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25 May Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Concentration Has Passed the Point of No Return
25 May People with no religion exceeding Christians in England and Wales, says study
24 May Climate change doubters really aren't going to like this study
24 May Christian school in Kansas threatens to expel students if they have a gay family member
23 May Cities 'Woefully Unprepared' for Rising Disaster Risk
23 May Big Pharma Seeks to Capitalize on Pain-Reducing Compound Derived From Cannabis
22 May Oklahoma governor vetoes anti-abortion bill
22 May Irish priest 'knocked out boy, nine, with chloroform' before abusing him in church, trial hears
21 May Edward Snowden warns CIA 'never destroys something by mistake'
21 May Graduates from Jerry Falwell's Liberty University Law have a comically high 26% unemployment rate
20 May 'Fundamentally Unstable' East Antarctica Glacier Heading Toward A Point Of No Return
20 May D.C. security guard arrested for blocking trans woman from using womens' restroom
19 May We Just Completed A Full Year Of Record-Hot Months
19 May Genetically Modified Crops Are Safe, Report Says
18 May Supreme Court ruling should clear the way to free birth control for women with religious employers
18 May Navy Allowed to Kill or Injure Nearly 12 Million Whales, Dolphins, Other Marine Mammals in Pacific
17 May Aussie scientists record climate change 'tipping point'
17 May The Benghazi farce deepens: The GOP's conspiracy hunt is undermined from within
16 May Crossing the Line: How Donald Trump Behaved With Women in Private
16 May Space Junk Orbiting Our Planet Has Become a Big Mess
15 May Pfizer acts to stop its drugs being used in lethal injections
15 May Luxembourg Is Set to Become the Most Animal-Friendly Country in the World
14 May Sign Up To Pose Nude At The Republican National Convention
14 May Italy Becomes Last Western European Nation To Legalize Same-Sex Civil Unions
13 May Pew study sees a shrinking middle class in major US cities
13 May NY priest threatened to send black student 'back to the jungle' and spewed hate towards women: suit
12 May Mitt Romney Sees Only One Possible Explanation For Why Trump Won't Release His Tax Returns
12 May Luxembourg ramps up efforts to enter asteroid mining space race
11 May First report of all the world's plants finds one in five species facing extinction
11 May Arkansas man planned to hang 7 mayors over Common Core and overthrow US with 'Christian army'
10 May Ted Cruz Backers Seek to Seize Control of Republican Convention Platform
10 May First Baptist Church sued in investment scheme
09 May Sea-level rise has claimed five whole islands in the Pacific: first scientific evidence
09 May Pakistan girl's brutal death: 'It is not honor killing, it's just plain murder'
08 May Alabama Chief Justice Moore suspended for rejecting legalization of same-sex marriage
08 May New Record Set for World's Cheapest Solar
07 May Skepticism about climate change may be linked to concerns about economy
07 May Officials: Scant evidence that Clinton had malicious intent in handling of emails
06 May Neither George HW nor George W Bush will endorse Donald Trump
06 May US government: North Carolina LGBT law violates civil rights
05 May Analysis: Republicans have a massive electoral map problem that has nothing to do with Trump
05 May The US Is Finally Taking on Methane, Climate Change's Hidden Villain
04 May A typical person is more than five times as likely to die in an extinction event as in a car crash," says a new report
04 May Largest US food producers ask Congress to shield lobbying activities
03 May Half of leading investors ignoring climate change: study
03 May Halliburton and Baker Hughes abandon $34.6bn takeover
02 May Supreme Court Approves Rule Change To Expand FBI Hacking Power
02 May Watch Obama's Remarks From The 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner
01 May GOP Votes To Block Obama's Action On LGBT Job Discrimination
01 May Montana newspaper exposes hilarious 'facts' on display at creationist museum

30 Apr The NSA Has No Idea How Many Americans It's Spying On
30 Apr Spanking Makes Kids More Defiant, Studies Suggest
29 Apr Mars By 2018? SpaceX And NASA Announce A New Space Project
29 Apr Global warming could deplete the oceans' oxygen – with severe consequences
29 Apr GOP Mega-Donors So Frustrated by Their Failure to Buy Elections That Some Are Bowing Out
28 Apr Anti-vaxx parents guilty in son's death after they gave sick boy maple syrup instead of medicine
28 Apr Creationist Ken Ham faces wrath of Twitter over rant about 'secularists' making fun of his 'stupid' ark
27 Apr Elizabeth Warren's big win: The new, much-needed rule that could rein in Wall Street slime
27 Apr Scientists Create RNA In Water Puddle, Shed Light On Prebiotic Earth
26 Apr Developing countries take lead at climate change agreement signing
26 Apr Report: Third Of Suicides In US Are Among Middle-Aged Whites
25 Apr Anti-Racist Protesters Outnumbered White Supremacists 10 to 1 at a Racist Rally in Georgia
25 Apr Powerful Hollywood conservative group forced to disband due to constant infighting over Donald Trump
24 Apr Delegates face death threats from Trump supporters
24 Apr Planned Parenthood employee opens a can of whoopass on conservative troll — and it's awesome
23 Apr GOP Lawmakers Are Already Planning To Bail On Their Own Convention
23 Apr Fracking Exec Reportedly Admits Targeting the Poor, Because They Don't Have 'The Money To Fight'
22 Apr 3 Officials Charged in Flint Water Crisis
22 Apr Florida schools allow this ex-con 'sports pastor' to roam campuses — and stalk students on Facebook
21 Apr Pentagon's New Rules Allow Them to Kill More Civilians in ISIS Strikes
21 Apr Bill Nye Challenges Climate Change Denier With $20,000 Bet
20 Apr Florida wakes up to climate change
20 Apr Pastor charged in Oshkosh with child enticement
19 Apr Another Month, Another Temperature Record: March 2016 Was The Hottest March Ever
19 Apr Forty Percent of US Electricity Could Come From Rooftop Solar, Report
18 Apr Thug Trump Threatens 'Rough July' for RNC
18 Apr Research shows — yet again — that there's no scientific debate about climate change
17 Apr The Oil Industry Was Warned About Climate Change in 1968
17 Apr Nine states are afraid to let transgender people go to the bathroom
16 Apr CBS News investigation finds Kim Davis' lawyer behind anti-LGBT bills in 20 states
16 Apr Congressman Wants A 'National Day Of Reason' As Atheist Alternative To Day Of Prayer
15 Apr Scientists are stunned by what just happened in Greenland
15 Apr 'Good fat,' low cholesterol, may not be so good after all
14 Apr Police arrest 400 at U.S. Capitol in protest of money in politics
14 Apr The Reason North Carolina's 'Anti-LGBT' Law Is in the Spotlight Now
13 Apr Global Fisheries Are Collapsing -- What Happens When There Are No Fish Left?
13 Apr State funding church: 93 percent of 'scholarship program' vouchers go to religious schools
12 Apr Documents disclose how Chicago police used punches, baton blows and Tasers at the off-the-books interrogation site
