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U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

Jul 3, 2014

U.K. regulators probe Facebook 'mood' test

British data protection authorities are investigating revelations that Facebook conducted a psychological experiment on its users. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Wednesday that it wants to learn more about the circumstances of the experiment, carried out by two U.S. universities and the social network. ...

European court upholds French burqa ban

Jul 2, 2014

European court upholds French burqa ban

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday upheld France’s controversial burqa ban, rejecting arguments that outlawing full-face veils breaches religious freedom. In a case brought by a 24-year-old Frenchwoman with the support of a British legal team, the court ruled that France was ...

U.S. justices: Can't make employers cover contraceptives

Jul 1, 2014

U.S. justices: Can't make employers cover contraceptives

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that some corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. The justices’ 5-4 decision is the first time that the high court has ...

In Brazil, rich, white fans fill World Cup stadiums

Jun 30, 2014

In Brazil, rich, white fans fill World Cup stadiums

A survey published Sunday on the wealth and race of fans who attended a World Cup match in Brazil illustrated what any TV viewer in the nation has seen: Those attending games are overwhelmingly white and not from Brazil’s poor. This is striking in ...

States laud bilingualism at graduation

Jun 29, 2014

States laud bilingualism at graduation

When Rachel Martinez-Regan graduated from her high school in western Oregon state this month, her diploma had a little something extra — an embossed seal certifying that she is bilingual. She is one of more than a dozen students at Corvallis High School who ...

Nigeria's epidemic: divorcee kids

Jun 29, 2014

Nigeria's epidemic: divorcee kids

by Michelle Faula

By the time she ran away, Maimuna bore the scars of a short but brutal marriage. Her battered face swelled so much that doctors feared her husband had dislocated her jaw. Her back and arms bristled with angry welts from the whipping her father ...

Obama goes global with gay rights push

Jun 29, 2014

Obama goes global with gay rights push

U.S. President Barack Obama has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world to promote a cause that still divides his own country. Sometimes U.S. advice and encouragement is condemned as unacceptable meddling. And sometimes it can seem to ...

U.S. Supreme Court curbs limits on abortion clinic protests

Jun 27, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court curbs limits on abortion clinic protests

The U.S. Supreme Court handed a victory to anti-abortion activists on Thursday by making it harder for states to enact laws aimed at helping patients entering abortion clinics to avoid protesters, striking down a Massachusetts statute that had created a no-entry zone. In a ...

Golden Gate may get suicide barrier

Jun 24, 2014

Golden Gate may get suicide barrier

With $76 million in funding in place, officials said Monday they will consider a long-delayed proposal to build a suicide-prevention system on the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District announced that its board of directors is set to vote ...