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Noah beats out Jacob for No. 1 among U.S. baby names

May 10, 2014

Noah beats out Jacob for No. 1 among U.S. baby names

Noah sailed past Jacob to become the most popular U.S. baby name for boys in 2013, ending Jacob’s 14-year run at the top. Sophia was the most popular baby name for girls for the third straight year. The Social Security Administration announced the most ...

As births fall, economies may falter

May 8, 2014

As births fall, economies may falter

by Bernard Condon

Nancy Strumwasser, a New Jersey high school teacher, always thought she would have two children. But the layoffs that swept over the U.S. economy around the time her son was born six years ago helped change her mind. Though she and her husband, a ...

May 4, 2014

Pope sex abuse panel highlights accountability

Members of Pope Francis’ sexual abuse advisory board said Saturday they will develop “clear and effective” protocols to hold bishops and other church authorities accountable if they fail to report suspected abuse or protect children from pedophile priests. Victims groups have long blasted the ...

How consumerism turns babies into monsters

May 4, 2014

How consumerism turns babies into monsters

by Tracy Mcveigh

If you have been planning a shopping trip with the kids, you might not want to read any further, because teaching your children consumerism is helping to turn them into selfish, immoral creatures without a streak of empathy, according to a new study. You ...

Uruguay sets marijuana sales at 10 grams per week

May 3, 2014

Uruguay sets marijuana sales at 10 grams per week

Uruguay, embarking on a unique experiment in drug regulation, said Friday that consumers can purchase up to 10 grams of marijuana per week at less than $1 per gram. In December, the South American country became the first in the world to regulate the ...

Austrian drag queen to contest Eurovision crown

May 1, 2014

Austrian drag queen to contest Eurovision crown

Drag queen Conchita Wurst will take to the European stage as Austria’s contender for Eurovision, the song contest that pits nation versus nation and launched the global careers of ABBA and Celine Dion — Wurst’s idol. Sporting high heels, butterfly eyelashes and a full ...

More opting to ditch U.S. citizenship

Apr 27, 2014

More opting to ditch U.S. citizenship

by Adam Geller

Inside the long-awaited package, six pages of government paperwork dryly affirmed Carol Tapanila’s anxious request. But when Tapanila slipped the contents from the brown envelope, she saw there was something more. Her U.S. passport now had four holes punched through it from cover to ...