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May 26, 2017

Leaked documents on how Facebook deals with violent, explicit and harassing content, as published in the Guardian, further exposes the challenges the social network faces in policing the posts of its nearly 2 billion users. It also shows that its censorship problem may not be solvable any time soon. The Guardian’s report illustrated how stressful and fast-paced the environment is for Facebook’s content moderators. They often only have 10 seconds to review something, and the guidelines that govern what is acceptable on the site are not always consistent.

May 23, 2017

It appeared to have all the ingredients for protests, hashtags and calls for justice on 24-hour cable news channels.

May 22, 2017

American standards for morally acceptable behavior have shifted dramatically over the past 16 years, as growing numbers of adults espouse more liberal views on gay and lesbian relations, sex out of wedlock and divorce, according to new research from Gallup.

May 16, 2017

In a ranking of the best states to be in law enforcement, Illinois is near the top.

Monday is national Peace Officers Memorial Day. In honor of the occasion, financial site WalletHub has a ranking for the best states to wear the badge. Illinois ranked fourth overall, getting high marks for for how many officers are on the job and the nation’s highest average pay.

May 16, 2017

A giant step backward. A declaration of war. The worst legislation for women’s health in a generation.

These were among reactions to the May 4 passage of the American Health Care Act through the U.S. House of Representatives, from the American Civil Liberties Union, advocacy group UltraViolet and health care provider Planned Parenthood, which will lose all federal grants and reimbursements for a year if the bill were to clear the Senate.

May 12, 2017

Law enforcement is one of the least glamorous jobs, made even less so in recent years by high-profile scandals of police brutality, especially toward unarmed minorities. But to serve and protect remains a necessary, and often thankless, public service. It’s a calling that more than 900,000 Americans have answered, knowing full well the hazards associated with their occupation. In the past 10 years, for instance, more than 1,500 police officers, including 143 in 2016 alone, died in the line of duty. Tens of thousands more were assaulted and injured.

May 4, 2017

Facebook now has 1.94 billion users, an increase driven by mobile growth, the company said Wednesday as it released another strong earnings report. But questions loom about whether the social network can adequately deal with some of the content posted by its growing audience.

May 4, 2017

Facebook is stepping up its efforts to keep inappropriate and often violent material - including recent high-profile videos of murders and suicides, hate speech and extremist propaganda - off of its site.

May 1, 2017

Well if you need to grab a pint of brew and an excuse for it, look no further than the MonteLago Beerfest.

May 1, 2017

In the United States, 10 million men and women experience domestic violence each year, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. That includes physical and sexual abuse.

Apr 19, 2017

Stevens also Facebook lived a rant boasting a killing, boasting about the killing and a number of people he blamed, including his ex girlfriend. Those videos were shared thousands of times.

Apr 19, 2017

Facebook said Monday it took too long to identify and take down videos of the fatal shooting Sunday of an elderly man and his alleged killer's plan and live confession — a series of disturbing incidents that have again raised questions about the giant social network's ability to address objectionable material on its platform.

Apr 13, 2017

Online activities, like maintaining an active online dating profile while in a relationship or following an ex on social media, are blurring the lines of fidelity, making it difficult for individuals and couples to decide what counts as cheating, according to a new Deseret News poll on national attitudes about adultery.

Mar 20, 2017

Michael Easter has always been interested in health, so the career path that has led the Utah native to UNLV, where he has been an adjunct professor of health journalism since August, makes perfect sense.

Mar 14, 2017

“My father could no longer handle me. It was like his parenting skills were ‘I’m going to beat his head in’ or ‘I’m just going to leave him at home by himself,’ ” said Richard Demarko Brown, painting a picture of his 17-year-old case file.

Mar 9, 2017

For the last few years, Americans have enjoyed friendly prices at the pump. And in many ways consumers' lives have been shaped by these prices.

Mar 6, 2017

Two days after UNLV announced the creation of a new think tank co-chaired by Harry Reid and John Boehner, the institute received a stamp of approval from the state’s education leaders.

Mar 6, 2017

Headlines these days are largely focused on what’s going on in Washington. But the line dividing Washington and the rest of the country appear to be getting thinner.