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McDonald v. Chicago

In the case of McDonald v. Chicago, the Supreme Court struck down two restrictive handgun laws in Chicago, Ill. and Oak Park, a nearby suburb. Here are 5 things you need to know about the ruling.

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The iPhone 4

It’s shiny, new, and emblazoned with the Apple logo. But is the iPhone 4 better than ever? The reviews are positive, but user reception is mixed. Pun intended. Design With a flat design and a wraparound stainless steel antenna along the outside edge of the phone, the look has been updated. The phone also boasts [...]

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Bloody Sunday

Yesterday, British Prime Minister David Cameron belatedly apologized for death of 14 civil rights demonstrators who were killed by British soldiers in Northern Ireland in 1972, on a day that became known as Bloody Sunday.

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The World Cup

Africa’s first-ever World Cup starts this week in South Africa. But can the games rejuvenate the Rainbow Nation’s economy and spirit?

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The Bhopal disaster

An Indian court has finally convicted seven executives in the deadly Bhopal chemical leak, nearly 26 years after the incident. Here’s what you need to know about the case.

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Cell phone radiation

According to the National Cancer Institute, cell phones emit radiofrequency waves, a form of electromagnetic radiation that’s been classified as a possible human carcinogen. High exposures to electromagnetic frequencies can double the rates of childhood leukemia, the World Health Organization states. Electromagnetic radiation is naturally occurring — once upon a time, the sun provided the [...]

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Red meat

Good news for backyard barbecuers as we head into Memorial Day weekend: Red meat may not be totally bad for you. Here are 5 things you need to know.

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Massey CEO Don Blankenship

As Massey CEO Don Blankenship heads to Capitol Hill testify before the Senate, here are five things you need to know about West Virginia’s 21st century coal baron.

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Juvenile life sentences

The Supreme Court has banned life sentences for youths in cases that do not involve murder.

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BPAs in baby bottles

Bisphenol A or BPA, a chemical used in the production of polycarbonate plastics, is found in packaging such as baby and water bottles. Studies have shown that infants are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of BPA, which include potential developmental effects, behavioral changes, cancer risks and, in females, early-onset puberty. In 2008, the Canadian [...]

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Elena Kagan

President Obama just named U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan as his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. If Kagan is confirmed, there’ll be more women on the bench than ever before. Here are five things you need to know about Elena Kagan: 1. Kagan’s long legal career includes little trial experience and [...]

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Privacy on Facebook

Facebook’s new “instant personalization” is sharing supposedly private information with third-party developers without users’ permission. Here’s what you can — and can’t — do about it.

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The Gulf oil spill

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been front page news since April 20, but here are five things that you might not know about the spill.

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New gift-card rules

Five things you need to know about the Federal Reserve’s new rules governing gift cards.

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The French diet

Mireille Guiliano, author of the “French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook,” shares her five essential tips for eating (and staying svelte) like the French.