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  • Roe v. Wade anniversary: Study says 'unsafe' abortions on rise

    Roe v. Wade, the landmark legislation legalizing abortion in the United States, marks its 39th year this week. As Americans debate abortion rights in the midst of an election year, a new study indicates abortion rates are steadying worldwide, though the frequency of dangerous abortions is rising. Here are the answers to five questions related to abortion laws globally, and their effects on women.

  • Top 12 best cars for the money

    Consumer confidence may be rising, but it still makes sense to watch every penny – especially with big purchases, like a new car. Although auto sales perked up in 2011, value is still the name of the game. U.S. News Best Cars spent months analyzing thousands of professional reviews, as well as reliability and safety data, to create the 2012 Best Cars for the Money Awards. Here are the 12 most highly praised low-cost, low-maintenance models for 2012:

  • Stephen King's 10 favorite books

    Stephen King, author of 'Carrie' and 'The Shining,' reveals what he likes to read. 

  • What can be done to create jobs? Six leading ideas.

    The job market has shown some very welcome signs of improvement lately, but it still has a long way to go before approaching something Americans would call normal. Here’s a look at some of the proposed solutions out there. 

  • 10 things I learned about Harry Carson

    Here are 10 things I learned about Harry Carson from his autobiography, 'Captain for Life: My Story as a Hall of Fame Linebacker.'

  • Opinion 5 reasons US must avoid war with Iran

    Do the drumbeaters calling for ‘war with Iran’ never learn from history? It is tempting to dismiss their hot air as an attempt to score political points, but its sheer volume is worrying. Two former US hostages in Iran, L. Bruce Laingen and John Limbert, say Obama must ignore the war talk, and offer five key points for Washington to keep in mind.

  • Sue Monk Kidd's 10 favorite books

    Sue Monk Kidd, author of "The Secret Life of Bees," shares her favorite reads. 

  • National Mentoring Month: 10 life-changing stories from celebrities

    In the new book "The Person Who Changed My Life," 10 celebrities share stories of their mentors.

  • Europe's debt crisis: 5 ways it's been put to good use

    Europe’s debt crisis has roiled financial markets and populations. But beyond nationwide strikes and gyrating markets, Europe has put its crisis to good use. Here Jacob Funk Kirkegaard, a research fellow at the Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics points out five trends that will ultimately strengthen the European Union and the euro currency.

  • Opinion After Costa Concordia disaster: 8 safety tips for cruise ship passengers

    The recent cruise ship disaster in Italy has prompted travel industry experts to advise the public about safety steps they can take, not only aboard ships but also in hotels. When the Costa Concordia ran aground off the shore of Tuscany on Jan. 13, roughly 160 yards from the shore of Giglio Island, many of the more than 4,200 passengers and crew on board the ship were reportedly unprepared for the crisis and the evacuation that followed.Nancy Dunnan, publisher of TravelSmart Newsletter, urges cruise ship passengers to take precautions to protect themselves and their belongings. She suggests the following:

  • Costa Concordia: Did the captain break any law in abandoning ship?

    Costa Concordia Captain Francesco Schettino has been widely criticized for leaving the ship before ensuring the safety of his passengers. Here are four questions about how a captain should act in a crisis.

  • Five major SOPA supporters

    The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act or PIPA, would allow the US government to seek a court order and even shut down websites that contain content or links “committing or facilitating online piracy.”  Moreover, advertisers and Internet service providers would be banned from doing business with violators.However, payment and advertising networks, search engines or service providers that take voluntary action to redress detected violations – by terminating businesses with transgressor sites or comply with the law – will be granted immunity from liability charges.On Sept. 22, 2011, more than 350 trade associations, professional and labor organizations, and businesses signed a letter urging Congress to enact legislation to stop “rogue sites” from copyright infringement.Here are five key SOPA and PIPA supporters:

  • 'The Real Romney': 10 facts about the presidential hopeful

    From the biography that aims to show America the 'real' politician, here are 10 facts about Mitt Romney, the candidate some voters still feel they don't know

  • Costa Concordia: Top 4 'deceptions' by ship's captain

    From the moment that Capt. Francesco Schettino made his fateful decision to steer the Costa Concordia cruise ship close to shore, to his description of whether he stayed with the ship to help evacuate its 4,000 passengers, there has been a pattern of untruths and attempted coverup. Here are four examples, running the gamut from 'technical' to incredulous.

  • Opinion Four ways to relieve overcrowded prisons

    America’s  addiction to incarceration as a curb on crime must end. The evidence is staggering. Prison overcrowding is ubiquitous and shows few signs of abating: Between 1970 and 2005, the nation’s inmate population grew by 700 percent.In California, 54 prisoners may share a single toilet and 200 prisoners may live in a single gymnasium. As a result, the Supreme Court ruled in May 2011 that California prisons were in violation of the Eighth Amendment and its prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. Here, attorney Arjun Sethi offers four solutions to improve the overcrowded US prison system.

  • How five websites are protesting SOPA

    Five major websites will go dark on Wednesday protesting two Congressional bills, which critics argue could curtail Internet and free speech.    If passed, The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its Senate counterpart, the Protect IP Act or PIPA, would allow the US government to seek a court order and even shut down websites that contain content or links to unauthorized copyrighted content.  Moreover, advertisers and Internet service providers would be banned from doing business with transgressors.Proponents of the legislation include companies that are trying to protect their copyrights, such as the Motion Picture Association of America, The NBA, Pfizer, Nike, L'Oreal, as well as the US Chamber of Commerce, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the US Conference of Mayors.However,  voices of opposition include Internet giants Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Mozilla, and Wikipedia – who say that the proposed laws constitute a First Amendment violation, promote censorship, and harm the democratic flow of information.  Check out how five major websites plan to protest SOPA and PIPA:

  • Bestselling books the week of 1/19/12, according to IndieBound*

    What's selling best in independent bookstores across America.

  • 10 moments from the life of Queen Elizabeth II

    From the new book 'Elizabeth the Queen,' 10 new insights into the modern monarch.

  • Possible coup in Pakistan? 4 key questions

    Pakistan’s government is facing a period of prolonged uncertainty about its future, four years after the country returned to democratic rule. Here are four key questions to explain the issues.

  • 2012 movies: 10 to look for

    Hollywood's already looking ahead to the movies for this year -- here are 10 of the most anticipated

  • Costa Concordia: Why navigation might 'fail' and other cruise ship questions

    Many questions remain unanswered after Italian cruise ship, Costa Concordia, collided with rocks off the coast of Tuscany and capsized this week.

  • 10 best picture books for children

    In "100 Best Books for Children," Anita Silvey recommends picture books for children ages 2 to 8. Some of these titles have excited the eye for decades, while others are more recent additions to the canon. But all make excellent bedtime reading. 

  • Benjamin Franklin: 10 great quotes on his birthday

    As Benjamin Franklin's birthday is celebrated on Jan. 17, here are some of the best quotes from the pithy revolutionary, scientist, and writer.

  • Martin Luther King Jr.: 8 peaceful protests that bolstered civil rights

    Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. believed that nonviolent protest is the most effective weapon against a racist and unjust society. But it required rallying people to his cause. Here are some of the most revolutionary peaceful protests King led.

  • Shiite and Sunni: What are the differences?

    While the two sects share the same basic beliefs, differences in hierarchy and doctrine make Catholics and Protestants an apt comparison.

 
 
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