Tumultuous 2014 is not even in the books, and already the shape of 2015 looms. The new year promises more war, when the plan was for less. It brings a new order in government, with an institutionally weakened president and strengthened opposition.
And it rings the bells for the 2016 presidential race, which colors everything in the center of power.
The U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit unanimously permanently blocked a 2011 North Carolina law to force women to undergo a narrated ultrasound before receiving abortion care.
The ruling on Dec. 23 states that "the state cannot commandeer the doctor-patient relationship to compel a physician to express its preference to the patient."
Twenty-thousand feet down the answers may be waiting, hidden in some underwater canyon far off Australia’s coast. But more than nine months after searchers began scouring the seas for a Malaysia Airlines jetliner that vanished with 239 people aboard, the catastrophe defies resolution.
In that way, the long, fruitless hunt for clues to Flight 370’s fate set the tone for many of the headlines that defined 2014. It was a year upended by calamity and conflict, disease and division that often left the public and its leaders grasping for answers.
They each turned a moment of violence into a call to action. For James Brady, that moment was when he was shot and wounded by a would-be presidential assassin. For Chung Eun-yong, it was the killings of his two children during a Korean War massacre.
Brady took up a personal campaign for increased gun control after surviving a head wound when a man tried unsuccessfully to kill President Ronald Reagan, for whom Brady was press secretary. Chung began a years-long quest for justice, which eventually prompted the U.S. Army to acknowledge having killed civilian refugees at No Gun Ri.
Starbucks this week announced the planned elimination of the sale of eggs that come from caged hens throughout its supply chain. The company will switch to cage-free eggs, including for its pastries.
The policy was announced a week in advance of new animal welfare legislation in California — Proposition 2 and AB1437.
Robin Williams’ suicide seared into the world’s collective mindset more than anything else this year, based on what people were searching for on Google.
The reaction to Williams’ death in August topped Google’s list of 2014’s fastest-rising search requests. It beat notable events such as the World Cup, the Ebola outbreak, the March disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 and the Ice Bucket Challenge, an Internet video craze to raise awareness and money for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
Young adults often misuse and abuse prescription stimulants as a way to manage the daily demands of academics, work and social pressures. This is the finding of a survey from the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids.
Among young adults between the ages of 18 to 25, 1 in 6 — 17 percent — has abused a prescription stimulant. Overall, young adults are most likely to abuse the prescribed stimulants Adderall (60 percent), Ritalin (20 percent) and Vyvanse (14 percent), which are prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
The police killings of unarmed blacks in the United States — and the investigations and tumultuous protests they inspired — was the top news story of 2014, according to The Associated Press’ annual poll of U.S. editors and news directors.
In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration will modify the current policy requiring a lifetime deferral for blood donation from any man who has had sex with another man.
The FDA will change the blood donation policy for gay and bisexual men from the lifetime ban to one requiring a year of abstinence prior to donating blood.
The Institute for Research and Education on Human Rights this week expressed concern that a South Carolina white nationalist leader is scheduled to appear alongside members of Congress and prospective presidential candidates at an upcoming tea party convention.
IREHR documented in a new report that Roan Garcia-Quintana, a national board member of the white nationalist Council of Conservative Citizens, is listed as a featured speaker at the South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention to be held Jan. 17-19 in Myrtle Beach.