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Beef sides hang in a chilling room at a slaughterhouse in Nebraska.

We Don't Know How Many Workers Are Injured At Slaughterhouses. Here's Why

A slaughterhouse is a safer place to work than it used to be, according to a new government report. But data gathered by federal regulators doesn't likely capture all the risks faced by meat and poultry workers.

ExxonMobil Chairman Rex Tillerson, shown here in 2015, urged shareholders to reject the resolutions, arguing that not enough is known about the impact of climate change.

Exxon Mobil, Chevron Shareholders Reject Resolutions Aimed At Battling Climate Change

Shareholders of Exxon Mobil and Chevron have voted to reject a series of resolutions aimed at encouraging the companies to take stronger actions to battle climate change.

But Exxon Mobil shareholders voted in favor of a rule that could make it easier for minority shareholders to nominate outsiders to the company's board, a potential victory for environmentalists.

Activist shareholders at both companies had placed an unusual number of resolutions on the ballot related to climate change.

Many Western ranchers don't own much land themselves and rely on vast tracts of federal land for grazing.

Even With Bundy Behind Bars, 'Range War' Lives On For Some Ranchers

Stanton Gleave hardly fits the stereotype of a modest, keep-to-himself Western rancher.

Standing in a collection of muddy pens taking a break from shearing sheep near his home in tiny Kingston, Utah, Gleave gives an earful about his frustrations with the Bureau of Land Management and environmental groups.

"That's who we're actually fighting with," says Gleave. "They've indoctrinated and got into this BLM and Forest Service 'til a lot of 'em are right up in the head positions now."

Iraqi federal police covered in dust arrive to join the forces surrounding Fallujah, 40 miles west of Baghdad, on Tuesday.

U.S.-Backed Forces Launch Two Major Offensives Against Islamic State

U.S.-backed forces have launched offensives on two areas of strategic importance to the Islamic State: Fallujah, Iraq, and an area north of Raqqa, the de facto IS capital in Syria.

These are some of the 500 people who work at the MSF hospital: medical staff, construction workers, administrative personnel who keep the place running. Some are foreigners; others are South Sudanese refugees who live in the camp.

Five Days And Five Nights With Doctors Without Borders

"Look!" says Stefania Poggi. "They've made inflatable rafts."

Two dozen boys are splashing in a massive, muddy pool surrounded by 30-foot-tall earthen banks. They're jumping on grain sacks that they've filled with plastic bottles to make them float.

Poggi manages the Doctors Without Borders operation in the largest refugee camp in South Sudan.

The 35-year-old Italian is standing on the banks of the drainage ditch, which was bulldozed through the middle of the camp to alleviate flooding.

TSA Administrator Peter Neffenger prepares to testify during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers sought answers as to why long security lines persist at airports around the country.

TSA Hopes To Speed Up Screening Lines This Summer, Administrator Tells Congress

The head of the beleaguered Transportation Security Administration told lawmakers on Capitol Hill Wednesday the long passenger lines at screening checkpoints at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this month should have been avoided. He also said it was a "failure" on the part of the agency to get some things done.

Peter Thiel, head of Clarium Capital Management and founding investor in PayPal and Facebook, speaks at a conference in San Francisco on April 12.

Reports Peg Tech Billionaire As Funder Of Hulk Hogan's Case Against Gawker

It's been one of those rumors, that some Silicon Valley third party was powering Hulk Hogan's invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against Gawker Media and its owner, Nick Denton, over a publication in 2012 of a sex tape.

"My own personal hunch is that it's linked to Silicon Valley," Denton told The New York Times, about the Hogan case and several new lawsuits that the same lawyer has brought against Gawker and its writers.

A new sticker designates a gender neutral bathroom at a high school in Seattle. President Obama's directive ordering schools to accommodate transgender students has been controversial in some places, leading 11 states to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration in response.

Nearly A Dozen States Sue U.S. Government Over Transgender Policies

Texas, joined by a number of other states, has filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration in response to its directive that public schools allow students to use the bathroom that corresponds to their gender identity.

The plaintiffs include Alabama, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Utah, Georgia, the governor of Maine and the Arizona Department of Education.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right), along with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond (left), speak to reporters in London on May 12. They tried to assure European banks they won't be penalized for conducting legitimate business with Iran. Critics say it should not be up to the U.S. to encourage investment in Iran.

John Kerry's Awkward Push For Investment In Iran

Secretary of State John Kerry has negotiated himself into the odd position of lobbying in support of investment in Iran.

As he tries to keep the Iran nuclear agreement on track in the final year of the Obama administration, Kerry has become personally involved in trying to help Iran get economic benefits out of the deal. That's no easy task and one that critics say is letting Iran off the hook.

A scene from the movie <em>Timbuktu,</em> nominated in 2014 for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Dear Hollywood, This Is How You Make A Movie With African Characters

You may have heard that Sean Penn's new Africa-set drama, The Last Face, got savaged at the Cannes Film Festival this week. Reviewers complained (and let me just note that I've not yet seen the film) that while Penn centers the story on a romance between two NGO doctors (Charlize Theron and Javier Bardem), he uses African conflict and tragedy mostly as a backdrop. A common lament was that the African characters weren't individualized — the Hollywood Reporter said they amounted to "bleeding wallpaper."

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