12 Apr Thousands quit Church of Denmark after atheist campaign
11 Apr Climate Change Lawsuit by 21 Youths Takes Big Step Forward
11 Apr Sheldon Adelson and top GOP donors retreat to the sidelines
10 Apr Court Strikes Down Scott Walker's Right-To-Work Law As Unconstitutional
10 Apr Florida governor launches bullying attack on woman who criticized him at Starbucks
09 Apr Governor: US Drone Strikes Kill 17 Civilians in Afghanistan
09 Apr Christian Cross On Los Angeles County Seal Is Unconstitutional, Judge Rules
09 Apr Scientists Find Hannibal's Route through Alps
08 Apr This Is Your Brain on Climate Change
08 Apr Bible Wouldn't Stay Tennessee's State Book for Long, Some Experts Say
07 Apr Obama calls for international tax reform amid Panama Papers revelations
07 Apr 'You're an a*shole!': Florida woman publicly shames Gov. Rick Scott for anti-abortion bill
06 Apr North America's Largest Coal-Fired Power Plant Will Soon Be a Solar Farm
06 Apr Thousands Protested Against a Proposed Abortion Ban by Waving Coat Hangers in Warsaw this Weekend
05 Apr Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite's tax havens
05 Apr Hundreds abused by 50 clergy over 40 years but federal prosecutors undecided on charges
04 Apr Most people in Scotland 'not religious'
04 Apr There were 12 reported incidents of Christian pastors molesting kids — in just the last month
03 Apr Big Banks Aided Firm At Center Of International Bribery Scandal
03 Apr Epidemic of Premature Births Is Increasingly Linked to Air Pollution
02 Apr Top Black Staffers Leave The Republican National Committee
02 Apr Dow posts biggest quarterly comeback since 1933
01 Apr Trump's popularity nosedives in critical stretch
01 Apr What is it like to be dead? Patient who 'died' says there is NOTHING after death
01 Apr Catholic church in India lifts suspension of priest convicted last year of sexually assaulting girl, 14, in U.S.

