Policy

WATCH: Container Ships Collide In Suez Canal

The two vessels, one flagged in Germany and the other in Singapore, come together after one appears to lose rudder control.

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Secret Service Chief On White House Breach: It Won't Happen Again

Going into Julia Pierson's hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday, President Obama has expressed confidence in her and the agency she leads. Will that change?

Aral Sea's Eastern Basin Has Dried Out, NASA Photos Show

"For the first time in modern history, the eastern basin of the South Aral Sea has completely dried," NASA says, citing satellite photos from 2000 and 2014.

Putting Caffeine In Your Underwear Won't Make You Slimmer, Alas

Here's a government service: The Federal Trade Commission has told two companies to quit selling caffeinated women's undergarments because they don't actually slim your nether regions as advertised.

Database Flaws Cloud Sunshine On Industry Payments To Doctors

A federal website set to go live Tuesday will disclose drug and device companies' ties to doctors. The release marks a milestone, but could be misleading for patients checking up on their doctors.

In NFL Game, A Slide And A Prayer Spur Debate And Clarification

The NFL sides with fans who criticized an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty called on a Muslim player who prostrated himself in the end zone Monday night.

Afghanistan Signs Deal Allowing 10,000 U.S. Troops To Remain

The Bilateral Security Agreement, approved by newly inaugurated President Ashraf Ghani, will keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan past the end of the year.

Ominous Tremors At Mount Ontake Force Rescue Crews Off Volcano

More than 20 bodies remain on a Japanese volcano as new tremors force search teams to abandon their efforts. Officials don't yet know precisely how many climbers remain trapped on the mountain.

Secret Service Chief Grilled Over White House Security Failures

Lawmakers on the House oversight committee ask Julia Pierson about the Sept. 19 "fence jumping" incident at the White House, as well as several other security concerns in recent years.

Hong Kong Leader To Protesters: 'Stop Campaign Immediately'

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying says Beijing will not accede to demonstrators' demands for democratic reforms. Meanwhile, activists have vowed a new phase of civil disobedience on Wednesday.

Incipient Field Of Future Studies Helps Countries Prepare

September 30, 2014
A scene from the 2009 movie "Star Trek" directed by JJ Abrams. The field of future studies imagines a probable future, and then creates the conditions in the present, for it to occur down the road. (Paramount)

Future studies is the study of creating possible, preferable and probable futures for governments, businesses, and societies.

UC System Releases Sexual Assault Policy Recommendations

September 30, 2014
Students walk on campus at University of California at Berkeley (Flickr/johnmorgan)

A UC task force has released its own sexual assault policy recommendations. At the same time, California lawmakers recently passed an affirmative consent law.

Why Do School Districts Need Grenade Launchers?

September 30, 2014
Law enforcement officers watch on during a protest on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, Missouri on August 18, 2014. Police fired tear gas in another night of unrest in a Missouri town where a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager. (Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)

An investigation by the Washington Post found that at least 120 educational institutions have received military equipment from the Department of Defense.

Thousands Could Lose Affordable Care Act Coverage

September 30, 2014

Individuals who are currently receiving coverage but have failed to present the necessary documents verifying income and citizenship will be cut off.

Auditing America's Police Force

September 30, 2014
St. Louis county police officers advance on protestors trying to shut down Interstate 70 in Berkeley, Mo. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 near the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo. where Michael Brown, an unarmed, black 18-year old was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. (AP)

Police shootings, cop culture, body cameras. And the big debate over how to protect the public and the police.

Sick Time For All?: A Look At Mass. Ballot Question 4

September 30, 2014
Rosario Cabrera, right, attends to Donna, her "consumer," in Donna's New Bedford living room. The personal care attendant makes $13.88 an hour, but hopes for benefits like sick time. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Question 4 would mandate paid or unpaid sick time, depending on an employer’s size. The Massachusetts proposal could become be the most comprehensive sick time law on the books.

As Gender Definitions Expand, So Do Some Women’s Colleges’ Admissions Policies

September 30, 2014
Carly Burton: "Understanding that womanhood is not static has inspired two women’s colleges to change their admissions criteria to consider anyone who identifies as a woman, regardless of their assigned sex at birth." Pictured: Audre Mowry, right, discusses preferred gender pronouns with other members of Mouthing Off!, a group for LGBT students at Mills College, the first women's college in the U.S. to accept students who were not born female but who identify as such. (Mathew Sumner/AP)

Understanding that womanhood is not static has inspired two women’s colleges to change their admissions criteria to consider anyone who identifies as a woman, regardless of their assigned sex at birth.

Boston City Council Discusses 29 Percent Pay Hike; Here’s What Other Cities’ Councilors Make

September 29, 2014

Some say the proposed raise is long overdue, while others say it’s excessive. Here’s how the city council’s pay compares to other cities.

American Academy Of Pediatrics Recommends Teens Use IUDs

September 29, 2014
A model holds the Nexplanon hormonal implant for birth control. Teen girls who have sex should use IUDs or hormonal implants — long-acting birth control methods that are effective, safe and easy to use, the nation's most influential pediatricians' group recommends. (Merck/AP)

Let’s talk about sex. Teenagers and sex, specifically, because a major medical group is recommending significant changes to what doctors talk about about when they’re discussing contraceptive options with teen patients.

‘Yes Means Yes’ Sexual Assault Bill Signed Into Law

September 29, 2014

California governor Jerry Brown signed legislation to make sexual consent among college students unambiguous.

Baker Puts Forward Alternative Sick Time Proposal

September 29, 2014

Republican Charlie Baker put forward a proposal to apply an earned sick time mandate only on larger employers and offer more flexibility to businesses.

Preaching To The Choir? Beyond The People’s Climate March

September 29, 2014
Christopher Knittel: "True political change doesn’t necessarily happen by marching in front of world leaders and others who already largely agree with you." Pictured: An estimated 400,000 people marched through midtown Manhattan on Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014 as part of the People's Climate March, a worldwide mobilization calling on world leaders meeting at the UN to commit to urgent action on climate change. (John Minchillo/AP)

True political change doesn’t necessarily happen by marching in front of world leaders and others who already largely agree with you.

Liberian Immigrants In U.S. Get Work Authorization

September 27, 2014

Liberian immigrants living in New England will receive work authorization in the United States as the West African country battles an Ebola outbreak.

For-Profit Schools Sue State Over New Regulations

September 27, 2014

An association representing for-profit schools is suing Attorney General Martha Coakley over new regulations they say are unconstitutional. Coakley says the regulations will help protect students by requiring schools to disclose in ads information about tuition and fees, placement statistics and graduation rates.

Seattle To Fine Residents For Trashing Food Waste

September 25, 2014
A new measure in Seattle would fine residents who dispose of food waste rather than composting. (Kirsty Hall/Flickr)

A new measure in Seattle will fine residents if more than 10 percent of their garbage is food waste in an attempt to curb waste going to landfills.

Planting Its Flag: Qatar Buys Influence Abroad, Hides Reality At Home

September 25, 2014
Patrick Moynihan: "Over the past two decades, the tiny emirate’s outsized foray into global charity and high-profile acquisitions has masked deplorable domestic policies and questionable regional activities." (Juanedc/flickr)

Over the past two decades, the tiny emirate’s outsized foray into global charity and high-profile acquisitions has masked deplorable domestic policies and questionable regional activities.

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