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Malala Yousafzai’s Book Is Banned In Pakistani Private Schools

Malala Yousafzai’s Book Is Banned In Pakistani Private Schools

An organization representing 40,000 private schools in Pakistan says it has decided to ban I Am Malala, a memoir written by Malala Yousafzai, the teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting the education of girls.

Mental Health Moves Closer To Parity In New Insurance Rules

Mental Health Moves Closer To Parity In New Insurance Rules

Many health insurers must treat coverage of mental health and substance abuse in the same way they handle treatments for physical illness, according to a new rule issued Friday by the Obama administration.

He’s The One! Rubber Duckie Joins The Toy Hall Of Fame

He’s The One! Rubber Duckie Joins The Toy Hall Of Fame

Saying that “one toy stretches our gray matter; the other expands our sense of childhood wonder,” the National Toy Hall of Fame announced Thursday that its 2013 inductees are the game of chess and the rubber duck.

Strongest Cyclone Ever? Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines

Strongest Cyclone Ever? Typhoon Haiyan Slams Philippines

Meteorologists weren’t holding back Friday after watching in amazement as Typhoon Haiyan roared over the Philippines with pounding rain and top sustained winds approaching 200 mph as it neared the coast.

Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel Warns

Soaring Personnel Costs Threaten Readiness, Hagel Warns

Health care and retirement costs that already account for a large part of the U.S. military’s budget and are on a path to go even higher could leave the nation with “a military that’s heavily compensated, but probably a force that’s not capable and not ready,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel tells NPR.

Germany Offers Third Gender Option On Birth Certificates

Germany Offers Third Gender Option On Birth Certificates

A German law takes effect today that establishes a third gender option for parents filling out birth certificates for newborn babies.

Pakistan Slams U.S. Over Drone Strike Against Taliban Chief

Pakistan Slams U.S. Over Drone Strike Against Taliban Chief

Pakistan is blasting the United States for a drone strike that has allegedly killed Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud.

Consumer Confidence Fell Sharply This Month; Shutdown Blamed

Consumer Confidence Fell Sharply This Month; Shutdown Blamed

The 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government and the wrangling in Washington over the nation’s finances combined to shake consumers’ confidence sharply in October, the private Conference Board reported Tuesday morning.

France, Germany Want To Set New Rules For Surveillance

France, Germany Want To Set New Rules For Surveillance

A day after reports surfaced that the NSA may have spied on dozens of world leaders, France and Germany are offering to hold talks with the U.S. to establish new rules on surveillance.

Norwegian Town’s Bright Idea Is A Shining Example Of Ingenuity

Norwegian Town’s Bright Idea Is A Shining Example Of Ingenuity

Rjukan, home to about 3,500 residents and situated about 70 miles west of the capital, Oslo, has installed a trio of giant mountaintop mirrors to focus light into the valley town’s square during the cold (and dark) winter months.