31 Mar Scalia's absence resonates as supreme court hands down split union ruling
31 Mar Miss. lawmakers pass bill letting churches appoint unaccountable 'soldiers of God' as armed security
30 Mar Capitol shooting suspect identified as Tennessee man who once called himself 'prophet of God'
30 Mar Priest gambled $500,000 meant for Hamilton refugees, church says
29 Mar Arctic Sea Ice Is at Near Record Lows, NASA Says
29 Mar John Kerry: presidential campaign descending into 'embarrassment' for US
28 Mar Secret archive of paedophile crime kept by Catholic Church's insurers
28 Mar Petition to allow guns at Republican convention earns 24,000 signatures
27 Mar US economic growth revised upward
27 Mar Democrats See Gains as Donald Trump Targets a Wife
26 Mar Abortion Rights Advocates Cry Foul at New Step in Fetal Tissue Inquiry
26 Mar Businesses Are Joining The Fight Against North Carolina's Anti-LGBT Law
25 Mar Indiana's Anti-Abortion Bill: A Blueprint for Attacks on Rights Nationwide
25 Mar The fall of religion in America
24 Mar These Scientists Say Sea Levels Could Rise Much More Than We Thought
24 Mar Since Paris, there have been hundreds of terrorist attacks — many that have gone unnoticed
24 Mar "Atheist Missionaries" aim to secularize Africa to boost rationalism, alleviate violence and disease
23 Mar A record number of Americans are finally blaming humans for climate change
23 Mar 'Decent guy' youth pastor charged with sexually abusing 5-year-old girl at his home
22 Mar Fresh evidence signals at dangers of ocean acidification
22 Mar Half of People Killed by Police Have a Disability: Report
21 Mar Republican Leaders Map a Strategy to Derail Donald Trump
21 Mar Anti-Trump Protester Punched, Kicked At Tucson Rally
20 Mar Beyond record hot, February was 'astronomical' and 'strange'
20 Mar Three Pennsylvania friars arraigned on charges of allowing child sexual abuse
19 Mar A "Victory for People Over Politics" as Feds Cancel Atlantic Drilling Plans
19 Mar The World's Happiest Countries Have Been Revealed
18 Mar Panic Has A Way Of Softening 2016 Republicans On Obama's Court Pick
18 Mar Congressman calls on bankers to 'neuter' Elizabeth Warren — the 'Darth Vader' of Wall Street
17 Mar We choose the nominee, not the voters: Senior GOP official
17 Mar Study: vaccine refusers helped spark recent measles and whooping cough outbreaks
16 Mar Republicans blame Trump for climate of violence
16 Mar This church's cancer-curing elixir is really bleach, federal authorities say
15 Mar U.S. police escape federal charges in 96 percent of rights cases: newspaper
15 Mar More Plastic Than Fish in Oceans by 2050 Helps Drive Calls for Reduced Plastic Use
14 Mar CO2 Levels Jumped By 3.05 PPM In 2015
14 Mar Christian 'prophet' loses his buttocks to a hungry lion while trying to prove God would save him
13 Mar This mind-boggling study shows just how massive sea level rise really is
13 Mar Study: 3 federal laws could reduce gun deaths by more than 90%
12 Mar It's Been The Warmest Winter In The United States Since Records Began
12 Mar Half of Americans' calories come from 'ultra-processed' foods
11 Mar Dangerous global warming will happen sooner than thought – study
11 Mar Study: Chopping food, eating meat helped ancient humans evolve (study from Nature magazine)
11 Mar Toddler died from meningitis after anti-vaxx parents treated him with maple syrup instead of medicine
10 Mar FBI quietly changes its privacy rules for accessing NSA data on Americans
10 Mar Oklahoma missionary gets 40 years in prison for sexually abusing children at Kenyan orphanage
09 Mar At Secretive Meeting, Tech CEOs And Top Republicans Commiserate, Plot To Stop Trump
