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Obama swats at GOP budget

Obama swats at GOP budget

US President Barack Obama speaks during the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) Convention on April 3, 2012 in Washington, DC. Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images Delivering a speech in front of the Associated Press today, President Barack Obama took a very harsh stance against the budget plan being supported by House Republicans. While Obama has [...]

Mass shooting at Oakland university raises the question: Can adults be bullied?

Mass shooting at Oakland university raises the question: Can adults be bullied?

Police secure the scene at Oikos University after a shooting that killed multiple people on April 2, 2012 in Oakland, California. Credit: Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images One L. Goh, the 43-year-old suspect in yesterday’s mass shooting at Oikos University in Oakland, California told investigators that he had targeted administrators and students who had teased him while [...]

Opposition appeals for no Walmart in Chinatown

Opposition appeals for no Walmart in Chinatown

Pedestrians walk through an old section of Chinatown in Los Angeles, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images The Los Angeles City Council on March 23 voted to adopt a proposal from Councilman Ed Reyes to temporarily ban the construction of large retail chains in Chinatown. But the vote couldn’t stop plans for a Walmart grocery store [...]

Left on the left coast: new study warns UC students get unbalanced liberal education

Left on the left coast: new study warns UC students get unbalanced liberal education

University of California, Berkeley students set up tents after a general assembly voted to again occupy campus as part of an “open university” strike in solidarity with the Occupy Wall Street movement on November 15, 2011 in Berkeley, California. Credit: Max Whittaker/Getty Images Does the University of California lean to the left? It does, according [...]

The Science of Children’s Religious Belief

The Science of Children’s Religious Belief

Though some people are born with natural talents, artistic, athletic, even mathematical, it seems that all people are born with a propensity to become religious. In his new book “Born Believers” author and researcher Justin Barrett argues that the way our brains naturally develop, make us prone to believe in a complex system of beliefs [...]

Report reveals frequent emergency services users cost cities millions

Report reveals frequent emergency services users cost cities millions

A patient talks with nurse in the Emergency Room at Central Montgomery Medical Center December 10, 2004 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania. Credit: William Thomas Cain/Getty Images This week a joint venture between the San Diego Union-Tribune and USC’s Center for Health Reporting gives us a new use of the term “frequent flyers” – this time as [...]

A scientific look at the risks and rewards of yoga

A scientific look at the risks and rewards of yoga

The Science of Yoga: The Risks and The Rewards In their quest for fitness and spiritual bliss, yoga devotees twist themselves into various poses like Downward Facing Dog, Warrior II and Crow. But what do the millions of modern practitioners of this ancient practice really know about what yoga can and can’t do to heal [...]

‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner takes us back in time

‘Mad Men’ creator Matthew Weiner takes us back in time

The cast and crew of ‘Mad Men’ including Elisabeth Moss, Jon Hamm, Matthew Weiner and Christina Hendricks poses in the press room during the 63rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California on September 18, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty [...]

One month later, the facts in the Trayvon Martin story still unclear

One month later, the facts in the Trayvon Martin story still unclear

A man joins nationwide protests in memory of slain Florida teenager Trayvon Martin on March 26, 2012 in downtown of Los Angeles, California. Credit: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images As new evidence of 911 calls and eye-witness testimonies trickle in, new questions arise about the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. What we do know is [...]

Could there be life sans individual mandate for the Affordable Care Act?

Could there be life sans individual mandate for the Affordable Care Act?

The west front of the U.S. Supreme Court Building on March 28, 2012 in Washington, DC. Today is the last of three day the high court set to hear arguments over the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images At the core of the Affordable Care Act is the [...]