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Members of a ‘particular social group’ may qualify for asylum if they have suffered violence for such traits as gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation. AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal

Why domestic abuse and anti-gay violence qualify as persecution in asylum law

International law recognizes that women and LGBTQ people face unique forms of violence that may qualify them for asylum. The US now asserts that domestic abuse is a 'private' matter.
Despite alarming news, retirees can still rely on their retirement nest eggs. Dan Kosmayer/Shutterstock.com

Social Security’s future is safe

Social Security will have to dip into its trust fund to pay benefits this year for the first time since 1982. Should we be worried?
One one thousand, two one thousand…. Eric Ward/Unsplash

How far away was that lightning?

When you see a bolt of lightning, do you immediately start counting to see how far off a storm is? An atmospheric scientist parses the practice.
Children are often sad when separated from their parents for a short time, but the effects are pronounced if the separation is long. Eakachai Lessin/Shutterstock.com

Why long-term separation from parents harms kids

Kids often experience anxiety when separated from parents for short periods. Longer separations, happening with some immigrant children, is a different matter, a leading child psychiatrist explains.
This won’t hurt a bit. Gregory Johnston/shutterstock.com

Does pain expected equal pain felt? Ask a kid

Does your child hate their visits to the pediatrician? Do they psyche themselves into a panic that the shot will hurt? The best strategy to calm an anxious child may be to reframe their expectations.
Pope Francis has acknowledged that celibacy is one of the challenges of the Catholic Church in the 21st century. Reuters/Stefano Rellandini

Why the Catholic church is ‘hemorrhaging’ priests

Pope Francis recently acknowledged that the Catholic Church is struggling to recruit new priests, endangering its very future. Why don't people want to join the clergy?
A cellar worker steams American oak wine barrels before their use at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, Calif. AP Photo/Eric Risberg

A brief history of American winemaking

Wine came to the US in the 16th century but didn't make it to California – the leader in American winemaking – until the 19th century.
Troops in a 2015 U.S.-South Korea joint drill in South Korea. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji

U.S. Forces in South Korea: A seven-decade commitment

Since the Korean War, U.S. troops have helped South Korea with military training and planning. Our Speed Read describes the regular joint exercises designed to deter North Korean aggression.

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