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What makes U.S. 'primitive, backward'?

What makes U.S. 'primitive, backward'?


What makes U.S. 'primitive, backward'?

Posted: 05 May 2014 09:10 AM PDT

The recent and ghastly botched execution of a man in Oklahoma has rekindled my thoughts on capital punishment -- a practice outlawed in most civilized countries. Indeed, most of the industrialized world looks with horror on the United States, in this regard, as a primitive and backward country.

Boehner: How to exit Afghanistan

Posted: 05 May 2014 10:31 AM PDT

Three weeks ago, I had the privilege of visiting our civilian leaders and military commanders, as well as our troops, in Afghanistan. It was my fourth trip to the country and a vastly different one than my first visit in 2007.

Sexy celebs in their 50s

Posted: 04 May 2014 12:38 PM PDT

Judge under fire for rape sentence

Posted: 05 May 2014 10:46 AM PDT

She could have sentenced him to 20 years in prison after he admitted raping a 14-year-old girl. Instead, a Texas judge gave the defendant a 45-day sentence and probation after implying that the victim was promiscuous.

Rapist's lawyer: He's not typical

Posted: 05 May 2014 10:44 AM PDT

Scottie Allen, the defense attorney for Sir Young, speaks out about the man's rape sentence.

Sterling's wife OK's Clippers CEO plan

Posted: 05 May 2014 12:25 AM PDT

The estranged wife of banned Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling says she approves of the decision by the NBA and the team to work together to find the franchise a new chief executive officer.

A bug repellant that could save lives

Posted: 05 May 2014 05:10 AM PDT

When is bug spray more than just bug spray? When it's a compound that, according to researchers at Vanderbilt University, is thousands of times stronger than DEET, works on many different insects and could very well save lives.

Eww! Raw sewage leaks into harbor

Posted: 05 May 2014 03:30 AM PDT

After heavy rains, 25 million gallons of raw sewage overflowed into Stamford Harbor in Connecticut, city officials say.

He lost 125 pounds, but still felt fat

Posted: 05 May 2014 09:26 AM PDT

If you're overweight, slimming down will make you feel great, right? For John Janetzko, embracing his own body took more than just weight loss.

Nate Berkus ties the knot

Posted: 05 May 2014 09:53 AM PDT

Militant leader: 'I abducted your girls'

Posted: 05 May 2014 10:47 AM PDT

The man claiming to be the leader of the Islamic militant group says Allah "commands me to sell" the girls. They were pulled from their beds at a rural Nigerian school on April 14 and taken away in trucks.

Plane hits turbulence, suddenly drops

Posted: 05 May 2014 06:10 AM PDT

Travelers looking for a relaxing trip to Orlando got off to a terrifying start Sunday when their flight suddenly dropped in turbulence, injuring several passengers.

See where people hit jet's ceiling

Posted: 05 May 2014 09:25 AM PDT

Mark Pensiero describes the scene on a plane that experience severe turbulence.

Supreme Court allows a town's prayers

Posted: 05 May 2014 09:15 AM PDT

The Supreme Court gave limited approval on Monday to public prayers at a New York town's board meetings, citing the country's history of religious acknowledgment in the legislature.

Tennis star dies at 30

Posted: 05 May 2014 10:21 AM PDT

The tennis world is in mourning after Elena Baltacha died at the age of 30 after losing her battle with liver cancer.

Big promotion in N. Korea?

Posted: 05 May 2014 07:50 AM PDT

As so often happens, news of North Korea's latest leadership move trickled out from the regime's official KCNA news agency and hinted at a power shift in Pyongyang.

Search for Flight 370 to go deeper

Posted: 05 May 2014 06:56 AM PDT

"The follow-up search will be even broader, with more difficulties and tougher tasks," Chinese Transport Minister Yang Chuantang said today.

Rare goblin shark: 'Man, he's ugly!'

Posted: 05 May 2014 09:27 AM PDT

He has a face only a mother could love -- a mother who lives 1,000 to 3,000 feet under water and voraciously feeds on live squid and fish. We're talking about a goblin shark -- only the second member of his species ever caught in the Gulf of Mexico.

