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'The Story of the Lost Child' is a masterful conclusion to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan quartet

Elena Ferrante's quartet of Neapolitan novels all contain small but thrilling acts of feminist revolt. Like the writer Mary Gaitskill, who has also written extensively about female friendship, Ferrante portrays women's lives and relationships as unsentimental and fierce. The overarching narrative...

Abortion-rights groups ask Supreme Court to hear what could be key case

The Supreme Court now has on its appeal docket an abortion case that will probably decide how far conservative states may go in restricting abortion clinics.

Underwater horse sculptures revealed at low tide in the Thames

A river installation in London that questions our relationship with fossil fuels appears and disappears as the water levels change

Iran's supreme leader calls for parliamentary vote on nuclear pact, lifting of all sanctions

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Thursday that the Iranian parliament should vote on a landmark nuclear accord with Western powers. He also called for a full lifting of sanctions against Iran, rather than a partial one.

European top court upholds EU ban on seal imports

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A European Union ban on imports of seal products not derived from the traditional Inuit seal hunt is legal, the 28-nation bloc's top court ruled on Thursday.

States crack down on food waste, starting with cafeterias and cafes

We've had a hard time convincing businesses to stop throwing out their extra food.

I’m off the water grid, so do I still need to take short showers?

If you're living off the water-system grid, do you still need to worry about conservation? Umbra dowses for answers.

Diet of chewing gum turns lively marmosets into lazy layabouts

Marmosets have turned from active social creatures into sleeping loners – the cost of adapting to degraded forest in Brazil and foraging on gum

Drivers need a fix for battered roads, and Republicans should learn from history

Long for the good old days when California enjoyed the smoothest highways in America? Well, back then, there wasn't a roadblock on taxes to finance them.

Public can now see California data on arrests and deaths in police custody

Saying that increased transparency can help ease tensions between police and the public, California Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris on Wednesday unlocked state databases on police killings and arrests, while saying law enforcement agencies should be required to report more information about incidents...

California bills on guns, police video and pension funds await governor's signature

State lawmakers on Wednesday sent the governor bills that would ban concealed guns from schools and college campuses in California, make it a felony for police officers to alter or delete video evidence, and require the state's public pension funds to divest their holdings in thermal coal.

Black and Latino students in California score better on AP tests than peers elsewhere

Black and Latino students in California who passed Advanced Placement exams outperformed their peers elsewhere, but a gap persists between them and their white and Asian counterparts, according to new test score results.

3 Hurricanes Are Hitting the Pacific at the Same Time, and the View From Space Is Amazing

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station are marveling at a particularly awesome view from orbit right now. This week marks the first time that three major hurricanes—dubbed Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena—have been captured simultaneously churning across the Pacific Ocean, according to the United Kingdom's Met Office. Show More Summary

At military parade, Chinese president says nation will cut 300,000 troops

President Xi Jinping announced Thursday that China will cut its military by 300,000 troops, a significant reduction in one of the largest militaries in the world and a move that the Chinese leader called a gesture of peace.

Solar power supplies 10 percent of Japan peak summer power: Asahi

TOKYO (Reuters) - Solar power generation contributed to about 10 percent of peak summer power supplies of Japan's nine major utilities, equivalent to more than 10 nuclear reactors, the Asahi newspaper reported on Thursday.

Angels' minor league coach Ty Boykin excited to get called up

Nearly 20 years after playing his last game, Ty Boykin finally got the call he was waiting for last week: He was going to the major leagues.

Angels' Albert Pujols is at peace with pace while pushing for playoff run

Albert Pujols sat in front of his locker Wednesday afternoon, an ice pack strapped to his sore lower back and a smile creasing his face.

Pension fund CalSTRS weighs shift to safety

NEW YORK - The California State Teachers' Retirement System, the nation's second-largest public pension system, is considering a new strategy that would shift up to 12% of its $191-billion portfolio into safer investments, such as long-term Treasury bonds.

Political Memo: Obama Takes Climate Message to Alaska, Where Change Is Rapid

On the third day of his visit to Alaska, President Obama delivered promises of new aid for Arctic communities whose shorelines and infrastructure are crumbling because of rising temperatures.

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