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Nation Nov 25What do the newly released witness statements tell us about the Michael Brown shooting?
We read more than 500 hundred pages of this witness testimony and compared each statement to the statement given by officer Wilson. Below is a chart comparing several key details of the officer’s report to the statements of the 24…
Nation Nov 24Demonstrations nationwide planned following grand jury announcement
From Boston to Portland, Oregon, social media users in more than 120 cities across the United States and in Canada took to Twitter and Tumblr with details on marches and prayer vigils following the Ferguson grand jury announcement.
World Nov 2025 percent of people worldwide still get fecally contaminated water
Out of the world's population of 7.3 billion people, about one-quarter of them drink water from sources polluted with fecal matter, and one billion people practice open defacation. That number is especially high in rural parts of the world, where…
World Nov 17UN report: More young people alive today than ever before
A United Nations report says that more young people between the ages of 10 and 24 are alive today than ever before, a demographic shift that both poses challenges and offers potential benefits.
Politics Nov 13Who are the incoming members of Congress?
Nearly three-quarters of incoming representatives and about 90 percent of all new senators will be Republican in the 114th Congress. In both the House and the Senate, about 80 percent of newly elected politicians will be men, and the new…
Politics Nov 0322 countries where voting is mandatory
Despite all of the U.S. media’s fanfare about Tuesday’s midterm elections, most eligible voters likely will duck their civic duties on Election Day. Historically, nearly one-third fewer U.S. voters show up to the polls during a midterm election than a…
Nation Oct 31Why street harassment happens, and why most people just ignore it
More than half of U.S. women say they've been the target of street harassment. While few people actually admit to committing street harassment, the act is often done with the intent to frighten or dominate the targeted individual.
Nation Oct 28U.S. Postal Service approved nearly 50,000 law enforcement requests to monitor mail
Law enforcement agencies tracked the mail of tens of thousands of Americans in 2013 with the United States Postal Service’s approval.
Politics Oct 275 midterm election myths debunked
Political elections create winners, losers and endless speculation about how to predict and interpret the results from all of those votes. The 2014 midterm elections are no different.
Nation Oct 21Are you driving a car with dangerous airbags?
The U.S. government recently issued an immediate recall for more than 4.7 million vehicles that were installed with defective airbags. However, the consumer website that lists vehicle identification numbers included in the recall did not appear to be working on…