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Murder in mind in Karin Fossum's new thriller 'Hell Fire'

With Scandinavian crime fiction all the rage and enormous attention paid to writers like Jo Nesbo, Stieg Larsson and Henning Mankell, it's almost, well, criminal, that Norway's Karin Fossum isn't better known.                Translated into dozens of languages and winner of the Glass Key Award...

EpiPen price gouging demonstrates need for more competition in generic drugs

In the latest in a recent series of controversies over prescription drug prices, Mylan Pharmaceuticals has come under well-deserved fire for jacking up the price of a package of EpiPens — devices that deliver an emergency shot of epinephrine to someone suffering a potentially fatal allergic reaction...

City of Hesperia needs to obey a court injunction on group homes

The city of Hesperia, in its zeal to prevent crime in rental properties, enacted two housing ordinances of dubious constitutionality. The crime-free rental housing ordinance, which went into effect this year, compels landlords to run criminal background checks on all prospective tenants and to start...

California's new standardized tests are flawed, but still important

The modest rise in California’s standardized test scores this year was mildly gratifying but not surprising. Each time a new test is introduced, results look terrible at first. Then, as schools grow more familiar with its expectations and quirks, scores rise for several years. This was only the...

Wading through the ‘bad hair‘ barrier for black girls

Olympian Simone Manuel’s first-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle last week was more than a personal accomplishment: It was a cultural milestone. When she finished the race in 52.7 seconds, an Olympic record, she became the first African-American to win an individual gold medal in swimming....

Crews find living among the dead as search goes on for survivors of crew that killed 267

The rescuers’ hopes were dashed when they touched the small, cold leg protruding from a mountain of debris in this quake-ruined village. Clearly, the little girl was dead. But not all hope was lost. As they dug, the rescue crew could see that entwined in the dead 8-year-old child’s arms was her 4-year-old...

Coordinator of UK Ocean Acidification Research Attacks The Spectator for 'Willfully Misleading' James Delingpole Column

The Spectator is one of the oldest English language magazines on the planet, established in London in 1828.  Chances are if you’ve never read it, you’ve probably heard of it. The Marine Biologist magazine, on the other hand, was only launched in 2013. Show More Summary

Foreign seed firms form alliance to protest India regulation

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Major international seed companies formed an alliance on Friday to protest against India's moves to toughen regulation, executives said on Friday, reacting to proposals that foresee the compulsory licensing of genetically modified crops.

"We Need to Talk About an Injustice"—#Roots2Liberation

"We Need to Talk About an Injustice"—#Roots2Liberation zaineb | August 26, 2016 During our 20th anniversary event, From Revolutionary Roots to Liberated Futures, there will be a panel conversation moderated by W. Kamau Bell featuring Patrisse Cullors, Eva Paterson, and Bryan Stevenson. Show More Summary

They built towering new cities in China. Now they're trying it in downtown L.A.

Winston Yan stood atop the largest real estate project of its kind in downtown Los Angeles, a monstrous patchwork of glass and concrete next to the 110 Freeway, and marveled at the bustle of workers, construction vehicles and cranes 38 stories below. The scope of development in this mixed-use project,...

Drug companies spend millions to keep charging high prices

Pharmaceutical heavyweight Mylan, the latest poster child for drug-industry greed, finally stuck up for itself Thursday. It argued that “the system,” not avarice, was to blame for the company jacking up the price of EpiPens, a common (and life-saving) allergy remedy, by over 400%. “Look, no one’s...

Meet the Nightcrawlers of Manila: A night on the front lines of the Philippines' war on drugs

The radio crackled.  Linus Guardian Escandor II knew what was coming. The station, AM 594 kHz, would report a summary execution. He would squeeze into a pickup truck with four other photojournalists, speed through Manila to some rain-slicked slum or dark alley and arrive while the bodies still...

The tailor-made terror of 'The Tension Experience: Ascension'

The first thing that happens when you walk through the doors of “The Tension Experience: Ascension” is that you’re handed a recruitment document for a cult, masquerading as the O.O.A. Institute. Printed on top of the enrollment paper is your own face, smiling back at you.  A rosy-lipped receptionist...

A(n Admittedly Subjective) List of America’s Very Best National Parks

(This is the fourth in a series of posts this week commemorating the 100th anniversary of the creation of the National Park Service.) I love lists. Whether it’s a compilation of the year’s top movies, the best restaurants in California, or the best rock and roll artists of all time, count me in.  I delight […]

Colorado aims to slash its climate pollution

The governor is ordering electric utilities to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

Syrian rebels set to end siege, withdraw from Damascus suburb

Syrian rebel fighters were set to withdraw from the Damascene suburb of Darayya on Friday, government officials and rebel leaders said, ending one of the longest-running sieges in the country’s devastating civil war.  Syrian state news operator SANA reported that “a reconciliation agreement” had...

Acrid smoke from Indonesian fires drifts over Singapore

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Air pollution in Singapore rose on Friday as acrid smoke drifted over the island from fires on Indonesia's Sumatra island, the city-state's National Environment Agency (NEA) said.

China seeks to assuage consumer fears over GMO foods

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's agriculture ministry said it would back new laws on genetically modified (GMO) food labeling "at a suitable time" as it seeks to assuage public concerns over safety, but added that current laws protect consumers.

Efficient cookstoves save trees - and chickens - in Kenya

GICHANGI, Kenya (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Farmers in Kenya's Laikipia County have found a clever way to reduce their use of wood for fuel while raising more chickens for cash: an efficient ceramic cooking stove that doubles as a chick brooding box.

Car bomb attack in Turkey kills 8 police; 45 wounded

Turkey's state-run news agency says at least eight police officers have been killed in a car-bomb attack targeting a checkpoint in southeast Turkey.  Anadolu Agency says 45 people were wounded Friday in the attack, which was carried out with a truck laden with explosives near the town of Cizre,...

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