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The president has tackled issues of race much more forcefully and directly of late, as seen not only in his speeches but in his policies — including commutation of the sentences of drug offenders.
Religious colleges worry that if they stick to their convictions, they may lose tax-exempt status. That happened to Bob Jones University in 1983 because it continued to prohibit interracial dating.
Mehdi Behkish, the head of Iran's International Chamber of Commerce in Tehran, explains why he supports the country's nuclear agreement with world powers, and how Iran can move forward.
Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill that bars professional teams there from treating their cheerleaders as independent contractors. The bill came after lawsuits alleged the cheerleaders were underpaid.
Workers pull out plastic and trash from a conveyor belt of paper at a recycl...
Are plastic bags recyclable? Why are Christmas lights a no-go? A recycling plant operations manager takes readers' questions about the process.
Mary Johnson spoke with Oshea Israel at StoryCorps in Minneapolis....
As a teen, Oshea Israel killed another young man at a party. Years later, as the end of his prison time approached, Israel met the mother of the man he murdered — and earned her forgiveness.