09 Mar US priest gets 17 years for molesting Honduran children
08 Mar Supreme Court: Alabama can't negate lesbian mother's adoptive rights
08 Mar The real war on coal is happening in China right now
07 Mar Climate Change Could Cause Half A Million Deaths In 2050: What Regions, Countries Are Most Vulnerable?
07 Mar Water utilities in some of the largest US cities use tests that downplay contamination: report
06 Mar Economy Gained 242,000 Jobs In February; Unemployment Rate Holds Steady
06 Mar Fourteen more charged in armed 2014 standoff at Nevada ranch
06 Mar Porn viewers more likely to see women as equals than non-viewers
05 Mar Trump campaign co-chair arrested for conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States
05 Mar Russian man could go to prison for saying God does not exist
04 Mar Oil and gas industry has pumped millions into Republican campaigns
04 Mar Has The Smoking Gun For Dark Matter Been Found?
03 Mar Blowback: Donald Trump Is the Price We Pay for the "War on Terror"
03 Mar New York appeals court revives fraud claim against Trump University
02 Mar Climate Disruption's New Record: Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Highest Point in 15 Million Years
02 Mar Here's a Tech Fix That Makes Abortions a Lot Easier to Get
01 Mar Climate change shifts natural resources towards poles, study reveals
01 Mar Oscars 2016: expert reaction

29 Feb New Anti-Donald Trump Ads Feature Trump University Customers and how they were scammed
29 Feb Polygamous Mormon sect's leaders arrested on charges of food-stamp fraud
28 Feb Chris Christie Endorses Donald Trump and Calls Marco Rubio 'Desperate'
28 Feb The most depressing discovery about the brain, ever
27 Feb ISIS Is Losing Its Capital
27 Feb Vt. Senate gives final OK to legalization of recreational marijuana
26 Feb Apple boss Tim Cook hits back at FBI investigation
26 Feb Nevada Residents Fight Energy Monopoly's Attempts to Control Solar Power
25 Feb Solid support for Apple in iPhone encryption fight: poll
25 Feb GOP Senators Won't Even Meet With An Obama Supreme Court Nominee
24 Feb Seas are now rising faster than they have in 2,800 years, scientists say
24 Feb Sandy Hook families' lawsuit seeks to hold gun companies accountable
23 Feb HPV rates drop 64% in decade since recommended CDC vaccination
23 Feb Florida police accused of racial profiling after stopping man 258 times, charging him with trespassing at work
22 Feb Protests planned across US to back Apple in battle with FBI
22 Feb Russia committing war crimes by deliberately bombing civilians and aid workers, says Amnesty International
21 Feb Exoplanet Census Suggests Earth Is Special after All
21 Feb Methane-Spewing U.S. Linked to Global Surge in Potent Greenhouse Gas
20 Feb US Airstrikes Kill 38 Syrian Civilians Over 48 Hours
20 Feb FCC Approves Proposal to Boost TV Set-Top Box Competition
19 Feb Climate Change Gets Short Shrift in US Classrooms
19 Feb Oregon militant accuses feds of committing 'works of the devil' in $666 billion lawsuit
18 Feb Republicans Show Signs of Division on Supreme Court Tactics
18 Feb Atheism older than Christianity or Islam, but Romans erased it from history, new study finds
17 Feb Report: Pollution Kills 5.5 Million People Worldwide Each Year
17 Feb Cancer researchers claim 'extraordinary results' using T-cell therapy
16 Feb Florida abortion providers fear proposed rules could make state 'next Texas'
16 Feb Israel boycott ban: Shunning Israeli goods to be criminal offence for councils, public bodies and student unions
15 Feb Catholic Leaders Say Zika Doesn't Change Ban on Contraception
