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Deadline for train safety technology undercut by industry lobbying

Until a train barreled off the tracks at 9:26 p.m. on May 12, it had been business as usual on Capitol Hill. Among the bills quietly making their way toward a final vote was one that would postpone by several years a multibillion-<br>dollar safety-enhancement deadline facing the railroad industry.<p>A …

Trains

New York inmates defeat Harvard debate team

<b>(CNN) —</b> In a debate between Harvard College students and those from any other college, some might guess that the Harvard students would win. And if the other side was a group of inmates at a maximum-security prison? Maybe even more so.<p>That would be a mistake.<p>Inmates from the Eastern New York …

Crime

At the Reagan Library for debate, wannabes with little in common with Reagan

In Wednesday's Republican presidential debate at the Reagan Library, candidates will no doubt claim that, if elected president, they would conduct themselves as Ronald Reagan did. That's a sound political move, given that 90% of Republicans and 60% of Americans view Reagan as an outstanding or …

Which is the cleanest city in the world?

Definitions of cleanliness can, of course, be very different across the world. I’ve seen people spitting on pristine streets in China, and broken pots left to decay neatly by the roadside in Africa. Monaco provides dispensers with free bags for cleaning up after your dog, but some visitors are …

Lee Kuan Yew

How Google Finally Got Design

Google’s transformation into a company that creates beautiful software is the story of how tech itself has evolved in the mobile era.<p>It would have been crazy to say just a few years ago. But today, Google produces better-designed software than any other tech behemoth. If you don’t believe that, …

Fortune.com

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What we get wrong about Iran

<b>(CNN) —</b> "Welcome America," exclaimed the smiling Iranian official at passport control when I arrived at 2:30 a.m. in Shiraz, Iran. They weren't the first words I expected to hear in a country known for its "Death to America" slogans. But the greeting was only the first of many reminders on my …

Putin’s Victory Day, Not My Grandmother’s

As my grandmother lay dying in Moscow last month, her live-in caretaker, a former math instructor from Ukraine who had come to love my grandmother in the six years she had been with us, wrote in a Skype message to me: “The ambulance comes really fast now and doctors are under orders to pay special …

To break the cycle of poverty in Baltimore, fix the culture of poverty

Neighborhoods matter.<p>That's the upshot of two fascinating new studies from Harvard economist<p>Raj Chettyand his colleagues. In the 1990s, the federal government launched an experiment, called the Moving to Opportunity project. It created a lottery for housing vouchers that would allow the winners to …

Australia Is Trying to Get Refugees to Resettle in Cambodia and Unsurprisingly They Refuse to Go

Some 750 asylum seekers living in Australian government detention on the tiny Pacific island nation of Nauru face an impossible choice. They can stay …

'When a Nation Is Threatened, Democracy Is an Impossible Dream'

Why a nuclear deal with Iran would be a victory for human rights<p>Last week, Akbar Ganji wrote one of the most important essays published since the signing of the framework nuclear deal with Iran earlier this month. It’s partly important because of who Ganji is. Imprisoned in 2001 for accusing …

Human Rights

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Party leaders make joint climate commitment

<b>The UK's political leaders have pledged to work together to combat climate change, whatever the election result.</b><p>In a joint statement, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg said climate change was one of the most serious threats facing the world.<p>They said climate change threatens not just the …

Lawmakers take step toward fulfilling state climate change goals

State lawmakers are preparing a sweeping package of bills that would fulfill several of Gov.<p>Jerry Brown's climate change objectives by increasing California's reliance on renewable energy and alternative transportation fuels.<p>The proposals would also require state pension funds, the two largest …

Pakistanis View Obama's India Visit With A Touch Of Irritation

A black and white photograph captures a scene that could never happen today.<p>It shows an American president riding through the streets of a city in Pakistan in a gleaming horse-drawn carriage, as if he's the Queen of England.<p>The city is Karachi, in the days when American visitors were not obliged by …

Global warming made 2014 a record hot year – in animated graphics

NASA and NOAA have just reported that global surface temperatures in 2014 were the hottest on record. That also means 2014 was likely the hottest the Earth has been in millennia, and perhaps as much as 100,000 years.<p>But what’s really remarkable is that 2014 set this record without the aid of an El …

Global Warming

AirAsia plane found in Java Sea: as it happened

Indonesian officials sighted items from the missing AirAsia plane, including an emergency slide and a plane door, have been sighted - along with bodies<p><b>• Indonesian authorities confirm debris is from plane</b> <b><br>• Australian planes spot objects in sea in AirAsia search area</b> <b><br>• Pilot had asked to change route</b> …

Canada police: 9 dead in 3 crime scenes

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nine people, including seven adults and two young children, were found dead at three separate crime scenes in what …

Watch: Italian helicopters sent to migrant cargo ship believed to be holding gunmen

Italy sends helicopters to cargo ship carrying hundreds of migrants amid unconfirmed reports of gunmen on board<p><b>Italian</b>authorities sent two helicopters Tuesday to meet a cargo ship <b>carrying hundreds of migrants</b>after a passenger sent a distress call earlier when the ship was off Greece.<p>The operation …

Flu Epidemic Hits U.S. Early This Year

The annual influenza epidemic has hit the U.S. a bit early this season, and it’s already putting thousands of people into the hospital.<p>The latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows “elevated” flu activity in all parts of the country, even though flu season historically …

Paris plans New Year’s Eve spectacle to rival Sydney and New York

Every New Year’s Eve at midnight, the glitter ball drops in New York’s Times Square and fireworks explode over the Thames in London and the Sydney Opera House. But in Paris – nothing.<p>That will change this year, when the French party poopers will at last join the global midnight …

Swedish mosque set ablaze in second suspected arson attack in a week

Special security forces in Sweden are hunting suspected arsonists after fires at two mosques.<p>The blazes follow a period of increased tension in the country, as politicians struggle to stem the rise of the anti-immigrant far right.<p>The Säpo were called in after a blaze at a mosque in the southern …

Know Right Now: The Missing AirAsia Jet

AirAsia QZ 8501 went missing on Sunday morning with 162 people on board.<p>This is the second time this year a Malaysian airline’s plane has gone …

Al Jazeera journalists in Cairo 'unlikely to be freed soon'

Peter Greste, the Al Jazeera journalist who has spent the past year in prison, may not be released for a while, Australia's foreign minister has warned<p>Hopes are fading for the release of Australian journalist Peter Greste, who has been in jail in <b>Egypt</b> for a year, after Cairo sent mixed signals …