The high cost of peace and quiet

| Jul 12, 2014

The high cost of peace and quiet

by Michael Hoffman

Peace and quiet! How rare it is, how precious. Why rare? Because a full-blooded modern economy is no monastery, no “ancient pond” into which a frog may jump, producing the hushed “sound of water” immortalized by the haiku poet Basho (1644-94). Engines roar, machinery ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. sues Amazon over charges for children's online game buys

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission sued Amazon Thursday for charging parents for what their children spent on online games without parental authorization. The FTC said Amazon let kids playing online games to spend real money from their parents’ accounts on virtual items — coins, ...

French woman stabs teacher to death in front of pupils

Jul 5, 2014

French woman stabs teacher to death in front of pupils

A primary school in southern France was in shock Friday after a teacher was stabbed to death in front of her young pupils by a student’s mother who was described as having “psychiatric problems.” After what Education Minister Benoit Hamon described as an “appalling” ...

Jul 4, 2014

Bolivia congress allows child labor from age 10

Bolivian lawmakers have approved the use of child laborers as young as 10 years old, under a new law that lays out specific conditions for employing children. Congress passed the measure by consensus on Wednesday, mandating procedures employers must follow to ensure the children’s ...

Jul 4, 2014

U.S. man charged with murder after son bakes to death in car

A U.S. man has been charged with murdering his nearly 2-year-old son by leaving him in a hot car for seven hours and could face the death penalty if convicted. Justin Ross Harris, 33, was denied bond Thursday and faces charges of child cruelty ...

Jul 3, 2014

U.S. couple arrested over 'caged' autistic boy

A Californian couple have been arrested for allegedly keeping their 11-year-old autistic son in a metal cage designed for an animal, police said Wednesday. The boy, who is unable to communicate, has been taken into protective custody with his younger siblings following their parents’ ...

U.S. health decision galvanizes Democrats

| Jul 2, 2014

U.S. health decision galvanizes Democrats

Their Senate majority in peril, anxious Democrats have seized the Supreme Court decision that some companies need not provide birth control to women as fresh evidence of the Republicans’ “war on women” — an argument they hope will energize female voters who could decide ...

Nigeria's epidemic: divorcee kids

Jun 29, 2014

Nigeria's epidemic: divorcee kids

by Michelle Faula

By the time she ran away, Maimuna bore the scars of a short but brutal marriage. Her battered face swelled so much that doctors feared her husband had dislocated her jaw. Her back and arms bristled with angry welts from the whipping her father ...