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Utah may use firing squad for executions

Mar 24, 2015

Utah may use firing squad for executions

Utah became the only state to allow firing squads for executions when Gov. Gary Herbert signed a law Monday approving the method for use when no lethal injection drugs are available, even though he has called it “a little bit gruesome.” The Republican governor ...

Afghan woman beaten to death by mob buried

Mar 23, 2015

Afghan woman beaten to death by mob buried

Afghan women’s rights activists dressed head-to-toe in black broke with tradition Sunday to carry the coffin of a woman who was beaten to death by a mob in the capital, Kabul, over allegations she had burned a Quran. The mob of men beat 27-year-old ...

Starbucks baristas stop writing 'Race Together' on cups

Mar 23, 2015

Starbucks baristas stop writing 'Race Together' on cups

Starbucks baristas will no longer write “Race Together” on customers’ cups starting Sunday, ending as planned a visible component of the company’s diversity and racial inequality campaign that had sparked widespread criticism in the week since it took effect. The coffee chain’s initiative will ...

Mar 21, 2015

Gruesome U.S. case highlights fetal homicide laws

The gruesome case of a woman accused of cutting open the belly of a pregnant woman and removing her unborn baby girl is reviving a highly-charged debate in the U.S. over when a fetus can legally be considered a human being. The abortion debate ...

Mar 17, 2015

Young adults want news, not the newspaper: study

America’s young adults want news, but few want to read a newspaper. And most stumble onto news while on Facebook or other social networks. Those are among the findings of a survey released Monday of 18- to 34-year-olds by a project of the American ...

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 ...