</b><br>• <b>The daring</b> …

Home Ownership

5 signs the rich have way too much money

You know our economic system is out of whack when someone can buy a $5,000 hamburger or a $500 milkshake<p>Here's something to read after you get done trying to figure out how to make the mortgage or the rent or the car payment this month. It's a little story about how the other half lives. Well, …

What the Chomsky-Žižek debate tells us about Snowden's NSA revelations

Rather than backing one or the other thinker, why not embrace both to inform a leftist critique of the surveillance scandal?<p>"Disagreement is not the conflict between one who says white and another who says black. It is the conflict between one who says white and another who also says white but does …

Pope Francis defends atheists

Atheists and other nonbelievers largely welcomed Wednesday's (May 22) remarks by Pope Francis that performing "good works" is not the exclusive domain of people of faith, but rather a place where they and atheists could and should meet.<p>In a private homily, Francis described doing good not as a …

Plants Can Talk

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Just when moral vegetarians thought their meal of choice wasn't sentient, it turns out that plants …

The Net Party Aims to Create a New UI for Democracy in Argentina

Assuming his microphone was off and the camera no longer rolling, the Argentine Finance Minister berated the foreign journalist for asking questions about inflation. “But if I can’t ask you about inflation, who am I supposed to ask?,” the reporter wondered. The minister then muttered the words that …

'Time Crystals' Could Upend Physicists' Theory of Time

In February 2012, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist Frank Wilczek decided to go public with a strange and, he worried, somewhat embarrassing idea. …

The Most Profitable Businesses to Start

(An updated list of the most profitable industries is available here, and a more recent list of new-business ideas is here.)<p>One of the first questions to ask before starting a business is, “Can I make money in this industry?”<p>While that may seem obvious, some people confuse sales growth with …

If this was a pill, you’d do anything to get it

<i>Update, 7/1/2013: Today was the day that Health Quality Partners -- the wildly successful Medicare experiment I profiled back in April -- was supposed to shut down. But on Thursday, Medicare hit "snooze" on the doomsday clock. HQP, they said, could have another 18 months. Here's their</i> …

Weekly Meditations for Healthy Sex (March 29 - April 4)

It's vital for mindful acts of emotional and spiritual intimacy to steadily develop as a daily practice for healthy sex. To that end, Center for Healthy Sex has created daily meditations to help you reach your sexual and relational potential. (You can subscribe for free here.)<p>Even momentarily …

Jon Stewart: Why Are Conservatives So Obsessed With People Having Sex With Animals?

Last night on the <i>Daily Show</i> Jon Stewart was having some fun with the GOP’s efforts to rebrand itself and the struggle it’s having with the “bible thumpers” — the very people Bill O’Reilly has been railing against often of late — within the party when he noted an all too common theme inherent in …

John Kerry hints at Iran nuclear negotiations deadline after talks stall

US secretary of state John Kerry said Sunday that the door remained open for a diplomatic solution to Iran's nuclear ambitions but that talks could …

To crack human brain's code, a search for visionaries | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - To crack the code of the human brain, Cori Bargmann figures it’s best to keep an open mind.<p>William Newsome, a neurobiologist at Stanford Medical School, shown in this undated handout publicity photograph, is one of two co-chairs of a scientific "dream team" making the first …

'We're Going to Have a Crisis': David Stockman's Stark Warning for America

The onetime Reagan budget chief has gone from supply-side guru to prophet of doom -- and his new book predicts stormy times ahead for the U.S.<p>David Stockman, formerly a leading conservative Reaganite, now blames some of the economic program that he once supported for the 2008 meltdown and sluggish …

Camp Nama: British personnel reveal horrors of secret US base in Baghdad

British soldiers and airmen who helped to operate a secretive US detention facility in Baghdad that was at the centre of some of the most serious …

Economics

Are Drone Strikes Killing Terrorists or Creating Them?

What the evidence says about one of the biggest questions in the debate over targeted killings.<p>There's been a lot of chatter recently about "Out of Sight, Out of Mind," a new online infographic which shows a chilling visualization of all estimated deaths in Pakistan caused by U.S. drone strikes, …