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Year in Review: Abortion rights, clinics under growing attacks in 2015

Written by Lisa Neff,
Staff writer
Thursday, 17 December 2015 12:24

More than 300,000 Americans and a coalition of 140 progressive groups want the U.S. Justice Department to investigate the deadly shooting at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, as an act of domestic terrorism.

Year in Review: Notable quotes of 2015, the top 10 list

Written by WiG Wednesday, 16 December 2015 12:42
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Pope Francis’ comments that human activity is mostly to blame for global warming top a list of the most notable quotes of 2015, as compiled by a Yale Law School librarian who also included several sound bites from the U.S. presidential campaign.

1 after another, Chicago police videos made public

Written by BY DON BABWIN
ASSOCIATED PRESS
Friday, 11 December 2015 12:29

Since dashcam footage showing a white Chicago police officer killing a black teenager was made public, city officials have released a series of videos showing police encounters with the public.

Shooting suspect asked for directions to Planned Parenthood clinic

Written by The AP Thursday, 10 December 2015 08:27

The man accused of killing three people at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado asked at least one person in a nearby shopping center for directions to the facility before opening fire, a law enforcement official said, offering the clearest suggestion yet that he was targeting the reproductive health organization.

Did slaves peel your frozen shrimp? A guide to the issue and what to do

Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 17 December 2015 09:23

Enslaved migrant workers and children are ripping the heads, tails, shells and guts off shrimp at processing factories in Thailand, according to an investigation by The Associated Press.

Thumbs up, thumbs down: The original 1977 reviews of ‘Star Wars’

Written by The AP Monday, 14 December 2015 12:14

When George Lucas’ “Star Wars” first landed in 1977, some critics were swept away, while others resisted the tide. A sampling:

7 half-pound mutts become first test-tube puppies

Written by SUE MANNING,
Associated Press
Friday, 11 December 2015 12:18

A team of veterinarians, scientists and lab workers gathered around a surrogate hound and watched her give birth to seven half-pound puppies, the first dogs ever conceived in a test tube.

"We each took a puppy and rubbed it with a little towel and when it started to squiggle and cry, we knew we had success,'' said Dr. Alexander Travis, who runs the lab at the Baker Institute for Animal Health at Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine in Ithaca, New York.

Heavyweight legend Muhammad Ali weighs in on proposed ban on Muslims

Written by Reuters Thursday, 10 December 2015 07:53

U.S. boxing great Muhammad Ali poses during the Crystal Award ceremony at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland in 2006.
—PHOTO: REUTERS/Andreas Meier/Files

Former boxing champion Muhammad Ali on Dec. 9 appeared to join the chorus condemning the proposal by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump to temporarily stop Muslims from entering the country.

Final goodbye: Roll call of some who died in 2015

Written by BERNARD McGHEE
Associated Press
Thursday, 17 December 2015 08:07

Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek fame died in 2015.
—PHOTO: Courtesy

Sometimes the act of dying, by itself, represents a type of victory.

National database of pets in shelters is online: Shelter Animals Count

Written by The Associated Press Monday, 14 December 2015 09:56

Millions of dogs and cats end up in animal shelters or rescues every year, but there are no comprehensive statistics on how many, how they got there, if they were adopted, if a rescue saved them or if their time ran out and they were euthanized. But a new website is aiming to remedy the lack of data.

Tunisian pro-democracy group accepts Nobel Peace Prize

Written by Gwladys Fouche
and Johan Ahlander
Reuters
Friday, 11 December 2015 12:09

A Tunisian pro-democracy group accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on Dec. 10 and set the fight against terrorism and helping Palestinians to achieve self-determination as global priorities.

The National Dialogue Quartet, which won the Peace Prize for helping build democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring, accepted the award at a ceremony in Oslo held under tight security following the armed attacks in Paris on Nov. 13.

Fate of hundreds of baboons in research program uncertain

Written by The AP Tuesday, 08 December 2015 12:39

The fate of hundreds of baboons at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center research facility in El Reno remains uncertain after the school announced plans to wind down the program that used the animals.

In September, OU president David Boren said the program would come to an end in three to four years.