There were some 10.5 billion trips taken across the nation on mass transit last year, the second-highest number since 1957, according to the American Public Transportation Association, which keeps track of how many people ride buses, trains, subways and ferries.
An estimated 80,000 American prisoners spend 23 hours a day in closed isolation units for 10, 20 or even more than 30 years. Now, amid growing evidence that it causes mental breakdown, the Federal Bureau of Prisons has decided to review its policies on solitary confinement.
Our country needs more people with science, math and engineering degrees — at least, that's the common refrain among politicians and educators. Yet new numbers show people with doctoral degrees in those subjects increasingly struggle to find employment.
Kirk Bloodsworth was the first person in the U.S. to be exonerated by DNA evidence after receiving the death sentence. Convicted in Maryland, Bloodsworth is now one of the strongest advocates of abolishing the death penalty in the state.
The senator launched a nationwide conversation when he challenged the president's pick to lead the CIA. He vowed to keep talking until the White House clarified whether it has authority to kill U.S. citizens on American soil with drones. He finally stood down, but the debate is far from over.
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