Tech and society

SAT reading scores in 2016 were the lowest they’ve ever been. Aha-Soft/Shutterstock.com

Why it matters that teens are reading less

In 1980, 60 percent of 12th graders said they read a book, newspaper or magazine every day for pleasure. By 2016, only 16 percent did.

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Analysis and Comment

How Aretha Franklin found her voice

When record executives tried to mold Franklin's sound to their liking, her career sputtered. Then legendary producer Jerry Wexler came along. His approach? Stay out of her way.

What is the Hajj?

Each year, Muslims from all over the world go on a pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, known as Hajj. A scholar explains its spiritual significance.

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Wildfires in California

A firefighter runs after trying to save a home in Lakeport, California, suffering its biggest fires ever. AP Photo/Noah Berger

Climate change and wildfires – how do we know if there is a link?

With California suffering another devastating wildfire year, more people are wondering about whether and how global warming is contributing. A climate scientist explains.

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Russia

Presidents Trump and Putin in Helsinki. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Vladimir Putin’s lying game

Donald Trump admires Russian President Vladimir Putin. But Putin's track record over his career reveals a serial liar, and presents damning evidence of complicity in multiple critics' violent deaths.

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Immigration

Militias guard a barricade after police and pro-government militias stormed a rebel-held neighborhood in Masaya, Nicaragua, on July 17, 2018. AP Photo/Cristibal Venegas

Bloody uprising in Nicaragua could trigger the next Central American refugee crisis

Nicaragua has exploded in violence since mass protests began against President Daniel Ortega in April, with hundreds dead and thousands wounded. Amid such chaos, criminal violence is likely to follow.

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Plastic – taking stock of its impact

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