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Gun control: Obama set on signing 'strongest' bill as Congress returns

President Barack Obama is set on signing the "strongest bill" possible on gun control, a White House aide said Sunday amid fears of watered down …

Animal cruelty whistleblowers targeted by chilling state laws

Animal rights activists are at risk of losing <i>their</i> right to covertly film the abuse of farm animals in several states, reports <i>The New York Times</i>. Some state legislatures have proposed or enacted bills that make it illegal to videotape livestock farms, while others have sought to force activists to …

Sluggish jobs report may further slow stock market

NEW YORK – The stock market's robust rally was slowing even before Friday's jobs report, but the red flag sent up by the weak data makes the path to more gains less secure.<p>It means the bulls will have to look to earnings for a way to keep the rally going. The S&P 500 hit an all-time closing high on …

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How the 'System of Beauty' Hurts Female Politicians

Talking about their looks makes women running for office seem less competent, less effective, and less qualified -- even when it's just praise and compliments.<p>A study released Monday sheds new light on last week's foofaraw over President Obama's comment that his friend and supporter California …

Some Gun Control Opponents Cite Fear Of Government Tyranny

As the Senate returns from a two-week spring recess Monday, topping its agenda is legislation to try to curb the kind of gun violence that took the lives of 20 first-graders in Connecticut last December.<p>Recent polls show broad popular support for enhanced background checks and bans on …

North Korea suspected of preparing for nuclear test

North Korea could be preparing to conduct a fourth nuclear test, following signs of activity at the country's main testing site, South Korea's …

Is There a Secret Nutella Black Market?

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>For some (tasty) reason, thieves in the German town of Bad Hersfeld spirited away some 5.5 tons of …

Palm Oil for the West, Exploitation for Young Workers in Malaysia

As demand for the substance grows, thousands of child workers toil in the palm fruit trade.<p>Jason Motlagh<p>Squinting under the bill of his baseball cap, Leonary Marcus scans the treetops for ripe clusters of palm fruit to hack down with the aluminum scythe hanging from his shoulder. When a flame-red …

Complaints Soar, But Airlines' Quality Rating Stays High

In what would seem to be a contradiction, a respected study says that the quality of service provided by U.S. airlines remained near an all-time high last year even as passengers' complaints soared 22 percent.<p>The 2013 Airline Quality Rating Report from researchers at Purdue University and Wichita …