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Thousands attend funeral for 38 Italian train crash victims

Thousands attended a funeral Tuesday for the 38 victims of a coach crash in Italy as the country mourned the dead in one of Europe’s worst road accidents. Flags flew at half-mast and shops stayed shut on a national day of mourning as investigators probed why the coach plunged off…

Scientists discover why leprosy disappeared from Europe

Ancient DNA isolated from the mass grave of a 15th century leper colony has given scientists a clue as to why the one-time scourge of humanity has all but vanished from western Europe. According to NPR’s Shots Health News blog, a paper published Thursday in Science magazine explained that human…

What’s efficiency got to do with capitalism? Nothing.

For all its vaunted efficiency, capitalism has foisted wasteful inequality and environmental ruin on us. There is an alternative What’s efficiency got to do with capitalism? The short answer is little or nothing. Economic and social collapses in Detroit, Cleveland and many other US cities did not happen because production…

Good news

Modesty squads in Israel are beginning to be prosecuted. I’ll confess that the whole situation made me wonder. Israel is basically a Western nation, a liberal democracy like ours or one in Western Europe. So how on earth do vigilante religious groups think they have a right to persecute women?…

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