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Voters use touch screen voting booths to participate in electronic voting during the first day of early voting in Washington, DC. on Oct. 22, 2012. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
Voters use touch screen voting booths to participate in electronic voting during the first day of early voting in Washington, DC. on Oct. 22, 2012. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

While a decentralized voting system can safeguard against massive hacking, a small-scale hack in a swing state could be enough to alter an election.  On Nov...


Prop 14 Comes Back to Roost

  Proposition 14, or the Top Two Primaries Act, approved by California’s voters in 2010, was supposed to be an uptick in the way California produced candidates for the ballot in general elections. Contenders for statewide office were allowed to …... Read More

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    America’s Hidden Unemployment Crisis

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  • Liliana Mai, an art teacher from Temecula Middle School, creates Gesso Italiano (Italian chalk art) on the street in Little Italy, San Diego, Calif., on October 9. (Jane Yang)

    Gesso Italiano (Chalk Art) at the San Diego Little Italy Fiesta

    The 22nd San Diego Little Italy FIESTA! cultural festival took place on Oct. 9. The full-day event claimed 15 out of 48 blocks of Downtown San Diego’s famous Little Italy... Read more

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    Russia’s Power Play in Syria

    Just a few short weeks ago, U.S.–Russia relations were poised for a post-Soviet breakthrough that could have seen them join forces to target the ISIS terrorist... Read more

  • Police officers investigate a shooting scene where 5 people were reported to have been shot, including an 11-month-old infant in Chicago on Sept. 28, 2015.  (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

    Sharp Spike in Murder Rate Highlights Rift Between Police and Communities

    The homicide rate soared last year at a speed unseen since 1968, shows FBI data released on Sept. 26. Almost 15,700 people fell victim to... Read more

  • A resident pears out at of a nursing home in North Carolina in this file photo.  (AP Photo/Jim R. Bounds)

    Hopes for Improved Care in Nursing Homes as New Rule Allows Lawsuits

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  • Melissa, Katrina, Cory, Trish, and Matt attend a screening at Georgetown during Opioid Awareness Week 2016. (Courtesy of the FBI)

    A Glimpse Into the Human Toll of Opioid Addiction

    Nobody sets out thinking they’re going to be a needle user. Maybe you’re in pain or had a bad day and a friend hands you... Read more

  • A view of downtown Charlotte, N.C., on Aug. 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

    Black Community Sees Charlotte as Glimmering, Fake Oz

    CHARLOTTE, N.C.—To much of the world, Charlotte is the Queen City—a gleaming downtown, state-of-the-art stadiums, sparkling new mass transit, the nation’s banking capital. But a... Read more

  • A sign at the entrance to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, N.Y., welcomes visitors, on Sept. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Frank Eltman)

    Sex Abuse, Bullying Probe Roils US Merchant Marine Academy

    KINGS POINT, N.Y.—The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is in turmoil over sexual abuse and bullying concerns that have led to the temporary shutdown of its... Read more

  • Passengers take cover while police looking for an active shooter at JFK International airport in New York on Aug. 14, 2016. (BRIGITTE DUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images)

    False Shooter Alarms and Mass Hysteria: The New Normal?

    Chaos paralyzed Los Angeles International Airport on the night of Aug. 28, as panicked people ran for their lives. Twitter ignited with reports of a... Read more

  • A man unloads fish from the U.S. fishing vessel, the Sea Dragon, at Pier 38 in Honolulu on March 23, 2016. Americans buying Hawaiian seafood are almost certainly eating fish caught by foreign workers hired through a U.S. government loophole that allows them jobs but exempts them from most basic workplace protections. They account for nearly all the crew in a fleet of about 140 ships. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)

    Hawaiian Seafood Caught by Foreign Crews Confined on Boats

    HONOLULU—Pier 17 doesn’t even show up on most Honolulu maps. Cars whiz past it on their way to Waikiki’s famous white sand beaches. Yet few... Read more

  • A woman fills up a glass with water on April 27, 2014 in Paris. Eight out of ten people in France say they have ''confidence'' in tap water, according to the water information center's annual barometer, on April 29, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Chemicals With Unknown Health Effects in America’s Drinking Water

    America has a problem with drinking water pollution. It is not the pollution of old—massive amounts of industrial effluent pouring out of factories. It comes... Read more

  • A man casts his ballot at polling station during New Jersey's primary elections in Hoboken, N.J., on June 7, 2016. (Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images)

    Issues at Stake in US Presidential Election

    WASHINGTON—A selection of issues at stake in the presidential election and their impact on Americans, in brief: Iran Last year’s nuclear deal with Tehran has... Read more

  • U.S. Army Private Austin Lewis fires his M-4 weapon while participating in live-fire marksmanship training at Fort Jackson, S.C., on Aug. 17, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

    Fewer Orders, More Coaching: Army Rookies Learn to Fire Guns

    FORT JACKSON, S.C.—As gun ownership drops among young Americans and the Army trains a generation more accustomed to blasting out emojis on cellphones than taking... Read more

  • On Aug. 23, 2016, sitting in their son Nigel's bedroom, Mark Youngberg and his wife Sharon recount the events in their Emmett, Idaho home that lead to the 30-year-old's death last spring. The room has gone unchanged since April when Nigel's bouts with schizophrenia and paranoia became critical and he jumped out of a second story window wearing only a robe, light jacket and sneakers. He was confronted by Gem County sheriff's deputies but fled farther into the mountains in the dark of night. His body was found 11 miles away near Montour 16 days later. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP)

    Family of Man Who Died in Psychosis Couldn’t Get Any Help

    BOISE, Idaho—Nigel Youngberg was in the upstairs bathroom for seven hours straight the weekend he went missing. A late-night shower always made him feel better... Read more

  • On July 5, 2016, Sgt. Doug Clarke, from the Allegheny County Sheriff's Department, logs locations the deputies visit each day, noting where they found fugitives and where they struck out. A Post-Gazette review of records from some of the country's largest counties found that it often takes officials months to track down violators. (Andrew Rush/Post-Gazette via AP)

    Agencies Often Lose Track of Probation, Parole Violators

    PITTSBURGH—Gerald Boyes died in a police shooting while officers sought him in the bludgeoning deaths of his father and his father’s girlfriend. And stories of... Read more

  • A technican holds up corn seeds that were scanned for their quality at the Monsanto agribusiness headquarters in St Louis in 2009. (Brent Stirton/Getty Images.)

    Where Science Ends and the GMO Debate Really Begins

    Opponents and proponents of genetically modified food have invoked science in their arguments, but science has no definitive answer. Evaluating the risks and benefits of... Read more

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