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Sep 30, 2014

Britain mulls women-only carriages after sexual assaults

Britain may consider women-only carriages on trains in a bid to combat a rising number of sexual assaults on commuters, the transport minister said Monday. Minister Claire Perry said she was “absolutely determined” to do whatever it took to increase safety and reverse an ...

Sep 25, 2014

German ethics panel advises legalizing incest between adults

Sex between consenting adult siblings should not be punished under German law, an ethics panel advising the government recommended Wednesday. The majority of the 25-member panel, which examines delicate ethical questions facing policymakers, said criminal law is the wrong instrument “to maintain a social ...

Marijuana legalization effort begins in California

Sep 25, 2014

Marijuana legalization effort begins in California

A U.S. marijuana advocacy group took steps Wednesday to begin raising money for a campaign to legalize recreational pot use in California in 2016. The Marijuana Policy Project filed paperwork with the California secretary of state’s office registering a campaign committee to start accepting ...

Sep 19, 2014

World population may hit 11 billion by 2100: U.N. study

The world population may grow larger than previously estimated, reaching 11 billion people by century’s end, according to a U.N.-led analysis published Thursday. That would mean 2 billion more people on Earth than expected by 2100, largely due to high birthrates in Africa, said ...

Sep 19, 2014

Cardinals debate marriage, divorce before crucial meeting

The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis. Five high-ranking cardinals have taken one of Francis’ favorite theologians to task over an issue dear to the pope’s heart: Whether Catholics ...

Sep 17, 2014

U.S. poverty rate drops for the first time since 2006

The poverty rate in the United States has dropped for the first time since 2006, bringing a bit of encouraging news about the nation’s economy as President Barack Obama and Congress gear up for the November elections. The U.S. Census Bureau, in its annual ...