Workers in a pork processing plant, 2016.
COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred at more than 100 US meatpacking plants. Geography, workforce demographics and economic concentration make it hard for workers to fight for better conditions.
A farmworker picks lemons at an orchard in Mesa, California.
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The US food supply depends on several million agricultural laborers, who are mostly undocumented, tend to work in close quarters and lack medical insurance.
Pro-democracy protesters take part in massive rally to usher in the new year.
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Fears that Beijing will renege on autonomy promises is only encouraging calls for independence from mainland China.
Legal battles require the same skills seen at the highest levels of chess.
The same skills and talents that enable chess players to dominate the board will also serve aspiring lawyers well in the courtroom, a law scholar argues.
Federal organic regulations require outdoor access for livestock – but don’t specify how much.
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US federal regulations say little about how animals on organic farms should be treated. So if you're planning to serve an ethical holiday dinner, you'll have to do some research.
School segregation was the law of the land in the U.S. during much of the 19th and 20th centuries.
School integration is often thought of as something that took place in the 1960s. But the first black student to desegregate a school by court order was an Iowa girl named Susan Clark in 1868.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren speaks at a campaign house party on July 27, 2019, in Bow, N.H.
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While other countries set strict limits on the length of campaigns, American presidential races have become drawn-out, yearslong affairs. It wasn’t always this way.
Water rushes through a breached levee on the Arkansas River in Dardanelle, Ark., May 31, 2019.
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At a time when storms are becoming more frequent and severe, relying on levees for flood control can create as many problems as it solves.
Sugar and artificial sweeteners comes in many shapes and colors.
There is a huge variety of sugar substitutes available. What's the difference? Is one better for controlling blood sugar levels for diabetes? Is one better for individuals trying to lose weight?
Did Maine Gov. Paul LePage stay at a Trump hotel to ingratiate himself with the president?
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The court carefully considered what the word 'emoluments' meant at the time the Constitution was drafted.
Small vials of CBD, an ingredient in a drug just approved by the FDA to treat two types of epilepsy..
A drug made from a molecule produced from cannabis gained approval from the FDA on June 25. But the molecule, CBD, is decidedly different from some other ingredients in cannabis: It doesn't result in a high.
Eating disorders are very hard to treat, and those who have them often severely limit their food intake.
In a diet-obsessed culture, eating disorders pose a severe threat. While the reasons for the disorders are varied, a consistent approach in treatment can help people stop dieting and feel safe.
Small vials of CBD, which some believe could be a cure for many ailments.
A drug made from a molecule produced from cannabis gained unanimous approval from an FDA panel. But the molecule, CBD, is decidedly different from some other ingredients in cannabis: It doesn't result in a high.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi enters the chamber before being elected as Speaker of the House Jan. 3, 2019.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Nancy Pelosi is once again Speaker of the House. Here's what goes with the job.
Six memorial candles are lit during a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at Sharkey Theater on board Naval Station Pearl Harbor.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class James E. Foehl
Remembrance days and memorials provide people the opportunity to share stories with a community. An expert explains how that can make a difference.
A South Koren athlete receives acupuncture treatment.
As the Olympics head to the Far East this month, two radically different approaches to training and treating athletes will be on display.
Digital documents are not nearly as easy to retrieve.
What happens to your Facebook account, your iTunes purchases and your email messages when you die?
Charges against Paul Manafort predate his time as campaign manager to Donald Trump.
Former Trump associates face charges including conspiracy to launder money, failure to register as a foreign agent and lying to the FBI. A law professor explains what it means and what happens next.
President Xi Jinping is cracking down on corruption in the Chinese government. But could it just be a power play?
The Chinese Communist Party has disciplined more than a million officials since Xi took power in 2012. What is going on?
Chinese President Xi Jinping presides over the opening ceremony of the 19th Party Congress.
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China's surplus of unmarriageable men poses a stark dilemma for Xi and other leaders as they set the country's economic course for the next five years.