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On the Ground in Transnistria, the Tiny Oppressive State That Wants to Join Russia

Western pundits have described the autonomous region of Moldova as the "next Crimea," but is Russia really about to invade?<p><i>A tank monument in Tiraspol, Transnistria. All photos by the author</i><p>“Yes,” she says, handing over a copy of the local paper, “'I like it here in Tiraspol,’” making quote marks …

Russia

Looking at Appalachia | 50 Years After the War on Poverty

<b>Overview</b> <br>In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared unconditional war on poverty in the United States; and nowhere was this war more photographed …

Now There's A Davos Of Education And A $1 Million 'Nobel Prize' For Teachers

The Global Education and Skills Forum convened its second annual conference in Dubai from March 15 to 17th. The forum brought together world leaders, heads of state, international ministers of education, innovators, and experts looking to help solve a “global education crisis.”<p>It was a fascinating …

Associated Press News

An Unidentified Amount of Oil Spilled Into Lake Michigan Last Night

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>British Petroleum confirmed today that a malfunctioning processing unit caused oil to leak from the …

Severance pay for laid-off workers is taxable, Supreme Court rules

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Obama administration in a dispute over taxes on severance compensation, overturning a lower court decision that could have forced the IRS to refund more than $1 billion.<p>The court said that payments to laid-off workers are subject to Social Security and …

Obama Administration

Supreme Court Considers Contraception Mandate

The Supreme Court today showed its deep and familiar ideological rifts over the national health care law, voicing pointed questions and highlighting …

BP refinery leaks oil into Lake Michigan near Chicago

<b>A BP refinery has spilled an undetermined amount of crude oil into Lake Michigan in the US.</b><p>BP said a malfunction caused crude oil to enter the Whiting refinery's cooling water system, which discharges into the lake.<p>US regulators said the spill appeared to be contained by Tuesday evening.<p>The Whiting …

First Asteroid With Rings Discovered

Move over, Saturn—rings aren't just for giant planets anymore.<p>Saturn has rings, of course, and so do the other gas giants of our solar system—Jupiter, Uranus, and Neptune—albeit wispier ones than Saturn's.<p><b>But until now it seemed that only giant planets had the gravity to hold on to the billions of</b> …

Distant new world may point to undiscovered planets in solar system

We learned today that our solar system is larger than we had previously known. A newly discovered, extremely distant dwarf planet with the tentative name of 2012 VP113 was announced. It appears as nothing more than a dot on images but we know a few things about it.<p>For a start, it is approximately …

Brain Changes Suggest Autism Starts In The Womb

The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth.<p>Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for …

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Global executions rose by 15 per cent in 2013

The rise in the known judicial uses of the death penalty was chiefly due to Iraq and Iran<p>The number of known executions worldwide rose to at least 778 last year following a surge in Iraq and Iran, Amnesty International has said, but China remains the world's biggest state executioner by far.<p>Beijing …

U.S. intel: More likelihood Russia will invade eastern Ukraine

A new classified intelligence assessment concludes it is more likely than previously thought that Russian forces will enter eastern Ukraine, CNN has learned.<p>Two administration officials described the assessment but declined to be identified due to the sensitive nature of the information.<p>The …

Justice Scalia Has Some Very Scalia-ish Thoughts on Domestic Violence

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>We don't define domestic violence like we used to, Justice Antonin Scalia wrote in a Supreme Court …

U.N. watchdog urges Obama to review deadly drone policy | Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) - A U.N. human rights watchdog called on the Obama administration on Thursday to review its use of drones to kill suspected al-Qaeda and Taliban militants abroad and reveal how it chose its targets.<p>U.S. President Barack Obama waves after his speech at the Bozar concert hall in …

Nine fired in US nuclear force cheating scandal

<b>The US Air Force has sacked nine mid-level nuclear commanders and will discipline dozens more in a test cheating scandal, officials have said.</b><p>Nearly one in five of the Air Force's nuclear missile officers have been implicated in a ring of cheating on monthly proficiency tests.<p>Air Force Secretary …

America Is The Only Country Where A Child Can Be Sentenced To Life Behind Bars

The United States is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles -- individuals younger than 18 years old -- to life in prison without parole. On Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union and Columbia Law School's Human Rights Institute argued in front of the Inter-American Commission …

Congress Approves Ukraine Aid, Expects Obama Signature This Week

The House and Sen­ate al­most sim­ul­tan­eously passed dif­fer­ent but spir­itu­ally sim­il­ar Ukraine bills Thursday that would co­di­fy sanc­tions …

A UNC Student Got an A- for a 146-Word Plagiarized Essay

There's slacking off in school, and then there's <i>this</i>.<p>What was until now a murky athletic and academic scandal at the University of North Carolina …

Behind Supreme Court Arguments in Hobby Lobby Case

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Russia Says It Doesn't Plan To Invade Ukraine

The Russian troops who are holding Crimea won't be sent into Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says. "We have absolutely no intention of — or interest in — crossing Ukraine's borders," Lavrov told a Russian TV station Saturday, according to a translation by Reuters.<p>The comments from …