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Death penalty’s future in California after Supreme Court OK’s execution drug

Death penalty’s future in California after Supreme Court OK’s execution drug
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Californians did not vote down the death penalty in the 2012 election cycle; Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images Over the next 120 days, California Governor Jerry Brown and prison officials will be working to come up with a one-drug lethal injection method for the nearly 750 inmates on California’s death row, the largest in the nation. […]

Health care experts debate privacy threat of Covered California’s patient data collection

Health care experts debate privacy threat of Covered California’s patient data collection

Dr. Jason Greenspan (L) and emergency room nurse Junizar Manansala care for a patient in the ER of Mission Community Hospital.; Credit: David McNew/Getty Images Covered California, the Affordable Care Act’s state exchange in California, will collect insurance company data on prescriptions, doctor visits and hospital stays, a move that has stirred serious concerns about […]

A deeper dive into the Greece debt crisis

A deeper dive into the Greece debt crisis

Pro-euro protesters hold a banner reading ”YES” during a demonstration in front of the parliament in Athens on June 30, 2015. ; Credit: ARIS MESSINIS/AFP/Getty Images Greece’s financial turmoil continues. Greek banks are closed and it is anticipated that Greece will not pay the $1.73 billion due today to the International Monetary Fund, making it […]

Iran nuclear deal deadline extended…again. What comes next

Iran nuclear deal deadline extended…again. What comes next

US Secretary of State John Kerry (third from the left) and representatives of the EU+3 attend a meeting at the Palais Coburg Hotel, the venue of the nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria on June 28, 2015. Talks between Iran and major powers on finalizing a historic nuclear deal will go beyond the June 30 deadline, […]

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

Supreme Court extends same-sex marriage nationwide

People celebrate outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC on June 26, 2015 after its historic decision on gay marriage. The US Supreme Court ruled Friday that gay marriage is a nationwide right, a landmark decision in one of the most keenly awaited announcements in decades and sparking scenes of jubilation. The nation’s highest court, […]

A humble request to ignore Donald Trump’s presidential campaign

A humble request to ignore Donald Trump’s presidential campaign

Business mogul Donald Trump holds documents certifying his net worth is 8.7 billion dollars as he announces his candidacy for the U.S. presidency at Trump Tower on June 16, 2015 in New York City. Trump is the 12th Republican who has announced running for the White House. ; Credit: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images Despite that fact […]

Sea change against Confederate flag and other catalysts that transformed American history

Sea change against Confederate flag and other catalysts that transformed American history

Gwen Alston, Kuniharu kubodera and Barbara Kubodera (L-R) sit on the steps of the capitol as they show their support for the removal of the confederate flag from the Capitol grounds, during a protest in support of the flags removal on June 23, 2015 in Columbia, South Carolina. ; Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images Following last […]

Medical marijuana meta-analysis shows weak evidence it works

Medical marijuana meta-analysis shows weak evidence it works

Care-carrying medical marijuana patients sample the brownies at Los Angeles’ first-ever cannabis farmer’s market at the West Coast Collective medical marijuana dispensary, on the fourth of July, or Independence Day, in Los Angeles, California on July 4, 2014 where organizer’s of the 3-day event plan to showcase high quality cannabis from growers and vendors throughout […]

Should South Carolina take down the Confederate Flag?

Should South Carolina take down the Confederate Flag?

Hundreds of people gather for a protest rally against the Confederate flag in Columbia, South Carolina on June 20, 2015. The racially divisive Confederate battle flag flew at full-mast despite others flying at half-staff in South Carolina after the killing of nine black people in an historic African-American church in Charleston on June 17. Dylann […]

Charleston shooting: Domestic terrorism? Hate crime? Both? None of the above?

Charleston shooting: Domestic terrorism? Hate crime? Both? None of the above?

People pay their respects outside Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 18, 2015. Police captured the white suspect in a gun massacre at one of the oldest black churches in the United States, the latest deadly assault to feed simmering racial tensions.; Credit: MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty Images Thursday night, a normally jocular Jon […]