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Science explains: What actually happens to the brain on marijuana?

It’s a cultural zeitgeist in America that “your brain on drugs” is a brutish, violent experience that produces nothing but euphoria at the moment at the expense of the user’s future. But science is a bit more nuanced than that. The increasingly popular YouTube account AsapSCIENCE has carried some pretty…

Rights group: Unsafe abortions kill 47,000 women worldwide every year

The Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of sexual and reproductive health and rights worldwide, has released a video entitled “Abortion Worldwide” to raise awareness of some of the issues surrounding abortion rights in the U.S. and other parts of the world. According to Guttmacher’s research, regardless…

Wisconsin TV anchor’s bully responds: Slim down, for the kids

A man who wrote to a Wisconsin TV news anchor last week calling her “obese” — which sparked a response that went viral — now says he was merely concerned that her appearance might be influencing children. A statement being attributed to one Kenneth W. Krause, a former prosecutor who…

TV anchor responds to her bully on the air

On Tuesday, Jennifer Livingston, morning anchor for LaCrosse, Wisconsin’s WKBT, took a moment to call a viewer who wrote in about her weight a “bully” and thank readers for their “inspiring” support. The viewer wrote to Livingston on Friday, in an email with the heading “Community Responsibility.” “It’s unusual that…

Riot police arrest 17 at Walmart warehouse worker solidarity rally

About 600 people turned out Monday in Elwood, Illinois for a sit-in protest against alleged mistreatment of warehouse workers employed by Walmart contractor RoadLink. The Chicago Sun-Times reported that 17 peaceful protesters were arrested by police in riot gear after they sat in the middle of a road and blocked…

Romney’s sanitation workers bash his ‘hypocritical’ views

The AFSCME on Monday launched an online ad campaign against Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, using public service workers in his own town to attack him. In three separate videos, public employees who work in La Jolla, California criticize Romney for benefiting from government services while threatening to cut them…

Unhappy activists return Occupy ‘Batmobile’ to Ben & Jerry’s founder

The founder of Ben & Jerry’s on Monday repossessed a projector-equipped “Batmobile” used to spread the Occupy Wall Street message after months of squabbling with activists about how the vehicle would be used. Ben Cohen had agreed in January to donate up to $65,000 to develop and operate vehicles that…

Spanish police attack journalists and anti-austerity protesters

As the Spanish government defends police response to anti-austerity protests surrounding the country’s Parliament building, Russia Times and other outlets reported instances of police violence against both media members and demonstrators. An Associated Press photographer reported seeing police “severely beat” at least one protester Saturday, who had to be hospitalized.…

Mona Eltahawy: ‘I’m proud I was arrested’ for defacing anti-Muslim ad

Journalist Mona Eltahawy defended her recent arrest in New York Sunday on Up With Chris Hayes, saying it was in line with the American tradition of lawful disobedience. “I don’t think we should be quiet or silent or be bullied into silence in the face of racism and hate,” she…

‘Hate group’ accused of stealing gay couple’s photo for homophobic mailer

A gay New Jersey couple is suing a national anti-LGBT rights organization after a photo of their engagement party was altered and used in mailers opposing same sex marriage in Colorado. Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere discovered that the photo of them kissing in front of the New York City…

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