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Updated 2019-03-21 19:23
Before he was president, H.W. Bush championed family planning
The 41st president was known for reaching across the aisle and supporting a range of issues, including birth control. His support even earned him the nickname "Rubbers" by other members of Congress.
Rohingya survivors face a new indignity: Banishment to a half-sunken island
The Rohingya may be pushed even farther from home: banished to a remote island off the coast of Bangladesh. There are nearly 1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Officials there are planning to relocate many of them to this tiny island as soon as next year.
Putin says Russia will make banned missiles if US exits arms treaty
The United States delivered Russia a 60-day ultimatum on Tuesday to come clean about what Washington says is a violation of an arms control treaty that keeps missiles out of Europe prompting, a rebuke from Russian President Vladimir Putin.
'Farming While Black': Cultivating food- and racial-justice in upstate New York
In her new book, "Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land," Leah Penniman describes her journey as a woman of color reclaiming space in the agricultural world while providing a comprehensive guide for others who want to follow her path.
This founding father's legacy is darker than some Canadians care to remember
Sir John A. Macdonald is as close to a founding father as Canada has and monuments in his memory are sprinkled across the country. But now Macdonald is being remembered for a crueler aspect of his legacy: the infamous residential school system.
For France's yellow vest protesters, 'gas tax is the tip of the iceberg'
Protests in France that initially targeted an increase in the gas tax have turned into a broader anti-Macron demonstration. Over the weekend, protesters torched cars and smashed windows in the worst disturbances Paris has seen since 1968.
Exclusive 360-degree video: Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider perform 'Balderrama'
The collaboration between Magos Herrera and Brooklyn Rider just released a 360-degree video of the song "Balderrama" shot in studio.
As Greenland’s ice sheet melts, scientists push to learn ‘how fast’
The Greenland ice sheet has long helped cool the world and keep sea levels stable. But now it's melting, and scientists are trying to learn as much as they can, as fast as they can.
Qatar is leaving OPEC. Other countries could follow.
Qatar's decision to leave the oil cartel comes after Saudi Arabia created a blockade in 2017 and issued a proposal this year to dig a ditch separating the two countries.
A pioneering ‘rewilding’ project in England transforms a 200-year-old family farm
When a multigenerational agricultural estate in West Sussex, England, was no longer a fruitful venture — the owners decided to let nature take its course.
Rep. Adam Schiff: We may see Mueller report 'by the end of the year'
The top-ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, says special counsel Robert Mueller may be close to delivering his report on Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election and possible links to the Trump campaign.
‘Justice is not complete’: Honduras convicts 7 in the murder of Indigenous activist
Berta Cáceres led opposition to the hydroelectric dam construction on ancestral lands belonging to the Lenca people before she was shot and killed in March 2016. The seven convicted men face up to 30 years in jail.
No honeymoon period for Mexico's incoming president
After five months, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is finally taking office. But he'll immediately face the country's crisis on the US-Mexico border.
Yemenis don't believe the US Senate can end their civil war
The Senate voted to consider a halt to military support for Saudi Arabia. Here in the US, peace activists are celebrating. But in Yemen, folks are more circumspect.
Trump’s tariffs cause headaches for his own industry: hotels
President Donald Trump's tariffs are impacting a wide range of American industries, including one close to home for the president— hotels.
Home, ‘Sweat’ home
How “Sweat,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning labor drama by Lynn Nottage, made the jump from Broadway glitz to blue-collar communities.
How to build the perfect musical
Jack Viertel gives a master class in American musical theater.
Songtennial: Alan Jay Lerner at 100
What do the musicals “My Fair Lady,” “Gigi” and “Camelot” have in common? They were all written by the talented, complicated Alan Jay Lerner.
The global tear gas business is booming. It's complicated.
Use of tear gas has steadily risen around the world. But odds are, a lot of those silver canisters come from a factory in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, home to just over 600 people, and the uptick in sales has helped the community.
Free after five decades on death row, a Japanese man may be forced to return
Iwao Hakamada, 82, spent nearly five decades on death row — thought to be the world record — for a quadruple murder that evidence suggests he did not commit. A prosecutor appealed the ruling that freed him in 2014 and Hakamada could return to death row if he loses his appeal before the Japanese Supreme Court.
Former FARC fighters turn a camp into a tourist attraction
Fighters get $200 a month as a stipend as they reintegrate into Colombian society but those payments won't last forever, so some are turning to tourism and creating FARC museums to earn a living.
Proposed ‘public charge’ rule change stirs confusion over green card eligibility
Immigrant parents are pulling their children from health and nutrition programs because they're afraid that participating in them could prevent them from getting their green cards.
Megafires are becoming increasingly common in California and climate change is a leading factor
California’s 2018 wildfire season is one of the most destructive on record. More than 7,500 fires burned nearly 2 million acres of land so far this year — the most land burned in a single year since records have been kept.
Senate could vote to pull US out of the Yemen war
Senators are poised to vote on a resolution that would cause President Donald Trump to seek Congressional approval before continuing US involvement in the Yemen civil war.
The first genome edited babies are here. What happens next?