15 Feb The Republican establishment packed the debate audience with Donald Trump haters
4 Feb Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia dies at 79
14 Feb U.S. Allies Now Fighting CIA-Backed Rebels
14 Feb Bill Maher lights one up during impassioned 'New Rules' advocating national pot legalization (video included)
13 Feb Millionaires Getting Medicaid Through Loophole
13 Feb Oregon Standoff Ends as Last Militant Surrenders
12 Feb Cosmic breakthrough: Physicists detect gravitational waves from violent black-hole merger
12 Feb Justice Dept. sues Ferguson, Missouri, to force police reforms
12 Feb Ted Nugent digs in amid anti-Semitic accusations — and calls for his NRA ouster
11 Feb Average gas price in US drops below $2 a gallon for the first time since 2004
11 Feb Obamacare keeps working: New data puts repeal-happy Republicans like Paul Ryan in a tough spot
10 Feb Unsafe Lead Levels in Tap Water Not Limited to Flint
10 Feb NATO to Mass Troops Along Russia Frontier; Biggest Buildup Since Cold War
09 Feb Scientists say humans caused spread of virus that's killing honeybees
09 Feb India's Government Is Becoming Increasingly Antiscience
08 Feb Critic refuses to quit Vatican sex abuse commission
08 Feb Feeding the Military-Industrial Complex
07 Feb Wages Rise as U.S. Unemployment Rate Falls Below 5%
07 Feb White Nationalists Make Calls For Donald Trump In New Hampshire
06 Feb Obama Wants a $10-Per-Barrel Tax on Oil
06 Feb Scientist says lead exposure in Flint comparable to post-war Iraq
05 Feb Bill Cosby: US judge allows sex assault case against actor
05 Feb Feds look for new ways to fight 'clear and present danger' posed by domestic extremists
04 Feb Los Angeles files criminal charges against SoCalGas over massive gas leak
04 Feb City of Chicago Condones Chicago Police Department Code of Silence, Jury Found
03 Feb Experts: Christian doctrine is causing the Zika virus outbreak to explode
03 Feb US military commander in Iraq and Syria rejects GOP pledges to 'carpet-bomb' Isis
02 Feb UK scientists get green light to genetically modify human embryos
02 Feb Republicans reject climate change fears despite rebukes from scientists
01 Feb Tests Reveal A New Problem With Treating Flint's Lead-Tainted Water
01 Feb Eighty percent of Chicago PD dash-cam videos are missing audio due to "officer error" or "intentional destruction"

31 Jan Prosecutors use Oregon refuge occupiers' own words against them
31 Jan Baltimore warns that children are at risk of lead poisoning from paint
30 Jan Watch: FBI releases LaVoy Finicium shooting video showing he went for his gun — twice
30 Jan Why Bernie Sanders doesn't participate in organized religion
29 Jan Google AlphaGo computer beats professional at 'world's most complex board game' Go
29 Jan Wife of pastor freed from Iran filed separation papers claiming he abused her for years and suffers from porn addiction
28 Jan Bundys in custody, one militant dead after gunfight near Burns
28 Jan Caffeine Doesn't Give You Heart Palpitations, Study Finds
27 Jan North Carolina GOP Accused Of Intentionally Suppressing Black Votes To Preserve Their Majority
27 Jan Study: Guns Take Toll on US Public Health
26 Jan Record hot years near impossible without manmade climate change – study
26 Jan Creators Of Fake Planned Parenthood Videos Indicted While Planned Parenthood was cleared of any wrongdoing
26 Jan Sexism Runs Rampant Among GOP Contenders in the 2016 Presidential Race
25 Jan Pentagon Admits to Killing More Civilians in Syria Strikes
25 Jan Iran eyes Boeing plane purchases as sanctions end
24 Jan Massive Leaks Are an Everyday Occurrence in Gas Fields
