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Upper class people more likely to cheat: study

WASHINGTON — People from the wealthy upper classes are more likely than poorer folks to break laws while driving, take candy from children and lie for financial gain, said a US study on Monday. The seven-part study by psychologists at the University of California Berkeley and the University of Toronto…

Campus shooting as protests target UC Berkeley

BERKELEY, California — Police shot a suspected gunman Tuesday on the campus of the University of California, Berkeley, officials said, as hundreds of anti-Wall Street protesters marched on the elite college. It was unclear if the reported shooting, at the California institution’s Haas School of Business, was related to the…

‘Rebel alliance’ flash protest targets Walmart executives

A flash mob sporting signs from the “rebel alliance” of Star Wars fame surprised a group of Walmart executives last night when they showed up at a fundraiser in Washington, D.C.’s Union Square, banging drums and playing the film’s famous theme song. Chanting “hey-hey, ho-ho, corporate greed has got to…

California governor rejects race, gender college admissions

SACRAMENTO (Reuters) – California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday vetoed legislation that would have allowed California universities to consider race and gender in student admissions, even though Brown said he agreed with its goal. The measure was the latest attempt to scale back, or repeal, so-called Proposition 209 approved by…

UC Berkeley GOP group to host racist bake sale

The University of California Berkeley’s Republicans have a new take on pastries: racism. The student group is intentionally selling baked goods at different prices based on race and gender to oppose Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signing a bill allowing California public schools to consider affirmative action. The Berkeley College Republicans…

Upper-class people less empathetic than lower-class people: study

People from different economic classes have fundamentally different ways of thinking about the world, according to research recently published in Current Directions in Psychological Science. The authors of the study said the findings have important, but overlooked, implications for public policy. “Americans, although this is shifting a bit, kind of…

Black hole shreds star, sparking gamma ray flash

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A monster black hole shredded a Sun-like star, producing a strangely long-lasting flash of gamma rays that probably won’t be seen again in a million years, astronomers reported on Thursday. That is definitely not the norm for gamma ray bursts, energetic blasts that typically flare up and…

Immigrants assimilate to American culture by eating junk food

WASHINGTON — Immigrants to the United States often ditch their ethnic diets for high-calorie American fare, partly because it is cheap and easy to find but also as a way to fit in, a new study shows. Immigrants who eat American are consuming, on average, 182 extra calories and seven…

Astronomers start search for alien signals from 86 planets

WASHINGTON — A massive radio telescope in rural West Virginia has begun listening for signs of alien life on 86 possible Earth-like planets, US astronomers said Friday. The giant dish began this week pointing toward each of the 86 planets — culled from a list of 1,235 possible planets identified…

Survey finds Californians back tax extensions

SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) – Californians would overwhelmingly back extending temporary tax increases to help balance the state’s budget if asked to in a special election, according to survey results released on Wednesday. The results of the statewide survey conducted by the University of California, Berkeley and The Field Poll were…

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