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When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays

This story originally appeared in CityLab and is republished as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A big reason for opposition to bike lanes is that, according to the rules of traffic engineering, they lead to car congestion. The...Show More Summary

Photos: Inside Urban Shield, The Convention For Warrior Cops

Each year, the Alameda County Sheriff's office hosts Urban Shield, a trade show and series of exercises for first responders, primarily police department SWAT teams from around the nation. (Similar events have also been held in Boston...Show More Summary

Hillary Clinton Praises a Guy With Lots of Blood on His Hands

Hillary Clinton often plays the hawk card: She voted for the Iraq war, dissed President Barack Obama for not being tough enough on Syria, and compared Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler. This is to be expected from a politician who has angled for a certain title: the first female president of the United States. Show More Summary

Grisly New Details Emerge in Probe of Clayton Lockett's Botched Execution

US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has famously referred to execution by lethal injection as an "enviable…quiet death." Clayton Lockett's death was anything but quiet. In April, Lockett's execution in Oklahoma was badly botched and brought new scrutiny to the problems with lethal injection. Show More Summary

How Understanding Randomness Will Give You Mind-Reading Powers

In the 1930s, a Duke University botanist named Joseph Banks Rhine was gaining notoriety for focusing a scientific lens on the concept of extrasensory perception, or ESP. His initial research, which he claimed demonstrated the existence...Show More Summary

Hustle and Flow: Here's Who Really Controls California's Water

"Water flows uphill towards money," a source told Marc Reisner in Cadillac Desert, the seminal book on California water politics. Today the complex web of political interests that Reisner detailed some 30 years ago has become even more arcane and intertwined. Show More Summary

Meet the Big-Money Boosters Behind College Football’s Top 25 Teams

Even with millions of dollars in merchandise and ticket sale revenue, big-time college football and basketball programs pay a high price to compete. Coaches' skyrocketing salaries, lavish training facilities, state-of-the-art stadiums and arenas: Someone has to fork over all that cash to keep up with the rivals at Big State U. Show More Summary

Missouri Republicans Are About to Pass One of the Harshest Abortion Laws in the Country

Missouri's Republican-controlled legislature is poised to pass one of the harshest abortion laws in the county next week when lawmakers return to the state capital for a last-minute special session. GOP lawmakers called the session to try to override several of Democratic Gov. Show More Summary

Bill Gates Spent More Than $200 Million to Promote Common Core. Here’s Where it Went.

Source: Gates Foundation Photograph: Win McNamee When it comes to putting your money where your mouth is, few organizations can match the sheer weight of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Longtime education benefactors, the couple has poured more than $200 million into the Common Core cause over the last several years. Show More Summary

It's a Historic Year for Temperature Extremes This story originally appeared in CityLab and is republished as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. This year is shaping up to be one of the weirder ones in America's weather history. That's because we now seem to beShow More Summary

This Map Shows Why People Are Freaking Out About Ebola's Arrival in Senegal

The ongoing outbreaks of Ebola in West Africa continue to devastate Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, and recently caused a national emergency in Nigeria—as of August 28, the Centers for Disease Control was putting the suspected and confirmed case count at 3,069 all told, including 1,552 deaths. Show More Summary

China Just Got Serious About Global Warming. Now We're Really Out of Excuses.

Over the weekend, China announced it was moving forward with plans for a massive, nationwide cap-and-trade program intended to help combat global warming. Here's why China is doing this now, and what we know about the plan so far.

How a Bipartisan Education Reform Effort Became the Biggest Conservative Bogeyman Since Obamacare

Illustration: Chris Buzelli ONE NIGHT last September, a 46-year-old Veterans Administration research manager named Robert Small showed up at a public meeting with state education officials in Ellicott City, a well-to-do Maryland suburb, with a pen, a notebook, and an ax to grind. Show More Summary

"I Still Live." A Remembrance of Charles Bowden

Charles Bowden at the 2010 Texas Book Festival Photo: Parker Haeg "Clara, I still live…The story here is simple. The silence is not." That he died in his sleep, and not at the hands of the cartels, or the coyotes, or dirty cops on either side of the border, is something. Show More Summary

Judge Slams Texas For Letting Controversial Anti-abortion Advocate “Control” State Witnesses

In the first six months of 2014, Texas paid a controversial marriage therapist named Vincent Rue $42,000 to prepare the state's defense of a Draconian anti-abortion law. It turns out that wasn't such a great idea. On Friday, when USShow More Summary

Study: More Religion Means Less Scientific Innovation

Are science and religion doomed to eternal "warfare," or can they just get along? Philosophers, theologians, scientists and atheists debate this subject endlessly (and often, angrily). We hear a lot less from economists on the matter, however. Show More Summary

College Has Gotten 12 Times More Expensive In One Generation

As bright-eyed college freshmen arrive on campus, they can look forward to accruing knowledge, independence, lifelong friendships—and serious bills. In the 2012-2013 school year, first-year, on-campus tuition averaged $43,000 at four-year,...Show More Summary

ISIS Is America's Legacy in Iraq

This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Whatever your politics, you're not likely to feel great about America right now. After all, there's Ferguson (the whole world was watching!), an increasingly unpopular president,Show More Summary

Which States' Kids Miss the Most School?

September is upon us, and American kids are filling up their backpacks. But lots of kids won't be going back to school—at least not very much. The map above shows the results of a national report released Tuesday by non-profit Attendance...Show More Summary

Top Gun Rights Group Backs White Supremacist's Supreme Court Case

Samuel Johnson isn't exactly a lawyer's dream client. He's a white supremacist with a lengthy rap sheet who a couple years ago was accused of plotting an attack on a Mexican consulate. He ended up drawing a 15-year prison term on a gun...Show More Summary

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