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birthrate-042815.jpg Birth rates among American women in their 20s fell 15% between 2007 and 2012, following more than three decades of relatively stable birthrates, according to a new report from the Urban Institute. In 2012, women in their twenties had births at a pace that would lead to 948 births per 1,000 women,...

Standard-Chartered-042815.jpg Standard Chartered said it is still reviewing whether to shift its headquarters out of London, at a time when banks in Britain face higher levy and regulatory costs.

USSupremeCourt-042815.jpg Legal arguments in a potentially historic case regarding same-sex marriage got underway Tuesday morning at the U.S. Supreme Court. The case will determine whether same-sex marriage will be legal nationwide as well as whether states must recognize same-sex marriages that take place out-of-state.

BingeDrinking-042815.jpg Heavy drinking among Americans has increased sharply, while women showed a sharp escalation in binge drinking than men, according to a major study of alcohol use in the U.S. In many U.S. counties, a quarter of the people or more, are binge drinkers, according to the study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

ConsumerConfidence-042815.jpg After reporting a significant rebound in U.S. consumer confidence in the previous month, the Conference Board released a report on Tuesday showing that its consumer confidence index unexpectedly pulled back sharply in the month of April.

homesales-030411_28Apr15.jpg Annual growth in home prices in major U.S. metropolitan areas accelerated by more than expected in the month of February, according to a report released by Standard & Poor's on Tuesday. The report said the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City Composite Home Price Index jumped 5.0 percent year-over-year.

The US State Department has launched its fourth annual Free the Press campaign as part of its efforts to honor the fundamental importance of a free and independent media in the days leading up to World Press Freedom Day on May 3. As in years past, the Department will profile on a daily basis journalists...

The US Secretary of State John Kerry has announced that the U.S. nuclear stockpile now stands at its lowest level since the Cold War - down to 4,717 active and inactive warheads as of September 30, 2014. An additional 299 warheads have been dismantled since September 30, 2013, with a total of 10,251...

The United States has called the government of Pakistan to protect members of religious minorities and their places of worship, implement due process measures to curb the frequent abuse of blasphemy laws, and fully implement the Supreme Court order on the rights of members of religious minorities under...

The US Senate has confirmed Dr. Dava Newman to be the Deputy Administrator of NASA. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement that "The strong bipartisan support Dr. Newman received in the Senate is a reflection of her well-earned reputation and renown as a global leader in science and...

At least 15 police officers were wounded, six of them seriously, in overnight riots in the US city of Baltimore, where protesters turned violent over the death of a black man in police custody. A state of emergency and a week-long curfew were declared in Baltimore in the wake of the surge in violence. Baltimore...

American and Japanese national security leaders unveiled the new guidelines for U.S.-Japan defense cooperation Monday, saying the new rules will promote peace and stability not only in the region, but worldwide. The new U.S.-Japan defense guidelines will fundamentally change the way Japan and the...

The United Nations refugee agency on Monday said it is rushing critical supplies to Nepal in the wake of the devastating earthquake last week, while pledging to provide any further assistance needed. The agency is sending 11,000 plastic sheets and 4,000 solar lanterns from its warehouse in Damak,...

UN Women on Monday released a major new report in seven locations around the world which calls for the transformation of economies to make women's rights and equality a reality. The UN Women report, Progress of the World's Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights, brings together...

The European Commission on Monday agreed to contribute an additional 70 million euros to ensure the complete return to a safe environment at the Chernobyl site in Ukraine. The pledge was announced at the EU-Ukraine Summit. The EU has already contributed some 360 million euros in support of a number...

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