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Vivas o Muertas: How Immigrant Women Inside Berks are Fighting for Liberation

A group of mothers at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania are on hunger strike fighting for their freedom. The strike is the latest of efforts to shut down the detention center over the last two years. In 2014, various local immigrant rights groups heard of sexual assault taking place inside Berks and launched an effort to shut […]

Scottish Firm Claims Commercial Tidal Power Breakthrough

Guardian: World First for Shetlands in Tidal Power Breakthrough A power company in Shetland has claimed a breakthrough in the race to develop viable offshore tidal stations after successfully feeding electricity to local homes. NovaShow More Summary

Ivory Coast rain to boost cocoa crop but more sun needed: farmers

ABIDJAN (Reuters) - Abundant rainfall last week in most of Ivory Coast's principal cocoa regions could boost the forthcoming October-to-March main crop but more sunshine is needed to accelerate the growth of small pods, farmers said on Monday.

Trump promises "major" immigration speech after flip-flop -- but will his plan really be a new approach?

Campaign 2016 updates: Trump's immigration plan starts to look status quo Aug. 29, 2016, 5:27 a.m. Donald Trump tried to again double down on his hard line immigration plan over the weekend, but the details of the deportation plan remain fuzzy.Donald Trump continues to toggle on immigration positionsTrump...

Autopsy of the Campaign Against the Exelon-Pepco Merger

In August 2015, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission shocked many observers by rejecting Exelon’s bid to purchase Pepco Holdings, after the deal had already been approved by federal regulators and three other neighboring states. D.C. Show More Summary

Obama's former campaign strategist calls Donald Trump a "psychopath"

Campaign 2016 updates: Trump's immigration plan starts to look status quo Aug. 29, 2016, 4:47 a.m. Donald Trump tried to again double down on his hard line immigration plan over the weekend, but the details of the deportation plan remain fuzzy.Donald Trump continues to toggle on immigration positionsTrump...

New rules on small drones kick in today: What you need to know

For companies that want to use small drones, a new era began Monday. That's when rules kicked in that free them from having to request special permission from the federal government for any commercial drone endeavor - a waiver process that often took months. Although industry experts say the Federal...

Essential California: Black Lives Matter gets cool reception from some black churches

Good morning. It is Monday, Aug. 29. Steven Gerrard of the L.A. Galaxy just had his first In-N-Out burger. How was it? “Life changing.” Here's what else is happening in the Golden State: TOP STORIES Civil rights movement For decades, African American churches have played a central role in Los...

China's Parliament proposes new environmental tax benefits: Xinhua

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Parliament has proposed increasing tax benefits for companies that cut pollution by more than the national standard, state media Xinhua reported on Monday, the latest effort by Beijing to curb the country's emissions.

In one Texas congressional race, there's a third candidate - and his name is Trump

A decade ago, a Democrat defeated the Republican incumbent in Texas’ 23rd Congressional District. Four years later, Republicans took the district back. Then it flipped to the Democrats again. And then back to the Republicans. This fall, Democrats are trying to reclaim one of the few competitive...

Energy storage is taking on a greater role in the power grid. But how big can it get?

In a fast-developing industry teeming with technologies that promise to be the next big thing, energy storage appears to be the biggest. Its supporters not only sing its praises but also tout what they say is its inevitability. “We’re going to have 10 times as much energy storage on the grid by...

Liberia must learn to honor the rights of rural residents to manage their own land

Liberia, the first African country to declare itself a republic and one of three African nations to take part in the establishment and adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, is on the brink of its own landmark achievement in human rights. Internal peace and security is within...

China once struggled to feed its people. Now it's seeing a rise in eating disorders

The patients filed into a drab, gray-paneled room, clothes hanging from skeletal frames. One young woman held a plastic bag of cookies. Visitors looked up at the hospital’s faded Chinese New Year decorations and pretended not to notice their entrance. A mother stood in front of the packed room...

Pediatricians urge states to get tough on parents who don't want to vaccinate their kids

The nation’s pediatricians are pushing back against parents who resist having their children vaccinated against a broad range of dangerous diseases by calling on states to stop offering waivers to those with non-medical objections to the practice. In a policy statement issued Monday, the American...

California Inc.: Want to be in the drone biz? Pass this test

Welcome to California Inc., the weekly newsletter of the L.A. Times Business section. I'm Business columnist David Lazarus, and here's a rundown of upcoming stories this week and the highlights of last week. Pharmaceutical company Mylan is still in the news after hiking the price of life-saving...

More than a year after the nuclear deal, Iranians are still waiting for an economic revival

Eight months after international sanctions were lifted in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, Iran’s long-suffering people are still waiting for change. President Hassan Rouhani’s promises of new jobs and greater incomes haven’t been met. Foreign investment has been slow to materialize....

Essential Politics: The Clintons and the Nigerian billionaire

A Nigerian billionaire and a famed basketball player drew the most attention on the presidential campaign trail over the weekend. I’m Christina Bellantoni. Welcome to Essential Politics, in what might be the final quiet week of this election. On the front page of the Los Angeles Times on Sunday,...

Even after reforms, the state's energy regulator can still have private meetings with utility companies

For years, state lawmakers have been trying to crack down on private meetings between utility companies and members of the California Public Utilities Commission after revelations that top officials and industry executives had frequent dinner dates, shared talking points and even sketched out details...

Even rivals say Mark Leno is one of Sacramento's most accomplished lawmakers. And now, his time is up.

Mark Leno flashes a broad smile when a conversation about his political legacy pivots to an earlier part of his life, when he was a restless young man who abruptly decided to walk away from rabbinical school without any plan for what would come next. "My friend gave me a T-shirt that year for Hanukkah...

Nearly 30% Of India’s Land Is Now Undergoing Desertification

Nearly 30% of India’s land is now undergoing desertification, primarily as a result of the land degradation accompanying overcultivation, overgrazing, deforestation, and the overexploitation of water resources in dryland regions, according to a new report from the Indian Space Research Organization. Show More Summary

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