Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

Oct 25, 2014

Mormon founder had teen bride during polygamy days

The Mormon church acknowledges in a new essay that founder Joseph Smith had a teenage bride and was married to other men’s wives during the faith’s early polygamous days, a recognition of an unflattering part of its roots that historians have chronicled for years. ...

Online harassment is common, survey finds

Oct 23, 2014

Online harassment is common, survey finds

A new study confirms what many Internet users know all too well: Harassment is a common part of online life. The first-of-its-kind report by the Pew Research Center found that nearly three-quarters of American adults who use the Internet have witnessed online harassment. Forty ...

Oct 21, 2014

'Armed clowns' spread panic in northern France; teen convicted

The party is over for a fake clown who received a six-month suspended jail term Monday for threatening passers-by while in full circus garb, a disturbing trend terrifying towns in northern France. Whether brandishing a rubber chicken at a children’s party or starring as ...

Oct 20, 2014

Bear in Chinese zoo bites arm off boy trying to feed it

A bear in China has bitten off the arm of a 9-year-old boy who tried to feed it through the cage. Media reports say the attack happened Saturday afternoon at Pingdingshan Hebin Park in central China, which has a zoo inside. The boy managed ...

Soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

Oct 17, 2014

Soaps trigger outcry over romanticizing rape

by Jocelyn Gecker

In a famous scene from Thailand’s award-winning soap opera “The Power of Shadows,” the handsome protagonist gets drunk and rapes the leading lady. He later begs her forgiveness, and they live happily ever after. Boy meets girl, boy rapes girl, boy marries girl. The ...

How two French girls were lured to jihad online

Oct 12, 2014

How two French girls were lured to jihad online

by Lori Hinnant

On the day she left for Syria, Sahra strode along the train platform with two bulky schoolbags slung over her shoulder. In a grainy image caught on security camera, the French teen tucks her hair into a headscarf. Just two months earlier and a ...

Oct 12, 2014

U.S. toddler dies from enterovirus D68

A 21-month-old girl is the first person in Michigan to die from the virus that has caused severe respiratory illness across the U.S., state health officials said Saturday. Madeline Reid died Friday afternoon from enterovirus D68, according to Children’s Hospital of Michigan in Detroit. ...

For Nobel Peace Prize, it's politics as usual

| Oct 11, 2014

For Nobel Peace Prize, it's politics as usual

One is Muslim, the other Hindu; one a Pakistani, the other Indian; one a school girl just starting out in life, the other a man with decades of experience. Despite their many differences, 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai and 60-year-old Kailash Satyarthi will be forever linked ...