What the battle over control of PG&E means for US utility customers

Customers, cities and investors are all eager for a piece of PG&E, but it isn’t the only US utility that may have new owners soon.

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Is it ethical to keep pets and other animals? It depends on where you keep them

Animals don’t just need enough space to live – they need the right kind of space, too. An animal welfare lawyer defends our pets’ ‘right of place.’

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Democratic candidates want to boost school funding – research shows that will help low-income students

Democratic plans to boost school funding are rooted in research that shows more funding really does boost achievement for low-income students.

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Firearm-makers may finally decide it’s in their interest to help reduce gun violence after Sandy Hook ruling

The Supreme Court’s refusal to block the Sandy Hook lawsuit may lead to a flood of litigation, which ultimately may compel the gun industry to change the way it designs, markets and sells firearms.

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What is a caliph? The Islamic State tries to boost its legitimacy by hijacking a historic institution

The Islamic State has appointed yet another ‘caliph’ after the death of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. What is the idea behind the caliphate?

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How higher ed can deal with ethical questions over its disgraced donors

Colleges and universities should apply the best techniques of research and education to their own decision-making.

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To stop police shootings of people with mental health disabilities, I asked them what cops – and everyone – could do to help

Police are almost always the first responders in cases of mental health crisis. Too often these encounters turn bad, even deadly. But police were never meant to be in charge of US mental health care.

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GI Bill opened doors to college for many vets, but politicians created a separate one for blacks

Although the GI Bill enabled generations of former service members to acquire higher education and enter the middle class, the bill’s benefits were distributed in ways that create uneven outcomes.

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How the US military has embraced growing religious diversity

When the US entered World War I in 1917, military chaplains catered to majority white and Christian soldiers. Today the armed forces recognize over 200 denominations and religious groups.

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Trump’s charity woes are uncommon, if not unprecedented, and could get more costly

Under a settlement reached with New York authorities, he must give US$2 million to nonprofits out of his own pocket. And if he wants to start another foundation, Trump must submit to close supervision.

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