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Mass Transit Ridership At Highest Level In Decades

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.

Marvel Announces Comic-Book Freebies

At South by Southwest, Marvel announced a comic-book giveaway: On Monday and Tuesday, the publisher is offering free downloads of more than 700 of its "No. 1" issues.

Gas Prices Dip For First Time In 2013

On Sunday, the Lundberg Survey reported gasoline prices fell more than 5.5 cents a gallon. That may not sound like a whole lot, but it's the first price drop all year.

Solitary Confinement: Punishment Or Cruelty?

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.

Are There Too Many Ph.D.s And Not Enough Jobs?

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.

Once On Death Row, He Now Fights To Defeat The Death Penalty

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.