24 Jan New Shepard: Bezos flight 'demonstrates reuse'
23 Jan Playing Games With War Deaths
23 Jan 'Our mouths were ajar': Doctor's fight to expose Flint's water crisis (video included)
22 Jan 2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say
22 Jan Tamir Rice grand jury never took a vote to indict cops who killed him: report
21 Jan The Oceans Will Contain More Plastic Than Fish By 2050
21 Jan The Western Coalition Is Now Talking About How to Accelerate Campaign Against Islamic State
20 Jan Study: Man-made heat put in oceans has doubled since 1997
20 Jan Big banks brace for oil loans to implode
19 Jan Just 62 people now own the same wealth as half the world's population, research finds
19 Jan Fracking in Alberta: daily quakes and thirsty residents
18 Jan 'New chapter' for Tehran as sanctions end
18 Jan Mother Nature's Invisible Hand Strikes Back Against the Carbon Economy
17 Jan Evidence Suggests US Killed Hundreds of Civilians, Pentagon Admits Only a Handful
17 Jan Anglican communion to restrict US Church over gay marriage
16 Jan Planned Parenthood Sues Activists Who Made Secret Videotapes
16 Jan U.S. to invest billions in self-driving cars
15 Jan The Rise of Shadow Banks and the Repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act
15 Jan 'You and your family will die': Christian Klansman terrorizes biracial Oregon family
14 Jan In pitiful animal die-offs across the globe — from antelopes to bees to seabirds — climate change may be culprit
14 Jan Supreme Court finds Florida's capital punishment process unconstitutional
13 Jan Revealed: More than 200 children were abused in choir run by Pope Benedict's brother
13 Jan Why those killjoy new alcohol rules are just plain wrong
12 Jan 40,000 starving Syrians trapped by Assad regime forced to make soup from grass
12 Jan The new way police are surveilling you: Calculating your threat 'score'
11 Jan Scientists say humans have now brought on an entirely new geologic epoch
11 Jan Light From A Black Hole Seen With A Telescope For The First Time
10 Jan Texas Governor Wants To Amend The Constitution So States Can Ignore The Federal Government
10 Jan Prison Chaplain Won Employee Of The Year While Female Inmates Say He Was Sexually Assaulting Them
09 Jan Ala. judge goes after same-sex marriage after son indicted
09 Jan Tearful militant discovers friend drank away donation money: 'It's like finding out there is no such thing as Santa'
08 Jan California state of emergency over methane leak
08 Jan Woman beats disabled man with his own cane for saying he doesn't believe in God: police
07 Jan Gene Editing Cures Animal Of Genetic Disease For The First Time
07 Jan North Korea Says It Successfully Tested Hydrogen Nuclear Bomb
07 Jan Amid Armed Oregon Standoff, Report Finds "Skyrocketing" Number of Anti-Government Militia Groups
06 Jan Pew: Americans are in the middle of the pack globally when it comes to importance of religion
06 Jan Barack Obama takes action over US gun laws
05 Jan Oregon sheriff: Gunmen occupying wildlife refuge are out to overthrow government
05 Jan Here's How Many People Fatally Overdosed On Marijuana Last Year
04 Jan Armed protesters take over federal wildlife refuge in Oregon
04 Jan Iranian Protesters Attack Saudi Embassy After Prominent Shiite Cleric Executed
03 Jan Young black men killed by US police at highest rate in year of 1,134 deaths
03 Jan Donald Trump Featured In Jihadist Terror Recruitment Video
02 Jan Gun-Friendly Texas Is Getting Even Friendlier
02 Jan Obama set to unveil curbs on gun sellers
01 Jan The Massive Methane Leak That Receives Almost No Coverage (video)
01 Jan Finally, The Deadliest Ebola Outbreak Is Almost Over