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Middle-class status eluding more Americans

| Apr 4, 2014

Middle-class status eluding more Americans

A sense of belonging to the middle class occupies a cherished place in America. It conjures images of self-sufficient people with stable jobs and pleasant homes working toward prosperity. Yet nearly five years after the Great Recession ended, more people are coming to the ...

Apr 4, 2014

Mozilla CEO resigns after furor over gay rights

Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California. The nonprofit, which makes the Firefox browser, infuriated many employees and users last week by naming Eich head of ...

Massive racial gap among U.S. children detailed in report

Apr 1, 2014

Massive racial gap among U.S. children detailed in report

In every region of America, white and Asian children are far better positioned for success than black, Latino and Native American children, according to a new report appealing for urgent action to bridge this racial gap. Titled “Race for Results,” the report was to ...

Elton John, longtime partner to wed

Mar 31, 2014

Elton John, longtime partner to wed

Pop icon Elton John says he will tie the knot with partner David Furnish now that his native Britain has legalized gay marriage. The top-selling artist told NBC’s “Today” show that “we’ll do it very quietly,” adding, “but we will do it, and it ...

Britain readies to usher in same-sex weddings

Mar 28, 2014

Britain readies to usher in same-sex weddings

Peter McGraith and David Cabreza were to marry in London a stroke after midnight Friday, marking the culmination of a campaign to end a distinction many British gay couples say made them feel like second-class citizens. Saturday will be the first day gay couples ...

Behind doors, drinking thrives in Iran

| Mar 27, 2014

Behind doors, drinking thrives in Iran

by Parisa Hafezi

“Have a shot of tequila first, cheer up!” Shahriyar tells guests gathered at his luxury apartment in Tehran. His girlfriend, Shima, says they party every weekend. “Shahriyar has one rule: Bring your booze! We drink until morning,” she said on a Facetime call as ...

Mar 23, 2014

Vatican chooses victims, women for abuse panel

Pope Francis named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy Saturday, signaling an openness to reach beyond church officials to plot the commission’s course and priorities. Half of the members are women, and one was assaulted by a ...

Mar 23, 2014

Kenya eases polygamy laws for men

Kenya’s parliament has passed a bill allowing men to marry as many women as they want, prompting a furious backlash from female lawmakers who stormed out, reports said Friday. The bill, which amended existing marriage legislation, was passed late on Thursday to formalize customary ...

| Mar 22, 2014

A-OK as most popular U.S. term turns 175

Whatever you’re doing this Sunday, wherever you might be, take a moment to reflect on the most popular word in the English language, OK? It will be 175 years since OK — or, as some prefer, okay — first appeared in print, on page ...