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Mar 28, 2015

Arkansas Senate passes religion bill seen as targeting gays

The Arkansas Senate overwhelmingly approved on Friday a Republican-backed bill that, according to its authors, is intended to protect religious freedoms but which critics contend could allow businesses to refuse service to gay people. The Republican governor of Indiana signed into law a similar ...

Mar 26, 2015

U.S. student who led racist chant meets black leaders

A former University of Oklahoma fraternity member caught on video leading a racist chant said Wednesday he’s deeply sorry for his role in the incident and upset and embarrassed that he failed to stop it. The incident caused a national uproar and threw an ...

Utah may use firing squad for executions

Mar 24, 2015

Utah may use firing squad for executions

Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law Monday approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it “a little bit gruesome.” The Republican governor ...

Afghan woman beaten to death by mob buried

Mar 23, 2015

Afghan woman beaten to death by mob buried

Afghan women’s rights activists dressed head-to-toe in black broke with tradition Sunday to carry the coffin of a woman who was beaten to death by a mob in the capital, Kabul, over allegations she had burned a Quran. The mob of men beat 27-year-old ...

Starbucks baristas stop writing 'Race Together' on cups

Mar 23, 2015

Starbucks baristas stop writing 'Race Together' on cups

Starbucks baristas will no longer write “Race Together” on customers’ cups starting Sunday, ending as planned a visible component of the company’s diversity and racial inequality campaign that had sparked widespread criticism in the week since it took effect. The coffee chain’s initiative will ...

Mar 21, 2015

Gruesome U.S. case highlights fetal homicide laws

The gruesome case of a woman accused of cutting open the belly of a pregnant woman and removing her unborn baby girl is reviving a highly-charged debate in the U.S. over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being. The abortion debate ...

Mar 17, 2015

Young adults want news, not the newspaper: study

America’s young adults want news, but few want to read a newspaper. And most stumble onto news while on Facebook or other social networks. Those are among the findings of a survey released Monday of 18- to 34-year-olds by a project of the American ...

Maine educator awarded $1 million Global Teacher Prize

Mar 16, 2015

Maine educator awarded $1 million Global Teacher Prize

An English teacher from rural Maine won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize on Sunday after 42 years of work as an innovator and pioneer in teaching literature. Nancie Atwell plans to donate the full amount to the Center for Teaching and Learning which ...