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I’m a Duke Freshman. Here’s Why I Refused to Read ‘Fun Home.’

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As a Christian, I knew that my beliefs and identity would be challenged at a progressive university like Duke. My first challenge came well before I arrived on campus, when I learned that all first years were assigned Fun Home, a graphic novel by Vermont cartoonist Alison Bechdel. The book includes cartoon drawings of a woman masturbating and multiple women engaging in oral sex. After researching the book’s content and …

In Cuba, Pope Will Focus on Families, Youth and the Church

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Havana — In the shadow of a giant image of Argentine Che Guevara, workmen are in the final stages of building the altar where Argentina-born Pope Francis will celebrate Mass in the Plaza de la Revolucion during his four-day visit to Cuba next month. Tens of thousands of Cubans are expected to attend …

Economy Is Steaming Along in U.S.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — A funny thing happened while the world financial markets shuddered in panic this week. A range of indicators about the U.S. economy, the world’s largest, showed a recovery that’s continuing to gain steam. Even as stocks whipsawed, data on housing, consumer confidence, the labor market and economic growth all showed the economy flexing its growing muscle. The latest data came Thursday …

Seas Rising Faster Than Predicted

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Global sea levels are rising faster than predicted as a result of warming temperatures driven by burning fossil fuels, according to researchers who now say an increase of at least three feet is likely “unavoidable.” The world’s oceans, expanding due to added heat and melting ice, have risen …

Secrets Routinely Sent by Email

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — The transmission of now-classified information across Hillary Clinton’s private email is consistent with a State Department culture in which diplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations, according to documents reviewed by The Associated Press. Clinton’s use of a home server …

Pentagon Probes IS Assessments

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Washington — The Pentagon’s inspector general is investigating an internal complaint that U.S. military intelligence analysts have painted an overly optimistic assessment of the war against the Islamic State, officials said Wednesday. The complaint was filed in recent weeks by a Defense Intelligence Agency civilian analyst who raised …

Bombing Suspect Captured

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The destroyed Khobar Towers and the crater where a truck bomb exploded are shown in this June 25, 1996, photograph taken the day of the attack. The explosion at the U.S. military complex killed 19 Americans and injured …

U.S. Stocks Enjoy Biggest 1-Day Gain in Seven Years

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Dow Jones industrial average rocketed more than 600 points Wednesday, its biggest gain in seven years, snapping a six-day losing streak that had Americans nervously checking their investment balances. While the surge came as a relief to many, Wall Street professionals warned that more rough days lie …

Va. Journalists Killed on Live TV

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Roanoke, Va. — The gunman turned on the video recorder just before 6:45 Wednesday morning and, whispering a single sexist slur, pointed his black Glock at the TV reporter standing in front of him. Alison Parker, 24, was interviewing the head of the local chamber of commerce live …

Sheriff: Officer Shot and 1 Stabbing Victim Have Both Died

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sunset, La. — A police officer was shot and killed Wednesday when he responded to a call from a house where three women had been stabbed, one of them fatally, in a town about 60 miles west of …

The FDA May Be Making a Mistake With Changes to Nutrition Labels

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The good news is that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is poised to make the Nutrition Facts label on many packaged foods significantly more honest. The bad news is that this well-intentioned fix seriously could backfire. As part of a label overhaul, which the FDA announced last …

CEOs Make 200 Times More Than Workers

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Earlier this month, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule that will require companies, starting in 2017, to disclose a simple calculation: At what multiple is the chief executives’ compensation vs. the median-compensated worker. It’s a concept many in Corporate America have loved to hate ever since …

Refugees Race Into Hungary as border fence nears completion

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Brussels — Thousands of refugees, most fleeing wars in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, have been snaking northward through the Balkans in recent days, confronting a Europe woefully unprepared to deal with them at every step. Most endured a …