Was the U.S. wrong to nuke Japan in 1945?

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Seventy years ago—on August 6, 1945—the United States dropped a uranium gun-type fission bomb, the first atomic weapon ever used in warfare, on the Japanese industrial city and military center Hiroshima. Just three days...

Book finds truth about man kept in the zoo

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"My grandmother was alive when this happened," says Pamela Newkirk. "She was six years old, living in upstate New York, when an African was exhibited in the Bronx Zoo." (Credit: NYU) On Sunday, September 9,...

States look to neighbors for drunk-driving laws

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The severity of a state’s alcohol-impaired driving problem doesn’t predict its new laws on the subject—neither does the political makeup of the state government. A new study finds that the two strongest predictors of states adopting...

Why politicians with deep voices get more votes

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Voters seem to prefer candidates with deeper voices, and researchers suspect our “caveman instincts” could explain why. “Modern-day political leadership is more about competing ideologies than brute force,” says Casey Klofstad, associate professor of political...

Would voters win if politicians got a raise?

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If elected officials had higher salaries and better benefits would they pay less attention to special interest groups and more attention to the needs of voters? “While our elected officials are public servants, they do...

In America, Democrats want Democrats for neighbors

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Americans today appear more divided along partisan lines than ever, and this polarization extends to where they choose to live. Stanford University scholar Iris Hui found that political party affiliation can change desirability of a...

Could stronger U.S. policies have saved Cecil?

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The sport of trophy-hunting big game animals, like the recent shooting of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe, can pose a big risk to depleted populations of endangered wildlife. But, the United States has the power...

Looking for safety and a better life in Calais’ jungle

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Yacine, a 22-year old asylum seeker from Sudan washes tea cups in a makeshift shelter in the "jungle" in Calais before his departure to an accommodation centre for asylum seekers the next morning. His...

25 refugees dead and some dozens disappeared after crammed fishing boat sank near Italy

Italian Navy rescues boat filled with refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean last year. More than 2,100 people have died so far this year attempting to cross to Europe in over-crowded, flimsy vessels. GENEVA, Aug...

The Hair Show That Never Was

Two criminals were sentenced for a scheme that involved enlisting young women at shopping malls and other places to participate in a “hair show,” gaining access to their bank accounts, depositing phony checks in...
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