Cigarettes have been known for years to cause many diseases. Tobacco companies now have to pay $9 billion each year to help states pay for the costs of treatment to people they sickened.
April 15 is not only a day to pay individual taxes to the IRS. It is also the day that tobacco companies must pay a penalty to help offset states' costs for the treatment of tobacco-related diseases.
Traffic flows into Manhattan from Brooklyn over the Williamsburg Bridge.
AP Photo/Mary Altaffer
Starting in 2021, drivers will pay a fee to enter midtown and lower Manhattan during busy times of day. Will this clear New York's air and streets?
Activists at the Supreme Court opposed to partisan gerrymandering hold up representations of congressional districts from North Carolina, left, and Maryland, right.
AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster
Supreme Court justices have previously called statistical methods of measuring partisan gerrymandering 'sociological gobbledygook' and 'a bunch of baloney.'
A regenerating stand of rainforest in northern Costa Rica.
Many nations are restoring degraded tropical forests to slow climate change, protect endangered species and improve rural life. But those forests often are cleared again soon afterward.
Sarah Churchill was an adroit investor and savvy political operative.
Government Art Collection
While the film introduces viewers to women who were important political figures in British history, it doesn't quite capture just how much power and influence these women actually wielded.
Cycling advocates set up ‘ghost bikes,’ like this one in Brooklyn, in memory of bikers killed in traffic.
US cities were designed and engineered around cars. Now some are working to increase walking and biking, but the shift isn't easy.
Zero tolerance polices in school discipline are on the decline, new data show.
Zero tolerance policies in America's schools are declining, but you might not be able to tell since so many practices get lumped under the 'zero tolerance' label, a school discipline expert says.
Artist Jennifer Rubell hired a model to vacuum for two hours each night from Feb. 1 to Feb. 17.
Ryan Maxwell Photography
A new piece of performance art features a lookalike Ivanka Trump vacuuming crumbs. Not only is it a cutting commentary on labor and gender, but it also highlights the complicity of the viewer.
Architect and designer Florence Knoll Bassett poses with her dog, Cartree, in this photograph circa 1950.
Courtesy Knoll Archive
Knoll is best known for transforming the design of America's corporate offices. But she was also on the front lines of a State Department effort to promote American ingenuity and capitalism abroad.
School experiments with new ways to discipline students without suspending them show mixed results.
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Although new evidence shows mixed results for "restorative justice" practices, that's no reason for schools to stop looking for alternatives to school suspensions, a school safety scholar argues.
Look out for Russian influence.
European countries, especially the Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, have confronted Russian disinformation campaigns for decades. The US can learn from their experience.
A family from the Central American migrant caravan at the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana.
Donald Trump portrays migrants as a foreign problem 'dumped' on America's doorstep. That view ignores the global forces that bind nations together, including trade, climate change and colonization.
Are you in the market for some sparkle?
Whether forged by geological processes or laboratory techniques, diamonds are diamonds. Their unique properties mean they have applications that are not bling-related as well.
A safety guard watches as parents walk with their children along a safe passage route on the first day of school in Chicago in 2013.
Following a fatal beating of a student, Chicago started a Safe Passage program in 2009 to ensure students get to and from school safely. Nine years on, how is it working?
A new statistical test lets scientists figure out if two groups are similar to one another.
A new statistical test lets researchers search for similarities between groups. Could this help keep new important findings out of the file drawer?
As Americans go to the polls, the voting process and the information environment are still not secure.
AP Photo/David Goldman
Protecting democracy requires more than just technical solutions. It includes education, critical thinking and members of society working together to agree on problems and find solutions.
Demonstrators with cut-outs of congressional districts in front of the Supreme Court.
One of the main reasons polarization in the US is on the rise – the way congressional seats are drawn to favor parties – isn't going away anytime soon.
Mole Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated among chemists on Oct. 23, between 6:02 a.m. and 6:02 p.m. The time and date are derived from Avogadro’s number.
Chemists sure know how to party. And here is the proof. On October 23rd they celebrate their hallowed unit: the mole. Find out what that's all about.
‘Girl With a Balloon’ was renamed ‘Love Is in the Bin,’ after it self-destructed at a Sotheby’s auction on Oct. 5.
When artists destroy their works, it's usually to express their disdain for critics, dealers and curators. But does this get lost in the attention, hype and money that follows?
When many people hear the word cloning, they imagine armies of human clones created for nefarious purposes.
A scientist explains how researchers use cloning in the lab and what is the difference between cloning a gene versus cloning an entire organism.