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Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Mar 22, 2014

Pope warns mobsters they risk going to hell

Pope Francis has a warning for Italy’s mobsters: They will go to hell if they don’t repent and renounce their “blood-stained money and blood-stained power.” The pontiff on Friday delivered his most forceful denunciation yet of organized crime. The occasion was a prayer vigil ...

| Mar 14, 2014

Panel: Allow transgender troops in U.S.

The United States should join the dozen other nations that allow transgender people to serve in the armed forces, a commission led by a former U.S. surgeon general said in a report released Thursday that concludes there is no medical reason for the decades-old ...

Mar 14, 2014

Black Harvard students blog back

Black students at Harvard University are harnessing social media to challenge racial stereotypes. The Tumblr blog I, Too, Am Harvard, had been viewed more than 235,000 times as of Thursday. Just over 1,100 of Harvard’s 21,000 students are African-American, 63 of them on the ...

U.S. blacks find social media voice

Mar 11, 2014

U.S. blacks find social media voice

When a U.S. jury convicted Michael Dunn of attempted murder, but not actual murder, in the shooting death of a black teenager, the hashtag #dangerousblackkids popped up on Twitter. Users posted photos of black babies and toddlers, making fun of the fear that Dunn ...

Sexy Jesus in 'Son of God' becomes hot issue

Mar 8, 2014

Sexy Jesus in 'Son of God' becomes hot issue

They say you can never be too rich or too thin. Surely it goes without saying that you can’t be too good-looking, either, right? Especially in Hollywood. But in the popular new film “Son of God,” Jesus is so easy on the eyes that ...

Mar 7, 2014

Immigration report sparks British coalition row

Britain’s coalition government was bitterly divided over immigration on Thursday after the Conservative minister in charge of the issue accused Business Secretary Vince Cable from the Liberal Democrats of asserting “falsehoods” about the impact of immigrant labor. The row between Immigration Minister James Brokenshire ...

Mar 7, 2014

New Texas abortion law closes two more clinics

The last abortion clinic in the vast, impoverished Rio Grande Valley closed Thursday, along with the sole remaining clinic in the 100-mile (160-kilometer) stretch between the big city of Houston and the Louisiana border, posing a tall obstacle to women seeking to end pregnancies ...

Mar 5, 2014

Report lifts lid on 'extensive' EU sex abuse

A third of women in Europe have suffered a physical or sexual assault and 5 percent have been raped, a major new study revealed Wednesday, uncovering “extensive human rights abuse” throughout the European Union. In addition, just over 1 in 10 women said they ...