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Reports Of Prison Guard Brutality In New York Draw A Harsh Spotlight

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 17:49:00 -0400

A rash of incidents involving guards' use of violence against prisoners, sometimes caught on video, is fueling calls for accountability. Others say the focus should be on increasingly violent inmates.

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How The Concept Of Implicit Bias Came Into Being

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 05:03:00 -0400

Implicit bias has become a key part of the national dialogue on race in America. To learn more about the history of the term, we turn to Mahzarin Banaji, one of the researchers who founded the theory.

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Rats That Reminisce May Lead To Better Tests For Alzheimer's Drugs

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:04:00 -0400

Most potential Alzheimer's drugs are tested on mice. But rats may be a better choice because they seem to have a type of memory that's more like ours, and also are highly vulnerable to Alzheimer's.

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Curious George Celebrates 75 Years Of Monkey Business

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 16:20:00 -0400

George has had many close calls, but did you know he once outran the Nazis? Despite some dated themes (we're looking at you, Man with the Yellow Hat) George is now a multimillion-dollar franchise.

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Would California's Proposed Tobacco Tax Hike Reduce Smoking?

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:13:00 -0400

When New York increased its cigarette tax, smoking rates declined. California's proposed increase of $2 a pack may, too, say researchers. The higher the tax, the more likely people are to quit.

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Republicans Say Obama Administration Is Giving Away The Internet

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:41:00 -0400

The U.S. is about to complete its long-planned handover of Internet domain name management to a global non-profit. Republicans argue it's an example of the Obama administration giving up U.S. power.

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Police Reform Is Happening, But It's Hard To Track

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:12:00 -0400

There have been calls for police reforms since 2014, but there are practical limits to how fast a willingness to change can translate into its actually happening.

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How 'Equal Access' Is Helping Drive Black Renters Out Of Their Neighborhood

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:44:00 -0400

San Francisco wants to give long-term residents of a historically African-American area preference in a lottery for new affordable units. Federal officials say that would violate fair housing laws.

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Federal Officers Face Hostility Amid Tension Over Control Of Federal Lands

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 16:51:00 -0400

A reported spike in threats, intimidation and harassment toward federal officers in the rural West makes for a challenging work environment for one law enforcement ranger in southern Nevada.

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Texas Prisoners Sue Over 'Cruel' Conditions, Citing Extreme Heat

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:09:00 -0400

A group of inmates in Texas says poorly ventilated, steel and concrete cellblocks bake like ovens. The inmates are suing the state prison system, arguing the heat is killing older and infirm convicts.

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