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In India, abortions are legal. But women are often afraid or ashamed to seek an abortion. And for rural women, there may not be a facility nearby. Here is the story of one woman's decision.
In one semifinal, top-ranked Alabama is pitted against Ohio State. In the other, defending champion and undefeated Florida State takes on Oregon. Robert Siegel talks to Grantland's Holly Anderson.
From Italy to Japan to the Philippines, people will hope for happiness, health and wealth as they sit down to a New Year's meal. Sometimes that last wish is expressed as actual money in the food.
He played the head vampire in The Lost Boys, a three-term president on TV and a beloved grandfather. The Emmy- and Tony-winning actor was 71. The cause was brain cancer, his manager said.
In the 20 years since San Francisco's SPCA guaranteed adoption for healthy dogs, shelters and rescue groups have embraced the no-kill approach. But the term means different things to different people.
This year was the third-driest on record for the state, but recent storms, plus new groundwater regulations, have given the hardest-hit agricultural towns a glimmer of hope.
The House majority whip's protestations of innocence about EURO and its views have strained credulity, both in Washington and in Louisiana. But it's not nearly enough to bring him down.
With the start of the new year, the more than 10,000 American troops remaining there will take on more of a supporting role. But Afghan forces will still need help fighting the Taliban.
The prostitutes of Freetown can't find customers. A wedding planner's shop is stuffed with dresses but couples keep delaying the big day. And the condomologist reports that business isn't booming.
As the year winds down, Code Switch is taking a step back to pay tribute to some important — but perhaps forgotten — stories about race and sports.
Membership in the ICC could allow the Palestinians a means to pursue war crimes charges against Israel. But the move is likely to draw sharp response from Israel and the U.S.
Oil prices, perhaps fittingly, ended the year with another drop. The 1 percent decline came after news of (even) more supply than we expected and (even) weaker demand. For the year, oil prices are down by half.
"Let's say you bet on oil prices rising, you just got two more lumps of coal in your stocking as far as data," says Marketplace's Scott Tong.
Chinese factories appear to have slowed down, and they buy a lot of oil. And the amount of petroleum on the shelf in storage in the U.S. went up. The price of oil is at its lowest in five years. "And if we measure it in terms of gasoline, the last time it was $2.30 a gallon nationally was the summer of 2008," Tong says.
Last quarter, the U.S. economy grew 5 percent. So cheap crude can be seen as a good thing for those in the airline, travel and hotel industries. It also helps consumers who still carry cash in their pockets. "If we look globally, the emerging locomotives of China and India, they rely a lot more on energy to grow," says Tong. "This is a bigger boost for those countries than it is here."
But, there's also losers. Electric vehicles, alternative fuels and oil producing countries and companies are hurting right now.