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90% of American Households Are No Better Off Than They Were in the '80s


Contrary to what many economic conservatives may claim, a rising tide does not lift all boats. The bottom 90% of Americans are not faring well — and the reasons why go back way longer than the recession.

J.K. Rowling Is Releasing a New 'Harry Potter' Story on Halloween


Harry Potter fans are in for a real treat on Halloween. According to a post on Pottermore.com, the official website for everything related to the boy wizard, author J.K.

Texas' Textbook Review Process Now Includes a "Biblical Check"


The news: A month after education watchdog groups called out the Texas State Board of Education for trying to push information "unsupported by historical facts and based mostly on the ideological demands" into the state's curriculum, the state's proposed textbooks still contain a multitude of errors and half-truths.

Ebola Has Come to New York. Here Are 6 Reasons Not to Freak Out, According to an Expert


Texas. Ohio. New York. Ebola patients or possible exposures have now appeared in three states with the news that a physician, Dr.

Ebola Has Come to New York City


Ebola has come to the Big Apple. The New York Times reports that a doctor who had treated Ebola patients in West Africa tested positive for the virus, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case.

Aaron Paul Tears Apart the Hypocrisy of Pulling 'Breaking Bad' Toys Off Shelves


The news: Some people weren't too happy with Toys 'R' Us selling action figures from Breaking Bad, the acclaimed television series about a high school chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin.

Black Students Aren't More Likely To Misbehave. So Why Are They Punished So Much More?


Americans may have spent the summer focused on race and police brutality, but racial disparity isn't only present in the criminal justice system.

Three Brilliant Innovators Aaron Sorkin Should Document Other Than Steve Jobs


The news: There's soon going to yet be another movie about Steve Jobs. Walk-and-talk creator and writer Aaron Sorkin is in the midst of producing a biopic about the tech titan.

Three Brilliant Innovators Aaron Sorkin Should Document Other Than Steve Jobs


The news: There's soon going to yet be another movie about Steve Jobs Walk-and-talk creator and writer Aaron Sorkin is in the midst of producing a biopic about the tech titan.

One Woman's Powerful Video Highlights an Ugly Truth About America's Ebola Hysteria


When diseases break out on foreign soil, it rarely makes headlines here in America. The issues are viewed as someone else's problem.  But now that the Ebola virus has reached the United States, every commentator seems to be an expert on this growing "epidemic" threatening lives.

16 Things Women Were Told They Couldn't Do This Year


When Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella suggested earlier this month that women shouldn't proactively advocate for pay raises, heads exploded.

Thousands of Iranians Are Taking a Bold Stand Against a Cruel Form of Misogyny


The news: Thousands of Iranians took to the streets this week to protest a recent string of horrifying acid attacks on women.

The Media Gushed Over Mark Zuckerberg's Chinese — Here's What He Actually Said


The news: Mark Zuckerberg surprised a crowd of students Wednesday in Beijing with his ability to speak Mandarin.

Modern-Day Slavery Still Exists — And It's Thriving Across America


Each year, scores of people are lured to the United States by the promise of a green card, a steady job and the chance of a new start.

Scientists Finally Figured Out When Humans Started Having Sex With Neanderthals


The news: There's a good chance as much as 2% of your DNA comes from neanderthals. That's because your ancestors weren't picky.

The Most Important Political Party This Election Isn't a Party At All


Who needs a political party? In less than two weeks, millions of American voters will go to the polls to cast ballots in 36 Senate races.

Here's What Happens to Your Text Messages After You Get Married


The news: On their first wedding anniversary, data blogger Alice Zhao received a unique present from her husband: a collection of every single text message they sent each other while dating.

The Minimum Wage Could Be Raised in November — but Not Where You'd Expect


As Americans pour into voting booths across the nation this November and cast their ballot for two parties who clash over every issue under the sun, there are some rays of light for a policy that might transcend partisanship: raising the minimum wage.

Science Debunks One of the Most Pernicious Myths About Marijuana


The news: It's one of those myths invariably associated with smoking pot: It supposedly makes you dumber.


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