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Abortion in Europe and America: To understand the difference, you can’t ignore religion.

The latest microtrend in anti-choice rhetoric is playing gotcha with the liberals by claiming that "even" the super-liberal socialist paradise of …

World War II Researchers Say 'Italian Schindler' Was A Myth

A group of Italian researchers who have studied troves of World War II documents have found no evidence that Giovanni Palatucci, a police official long credited as the "Italian Schindler," saved the lives of 5,000 Jews.<p>The findings are demolishing the Italian national icon and angering supporters …

15 Years Later, Tawana Brawley Has Paid 1 Percent Of Penalty

It was 1987 when a black teenager, Tawana Brawley, said she had been raped and kidnapped by a group of white men in Dutchess County, N.Y.<p>Her story of being attacked, scrawled with racial slurs, smeared with feces and left beside a road wrapped in a plastic bag made front pages across the nation — …

Texas' Democratic Darling Will Decide On Governor's Race Soon

Official Washington has fled for dog-day vacations few deserved, leaving the nation's capital a bit languid and bereft of news.<p>Enter, as if on cue, Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis of abortion bill filibuster fame, with a speech Monday at the National Press Club.<p>She's the Democratic Party's newest …

How John McCain Got His Groove Back

All of a sudden, Sen. John McCain matters again.<p>It's not like he disappeared. But after being sidelined for a time by his 2008 defeat in the presidential election against Barack Obama, the Arizona Republican has re-emerged as one of Obama's most important allies in the Senate.<p>McCain took the lead …

Wendy Davis Faces Uphill Battle If She Runs For Texas Governor

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis, who famously filibustered a state abortion bill, spoke at the National Press Club on Monday about politics and her plans.<p>Transcript<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:<p>It's not often that a state senator draws the attention of the national news media, but Texas Democrat Wendy Davis did …

From Cops To Lawyers, Indian Country Copes With High Crime

Arizona's Monument Valley is known for its red sandstone buttes and spires, but now it's notorious for something else: crime. The Navajo Nation is one of the most violent reservations in the country. According to FBI reports, over the past five years, more rapes were reported on the Navajo Nation …

The Racial Backdrop Of The Tawana Brawley Case

As our colleagues at The Two-Way reported, Tawana Brawley, the central figure in one of the most bizarre and racially polarizing cases in New York City's recent history, has begun to pay part of the more than $430,000 judgment against her.<p>Brawley accused a group of men of having raped her …

Trade Case Puts Apple In Washington's Sights

Apple has been notoriously disinterested in Washington politics. But two decisions coming from the Obama administration in the past few days indicate that Washington is increasingly interested in Apple.<p>Apple got some good news this weekend when U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman stepped in …

With Budgets Tight, Small Towns Go Without Courthouses

In the small town of Coalinga, Calif., on the corner of 6th and Elm streets, the Fresno County Superior Court's old courthouse is still. Inside, veteran police Lt. Darren Blevins gestures inside an empty courtroom.<p>"In the past, when we actually had court in here, over on this wall here was the …

'Depart Immediately,' State Dept. Tells Americans In Yemen

Warning that "the security threat level in Yemen is extremely high," the State Department is urging any Americans in that country to "depart immediately."<p>The ominous advisory follows the "temporary shutdowns of 19 American diplomatic posts across the Middle East and Africa," The Associated Press …

Boy Who Was Parents' Best Man Saturday Has Died

Logan Stevenson, the terminally ill two-year-old who acted as best man at his parents' wedding Saturday, has died, according to media reports and his mother's Facebook page. The family's story touched many people who learned about Logan's parents' rush to get married in time for him to be part of …

Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter?

In one week, voters in New Jersey go to the polls in a special primary election for a U.S. Senate seat.<p>No one on the ballot has more name recognition than Cory Booker, the 44-year-old mayor of Newark, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. But Booker's critics say he's been more …

Fear Of Clowns: Yes, It's Real

Warning: The following story may be upsetting to some people.<p>That's because it's about clowns.<p>Yes, clowns. Painted white faces, red lips, receding hairlines with tufts of wild hair, and — of course — the red foam nose. Fun for all ages, yet plenty of people are downright scared of them. There's …

Book News: 'Hunger Games'-Themed Camp Opens In Florida

<i>The daily lowdown on books, publishing and the occasional author behaving badly.</i><p>A <i>Hunger Games</i>-themed summer camp that culminates in a tournament at which children fight to the "death" (not literally, of course) has opened in Florida. The camp hosted by the Country Day School in Largo is inspired by …

