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Is the United States a Christian nation?

Is the United States a Christian nation?

Frank Simmonds carries the cross in the Way of the Cross procession over the Brooklyn Bridge April 22, 2011 in New York City. Credit: Daniel Barry/Getty Images At a press event with the president of Turkey in 2006, President Barack Obama made the comment that the United States was no longer simply a Christian nation [...]

What if a therapist sees danger signs?

What if a therapist sees danger signs?

When do psychiatrists have a responsibility to break doctor, patient confidentiality? Credit: AP Court documents in the Colorado massacre case show the suspect was seeing a psychiatrist. Dr. Lynne Fenton of the University of Colorado specializes in schizophrenia and is medical director of student mental health services. Some are asking whether it’s possible she saw [...]

U.S. Secretary of Labor talks jobs

U.S. Secretary of Labor talks jobs

U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis speaks during a news conference to announce a partnership between Facebook, the National Association of Colleges and Employers, DirectEmployers Association and the National Association of State Workforce Agencies aimed at connecting Americans with jobs October 20, 2011 in Washington, DC. ‘By leveraging the power of the social Web, this initiative [...]

The lone escapee from North Korea’s prison camps

The lone escapee from North Korea’s prison camps

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West Credit: By Blaine Harden Even though North Korea’s government won’t admit they exist, the country’s prison camps can be seen via satellite imagery. The camps hold nearly 200,000 prisoners which receive lifelong punishment, work for over twelve hours a [...]

‘National Same Sex Kiss Day’ comes to a Chick-Fil-A near you

‘National Same Sex Kiss Day’ comes to a Chick-Fil-A near you

Protesters hold signs and shout slogans outside a Chick-fil-A food truck in a mid-day demonstration organized by the Human Rights Campaign in Washington on 26 July, 2012 after the fast-food firm’s president Dan Cathy came out against marriage equality in the United States. The protesters accused Chick-fil-A of a long history of supporting groups that [...]

If swimming is the only sport that can save your life, why are pools closing?

If swimming is the only sport that can save your life, why are pools closing?

A public swimming pool. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images The height of summer conjures images of long lazy days lying by the pool or ocean, dipping in and having fun when the heat gets too much. But the water can be one of the most dangerous places to be – if you don’t know how to [...]

Is it ethical to keep brain dead people alive for their organs?

Is it ethical to keep brain dead people alive for their organs?

Two organ donor application leaflets shown in London on January 16, 2008. Credit: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images At any given time, there are more than 114,000 Americans in need of life-saving organ transplants. And on average, 18 of them lose their lives every day because they did not receive the transplant they need. Even still, there [...]

Winning the ‘war on doping’ in athletics

Winning the ‘war on doping’ in athletics

An analyst works in the Olympic anti-doping laboratory in January. The lab in Harlow, England will test 5,000 of the 10,490 athletes’ samples from the London 2012 Games. Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images All eyes are on London with the opening of the Olympics, but where there are high profile athletes, the conversation soon turns to [...]

What belongings would you save in the event of a house fire?

What belongings would you save in the event of a house fire?

It’s an age-old conundrum incited by a question that everyone dearly hopes remains hypothetical. Its also the question posed by a new book by Foster Huntington called “The Burning House.” The book began its life as a conversation at a dinner party. That one four-word question caused people to look inward and truly consider what [...]

Will Sacramento River pipeline be enough?

Will Sacramento River pipeline be enough?

Current water pump pipes in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, an area that has been heavily impacted by our water needs. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Governor Jerry Brown and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will announce a proposed plan today to build two massive tunnels that would carry water south from the Sacramento River. The project [...]