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From Reconstructionism to ultra-Orthodoxy, Judaism is richly diverse. MendyHechtman/iStock via Getty Images

Jewish denominations: A brief guide for the perplexed

Jewish communities have always followed some different customs in different parts of the world, but the 19th and 20th centuries brought much more dramatic divisions.
Trump supporters and protesters gather peacefully outside the Miami federal courthouse on June 13, 2023. Giorgio Viera/AFP via Getty Images

Despite threats of violence, Trump’s federal indictment happened with little fanfare – but that doesn’t mean the far-right movement is fading, an extremism scholar explains

Since Facebook removed online hate groups and individuals from its platform, extremist groups are increasingly organizing in more discreet ways.
Ottawa County Commissioners Joe Moss, left, and Sylvia Rhodea ran for the positions vowing they would ‘thwart tyranny’ in the community. Evan Cobb for The Washington Post via Getty Images

How ‘constitutional county’ declarations undermine the Constitution – a legal scholar explains

By declaring a ‘constitutional county,’ local leaders assert they are creating a refuge from anti- or unconstitutional actions undertaken by an overzealous state or federal authority.
Research reveals what generations of tribes know firsthand: that forced assimilation and unhealthy conditions at compulsory boarding schools takes a permanent toll. RichLegg/E+ via Getty Images

American Indians forced to attend boarding schools as children are more likely to be in poor health as adults

Native Americans sent to government-funded schools now experience significantly higher rates of mental and physical health problems than those who did not.
Retailers’ costs for managing returns are rising. Ronny Hartmann/picture alliance via Getty Images

Inside the black box of Amazon returns

Returns are becoming a costly sustainability problem for retailers and the planet. A supply chain expert explains.
Members of children’s rights organizations protest against cases of clerical child abuse in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on May 25, 2023. Fernando Cartagena/AFP via Getty Images

Events in Bolivia and Brazil may signal a turning point for the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis in Latin America

Public outrage over alleged abuse has been muted in much of Latin America for years, partly because the church remains one of the region’s most powerful institutions – but that may be changing.
Animals that shared the landscape with humans disappeared as the ice age ended. Mauricio Antón/Wikimedia Commons

Forensic evidence suggests Paleo-Americans hunted mastodons, mammoths and other megafauna in eastern North America 13,000 years ago

A forensic technique more often used at modern crime scenes identified blood residue from large extinct animals on spearpoints and stone tools used by people who lived in the Carolinas millennia ago.

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