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Golden Gate may get suicide barrier

Jun 24, 2014

Golden Gate may get suicide barrier

With $76 million in funding in place, officials said Monday they will consider a long-delayed proposal to build a suicide-prevention system on the Golden Gate Bridge. The Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District announced that its board of directors is set to vote ...

LDS boots woman who pushed for female priests

Jun 24, 2014

LDS boots woman who pushed for female priests

The Mormon church excommunicated the founder of a prominent women’s group Monday after she created an organization and staged demonstrations in a push for women to join the faith’s priesthood, a rare move that brings down the harshest punishment available. The ousting of Kate ...

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

Jun 24, 2014

U.S. should offer paid maternity leave, Obama says

President Barack Obama said Monday that the United States should join the rest of the industrialized world and offer paid leave for mothers of newborns. “Many women can’t even get a paid day off to give birth — now that’s a pretty low bar,” ...

Britain faces child voodoo victim alert: U.N.

Jun 20, 2014

Britain faces child voodoo victim alert: U.N.

Hundreds of children are believed to have been kidnapped in Africa and brought to Britain for brutal voodoo rituals, a U.N. watchdog said, urging the British government to do more to combat the scourge. “We’re concerned about reports that hundreds of children have been ...

Income gap widens as jobs dry up

Jun 16, 2014

Income gap widens as jobs dry up

In August 2008, factory workers David and Barbara Ludwig both treated themselves to new cars. With David making $22 an hour and Barbara $19, they could easily afford the payments. A month later, Baldwin Hardware, a unit of Stanley Black & Decker Corp., announced ...

Egypt asks YouTube to remove video of sex assault

Jun 14, 2014

Egypt asks YouTube to remove video of sex assault

Egypt has asked YouTube to remove a video of a woman being sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square during a rally supporting the country’s newly elected president. Presidential spokesman Ehab Badawy said in a statement that the Egyptian Embassy in Washington made the request to ...

Less booze, more text for American teens: study

Jun 13, 2014

Less booze, more text for American teens: study

American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they are texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, the government has said. Generally speaking, the news is good. Most forms of drug use, weapons ...

Jun 12, 2014

Forced sterilization ended for sex change

Denmark on Wednesday scrapped a law requiring people to be sterilized as part of the sex change procedure before they could be legally recognized as another gender. As of Sept. 1, all Danes over 18 will be able to apply for a legal gender ...

More U.S. Jews split over Israel

Jun 10, 2014

More U.S. Jews split over Israel

Once a unifying cause for generations of American Jews, Israel is now bitterly dividing Jewish communities. Jewish organizations are withdrawing invitations to Jewish speakers or performers considered too critical of Israel, in what opponents have denounced as an ideological litmus test meant to squelch ...