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Health Nov 16Why is the teen birth rate so much higher in rural areas?
For the first time, government researchers studied teen birth rates in rural and urban counties. The differences surprised them.
Nation Nov 10Photos: Across the U.S., protesters denounce election of Donald Trump
Protesters burned flags, beat piñatas, blocked traffic, raised signs and chanted slogans that displayed dismay and outrage at targets spanning from systemic racism to the Electoral College, as well as with fear of what awaits the country after Donald Trump's…
Politics Nov 07Do Americans still support the death penalty?
The four ballot initiatives on the death penalty this year -- one apiece in Nebraska and Oklahoma, and two separate measures in California -- are the most we’ve ever seen in a single election.
Education Oct 21When student loan borrowers complain, it’s most often about this company
About 41 million Americans carry more than $1.3 trillion in outstanding student debt. And millions “needlessly fall behind” on this student loan debt,…
Nation Oct 13Half of all U.S. women say they want to have a child, survey reveals
Between 2013 and 2015, half of nearly 6,000 women age 15 to 44 said they plan to have children, according to the National Survey of Family Growth, considered the gold standard for surveys about family planning in the United States.
Nation Oct 05Supreme Court considers racial discrimination in death penalty case
In 1997, Duane Edward Buck was sentenced to die after he was convicted of killing two people and wounding a third in Houston, Texas. The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today to decide whether Buck received a fair trial.
Nation Sep 29Blacks, whites live in ‘different worlds’ when it comes to police relations
Race plays a major role in the way people view law enforcement in their communities, according to a new study that comes out following several high-profile police killings.
Economy Sep 28After the recession, entrepreneurs are on the rebound, study says
Men still vastly outnumber women 10-to-1 across industrialized nations, according to a new report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Science Sep 27Why are most inventors men?
For 226 years, men led the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the agency that fosters American innovation and entrepreneurship. Enter Michelle Lee, the agency’s first female leader. A Silicon Valley native who built a radio with her father in…
Education Sep 15Are U.S. children getting the best education for the dollar?
A new report compares how much the world's developed countries invest in education from primary school to high school.