Feb 6, 2015

South Sudan fighters carried out 'month of rape' campaign: U.N.

South Sudanese fighters carried out a “month of rape” campaign, a top United Nations rights chief has said, warning that atrocities continue with a seventh cease-fire broken. “Violations continue to take place,” said U.N. Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic after visiting the “destroyed” ...

Feb 5, 2015

Stay or stray? First data on sexual types found

Scientists have amassed the first evidence to back theories that people fall into two broad sexual categories: faithful or promiscuous. Why humans seem to be an exception among mammals on the matter of sexual relationships has long been a puzzle. Other mammalian species are ...

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

Feb 4, 2015

Maternal pot use under microscope in Colorado

A Colorado proposal to require warning signs aimed at pregnant or nursing women at shops selling marijuana was rejected Tuesday, but the suggestion renewed debate about how to approach maternal marijuana use. The bill would have required dispensaries to post signs warning about “dangers ...

Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

Feb 1, 2015

Scientist considered father of birth control pill dies

Carl Djerassi, the chemist widely considered the father of the birth control pill, has died. Stanford University spokesman Dan Stober said Djerrasi (jer-AH-see) died Friday of complications of cancer at his San Francisco home. He was 91. Djerassi was a professor emeritus at Stanford, ...

Los Angeles female-only mosque may be first in U.S.

Feb 1, 2015

Los Angeles female-only mosque may be first in U.S.

A downtown Los Angeles mosque that forbids men from attending may be the first of its kind in the United States. More than 100 women gathered Friday at the interfaith Pico-Union Project for the inaugural prayer marking the launch of the Women’s Mosque of ...

Snails slide into Thai spa scene

Jan 29, 2015

Snails slide into Thai spa scene

by Denis D. Gray

A snail is slithering up the bridge of my nose while five others are being stuck onto other parts of my face by a Thai beautician — all secreting slime to smooth out some wrinkles and give me a younger look. That this latest ...

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia

Jan 28, 2015

Michelle Obama navigates limits on women in Saudi Arabia

For first lady Michelle Obama, just a few hours in Saudi Arabia were enough to illustrate the stark limitations under which Saudi women live. Joining President Barack Obama for a condolence visit after the death of King Abdullah, the first lady stepped off of ...