A man rides a motorcycle near houses that were rebuilt in an area in Banda Aceh, the capital of Indonesia's Aceh province, that was devastated by the tsunami that hit on Dec. 26, 2004.
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A lone mosque that survived devastating tidal waves sits amid the ruins of the village of Lhoknga, outside the provincial capital Banda Aceh, on Jan. 3, 2005. The mosque became a symbol of the tsunami's destruction.
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Sabari, who lives in Lhoknga, lost his wife and child in the tsunami. He holds a portrait of himself with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who visited the area. Sabari is one of the many people in the area who are still suffering from the trauma of their losses.
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Banda Aceh, before and after: The top photo shows debris near the Great Mosque, background, on Dec. 29, 2004. The bottom photo shows the same area on Nov. 19, 2013.
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Indonesian soldiers check the identification of two Acehnese men during a patrol on Dec. 4, 2004. One of the positive effects of the devastating tsunami is that it led to the end of the Indonesian occupation of Aceh.
When the North American Free Trade Agreement was being negotiated, supporters promised it would increase the income of Mexicans. And the middle class did grow in Mexico over the past two decades. But it's clear that Mexico's ultrarich are among its big winners.
After the the school lunch program was overhauled in 2012 to curb childhood obesity, lots of kids began complaining that lunches were too skimpy.
Why? Because in some cases, schools had to limit healthy foods — such as sandwiches served on whole-grain bread or salads topped with grilled chicken — due to restrictions the U.S. Department of Agriculture set on the amount of grains and protein that could be served at meal-time.
In some districts, program participation dropped as more kids decided to brown-bag it and bring their own food to school.
President Obama speaks in April after the Senate rejected a bill that would expand background checks on guns. The White House is seeking to clarify rules that bar firearm possession due to mental health problems.
Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 6:58 pm
Federal agencies are proposing new rules for handling gun buyers' background checks, in changes the Obama administration says will "keep guns out of potentially dangerous hands." The changes include a clarification of rules barring firearm possession due to mental health problems.
Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 8:27 pm
One of the stories of 2013 was that every time a movie with people of color in prominent roles got giant ratings, people were shocked. You could almost set your watch to this phenomenon, which Linda Holmes once memorably described as "fluke-ifying."
It's the quintessential "dog bites man" story. I'm talking about a new book I just read about a group of famous writers who — get this -- drank too much! I know, right? That's pretty much the equivalent of saying I just read a book about a group of famous writers who used commas in their sentences.
Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 2:48 pm
Attorneys for same-sex couples say Utah officials who want to block gay marriages "cannot meet their burden" of showing either an error by a lower court or serious damage if the ceremonies continue, according to papers filed with the Supreme Court Friday. The filing urges the court to deny a request to halt the unions in Utah.