American Tourist Accidentally Breaks Statue

Just about every museum in the world has the same rule: no touching. A rule one man failed to observe on a family vacation to Florence, Italy. He was comparing his own finger to the fingers on a 600-year-old statue when he nudged its ancient pinky and it snapped right off.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, …

In Some Cities, Gays Face Greater Risk Of Becoming Homeless

Tim Oviatt was once a successful businessman. For 32 years, he owned an apparel store in San Francisco called All American Boy.<p>"If you wore my logo T-shirt, people knew you were gay all over the world," he says.<p>Now, Oviatt finds himself symbolizing something stark about the gay community. Having …

Oh Snap! U.S. Tourist Breaks Finger Off 600-Year-Old Statue

Add this to the list of damages done in recent years to important pieces of art:<p>"An American tourist in Italy has generated shock and outrage by snapping the finger off a 600-year-old statue at a museum in Florence." (NBC News)<p>Sky News says the "hapless" tourist "could face a hefty fine." According …

Are Race-Based Goals In Education Helpful?

While civil rights groups are critical of Florida's race-based education goals, the policy's defenders argue that it sets ambitious - but realistic - achievement targets. Host Michel Martin talks with Krista Kafer, chief of the policy group Colorado's Future Project.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>We …

Are Lower School Achievement Levels A Civil Rights Issue?

Does setting lower achievement levels for minorities help or hurt students? Host Michel Martin talks with Jerri Katzerman of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The organization recently filed a civil rights complaint against the Florida Department of Education.<p>Transcript<p>MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:<p>This is …

If You Could Live To 120, Would You Really Want To?

We're all getting older. And in the U.S., the population is aging pretty quickly.<p>Obesity, sedentary lifestyles and all, we can expect to live longer than ever.<p>An American boy born in 2008, for instance, can expect to live to the ripe old age of 75, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. For girls, …

Bring Home The Bacon Or Put It In A Meat Locker?

Why buy 1 pound of hamburger meat from a local farmer when you can buy 5 pounds — plus another 20 pounds of stew meat, steaks and roast — for as little as half the price of what it all goes for at the market?<p>That's part of the logic behind meat shares — plans for buying meat in bulk that are …

For One-Time Tech Exec, Leading D.C. Charity Is No Small Job

On a recent morning, Patty Stonesifer sat cross-legged on the floor of a day care classroom, laughing as pre-schoolers clambered into a fire truck made out of a cardboard carton.<p>This is a far cry from Stonesifer's old life. She made her fortune in the tech world, where she rose through the ranks at …

Military Veterans Accuse San Diego Mayor Of Sexual Harassment

Two military veterans are the latest women making allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.<p>Eldonna Fernandez, a retired master sergeant from the Air Force, and Gerri Tindley, an Army veteran, said Filner made unwanted advances back when Filner was serving his 10th term as a U.S. congressman …

California's New Rules Could Change The Rideshare Game

By now, you've probably heard of Internet-based ridesharing apps like Uber and Sidecar that let you hail a ride with the touch of a screen. They're often cheaper than taxis and because of that, they're in most major cities and their popularity is booming.<p>For years, cities and states — bodies that …

The 787 Returns, And Boeing Is Watching Its Every Move

Aviation experts continue to follow up on a number of recent accidents and incidents: the Asiana crash; a botched landing by a Southwest jet; and problems with an emergency beacon on a Boeing 787.<p>The entire fleet of 787s was grounded earlier this year for battery problems. Now, the aircraft are …

Science Rap B.A.T.T.L.E.S. Bring Hip-Hop Into The Classroom

Source: NPR<p>Credit: Adam Cole, Maggie Starbard, Ben de la Cruz<p><i>This story comes to us from our friends at the science desk. They produced the 7-minute video documentary you see above.</i><p>"Modern-day rappers — all they talk about is money, and all these unnecessary and irrelevant topics," says Victoria …

Sioux Falls' Rapid Business Growth Gains National Attention

Sioux Falls, S.D., gains thousands of new residents each year. Leaders point to business opportunities, diversity and quality of life as reasons for its growth. This kind of boom comes with conflict, and Sioux Falls faces challenges to continuing development.<p>Transcript<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:<p>Let's …