Commentary: The world’s first genome edited babies were inevitable and even predictable, despite an apparent disregard for all global scientific and ethical norms.
First DACA student pushed the boundaries of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship
In an increasingly uncertain time for DACA recipients, Jin Kyu Park hopes his scholarship win shows other undocumented students that change is possible.
GM to slash jobs and production in North America, drawing criticism from Trump and unions
General Motors said on Monday it will cut production of slow-selling models and slash its North American workforce.
Syrian activist Raed Fares wanted 'a free Syria for all Syrians.' It may have cost him his life.
Raed Fares, a Syrian activist and journalist, was killed along with a colleague late last week. Fares was the founder of Radio Fresh, a news source for Syrians as well as a critic of the Assad government, as well as of the militants in the opposition. Friends and colleagues fear that that is what led to his shooting.
An environmental newspaper fights for press freedom in the Russian Arctic
The Barents Observer keeps a close watch on the Russian Arctic because it’s part of the neighborhood, and because there’s a lot at stake there, for Russians and the rest of us.
Zinke announces new leases for offshore wind power on both US coasts
Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has focused primarily on supporting oil, gas and mining interests — his announcement of new offshore wind projects came as a bit of a shock.
American Icons: Harley-Davidson
How “Harley-Davidson” became synonymous with “motorcycle.”
American Icons: Georgia O’Keeffe’s skull paintings
How Georgia O’Keeffe found her inspiration in the deserts of New Mexico.
American Icons: Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’
How Jimi Hendrix summed up the Vietnam War in a single guitar solo.
Trump maintains business as usual with Saudis
President Donald Trump claims that Saudi Arabia's business with the US produces hundreds of thousands of jobs. But that's not really the case.
Indigenous chef Sean Sherman wants you to know the truth behind Thanksgiving
Chef Sean Sherman, CEO and founder of the Sioux Chef, wants people to know the true history about the Thanksgiving holiday — and give you a better way to celebrate it. That means learning about the land we live on, the original people who still live on this land and the food we have in common.
LGBTQ migrants find safety in numbers on trek to US border
Many of the LGBTQ migrants making their way to the US fled violence and harassment at home. They found each other during this journey and have stayed together in a tight-knit group.
As the Arctic warms up, a 'new ocean' is bringing new commerce to the top of the world
As the Arctic warms, it’s opening up a whole new economic frontier, with big opportunities for tourism, shipping and resource development, including oil and gas. But that also brings a whole new array of risks for the region and the world.
Trump’s tariffs are causing major anxiety for the American boating industry
President Donald Trump's tariffs are impacting small businesses across the US, including those who make boating products. The industry worries the tariffs could cost sales. And jobs.
US judge blocks Trump asylum restrictions
US District Judge Jon Tigar in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order against the asylum rules. Tigar's order takes effect immediately, applies nationwide, and lasts until at least Dec. 19.
After his life's work burned, audio recordist links California fires to the 'extinction of whole habitats'
Bernie Krause lost his home and original recordings in a California wildfire last year. His home is once again shrouded in smoke from the nearby Camp Fire.
The US midterms 'blue wave' has mixed results for the environment
The 2018 US midterm elections ushered in a Democratic majority in the House of Representatives — along with new Democratic governors — who pledge to act on climate change. It also ushered out some climate-denying Republicans. Yet overall, the elections had mixed results for the environment.
Waiting for asylum, migrants in limbo grow desperate
A group of about 3,000 migrants has travelled for more than a month to reach the US. Now, they’re just a half-hour walk away. But getting in seems more distant than ever.
Bayer faces billion-dollar losses related to legal claims of deadly Roundup herbicide
Monsanto, makers of the widely used herbicide Roundup, faces claims of consumer deception, costing its new parent company, Bayer, more than $20 billion in lost market value.
The Iran nuclear deal created an opening for American businesses. Then Trump walked away.
For the past three decades, trade between Iran and the US has been very limited. The 2015 nuclear deal created a rare opening, a chance for American companies to enter the Iranian market. That didn't last long since President Donald Trump walked away from the deal.
Venezuela's new 'fatherland' ID card, created with China's ZTE, helps create social control
Venezuela is rolling out a new, smart-card ID known as the 'carnet de la patria,' or 'fatherland card.' The ID transmits data about cardholders to computer servers. The card is increasingly linked by the government to subsidized food, health and other social programs most Venezuelans rely on to survive.
A new study strongly suggests eating a diet of organic foods can lower cancer rates
Breast cancer rates were 35 percent less in older women and lymphomas were 70 percent less among high consumers of organic food, a major study has found.
Rep. McGovern on Yemen: 'I don't believe the Saudis have any intention of stopping this war'
As a deadline for peace talks ticks down, US Congressman Jim McGovern and Yemeni activist Hisham Al-Omeisy say peace will take more than a pause by the Saudis.
'We Buy White Albums'
Fifty years ago, the Beatles sent millions of blank canvases out into the world.
The great Gardner caper
Reporter Kelly Horan on the unsolved mystery of the Isabella Gardner Museum heist.
Making a life — and living — after Buffalo Tom’s heyday
How does a ‘90s rocker make a decade of recording and touring look presentable on a resume?