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Rio Gets Female-Only Subway Cars

The Brazilian city becomes the third at least the fourth worldwide (after Mexico City, Tokyo and Cairo) to mandate female-only cars during rush hour—to guard against gropers and harassment. But many consider the law a major step backward for women’s rights.
(thanks to reader Hilary Tate for the correction)

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Teen Sex Comedies, Seriously

Literary rock star Dave Eggers’ magazine The Believer does a cover story on how 1980s teenage sex comedies “reflect a larger human and cultural failure to ... integrate sexual desire into regular life.”

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Moussaoui Gets Life for 9/11 Role

The so-called 12th hijacker escaped the death penalty and was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

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Morning Glory Seeds Making Trippy Comeback

Teenagers are rediscovering the hallucinogenic potential of the flower seeds. Internet advice sites abound, and hospital trips are up.

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Lay’s Chips to Use Healthier Oil

In an industry-rocking move, the nation’s leading potato chip manufacturer will reduce saturated fat by switching from cottonseed oil to sunflower oil.

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U.S. Hasn’t Curbed Torture: Report

Amnesty International’s report says the U.S. has failed to eradicate “widespread” torture in its jails in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. Also, no senior U.S. officials have been held accountable for the practices.

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Soda Sales Will Stop in Most Public Schools

The nation’s largest beverage distributors have agreed to remove the sugary drinks from school vending machines and cafeterias. Bill Clinton brokered the deal.

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Mexico’s Fox Will OK Drug Decriminalization

The Mexican president will sign a bill that drastically weakens penalties for possession of personal amounts of drugs like pot, coke, ecstasy and acid. But local judges can still detain or deport those found with the drugs.

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Gay Talese, Back in the Mix

Upon the publication of his first book in 14 years, the legendary reporter talks sex, plagiarism and his place in the journalistic pantheon. Check out the exclusive Truthdig interview.

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Publisher Cancels Book Deal With Harvard Plagiarist

In the wake of even more plagiarism allegations against the Ivy League sophomore, publisher Little, Brown and Co. has canceled her $500,000 two-book deal and permanently pulled copies of her book from store shelves.

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