Heavy clashes reported in Ukraine

Posted: 05 May 2014 08:15 AM PDT

Sunday's violence just two days after more than 40 people were killed in a street battle and deadly blaze was one more example of how Ukraine's embattled new leaders are struggling to maintain law and order.

Michelle Knight's life after captivity

Posted: 05 May 2014 06:02 AM PDT

Michelle Knight, who was held captive in an Ohio house for 11 years, speaks to CNN's Anderson Cooper about her abduction.

1,500 teens trash mansion during party

Posted: 05 May 2014 03:07 AM PDT

A party in Brampton, Ontario, got out of hand when over 1,500 teens showed up, causing $70,000 in damage. CTV reports.

Razor blades injure kids in park

Posted: 05 May 2014 07:27 AM PDT

Affiliate KGTV reports that razor blades were found in a San Diego playground, injuring two children.

Bus driver accused of abandoning kids

Posted: 05 May 2014 07:17 AM PDT

A school bus driver is accused of abandoning a bus full of students on a busy highway in Missouri City, Texas.

He died protecting his older sister

Posted: 05 May 2014 07:23 AM PDT

Relatives of an 8-year-old boy say he was beaten to death trying to defend his sister from an attacker. WTVR reports.

Your bags made airlines $3B last year

Posted: 05 May 2014 10:25 AM PDT

The Department of Transportation releases information on the profits U.S. airlines made from baggage fees.

How not to do Cinco de Mayo

Posted: 05 May 2014 09:22 AM PDT

If you didn't already know, Cinco de Mayo is a bigger deal in the United States than in Mexico. Here, this unofficial holiday is almost as popular as, oh, St. Patrick's Day -- which means it's unfortunately become a drinking holiday. So much so that it's been nicknamed, Cinco de Drinko and even Gringo de Mayo.

'SNL': Don't dis Beyonce ... or else

Posted: 05 May 2014 06:05 AM PDT

Andrew Garfield learns the hard way what happens if you disrespect Beyonce in this "Saturday Night Live" skit.

Do you live in world's happiest place?

Posted: 05 May 2014 02:05 AM PDT

Australia has been revealed as the world's happiest industrialized nation, taking the title for the fourth year running.

Correspondents' dinner in 2 mins

Posted: 05 May 2014 03:16 AM PDT

Watch Joel McHale and President Obama crack jokes at the annual White House Correspondents' dinner.

Correspondents' dinner red carpet

Posted: 05 May 2014 06:02 AM PDT

TV's '24'-hour hero returns

Posted: 05 May 2014 09:58 AM PDT

At first it may seem "24's" Jack Bauer didn't get the memo.

'Human chandelier' plummets

Posted: 05 May 2014 07:23 AM PDT

Nine Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus performers were among 11 people injured after a device that dangled them from their hair failed.

Airplane turbulence

Posted: 05 May 2014 10:02 AM PDT

Travelers looking for a relaxing trip to Orlando got off to a terrifying start Sunday when their flight suddenly dropped in turbulence, injuring several passengers.

Kidnapped Nigerian girls

Posted: 05 May 2014 10:32 AM PDT

Fears for the fate of more than 200 Nigerian girls turned even more nightmarish Monday when the leader of the Islamist militant group that kidnapped them announced plans to sell them.

Flight 370

Posted: 05 May 2014 01:11 AM PDT

More than 300 flights.

Elena Baltacha

Posted: 05 May 2014 10:01 AM PDT

The tennis world is in mourning after Elena Baltacha died at the age of 30 after losing her battle with liver cancer.

Rape sentence

Posted: 05 May 2014 10:37 AM PDT

She could have sentenced him to 20 years in prison after he admitted to raping a 14-year-old girl in her high school.

Ukraine

Posted: 05 May 2014 02:51 AM PDT

The crowd stood in the rain and screamed, demanding freedom for the pro-Russian sympathizers held inside the police station.

Shelly Sterling

Posted: 04 May 2014 08:06 PM PDT

The estranged wife of suspended Clippers owner Donald Sterling said Saturday that she supports the decision by the National Basketball Association and the team to work together to find the franchise a new chief executive officer.

Goblin shark

Posted: 05 May 2014 12:12 AM PDT

He has a face only a mother could love -- a mother who lives 1,000 to 3,000 feet under water and voraciously feeds on live squid and fish.

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