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Civil and Human Rights

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  • Complaints about jail food highlight debate over outsourcing public services

    ATLANTA One prisoner said he eased hunger pangs by eating toothpaste. One complained he got so little food that he trembled at night in his cell. Another filed grievance after grievance, each consisting of a single word: "Hungry." These complaints, all...
  • Lawmaker wants to restrict e-cigarettes in California

    Lawmaker wants to restrict e-cigarettes in California
    A state lawmaker wants to ban e-cigarettes from restaurants, bars and other workplaces in California where smoking is currently prohibited, but the proposal is expected to face stiff opposition from the tobacco industry. Bills last year that would...
  • Islamic State flees Kobani in Syria; Kurds in Turkey, Iraq dance in the streets

    IRBIL, Iraq Kurdish fighters in Syria claimed Tuesday to have lifted the Islamic State's four-month siege of the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani and said the last Islamic State attackers were on the run. "The Islamic State is on the verge of defeat,"...
  • Alabama challenges federal judge's decision that overturned state's ban on same-sex marriage

    Alabama on Monday began the process of appealing a federal judge's decision that overturned the state's ban on same-sex marriage — a decision that was put on hold to allow time for the appeal. At least two same-sex couples sought and were refused...
  • The influence of science and reason on moral progress

    The influence of science and reason on moral progress
    A century and a half ago, an abolitionist preacher named Theodore Parker noticed something striking about the moral universe: “The arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways,” he said, but added that “from what I see I am sure...
  • World Health Organization adopts reforms after bungling Ebola response

    The World Health Organization has proposed reforms that could overhaul its structure after botching the response to the biggest-ever Ebola outbreak, a sluggish performance that experts say cost thousands of lives. On Sunday, several dozen of WHO's member...
  • Cuba leaves talks on US ties insisting it won't make major changes to its system

    The start of talks on repairing 50 years of broken relations appears to have left President Raul Castro's government focused on winning additional concessions without giving in to U.S. demands for greater freedoms, despite the seeming benefits that warmer...
  • Islamic State on 'verge of defeat' in key Syrian town of Kobani

    Islamic State on 'verge of defeat' in key Syrian town of Kobani
    Islamic State has nearly been pushed out of the Syrian border town of Kobani, activists and Kurdish officials said Monday, marking a major symbolic victory both for the Kurds and the U.S.-led coalition targeting the militants. The Britain-based Syrian...
  • Kurds push Islamic State out of Kobane, monitoring group says

    BEIRUT Syrian Kurdish fighters Monday pushed Islamic State jihadists out of the embattled town of Kobane, a monitoring group said. The Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) captured the Kani Araban district from the extremists in the morning and...
  • South Florida Democrats walk fine line on Cuba

    South Florida Democrats walk fine line on Cuba
    South Florida's Democratic members of Congress are caught between a rock (President Barack Obama) and a hard place (their Cuban-American congressional colleagues) when it comes to rapidly changing U.S. policy toward the island nation. U.S. Reps....
  • Cuba, tax break and animal rights: Letters

    Cuba, tax break and animal rights: Letters
    Cuba policy a betrayal Any visitor to Cuba, by spending money there, is aiding and abetting the Cuban government to continue its hold on power. Yes, you can get a cheap vacation, but you would be benefiting from the misery of those who have endured more...