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Nation Jun 06Activists in N.J. push to ban child marriage before Christie leaves office
In an effort to make New Jersey the first state to ban child marriage, about 30 protesters outside the statehouse on Thursday dressed as brides with chained hands and tape over their mouths.
Arts Mar 23In new presidential exhibits, slavery takes center stage
Monticello and Montpelier, the former homes of presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, have long been attractions for those looking to learn more about two of America’s founding fathers. But this spring, the two neighboring Virginia presidential museums are looking…
Science Mar 22How are U.S. zoos keeping animals safe?
The past month has seen a plethora of zoo-related violence and injury in the news, raising recurrent questions about what zoos are doing to protect animals.
Nation Mar 14New Jersey lawmakers pass bill banning child marriage
The New Jersey legislature passed a bill Monday that will ban marriage for those under the age of 18 without exception.
Nation Mar 08Bronze girl statue faces off with Wall Street Bull on International Women’s Day
Wednesday morning, the famed Wall Street Bull found something standing in its way: A bronzed little girl, hands on hips and feet set apart, staring down gender inequality.
Nation Mar 01New Lego set to celebrate NASA’s women pioneers
Five women pioneers of NASA are becoming Lego characters. Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, mathematician Katherine Johnson, astronomer Nancy Grace Roman and astronauts Sally Ride, the first woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, are…
Science Mar 01Flocks of birds perish by crashing into new Minnesota Vikings stadium
Scores of birds are dying due to collisions with the new U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, according to a new report from the Audubon Society.
Nation Feb 22Virginia joins global movement to criminalize female circumcision
Virginia’s General Assembly unanimously passed legislation Wednesday to crack down on female genital mutilation, criminalizing the procedure with up to a year of prison. The bill now awaits Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s signature.
World Feb 067 percent of Australia’s Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children
A new report from Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse says 4,400 children were victims between 1980 and 2015.
Politics Feb 03North Carolina’s legislature tried to strip power from the new governor. Will other states do the same?
A similar post-election power grab isn't likely to happen in New Jersey and Virginia, the only two states with gubernatorial races this year, officials said.