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MLK's final sermon: 'I've Been to the Mountaintop'

Monday, the nation remembers Martin Luther King Jr. Perhaps the greatest of his speeches, from a man renowned for his uplifting words, was one given extemporaneously on the last night of his life, April 3, 1968: "I've Been to the Mountaintop."... Read more»

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Comic: Usurpation

Buddhist TV

Gyaltsen Norbu, selected Panchen Lama by China in 1990, but widely considered "the fake Panchen Lama", makes an appearance on Buddhist TV.... Read more»

2010 Census

Follow up: Faux census surveys you received

We've gotten about 40 responses pointing us to other examples of questionable invocations of the census and other official-sounding surveys that are actually fundraising requests.... Read more»

Border & immigration

Gaps in 'virtual' border fence project raise questions

A multibillion dollar project to create a virtual fence along the U.S.-Mexico border has suffered budget setbacks and system glitches, pushing the projected completion date back three years and sparking concern among law enforcement officials.... Read more»

Slate: Feds killed 10,000 by poisoning alcohol during Prohibition

A federal program to curb illegal drinking during Prohibition may have killed as many as 10,000 people. The federal government was so frustrated that people continued to drink during Prohibition, that it poisoned ingredients it knew would be used by bootleggers, reports Slate.com's Deborah Blum.... Read more»

Opinion

Small foreign news staffs threaten US democracy

The CBS London bureau now stands half empty, and the dwindling band of survivors wonder who will go next. Now ABC News has announced much deeper cuts. The Baltimore Sun now has only a skeleton staff. You would be silly to spend money buying a copy. You could read it in 10 minutes. ... Read more»

Winter Olympics

Were the Olympics worth it for Vancouver?

Worries will now spring up about the legacy of Vancouver 2010. And while the new transportation infrastructure and improvements were needed, that's hardly enough to justify the decade in the making of this vast endeavor.... Read more»

Health care debate

GOP presses campaign against Democratic health reform

GOP officials on Sunday talk shows stressed their belief that health overhaul goes beyond tax and fiscal issues usually reserved for the budget reconciliation tactic. Meanwhile, House Democrats indicated they expect a successful vote on a bill.... Read more»

Book festival

Cuba: Home to one of the world's biggest book parties

Each February, Cuba’s International Book Fair transforms the old Spanish fortifications that overlook the Havana harbor into one of the biggest book parties in the world. The fair is Cuba’s largest cultural event, and as such, it brings out the best and worst elements of a one-party socialist system that celebrates reading but practices careful censorship.... Read more»

Health care & religion

Catholic directive may thwart end-of-life wishes

A woman in Oklahoma suffered a massive stroke and although she had a directive specifying no artificial hydration or nutrition if she weren’t going to recover, her nephew insisted the local bishop’s directive on feeding tubes required the Catholic hospital to install one. ... Read more»

Comic: Ambition

Own the (Olympic) podium

Did Canadians 'own the podium' in Vancouver, as they'd threatened? We'd have to say, from our south-of-the-border perspective ... no.... Read more»

Chilean earthquake

Chile quake: Fear and shaking in Santiago

SANTIAGO, Chile — Much of Chile awoke to a living nightmare early Saturday morning as a magnitude 8.8 earthquake struck the central part of the country, leveling bridges, flattening homes and killing at least 150 people.... Read more»

Comic: Innovation

Curling... 2014

One man, one dream ... and an invention that would change the sports world forever.... Read more»

Border violence

Drug shootouts close U.S. consulate in Reynosa, Mexico

The U.S. has closed its consulate in the Mexican city of Reynosa after a series of gunfights between soldiers and drug gangs.... Read more»

Second Amendment

Chicago handgun ban to go before Supreme Court

A Second Amendment case before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday could decide how strict cities and states can make gun laws.... Read more»

Opinion

Let Haitians come to the U.S.

How can America best help the survivors of Haiti's catastrophic earthquake? Give them visas to come to the United States.... Read more»

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