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Maine educator awarded $1 million Global Teacher Prize

Mar 16, 2015

Maine educator awarded $1 million Global Teacher Prize

An English teacher from rural Maine won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize on Sunday after 42 years of work as an innovator and pioneer in teaching literature. Nancie Atwell plans to donate the full amount to the Center for Teaching and Learning which ...

Afghanistan's only woman taxi driver steers change

Mar 12, 2015

Afghanistan's only woman taxi driver steers change

Sara Bahai’s decision to become Afghanistan’s only known female taxi driver was motivated less by ideals of equality than by the need to support an extended family — and a love of driving that has confined her conservative detractors to the rear-view mirror. She ...

Mar 11, 2015

Barcelona brothel workers get Spanish social welfare rights

In a landmark ruling, a Barcelona judge has decided three sex workers should have been hired full-time by a brothel owner and ordered her to pay contributions to the government so the prostitutes will be eligible for national health care, disability insurance, unemployment benefits ...

Mar 10, 2015

Telling kids they're special may foster narcissism: study

Children who are told they are special by their parents are more likely to become narcissists, according to a study that aimed to uncover the origins of extreme selfishness. The research, published Monday in peer-reviewed U.S. journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, ...

New York City marks International Women's Day with march

Mar 9, 2015

New York City marks International Women's Day with march

Men and women from around the world gathered Sunday at the United Nations to mark International Women’s Day with a march to Times Square, joining voices globally demanding gender equity. About 1,000 people convened at the U.N. headquarters to speak up for the gender ...

Selma U.S. civil rights milestone marked by first black president

Mar 8, 2015

Selma U.S. civil rights milestone marked by first black president

America’s racial history “still casts its long shadow upon us,” President Barack Obama said Saturday as he stood in solidarity and remembrance with civil rights activists whose beatings by police a half-century ago galvanized much of the nation against racial oppression and hastened passage ...