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‘2014 Was A Catastrophic Year,’ Amnesty International Says

‘2014 Was A Catastrophic Year,’ Amnesty International SaysGovernments "must stop pretending the protection of civilians is beyond their power," Amnesty International says in its human rights report for 2014.

Marijuana Is Now Legal In Alaska, The 3rd U.S. State With Legal Pot

Marijuana Is Now Legal In Alaska, The 3rd U.S. State With Legal PotAlaska's voter initiative making marijuana legal takes effect Tuesday, placing Alaska alongside Colorado and Washington as the three U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal.

In Beta Release, Apple Introduces New, Racially Diverse Emojis

In Beta Release, Apple Introduces New, Racially Diverse EmojisThis comes after the group that sets technical standards changed its mind about skin tones. As we reported, the Unicode Consortium announced back in November that it was going to allow more variety.

For The Evolution Of Marine Creatures, Bigger Is Better, Study Says

For The Evolution Of Marine Creatures, Bigger Is Better, Study SaysFor more than 500 million years, sea creatures have been getting bigger — much bigger as it turns out, according to a study by scientists who say that the evolutionary trend toward larger body size fits with a 19th-century principle known as Cope's rule.

Korean Tailors Try To Keep The Lunar New Year Hanbok Ritual Alive

Korean Tailors Try To Keep The Lunar New Year Hanbok Ritual AliveA new year's tradition of wearing a new, custom-tailored outfit to celebrate the Lunar New Year is fading in Korean culture.

Same-Sex Couple Gets Married In Texas, After Judge Defies Gay-Marriage Ban

Same-Sex Couple Gets Married In Texas, After Judge Defies Gay-Marriage BanTwo Austin women became the first gay couple to legally marry in the state of Texas on Thursday.

U.S. West Coast Port Dispute Forces Shippers To Find Alternatives

U.S. West Coast Port Dispute Forces Shippers To Find AlternativesThanks to contract disputes between the shipping lines and the union representing 20,000 dockworkers. About 50 cargo ships are anchored offshore, waiting to be unloaded.

Obama Calls Idea That The West Is At War With Islam ‘An Ugly Lie’

Obama Calls Idea That The West Is At War With Islam ‘An Ugly Lie’"The notion that the West is at war with Islam is an ugly lie and all of us — regardless of our faith — have a responsibility to reject it," President Obama said Thursday, at a summit on defusing violent extremism.

Obama Names Joseph Clancy As Secret Service Director

Obama Names Joseph Clancy As Secret Service DirectorFour months after he was brought back to an agency that was struggling to cope with a series of embarrassing missteps, Joseph Clancy was named the permanent director of the Secret Service on Wednesday.

Blind Boy’s Quest Prompts Australia To Plan Tactile Cash

Blind Boy’s Quest Prompts Australia To Plan Tactile CashThe Reserve Bank of Australia says it will create bank notes with tactile features to help visually impaired people tell the difference between denominations.