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Will California's end-of-life law push lethal drugs over costlier care?

Terminally ill cancer patient Barbara Wagner's doctor wrote a prescription several years ago intended to extend her life a few extra months. But Oregon's government-run healthcare program declined to pay for the pricey drug, saying the projected odds of the medicine's keeping her alive were too low.<p>…

Dolphin die-off in Gulf of Mexico spurred by BP oil spill: scientists | Reuters

TAMPA, Fla. (Reuters) - A record dolphin die-off in the northern Gulf of Mexico was caused by the largest oil spill in U.S. history, researchers said on Wednesday, citing a new study that found many of the dolphins died with rare lesions linked to petroleum exposure.<p>Louisiana Department of Wildlife …

What If Everybody Didn't Have to Work to Get Paid?

Advocates say that a guaranteed basic income can lead to more creative, fulfilling work. The question is how to fund it.<p>Scott Santens has been thinking a lot about fish lately. Specifically, he’s been reflecting on the aphorism, “If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. If you teach a man to …

Income Inequality

Son challenges Belgian law after mother’s 'mercy killing’

Tom Mortier, whose mother was killed by lethal injection at her own request due to depression in a Brussels hospital in April 2012, takes landmark euthanasia case to European Court of Human Rights<p>A Belgian man is going to the European Court of Human Rights after his depressed mother was killed by …

Human Rights

The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think

It is now one hundred years since drugs were first banned -- and all through this long century of waging war on drugs, we have been told a story about addiction by our teachers and by our governments. This story is so deeply ingrained in our minds that we take it for granted. It seems obvious. It …

Obama wants community college to be free

Free education "for those willing to work for it."<p>That's what President Obama announced Friday in a bid to make the first two years of community college free for "responsible" students.<p>The president announced the proposal at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., a significant …

These GIFs Show the Freakishly High Definition Future of Body Scanning

General Electric<p>1 of 4<p>General Electric released images on Wednesday from its first clinical trial of a next generation body scanner that captures …

Climate Change: The Rising Cost | Earth Focus

Episode 70<p>(Earth Focus: Episode 70) The cost of climate change is rising and its consequences are increasingly threatening our national security. …

12 of the Most Impressive Tiny Houses You've Ever Seen

These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal.<p>These homes may be small, but they have huge appeal. This piece originally appeared on CountryLiving.com.

Living Rooms

A Bullet Train Could Connect Dallas And Houston

The Texas Central Railway Company plans to use private investment and Central Japan Railway bullet train technology to run a line between two of the largest U.S. cities. Company officials say service could begin in 2021.<p>"If we can't do it in Texas, I don't know where in the United States you could …

'Billionaires' Book Review: Money Can't Buy Happiness

<i>Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust</i> by Darrell M. West (Brookings)<p>When I was fourteen I met a man with a talent for restoring a sense of …

Michael Brown: Unarmed man killed by police (Opinion) - CNN.com

<i>Editor's note: LZ Granderson is a CNN contributor, a senior writer for ESPN and a lecturer at Northwestern University. He is a former Hechinger Institute fellow and his commentary has been recognized by the Online News Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the National</i> …

Vermont OKs assisted suicide bill

The approval of an assisted suicide bill in Vermont brings to a close a 10-year battle in the state over the issue and delivers the third state-level victory for advocates seeking to advance the policy nationwide.<p>But the national implications for the bill — which won legislative approval Monday …

Study: Many suicidal kids have access to guns at home

Nearly 20% of children and young people at risk for suicide say there's a gun in their home, new research shows. And among these youth, 15% know how to get their hands on both the gun and bullets.<p>Nearly 20% of children and young people at risk for suicide say there's a gun in their home, new …

Peers Find Less Pressure Borrowing From Each Other

The Internet has managed to disrupt many industries, from publishing to music. So why not lending?<p>Google is teaming up with the nation's largest peer-to-peer lender. The search and tech giant is investing $125 million in Lending Club, which gets borrowers and lenders together outside the …

Vermont Assisted Suicide Bill Passes State Senate

Vermonters in favor of doctor-assisted suicides are one step closer to seeing legislation enacted.<p>The Vermont State Senate voted 17-13 on Wednesday to pass the Patient Choice and Control at End Of Life Act. S. 77's stated purpose is to "allow, subject to appropriate safeguards, a mentally competent …