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Prison reform advocates: ‘The war on drugs is the 800-pound gorilla that must be killed’

Sentencing reform in the criminal justice system emerged as a major theme from the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington this week, an issue highlighted by Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposals to review and alter the sentencing process for drug convictions. Panelists discussed the proposals and the conditions leading…

Scientists reveal excess atmospheric carbon dioxide causes rapid ocean acidification, threatens species

Experts claim current rate of change is likely to be more than 10 times faster than it has ever been in Earth’s history Rapidly rising carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are causing a potential catastrophe in our oceans as they become more acidic, scientists have warned. Hans Poertner, professor…

LA porn sets grind to a halt after actress Cameron Bay tests positive for HIV

Female actor, who uses the screen name Cameron Bay, discloses positive test saying ‘I hope no one else was affected’ The adult film industry in the US has called for a moratorium on production after an actor tested positive for HIV. The 29-year-old, who uses the screen name Cameron Bay,…

Fresh religious unrest breaks out in Myanmar

About 1,000 anti-Muslim rioters burned shops and homes in a fresh outbreak of communal unrest in Myanmar, officials said Sunday, as the former army-ruled nation grapples with spreading religious violence. Police fired warning shots on three occasions as a mob tried to set property ablaze and attacked fire engines that…

NSA broke encryption on UN communications: report

The US National Security Agency broke the encryption securing the United Nations’ internal video conferencing at its New York headquarters, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday, citing secret NSA documents. The move provided the agency with “a dramatic improvement of data from video teleconferences and the ability to decrypt…

India police arrest five men over gang-rape of photographer

Mumbai police Sunday arrested the fifth and final member of a gang suspected of raping a photographer, a crime that reignited anger about women’s safety in India following a similar attack last year. The latest arrest came as the victim’s family urged the nation, including the media, to continue to…

Voters perceive non-white politicians as more liberal — even when they’re not

Racial stereotypes influence how people view members of Congress, according to research published in American Politics Research this month. “Whether voters are able to effectively hold their representatives accountable for their record in office depends critically on whether citizens have accurate perceptions of what has been done in their names,”…

Study finds wealth gives rise to a sense of entitlement and narcissistic behaviors

Climbing the economic ladder can influence basic psychological processes within an individual. According to a new study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin this month, wealth tends to increase a person’s sense of entitlement, which in turn can lead to narcissistic behaviors. Paul Piff of the University of California…

Russia arrests 10 people for commemorating ‘Prague Spring’

Russian police on Sunday arrested 10 protesters at a rally in Red Square commemorating the anniversary of a famed 1968 demonstration against the Soviet Union’s invasion of Czechoslovakia. On August 25, 1968, eight activists staged a daring protest at the same square after Soviet tanks rolled into the former Czechoslovakia…

Transgender Americans: Chelsea Manning isn’t the only one

Transgender Americans: Bradley Manning isn’t the only one (via The Christian Science Monitor) Coy Mathis, left, plays with her sister Auri, at their home in Fountain, Colo. Coy is a boy, but to her family members, Coy is a transgender girl. Colorado officials recently ruled that a suburban Colorado Springs…

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