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Homelessness hit 1 in 30 U.S. children last year: study

Nov 18, 2014

Homelessness hit 1 in 30 U.S. children last year: study

A “historic high” of nearly 2.5 million children in the United States, or 1 in every 30 kids, experienced homelessness last year, according to a new study released Monday. The number reflects the national rate of poverty and a lack of affordable housing, among ...

Nov 18, 2014

Gay marriage issue squarely before U.S. Supreme Court

A same-sex couple from the state of Michigan is putting the question of the right to marry nationwide squarely before the U.S. Supreme Court. The couple’s plea to be allowed to marry was being filed Monday. It asks the justices to hold that state ...

Health woes plague Nepalese organ donors

Nov 17, 2014

Health woes plague Nepalese organ donors

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a ...

U.S. businesses tap into trend for bigger butts

Nov 12, 2014

U.S. businesses tap into trend for bigger butts

Gym classes that promise a plump posterior are in high demand. A surgery that pumps fat into the buttocks is gaining popularity. And padded panties that give the appearance of a rounder rump are selling out. The U.S. booty business is getting a big ...

Saudi Arabia may ease ban on women driving

Nov 8, 2014

Saudi Arabia may ease ban on women driving

The Saudi king’s advisory council has recommended that the government lift its ban on female drivers, a member of the council said Friday. The change would apply only to women over 30, and they must be off the road by 8 p.m. and could ...

Nov 6, 2014

Pope mulls removing marriage annulment charges

Pope Francis on Wednesday denounced the hardships Catholics can face when seeking marriage annulments, revealing he once fired an official who tried to charge thousands of dollars for one. Francis told participants at a Vatican course for officials dealing with annulments that as bishop ...

Nov 2, 2014

After nationwide blackout, Bangladesh's power supply is restored

Power was back on across Bangladesh on Sunday, a day after the impoverished, energy-starved nation was plunged into a nationwide blackout when the transmission line from neighboring India failed, officials said. The country’s energy grid was fully restored, and any further problems that may ...